Editorials

Fri
17
Apr
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4-day school week makes sense; failure to reach out doesn’t

Four-day school weeks are making their way into the West Valley with the Saddle Mountain Unified District leading the charge.

The district on Monday approved a four-day week beginning with the 2015-16 school year, and while we’re in favor of the change, we question how transparent the district was during the information gathering process.

Tue
14
Apr
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City has good intentions, but faces roadblock

The city of Avondale has decided to take on a very ambitious project. One that’s not really something within the normal purview of a city council’s role, but something that affects the city and its residents nonetheless.

Councilman Lorenzo Sierra brought up a proposal to improve schools during the January City Council retreat. And now the council would like to work on a goal of making every school within the city an A+ school.

Fri
10
Apr
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New charity act is great, but it could be awesome

Last week, the IRS announced that special legislation has been recently enacted that allows anyone who donates to charities benefiting the families of the two slain New York police officers — Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, the officers who were gunned down just before Christmas in Brooklyn following protests over the Michael Brown and Eric Garner killings — by midnight April 15, to claim the deduction on his 2014 tax return.

Which is great.

But why does it have to stop there?

Tue
07
Apr
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Pretty as a picture

Arizona Sen. John McCain is playing politics again. When the president came to Phoenix to announce a new program designed to boost the housing market, McCain and the rest of the Republicans blasted him for not stopping at the Phoenix Veterans Administration Hospital.

Our VA Hospital was at the center of the controversy over refusing to give military veterans timely appointments and then misrepresenting the wait times.

Fri
03
Apr
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Driving with kids in the car? Then butt out!

As much as we hate new laws that address unwritten rules, apparently they’re needed.

Don’t drive baby around without strapping him securely into his car seat.

Don’t drive children around without their seat belts.

Tue
31
Mar
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Let them eat cake

Is it ignorance or arrogance?

It seems our legislators don’t understand that the common man just can’t take every chance to fight philosophical battles of states rights vs federal rights.

One example of this is the obsession with Arizona’s right to keep a driver’s license that doesn’t have any ability for the federal government to track or guarantee authenticity.

Fri
27
Mar
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Name change kinda weird, but comes with silver lining

Goodyear’s newest elected officials are proving us right for endorsing them in the city’s March election.

We like the way they think.

Tue
24
Mar
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Cheap water not a long-term solution

Two items in the news last week were about water in the West Valley.

First off, the Buckeye City Council met last week to raise water rates after quite a number of years. The increase will be modest but still will be an increased cost for residents when it goes into effect in April.

Fri
20
Mar
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Coot killings continue; looks to be annual event

Almost exactly a year ago, we were notified by some very upset Estrella residents who had witnessed men feeding coots treated bait corn to put them to sleep so they could be removed from the area. Apparently, coots are attracted to water and the Goodyear neighborhood’s giant bird bath is a big draw. Problem (at the time anyway) was many of the water birds returned to the lake after consuming the corn and drowned.

Tue
17
Mar
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Go ahead, take closed government personally

by Brian J. Hunhoff

opinion writer for the Yankton County Observer

Don’t take it personally?

That’s usually good advice, but today we urge the opposite reaction to all government bodies operating in the shadows, purposely avoiding public scrutiny and genuine transparency.

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