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Not just smokers: Every woman is at risk for lung cancer

Every five minutes, a woman in the United States is diagnosed with lung cancer, including nearly 2,000 this year from Arizona. Half of these women will not be alive a year later, and two-thirds of women diagnosed never smoked or are former smokers. The American Lung Association is racing against the clock to save women’s lives, and to raise awareness of the facts that lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of women, and that every woman is at risk for the disease.

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Climate change is a moral issue crucial to people of faith

Climate change is a moral issue crucial to people of faith

I have served on the Arizona Ecumenical Council Earth Care Commission as both a committee member and as chairperson for about 15 years. Recently, I was asked to comment on the Environmental Protection Agency’s new carbon rule to curb the growing threat of greenhouse gases that contribute to global climate change.

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ASU Alumni Law Group gives graduates real world experience

ASU Alumni Law Group gives graduates real world experience

A few years back, Douglas J. Sylvester, dean of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, toured the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, and he returned with a vision on how to stem the obturations facing recent graduates entering the legal fraternity: a shrinking pool of job offers, increased debt burdens, and lawyer skill preparedness for firms. The concept was in his words: “A teaching hospital for law school graduates,” with its direction and management to provide affordable legal services to underserved members of the community as my responsibility and charge.

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Legislature should forget ideological battles and focus on making Arizona more attractive

Legislature should forget ideological battles and focus on making Arizona more attractive

Another legislative session is completed. The Republican majority has again failed to work with Democrats for the common good in Arizona. Many of us hoped the bipartisan efforts in 2013 would lead to an increased focus on substantive issues like fixing CPS, restoring the massive cuts to education or passing meaningful ethics reform. Instead, Republicans have concentrated on a strategy of appealing to the most extreme elements of their party to the detriment of Arizona’s children, businesses and workers.

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