Watch Out For Her

Not to channel Hillary Clinton but it does seem women often endure a double standard in the political arena.  Donald Trump’s campaign theatrics make him a “leader,” “entertaining,” and “commanding.”  Imagine if a woman acted so.  “Bitch” would be the most frequently used term.  Like it was when Christine Jones ran for Governor in 2014.  Others have avoided such labels … Read More

Scottsdale: It’s OK To Lend More Ear To The Loyal Opposition

The success of recent Scottsdale efforts to fund city improvements with new general obligation bonds isn’t great.  Indeed, a merry band of opponents defeated all of the bond requests several years back and only two passed during the latest effort in 2015. The campaigns in support of the requests were wayward, but something more fundamental was at play too.  Opponents … Read More

It’s Good To Be Scottsdale

Scottsdale is on a roll. While no community can expect a sunny headlines all the time, let’s just say these past few weeks have been very, very good to Scottsdale. The Phoenix Business Journal put out an article that says Scottsdale is one of the best places in the United States for a startup business. Reporter Haley Ringle wrote, “This … Read More

Odds & Ends To The Week

*Governor Doug Ducey’s State of the State again reminded Arizonans what it’s like to have someone with a firm grip on the wheel.  His predecessor always made the public feel like a passenger to a driver’s permit. *It should be noted that McCain’s time in the U.S. Senate and Ducey’s time as Governor will both end in 2022.  Who knows … Read More

From the New York Times: North Korea Is Newest Frontier for a Daredevil Investor

Not all content here needs to be political.  Nor should it.  Our job is to stir thought.  And that’s what this article does.  A businessman who runs as local rock legend Roger Clyne sings, “Counterclockwise.”  It’s a good read.  And a different way of getting ahead in business. From the New York Times: North Korea Is Newest Frontier for a Daredevil … Read More

An open letter to Scottsdale Schools

by Loyd Eskildson The Arizona Legislature took away SUSD’s near monopoly on students living within the district when it passed the 1994 law enabling charters. Since then SUSD has lost an ever increasing number of pupils and associated funding. The total number of pupils currently lost is estimated to be as high as 12,000. Using a conservative number of 10,000 pupils … Read More

Deservedly, No Buzz For New West Valley “Casino” (i.e. Bingo Hall)

Ever since a 2002 statewide vote Arizona tribes have had a monopoly on gambling. You remember the promises:  grant us this right and we’ll do good by it, help our people and keep gambling on our lands. Then along came the Tohono O’Odham tribe from Tucson.  Through clever lawyering, political chicanery and sleights of hand that would make any great … Read More

Old Things, New Ways

It’s up for debate that it is impossible to teach an old dog new tricks because of all the established companies who are mixing things up. Businesses across the nation are finding that they can indeed learn new tricks and even put their own spin on it. Starbucks is constantly working to keep as up to date as possible with … Read More

Gallego’s Phoenix Plan To Go From Good To Great

Canals have a rich history in Arizona. Used for transporting water along the desert landscape, canals have been bringing new life to the area for hundreds of years. Now, the Grand Canal has the opportunity to restore this feeling of new life throughout Phoenix and make the canal another reason to enjoy the state’s largest city. A $10.3 million grant … Read More

Odds & Ends To The Week

*How poorly was a political campaign run? One can usually tell by how long it takes to get campaign signs down post-election.  One MONTH after four of the six Scottsdale bond proposals failed “YES” signs are still up.  To those who ran the campaign show some respect to those you tried, and failed, to persuade. *The number of photo radar … Read More