Editorials

Fri
28
Aug
West Valley View's picture

Spiking ADOT’s plan to prevent driving wrong way

We commend the Arizona Department of Transportation for taking steps to prevent wrong-way driving on our state highways, but we still think our idea is better.

ADOT has been testing different companies’ wrong-way driver detectors — blinking red lights on “Wrong Way” signs to alert the driver that he’s going the wrong way.

It also enlarged and lowered “Wrong Way” and “Do Not Enter” signs and painted big, white arrows with raised red reflectors that point at the wrong-way vehicle on select off-ramps.

Fri
21
Aug
Elliott Freireich's picture

1 solution to 2 problems

Here’s a solution to the problem of illegal immigrants entering the United States. It partly comes from some of the Republican presidential contenders’ solutions mixed in with some economic solutions to our largest national corporations’ manufacturing products overseas.

Many of these companies have gone offshore to cut costs. Almost nowhere in the world do labor costs come close to those of U.S. union workers, though I won’t argue whether the wages paid are anywhere close to being legitimate based on productivity.

Fri
14
Aug
Cary S. Hines's picture

Taxpayers’ wallets aren’t big enough for this sheriff

How much more skullduggery on the part of the sheriff is needed before we finally stop re-electing him?

This man, sworn to uphold the law, clearly believes he’s above it.

And he has no qualms about wasting the taxpayers’ money every time he’s called on it.

Tue
11
Aug
Elliott Freireich's picture

Defining problem critical to solution

Since a San Francisco woman was shot and killed July 1 by a seven-time convicted felon, many in the country are calling for stricter laws to punish illegal immigrants who return to the U.S. after being deported.

Some people think killings perpetrated by illegal immigrants are more heinous than those committed by Americans. Though the families of the victims killed by Americans, including American police officers, probably have another thought on the issue.

Fri
07
Aug
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Goodyear gets G.A.I.N. right this year

Goodyear is busy planning for its annual G.A.I.N. event and we’re thrilled to find out that the city is doing it right.

G.A.I.N., or Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods, is the state’s answer to National Night Out — an “annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, better places to live.”

Fri
31
Jul
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Recapping the 3 golden rules of letter writing

We have seen a deluge of letters to the editor of late and with election season rolling in, we don’t expect it to let up anytime soon.

Which is great. We love reading passionate debates. Some letters make us laugh, others make us think, while others force us out of our chairs to discuss the topic with coworkers, oftentimes leading to passionate, albeit friendly, debates.

Fri
24
Jul
Cary S. Hines's picture

Solipsism here to stay

SELFIE STICKS are everywhere as seen in this group selfie taken at the bell tower of Seville Cathedral in Seville, Spain. View photo by Casey Pritchard
SELFIE STICKS are everywhere as seen in this group selfie taken at the bell tower of Seville Cathedral in Seville, Spain. View photo by Casey Pritchard

It’s taken me 19 years, but I finally got to see one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

Unfortunately, I waited so long that most of my photographs are peppered with self-absorbed navel gazers.

Thu
16
Jul
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It’s got her name on it

Randy Johnson and the Arizona Diamondbacks hit a home run with their recent call to nix renaming, albeit temporarily, State Route 51.

Original plans called for signage honoring former Diamondbacks’ pitcher Johnson, who is slated to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame July 26, to go up Friday on State Route 51. Johnson’s number was 51.

But the family of Lori Piestewa, the first Native American woman killed in combat, who the freeway was named after in 2003, didn’t like that idea.

Thu
09
Jul
West Valley View's picture

Avondale council should let digital ship sail

Looks like Avondale missed the digital boat.

Several years after Goodyear and Tolleson approved the installation of digital billboards within their cities and got paid a lot of money for it, Avondale is finally considering it, but the incentives have already sailed away.

Thu
02
Jul
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Rape victims don’t engage

We need look no further than a recent press release sent out by the city of Phoenix to see that the “good old boys’ club” is alive and well.

According to the release, Officer Timothy Morris, 40, who had been with the Phoenix Police Department since 2008, resigned June 26 when police officers detained him near his home in Pinal County and accused him of sexual assault and kidnapping. He has since been booked into the Pinal County Jail in Florence pending transfer of his case to Maricopa County.

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