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My hands on a gun

Posted by   /  August 7, 2019  /  By Phil Riske, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer There has been plethora news over past months about guns and separately about suicide. I begin today with a day 38 years ago when I had to act to prevent what I thought could be a fatal shooting. I was reminded of that scary situation upon recently reading an […]

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Copping a plea: I was responsible for fake news

Posted by   /  July 25, 2019  /  By Phil Riske, Media and Entertainment  /  No Comments

By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer Thank God Donald Trump was not looking over my shoulder in 1972.  At the time, I was managing editor of the Laramie Boomerang, (a newspaper named after the owner’s mule.) As a morning paper, putting it to bed required late hours as we waited for the pages to come […]

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Button up belly boys

Posted by   /  July 9, 2019  /  By Phil Riske, Off-Beat News  /  No Comments

From the Rose Law Group Reporter Growlery  By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer Casual business dress is a trend, but the “suit and tie” requirement still holds for much of the corporate world.  After watching numerous TV hosts violate my sense of taste when it comes to men’s clothing, here’s the question: Why are the […]

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My pet peeve

Posted by   /  July 1, 2019  /  By Phil Riske, Equine News, Off-Beat News  /  No Comments

“Animal Cops Phoenix” features (from left) Kelley Mallon, Mark Smith, Cynthia McGuire, Andy Gallo and Ruthie Jesus. /Photo: Alex DeForest By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer  We hear a lot about child abuse. We don’t hear enough about pet/animal abuse. One only has to follow numerous cases in the Phoenix area or watch one edition […]

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I have 2 dads — both Hall of Fame inductees by Phil Riske|Senior Reporter/Writer

Posted by   /  June 16, 2019  /  By Phil Riske, Sports, Transportation  /  No Comments

By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer On this Father’s Day, I again won’t get to send cards or call my fathers. They are both gone, dying a year apart. So, I celebrate by telling you about them. Inducted into the Wyoming Coaches Hall of Fame 1983Began his football coaching career in 1948, and he retired […]

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Arizona cities, from rich to poor

Posted by   /  May 19, 2019  /  By Phil Riske, Economy, Real Estate  /  No Comments

Size has nothing to do with affluence  in Arizona By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer Two Arizona cities are at the top and bottom of rating scales used by 24/7 Wall Street. to decide what are most affluent and “worst” cities in America. Overall picture Incomes climbed faster in 2017 for the typical American household than […]

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Key Republicans oppose governor’s budget, a flashback to 2006

Posted by   /  May 11, 2019  /  By Phil Riske, Legislature 2019 Regular Session  /  No Comments

Arizona budget negotiations hung up by sexual abuse issues By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer This legislative session is not the first where two Republicans took on their party leaders and governor in opposing the proposed state budget. In 2006, it took 128 days, but Republican lawmakers released a budget proposal that met with lukewarm […]

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The final rip-off — paid obituaries

Posted by   /  April 28, 2019  /  By Phil Riske, Media and Entertainment, Off-Beat News  /  No Comments

From the Rose Law Group Reporter Growlery By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer Let’s call this an “obitchuary.” I assisted with an obituary this week for a dear friend. The husband had to pay $559 to The Arizona Republic to publish it. In a way, newspapers hold you hostage: How could you possibly be unwilling to […]

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Would someone please answer these Top 10 nagging questions?

Posted by   /  April 7, 2019  /  By Phil Riske, Off-Beat News  /  No Comments

By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer Nothing is more maddening than something that leaves you begging for an answer. So, someone please help me out with these: 10. When a commercial states, “Not available in all states,” doesn’t that mean not available anywhere? 9. Why doesn’t the IRS send thank you notes when we pay […]

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Bringing about national togetherness with a simple kiss

Posted by   /  March 24, 2019  /  By Phil Riske, Economy, Employment Law, Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer As politicians decry the polarization that is the current state of the nation, I wondered what I — one person — could do to better understand the divisions in our thinking and take action to narrow the differences that plague the American citizenry. I came up with this list […]

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