Editorials

Wed
12
Jul

Here comes the monsoon, now pull over

Nearly a month after the season officially started, the West Valley finally got its first taste of the 2017 monsoon.

June 15 signals the start of the monsoon — our rainy season — but considering the Valley of the Sun only sees an average of .02 inches of rain in June, that date doesn’t mean much. Kind of like June 21. That may be the first day of summer in the Midwest, but by the time June 21 rolls around, Arizonans are already grousing about the heat, and their electric bills.

Wed
05
Jul

Cooling down in a canal not worth the risk

We hope everyone had a safe and happy Fourth of July, and managed to stay cool while temperatures hovered once again around 110.

With triple digits forecast for the foreseeable future, we thought it would be a good time to talk about the dangers of drowning, specifically in canals.

Wed
28
Jun

Election changes hopefully ahead

Hallelujah, Goodyear has put election talks on its calendar.

The city will hold a work session Aug. 21 so staff (at the request of the council) can clarify the current process of how and when the city conducts its elections and possibly make recommendations for future elections.

For those of you who missed the last two editorials, we’ve been hammering the city pretty hard over the way it calculates election results.

Wed
21
Jun

In search of the missing votes

Well, it didn’t take 12 months. It only took about two days to get our answer from Goodyear. And when you factor in the city’s wonky election math, it makes sense … kind of.

Wed
14
Jun

Goodyear election math gets fuzzier

Goodyear, you’ve got some ’splainin’ to do.

Remember that editorial we wrote back in March after the city’s primary election? The editorial that explained what under votes and over votes are? The editorial that spelled out how the city actually adds those votes into the total vote count to determine the number of votes needed to win the primary? The editorial that disclosed that Brannon Hampton would have won the primary outright if not for under and over votes? The editorial that told Goodyear residents that those under and over votes cost them a lot of dough for a runoff election?

Wed
07
Jun

Merge ahead, not now, wait, wait, wait, now!

How frustrating is it to enter a construction zone, see signs saying “left lane closed ahead” and merge into the right lane only to have a bunch of speedracers whiz by and get over at the last second, well ahead of you?

You did the right thing. You got over when the signs said the lane was ending. You got in line! And these selfish fools are not only cutting in front of you, but they’re also causing a backup. Right?

Wed
31
May

Trotting Park demolition a good thing

We are glad the Phoenix Trotting Park is being demolished.

Not because we think it’s an eyesore, but because we think it was a hindrance to the sale of the 194-acre parcel it sits on. Prime real estate in the West Valley just waiting to be developed and inject some serious cash into our economy.

Wed
24
May

We remember

The following column, by Burt Freireich, was first published in 1961 in the Sun City News-Sun, where Mr. Freireich was publisher. It is still representative of our thoughts on Memorial Day and wars of the past and future. Mr.

Wed
17
May

Designated pool watchers are crucial

Tragedy struck the West Valley last weekend when a 6-year-old boy drowned.

In the blink of an eye, a family’s life was forever changed, transformed from here and now, past and future, to “before” and “after.” We cannot imagine the pain they must be enduring, the “how?” “why?” and “what ifs?” they must constantly be wrestling with.

Wed
10
May

Summer break means more empty bellies

Despite this little reprieve we’ve been granted with our strangely cool weather of late, summer will be here before we know it. School will be out before we know it. And those TV commercials depicting mothers gleefully skipping through stores filling their carts with colorful back-to-school supplies and sharp new school clothes will be here before we know it.

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