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Terry Bracy: Political courage, community kept streetcar on track

It's final chapter in a narrative, authored by two generations of activists, officials and professionals.

July 19, 2014 3:00 pmLoading…
Terry Bracy: Our aging democratic institutions need professional help

Terry Bracy: Our aging democratic institutions need professional help

House Intelligence committee Chairman Mike Rogers, a respected figure at the Capitol for a decade, last week became the institution’s latest early retiree. The decision of Rogers, a Michigan Republican, is not part of a normal generational turnover, but rather a new trend in my experience — …

April 04, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Terry Bracy: The case for optimism

Terry Bracy: The case for optimism

Oscar Wilde once famously said the optimist sees the doughnut, and the pessimist sees the hole. Contemporary Washington is fixated on the holes even as doughnuts are arriving by the dozen.

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Guest Column: Mandatory gun insurance could impose order on now-chaotic gun policies

For decades, many of America's finest minds have searched for that single idea, or perhaps set of them, that would ameliorate the growing instances of gun violence that have increasingly blighted our landscape. I don't count myself among the great minds, but I am observant. I notice ideas wh…

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Guest Column: Life-changing schoolteachers bargain for relative pennies

Recent reports of the teachers' strike in Chicago have led me to reflect on my own experience with educators through time. My mother was a teacher, as is my wife of 46 years.

September 19, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Ex-senator's book outlines clear strategy to reclaim America's promise

It sometimes seems that we live in an age of political nihilism. Our elections are awash in special interest largess that funds ever more negative, and effective, campaigns that crown winners with titles but little else. Instead, victors preside over governments doomed to fail, so alienated …

May 08, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

No laughing matter: US pays a high price for political ignorance

"If the good people don't go into politics, the scoundrels surely will."

January 10, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Look to the years ahead to measure Walkup's many accomplishments

Snapshots of a legacy often come into focus over time. I think of my youth when Harry Truman was the object of criticism. It took a decade for the greatness of Truman's presidency to emerge and be honored by the public.

March 09, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Arizona delegation must plan for shortages of Colorado River water

Editor's note: The Star asked the author to comment on the impending water issues in Arizona.

November 12, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
Udalls willing to take little steps, deal

Udalls willing to take little steps, deal

Udall Foundation Chair Terry Bracy last month told the 14th class of Udall scholars about lessons learned from former Secretary of the Interior Stewart L. Udall and his brother, former Rep. Morris K. Udall, that have relevance today. Here are excerpts:

September 20, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
Return of the 'Udall Ethic'

Return of the 'Udall Ethic'

A new generation of a respected Western-states family with deep Arizona roots — the Udalls — is seeking U.S. Senate seats. Their election would mark a return of the "Udall Ethic" — conservation, public service and consensus building — that was established by Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall in…

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