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Updated Feb 21, 2014 - 6:22 pm

Final Word: Is Arizona out to make a fool of itself?

In the Legislature Thursday, Arizona may as well have passed a bill changing our state's name to something like "Crazytown."

Somehow in Arizona, it's become the thing to state how independent and different we are. And unfortunately, how stupid.

Thursday, the Legislature advanced a bill to allow schools to opt out of teaching to the Common Core Standards.

You know who likes Common Core standards? Educators, the chambers of commerce, Valley leaders, Expect More Arizona, Gov. Jan Brewer, the Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, me...

You know who doesn't? Our Legislature.

Apparently we elect people in Arizona because we want them to separate us from the federal government. We don't care if the idea or proposal is the best idea anyone's ever had, if it came from or is endorsed by Washington, it's automatically out.

The Legislature is acting like a bunch of toddlers. We even went so far last year in Arizona as to RENAME the standards because we hate them so much.

Educators showed up at Thursday's hearing in support of the Common Core standards in a 17-to-1 ratio versus those who want to scrap the standards, yet the Education Committee passed the bills anyway. Four of them.

Why? Because they're OUR kids, and we won't educate them because YOU, the federal government, wants us to.

Also Thursday, the Legislature passed the Right to Refuse Service bill. That's the one that allows a business to discriminate against someone for just about any reason due to the business owners sincerely held religious beliefs.

The bill's supporters say it is designed to protect religious rights. Problem is, it does so at the expense of other's human rights.

It's unnecessary and speaks only to those who want to hate and need a civil defense to back them up. It should reach Brewer's desk by Monday.

I hope she has her veto pen ready. Same for the Common Core opt out, if it makes it to her desk.

In her last year as governor, Brewer could single-handedly keep Arizona out of the crazy column. Would you, please?

About the Author

Years with the company: Just started with Bonneville, but have worked for and with KTAR AM and FM since 1991.

Career: I always knew my career would be touched by news. I started as a news intern in 1991 and eventually reported news and sports, and anchored newscasts at KTAR when it was an AM, news/talk/sports station. I went to work at the Attorney General's Office in 1995, as a spokesperson for the 300 attorneys there, and for Attorney General Grant Woods. I returned as a part-time host and host of Arizona's Morning News Saturday in 2001.

Education: I escaped Catholic school early when the nuns wanted me to skip the second grade. I found my independent voice at a private grade school in Painesville, Ohio, then called Phillips Elementary. The teachers there encouraged us to ask questions and challenge the status quo. They took us on mind-opening trips and never once treated us like children. I am grateful for those years! I left Ohio in 1988 to attend Arizona State University because I knew I wanted to live in the West. I majored in Journalism and interned at KTAR in the newsroom my senior year.

Family: I am the last of nine children and my parents were undoubtedly looking at retiring when I was born. I was raised early on mostly by my five wonderful sisters. I have so many first cousins that I haven't yet met most of them.

Favorite movie: Caddyshack and anything by John Hughes.

#1 sports team: NL Diamondbacks. AL Cleveland Indians. Gotta love a team whose mascot is named Chief Wahoo.

Outside interests: Working out, cooking, traveling and reading a great book.


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