Money for Rural Arizona Roads? – Not so much

There is a lot to be appalled by in this article.  The huge amount of dollars spent to build this highway.  How funding was provided by a mix of federal, state, and county monies, yet there is no money for small projects in rural southeastern Arizona.  But what really got me was a comment from […]

Criminal Justice Reform

State Rep. Leo Biasiucci has introduced legislation to make community service an option to paying a cash fine for traffic tickets. Right now that isn’t possible. This could be part of a larger conversation about reform of the state criminal justice code. Particularly where the judicial system ensnares the poor with fines and fees.  The […]

Lack of Courage

I don’t agree with Cochise County supervisor Peggy Judd on many issues, but I do support her attempt to bring various stakeholders together to discuss critical water issues facing the Willcox basin area.  I believe her proposal was modest:  hold a number of workshops/seminars over a period of three months in Sunsites and Willcox to […]

Ducey & GOP Legislature Get “Caught”

Some people are actually paying attention to how Arizona Governor Duecy and the GOP lead legislature have continued to shortchange education by overstepping their authority and the wishes of the public.  Joan A. Murphy’s letter to the editor details that a judge recently ruled that indeed the governor and legislature raided the stand land trust […]

Dry Wells in Willcox Basin

A growing number of families have been struggling with dry wells in the farming towns around Willcox in southeastern Arizona. Groundwater levels have been dropping for years as large cattle operations, dairies, cornfields, pistachio groves and other farms have pumped out billions of gallons of groundwater.  The water crisis in Arizona reaches from the northern […]

Federal Immigration Policy Affects Arizona Economy

Immigration enforcement is not simply a matter of humane treatment of asylum seekers.  Trump administration policy at the border is having a negative impact on a vital source of revenue for cities in southeastern Arizona.  According to USA Today story, wait times rose to as much as ll hours during the Thanksgiving holiday period because […]

USA Today – Hidden Common Ground

USA Today is starting a rather ambitious series about where we are as a country on our political and cultural discourse.  The results are thought-provoking and may surprise you.  Today’s articles have an analysis of the Public Agenda/USA TODAY/Ipsos poll that is the basis for the Hidden Common Ground columns.  In 2018 when I ran […]

Sierra Vista Farmers Market

If the great Arizona weather holds – I will be at just outside the Sierra Vista Farmer’s Market Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 10:00 AM – Noon.  Drop by say hello, and if you haven’t already signed my petition please sign.  Look for me in the parking lot on the east side of the park […]

GOP Education Plan?

Rep. John Fillmore, R-Apache Junction, has filed a bill, HB2017 with the reference title ” schools; pledge; quiet reflection” attempting to make it more difficult for students to opt out of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance each day in school, or having a moment of “quiet reflection”.  I seem to remember the quiet reflection idea […]

Cascabel Community Fair

[Public] Saturday & Sunday December 7 – 8, 2019 – I’m looking forward to my first trip to Cascabel, Arizona to visit their annual community fair.  This unique event features “fine artisans and craftsmen displaying their work in fiber, metal, wood, jewelry, clay, leather, photography and more.”  Casscabel is a great example of the vibrancy […]