Guest Comment


Proposed monuments in Arizona a bad, bad idea

Two new national monuments are being proposed for Arizona: The Grand Canyon Watershed — 1.7 million acres, and The Sedona Verde Valley Red Rock — 180,000 acres including the town of Sedona.

Center for Biological Diversity harms the forest

In 2012, the citizens of the City of Flagstaff voted for and approved Proposition 405, a $10 million bond to thin the forest surrounding Flagstaff’s vitally important watershed.

Thorpe should apologize for false forest claims

Arizona State Rep. Bob Thorpe has a penchant for divisive, inflammatory politics. It led him to post (then delete) racially charged tweets, defend the criminal, racist Cliven Bundy, and attend meetings of an extremist group espousing violence against police. “Very nice, patriotic people,” he said just before two of them assassinated two Las Vegas policemen then killed themselves.

Eagles, other nongame wildlife grow to record numbers

What’s in a name? Based solely on its name, some might wrongly assume that the Arizona Game and Fish Department focuses only on “hunted” game animals and “fishable” fish.

County staff attempted to guide, not hamper, Hellsgate

A recent newspaper article and an editorial have each expressed concerns about the Hellsgate Fire District (HFD) station project currently underway in Tonto Village. Issues have been raised and opinions voiced regarding possible delays and costs added to the project by Gila County.

Senator Flake opposes Iran agreement

When the administration announced that an agreement had been reached between the P5+1 and Iran, I said that I would take the time to do due diligence on the deal. I have tried to do so. I am grateful for a comprehensive series of briefings and hearings conducted by Chairman Corker and Ranking Member Cardin of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and for members of the Obama administration for making themselves available for numerous briefings and one-on-one discussions.

Shooting at military recruiting office was a terrorist attack

“The process of settlement is a ‘Civilization-Jihadist Process’ with all the word means. The Muslim Brotherhood must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions ...

Newest EPA regulations will hurt Arizona’s economy

“We’ll be put out of business.”

New funding model not necessarily the answer

There is increasing popularity in the Arizona state government for the concept of “backpack” funding for public education.

Arizona’s elected officials working together for education

These are exciting times for education in Arizona. A new report from U.S. News & World Report puts three Phoenix-area high schools in the top 10 high schools in America. Our state continues to be among the leaders in school choice for parents.

Payson destroys wildlife habitat around Green Valley Lake

Baby ducks, turtles, coots, and other air breathing wildlife along the west shore of Green Valley’s largest lake are now homeless. So are the fish and minnows that lived there.

Magna Carta foundation for U.S. jurisprudence

On June 15, 1215, in the meadow of Runnymede, west of London, King John, more popularly known today as the evil Prince John of Robin Hood lore, affixed his royal seal to Magna Carta.

Fire department launches Red Tag/Green Tag Program

The Red Tag/Green Tag Program was created with the intention of creating awareness to the property owner of items that they could easily accomplish that would greatly increase the survivability of their property due to the devastating effects of wildland fire.

Congratulations to Arizona high school graduates

Last Thursday night I watched my granddaughter, Karlee Sylviann Brown, graduate from Mesa High with honors.

Congress rewards corporations while punishing the American people

Congress keeps feeding big corporations huge tax cuts they don’t deserve, even as it starves average Americans of the services and investments they need.