In the past decade, the Arizona Child Fatality Review Program has identified at least 65 Arizona children who have died from vaccine preventable diseases. In contrast, there have been no deaths attributable to vaccines. Vaccines are safe but deaths from vaccine preventable infections are inc…

In his Feb. 17 opinion piece, Diego Rivera attempted to advocate for the two businesswomen who have gone to court to defend their refusal to create products for a gay couple's wedding. In this specious argument, he suggests that the profit motive of capitalism inoculates against discriminati…

I grew up in a rural area in western New York state. We lived in a small town and almost never locked our doors. There wasn’t a wall anywhere in that town and none anywhere I went — just fences for farm animals. There was no crime. When I went to college I moved to a city and started seeing …

My sister, visiting from Connecticut, informed me that where she lives mail-in ballots are allowed only for being out of state, military service, and illness. Yet Connecticut, a historically blue state, has never been accused of voter suppression. I can't believe knowing that every two years…

I was amused by the letter writer on the opinion page 2/22/19 excoriating the Star for giving Rep. Finchem a platform for his opinion on the Opinion page. One has to wonder who decides which opinions are worthy of publication and which are not.

In the midst of intensive questioning and discussion of the Michale Cohen interview, favorite son, Rep. Paul Gosar, interjects the meaningful comment representing the state of Arizona as, "Liar, Liar, pants on fire!" This is why Arizona will continue to be the probably well-deserved punchlin…

I frequently think I should write a letter to the editor -today is the day ! I am alarmed about the legislator’s misguided, wrongheaded attempt to exercise “states rights -(or something!) with the measures allowing more parent “discretion” in deciding to inoculate or not their children again…

HB2693, a bill working its way through the legislature, would legalize carrying a loaded weapon in a vehicle on school grounds. Supporters, including some legislators, admit they are already ignoring the current law and have been entering school grounds with loaded guns in their cars. Claimi…

I am alarmed by Republican sponsored bills aimed at making it harder for eligible citizens to vote. HB2616 would make it a crime to be paid to help people register. SB1188 would throw people off the permanent early voting list if that person failed to vote in the past two elections. SB1046 w…

State Rep. Noel Campbell proposed higher fuel taxes and an electric and hybrid vehicles (EV) tax. Arizona collects only 40.8% of state and local road spending from user fees and taxes compared with 50.4% nationally. However, the proposed EV fee represents double taxation. Users of battery el…