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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

Karie Dozer is host of Arizona's Noon News.

She has been an on-air personality nearly continually since her college days. She loves radio because it is intelligent, immediate and almost always available.

She is the youngest of nine children from a Midwestern Catholic family where she learned to be heard, fight for a place at the table and find humor in almost everything. She was hired as a news intern while a senior at ASU's Cronkite School, and found that covering human stories like the OJ Simpson white Bronco chase and the 1992-93 Phoenix Suns was too much fun to pass up.

She loved life in the newsroom with all the action and crazy personalities to go with it. She anchored and covered some sports too, until politics dragged her away. She served as press secretary for Arizona's Attorney General Grant Woods for a five-year stint before jumping back to radio on a part-time basis. Three years ago she got back in the biz on a more regular basis as a midday host on what is now KTAR News. She has a passion for the breaking news of the moment, education, local politics, great food, sports and fitness. She has trouble turning down a good argument, a good book or a good glass of wine.

In her spare time she takes care of her boys, (husband Rich, son Jack, and yellow lab Buddy,) and bakes awesome chocolate chip cookies. She enjoys the quality of life the Valley offers her family and the natural beauty of Arizona. Her favorite places are golf courses, her own kitchen, the city of Flagstaff, and wherever her family is.

She considers herself lucky to work with the amazingly talented people of KTAR radio.


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