Make healthy living a priority in 2020

Now is the time of year when we typically take inventory of our lives and set new goals. Relationships, finances, careers and health are all important aspects that impact our overall wellbeing. 

For this year, consider making your health a top priority.

 According to the recent America’s Health Rankings Annual Report, the nation’s obesity rate continues to rise, with one in three adults now experiencing obesity. 

The alarming national statistic may have serious health consequences such as diabetes which now impacts approximately 30 million adults and is the No. 1 cause of kidney failure, lower-limb amputations, and adult blindness, according to the Centers for Disease Control a...

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Prescott HOA board’s heartlessness all too common

The story of a Prescott homeowners association demanding the eviction of an orphaned 15-year-old boy who moved in with his grandparents reaffirms one of my most deeply held convictions. 

There are two kinds of people in the world: Nice, normal people and the members of HOA boards.

The sad tale of Colin Clabaugh begins in California, in Riverside. Last year, when Colin was 14, the boy suffered an awful double whammy: First, his mother succumbed to organ failure, a complication from ongoing health problems. Two weeks later, Colin’s grief-stricken father committed suicide. 

It was around Christmas 2018 that Colin moved to Prescott to live with his paternal grandparents, Melodie an...

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What I once believed about LGBTQ people was wrong

My family and I have had the opportunity to reflect on our lives. We marvel at how profoundly we’ve changed regarding our relationship with our LGBTQ “family” – a term I never would have used in relation to LGBTQ people a decade ago. 

Nearly ten years ago, my wife Sara and I were called to reconsider our longstanding opinions of LGBTQ people when our oldest son, Trevor, came out as gay. Shortly after, our other son Tanner also came out as gay. 

Neither discussion was easy, largely because we are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which for years spoke almost exclusively negatively about people who are gay.

But seeing my sons come out – who I know are go...

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County helped the region in numerous ways

Looking back on 2019, I am struck by the myriad ways in which government, business, and community partners worked hand-in-hand to improve quality of life for residents in Maricopa County.  

In many communities, cities and towns don’t talk to one another; in others, public and private sectors openly clash. That has not been my experience in Maricopa County. We all seem to understand that our potential impact is greater when we collaborate.

I wanted to highlight a few collaborations that mattered to me in 2019. I believe all of these will improve quality of life for residents. 

Elections. For the first time in more than half a century, we have a partnership that provides bipartis...

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Rise in hate crimes a troubling sign for 2020

The new year is fast approaching and with it comes and for some concerns for what may be an increase in hate incidents and/or crimes and increase in hate speech both online and on the streets.  

Since the start of 2019, ADL Arizona has called out anti-Semitic and hateful incidents, from Flagstaff to Tucson, 33 times, by standing up for Jewish, African American, LGBTQ, Latino and Muslim communities.

We’ve expressed our reaction as disturbed, offended, appalled, concerned, shocked, horrified, troubled and disappointed. We been encouraged as we’ve also seen the goodwill of many who stand up against hate and the rapid response by law enforcement.  

The FBI last month released 2018 ...

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