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All of us at Sonoran News wish you and yours the very best for the New Year! During this time of year, thoughts and hearts turn to family. Please enjoy this family treasure trove of memories ‒ again. It first appeared in December of 2011.

Christmas and family

With Christmas just around the corner, thoughts turn to family. Shari Jo mentioned her brother Mike could write a book about being the sole boy with three sisters. I have the identical background.

I was the third born, a depression baby with a birthday in 1931. Jeane, my oldest sister, will hate to read she is now 85.

Betty was a year older than me and died with Alzheimer disease in 2004. Rickey, just turned 69, was born in 1942.

Guest Editorials:

By Frosty Wooldridge  |  DECEMBER 30, 2015

America losing her ethos: Why Trump rises

With every third world immigrant entering the United States of America, our country loses its ethos. It loses its culture. It loses its language and it loses its religion. Ultimately, it loses its identity. It loses its way in the world. Final breakdown: sociological disintegration.

Ethos stems from the Greek word meaning “character”, used to describe the guiding beliefs or ideals that characterize a community, nation, or ideology.

By Dr. Paul Kengor  |  DECEMBER 30, 2015

When Hollywood celebrated Christmas and marriage

A few days before Christmas, I checked the schedule for Turner Classic Movies, one of the few TV channels I watch. I was looking for Christmas movies, maybe the 1938 Reginald Owen version of “A Christmas Carol” or something like that—something for the family. I was pleased to find three favorites back-to-back that I’ve seen with my wife and daughters, all nice Christmas romances—and all with a similar happy ending..

By Robert Romano  |  DECEMBER 30, 2015

Is Trump exploiting 'anger, frustration, fear' of 'blue-collar men'?

"I do believe that the country is inexorably changing [demographically]… [and] when you combine that demographic change with all the economic stresses that people have been going through — because of the financial crisis, because of technology, because of globalization, the fact that wages and incomes have been flat-lining for some time, and that particularly blue-collar men have had a lot of trouble in this new economy, where they are no longer getting the same bargain that they got when they were going to a factory and able to support their families on a single paycheck — you combine those things, and it means that there is going to be potential anger, frustration, fear."

By Russell Pearce  |  DECEMBER 30, 2015

Speaker Ryan and the bi-partisan Congress’s betrayal of America

Phyllis Schlafly’s statement about the Omnibus Spending bill passed by Congress: “This is a betrayal of the grassroots and the Republican Party,” she said of the omnibus bill. “We thought we were electing a different crowd to stand up for America, and they didn’t. We’re extremely outraged by what Congress has done.”

I firmly believe there are only two Presidential candidates that have the courage and conviction in them to take back America, “To Make America Great Again.” They would be Cruz and Trump.