What has happened to us?

A few months ago I ran into a recently retired judge, a former prosecutor and friendly acquaintance, at the grocery store. I asked him what he thought was causing the wave of homicides and shooting incidents around Little Rock. Even in our normally safe, quiet neighborhood, it's not uncommon to hear fusillades of gunfire in the night – semiautomatic pistols, by the sound of them.

Arizona’s impact in today’s politics

This is the country of the far horizon. Even with all the growth Arizona has experienced – this was the fastestgrowing state in the last decade – the desert seems to reach on forever, the mesas and buttes turning red and blue and, reflecting the state's new political profile, purple.

Will your money last as long as you do?

We all hope for long, healthy lives. But there’s a serious “side effect” of longevity – the possibility of outliving our money. How can you help prevent this?

Is the Trump show over?

Chris Sununu, the Republican governor of New Hampshire, said this at a Washington, D.C. dinner, about the last Republican president: "The press often will ask me if I think Donald Trump is crazy. And I'll say it this way: I don't think he's so crazy that you could put him in a mental institution. But I think if he were in one, he ain't getting out."

We are proud that more than 76% of the voters in the Clinton school district voted yes on this week’s school bond issue!

Will Dems make it about Trump?

There is a consensus that the Democratic Party is in trouble with midterm elections seven months away. The polls say it, the issues say it and history says it: The coming election is the type of election that the party in power loses big. And to some Democrats, only one man can save the party from disaster: Donald Trump.

It’s not necessary to stop masking

Dear Doctors: The pandemic restrictions were difficult, but I'm not comfortable with ending mask mandates yet. I think we're rushing into it. I have a co-worker who says that since vaccinated people don't get very sick, getting infected isn't the big deal it used to be. Do you think that's true?

Mentor isn’t offering good advice

DEAR HARRIETTE: I'm afraid that most of the advice that my mentor offers me is not helpful. She is incredibly successful in the field that I aspire to work in, but she is from a different time. A lot of the steps that she took to get to where she is today wouldn't work for me. I'll go to her for advice about new opportunities I've been offered, but she will usually discourage me from taking them on. I still regret not taking my chances on some of those opportunities. Do you think that it's time that I find a new mentor, or should I continue to trust her advice? – Mentee

Someone had to say it!

In Michael Kinsley's immortal definition, "A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth – some obvious truth he isn't supposed to say." By that standard, the term would definitely apply to Joe Biden's recent condemnation of Vladimir Putin.

People are tired of both of them

Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams did it. So did Martin Van Buren and William Henry Harrison. Grover Cleveland and Benjamin Harrison, too. Also William Jennings Bryan and William McKinley. And of course, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson.