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Don’t make measles great again in Arizona

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States are moving to restrict exemptions. As outbursts of measles plague our nation and others, it is strange to see Arizona work to make its children less safe, undermining what courts and public health officials have described as the gold standard for preventing infections--reduced exemptions.

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Costly Consequences: The Irony of the Equal Rights Amendment

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Public policy often sounds better in theory than it plays out in reality. The Affordable Care Act, The Patriot Act, The Women’s Reproductive Health Care Act have all been criticized for arguably not living up to their names. The same will be said of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), should it pass the many hurdles ahead.

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Arizona must be bolder on sentencing reform

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This legislative session, Republican lawmakers are following in the footsteps of President Donald Trump and addressing the need for sentencing reform in Arizona. So far, the bills that have gained momentum in the House and Senate are well-intentioned but too weak to put a dent in our massive prison population.

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Car-sharing bill protects consumers, personal freedom

Dealer Vehicles in Stock. Brand New Cars Awaiting Clients on the Dealer Parking Lot. New Cars Section.

With each technological advance we witness the same response as whatever legacy industry is being disrupted seeks the government’s assistance in burying the upstarts in red tape, taxes and fees. And all of this while cloaking its anti-competitive actions behind talk of “leveling the playing field” or “protecting consumers.”

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Wrong-way driving can be stopped

Signs warning drivers not to enter are shown on the Kyrene exit of the Loop 202, Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 in Chandler, Ariz. Arizona transportation officials are responding to a flurry of deadly wrong-way crashes with a plan for a test project on a Phoenix freeway that includes using sensors to detect wrong-way drivers and alert authorities and other motorists. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Wrong-way drivers present an obvious danger to all motorists on our highways. While cities and states should work to improve signs and barriers and utilize ITS-based solutions to reduce or eliminate wrong-way accidents, public awareness along with social responsibility could be an effective way.

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ASU’s Omni project is a win-win for the university and economy

An artist’s rendering of the planned 330-room Omni Hotel in Tempe.

A judge will decide whether this lawsuit has merit. But there is a bigger issue at stake. In the end, either the universities will continue to have the liberty to create new streams of revenue and provide business opportunities to the community that lead to positive outcomes, or they will not. In any case the vibrancy of our new age economy for generations to come depends on it.

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