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Problem with ASU class isn't 'whiteness' but ignorance — So now, thanks (or no thanks) to Fox News and the right-wing Internet we're all supposed to be outraged, indignant, offended and positively furious over a class at Arizona State University that has an enrollment of 18 students -- total -- and features five books that none of us (not even the students, I'd guess) will ever read.

Can anyone explain murder over a pack of cigarettes? — I can't fool you. There are situations I know I should write about but feel unable to do so, inadequate to the task, ill-equipped to say anything wise or perceptive or helpful. So I avoid them. And you call me out. "I've been waiting for a few days now," said the man on the telephone.

Your cheatin' heart will make you ... WIN!

Arizona's Franks leads assault on women's rights, again — Republican Rep. Trent Franks will take center stage Thursday when Congress is scheduled to vote on an anti-abortion bill sponsored by the longtime Arizona congressman. The Franks bill mimics an Arizona law that was found to be unconstitutional. His bill is based on seriously disputed science.

Of course 1 percenters in Congress hate Obama's plan — If you're among the richest 1 percent of Americans you probably won't like what President Barack Obama says in his State of the Union address. If you're among the other 99 percent, like most of us, you probably won't understand what President Obama says. Not really. I sure won't.

Honoring Aurora victims like Alex, not their killer — Not long after their son was murdered in an Aurora, Colo., theater in 2012, Valley couple Tom and Caren Teves asked news writers and columnists like me to use articles about the incident to remind people of the victims, not the killer. They asked us to repeat the victims' names, not the killer's.

Q: Is high-school civics test a civic joke? A: Yes. — Five years ago, when the Goldwater Institute first proposed that Arizona's high school students be required to take a civics test before graduation, I wrote about the proposal and asked readers what they thought of the idea. There were lots of responses.

Was MLK holiday better when Arizona had no MLK holiday? — The only Martin Luther King Jr. holiday I remember -- really remember -- was in 1988, when there was no MLK holiday in Arizona. A few years earlier Evan Mecham was elected governor following a quirky, three-way general election. After being sworn in the following January, Mecham rescinded former Gov.

Should tribe be punished for outfoxing the government? — Tohono O'odham Nation got the better of the U.S. government -- a first, perhaps, for native people -- and Arizona's Congressional delegation can't handle it. And don't want to let it stand. And, since they're part of the U.S. government, they don't have to play by the rules.

Judge in Jodi Arias case continues to punish ... US — I understand why Jodi Arias is being punished. She killed a man. She deserves to spend the rest of her life in prison. But why is it that the Maricopa County justice system continues to punish ... us. Taxpayers. Citizens.
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Jan 24, 2015

ASU class on 'whiteness' is actually a lesson in ignorance. via @azcentral

Jan 23, 2015

Problem with ASU class isn't 'whiteness' but ignorance via @azcentral

Jan 23, 2015

Feeling deflated? Read this about Patriots while listening to Elvis Costello 'pump it up'

Jan 23, 2015

@ArizonaLuke @azcentral Progressive ideology pulled the trigger? Or was it, just maybe, a disturbed criminal.

Jan 23, 2015

He was killed over cigarettes. Can any writer say something wise, perceptive or helpful about that? via @azcentral

Jan 23, 2015

READER: You don't really believe most of the media won't use the name of a mass killer, do you? ME: No. But I won't.

Jan 23, 2015

Can anyone explain murder over a pack of cigarettes? via @azcentral

Jan 23, 2015

Feeling deflated? Then you're probably not a liar. They feel GREAT! via @azcentral

Jan 22, 2015

You're in the army fighting the war on women. And you're women. So you break ranks and do this. via @azcentral

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