Quote of the Day: Shock and Honesty

February 25, 2015

It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit. Sir Noël Coward, 1899-1973, English playwright, from “Blithe Spirit” (courtesy of ScottsdaleTrails reader DB)

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Using Less Water is Good for AZ Business

February 23, 2015

This “My Turn” appeared in today’s Scottsdale Republic: How using less water is good for business in Arizona, region Water is without a doubt the lifeblood of the West and this is nowhere truer than in Arizona. The total economic value of the Colorado River to Arizona was recently quantified in a study conducted by […]

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Jim Lane does a Travolta

February 23, 2015

The following letter-to-the editor appeared in the Saturday Scottsdale Republic. It’s too bad that more folks like Mr. Jonas didn’t pay attention during Jim Lane’s campaign for re-election in 2011 (when he skipped more than half the debates, and badly goofed the events he did attend), or during Lane’s four-year term before that. This is […]

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David Smith’s Real Tax Reform is No Substitute for Real Budget Discipline

February 23, 2015

David Smith’s Feb. 24 Scottsdale Independent column “Scottsdale City Council to debate real tax reform,” describes nothing more than a publicity stunt. First of all, eliminating the food tax wasn’t Smith’s idea. It was first proposed several years ago by the late, great city councilman Tony Nelssen. Smith can’t even be original, let alone intellectually […]

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Iwo +70

February 19, 2015

I was reminded by a Facebook post that today is the 70th anniversary of the US assault on the Pacific island of Iwo Jima. Here’s an article I posted a couple of years ago: http://www.scottsdaletrails.com/2013/02/23/iwo/

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AZ Public Education: Pick a Fight or Stay on the Bench

February 13, 2015

An op-ed in the Republic today carries the headline, “Diane Douglas picks a fight (with everyone),” over a description of the rapidly escalated fight between new governor, Doug Ducey, and new state superintendent of public instruction, Diane Douglas. It also carries a byline of, “Editorial Board,” which always irritates me. You won’t find any such […]

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The Headline-Content Missing Link

February 10, 2015

In yet another AZCentral piece, today by Joanna Allhands, entitled, “Careful what you wish for, Scottsdale,” the issue of ‘crowding’ gets more flogging. I’m not really sure what to make of this tome. It’s like there’s a paragraph missing somewhere. Clearly Ms. Allhands isn’t up-to-speed on some of these Scottsdale issues. Certainly the headline writer […]

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Tax Scraps and Crumbs

February 10, 2015

Voice of Scottsdale (aka Virginia Korte) posted a commentary today on new Scottsdale city council member David Smith and his grand plan to save our city from the food tax that threatens to put us all in the poor house and leave a deserted…er…desert, where Scottsdale used to be. The question posed: Is Smith sincere […]

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The Republic of Eggs

February 9, 2015

You’d think it would be hard for a mere blogger to argue with a guy who’s won a Pulitzer. Surprisingly, it isn’t that difficult at all. Maybe it helps if you’ve never heard of him before. Stuart Warner may be a perfectly nice guy, and he may be a water-walking editor. But being an editor at the […]

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Quote of the Day: Journalism

February 9, 2015

Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations. George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair), 1903-1950, English novelist and journalist.

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