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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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Marana Town Talk: Appreciative of support for annual event
Posted: July 09, 2014 - 4:00 am

Thousands attend our town events every year. From the excitement of our annual fireworks show to the magic of our Christmas tree lighting ceremony, we are proud to host fun-filled signature events that build community pride.

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Friday 07/04/2014
On the Menu - Popular international cuisine
Posted: July 04, 2014 - 8:00 am

In the movie "Chef," which is currently playing in Tucson theaters, a chef leaves his job at a Los Angeles restaurant following a berating from food critics, and ends up selling Cubano sandwiches from a food truck in Miami.

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Wednesday 07/02/2014
Such the Spot - The impact of constant connectivity
Updated: July 02, 2014 - 11:09 am

At the risk of sounding like my grandfather, I have to say that I have genuine concerns about the next generation. I’m worried about the impact of constant connectivity on impressionable young minds.

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Let’s skip the tears, just resign
Posted: July 02, 2014 - 4:00 am

There are clear reasons why the “Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart calls Arizona the meth lab for making laws. We continue to make the national news not for the great things we are doing, but because of the crazy things our elected officials continue to do.

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When things get too hot
Posted: July 02, 2014 - 4:00 am

So, you have been bored to tears lately? And it’s not that there aren’t some things that you wanted to do, it’s just too hot for doing outside stuff after about 10 a.m. Now, all of a sudden, you find yourself sitting around the house and staring at the walls; your idea well seems to have run dry, now what? What do you do when the weather dictates being trapped indoors and you don’t have a clue how to spend your time?

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Wednesday 06/25/2014
The cost of learning, earning
Posted: June 25, 2014 - 4:00 am

Like many, I am educated, but I am also in debt because I wanted to earn a bachelor’s degree. While some are fortunate and have college paid for by parents, full scholarships or other means – many of us paid for college out of loans that we are still repaying.

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