Ideas/Opinion

Ideas and opinion from a wide range of sources and view points including the campaign.  Ideas from Bob Karp will be shown with [Bob Karp] in the title.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why state lawmakers should stay out of local zoning laws

During my time on the City of Sierra Vista planning & zoning commission I was skeptical of changes to zoning and building code amendments that made it much easier to build an Auxiliary Dwelling Unit (ADU) in a single family residential zone.  An Auxiliary Dwelling Unit is a fancy term for what we used to […]

A Challenge to Arizona Democrats

Here is an interesting challenge to Democrats in Arizona as well as other “red” or “purple” states. How to win! I’m going to quote directly from this opinion piece. “We know Democrats often forget about state races until Election Day comes and then quickly move on from the lessons learned in those campaigns. We urge […]