Editorials

Mon
20
Apr
Cary S. Hines's picture

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
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.

Thu
19
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.

Mon
09
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.

Mon
02
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.

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.

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