Editorials

Fri
19
Dec
West Valley View's picture

Casting doubts on Avondale angling

Has any Avondale City Council member, or staffer for that matter, ever even laid their hands on a fishing pole?

Based on comments made during Monday’s council meeting, our guess would be no.

Tue
16
Dec
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Simple solutions

The city of Avondale has come up with an extremely simple solution to a couple of problems, both of which affect not only Avondale, but the entire planet as well.

While it would have been more fitting that Avondale’s Street Tree Master Plan been announced in April when Arbor Day and Earth Day celebrate green events, the city couldn’t wait to get started on a program to significantly increase its number of trees.

Fri
12
Dec
Cary S. Hines's picture

Ferguson events could be setting grave precedents

I wouldn’t want to be a cop in today’s society.

Or a member of a grand jury.

Or living in a city that is guaranteed to burn by the hands of its own residents when “protests” are staged.

Tue
09
Dec
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Big companies put bottom line over human lives

As we reflected during this holiday season, we wondered what ever happened to ethics, morals and fair play in this world.

Regardless of what religious upbringing one has, there are always teachings about the right way to live one’s life. The Golden Rule isn’t exclusively a part of any one religion, nor is the Ten Commandments.

But time and time again, we see people living their lives with total disregard for their fellow man. In fact, often with complete disdain for human life.

Fri
05
Dec
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Go ahead, give a pet as a gift this Christmas

For years, we’ve been told, “Don’t give pets as gifts.”

And it made sense.

Giving someone a pet as a gift is essentially gifting that person with a lifetime commitment, something that person may not want. But even if that person is up for the lifetime commitment that comes along with pet ownership, getting a pet as a gift denies him from choosing the pet he wants.

Tue
02
Dec
Elliott Freireich's picture

You can get anything you want ... except Thanksgiving off

Elliott FreireichThanksgiving came early for our family this year. Early, like arriving at 10:30 a.m. at my sister-in-law’s house.

We have a tradition of having Thanksgiving at her house every year, but we never eat before about 4 p.m.

Fri
28
Nov
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Shopping locally helps communities

Happy Black Friday, everyone.

For those of you brave enough to leave the comfort of your homes on this day, we say good luck. Good luck being close enough to the front of the line to get one of four advertised big screen TVs for a couple hundred bucks. Good luck getting one of the 20 gold bangles offered for less than a hundred. Good luck getting one of five gaming systems at half price. Good luck making it out of the stores alive.

Tue
25
Nov
Elliott Freireich's picture

Academy gives glimpse into cops’ day-to-day routine

Elliott FreireichI was invited to attend the very first Avondale Citizen’s Police Academy recently.

It was an eight-week class that ended this month. I was surprised that Avondale hadn’t done this before and was happy to have been able to participate. Like all new programs, it had some growing pains, but overall, even without any tweaks, it is a worthwhile use of a resident’s time.

Fri
21
Nov
Cary S. Hines's picture

We report the news; we do not advocate for perceived victims

One of the hardest parts of being a newspaper editor is telling people no.

Not just the people who attempt to circumvent my advertising department by assuring me that the for-profit venture they are promoting is “newsworthy” and something “my readers would want to know about.”

Tue
18
Nov
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Timing not right for Goodyear mall

Make no mistake about it, the major retail community does not believe that Arizona’s economy has come back.

Macerich, the mall building company, is unable to build the malls it has had on the drawing board for years because it cannot get major retailers to commit to leasing space at its proposed malls such as Goodyear’s Estrella Falls Mall.

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