The Explorer: Columns


Friday 07/25/2014
On the Menu: Kingfisher's southern cuisine
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 4:15 pm

When lyricists write about the south, you can most assuredly expect at least one food and beverage reference.

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Wednesday 07/23/2014
What is she wearing?
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 9:18 am

I have always been frustrated with the fact that female politicians are not always judged by their priorities, voting record and loyalty to constituents. Instead, one of the first things they are often judged on is what they are wearing. Our culture has created this habit where we first look at hair, clothing and make up.

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Understanding transportation spending in Pima County
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 9:03 am

At a recent Board of Supervisors public hearing on the county budget a gentleman addressed the board and wanted to know why the county was spending only $5 million a year on transportation.

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Third Age: Community lost? We are losing trust
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 8:59 am

We are losing our sense of community and trust in one another. The latest Pew Research confirms it. Political polarization is even greater now than during the turbulent 1960’s.

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Why don’t men get regular checkups?
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 9:24 am

Why don’t most men ask for directions when they’re lost? That’s a good question. Maybe it’s a male ego thing. We’re supposed to be strong and bold and perhaps asking for help is a sign of weakness? 

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Marana Town Talk: Arizona City/County Management Association hosting annual event in Marana
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 9:00 am

Professional organizations can greatly benefit individuals. Whether the subject is career development or how to better serve constituents, there’s much to learn during informative conferences hosted by well-regarded associations.

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Wednesday 07/16/2014
You were told not to
Posted: July 16, 2014 - 4:00 am

For several years now the state’s Republican-led legislature has bragged about how they made tough choices during the recession to get Arizona’s fiscal affairs in order. They took a lot of money from a lot of important programs, and one of those was education.

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Oro Valley Town Talk: What is the Home Rule Option?
Posted: July 16, 2014 - 4:00 am

Oro Valley’s primary election date is quickly approaching on August 26, 2014.  In addition to voters being asked to select mayor and town council candidates, also on the ballot will be an extension of the town’s local alternative expenditure limitation, otherwise known as the “home rule” option, listed on the ballot as Proposition 414. It is important for Oro Valley residents to understand what home rule is and the consequences of either a “Yes” vote or a “No” vote on this issue.

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Billions going back to the schools
Posted: July 16, 2014 - 4:00 am

It’s still summer vacation — the kids are out of school for a few more weeks — but we have some big news on the education front — billions of dollars big. A Maricopa County judge ruled that the legislature has to add about $300 million to its budget for Arizona’s K-12 schools right now and as much as $2.9 billion over the next five years.

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Wednesday 07/09/2014
I don’t understand
Posted: July 09, 2014 - 4:00 am

Like many, I was saddened last week to hear about the 2-year-old boy who died in Atlanta after his dad left him in a hot car all day. 

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