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Sarah Garrecht Gassen: The wastefulness of pity

The last pumpkin went mushy over the weekend. It had been on the kitchen counter since before Halloween, one of six or eight lined up as reminders that fall does come to the desert.

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Sarah Garrecht Gassen: Child welfare in Arizona needs more than intentions

‘Intent” is a grand word. It can convey a determination, or it can sound like something while being nothing.

April 10, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: US must continue leading on rights for the disabled

What makes a person disabled?

April 03, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Sarah Garrecht Gassen: Brewer’s leaving, but conservatives retain stranglehold on state

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: Brewer’s leaving, but conservatives retain stranglehold on state

Jan Brewer isn’t going to run for a third term as Arizona governor.

March 13, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: When the thrill is gone, think of the social, productive bee

With what looks to be our one day of winter behind us — clouds, precipitation, below 70 degrees (long sleeves!) — it’s difficult not to look ahead to the inferno we know is coming.

March 06, 2014 10:00 amLoading…

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: Don’t abandon Arizona to right-wing extremist Republicans

Arizona Senate Bill 1062 was not a defense of the religious. The legislation, which would have permitted discrimination based on religious belief, was a weapon whipped up in a desperate grasp for power by those who interpret change as a personal assault.

February 27, 2014 7:30 amLoading…

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: Escalating from words to bullets

In a time of instant communication — much of it reaction to what someone else did or said — deadly force is the most potent instant communication of all.

February 20, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: Not so concerned with bigots' discomfort

Football player Michael Sam’s statement that he’s gay shouldn’t be news. In the world of sports, though, an announcement like that gets attention because even if being gay isn’t unusual, talking about it is.

February 13, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: Twilight years are anything but gentle, easy

Living out one’s twilight years. It’s such a lovely turn of phrase for a time that can be so benignly cruel.

February 06, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: Questions about guns

We know what won’t change gun laws in the United States:

January 23, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: Working through mental illness with words

‘What do you think?”

January 16, 2014 7:00 amLoading…

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: My bathroom scale must be a Republican

I am pretty sure my bathroom scale is a Republican.

January 09, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: Christmas means Sparkle Pig and smiles

Christmas is a chameleon.

December 25, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: To adapt, put your best toe forward

Life is all about the big toe.

December 19, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: Respect isn't earned, it's learned

The nearly 100 students who attend Sentinel Peak High School in the Flowing Wells Unified District are proof that the American high school system doesn’t work for everyone.

December 12, 2013 7:00 amLoading…

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: 50 years of community at Walter Douglas Elementary

Fifty years ago the doors to Walter Douglas Elementary School opened to its first batch of students.

November 07, 2013 12:30 amLoading…

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: Courage in Halloween and high school

There was a lot of dressing up in my neighborhood — friends with homemade capes (or bath towels), colored hats from the zoo, cardboard-and-glitter crowns.

October 31, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: Voter suppression dressed up as legal opinion

Call it the Hassle Maxim:

October 17, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: The Obama-haters' willing suspension of disbelief

The hyperbolic are not inclined to hide their lights under a bushel basket.

October 10, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: Republicans aren't to blame for shutdown fiasco, they're responsible for it

I have this hypothetical bouncing around my head:

October 06, 2013 10:15 amLoading…

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: Finding your footing to stand tall

Middle schools are caldrons of antsy discombobulation.

October 03, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: We 'Ordinary Americans' deserve informed candidates

Fall brings several benchmarks: the pumpkin farm, my annual baking imperative, the inevitable hopeful excursion into nature that ends with sunburn and the realization that it really is still hot, even though we wish it weren’t so.

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Sarah Garrecht Gassen: Guns offer the illusion of protection

A mass shooting — another mass shooting — hit the news this week, and any sense of shock is gone. Such rampant killing is no longer an anomaly. The disbelief has given way to inevitability. There is no sense of what the hell is happening to our world, no outrage that we have allowed a societ…

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Expand University High School entrance requirements

The Tucson Unified School District Governing Board is considering changes to how students are accepted for admission to the district’s flagship school, University High. Suggestions to take a fuller measure of a student and broaden the criteria are smart and more equitable to students, and sh…

September 13, 2013 4:18 pm

Sarah Gassen: Prostitution is no victimless crime, and Tucson program offers a pathway out

Beth Jacobs stopped midway through telling her life story and stood to greet the woman who just entered the church rec room. Beth smiled to her and spoke softly:

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Sarah Gassen: Which game is McCain playing?

Sen. John McCain is everywhere. In Syria, in the White House — well, visiting the White House — and, from time to time, even in Arizona.

September 05, 2013 6:30 amLoading…

Tucsonans find ways to help neighbors in need

Imagine being a boy without a home. A place to sleep for the night, yes, but no real home. Being on the move so often his belongings are carried in a plastic bag.

September 01, 2013 12:00 am Related Loading…

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: Sex ed is a necessity, but not a requirement, in AZ

We’re going to be talking about sex, so let’s just get this out of the way first:

August 29, 2013 9:30 amLoading…

Petition jeopardizes health care for thousands of Arizonans

A petition drive promoted to “stop Obamacare in Arizona” will not keep Arizona from following the federal health-care law.

August 25, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

An innocent quest for an answer sticks like digital glue

It began innocently enough.

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Gassen: Let’s have TUSD’s Michael Hicks over for a fun slumber party

Gassen: Let’s have TUSD’s Michael Hicks over for a fun slumber party

Life would be so much easier if we didn’t have to actually do the jobs we say we want. I’d like to be a dairy-goat farmer. Goats are fantastic. They have a sense of humor, and few creatures are as unrelentingly joyous as a bouncy baby goat.

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Tucson kids need your help to escape poverty

If knowledge is power, then Tucsonans have a decision to make.

August 11, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: Schools have been way short of money, but how were lawmakers to know?

It's safe to say that no public school in Arizona has ever suffered from the Legislature's too-bountiful largesse. Quite the opposite.

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Sarah Garrecht Gassen: How one Tucson school seeks to close the poverty gap

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: How one Tucson school seeks to close the poverty gap

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.

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Sarah Garrecht Gassen: Legislators need to walk in these shoes

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.

July 25, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Sarah Gassen: Heartbreak and hope at Walter Douglas Elementary in Tucson

Sarah Gassen: Heartbreak and hope at Walter Douglas Elementary in Tucson

Roots reach deep at Walter Douglas Elementary School.

July 21, 2013 12:02 amLoading…

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: ProEnglish group speaks xenophobic language of 'The Code'

'American" doesn't mean "white." But before we get to that, a quick detour.

July 18, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: What would our Founding Fathers and Mothers think of us today?

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:

July 11, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: Truth to tell, Leif Garrett is not my brother - yet, in a larger sense …

Some family is created through relation, some through love.

July 04, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: Using moms to argue equal pay same as using dads to justify unequal wages

So it turns out that the Equal Rights Amendment had nothing to do with laundry detergent.

June 13, 2013 7:45 amLoading…

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: Let's pin the issue of sexual assault where it belongs: on the attackers

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 …

June 06, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: Great expectations for 'kids' of NY Times Student Journalism Institute

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.

May 30, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: Enough with all of the endless varieties of 'communities'!

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).

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Sarah Garrecht Gassen: The 'wouldn't have prevented' gambit on gun-safety laws

Few words are worth less in the campaign to make our communities safer from gun violence than "But it wouldn't have prevented …"

May 16, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: Share-everything culture forgets there's a time, place for living out loud

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.

May 09, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

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