OUR READERS' VIEWS: Abolish the 17th Amendment


I believe the Founding Fathers were most diligent in protecting states’ rights, limiting the federal government’s power and preventing the rise of a tyrant. Today, I address my fourth point in my previous article “If I ran for the Senate.”

Fifth Point: Abolish the 17th Amendment, which changed the election of senators by state legislators to a popular vote.

Talent tops fun show to start the Fourth

Kiwanis show brings crowd to Veterans' Park


By Chris Fisk

For the Herald/Review

The official holiday weekend festivities kicked off with an overload of cute, a lot of talent, and a dance party. The annual Third of July Talent Show ushered in a weekend full of activities to celebrate the nation’s birthday. In and around Centennial Pavilion there were sequins, tap shoes, flutes and almost too much cuteness. The annual show has been going on so long, nobody can remember what year it began.

“I’ve been doing it for about 15 years now, so at least that long,” said talent judge Larry Hampton.

MILITARY UPDATE: Doctor skills factor in plan to streamline inpatient care


The number of surgeries and other inpatient procedures done on base by military physicians trails the inpatient workloads of private sector peers by wide margins, according to data comparisons run in support of a Defense Department study on modernizing the military health system.

The inpatient workload at many bases is a readiness concern, which the surgeons general of Army, Navy and Air Force are trying to address with a variety of initiatives to broaden the experience of active duty physicians.

AROUND YOUR TOWN for Saturday, July 4, 2015


July 5

Faith Presbyterian Church will celebrate Independence Day on Sunday, July 5, with a hymn sing featuring America’s national hymns. During the singing, the stories behind these hymns will be told, and their significance in American history will be described. Faith is located at 2053 Choctaw Drive, and worship begins at 10:30 a.m.  Everyone is invited to this meaningful celebration of our musical heritage, and of the freedom to worship as we choose. For more information or directions call the church office at 378-9400.


July 6

OUR VIEW: Happy birthday, America


In honor of the Fourth of July holiday, the words of President J.F. Kennedy offer lasting relevance to the principles of America.

These are contextual remarks reprinted from Kennedy’s speech in Philadelphia on the Fourth of July, 1962.


New court challenge to legislative districts



Cronkite News

WASHINGTON — Just one day after it said the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission was legal, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said it will hear a challenge to the commission’s Statehouse district plans.

The court agreed to hear a case brought by more than a dozen Arizona voters who accused the commission in 2012 of improperly drawing legislative district boundaries to favor Democrats.

OPINION: Supremes hit a high mark

By Gail Collins, New York Times


Wow, Supreme Court — what a week.

“The Supreme Court just upheld Obamacare yet again,” said Jeb Bush in a fund-raising shout-out. “This is the direct result of President Obama. He deliberately forced Obamacare on the American people in a partisan and toxic way.”

Whoever actually wrote Bush’s email did a brilliant job since it, a) manages to blame Barack Obama for a Supreme Court dominated by Republican appointees, and b) does sort of sound like the way Jeb Bush talks.

Human trafficking conference Oct. 16


Four presenters, including a survivor, will highlight an Oct. 16 conference in Sierra Vista on human trafficking.

Sponsored by a coalition of local nonprofit civic groups, the conference features survivor and author Savannah Sanders. She now works as a victim’s advocate helping others recover as a source of inspiration and education.

Other speakers include U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, Sister Susan Kolb of We Are One Family, and Steve Passement of the U.S. Border Patrol.

Sponsoring organizations include BNL Skill Builders, Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona, American Red Cross of Southern Arizona and 4PProject.

REC: Inside scoop on great grilling

By Chris Fisk - For the Herald/Review


Marcus Hartson is considered an expert in grilling and smoking. He comes from a long line of barbecue masters who previously operated a chain of restaurants in California.

Previous Fourths of July he has done demonstrations at the festivities on behalf of Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative. When asked about the most common grilling mistake, he has a quick response: too hot.

“Cooking too high, especially with charcoal. With wood it’s not so bad,” he said.

Bisbee first responders want it to be a safe Fourth

Fire, police urge residents to keep safety in mind


BISBEE — While most folks gather with their family and friends to celebrate the Fourth today, every single one of Bisbee’s police officers and many of the firefighters will be working to keep residents safe.

“All our officers are on duty today,” said Sgt. Robert Coronado. “It is a mandatory work day for us because it so busy. We start at 6 a.m. and go until 3 or 4 a.m. We go from the coaster races to the parade to the mucking and drilling, and from there everyone usually goes home and changes and takes a break and then they go back down to the park for the fireworks, then we are down there enforcing the fireworks ordinance.”

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