May 19, 2010 |
I saw my first Lakers game as a boy, when my late father took me to watch the team play the Cincinnati Royals at the old Sports Arena. I was hooked for life, and though I have an indefensibly immoderate fondness for nearly all sports, the Lakers remain, for me, a team apart. At least they were. I can't bring myself to root against the Lakers in their current playoff series with the Phoenix Suns, but neither can I support them — unless the club formally repudiates Coach Phil Jackson's endorsement of Arizona's mean-spirited new anti-immigrant law. Jackson's support for the Arizona statute, which can only be enforced through impermissible racial profiling of Latinos, came to light on the eve of Monday's first game in the series.
May 4, 2010 |
The Phoenix Suns will wear "Los Suns" on their jerseys in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals on Wednesday night, owner Robert Sarver said, "to honor our Latino community and the diversity of our league, the state of Arizona, and our nation." The decision to wear the jerseys on the Cinco de Mayo holiday stems from a law passed by the Arizona Legislature and signed by Gov. Jan Brewer that has drawn widespread criticism from Latino organizations and civil rights groups that say it could lead to racial profiling of Latinos.
April 30, 2010 |
The Oakland Athletics put catcher Kurt Suzuki on the 15-day disabled list Friday because of a strained muscle in his side, and optioned outfielder Matt Carson to triple A. Suzuki was put on the disabled list retroactive to April 24. Left-hander Trevor Cahill was added to the roster to start against the Blue Jays on Friday, in place of left-hander Brett Anderson (elbow), and catcher Josh Donaldson's contract was purchased from triple A. Pitcher Joey Devine (right elbow)
November 16, 2009
As healthcare reform legislation advances in Congress, more state lawmakers are looking for ways to limit its effects on their constituents. At the front of the pack is the Arizona Legislature, which agreed to put a constitutional amendment on next year's ballot that would provide three new rights to its citizenry: to obtain coverage from a private insurer, to buy healthcare services with their own funds directly from doctors and hospitals, and to...
December 13, 1998
I was pleased to read Bettijane Levine's article about the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet ("Our Life of Prayer," Nov. 22). Levine did a great job portraying this rare group of women, as did Wally Skalij's beautiful, impressionistic photo that accompanied the article. The article led me to reminisce about Sister Clare Dunn, a member of this religious order who served as a state legislator in Arizona in the 1970s. I had the honor of attending a class on social justice from Sister Clare at that time, and her influence has stayed with me through the years.
March 12, 1988
While most of the recent sports news centered around the Raiders hiring a new coach and the Winter Olympics, another story stood out in my mind: The cruel and sick way some Arizona State fans treated Steve Kerr. It is totally disgusting and inexcusable. If this is the kind of youth our country is raising nowadays, we're in trouble. Instead of impeaching Governor Meachem, maybe the Arizona legislature should be impeaching the Arizona State student body. KENNETH L. ZIMMERMAN Cypress