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Hurricanes Harvey and Irma: A Wake-up Call

We sympathize with all those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. We, as a nation, should do everything in our power to ensure speedy recovery. However, it will be tragic if we stopped there. We need to address the root cause of increased frequency and intensity of such events – climate change. Some have labeled such call at this time opportunistic, we believe it is being realistic. Combating climate change should be considered a part of national defense. Many people are wondering what they can do to impact climate change. We suggest a four-prong approach: (1) conserve energy, (2) maximize the use of renewable energy sources, e.g., drive hybrid or electric cars, buy electric energy from companies with maximum renewable content, install rooftop solar panels to meet your household energy needs, etc., (3) learn as much as you can so that you can calmly counter the shouting of climate change deniers with facts, and (4) write to your congressmen and/or visit their offices to let them know that you care about climate and demand action. The feasible solutions to combat climate change exist, e.g., proposal by the Citizens’ Climate Lobby and Conservative Carbon Dividends plan, based on carbon fee and ... Read More »

Senate candidate and local businessman, Jim Moss weighs in on Arpaio Pardon

Arpaio is the worst kind of lawbreaker – the kind who wears a badge. Nothing erodes public trust in law enforcement or the rule of law more than willful lawbreaking by those who have sworn an oath to serve and protect, and uphold the law. Arpaio’s actions are akin to the rogue officer who commits a violent offense against an unarmed citizen. Read More »

Reader ponders the New Year

Politically, I want to see more of Hillary Clinton on the news live or on the ‘phone. So far she’s been almost aloof from the crowds of clamorous reporters and commentators hanging on her ever word –  going so far as roping them off at a parade to keep them at bay. “The Pen” is set up far away from the front of the audience and she rarely takes questions except in intimate gatherings with a few people over coffee or snacks. Lately, she’s caved in some because Donald Trump has been picking on her and she has appeared in a number of interviews with news commentators.  Still, the crowds are staying away in droves. Unlike Trump – and even Bernie Sanders – Clinton draws crowds in the hundreds, rather than thousands.  Read More »

Remembering the Three Bills

Y’know, it hurts to realize the fantastic humans who have vanished from our midst here in Cental Arizona in the not-too-distant past. Three Bills come to mind right off the bat: Bill Hardt, Bill Taylor and Bill Schminke. Each of these guys had a special part in Central Arizona’s history. Read More »

What American Idol and the Taliesin/Globe Miami Project have in common

The popular TV show, American Idol is set to go off the air after 15 seasons, but its legacy will live on through the talented performers the show discovered and shepherded; through spin off shows which enjoy a life of their own, and through the many connections the show made and doors it opened for those who took the stage; leaving even the ‘losers’ as winners in the end – simply by being part of the American Idol experience. When asked why I support a Frank Lloyd Wright/Globe-Miami partnership it is because sharing a stage with them will elevate our community in ways we couldn’t hope to achieve without them. In much the way ‘American Idol’ advances the opportunities of those who made it on the show. Read More »

Things We Grow

With a little reflection, I’m sure that each and every one of us can remember an event or conversation in our lives that left an immense impression upon us, an impression that had little effect on us at the time, but instead became essential to our existence and being.  Our lives are filled with moments of meaninglessness on the grand scale, yet every now and again, something happens that moves us and redirects us onto a new path. Read More »

1963: March on Washington

Fifty years ago, a throng of 200,000 people — both black and white — descended on the Washington Monument to call for a program of civil rights and equality, which this nation had failed to achieve despite its lip service to lofty ideals. Our nation’s pledge of allegiance, which every school child is taught to memorize from the age of five, was written in 1892. It  states, “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”  Read More »

Save the planet, Baby!

We’re all worried about the environment– even those folks who drive big honkin’ Hummers and keep the AC going full blast at the summer house until January, while simultaneously lighting the fireplace. Perhaps they’re even more concerned than the Average Joe because the world now has only about two and a half weeks of fossil fuels left, and big boys’ big toys need a lot of juice. Read More »

The American Experience

Reflecting on what “American” means with Bill Hing Fourth of July is here again. I can already remember last year, standing awkwardly in the kitchen of someone I hardly knew, where every table and counter top was covered with pies, chips, dip and potato salad. I was invited, sure, but the fact I only knew three people was evident. These days we equate Fourth of July with being social, either standing over barbecues and food or beneath fireworks.  Read More »

Are we endowed to have always have more?

By: Susan Handa In my lifetime, being an American meant being a member of the richest and most powerful nation on earth; endowed by birth with rights to which other nations could only aspire, and fully anticipating that my rightful ‘pursuit of happiness’ would result in an even more comfortable life than my parents’. Read More »