Guest Columns

June 30, 2014

Tucson’s new southwest water technology cluster: Supporting business while solving our problems, Inside Tucson Business (June 27, 2014)

Decades ago, Tucson’s aerospace and defense industry cluster formed around two major assets – Davis- Monthan Air Force Base and Raytheon. In the years since, those industries have brought billions in investment and thousands of jobs to our region.

Today, the University of Arizona, Tucson Water, Pima County Wastewater and local entrepreneurs are forming a new industry cluster in Tucson – the Southwest Water Technology Cluster. (Read entire column)


September 26, 2013

Affordable Care Act Begins Oct. 1, Tucson Weekly (Sept. 26, 2013)

Open enrollment begins Oct. 1 for the Health Insurance Marketplace, part of the Affordable Care Act, also known as ACA or Obamacare. Whether you were for or against the legislation, it’s here, it’s the law of the land, and here’s what you need to know.

Young adults were some of the first beneficiaries of the ACA, which made it possible for them to stay on their parents’ health plans until age 26 regardless of whether they’re in school or where they live. Already, this provision has helped more than 3 million young adults get coverage. (Read entire column)

August 14, 2013

Students Need Your Help to Improve Reading Skills, Arizona Daily Star (Aug. 11, 2013)

Reading affects everything else. It’s fundamental to success in school and the workplace.

As early as third grade, reading proficiency is a strong predictor of academic success. Three-quarters of children who read poorly in third grade continue to read poorly in high school. Additionally, they are four times more likely to drop out or fail to graduate from high school on time.

On the other hand, children who read well report that they enjoy reading and read for fun almost every day. This starts with a caring adult taking time to read with a child. Even babies benefit from being read to — it’s never too early to start.

I’ve committed to help recruit 500 volunteer reading coaches to help Tucson children — and adults — who struggle with reading. (Read entire column)

July 25, 2013

What Tucson is Doing About Climate Change, Tucson Weekly (July 25, 2013)

Last month, Tucson’s hottest June on record, President Obama revealed his Climate Action Plan, to cut carbon pollution, accelerate clean energy and prepare for climate change that’s already here.

The president is doing what he can on this issue. With a receptive Congress, he could do more. But that’s not likely to happen anytime soon. The fact is, we can’t afford to wait and sit back and let others try to solve this problem for us. We all have a role to play, and that includes city government.

Shortly after I took office, Tucson adopted our own climate plan, with steps we can take to reduce our contribution to climate change, and prepare for the future. (Read entire column)

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