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Sarah Garrecht Gassen: Twilight years are anything but gentle, easy

Living out one’s twilight years. It’s such a lovely turn of phrase for a time that can be so benignly cruel.

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No: Parents, not bureaucrats, should decide what kids eat

No: Parents, not bureaucrats, should decide what kids eat

School meal standards try to micromanage every aspect of what’s served to children.

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Yes: First lady’s fight for healthier food based on nutritional science

Yes: First lady’s fight for healthier food based on nutritional science

Little noticed is that low-income, foster kids benefit from new guidelines.

September 14, 2014 4:00 pmLoading…

Congressional candidates address a fast-changing world

The Star invited the candidates in Congressional Districts 1, 2 and 3 to respond to these questions: In complex and rapidly moving foreign pol…

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EU sanctions of Russia may force Putin's hand

EU sanctions of Russia may force Putin's hand

Spell out long-term cost of using force to reassemble Russia's former empire.

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Police cashing in on some who committed no crime

Police cashing in on some who committed no crime

A Washington Post investigation found widespread civil forfeiture abuses.

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Get your kids vaccinated

Get your kids vaccinated

It's a matter of personal and public health

September 10, 2014 8:15 pmLoading…

Meat-inspection system is understandably causing alarm

Meat-inspection system is understandably causing alarm

Meat safety at risk from new rules, staffing shortages.

September 10, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…

Extremism in defense of re-election

Extremism in defense of re-election

Proposing amendment reveals senators who are eager to regulate speech about themselves.

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Fed ready to stiffen rules for major banks

Fed ready to stiffen rules for major banks

Regulators can ensure banks operate with enough reserves for their own good.

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'Boeing's Bank" is just corporate welfare

Follow the money to see who benefits from reauthorization.

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House and Senate plan to achieve almost nothing

House and Senate plan to achieve almost nothing

If they grew backbone, legislators could even tackle major issues.

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Police cashing in on some who committed no crime

Police cashing in on some who committed no crime

A Washington Post investigation found widespread civil forfeiture abuses.

September 11, 2014 6:30 pmLoading…

Get your kids vaccinated

Get your kids vaccinated

It's a matter of personal and public health

September 10, 2014 8:15 pmLoading…

Meat-inspection system is understandably causing alarm

Meat-inspection system is understandably causing alarm

Meat safety at risk from new rules, staffing shortages.

September 10, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…

Extremism in defense of re-election

Extremism in defense of re-election

Proposing amendment reveals senators who are eager to regulate speech about themselves.

September 10, 2014 6:45 pmLoading…

Fed ready to stiffen rules for major banks

Fed ready to stiffen rules for major banks

Regulators can ensure banks operate with enough reserves for their own good.

September 10, 2014 6:30 pmLoading…

'Boeing's Bank" is just corporate welfare

Follow the money to see who benefits from reauthorization.

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House and Senate plan to achieve almost nothing

House and Senate plan to achieve almost nothing

If they grew backbone, legislators could even tackle major issues.

September 08, 2014 6:30 pmLoading…

Small businesses suffer if Ex-Im bank isn’t reauthorized

Export-Import Bank is important to small businesses and should be reauthorized.

September 07, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…

Feds should close case of woman living in sanctuary

Feds should close case of woman living in sanctuary

Bring Rosa Robles Loreto and others out from the 'shadows.'

September 06, 2014 6:00 pmLoading…

Gubernatorial candidates answer question on education funding

Gubernatorial candidates answer question on education funding

Ducey, DuVal, Hess and Mealer answer question on education funding.

September 06, 2014 6:15 pmLoading…

Gubernatorial candidates answer question on education funding

Should the state appeal court ruling giving an additional $317 million to K-12 education this fiscal year? Assuming the ruling stands, what is…

September 06, 2014 4:45 pmLoading…

What is Congress doing about cyberthreats and hackers?

What is Congress doing about cyberthreats and hackers?

