Editorials

Fri
27
Feb
West Valley View's picture

Goodyear setting itself up for misperceptions

Hey, Goodyear residents, want to know the state of your city? Cough up $25 and you can.

Goodyear is holding its first ever State of the City in April.

Tue
24
Feb
Cary S. Hines's picture

Goodyear should keep Lauritano, Osborne, Stipp

After spending about an hour with four of the five candidates running for Goodyear City Council, we’re happy to endorse Sheri Lauritano, Joanne Osborne and Bill Stipp.

The three incumbents are all incredibly knowledgeable about the city’s issues, something that often takes time to bring new council members up to speed on.

So we like the institutional memory, but we also like that they’re all vested in Goodyear and bring something different to the table.

Lauritano, the youngest on the council at 46, is a lawyer. She also lives in Estrella and is the only council member who lives in what some refer to as Goodyear’s cul de sac because of its distance from the city’s center.

Fri
20
Feb
Cary S. Hines's picture

Current distracted driving law needs more teeth

We suggested recently that there is a need for a new law that would make it a crime to text while driving. And we looked at some of the thoughts our state legislators had on this issue and other issues to come up with that solution.

But we have had some second thoughts on texting while driving.

We had argued that without a specific law to spell out that texting was dangerous, people wouldn’t understand it.

But state legislators pointed out that there already is a law that says distracted driving is illegal regardless of what has distracted the driver.

We understand that and agree to some degree.

It’s similar to the argument we made that if there were a problem with term limits, why change the law regarding term lengths? Just change the law on term limits.

In this regard, the laws exist that tell people not to drive while doing things that distract them.

Tue
17
Feb
West Valley View's picture

What good are your congressmen?

We really aren’t very happy with how our congressmen behave in Washington. They are always fighting and trying to upstage the opposition party. They never seem to be able to get anything done for the good of the country.

But we were just told a story of how a local constituent had a problem with Medicare funding and how her congressman, Trent Franks, helped resolve it. Now we’re pretty sure the congressman didn’t actually resolve the problem himself, but staff in his office handled the problem and that actually is more important to everyday life in Arizona than the potential effects of votes on bills in Washington.

Fri
13
Feb
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Crime rate down in Buckeye, despite Police Dept.’s plan

Buckeye is becoming a safer and safer place to live, with overall crime down 12 percent from last year.

But that number could be higher, and we can’t help but wonder what it would be if not for an idea drummed up by the Police Department to prevent thefts.

Since Walmart is a haven for thieves, the Police Department had the idea to place “failing report cards” on the windshields of vehicles in the parking lot that had expensive items in plain sight.

Tue
10
Feb
Cary S. Hines's picture

Driving, reading texts is safe, legislator says

Just when we thought there weren’t any state legislators out there who understood that their job is to pass laws that don’t violate federal laws or human rights, our faith was restored.

Senate Bill 1102, authored by Sen. Steve Farley, D-Tucson, would have Arizona join 44 other states that have banned text messaging by all drivers. And so we salute Farley.

Tue
03
Feb
Cary S. Hines's picture

Super Bowl was no super win for west side

Super Bowl 49 is over. All that is left is the trash in the parking lot. The celebrities and high rollers are all gone or sleeping off their Super hangovers. The Seahawks are licking their wounds and wondering what might have been.

Arizona is left with a massive public relations win as is Phoenix and Scottsdale.

But Glendale is left where west side cities always are. Holding the bag. The bills will still be coming in for months and it will be longer before the city can figure out how to pay them all.

Fri
30
Jan
West Valley View's picture

Let’s pass this bill already!

Why does this bill keep failing?

This is the fourth time the texting ban bill for holders of graduated driver’s licenses has surfaced.

House Bill 2343, sponsored by Rep. Karen Fann, R-Prescott, would prohibit those ages 16 and 17 from using cell phones for any purpose while driving.

Tue
27
Jan
West Valley View's picture

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Fri
23
Jan
Cary S. Hines's picture

Da toughest judge in America

Judge G. Murray Snow will hold hearings to bring civil contempt charges against the Maricopa County sheriff.

The sheriff has been in and out of Snow’s U.S. District Court courthouse numerous times over the Sheriff’s Office’s handling of arrests that the judge has deemed to be racial profiling.

The contempt charges come from the Sheriff’s Office’s continuing to racially profile and to refuse to adhere to remedies ordered by the judge. Among those was providing instructions and training for officers on how to make arrests without racially profiling.

But the problem really comes down to an issue of arrogance. The sheriff thinks he only answers to himself, that no other entities have the ability to determine what is legal and what isn’t, that he doesn’t have to abide by a federal judge’s ideas of what is legal and what isn’t.

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