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 …
Connecting the dots of decisions made and circumstances encountered may be an exclusively human experience. We crave meaning, resolution, a storyline that helps us, at a certain point in our lives, look back and take account.
Lumping people into categories isn't a new invention. In high school it was jocks, preps, burnouts, rockers, potheads, soshies - and, if, like me, you're from St. Louis, you have to include hoosiers (which has nothing to do with Indiana and everything to do with mullets).
Few words are worth less in the campaign to make our communities safer from gun violence than "But it wouldn't have prevented …"
It's amazing how inanity can pierce through amplified sound. The whispers, and then the emboldened blah blah blahs must possess some kind of special audio frequency.
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.
The wedding was a few weeks away. It was a quiet moment in our four-person news bureau.
Not that long ago I was just a happy-go-lucky person making my way through life.
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.
First, a short quiz. We're going to do a quick word-find exercise using the Arizona academic standards for K-12 in social studies.
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.
John McCain can't run away from John McCain, though he tries.
People call newsrooms to share. A complaint about a story, a compliment, a question on anything from "why doesn't my TV show the game?" to "why won't Politician X call me back?"
I have this fear that the headline on my obit will read: "One-legged journalist kicks the bucket."
"My problem with background checks is that you'll never get criminals to go through background checks," NRA frontman Wayne LaPierre said Wednesday at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on preventing gun violence.
Please excuse me a moment. I need a hanky. No, no. I'm OK. Just need a second to freshen up.
Editor's note: Sarah Garrecht Gassen's column now appears Thursdays.
The right to own a gun includes the right to destroy that gun. That's as American as apple pie.
There is a term that crops up in disability circles: "temporarily able-bodied." It's when, not if, you will become disabled thanks to aging, illness or accident. And when that happens, you will need medical care.
Why are the people who need us - and those we need - often so very far away? Out of reach except for visits already limited by money, time and the inescapable obligations of daily existence.
I love our country. Our promise. Our hopefulness and imperfections.
Ken Bennett, a man who until recently was one of the more together Republican state officials, is no mere birther. No, sir.
Not everyone has someone. Some of us will live out our old age alone. Without family or friends at our bedside. Without someone to hold our hands or tell us it will be OK. Without someone to notice.
I hate saying goodbye. Always have. Because the next hello, when it comes, will be the meeting of people shaped by the inevitable rhythms of life. Age, experience, expectation. It will be sweet in the way that reunion can be, but it can't be the same.
We don't tell each other good things nearly often enough. We take for granted the people in our lives who add joy.
Cloaked in the false flag of "religious freedom," what's happening in our state Capitol, in the Republican presidential primary race and across the country is the disintegration of a person's human rights.
U.S. District Judge John McCarthy Roll of Tucson was remembered
Saturday by colleagues, lawyers and friends for his stern
law-and-order style and dedication to the law.
I've been racially profiled. Based on my blond hair, blue eyes
and pale complexion, a hateful man in a Green Valley McDonald's
decided that I obviously agreed with his tirade against the
Spanish-speaking teenagers behind the counter. "Stop talking
Mexican," he told them. "We're in America. T…
University of Arizona students, faculty and staff rallied on the
campus Thursday to protest state budget cuts and the increased
shifting of costs toward students.
I know what it's like to be powerless. And I am tired of making
reasoned, thoughtful arguments for health-insurance reform that
fail to trump hysteria and lies perpetrated by the other side,
which is fighting to maintain the status quo.
Debate about national health-care reform is often an exercise in
abstract descriptive terms like "efficiencies" and numbers of
people and dollars so huge they cease to be real. Political
rhetoric clouds the real problems that must be fixed:
Schools in the Tucson Unified School District were given a
challenge earlier this spring: Every campus received an allotment
of points representing their budget for the 2010 fiscal year, which
begins July 1. It was up to individual school site councils —
comprised of principals, teachers, pa…
A class-action lawsuit to improve how Arizona educates
non-English-speaking students will be argued before the U.S.
Supreme Court on Monday. The case has evolved over the past 17
years into a tug of war over judicial and legislative power and the
reach of national education reform.
Access to government information — the public's information — is
required in a functioning democracy.
Here's our rule of thumb for dining at pricey Tucson
restaurants: Only order things you wouldn't — or can't — prepare at
We have pretty simple expectations when we send our kids to
school: they'll go to class, they'll be taught by qualified
teachers and learn what they need to know before they go on to the
next grade or course level.
When the superintendent's office at Tucson Unified School
District headquarters officially becomes hers on Tuesday, Elizabeth
Celania-Fagen will have a to-do list a mile long.
Water conservation can begin with your dinner plate. Sure, it
looks like merely a hamburger with cheese, a baked potato and a cup
Summer time is a hungry time in Tucson. School vacation means
thousands of kids don't have ready access to free or reduced cost
breakfast or lunch, which leaves families scrambling. And donations
typically slow down at the Community Food Bank, which provides food
for 32,000 meals every day i…
If you've lived in Tucson long enough, you'll remember the days
before chain stores and restaurants dominated the University of
It had been at least 10 years since we’d been to The Garland
Bistro. We didn’t remember it well, other than a vague recollection
We'd been fans of the Parrilla del Rey on the South Side since
the beginning. But it changed hands, the menu took a bad turn, and
we never went back.
Service says a lot about a restaurant — and the slow, confused
and haphazard service doesn't say positive things about Sushi