Lead­ers needed who can find a dif­fer­ent way past ob­sta­cles

The Arizona Republic - - Opinions - Tom Tysch­per, Gil­bert Buz Long, Mesa Doug Lar­son, Tonopah Lee Kol­stad, Phoenix Felipe Jimenez, Sun City Brad Pow­ell, Scotts­dale

For years, I have been hear­ing Congress talk about the tech­ni­cal, more ef­fi­cient ways we can se­cure our south­ern bor­der.

We hear about the an­ti­quated abil­i­ties at our le­gal ports of en­try. I just have one ques­tion. Why are we still just talk­ing about it? There seems to be no ac­cept­able rea­son for our Congress to have iden­ti­fied a prob­lem, but do noth­ing to fix it.

Their job is to keep Amer­i­can safe, not just talk about it. We have elected lead­ers in Congress who like to pon­tif­i­cate on why some­thing can’t be done.

We seem to be slowly rec­og­niz­ing that we need lead­ers who can find a way to go around, over or through an ob­sta­cle. Hmmm, it sounds a bit like Pres­i­dent Trump, doesn’t it?

Was a moun­tain trail sim­ply ex­press­ing its po­lit­i­cal views?

It’s usu­ally easy for me to spot the con­ser­va­tive boogey­man in E.J. Mon­tini’s Sun­day col­umn, but his Feb. 10 col­umn had me at a loss.

My guess is that the North Moun­tain Trail, which sent him tum­bling, is a reg­is­tered Repub­li­can.

A gift that wants to give if only the Repub­li­cans could re­ceive it

Con­gress­woman Alexan­dria Oca­sioCortez is a gift to the Repub­li­can Party. Too bad the Repub­li­cans don’t have enough in­testi­nal for­ti­tude or strate­gic plan­ning to take ad­van­tage of the gift.

A ques­tion for New York­ers who ex­panded re­pro­duc­tive choice

Just a note to our friends in New York and other states who might have the same idea leg­is­la­tion).

How loud must a fe­tus scream and cry be­fore it doesn’t get aborted? (on “re­pro­duc­tive-rights”

A gloomy pic­ture of the state of racial re­la­tions in Amer­ica

Re­gard­ing Elvia Diaz’ col­umn “Why we need a month to laud mi­nori­ties”: She typ­i­cally misses sev­eral of her points by omis­sion of facts or lack of sta­tis­ti­cal sup­port.

For ex­am­ple, she im­plies Barack Obama’s pres­i­dency gave us peace and unity; con­ve­niently omit­ting the fact that un­der his ad­min­is­tra­tion we had more ri­ots, loot­ing and de­struc­tion known in re­cent his­tory.

She de­clines to give any ex­am­ples in which “... mi­nor­ity con­tri­bu­tions are of­ten ig­nored.”

As for women not be­ing paid the same as men for the same work, that is true, but the cur­rent laws against these in­jus­tices pro­vide re­lief to women through the courts, in­clud­ing back pay and other re­lief.

I am an in­de­pen­dent with no party af­fil­i­a­tion or be­lief in any ex­treme ide­ol­ogy.

Ms. Diaz por­trays, as the left of­ten does, a gloomy pic­ture of cur­rent events with­out dis­clos­ing all of the facts.

A chance to show how much we ap­pre­ci­ate our great out­doors

From the cas­cad­ing wa­ters of the Colorado River rush­ing though the depths of the Grand Canyon to the snow capped San Fran­cisco Peaks, we are blessed with a trea­sure trove of pub­lic lands.

Ari­zona’s pub­lic lands in­clude parks, mon­u­ments, pre­serves, na­tional forests, range­lands, wildlife refuges and wilder­ness ar­eas. These lands en­rich the state’s qual­ity of life and pro­vide count­less ben­e­fits to res­i­dents and vis­i­tors by sup­port­ing a wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties, from recre­ational pur­suits to bal­anced nat­u­ral re­source de­vel­op­ment.

HB 2271, spon­sored by Rep. Tim Dunn and other law­mak­ers, des­ig­nates the first Satur­day of April, as Pub­lic Lands day.

Ari­zona Pub­lic Lands day will pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate the in­cred­i­ble pub­lic lands in our state and to get peo­ple out­door help­ing with cleanup ef­forts and other con­ser­va­tion projects.

Sup­port­ing Ari­zona’s pub­lic lands is non par­ti­san, this bill should be passed by our Leg­is­la­ture and signed by the gover­nor. Tak­ing one day a year to cel­e­brate pub­lic lands will ben­e­fit us all and help en­sure that fu­ture gen­er­a­tions en­joy our state’s pub­lic lands.

Con­tact your leg­is­la­tor and let them know you sup­port Ari­zona Pub­lic Lands day.

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