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Abortion legal under Puritans, more than 200 years – what changed?

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My sister and I went on an Amtrak vacation in July to attend a conference and visit friends and family in the Midwest. On her last leg home, my sister was on a local metro when a pregnant woman threw herself in front of the train and committed suicide. We don’t know if the lack of abortion or health care or services drove her to it. But expect to see more.

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Transportation is linchpin of thriving regional economy

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As Chairman of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Board of Directors, I was honored to learn that PMGAA’s Board was named Arizona Capitol Times 2019 Leader of the Year in Public Policy for the Transportation Category. Transportation is a lynchpin of every thriving regional economy and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is proud to play an increasing role in Greater Phoenix’s multi-modal transportation system.

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Climate changes affect everyone, time to act

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Why should I care!? That is a question that I often hear when I speak with others about climate change. It is not an easy one to answer but it must be answered. The truth is that climate change affects every one of us, daily. It is hard to grasp the idea of climate change if one does not see the affects directly; however, this is far from the truth.

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Defending inclusive excellence at Arizona public universities

Arizona State University and it’s 12,000 students in downtown Phoenix have added growth and vibrancy of the area. PHOTO BY ANDREW HOWARD/ARIZONA CAPITOL TIMES

I understand the relationship between inclusivity and excellence quite differently. The ASU charter is anchored by a phrase that many of us in the ASU community can recite by heart: our university measures its excellence “not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes, and how they succeed.” More of us who value our public universities need to stand up to defend the liberatory ideals expressed in this statement.

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