Editorials

Wed
21
Jun

In search of the missing votes

Well, it didn’t take 12 months. It only took about two days to get our answer from Goodyear. And when you factor in the city’s wonky election math, it makes sense … kind of.

Wed
14
Jun

Goodyear election math gets fuzzier

Goodyear, you’ve got some ’splainin’ to do.

Remember that editorial we wrote back in March after the city’s primary election? The editorial that explained what under votes and over votes are? The editorial that spelled out how the city actually adds those votes into the total vote count to determine the number of votes needed to win the primary? The editorial that disclosed that Brannon Hampton would have won the primary outright if not for under and over votes? The editorial that told Goodyear residents that those under and over votes cost them a lot of dough for a runoff election?

Wed
07
Jun

Merge ahead, not now, wait, wait, wait, now!

How frustrating is it to enter a construction zone, see signs saying “left lane closed ahead” and merge into the right lane only to have a bunch of speedracers whiz by and get over at the last second, well ahead of you?

You did the right thing. You got over when the signs said the lane was ending. You got in line! And these selfish fools are not only cutting in front of you, but they’re also causing a backup. Right?

Wed
31
May

Trotting Park demolition a good thing

We are glad the Phoenix Trotting Park is being demolished.

Not because we think it’s an eyesore, but because we think it was a hindrance to the sale of the 194-acre parcel it sits on. Prime real estate in the West Valley just waiting to be developed and inject some serious cash into our economy.

Wed
24
May

We remember

The following column, by Burt Freireich, was first published in 1961 in the Sun City News-Sun, where Mr. Freireich was publisher. It is still representative of our thoughts on Memorial Day and wars of the past and future. Mr.

Wed
17
May

Designated pool watchers are crucial

Tragedy struck the West Valley last weekend when a 6-year-old boy drowned.

In the blink of an eye, a family’s life was forever changed, transformed from here and now, past and future, to “before” and “after.” We cannot imagine the pain they must be enduring, the “how?” “why?” and “what ifs?” they must constantly be wrestling with.

Wed
10
May

Summer break means more empty bellies

Despite this little reprieve we’ve been granted with our strangely cool weather of late, summer will be here before we know it. School will be out before we know it. And those TV commercials depicting mothers gleefully skipping through stores filling their carts with colorful back-to-school supplies and sharp new school clothes will be here before we know it.

Wed
03
May

Senate Bill 1080 a good start, but more work needed

Gov. Doug Ducey took the first step in making Arizona’s highways and byways safer last week when he signed Senate Bill 1080 into law.

SB 1080 bans the use of wireless devices while driving for teenagers during the permit phase and first six months of the graduated license phase. Exceptions include emergencies “when stopping the motor vehicle is impossible or will create an additional emergency or safety hazard” and the use of audible turn-by-turn navigation devices as long as the destination is not manually entered into the device while driving and as long as the device is not manually adjusted while driving.

Wed
26
Apr

Yeah, let’s go down this road

A bill near and dear to our hearts has made it to Gov. Doug Ducey’s desk and we have our fingers crossed he will sign it.

Senate Bill 1080 would prohibit teenagers from using their cell phones or any other wireless devices during the permit phase and first six months of the Graduated Driver License Law phase, except in emergencies or when using an audible navigation system as long as the driver doesn’t touch the device while driving.

Wed
19
Apr

Another new toothless wonder on the books

Way to go, Arizona. We now have yet another new law without any real teeth.

Gov. Doug Ducey signed Senate Bill 1073 into law March 28. It will go into effect in August.

Introduced by Sen. Steve Farley, D-District 9, SB 1073 amends Arizona Revised Statute 28-2354.

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