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The Tucson shootings: no lessons learned?

Even the most traumatic events fade with time. As the months pass since Jan. 8, our attention is increasingly captured by the remarkable recuperation of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the approaching trial of accused shooter Jared Loughner. It’s natural to want to let go of disturbing memories, both of the violence itself and of the troublesome questions that it raised.

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Most death penalty rationales fray under scrutiny

In recent weeks, we’ve seen a criminal executed and another execution is scheduled pending a last-minute review. Every time Arizona doles out the most severe punishment humans have the capacity to inflict on one another, I find myself asking: When criminals are killed for their crimes, what are we hoping will result, and what actually results?

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Moving Arizona ahead demands college degrees

Now that Arizona has passed measures to attract new companies into our state, we must ensure that residents are qualified to fill the high-wage jobs that relocate here. Arizona’s universities and community colleges are working together in unprecedented ways to maximize resources, serve more students, and efficiently produce more college graduates who are qualified to hold those jobs.

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Immigration reform needs to offer accountability, not amnesty

Recently, five bills dealing with various aspects of immigration failed to be approved by the Arizona Senate. One of these bills contained provisions requiring hospital emergency room workers to verify citizenship. This and other provisions contained in the defeated bills would have certainly raised constitutionality questions at a time when the state is already burdened with federal litigation.

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Wisconsin’s Senate Republicans won’t turn page

As if pending litigation and recall elections weren’t enough to choke Wisconsin’s government to a halt, state Republicans have decided to prolong the volatile Senate relations sparked by Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill and antagonized by the Democrats’ multi-week stay in Illinois.

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