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D.C. statehood a racial, voting rights issue

The East Front of the U.S. Capitol at dusk. It’s quiet now, but will be a lot livelier when Congress returns from its August recess on Sept. 8 and begins to tackle a long list of back-up legislation. (Photo courtesy Architect of the Capitol)

When our State Senate considers D.C. statehood, they should treat this issue as a necessary and substantive pro-democracy reform rather than giving it the cursory and partisan treatment that the House did. If this issue comes up in the U.S. Senate, I hope Sens.Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly will recognize D.C. statehood for the racial justice and voting rights issue that it is.

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Homeowners, not government, should decide on short-term rentals

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The article “Time to crack down on short-term rentals abuses” suggests that the way to remedy the previous bad legislation by the Arizona legislature, preventing HOA’s from banning Short Term Rentals (STR’s), is to empower local governments to make their own rules and laws preventing the abuse of STR’s. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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Winged Victory atop the Arizona Capitol Building (Photo by Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

The despicable bills proposed by the conservative right continue to prevail in a state that needs to embrace civility and moderation. Arizona can thank Cindy McCain for the Biden/Harris/Kelly victories, as the down ballot Republicans retained their dominance in a state that only wishes to be blue.

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Legislature supports dirty air

electricity tower with blue sky

One can only wonder why the state legislators wish to undo the work of years by the Arizona Corporation Commission with input from citizens like me. Clean energy conserves our precious resources and keeps the air we breathe and the water we drink clean and healthy.

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