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Opinion: This walkout most likely will backfire on our teachers

Arizona teachers are refusing to recognize the optics of a walkout and don't seem to realize that it could alienate parents. There's a better way.
4 years ago
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Opinion: Jay Feely’s prom photo with gun is dad’s right to make a joke

Over the weekend former Arizona Cardinals kicker Jay Feely posted a picture on social media of his daughter and her date before heading to prom. The social media trolls jumped all over it.
4 years ago
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Opinion: Federal bump stock ban should worry both sides of the aisle

Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to criminalize bump stocks. Mike Russell doesn't like them, but said the ban should worry both sides of the aisle.
4 years ago
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Opinion: Takes on the past weekend’s three biggest stories

The first weekend of spring has sprung three huge news stories on us. Here’s Mike Russell's takes on this weekend’s big news hat trick.
4 years ago
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Opinion: HSUS’s accreditation drop should serve as wakeup call

The recent problems facing The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) should be a wakeup call for all of us that give to ANY charity.
4 years ago
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Opinion: Red for Ed duped Arizonans into backing politics, not teachers

Mike Russell writes that Arizonans were duped Wednesday when they wore red to support teachers. Instead, the unwittingly supported a political candidate.
4 years ago
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Opinion: Arizona needs to do more for teachers than wearing red

Mike Russell says it was great to see so many people wearing red in support of Arizona teachers on Wednesday, but it's time for everyone to do more.
4 years ago
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Opinion: Active shooter, lockdown drills great step to keep kids safe

Mike Russell writes that parents should welcome active shooter and lockdown drills at schools because they can help keep kids safe.
4 years ago
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Opinion: It’s been a week of weak corporate stances against guns, NRA

All week, companies have been taking a "stand" on gun control. Mike Russell argues they are nothing more than weak PR moves to take advantage of consumers.
4 years ago
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Opinion: Keep facts in mind when discussing Florida school shooting

Mike Russell wants the gun control debate to take a break after the Florida school shooting, but he wanted to make sure both sides remember the facts.
4 years ago
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Opinion: The curious case of Shaun White vs. #MeToo

Allegations of sexual harassment against Shaun White resurfaced after his gold medal win, but where were his detractors two years ago?
4 years ago
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Opinion: Three takeaways from opening weekend of Winter Olympics

We are off and running: The 2018 Winter Olympic Games are underway in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Here are three takeaways from the first weekend.
4 years ago
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Opinion: Phoenix City Council vote on bump stocks just a headline grab

Mike Russell says the Phoenix City Council's vote to encourage Arizona lawmakers to ban bump stocks was nothing more than an attempt to stay in headlines.
5 years ago
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Opinion: Cardinals gave up moral high ground with Adrian Peterson trade

Mike Russell says that the Arizona Cardinals are moral hypocrites because they traded for child abuser Adrian Peterson just to save the run game.
5 years ago
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Opinion: Poking holes in Jimmy Kimmel’s anti-gun rant

Mike Russell took on Jimmy Kimme's anti-gun rant in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting and he found some issues with his argument.
5 years ago
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Opinion: NFL national anthem protests pit Roger Goodell vs. Donald Trump

The ongoing debate over national anthem protests in the NFL pits two Herculean egos against one another: Roger Goodell vs. Donald Trump.
5 years ago
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Opinion: Concussion consequences on players, not NFL

The NFL is aware that players choose to play football and risk head injuries, so why do we expect the league to take responsibility for injuries?
5 years ago
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Opinion: Trump sounds like a leader in his UN speech

President Donald Trump addressed the United Nations on Tuesday. He was firm. He was assertive. He sounded like the leader of a nation.
5 years ago
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Opinion: Both sides are right in NFL national anthem standing debate

Mike Russell says that, no matter which side of the debate over NFL players kneeling during the national anthem you're on, you're right.
5 years ago
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Opinion: DACA removal should be final straw for Hispanic community

Mike Russell says President Donald Trump's decision to end DACA should be the final straw for the Hispanic community in being used as a political football.
5 years ago
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Opinion: Stanton cracked on police response to Phoenix Trump protest

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton had the correct support for the police's response to the protesters at the Trump rally, but then he changed his mind. Why?
5 years ago
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Opinion: Trump pardon doesn’t give Arpaio the legacy he wants

When President Donald Trump pardoned former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, he kept him out of court but didn't give him the legacy he wants.
5 years ago
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Opinion: PETA scores accidental point after hunters hijack Facebook trend

PETA scored an accidental point this week when outdoorsemen hijacked a Facebook trend the organization intended to use to combat hunting.
5 years ago
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Opinion: Four takeaways from Trump’s rally speech in Phoenix

Now that tear gas and smoke have cleared in downtown Phoenix, Mike Russell gives his four takeaways from President Donald Trump's rally speech.
5 years ago