Latest from Fernanda Santos
  • Opinion

What shadowing an Arizona eviction constable taught me about the precarious lives of tenants

For one, throwing people in need out on the streets is no way to solve the housing-security problem.
  • Oct 13, 2021

Arizona’s welcome for Afghan refugees is inspiring. But what about asylum seekers?

The reception for those fleeing the Taliban has been inspiring. Can Gov. Doug Ducey can find compassion for those who have suffered another form of terror?
  • Sep 19, 2021

Arizona has banned talking about uncomfortable things in the classroom. That undermines the future of the state.

After Gov. Doug Ducey's restrictions, teachers will be leery of discussing matters such as the new Justice Department civil rights investigation of the Phoenix police force.
  • Aug 19, 2021

I finally got to visit my family in Brazil. I was scared — but my relatives face the real danger.

I'm grateful to have seen my parents at last, but the evidence of Bolsonaro's bungling is disturbing.
  • Jul 12, 2021

Here’s why the old playbook for fighting wildfires doesn’t work anymore

There is no fire “season.” The massive blazes are a year-round phenomenon, and policies must adapt to this new reality.
  • Jun 14, 2021
  • Opinion

How cynical is the Republican election recount circus in Arizona? This cynical.

The Crazy Times Carnival across the street has moved on, but the crazy times at the "Madhouse on McDowell" continue.
  • May 19, 2021
  • Opinion

The real crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border

Arizona stores that depend on Mexican shoppers are struggling to survive.
  • Apr 27, 2021
  • Opinion

Arizona’s GOP-led Senate just granted a surprising win to undocumented residents

A Republican-led move would permit undocumented students to pay in-state tuition.
  • Mar 11, 2021
  • Opinion

Ten miles from a vaccine success story in Arizona is a line no one wants to join

The lines begin early in the morning at St. Mary's Food Bank, and people will still be anxious about hunger long after the pandemic recedes.
  • Feb 11, 2021
  • Opinion

I didn’t see the insidious ways women are held back — until I became a widow

We're all too familiar with our society's overt attempts to deny women the respect they're due. But since my husband died, I've become aware of the other, subtler ways women are put down.
  • Feb 3, 2021