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Tom Cantlon

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It’s our fault. The fact that Russian internet trolls were able to influence the election, the fact that those who spread political divisiveness can use stories that are made up or exaggerated and get them seen far and wide, the fact that violent groups can get their message across to so many more susceptible minds than in the past, all of that is because we use social media so much.

By Tom Cantlon March 19, 2019

A leading state Republican wrote a recent opinion piece encouraging Republicans to take climate change seriously, but he framed it in a way that is, remarkably, simultaneously positive and sad.

By Tom Cantlon March 5, 2019
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Ha, ha, that’s almost a joke, isn’t it? There hardly is any coverage of labor issues in most U.S. news.

By Tom Cantlon February 19, 2019

I went to the event on Jan. 29 where lots of locals engaged in a “visioning” session to develop a picture of what locals would want Prescott, particularly downtown, to be like in the future.

By Tom Cantlon February 5, 2019

My apologies for repeating the same subject but there’s some info worth sharing.

By Tom Cantlon January 22, 2019

If you haven’t followed details of what’s proposed for development in the Dells, it includes a hotel/resort/spa.

By Tom Cantlon January 8, 2019
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As I like to remind each year about this time, the holidays are a time that pull us many ways.

By Tom Cantlon December 25, 2018

George H.W. Bush made perhaps the most costly mistake in post-WWII U.S. history.

By Tom Cantlon December 11, 2018

Prescott continues to move toward annexing the area of the Granite Dells considered for development, and key negotiations are happening out of sight.

By Tom Cantlon November 27, 2018
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In a Talk of the Town a little while back, Councilman Jim Lamerson made the case that the developer who wants to put houses and condos in the middle of the Granite Dells should be able to do what they want, and any suggestions of special limitations are out of line, because of private property rights.

By Tom Cantlon November 13, 2018

In a column last Sunday, in this paper, syndicated columnist Michael Reagan chose to accuse those who disagree with him of having nothing but hate.

By Tom Cantlon October 30, 2018
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Want to read something positive? There’s a quote I’ll share with you but let me mention where it comes from.

By Tom Cantlon October 16, 2018
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Would you like a very simple, clear explanation of what led to the financial crash of 2008? I have one I can link you to.

By Tom Cantlon October 2, 2018
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The new hotel deal the city just made (see the Aug. 24 paper) has some good points but had some bad process. Here are some suggestions for improving it.

By Tom Cantlon September 18, 2018
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The Nuns on the Bus are doing a tour to raise awareness about the negative effects of the 2017 tax cut, which mostly benefited corporations and the top (wealthy), and the efforts to undo access to health care.

By Tom Cantlon September 4, 2018

As hot as it’s been around here lately it got me to thinking about climate change. That and a host of recent news pieces.

By Tom Cantlon August 21, 2018
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Here are a handful of notable news pieces that might indicate more than they look like on the surface, which I’ll expound on below.

By Tom Cantlon July 24, 2018

There’s an article on immigration that is informative and gives solid steps that could improve things in a balanced way.

By Tom Cantlon July 11, 2018

In Yarnell, the tips of the flames contain whatever the fire relentlessly declares is done.

By Tom Cantlon June 27, 2018

That financial and legal systems mostly favor the top, even to the point of ignoring harm to the rest, is such a given that it isn’t even hidden.

By Tom Cantlon June 13, 2018

Life is becoming one big set of monopolies and near-monopolies: Facebook, Twitter, Google, whichever phone service covers your area best, single-source pharmaceuticals, Amazon.

By Tom Cantlon May 30, 2018

The great pride most locals hold for our area is valuable, but it can be undermined if they don’t think local leadership sees things the same way.

By Tom Cantlon May 16, 2018

Striking teachers need to not worry about being nice.

By Tom Cantlon May 2, 2018
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Trump’s bombing of Syria was good, but how he used the military in this case was bad.

By Tom Cantlon April 18, 2018

If any candidate or party really wants to change things for people, real change, not phony change or favors to the top disguised as change, there are plenty of ways to do it.

By Tom Cantlon April 4, 2018

An important change in conservative politics is being foreshadowed.

By Tom Cantlon March 21, 2018

The world and the nation have gotten much better over the long run on a host of issues.

By Tom Cantlon March 7, 2018

Those of us who find the current political situation to be crazy might hope that it’s just a momentary lapse of reason.

By Tom Cantlon February 21, 2018

Regulators have just forced Wells Fargo to replace four of its board members because of the bank’s repeated criminal behavior.

By Tom Cantlon February 7, 2018

We need a really big refund to wage earners against state and local sales tax.

By Tom Cantlon January 24, 2018

I loathe the attitude of those leaders who think the American people are crap. There are numerous who do.

By Tom Cantlon January 10, 2018

As I like to remind each year, the holidays just past are a time that pull us many ways.

By Tom Cantlon December 27, 2017

There’s been a lot of criticism of the recent Deep Well Ranch development approval.

By Tom Cantlon December 13, 2017

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, (D-NJ) just escaped conviction for corruption because of a hung jury.

By Tom Cantlon November 29, 2017

Trump has taken a step that, in any other time, for any other high office holder, or by any other president, would be the end of the line.

By Tom Cantlon November 15, 2017
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Lots to cover, short space: A photo of football players dancing was modified to look like a flag burning, then distributed widely.

By Tom Cantlon November 1, 2017

White supremacists don’t like Christian principles or basic American values, but their ideas are spreading and mingling with the edges of traditional conservativism, so traditional conservatives need to clearly know the difference and make their position known.

By Tom Cantlon October 18, 2017

Knees, distractions, and the finger on the button; and no, not the nuclear button.

By Tom Cantlon October 4, 2017

On North Korea the only option we aren’t considering is the only one that’s likely to come true; that North Korea simply becomes one more country with nuclear missiles, much like Pakistan.

By Tom Cantlon September 20, 2017

With Labor Day just passed, I was thinking about what could improve things for workers.

By Tom Cantlon September 6, 2017

I apologize for having to write about something as depressing as racism, so I promise to end with something positive.

By Tom Cantlon August 23, 2017

Regardless who wins the city elections, here is a different idea for an economic development program.

By Tom Cantlon August 9, 2017

Here's additional information on council candidates and the proposition 443 pension tax. Also some suggestions, not about specific candidates, but things to consider in their information.

By Tom Cantlon August 8, 2017

If your daily life keeps you mostly in the nicer parts of Prescott, you could hardly find a more pleasant place to carry out the day-to-day of life, could you?

By Tom Cantlon July 26, 2017

Driving down to Phoenix just after Highway 69 reopened brought up two parallel topics.

By Tom Cantlon July 12, 2017

Here’s an issue where the interests of right and left overlap. With the economy, on the surface there’s division, but underneath there’s a common complaint.

By Tom Cantlon June 28, 2017

While trouble Trumples along, serious problems need attending. Two items.

By Tom Cantlon June 14, 2017

Three quick topics: First: I’ve posted a piece on ReaderSupportedNews which I hope rises to their “most popular” list.

By Tom Cantlon May 31, 2017

We don't have time for all this D.C. crap – for leaders, and the top leader especially, creating drama and chaos.

By Tom Cantlon May 17, 2017

Democrats’ internal debates over messaging has distracted from even taking credit for a big recent victory.

By Tom Cantlon May 3, 2017