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People are driving less, aided by technology

Every year from the end of World War II through the 1990s, the typical American drove more miles each year than the year before. But for the first time in two generations there has been a significant shift in how many miles we are driving each year.

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Kwasman: Keep the Grand Canyon Open

Kwasman: Keep the Grand Canyon Open

Washington is broken. Arizona, like other states throughout the country, is bearing the burden. The crown jewel of the National Park System, Grand Canyon National Park, is closed. The New York Times reports that trip cancellations "are pouring in," while hotels are offering refunds, tour groups are cancelled, and restaurants find themselves without customers.

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Arizona can’t afford Duncan’s early-learning plan

Over the years, our legislators in Phoenix have worked to get our state’s total debt under control and curb unnecessary spending. So when Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited Arizona last week to promote his early-learning initiative, it should give us all some pause to look more closely at the numbers behind the program.

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USDA favors meat, poultry producers over health concerns

According to the lead story in (the Sept. 9 edition of) The Washington Post, the meat inspection program that the U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to roll out in meat and poultry plants nationwide has repeatedly failed to stop production of contaminated meat. The program allows meat producers to increase the speed of processing lines and replace USDA safety inspectors with their own employees.

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