Editorials

Thu
22
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.

Mon
19
Jan
Cary S. Hines's picture

False promises, promises ...

Doug Ducey talked a good game during the primary and general election season. But it didn’t take long until he revealed that all the promises he made while running for governor weren’t possible to keep.

It isn’t surprising that supporting education and refusing to raise taxes are mutually exclusive goals. It’s surprising that so many of us believed him when he said he would do it.

Much of what he promised vs. what he now plans to deliver are different but he probably will claim it is only semantics.

Mon
29
Dec
Cary S. Hines's picture

Tax credit: a gift that gives back

Just like businesses, schools face ever-increasing operating costs — higher utility bills, book expenses, technology updates, facilities management and even labor costs.

But unlike businesses, schools can’t just raise their prices to meet those advancing costs. They depend on the perspicacity and largesse of the state Legislature to fund their operating needs, and on the generosity of taxpayers who vote to assess themselves for school bonds and budget override measures.

However, there’s another way to support our schools that in this holiday season of giving is particularly apropos — because this type of giving gives back.

Thu
11
Dec
Cary S. Hines's picture

Ferguson events could be setting grave precedents

I wouldn’t want to be a cop in today’s society.

Or a member of a grand jury.

Or living in a city that is guaranteed to burn by the hands of its own residents when “protests” are staged.

Mon
01
Dec
Elliott Freireich's picture

You can get anything you want ... except Thanksgiving off

Elliott FreireichThanksgiving came early for our family this year. Early, like arriving at 10:30 a.m. at my sister-in-law’s house.

We have a tradition of having Thanksgiving at her house every year, but we never eat before about 4 p.m.

Mon
24
Nov
Elliott Freireich's picture

Academy gives glimpse into cops’ day-to-day routine

Elliott FreireichI was invited to attend the very first Avondale Citizen’s Police Academy recently.

It was an eight-week class that ended this month. I was surprised that Avondale hadn’t done this before and was happy to have been able to participate. Like all new programs, it had some growing pains, but overall, even without any tweaks, it is a worthwhile use of a resident’s time.

Thu
20
Nov
Cary S. Hines's picture

We report the news; we do not advocate for perceived victims

One of the hardest parts of being a newspaper editor is telling people no.

Not just the people who attempt to circumvent my advertising department by assuring me that the for-profit venture they are promoting is “newsworthy” and something “my readers would want to know about.”

Thu
23
Oct
Cary S. Hines's picture

Honest Obama could cost Dems U.S. Senate seats

Cary HinesObama may say his feelings aren’t hurt when his fellow Democrats running for office avoid him like Ebola, but I have a hard time believing that when he makes comments such as, “The bottom line is, though, these are all folks who vote with me; they have supported my agenda in Congress. So this isn’t about my feelings being hurt. These are folks who are strong allies and supporters of me. I tell them — I said, ‘You do what you need to do to win. I will be responsible for making sure that our voters turn out.’”

Thu
18
Sep
Cary S. Hines's picture

It’s not too early to get your flu shot

Cary HinesIt’s that time of year again — back to flu season.

The beginning of the school year invokes opposite reactions in most children and adults — children lament it while their parents rejoice in it.

I am not one of those parents.

Thu
28
Aug
Cary S. Hines's picture

Hickman’s win is Tonopah’s loss

Maricopa County Supervisor Clint Hickman handily took out his only competitor in the race for the District 4 seat.

Unofficial counts gave Hickman 35,602 votes compared to Sandra Dowling’s 15,878, so we’re calling it.

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