December 26, 2020

Opinion

Chronos and Kairos: 2020 in Hindsight

2020 has been an exceedingly long year. But the terrible brings opportunity. The COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on policy and daily life inflicted misery on mankind, but they also presented opportunities. Winter draws nigh and logs are in my fireplace, so forgive my waxing philosophic. 2020’s long-year status reminds me of a concept learned

State

Governor Ducey’s Christmas Message

Governor Doug Ducey today released the following statement in celebration of Christmas: “Christmas is finally upon us. Today is a time of joy and giving. It’s a time for celebration of the birth of Christ and the miracle of Christmas with the people we love most. “I hope all Arizonans find a way to safely

Education

Cutting short study abroad programs didn’t stop NAU students from maximizing experience

When COVID-19 was declared a pandemic in March, Northern Arizona University had nearly 200 students living, studying and conducting research abroad. The university’s No. 1 mission quickly became getting these students home safely. The evacuations from 22 host countries happened in three waves: First, students in China, South Korea and Italy; then, students who lived

Science

Researchers at Petrified Forest discover fossil of a reptile with claws and a beak

A team of researchers at Petrified Forest National Park east of Holbrook have discovered fossilized remains of a new species of prehistoric reptile. The 220-million-year old burrowing reptile is a drepanosaur, an ancient reptile that had a claw on its tail and a birdlike beak. Researchers, who named the species Skybalonyx skapter, announced the discovery

U.S. Government

Senator Rand Paul’s annual Festivus Report highlighting federal waste in the budget

Each year, Senator Rand Paul puts together a report on the wasted spending in the Federal government. This year’s edition (2020) highlights $54,746,524,505.37 of totally wasted money. The Top Ten of 2020: Despite spending 15 years and billions of dollars, American counternarcotics efforts in Afghanistan are ineffective (Foreign Aid). The Fish and Wildlife Service is

Immigration

After years of lowered refugee admissions, Biden plans sharp reversal

After years of steadily slashing the number of refugees it will accept, the U.S. can expect to see an increase under the incoming Biden administration. An eight-fold increase and then some. President-elect Joe Biden has said that when he enters office next month, he plans to raise the number of refugees who can be admitted

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