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To Test or Not To Test?

Berto Cortez, a CVS pharmacy technician, shows how COVID-19 tests are processed in a testing area set up by CVS at St. Vincent de Paul medical clinic, Monday, June 15, 2020, in Phoenix. The Arizona Department of Health Services posted on its website Monday another 1,104 cases of COVID-19 and eight additional deaths, bringing the statewide total number of coronavirus cases to 36,705 and related deaths to 1,194. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

As an initial matter, one thing is clear: the importance of diagnostic testing in epidemic and pandemic preparedness and response cannot be overstated. Robust testing with quick results is vital to identify potentially infectious carriers of the virus, many of whom may not have symptoms but can spread the disease to others by simply talking or breathing.

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Arizona still has a chance to rein in “policing for profit”

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Civil asset forfeiture reforms were derailed in the state House less than a month ago. Whatever excuses proffered by the opponents of reform no longer hold up against the stark reality of today. Those who opposed SB 1556 now have the opportunity to do the right thing and correct their mistake. And there’s no question it was a mistake—we all know better now.

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Era of the knee on our neck must end

Phoenix Police officers watch protesters rally June 2, 2020, in Phoenix during demonstrations over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. Groups and politicians from both sides of the aisle are pushing to limit qualified immunity for police officers, a legal doctrine that makes it nearly impossible to prevail in lawsuits against the police. (AP Photo/Matt York)

America has to come together. What happened to Mr. Floyd has to stop. The era of the knee on the neck of people of color must end. Only when criminals, on either side of the protests, are held accountable will our nation advance toward a more perfect union.

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