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Climate-change science proven and certain as dangers to planet grow

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

It would be great if climate change science was, as many people wish, unproven or uncertain. Alas, it is neither unproven nor uncertain and the impacts on our state, our country, and our planet are disastrous, certain, and growing ever more dangerous each year that we ignore the need for responsible, common-sense approaches to reduce emissions.

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Let’s use road funds on roads

This Nov. 9, 2017, photo shows that even in the middle of the day, the I-10 often has heavy traffic. Vehicle emissions are a main contributor to ozone air pollution in Phoenix, a city built around the use of cars. (Photo by Jenna Miller/Arizona Capitol Times)

The ink is barely dry on the budget when residents of our 91 cities and towns and 15 counties register their complaints with local officials about streets and roads showing signs of age, inadequate maintenance and disrepair.

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Like Texas, Arizona would benefit from Justice Reinvestment Initiatives


For Arizona, the bottom line is that the prison population will continue to be reduced by additional changes and the state will save a substantial amount of money over the next several years instead of continuing to increase spending without benefitting public safety. Isn’t it worth taking the extra step and reinstituting the reinvestment portion of the legislation? It will only add to the positive results we’ve already attained.

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Misconceptions are plentiful over treatment of opioid addiction

(Stock/Karen Foley Photography)

In reality, the most effective treatment modality is a combination of many treatments tailored to each individual’s needs. However, it is imperative, in the midst of this epidemic, that we base our decisions on facts and evidence rather than on philosophies, vested business interests, anecdotal evidence or personal experiences. Only then will we be able to move the needle in this arduous fight.

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Charter schools should embrace criticism and become better


Last month, the ACLU of Arizona released “Schools Choosing Students,” a report detailing the illegal or exclusionary enrollment policies at many of the state’s charter schools, which lead to students being denied equal access to a high-quality education. Every piece of information in the report is specific, sourced and designed to help families and schools.

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