December 25, 2021


Governor Ducey’s Christmas Message

Governor Doug Ducey today released the following statement in celebration of Christmas: “As we gather with our friends and family during this special time of year, I want to extend my warmest Christmas wishes to all Arizonans. “Christmas is a time to be with our loved ones and rejoice in the birth of our Savior


What’s the point of holiday gifts?

If you aren’t a fan of holiday shopping, you aren’t alone. Dave Einsel/Getty Images Dimitris Xygalatas, University of Connecticut Whether it’s the dread of a trip to an overcrowded shopping mall, the challenge of picking out the right gifts, the frustration over delivery delays or the hit to the wallet, shopping for holiday gifts can


Opinion – The Trials of Gift Giving: Perfume in Decline, Neckties Out

You may have noticed that gift gifting was a bit more difficult this holiday season. Those two mighty standbys for the gift-givers, perfume, and neckties, have moved from the ‘always welcome’ list to the ‘What was he or she thinking?’ list. Perfume – oh, that never-surprising but always-delighting gift – isn’t the gift it used


‘Dune’ and Human Potential

Credit Image: © Villeneuve Films/Entertainment Pictures/ Dune is a great movie, and director Denis Villeneuve has filmed what some called an “unfilmable” story. YouTube commentator “Morgoth’s Review” calls the book a “reactionary masterpiece” and adds that conservative views of Dune say more about the reviewer than anything else. If so, then this may be more about me than

Michael Barone

Opinion: A (Statistical) Journal of the Plague Year – Michael Barone

As a Christmas present to statistics lovers, the Census Bureau has released its estimates of the population of the nation and the 50 states as of July 1, 2021. The Bureau admits up front that, due to COVID, its numbers are subject to more uncertainty than usual. But overall, they provide important clues as to

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