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Republicans’ arrogance is embarrassing

It’s hard to know where to start in assessing why Americans are so upset with Congress.

Is it the arrogance of thinking that Congressmen can do whatever they want and ignore the consequences of their actions?

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Back to the drawing board

Affordable Care Act, continuing resolution and government shutdown, oh my!

Where to start?

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No texting while driving law is needed

So I’m driving down Litchfield Road, minding my own business, when I look to my left and notice the person driving next to me has his head down. He is busy texting. Every once in a while he looks up, but then his head goes right back down again.

My hobby is racing cars. I compete with other amateur drivers every couple of weeks on local race tracks. We drive fast, very fast. We push our cars to the (at least perceived) limit of adhesion. We push ourselves to the limit as well. And it is a whole lot safer than driving on city streets or freeways.


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.

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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!

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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.


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