I’ve been traveling a lot this summer. While I love visiting new destinations, sometimes I dread the whole security process at the airport. Standing in lines and being herded like cattle can feel like such an inconvenience. I miss the days when I could just walk to the gate and board a plane. It’s easy to complain, but I understand why we have such extreme security measures.
As soon as I saw the SCOTUS ruling on Hobby Lobby, I knew I would never shop there again. Thank you Bryan Brinkley (“Hobby Lobby is not a church ... or a person,” AFN, July 9) for laying out the case that Hobby Lobby is not a church or a person!
The Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce thanks the many volunteers who assisted us in putting together this year’s Red, White and Boom fireworks celebration. These volunteers give up their family time for the good of the community, and we are grateful for their help! Presented by Vision Community Management at the Ahwatukee Country Club, the Chamber is proud to continue this 39-year Ahwatukee tradition.
The Chandler Unified School District Governing Board on Wednesday night unanimously approved the adopted expenditure budget for fiscal year 2014-15, which saw an increase from the previous school year thanks to a bumped-up override.
I’ve made a habit lately of studying the Amish. I use the word “study” loosely as this is not a simple curiosity of mine or some kind of theological experiment. My exploration flows out of a deep respect and admiration for their faith and spirituality. We English (that’s what the Amish call us outside their communities) recognize them because of their familiar beards, horse-drawn buggies, fine woodworking, or barn-raisings, but there’s a lot more to this group than sturdy furniture and firm dispositions. They have a lively, vibrant faith despite their archaic lifestyles.
Shame on SCOTUS. Its recent 5-4 ruling to allow the owners of Hobby Lobby and other closely held, for-profit enterprises to deny certain types of reproductive health care to its women employees moves society backwards.
Every American knows that the Fourth of July is Independence Day. If we’re honest though, the first thing that comes to mind is, “Sweet, I get a day off work.” We plan our social calendar with pool parties, barbecued burgers and homemade ice cream.
We know all about past financial histories of failed governments. Every government with a fiat currency, like America’s, has failed. The maximum lifespan of fiat currencies has been 43 years. In America, we became a fiat currency in 1971, when Nixon took us off the gold standard. We are now in our 43rd year.
Big Mac is a big hunk of a dog and everyone that meets him just loves him. He’s said to be an American bulldog/mastiff mix about 5 years old. He had been adopted a year or so ago but recently returned due to trying to put the family’s pet tortoise in his belly. Thankfully, Big Mac was unsuccessful, and the tortoise lives to tell the tale.
Ben and Sundance are brother and sister and are a bonded pair. They love each other very much and need to stay together. Ben is 10 years old and Sundance is 9 years old. Both are trained, know basic commands and get along well with other dogs. Ben loves to go for long walks but is allergic to grass, and Sundance has an allergy to chicken products. They both love to sleep and cuddle and are very laid back. They are best friends and would make a great addition to any family.
There’s a proverb that says if you love something, let it go. If it returns, it’s yours. If not, well, it never belonged to you in the first place. But had my son Braden written that proverb it would go more like this: “If you love something and it won’t cooperate, stomp the guts out of it.”
DreamWorks Animation has always been great at being timely, but hasn’t always been that great at being timeless. Some of their films have stricken a decent balance between timely and timeless, like “Shrek” and “Kung Fu Panda.” Several of their films, however, feel very much like products of the time that probably won’t hold up phenomenally in another 20 years. Chris Sanders’ “How to Train Your Dragon” was a different kind of film from DreamWorks, being one half action/adventure and another half heartwarming tale between a boy and animal. In some respects, it was like a few of their earlier 2-D animated features, but done a million times better. It was the first DreamWorks film since “The Prince of Egypt” that felt completely timeless with no pop culture references and little modern talk, even rivaling some of the best efforts from Disney and Pixar.
When my father Ira Fulton was just 12 years old, his father stood him in front of a mirror and said, “Ira, this is your competition. Don’t compare yourself to others; just compare yourself with you.” Years later, my father would repeat this scenario, but now he was the father and I was the mirror image.