Arizona dramatically lags in funding education for everyone. We used to have free all-day kindergarten. Now we don’t. We used to fully fund soft capital materials used in the classroom (textbooks, technology, and furniture). Now we don’t. We used to have full CORL funding for capital and operating costs. Now we don’t. Now we are asked to believe that our schools are to supply a great education with a 25 percent decrease in funding. How do we do that as we grope towards the bottom with this 25 percent cut?
On Sept. 23 the Arizona Public Research Interest Group (PIRG) released a report that criticizes the proposed Interstate 11 as a “questionable expenditure of public resources.” This report makes some good points; that Americans are trending toward less reliance on personal vehicles, that development trends have been changing, and that public transportation ridership is up throughout Arizona. However, it ignores a broader vision and need for such a project.
Five Ahwatukee Foothills families were kicked out of their homes on Friday, Sept. 5 and forced to live elsewhere while Southwest Gas repaired a natural gas leak in the 3400 block of East Nighthawk Way.
Arizona State University. Mill Avenue. Arizona Mills and Tempe Marketplace. These are some of the places and institutions most associated with Tempe today. While ASU and Mill Avenue both have deep roots in our town’s history, there is much more history to this desert city than we see at first glance.
District 18 Republican state senate candidates Jeff Dial and Tom Morrissey discussed Common Core standards, Medicaid, job growth and legislative pay increase during a forum hosted by the East Valley Tribune on July 11.
As we approach the primary election, Arizona is in an envious place right now. Of the six Republicans running for the governor’s office, each of the four front-runners arguably have the credentials to become a good governor for our state.
Our state is taking a beating over our nation’s broken immigration system. Unfortunately, we’re hearing a lot of rhetoric and campaign pandering on this issue. Here’s the truth: securing the border is about more than guards and fencing.
What an insult! I received in the mail a glossy, full-color invitation from Pulte Homes to change our CC&R’s. Not once in the entire circular did Pulte fully acknowledge that there is a choice to be made. Not once did Pulte even attempt to rebut any of the substantial arguments and objections which have been raised, such as loss of open space, increased burdens on traffic, schools and other infrastructure, or expectations of the neighboring homeowners that their houses would border a golf course, just like when they bought them.
Arizona’s forests are in poor health. They’re overgrown, and without action, catastrophic fires are almost a certainty — putting the state’s physical beauty, economic vitality and water supplies at risk.
Editor’s note: In the July 13 Ahwatukee Foothills News, resident Jim Jochim challenged fellow Ahwatukee residents to think outside the box to help save The Lakes Golf Course by coming up with “Green Light Ideas” on the Opinion page. Here’s what they had to say:
Attorney General candidates Republican Mark Brnovich and Democrat Felecia Rotellini debate at the East Valley Tribune office in Tempe on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2014.Question 2: What are your thoughts on the restriction on RU486 and should the state continue to pursue the case to the Supreme Court?