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Temporary truce ends in AZ's battle over abortion pill — There was supposed to be a temporary truce in Arizona's battle over what doctors here must say -- or not -- to woman seeking a medical abortion. During the past legislative session, the Republican-controlled Legislature passed a bill that would require abortion providers to tell patients that it is possible to reverse a medication abortion.

Dealing with the monsoon's jealous boyfriend: Dust — If summer in the desert were a Stephen King thriller or a Shakespearean romance - and it's both - a dust storm would be the jealous boyfriend of monsoon rain. Dust is blustery, possessive. Dust has a temper. (Don't call him "Haboob." That really sets him off.)

Trump proving that bigotry still has appeal — Wait...What? Donald Trump says this: "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people." And his Republican presidential campaign numbers go...

Deport criminal immigrants to save guys like Grant — I don't know anyone who wasn't horrified and heart-broken when news broke that 21-year-old Grant Ronnebeck, a good kid working hard, was shot dead while clerking at a QuikTrip store in Mesa in January.

Arizona should copy California and require vaccines — California's legislature just passed a law removing all exemptions to vaccine requirements for admission to school, public or private, except for those medically indicated. This time -- this ONE time -- Arizona should copy California. Gov. Jerry Brown said, "The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases.

Flagstaff group wins fight with state over minimum wage — A while back a group of decent hard-working people from Flagstaff decided to sue the state of Arizona over a law that prevents cities from raising the minimum wage. The group was represented by two egal Don Quixotes, attorneys Shawn Aiken and Mik Jordahl, who argued that lawmakers couldn't impose such a restriction.

Does God want you to discriminate against gay couples? — If you're a Christian looking for an excuses to discriminate against same-sex couples, who now have a Constitutional right to marry, the Bible apparently will provide them for you. And some politicians will back you up. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has said state workers can refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses if doing so is contrary to his or her religious beliefs.

Settlement douses fire of bitterness over Yarnell fire — It was time for everyone to do the right thing. It was long past, time, actually. But they finally did it. Settlements were reached between relatives of some of the 19 firefighters from the Granite Mountain Hotshots killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire and the Arizona State Forestry Division.

Supreme Court sides with voters over political hacks — Last week, just about every politician who disagreed with the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decision -- as well as the dissenting members of the Supreme Court -- said that voters, not judges, should be making that decision. On Monday they decided to do just that. They sided with voters.

Is it finally time to abolish the death penalty? — We argue over how to execute another human being "humanely," knowing all along that such a thing is not possible. Killing is killing. It may be justified. The person being killed may deserve it. We may feel no remorse at all for killing him. But... it's still killing.
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Jun 30, 2015

Arizona should copy California and require vaccines via @azcentral

Jun 30, 2015

That day the little guy kicked Big Brother's butt. via @azcentral

Jun 30, 2015

RT @RingerAZ: @ejmontini @azcentral the @AZGOP is 0 for 2 this week trying to circumvent the will of the people I really need to register independent

Jun 30, 2015

Flagstaff group wins fight with state over minimum wage via @azcentral

Jun 30, 2015

RT @LAFNGUY: There are many messages in the #bible. The ones I strive to incorporate are the messages of #love & #compassion.…

Jun 30, 2015

Does God want you to discriminate against gay couples? via @azcentral

Jun 29, 2015

RT @TyJuanOn: @ejmontini @chefgwen Bn reading your column since way back. Im a 7th gnration AZ native. Always a voice of reason. Not one disappointment.

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