immigration

Civil discourse on immigration? Arizona takes giant step forward with AZ Accord

Less than two years ago, Arizona’s reputation was scarred by the signing of SB1070. Businesses, particularly those in the tourism industry, lost millions of dollars while the world listened to the harsh rhetoric of former State Senator Russell Pearce and learned of the discriminatory practices of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Many residents wondered aloud …

Scorpions: NOT the breakfast of champions

Based upon everything I’ve read about Governor Jan Brewer’s book tour, I’m inclined to believe she’s had one too many scorpions for breakfast. Perhaps it’s time to inject a bit of antivenom into the poisonous remarks that have filled the airwaves. In an interview with NewsMax.com, Governor Brewer spoke about the cost of illegal immigration, …

Correcting a misquote

In today’s Arizona Republic, I was quoted as saying, “We need to take a lash to politicians who say they favor comprehensive reform but do nothing.” The quote should have said, “We need to take TO TASK politicians who say they favor comprehensive reform but do nothing.” I was speaking about holding politicians accountable. I would …

Then & Now: Some Things Healed, Others Still Broken

Three years ago my children and I headed to Washington, D.C. to partake in National Police Week, an annual remembrance of our nation’s fallen peace officers. That was the year my husband’s name was etched onto the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial wall. That was the year we gathered with other first-year survivors to honor …