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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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Obama administration is picking on for-profit colleges

Obama administration is picking on for-profit colleges

Gainful employment rules would limit options for non-traditional students.

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Are America’s police over-militarized and under-accountable?

Are America’s police over-militarized and under-accountable?

Authors discuss law enforcement's role in the Ferguson, Missouri, situation.

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Bank of America settlement doesn't sit well

Bank of America settlement doesn't sit well

Nobody, except people responsible, can regard lack of accountability as satisfactory outcome.

August 23, 2014 4:00 pmLoading…

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.

August 21, 2014 7:45 pmLoading…

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…

Let neurons roam free in final weeks of summer

Let neurons roam free in final weeks of summer

1 in 5  say they never fully relax on vacation. This cannot stand.

August 20, 2014 7:30 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…

App to spend along party lines is scary

App to spend along party lines is scary

BuyPartisan would take the nation's ideological sorting to a new level.

August 18, 2014 6:45 pmLoading…

Taming technology monsters: Mr. Google goes to Washington

Taming technology monsters: Mr. Google goes to Washington

Study of large government IT projects shows only 6.4 percent were successful.

August 18, 2014 6:45 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…

Ferguson police fumbled response to protests

Ferguson police fumbled response to protests

Has the militarization of police departments gone too far?

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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…

Let neurons roam free in final weeks of summer

Let neurons roam free in final weeks of summer

1 in 5  say they never fully relax on vacation. This cannot stand.

August 20, 2014 7:30 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…

App to spend along party lines is scary

App to spend along party lines is scary

BuyPartisan would take the nation's ideological sorting to a new level.

August 18, 2014 6:45 pmLoading…

Taming technology monsters: Mr. Google goes to Washington

Taming technology monsters: Mr. Google goes to Washington

Study of large government IT projects shows only 6.4 percent were successful.

August 18, 2014 6:45 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…

Ferguson police fumbled response to protests

Ferguson police fumbled response to protests

Has the militarization of police departments gone too far?

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Health law clearly states position on subsidies

Health law clearly states position on subsidies

The court was correct in Obamacare subsidies ruling.

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Mistake in health-law wording doesn't invalidate intent

Mistake in health-law wording doesn't invalidate intent

The court got it wrong on Obamacare subsidies.

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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."

July 25, 2014 5:40 pmLoading…

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.

July 24, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…

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…

Our view: Strengthened background checks victory for state, but bill could have gone further

Gov. Jan Brewer recently signed into law House Bill 2322, which institutes the automatic transmission of Arizona court rulings related to ment…

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Property-tax hike is unavoidable in Pima County

The question isn’t whether property taxes are going up in Pima County, the question is by how much.

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Let's talk about sex

Teenagers need medically accurate, up-to-date and impartial information about the physical and emotional consequences of sex. They should hear…

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Maybe it could be called Nuevo Rio Nuevo

The pigs have flown — Arizona lawmakers, without a nay vote among them, passed legislation that frees the Rio Nuevo board to spend money on do…

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City budget plan will have to do despite its flaws

City Manager Richard Miranda is scheduled to present his recommended city budget to the mayor and council today — a budget that addresses Tucs…

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Arizona House was right to reject voucher expansion

The Arizona House has wisely put the brakes on a push to give taxpayer money to private schools through tuition vouchers worth about $5,400 per child.

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A mental health checkup

This editorial appeared Thursday in the Washington Post:

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Bumpy Valencia Road hurts first impression newcomers receive

First impressions are important. They color our perspective and mean the difference between finding someone charming or annoying, between reco…

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Loughner’s rants online underscore need for gun laws

The young man who shot to death six people and wounded 13 more on Jan. 8, 2011, was not quiet about his rage aimed at the government and the p…

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Medicare's real doctor payment problem

The following editorial appeared Thursday in the Los Angeles Times:

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Poll: Sick leave buy back

Tucson spent nearly $5 million buying back unused sick days from police officers and firefighters the past two years. The city expects to spen…

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TUSD's Sanchez should be commended for reform but ought to take responsibility

Tucson Unified School District Superintendent H.T. Sanchez isn’t quite ready to admit mistakes were made in the awarding of a $92,500 contract…

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Common Core standards are not a federal intrusion

Whether you call it Common Core or Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards, the national academic model is now being used in our schools.

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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

Readers question streetcar costs, a police demotion, and Las Vegas water usage.

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Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor

Readers reactions to Linda Ronstadt comments, jaguar habitat, streetcars on game day. 

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