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In this COVID-19 era, I’m thankful for so many things --- my health, the ability to make ends meet, close friends and family, and living in a city with like-minded people who value these same … more
For those who don’t want to risk their livelihoods or health, this will be a difficult reopening ... and I still personally understand the fears of forced emergency measures. more
Despite being adopted almost 14 years ago, the investigation and enforcement provisions of the Scottsdale ethics code had never been put in to action. They’d never been stress tested in a … more
Now that commerce is resuming across Arizona, business owners are entering into uncharted territory taking a risk that customers and employees will catch COVID-19 at the business. If that happens, … more
Here in Phoenix our summer months are not known as gardening weather but there’s important work to do in the yard this year --- remove your lawn. You probably already consider this every … more
On behalf of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, I’d like to thank all those who work in nursing facilities --- doctors, nurses, food preparers, housekeepers and others --- for … more
Today, that’s a vexing question for the whole country. In the worst pandemic since 1918, governors are trying to find the tipping point between economic devastation and the toll in illness … more
As a citizen of Scottsdale, and the person who recommended in 2005 the creation of what is now known as the Scottsdale Ethics Code, I urge that the Scottsdale City Council reject the panel decision … more
The past few weeks I have spent a lot of time talking about the need to diversify our economic structure in Scottsdale, bringing in different industries and high paying jobs so we don’t have an … more
The Scottsdale General Plan 2035 update is gaining political attention and the city has again engaged a study group to revise and comment on the draft document generated by the General Plan Task … more
My philosophy regarding politics has always been a little humor (OK, sarcasm) helps the medicine go down. One of my favorite high school teachers, Marshall Trimble, taught me that valuable life … more
In business, I have succeeded by taking calculated risks. That is why it disturbs me to see even some conservatives suggest that taxes should be raised in response to COVID-19: the classic formula … more
Is the sky falling? While we are dealing with the personal challenges and hardships of the current pandemic, your City Council is working to understand the economic impact of the shut down on our … more
During times of crisis, leadership is a precious commodity. Scottsdale is blessed to have many excellent leaders. At the top is our city manager. Jim Thompson has done stellar work since his … more
Some may say that the governor’s COVID-19 directive is threading the needle or criticize Mayor Lane’s comments. Everyone is doing their best. Please consider these suggestions to do … more
Like the rest of the country, Scottsdale is facing two unprecedented attacks on its future. First is COVID-19 which health services, state governments and the U.S. government are fighting on a … more
The COVID-19 pandemic presented the United States with a life or death challenge. The U.S. took the challenge head on and chose life……first, by imposing a nationwide lock down and … more
I’ve always been thankful and impressed by the incredible teachers and education administrators that dedicate their lives to the children and teens of Scottsdale. There are few things more … more
Whenever anyone questions the wisdom of allowing large-scale illegal immigration, the first thing we invariably hear from the open-borders left is that it will outrage Hispanic-Americans. More often … more
The Scottsdale City Council is running out of time to address the severe economic impact we are witnessing now in our city revenues. Each day we do not recognize and act on the dramatic drop in … more
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