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SCOTTSDALE OPINION

Eland: Having empathy for potential adversaries is not weakness, it’s smart

Although bipartisanship seems to be rare in a polarized Washington, after Donald Trump was defeated for a second term as president, the coast was clear for Republicans to join Democrats in bashing both Russia and China.

Experts:  How vulnerable is your personal information? Here are 4 essential reads

When you enter your personal information or credit card number into a website, do you have a moment of hesitation? A nagging sense of vulnerability prompted by the parade of headlines about data breaches and hacks?

Rittenhouse trial: The problem with public opinion for American justice

The Kyle Rittenhouse trial is a case study in why public opinion doesn’t (and shouldn’t) matter in a court of law. Everyone, White or Black, should be able to plead self-defense. Even if the public hates them.

Sayler: Violence against women now an international crisis in America

Violence against women is an epidemic — a global health crisis. The World Health Organization estimates about 30% of women have been subject to either intimate or non-partner violence during their life. 42% of female victims of intimate partner violence report being physically injured and some have fatal outcomes like homicide or suicide.

Experts: WHO needs harm reduction to escape unsuccessful tobacco strategy

Tobacco kills roughly 8 million people around the world every year, mostly in low- and middle-income countries. The World Health Organization has long aimed for complete eradication of the substance, calling it “one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced.”

Expert: Biden taps the Strategic Petroleum Reserve — But what does that mean?

President Joe Biden ordered a release of oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve on Nov. 23, 2021, as a part of a coordinated effort with five other countries to tamp down rising fuel prices. The U.S. plans to tap 50 million barrels of crude oil in the coming months, while the other nations  — the U.K., India, Japan, Korea and China  — are said to be releasing about 11 million barrels in total.

Merrill: Get ready for winter; the first Arizona highways close in November

It seems like just weeks ago that Arizona was sweltering under one of the hottest summers on record, with many Arizonans seeking refuge in pools or under tall trees in high country. But those days are in the rearview mirror.

Llywelyn: Prayer apps are flooding the market, but how well do they work?

Hallow, a Catholic prayer and meditation app that claims over a million downloads, has raised more than $52 million in investments. Prayer apps are not new. Silicon Valley startups popularized mindfulness and meditation apps as early as 2010, although many have criticized those apps for being spiritually shallow.
Kyle Thompson volunteers with the Altar Valley Conservation Alliance.

Adopt a Highway: ‘All the Way to the Border’ welcomes volunteers for 45-mile cleanup along SR 286

January 2022 will mark the seventh anniversary of Melissa Owens’ annual celebration of sun, fun and litter. Owens has been a part of Adopt a Highway for more than 22 years and began collaborating with neighbors and the community for more involvement seven years ago. January 2021 was similar to previous years.

Rigler: How to keep foodborne illness from spoiling holidays

The holiday season that begins on Thanksgiving and continues through New Year’s means many things to many people. One thing it means to most of us is food. Meals and appetizers with family and friends help make the holiday season special. But there can be a downside to all that delicious food.
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