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Buckeye starting another cycle of Catalyst Program

BUCKEYE — A local grant program is again inviting Buckeye businesses to apply for funds to improve the appearance of storefronts and other elements.Buckeye’s Catalyst Program is now open …
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Everything you wanted to know about the World Series … but were afraid to ask

Imagine you’re at an outdoor dinner party (yes, COVID-friendly). It’s October, and the conversation steers towards the World Series. While you are generally culturally literate, you know …
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Christensen: Health literacy more important than ever for Arizonans in ongoing COVID-19 crisis

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted millions across the country, and Arizona has not been spared. This virus and its resulting economic fallout have put a harsh spotlight on rising health care …
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Stillman: Agrees with Smyth opinion

As a Paradise Valley resident, I read the opinion piece written by Joe Smyth in the June 19 edition of the Independent newspaper. Let me state clearly that I completely agree with Mr. Smyth’s …
J. Mark Powell

Powell: The ruler who declared war on the ocean

President Biden’s apparent confusion at campaign events is making headlines, with the GOP releasing videos every time he wanders away from world leaders or seems to shake an imaginary hand.

Dime: Liberty or authority?

Peace and prosperity since WWII has incentivized Americans to focus on personal pleasures and amusement. Self-reliance has been exchanged for dependencies like drug abuse, carnal fantasies, …

Davis: Rest in peace, Officer So

My heartfelt condolences to Detective So’s family and his Scottsdale Police family. I thank all the brave law enforcement men, women and first responders that protect us 24/7. They deserve …

Hover: On the topics of peace and unity

Why is peace and unity so difficult to achieve, not only in world events, but in our own personal lives? Why have so few achieved these two healthy and constructive aspects in their lives? While …

Backer: Defending the former president

Let me start out quoting a banner I recently came across “Mean Tweets-World Peace.” I think this captures my view of President Trump. He tells it like it is (mean to some) and …
Brenda Kalivianakis. (Submitted photo)

Kalivianakis: The impact of PACs on government

Are political action committees (PACs) good for small towns? PACs are backed by special interest money and make deals to influence elected officials and candidates for elected office. The result is …
Michele Steeb

Steeb: Humans, not housing, first

In 2013, the federal government institutionalized Housing First — the provision of permanently subsidized housing — as the nation’s exclusive approach to homelessness.

Resident opposed to airport in Peoria

I definitely am opposed to this proposed new airport in Peoria.

Speak Up: Former Gov. Ducey on witness list in Arizona AG’s fake electors case

Four years ago, Gov. Doug Ducey ignored a call from Donald Trump. Trump was trying to stay in office as president even though he lost the election. Ducey was certifying the results of the election in Arizona that was won by Joe Biden. Now, Attorney General Kris Mayes is going to use the former governor as part of her attempt to put some of Trump's associates, attorneys and political supporters behind bars.

Curtis: Vote for medical funding

Much higher spending levels for biomedical research are clearly needed.
Ben Olinsky

Point: The legitimacy of the Supreme Court hangs in the balance

During John Roberts’ confirmation hearing as chief justice in 2005, he claimed that the “primary check on the courts has always been judicial self-restraint.” Sen. Sam Brownback, …
May Mailman

Counterpoint: Calls for ‘ethics reform’ are disingenuous and dangerous

Americans deserve a government dedicated to America’s best interests, not the highest bidder.

Mynars: Seeing history repeat itself

With the heat of the summer upon us, I suspect many of you are spending your afternoons inside watching TV. But is it a good expenditure of your time? To me, “good TV” is an oxymoron, but …

Goncalves: Biden should pay for flights

The Biden administration is so worried about climate change and promises to cut carbon pollution in half. They have put in so many regulations which are hurting people and businesses. So... I …

Hansen: Respect international criminal courts

“The effects of the use of starvation as a method of warfare ... against the civilian population of Gaza are acute, visible and widely known, and have been confirmed by multiple witnesses …

Kavanagh: Thank you, firefighters

I want to thank the many men and women firefighters and their support groups who are battling the raging fires around our state. They have been working tirelessly in 100-plus degrees to keep the …

Bieber: EV chargers should come with multifamily complexes

When I was looking for a condo in Phoenix and Scottsdale, having access to an electric vehicle charger was important to me. I was able to successfully convince my HOA board to install EV chargers, but the SRP rebates only covered a certain number of them for the building. The HOA didn’t want to favor some parking spaces over others so luckily, they decided to spend additional HOA funds to install enough EV chargers for the entire parking garage of our condo building. After they were installed, several neighbors quickly purchased EVs.
Joe Smyth

Smyth: Are citizens rejecting both major parties?

If you’re as depressed as I am about American politics, you could use some encouraging news.
Peoria Mayor Jason Beck

A Secure Future: Prioritizing public safety, economic development, water security for all of Peoria

On May 28, the Peoria City Council formally approved the fiscal year 2025 budget.

Hart-Wells: Gratitude and grace for our 2024 graduates

Celebrations are in order, but first I want you to take a moment to be grateful.  For the caregivers and loved ones, family members and friends who are family in every way it matters to …

Schweers: Trump’s claims are outrageous and false

No words are strong enough to express my outrage at MAGA Republicans who would destroy our democracy and rule of law in order to placate a twice-impeached, four-time-indicted person who was found …

Swoope: We have to elect competent representation

This year we have witnessed legislators and courts, totally ignorant of female reproductive biology, impose their ideological beliefs on women’s bodies, unfazed by the suffering that has …

Shinkoskey: Propaganda sleek and believable

Propaganda is sleek and believable, manipulative and evil. It is “information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of …

Dover: ‘Extremism’ is talked about without clear definition

“Extremism” and “extremist” are terms used often in the media with regard to our political dialogue and reporting. Can anyone tell me what they mean?  I know what a …

Holben: How low can you go?

In an absolute non-political comment, I must say that my wife and I were appalled at the sight of numerous campaign signs along the roadways that seem to identify Abe Hamadeh as a man draped in a monk’s outfit with the message that says “America was founded on Islamic principles.”

Hover: Remembering those who gave all

As a Navy veteran, my thoughts on Memorial Day were about all who have served, fought, and died* in our armed services to protect our democracy. (*Wikipedia – “United States military …

Dime: Power, not service, is what politics has become

What’s lawfare all about? What’s economic stratification, tribal politics, social justice, equity all about? The privileged 1% plutocracy can speak morally and act immorally because …

Wheat: Asking candidate to stop ad

First let me say thank you Ruben Gallego for your service to our country.

Ecker: Peoria airpark shouldn’t be on backs of residents

After just reading the Peoria Independent article that references the proposed airpark (“Peoria opts to remove 2 general plan proposals after taking input from residents”), I would like to comment on intentions listed within the article as a resident, within the affected area.