Archive for February 2012

Arpaio solves birther controversy, sets posse loose on Loch Ness Monster

Feb 29th, 2012 | By
Arpaio solves birther controversy, sets posse loose on Loch Ness Monster

The world stands with bated breath, anxiously awaiting the results of Sheriff Arpaio’s investigation into the authenticity of President Obama’s birth certificate. Or at least that’s what Mr. Arpaio would like to believe. For the vast majority of Americans, this issue was put to rest a long time ago, but for the tea party extremists,

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Veterans told they don’t have enough “skin in the game” to deserve minimum tuition exemption

Feb 24th, 2012 | By
Veterans told they don’t have enough “skin in the game” to deserve minimum tuition exemption

College athletes have earned their way into college, but veterans have not. Those aren’t my words but rather the sentiment of House Republicans such as John Kavanagh who refused to give military vets an exemption to the minimum tuition bill that recently made its way out of committee. Mr. Kavanagh said, “I’m a veteran and

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AZ legislators reforming education through censorship, guns, poor nutrition, and fewer college graduates

Feb 15th, 2012 | By
AZ legislators reforming education through censorship, guns, poor nutrition, and fewer college graduates

Arizona’s legislators have certainly made education reform a top priority at the Capitol. Unfortunately, their “fixes” do more harm than good. Let’s start with Senator Ron Gould’s guns on campus bill. Here’s a classic example of a legislator determined to fix something that isn’t broken. I speak about this bill in detail in an earlier

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Komen controversy shows power of informed women

Feb 9th, 2012 | By
Komen controversy shows power of informed women

“Coercion and intimidation are the tools of mobs and tyrants…” This was the final, stinging line in conservative editorialist Kathleen Parker’s article on the Susan G. Komen controversy. Her message to the women responsible for the Komen reversal was this: using your voice to express opposition is considered to be an act of intimidation, a

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Republican lawmakers determined to make higher education unattainable for low income Arizonans

Feb 1st, 2012 | By
Republican lawmakers determined to make higher education unattainable for low income Arizonans

Fundamental to American life is the idea that if one works hard, studies hard, he/she can overcome a life of poverty and realize the American Dream. But these days, the American Dream is virtually impossible without a college degree, and while President Obama works to make college tuition more affordable, Arizona’s Republican legislators take the

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