Guest Editorial: A Very Special Guest

By Scottsdale Pinetop The State of the Union Address is a famous tradition dating back to the first president that is both superfluous and surreal. Last night, President Donald Trump sought to strike a bipartisan tone of unity just weeks after the longest shutdown in US history. However, there is another special tradition that represents the very best of America. … Read More

The Karolzak Chronicles: Volume III

We have written before the notion outré of long-time lobbyist John Karolzak potentially running for Mayor of Scottsdale in 2020.  The only thing stranger would be Tyrion Lannister trying to play center for the Phoenix Suns.  You can see our previous writings.  Click here to read. And here.   Since we haven’t written of Karolzak in a while but with the … Read More

Guest Editorial: A Landmark Project That Makes Dollars AND Sense

By Scottsdale Watchman You may have noticed that 2018 was one of the most contentious years in Scottsdale’s history. Residents bickered with one another over whether development should take place in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. They argued about bicycles and scooters in Old Town. Residents even quarreled over which restaurant was Scottsdale’s most elegant for a first date (Dominick’s Steakhouse … Read More

Tour De Force

By State Representative Shawnna Bolick The following guest editorial appeared in the Arizona Republic: Kids who have been bullied deserve school choice. I know. My daughter was one of them This newspaper and columnist Laurie Roberts have criticized me for introducing a school choice bill. Their complaints miss the mark. In the 1990s, I worked in a New York City public high school … Read More

Guest Editorial: Standing Tall For Civil Rights

My commitment to protect the civil rights of our citizens has never been stronger. I am shifting my efforts to protect the rights of the LGBTQ community from the local level to the state level after our City Council failed to pass a non-discrimination ordinance for Scottsdale two years ago. Last year, however, the mayor and five of my fellow … Read More

Hole In One For Scottsdale Tourism

With another Waste Management Phoenix Open just completed it’s a reminder how impactful and bucket list the tournament’s 16th Hole has become in world sport.  Think of the “Green Monster” in left field at Fenway Park in Boston.  Or Monument Park at Yankee Stadium.  Or sitting in the stands at Churchill Downs on Derby Day.  Or tailgating before a Florida-George … Read More

Guest Editorial: Stirring The Pot In Tempe

By The Happy Wanderer Tempe is widely considered the Valley’s most progressive city. Don’t take our word for it. A simple Google search of the terms “Tempe” and “progressive city” yields an astonishing 4,320 results in 0.62 seconds. Knowing how open-minded it is, we were puzzled when we heard that certain Tempe officials expressed intransigence and closed-mindedness towards a potential … Read More

Guest Editorial: Just Drop It

By The Happy Wanderer The name “Robert Horry” can conjure hate in every Phoenix Suns fan. With the Suns leading the San Antonio Spurs 100-97 late in the fourth quarter of Game 4 of the 2007 Western Conference Semifinals, Horry hip checked Suns point guard Steve Nash and sent Nash sprawling into the scorer’s table. Suns players Amare Stoudemire and … Read More

Guest Editorial: Chariots and Charity

By Scottsdale Watchman The statistics from the 2019 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, which wrapped up last week, can boggle the mind. 1,800 vehicles sold. 5,300 bidders. Hundreds of thousands of attendees. $131.6 million in total sales. The one number that truly stands out above all these, however, is the following: 9,600,000. That’s the amount of money that Barrett-Jackson raised for … Read More

Guest Editorial: A Scottsdale Oasis

By Scottsdale Pinetop Living and working within the city of architectural behemoths and contrete walls can be taxing, to say to least. And from time to time, it’s nice to escape from the urban landscape and take refuge in a few patches of green. For the average New Yorker, that’s Brooklyn Bridge Park. In San Diego, it’s the Waterfront Park. … Read More