Archive for June 2011

A New Prison Formula: Retribution + Rehabilitation = Reform

Jun 28th, 2011 | By
A New Prison Formula: Retribution + Rehabilitation = Reform

In Arizona we pride ourselves on being tough on crime. That’s Sheriff Joe’s motto, after all, and people in this state eat it up. From the infamous pink underwear to jailhouse tent cities, Sheriff Arpaio has made a name for himself as someone shameless about shaming criminals. But recent headlines about major security lapses at

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All Dogs Go to Heaven

Jun 21st, 2011 | By
All Dogs Go to Heaven

Forgive me, but today I cannot write about politics or politicians. I cannot speak about Senators blaming forest fires on illegal immigrants or a state legislature that refuses to extend unemployment benefits because of ideological beliefs that the unemployed are lazy and benefits encourage more laziness. No, today I speak instead of the beautiful but

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Tea Party Member Sends Warning to Public Safety Workers

Jun 14th, 2011 | By
Tea Party Member Sends Warning to Public Safety Workers

My last blog post, “Heroes or Leeches,” stirred up a lot of emotion and lively responses from many individuals. I posted several comments, but there was one comment I did not post until today because I felt I must address the inaccuracies of the remarks first. I’m referring to the response by Wesley Harris, a

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Heroes or Leeches? Debating Public Safety Wages

Jun 2nd, 2011 | By
Heroes or Leeches? Debating Public Safety Wages

Over the last year, I’ve listened as certain council members and other Phoenix residents have claimed wages for our public safety workers are too high. I’ve read the letters to the editor lambasting pension benefits as well as the op-ed pieces claiming payroll is outrageously excessive. I find it all less than amusing and highly

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