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Recently, there have been several editorials that contain numerous inaccurate statements in reference to the Carefree Water Consolidation project.

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One of my crowning achievements as an American is having never watched a single episode of any program involving a Kardashian. I have made a point of this for the past 20 years for three reasons.

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Time flies when you are having fun. Especially when you are stuck for four hours on I-17, on your way out of Phoenix. The hands of time move very slowly. One hot afternoon I was forced, with a few thousand other motorists, to finally discover what it means to be trapped liked a rat in a vehi…

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Most of us like to believe we’re decent people. We give a few bucks to charity, we volunteer, maybe even help a friend move. But be real: There’s being a decent human and then there’s going above and beyond.

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I wear lipstick. And I dye my hair. There, I have said it. All the secrets are out. I am admitting to you, dear readers, that some of my “beauty” comes from a tube and a bottle. Guess I am not alone. But I have a grandson (who I hope is not reading this column) who believes that all chemical…

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The scroll of the dead contains 49 names: 48 men and a woman killed between April 2004 and December 2014 in Afghanistan. To my way of thinking, each of these Arizonans is a hero — a neighbor of ours, a defender of freedom, killed nearly 8,000 miles away in a fetid foreign hell.

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Newton H. Minow, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under John F. Kennedy, denounced television as a “vast wasteland” in 1961. But at that same time, the nation’s children viewed the flickering images inside the electronic box as a “vast wonderland” — especially on Satur…

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Oh, those Olympics. Inspiring, incredible, heartbreaking, fun and heartwarming. No other sporting event on Earth can produce so many plots, twists, turns and moments to enjoy and ponder as the summer games. 

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Don’t look for a Broadway revival of Irving Berlin’s musical “Annie Get Your Gun” anytime soon. New York’s “Great White Way” has become the “Great Woke Way,” so the show’s title would prove offensive to gun control advocates. 

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Stay alert! Watch the crosswalks! Yes, school has started again, and parents everywhere are rejoicing. For kids, the boredom and long coronavirus closures have ended, to be joyfully replaced by hectic schedules, homework, and neverending list of school supplies to buy. Kids are trying to get…

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America has long been a stronghold of freedom. The first few amendments to the Constitution guarantee freedom of speech and religion, freedom of the press, freedom to assemble, the right to bear arms, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures, the right to due process, and the right no…

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Going back to work or back to school takes a bit of adjustment after months of COVID-19-related isolation. In addition to exchanging sweatpants for business attire, many of us are re-learning a few social skills that may have atrophied after months of staring at a screen.

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A 1972 poll named television anchor Walter Cronkite “the most trusted man in America.” The designation stuck until Cronkite passed away in 2009, and was featured prominently in his many obituaries. 

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Mike Enzi was never too big for his britches, nor too small for his shoes.

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With all due respect to the fine journalists who toil for U.S. News and World Report, their magazine’s annual list of “Best Places to Live” once again ranks as one of the most hilarious acts of journalism committed to print this year.

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Oh, to be a billionaire. They seem to have all the fun. When Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic, launched his Unity 22 rocket plane, he went where few have gone — into space on his own spacecraft. 

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It has been 53 seasons and never have the Phoenix Suns won an NBA championship. Maybe that sounds not so awful if you’re a Cardinals football fan and your last title dates back to 1947, when the team played in Chicago. 

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Long before the invention of motion pictures, television or the internet, there was theater. Ancient Greece had Sophocles, Elizabethan England had Shakespeare; but modern America has a plethora of political performers. 

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Look up at the hazy sky. Smoke. Fires are burning.

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Did you enjoy this past Memorial Day weekend? It signified the remembrance of those men and women who served in the military and did not return home so that we could have the remarkable freedoms that we enjoy. Flags flying, parades, memorials, picnics, family gatherings, three-day weekends, …

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There have been many phases in our country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic – denial, incompetence, surging effectiveness – but this latest development I did not see coming.

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“Love means you never have to say you’re sorry,” or so Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal told us in the 1970 motion picture “Love Story.” But over a half-century later, the love of money has Hollywood falling all over itself to apologize to communist China.

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One of the things I miss most about America was how people used to believe certain topics shouldn’t be discussed in public. 

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You may find the description below distasteful, disturbing and overwrought. But after reading this column, you may very well agree with the assessment.

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The edict from the Centers for Disease Control came down May 13, catching most of us by surprise. The new guidance: Anyone fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should feel free to do whatever they want indoors or outdoors without wearing a mask or practicing social distancing.

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You’ve heard the old joke about the minister who uses the invocation he delivers at a political banquet as both a warning and a teaching moment: “Oh Lord, make our words sweet, for one day we may have to eat them!”

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Early in my newspaper career, I worked at a New Jersey tabloid where the publisher was a man of few words, most of them insulting and frequently shouted at top volume. He was easy to make angry and I did so one afternoon upon returning from the scene of a row house fire in Trenton.

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Last year we had no toilet paper or hand sanitizer. This year we have no houses. Oh, and let’s not forget we are running out of chicken wings, lumber, microchips and chlorine for pools. This summer, “experts” are predicting we might have shortages of gasoline and bacon. It’s almost too much …

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Every so often on Facebook or Instagram, I see that one of my friends has gone hunting, successfully killing this or that forest creature. There are smiles all around as the hunter strikes a pose beside a mule deer, turkey, or javelina. All involved — except the animal — seem inordinately pr…

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For the past 14 months, my logic about the COVID-19 pandemic has been a lot like my rationale for turning down any and all offers to go skydiving. 

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It’s that time of year again. The tax man cometh. And the IRS extended the deadline so we could procrastinate a bit longer. And for many Americans, the pain and suffering begin. 

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Friends, welcome to the first of what I hope are many monthly columns I’ll have the fortune of writing for the Foothills Focus. I am honored to have the opportunity to communicate and share my thoughts with you, my constituents, through yet another medium. If you’re reading this, it is most …

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Alexa never seems to stop listening. Evidently, our “helpful” devices never turn off, meaning that your private conversations are not so private. Is this the price of convenience? How can you have a “smart house” without a little bit of intrusion from a robot? This is the world we have created.

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The Biden Administration is not only working to erase our Southern Border; it is also intent on erasing any term that accurately depicts the dire situation we now face.

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Quick to hold a grudge, yet molasses-slow to forgive an enemy. That will be my epitaph. It also explains why I’m having a difficult time with the Phoenix Suns these days.

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Music. It is a huge part of our lives. Every day we listen to something. Our life is often enhanced by the music we listen to, the melodies we love and the symphonies we cherish. And once again, we can go to concerts!

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Little more than a month after he called Dec. 7, 1941, a “Day of Infamy” and led America into World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt paused from his duties as commander-in-chief to assume the mantle of “First Fan.”

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Love is in the air! And so are the doves, finches and hummingbirds. Spring brings the promise of hope, new life, fresh beginnings, green leaves and babies. Lots of them. Baby finches — in all their bright yellow glory — hang on the finch seed socks that I have hanging and chirp constantly, t…

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