We just celebrated our nation’s Independence Day with traditional fireworks. Complaints were many about the ones set off in neighborhoods. Some of those were illegal, brought in from outside the state or country. Arizona, however, does allow some types of consumer fireworks now. A change in …

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Chief Justice John Roberts has recently sided with the Supreme Court’s four liberal justices on three key rulings: barring discrimination against LGBTQ employees; outlawing draconian abortion restrictions in Louisiana; and protecting about 700,000 undocumented “Dreamers” from deportation.

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In providing the crucial fifth vote to strike down a Louisiana law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals, Chief Justice John Roberts has re-enforced a longstanding theme: there is no guarantee a judge nominated by a Republican president will decide…

“Here is the truth ... From us there is nothing except ingratitude.” Those words come from a sermon from St. Junipero Serra, founder of the California missions. Statues of Serra are currently being expunged from the state. Watching the scenes around the Golden State and the country, I’m thin…

During the August primary, citizens of Maricopa will have the opportunity to vote for three members of the City Council. There are six candidates, vying for the three seats, including two incumbents. This election is non-partisan, and if a candidate receives at least 50% of the votes cast pl…

Adoption made the news in recent days because of a Republican congressman unveiling the surprise news that he has been raising an adopted son from Cuba. Though the reaction on the hyperpartisan internet has been shrill and unpleasant, perhaps this can nudge us toward a radical shift in our t…

What seemed like a crazy slogan on the far left — “Defund the Police” — is threatening to become a reality in some cities around the country. On Sunday the president of the Minneapolis City Council announced that a two-thirds majority of the council now supports “ending the Minneapolis Polic…

“Disappointment” doesn’t even begin to cover how I feel about the news lately. A man dies at the hands of police, and what could and should have been a righteous quest for justice broke out into destruction. What could have been a presidential prayer for wisdom, strength and protection becam…

The lights went out early on May 29, just before a private Mass I was blessed to be able to participate in. The natural response now, when things seem to be getting worse, is “Well, of course” or “Why not?” I’ve seen that in reaction to a possible tornado in New York, a news story about locu…

The choice before us seems to be no choice at all: stay inside and have no human contact with another soul, keep businesses closed, denying a livelihood to millions, or step outside and risk death. Though I believe the risk is small when comparing the number of people who have been diagnosed…

In 2003, during the George W. Bush administration, the columnist Charles Krauthammer coined the phrase “Bush Derangement Syndrome” to refer to some of the president’s more unhinged critics. It was funny, and given Krauthammer’s background — he was a medical doctor specializing in psychiatry …

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