Technology has next generation up on blocks

Anyone know a teenager who could care less about getting his driver’s license?

Yeah, us, too.

We know lots of ’em.

How times have changed.


Not the America I want to live in

Ever since I learned about the government and big business being able to track a person, I have tried to limit how much information I knowingly and willingly give out.

My children would roll their eyes when I went to Safeway and made up phone numbers to get the discounts on purchases. I didn’t think then and still don’t that it is in my best interests for every company that I do business with to track all my buying habits.


Culture: it’s not just for adults

Wanna sneak some culture into your kids’ lives?

Think museums, symphony concerts and the ballet are for adults only? Think again.

Believe it or not, there are several cultural events throughout the Valley that your children will enjoy just as much as, if not more than, you will. And like AT&T points out, when children enjoy something, they want more, they want more!


Medical wishes should be known before emergency

I lost my mother last week.

So one would think this would be about how wonderful she was. While she was wonderful, this isn’t about that.

It is about how medical emergencies and death affect us.


The heat is on

This one’s for all the newcomers to the Valley of the Sun.

Well, those of you who haven’t moved here from places such as Nevada and Texas where the climate is comparable.

We’re talking about the transplants who hail from the Midwest, the East Coast, even sunny California.

For those of you who landed in the 48th state last winter or even last fall, it’s time to pay up for all that winter sunshine and mild weather.

For those of you who just got here, you get to pay it forward.

Depending on which weather report you’re looking at, today is expected to be anywhere from 116 to 119 degrees. We’re gonna let you in on a little secret — 116 doesn’t feel much different from 119. Hell is hell.

So for those of you who left your snow blowers behind, Step 1 to keeping your cool is to treat this time of year the way you would your winter — stay indoors whenever possible.


A very ‘appealing’ Joe Arpaio

You may be surprised to find this is not an essay extolling the virtues of Maricopa County’s sheriff.

Joe Arpaio isn’t exactly an Albert Einstein. Today, we are discussing the sheriff’s latest challenge to the legal system.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office tends to have more lawsuits filed against it than any other police agency in the state of Arizona, probably more than all the other 14 county sheriff’s offices combined.

And possibly more than all the police agencies in the entire state combined.

MCSO continually explains to residents that this is what happens when it attempts to enforce the laws. It states that it is out to get “da bad guys.” But the legal system is constantly finding that MCSO is violating the law in court decision after court decision. (What part of illegal doesn’t Arpaio understand? You knew we had to throw that in didn’t you?)


Tolleson’s resolution not very sporting

by Cary S. Hines

Managing editor

When it comes to gun control, Tolleson is loaded for bear, albeit a dying bear.

The tiny West Valley city recently passed a resolution supporting the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013 and the Fix Guns Checks of 2013 — bills that require background checks for every gun sale and ensure that anyone who is prohibited from buying guns is listed in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. The resolution also supports legislation that keeps military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines out of civilian hands.

Tolleson’s mayor had made assurances that it’s not an attack on the Second Amendment, and I agree, it’s more of a desecration. You can’t attack something that’s already dead.

OK, I admit, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, it’s not completely dead, but it is dying.


Buckeye veterans need a local clinic

The Veteran’s Affairs health clinic in Buckeye is scheduled to close at the end of this month.

Health Net Federal, the contractor that ran the clinic for the VA, decided not to renew its contract. And we would have to assume that it was not profitable for that company to continue to provide services in Buckeye.

The VA put out a call for bids but there were no bidders. So the VA decided to close the facility. It says it is temporary but it won’t elaborate on how it might reopen it.

Alternatives may exist. Dr. Rohit Malhotra owns the Buckeye Medical Clinic, the building the VA clinic is in. He had been one of the doctors who actually treated patients for the VA working for Health Net Federal. He found out that no one had bid on continuing to provide services after bidding had closed. He wants bidding reopened so he can have an opportunity to submit a bid.


No new rules

We want to acknowledge what we think are some good choices made by some local leaders.

First, kudos to our new county supervisor, Clint Hickman, who initiated a freeze on new county regulations. We think of this as just benefiting businesses but it also benefits individuals as well. Governmental entities have been passing laws and ordinances since the time immemorial.


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