Editorials

Mon
01
Dec

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Thu
26
Jun

This car’s too slow, this one’s too fast, both are dangerous

Anyone else have the pleasure of commuting from the far West Valley to the West Valley on a nearly daily basis?

Good, then like me, you probably understand how road rage happens. Not saying any of you, er us, engage in such an illegal activity, but that doesn’t mean we don’t understand how and why, let’s call them incidents, happen.

Thu
29
May

3 words I hate hearing at the gas station

Whenever I hear the words “Excuse me, miss” at the gas station, I cringe.

Either they’re coming from some guy who wants to “fix” my chipped windshield or “bump out” the dents on the passenger side (which have been there for about three years now, long enough that they’re sporting rust in a state that rarely sees any precipitation whatsoever) or they’re coming from someone who is parked at a pump near me waiting for someone else (me) to come along and pay for his gas.

Mon
26
May

Right way to stop wrong-way drivers

Elliott FreireichThe Valley has seen three recent cases of fatal accidents caused by drivers going the wrong way on local freeways.

Most of the solutions to prevent future crashes look at ways to stop those drivers from turning onto freeway off-ramps or methods to warn other drivers once such a condition becomes known.

Mon
31
Mar

Drivers training should be taught in public school

Cary HinesMy mostly straight A, gifted son failed his written test for his learner’s permit.

He studied the Arizona Driver License Manual put out by the Arizona Department of Transportation and he took a sample test online, yet he still failed.

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