It's safe to say that no public school in Arizona has ever suffered from the Legislature's too-bountiful largesse. Quite the opposite.
This is the thing about public schools. They exist to educate kids. But that's tilting at windmills if other basic problems - food, shelter, clothing, safety - aren't addressed.
Principal McAllister, the human banana split: "I am very cold, I am very sticky, I am delicious. But most of all, I am proud of my Walter Douglas Bulldogs!"
I have this fantasy: Every elected official in Arizona, particularly those in the Legislature, spends two weeks straight as a substitute teacher in a public school whose students live in poverty - a place like Walter Douglas Elementary School.
'American" doesn't mean "white." But before we get to that, a quick detour.
Looking around at the folks gathered at a good friend's home for a potluck dinner and a clear view of the fireworks on Independence Day, the inevitable question arrived:
Some family is created through relation, some through love.
So it turns out that the Equal Rights Amendment had nothing to do with laundry detergent.
Let's talk about the rapists. Conversations, including in those in Congress, about how to get thousands of military women who have been sexually assaulted to believe, despite ample evidence to the contrary, that their accounts will be heard and addressed with justice skips an elemental part …
Few words are worth less in the campaign to make our communities safer from gun violence than "But it wouldn't have prevented …"
I'm following the ever-so-straight line that Arizona Rep. David Gowan has so helpfully drawn for the public, connecting the dots straight from health-care to coiffures.
When Boston was attacked and limbs went flying, people who thought their day would be spent watching runners cross the finish line found themselves on an unwanted journey.
Too many senators support easy access to guns for criminals and people who are dangerously mentally ill.
We've come to the distraction part of the gun "debate." Look over there! It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Mark Kelly doing something!
We've perfected traveling through time and space without leaving our seats. Sitting side-by-side, our molecules are close to one another, but we're miles and galaxies away. It's always been that way, but back then we called it imagination.
Kids know that to get things done, you have to accept that you can't do it alone. And you have to ask.
Barring any last minute "miracles" to call off this Congress-inflicted fiasco, automatic federal budget cuts will kick in. The reductions total $1.2 trillion spread over nine years. The first cuts will be $85 billion by the end of September.