Guest Editorial: Another Senate Seat Up For Grabs?

By Scottsdale Pinetop A war hero, an Arizona Senator and a presidential candidate. The legacy and political career of Senator John McCain has become a staple of Arizona’s pioneering identity. Diagnosed with brain cancer last summer, the Senator has been in and out of hospital treatments for the past year. With the future of McCain’s health uncertain, so is the … Read More

Scottsdale Stadium vs. The Desert Discovery Center

Once again, the ill-conceived Desert Discovery Center/Desert Edge (DDC) is dividing and hurting Scottsdale. That’s the only clear takeaway after last night’s Scottsdale City Council hearing. To explain what happened allow us to provide a little history. Scottsdale Stadium has been an integral part of downtown for decades.  It’s there that legions of baseball fans from San Francisco and the … Read More

Guest Editorial: Arizona Dreamers’ Educations Futures Uncertain. They Shouldn’t Be.

By Scottsdale Pinetop What a shame. Across the state, thousands of Arizona public college DACA students are reeling from Monday’s news. Recently, the Arizona Supreme Court unanimously ruled that in order for DACA recipients to attend any of the state’s three universities or community colleges they’re going to have to pay a higher tuition. Unfortunately for many of these Arizona … Read More

Clash Of The Titans?

Over the past two plus decades in Scottsdale there have been two epic campaign contests for Mayor.  In 1996 Diana Smith (wife of former Councilman David Smith) spent a major chunk of her own change to almost upset the presumptive frontrunner, Sam Campana.  Almost.  And then in 2008 then Councilman Jim Lane challenged a vulnerable Mayor Mary Manross, very narrowly … Read More

Guest Editorial: New BASIS Campus Great News For Scottsdale

By Scottsdale Pinetop When it comes to charter schools people either celebrate them as an alternative to underachieving public schools or accuse them as a flawed outcome in failed education reform. Regardless of opinion, it’s hard to discredit charter schools’ growth throughout the U.S. Leading the way is the BASIS Curriculum Schools network, regarded as the best charter school system … Read More

Guest Editorial: Helping Make Scottsdale Student Dreams Come True

By Scottsdale Pinetop The recent events of local high school robotics teams is a classic Cinderella story. Against the odds, three of Scottsdale’s high school robotics teams advanced to the FIRST® Championships, an international robotics tournament held in Houston, Texas. But their celebration was short lived after discovering that teams from Chaparral, Desert Mountain and Saugaro might not be able … Read More

Would Electing Councilpersons by Districts be a Good Idea?  

  By Virginia Korte I believe the City Council does an exceptional job of representing citizens, no matter where you live. I feel I can speak for everyone on the Council when I say we work hard to treat everyone and every issue the same: thoughtfully and thoroughly. But as I have conversations with people throughout our community, some ask … Read More

Scottsdale’s Mayor Forms PAC To Foster Positive Politics

Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane has always been more concerned with getting things done than getting attention. That may be his motivation behind forming a Political Action Committee called “At Our Best.” Records show it is being organized to raise money to assist political candidates. Scottsdale, or Arizona for that matter, has no shortage of critics. But it may have a … Read More

44 Looked Good On Paul Westphal But Not In Paradise Valley

The Phoenix Suns have had many great players over the years but Paul Westphal was right up there with the best of them.  Twisting, turning, shooting and scoring like few others is why he’s in the team’s Ring of Honor.  His jersey number was 44.  It was fitting and looked good to all who saw him play. Compare that with … Read More

Guest Editorial: Scottsdale and Morocco – An Unlikely Alliance

By Scottsdale Pinetop If there is one-thing critics and supporters of the Trump administration can agree on is that President Trump is leaving a lasting mark on U.S. foreign policy. Weakening traditional alliances, threatening military action and dissolving trade agreements, the fate of the U.S. foreign relations remains murky. This can leave local leaders to step into the vacuum and … Read More