Guest Columns


Students need your help to improve reading skills, Arizona Daily Star

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By Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Special to the Arizona Daily Star Poverty and education are linked. Education is a way out of poverty, but being poor makes that path more difficult to take. Children living in poverty are less likely to do well in school. They may have stresses their more affluent peers do not, like […]

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Tucson’s mayor considers what the city can do about climate change, Tucson Weekly

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By Jonathan Rothschild 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 […]

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The mayor discusses the effect the sequester might have on the city, Tucson Weekly

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By Jonathan Rothschild The long-awaited sequester is here. While pundits argue about the consequences, some of Tucson’s poorest families are about to experience them first-hand. An across-the-board cutback to federal government programs and services, the sequester was intended to be too scary for rational folks to sit by and let it happen. Clearly, that strategy […]

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Congress needs to end the sequester before it causes serious pain, Arizona Daily Star

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By Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Special to the Arizona Daily Star Just as our slow climb out of the recession has gotten Tucson’s unemployment rate down to 6.9 percent, certain members of Congress are ready, and apparently willing, to jeopardize that recovery by embracing the sequester. The sequester, which makes across-the-board cuts to government departments and […]

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The mayor calls for a real conversation about gun violence, Tucson Weekly

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By Jonathan Rothschild Another Jan. 8 has come and gone. Tucsonans will never forget that day, two years ago, when we lost so many good people to an unspeakable act of violence. In the days and weeks that followed, Tucsonans felt grief and outrage. Yet we were determined not to let this incident define us. […]

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