Editorials

Thu
28
May
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City of Glendale’s proposed ordinance appears disguised

Hey, Glendale, ever hear of the 14th Amendment?

How about the Civil Rights Act of 1964?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission?

Well, they all address discrimination, and they all prohibit it.

Thu
30
Apr
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We’re opening up our opinion pages

We often brag about our opinion pages. You all have so much to say, but more importantly, you all take the time to write down your opinions, adhere to our standards (most of the time) and deliver them to us to print for all to read, some to agree with and others to argue your points.

We enjoy providing this open format, so much so that we’re going to change things up a bit.

Mon
27
Apr
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Brown is the new green

We’re in a drought. And we live in the desert. So even in good times, water isn’t plentiful. But with the growth of the Valley and the dearth of rain in the watersheds, water is scarce.

So what have our leaders done to help preserve the limited water that will be available for the next decade?

Thu
23
Apr
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Air travel without pilots?

In the wake of the crash of the Germanwings airliner that was attributed to the co-pilot’s committing suicide with the plane and killing all 150 people on board, calls have been made to eliminate such risk by eliminating the pilots.

Using drones would be much safer according to this idea.

Either there would be no pilots on board or there would be a pilot on board as a backup to the ground-based personnel controlling airplanes.

Thu
23
Apr
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I’m so depressed, I think I’ll just look at Facebook

There are so many things about addictions that are depressing. And so many things that are depressing about addictions to electronics, whether television, texting or Internet surfing.

And the University of Houston has recently come out with a study that has found “some users may find themselves spending quite a bit of time viewing Facebook and may inevitably begin comparing what’s happening in their lives to the activities and accomplishments of their friends.”

Mon
20
Apr
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Behind every great leader is a great staff

Last week, we expressed our frustration over the Saddle Mountain Unified School District’s failure to reach out to parents of students when considering switching to a four-day school week, but to be fair, the district has had its hands full climbing out of receivership and has been unwavering in putting its students first.

Mon
23
Feb
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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.

Thu
19
Feb
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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.

Mon
09
Feb
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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.

Mon
02
Feb
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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.

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