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Lamber: Halloween — it's the deadliest day of the year for child pedestrians

According to AAA and the NHTSA, Halloween is the single deadliest day of the year for child pedestrians. They are three times more likely to be struck and killed on Halloween than on any other day. Contributing factors include kids on the roads, costumes that do not reflect light, distracted driving, impaired driving and inadequate supervision, among other factors.
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Ward: We are a new voice for Arizona education advocacy

For too long, school board members in Arizona have been left without a choice. While each board is all but required to join a school board association, they’ve been forced to rely on the …
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Griffiths: Sen. Sinema should support Freedom to Vote Act

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has never been afraid to take on tough fights in the name of freedom and equality. I first met Sen. Sinema in 2008 when she led the campaign for marriage equality. I saw her …
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Hague: Need something done? Better ask a woman

Sara was a pretty good student at Florida State with a dream of becoming an attorney ... until she took the dreaded LSAT to determine her aptitude for law school. To her dismay, she absolutely bombed it.
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Hague: 'Love is a gift. Loyalty is earned.'

Lori Holden had the same fears most children experience growing up (meeting other kids, speaking in front of her class, trying new things). Her dad taught her that when she felt afraid, to assess …

Horwitz: Is social distancing unraveling the bonds that keep society together?

With birthday celebrations being downsized, religious services moving back online and indoor playdates getting canceled, millions of Americans are having fewer social interactions because of persistently high case numbers and high rates of transmission.

Researchers: Extreme weather could destabilize forests in Southwest

Monsoons make deserts bloom in the U.S. Southwest, but climate change is making these summer rainfalls more extreme and erratic.

Welner: Why charter schools are not as ‘public’ as they claim to be

Proponents of charter schools insist that they are public schools “open to all students.” But the truth is more nuanced.

Ask ADOT: Why are Arizona's highway signs green?

Most weeks in our hectic world, there’s just no time to contemplate everything that surrounds us. But there are times when a question will spontaneously pop into our brains, right between the …

Herrington: CDC urges vaccination for pregnant women

Waiting on COVID-19 vaccination because you are pregnant creates unnecessary risks for you and for your pregnancy. That’s the focus of an emergency announcement recently from the Centers for …

Rigler: Specialists use contact tracing to curb the spread of COVID-19

Friday, Oct. 1 was the 10th annual National Disease Intervention Specialists Recognition Day, the day honoring health care professionals who are crucial in the effort to disrupt the transmission of deadly infectious diseases by connecting people who have been exposed to care and services using a method called contact tracing, which has been vital during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Senators: Let’s keep America’s small businesses open with innovation

As America celebrates National Small Business Week and the hardworking entrepreneurs who form the backbone of our economy, policymakers must do more than recognize the vital contributions of small businesses. Indeed, Congress must redouble its determination to support small business owners and the nearly 60 million workers they employ following a year in which “the pandemic resulted in the permanent closure of roughly 200,000 U.S. establishments above historical levels.”

Gates: We must work together to combat domestic violence in our communities

Dear friends, October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Combating domestic violence is one of the most important challenges we face today, and COVID-19 has only exacerbated the problem.

Herrington: There’s a public health role in creating a weather-ready nation

Many issues related to weather can impact your health. Wildfires spawned by lightning can cause respiratory illnesses from smoke and poor air quality. Flash flooding has led to numerous rescues from vehicles and homes. Last year, extreme heat sent at least 2,414 people to Arizona emergency rooms and contributed to 522 deaths.

Pitts: I’m a conservative urging Sen. Sinema to support working families

I have always been a problem-solver but after more than a year-and-a-half of working hard to get through the pandemic, my family and I are facing the biggest challenges of our lives. Before the …

Johnson: Congress must do more to foster electric cars

I read in yesterday’s letters to the editor that congress is proposing an additional tax credit for electric vehicles. A tax credit is a great way for us to reach President Biden’s goal …

Gary: Expanding Medicaid program will hurt Arizona's seniors

I don’t think people understand how critical the next few weeks will be for our health care system. Both Republicans and Democrats in Congress are going to be throwing their wish lists into …

Bloomer: Can fitness, exercise protect you from COVID-19? Here's why that's not enough

Can healthy people who eat right and exercise skip the COVID-19 vaccine? A research scientist and fitness enthusiast explains why the answer is no I’m a fitness enthusiast. I also adhere to …

Statement from Maricopa County Chairman Jack Sellers about the Sept. 24 Senate audit hearing

Members of the Board of Supervisors watched the Senate/Cyber Ninja hearing and the County’s social media team, working with elections professionals, responded to allegations in real time.  …

Statement from Maricopa County Chairman Sellers about the draft Senate audit report

You don’t have to dig deep into the draft copy of the Arizona Senate/Cyber Ninja audit report to confirm what I already knew – the candidates certified by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Governor, Secretary of State and Attorney General – did, in fact, win. This means the tabulation equipment counted the ballots as they were designed to do, and the results reflect the will of the voters.  That should be the end of the story.  Everything else is just noise.

Hague: Stripe app builds roads to business success

Patrick was the oldest of three boys, born in 1988 in a small village in Ireland. His mother, a microbiologist. His father, an electrical engineer. Patrick took his first computer course at the University of Limerick when he was only eight and was programming computer code by the age of ten.

Sjolander: September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

With Arizona marking September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, we recognize the COVID-19 pandemic has brought on many stressors, including emotional hardships, that can impact the overall health and mental well-being of Arizonans. It has never been more important for us to stay connected to the people we care about.

Maricopa County Supervisor Chucri: I am resigning effective Nov. 5, 2021

It’s hard to believe I have been involved in Arizona politics now for 28 years. When I first ran for Maricopa County Supervisor in 2012, I campaigned to bring civility, innovation and most …

Herrington: COVID-19 vaccination helps protect kids, CDC report says

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released [last week] offers more evidence that vaccinating as many eligible people as possible against COVID-19 is a critical part of protecting kids from infection and severe illness.
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