Current proposals don’t do enough to ensure shared information shared is secure.

September 05, 2014 7:30 pmLoading…

Common Core, a work in progress

Common Core, a work in progress

If states want federal education money, they have to raise their standards.

September 04, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…

Rep. Paul Ryan’s conversation starter on poverty

Rep. Paul Ryan’s conversation starter on poverty

Let’s have a debate on ideas Ryan has offered.

September 03, 2014 6:30 pmLoading…

Unified Western policy on kidnappings desperately needed

Unified Western policy on kidnappings desperately needed

Deaths of journalists show the divergent U.S. and European responses are failing.

September 03, 2014 6:30 pmLoading…

Celebrate Wilderness Act's 50th anniversary by demanding action

Celebrate Wilderness Act's 50th anniversary by demanding action

Ask your Washington representatives to seriously study protecting public lands.

September 02, 2014 6:45 pmLoading…

Educated voters won’t be swayed by deceptive ads

Educated voters won’t be swayed by deceptive ads

Clearing facts from fiction in elections is voter's responsibility.

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Home-ownership program in Tucson is an encouraging step

Home-ownership program in Tucson is an encouraging step

OUR VIEW: Effort to build neighborhoods, minimize foreclosures helps community.

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Cheap budget trick paves way for highway funds

Cheap budget trick paves way for highway funds

Federal government reduced to running one of its major infrastructure programs year-to-year.

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Extremists' barbarism requires specific strategic response

Extremists' barbarism requires specific strategic response

Islamic State’s campaign of terror will take more than words to stop.

August 21, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…

Why can’t the Pentagon stop smoking?

Why can’t the Pentagon stop smoking?

Congress should let military get out of the cigarette-sales business.

August 19, 2014 7:30 pmLoading…

Adults should learn signs of child sexual abuse

Adults should learn signs of child sexual abuse

As an adult, it's your responsibility to help stop child sexual abuse.

August 16, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…

Spirit of Tucson: Health club members pitch in

A Tucson health club provides teachers with much-needed supplies. 

August 11, 2014 6:15 pmLoading…

Independents don't have to sit out the primaries

Independents don't have to sit out the primaries

They can vote without having to change their voter registration.

August 09, 2014 5:00 pmLoading…

Don't text and drive

Don't text and drive

Low numbers of tickets for texting show need for enforcement.

August 05, 2014 12:23 pmLoading…

Primary primer: The Republican race for governor (editorial)

Primary primer: The Republican race for governor (editorial)

The Star evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of the six candidates.

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Arizona should stop executions

Arizona should stop executions

There's no way to make executions "humane."

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It's time to reform war-on-drugs laws; two bills would help

It's time to reform war-on-drugs laws; two bills would help

Congress should reform the mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses.

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Presidio site fitting for ambitious Jan. 8 memorial

Presidio site fitting for ambitious Jan. 8 memorial

Design will reflect remembrance and celebration of community spirit.

July 22, 2014 7:30 pmLoading…

Migrant children fleeing danger is refugee crisis

Migrant children fleeing danger is refugee crisis

Immigration reform should be considered separately from Central America influx.

July 19, 2014 3:04 pmLoading…

Preventing the $1,500 ambulance ride

Preventing the $1,500 ambulance ride

Also addressing physical health issues will extend lives, save money.

July 15, 2014 7:45 pmLoading…

'Dreamers' need driver's licenses

'Dreamers' need driver's licenses

Gov. Brewer shouldn't oppose driver's licenses for young immigrants.

July 12, 2014 6:30 pmLoading…

UA's new parental leave benefit is an enlightened step

UA's new parental leave benefit is an enlightened step

Offering paid time off will increase competitiveness in hiring and employee morale.

July 11, 2014 8:00 pmLoading…

Rothman's heart as big as all Southern Arizona

Rothman's heart as big as all Southern Arizona

Martha Rothman's efforts helped thousands of Arizona children since 1970.

