August 16, 2017

Accepting Grace and Human Fallibility

Repeating history is painful… I am writing this column for myself. To always remind me that I am a very imperfect creature.


Confucius once was asked “How do we gain wisdom?” He said, “By three methods we may learn wisdom:  First, by reflection, whi...

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August 14, 2017

Think Tank: What is the matter with our politics?

HighGround’s very own Chuck Coughlin was on KTAR’s Think Tank with Mike O’Neil and internet lawyer, columnist, and long-time Democrat Bennet Kelly to discuss the topic “What is the matter with our politics?” The multipart series aired over the past two...

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August 10, 2017

Catastrophe at the United Food Bank

For over 30 years, the United Food Bank has been a pillar of the community, serving not only those in need throughout the East Valley but also into Eastern Arizona including Gila and Pinal, and Southern Navajo and Apache Counties.   In total, they serv...

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July 27, 2017

David Wright House Campaign Generates 3.3 Million Digital Impressions

Vanity Fair & New York Times Among 25 Publications To Cover Event

For more than 20 years, HighGround has strived to work on the big issues that directly impact our community and our quality of life in Arizona. While some of those have been through the s...

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July 17, 2017

LA Times on Senator Flake and Health Care in Arizona

Mark Barabak, a reporter for the LA Times, has paid close attention to Arizona since the Great Recession and his article posted in today’s LA Times provides keen insight into the dilemma facing our Senator Jeff Flake.  Barabak traveled to the Senator’s...

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June 12, 2017

How To Live In The Southwest

When David Wright asked his father to construct a home at the base of Camelback Mountain for him and his wife Gladys, the Arcadia neighborhood looked much different than how we know it today. In 1952, as construction began on what would be known as the...

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May 30, 2017

Viewpoints: Why don't the people we elect represent us?

From the Arizona Republic:

James Madison wrote in Federalist Paper #10, “If a faction consists of less than a majority, relief is supplied by Republican principle which enables the majority to defeat its sinister views by a regular vote.” 

Yet here i...

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May 11, 2017

The Hopes of our Neighbors

The Hopes of our Neighbors

Remember, Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” –Andy Dufresne, The Shawshank Redemption

If you’ve ever spent a Saturday afternoon scrolling through your TV channels and landed ...

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May 4, 2017

Just Causes

The author Jon Meacham wrote in the “Art of Power”, his biography on Thomas Jefferson, that “he (Jefferson) knew, though, that life was best lived among friends in the pursuit of large causes, understanding that pain was the price for anything worth ha...

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April 17, 2017

Do we own the process or does the process own us?

I don’t want to trivialize one person’s suffering, but the United Airlines passenger incident last week reminded me a little of how I felt in the 2016 elections last summer and fall. Instead of being dragged off the plane against my will after I paid f...

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