The massive federal budget cuts that will start Friday as part of the "sequester" will damage our economic recovery and mean fewer services here in Southern Arizona. Strip away the conservative economic theories and party-line rhetoric and that's the reality we're facing.
We absolutely have to pass immigration reform. Congress has an obligation to new and aspiring Americans to end the political divisions and exploitation our broken system has created.
Nov. 24 is Small Business Saturday. The middle of holiday season is one of the busiest shopping times of the year, and I'm joining with a lot of good businesspeople to make it all about shopping local, thinking local and supporting local.
Tucson Unified School District is in the middle of a political
crisis that didn't have to happen, and students are paying the
price. The ethnic studies "debate" is an avoidable fight that hurts
our state's image and sets us back.
In the Southwest, we are keenly aware that our livelihoods
depend on how we take care of the fragile environment around us.
The Grand Canyon, for example, draws millions of tourists every
year, and the Sonoran Desert drives a big part of Tucson's economy.
So we do our best to protect these n…
When it became clear that SB 1070, the new Arizona immigration
law that's made national news, was going to become law, I called on
national and regional groups not to hold their conventions or
conferences in the state until it was overturned. Since then, my
position has been misinterpreted a…
With over 300 days of sunshine a year in Arizona, it's easy to
see why hundreds of thousands of people are attracted to our state.
However, our abundant sunlight can do more than just attract
visitors - it can renew our economy through the production of solar
energy. In fact, the business of…
The need to pass health-care reform is now. For six decades, we
have endured a broken system. We have tolerated egregious flaws and
injustices, allowing insurance companies to dictate what
constitutes the norm. For too long, we have dismissed the insurance
companies' failings as "business-as…
Arizona and the nation are suffering an economic crisis. We have
seen our neighborhoods, schools and roads decline. Our daily
newspapers and TV news broadcasts report large numbers of layoffs,
foreclosures, education cuts and a rising number of uninsured