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UA-Banner deal comes with benefits, caveats

UA-Banner deal comes with benefits, caveats

Vigilance needed to keep specialized care from migrating to Phoenix.

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Don't postpone this life-or-death conversation

Don't postpone this life-or-death conversation

Talking with your kids about the dangers of drugs is essential.

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Don't spend road money on soccer fields

Streets are in no condition to allow diversion of maintenance funds.

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Immigration reform only way to stem tide

Hundreds of migrant children, most from Central America, are spending days warehoused in vast facilities in Nogales, Ariz., and Texas, waiting…

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What older people in Pima County worry about

Older people already have plenty to worry about: The physical and mental wages of aging alone can be harrowing. Add poverty — or very limited …

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Stranded children's plight must spur immigration changes

The nation’s eyes are on Southern Arizona as we confront two aspects of our country’s confusing and broken immigration system.

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Feds should close deportation case against Daniel Neyoy Ruiz

The political stalemate over the United States’ clearly broken and nonsensical immigration policy in Washington, D.C., has trapped a Tucson fa…

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Newsmakers with Sarah Garrecht Gassen

Dr. Andrew Weil, the director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, chats about healthcare reform, politics and the challenge of eat…

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Isquierdo removal is costly, but puts focus back on kids

Taxpayers, students and employees lose big under a deal to pay roughly $500,000 to Sunnyside Unified School District Superintendent Manuel Isq…

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It's time for TUSD to accept the inevitable

No question: Even the whiff of a hint that a public school might be closed provokes strong emotions.

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Clean slate on child welfare: Let's get it right

Arizona lawmakers will convene Tuesday afternoon for a special legislative session with the task of doing what the body has effectively failed…

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Good childcare is part of child safety

Arizona lawmakers will convene Tuesday afternoon for a special legislative session with the task of doing what the body has effectively failed…

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Kiehne's bizarre statements tell voters a lot

The statement Gary Kiehne, a Republican candidate in Congressional District 1, made at a primary debate over the weekend that mass shooters ar…

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Rewarding excellent teachers

Thousands of University of Arizona students graduated this weekend, capping off hundreds of hours in classrooms, research labs and study — man…

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Squalid trailers have been allowed to fester

Decrepit mobile homes are what passes for affordable housing for far too many people, including many children, in our community.

May 09, 2014 4:53 pmLoading…

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: Questions about guns

We know what won’t change gun laws in the United States:

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Sarah Garrecht Gassen: Working through mental illness with words

‘What do you think?”

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Sarah Garrecht Gassen: My bathroom scale must be a Republican

I am pretty sure my bathroom scale is a Republican.

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Sarah Garrecht Gassen: To adapt, put your best toe forward

Life is all about the big toe.

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Sarah Garrecht Gassen: Words to build a future, the Gettysburg Address

Words breathe.

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Sarah Garrecht Gassen: 50 years of community at Walter Douglas Elementary

Fifty years ago the doors to Walter Douglas Elementary School opened to its first batch of students.

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Sarah Garrecht Gassen: Courage in Halloween and high school

There was a lot of dressing up in my neighborhood — friends with homemade capes (or bath towels), colored hats from the zoo, cardboard-and-gli…

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Sarah Garrecht Gassen: Voter suppression dressed up as legal opinion

Call it the Hassle Maxim:

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Mailbag

Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor

Reader thoughts on guns, wolves, and a school board member speaks out. 

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Facebook comments from our readers

Facebook comments from our readers

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Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor

Readers talk about Constitution Week, "boots on the ground" and vaccination issue.

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Fitz studio: How to draw the President

In this video tutorial, Star cartoonist and columnist David Fitzsimmons teaches you how to draw the Preside…

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Sarah interviews Dr. Peter Rhee, part 2 of 3

Dr. Peter Rhee discusses mental health and other issues surrounding gun violence.