Opinions with Civility
Arizona School Boards Association Governmental Relations Director Chris Kotterman

ASBA: Arizona’s school districts follow official public health guidance

Arizona’s school districts have a fundamental obligation to protect the students entrusted to their care and provide a safe working environment for their employees.

Letter to the Editor: Family gets vaccinated in Glendale

Sunday, June 20th, 2021 was Father’s Day. A celebration for all dads everywhere. It was also a moment in history for the Segura-Gaxiola family — the second COVID vaccine for my daughter, Elizabeth Grace. Now everyone in the family would have our second shot and be fully vaccinated.
City of Glendale workers separate nonrecyclable material from recyclable material as it passes on a conveyer belt at Glendale’s recycling facility, 11480 W. Glendale Ave., in January of 2020.

Ask The Editor: Why doesn’t Glendale recycle glass?

Question: Just curious why Glendale is the only major city in Arizona much less the entire U.S., that does not recycle glass. I questioned this several years ago and was told “we were looking into it but recycling glass makes costs too high.” Why can other cities make it work? I take my glass to a friend's house in Phoenix and Peoria for recycling. And at what point do we look at the environmental costs of just throwing everything in the landfill? — Lisa C., Glendale

Reagan: June 27 is PTSD Awareness Day and this is one soldier’s experience

Sunday, June 27, is National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Injury Awareness Day. It is a day dedicated to raising awareness around the signs, symptoms and stigma associated with PTSD.
Sheila Harrison-Williams is the Arizona School Boards Association Executive Director.

ASBA: Culture, race, ethnicity intersect and are woven deeply into all students’ lives

There have been accusations lately that critical race theory was taught at our Arizona School Boards Association Equity Event, April 21-23.
Rebecca Durfey

Peoria Realtor warns of risks during an out-of-balance real estate market

It is a challenging residential real estate market in a number of ways right now.
David Sandoval

Sandoval: I will ensure all voices are heard, continue to lead with compassion, empathy

When I first ran for the Peoria Unified School District Governing Board, I made a commitment to ensure that all stakeholder voices would have a space to be expressed and be included in the conversations that have an impact on the district and its students.
Anthony Conti

Opinion: Tips to increase energy efficiency and save money

Every homeowner wants to use less energy to do the same job because it can help save money on the bills while also reducing waste. Determining where appliances can be used more effectively requires homeowners to educate themselves on how to make their homes more energy efficient.

Anderson: The 411 on dental deductions in 2021

This year, while the federal tax deadline has been extended, Arizona state taxes must still be filed by April 15, unless you’ve filed an extension, in which case they are due Oct. 15, 2021. …
Michael Troop

Troop: AZ Merit test season calls for tips, best practices

Standardized testing season can be a stressful time for students even under normal circumstances. But, during a pandemic? Students will need every edge they can get. Just as schools have had to …
Ashley Losch

Opinion: Raising awareness - All drownings are preventable

Have you ever experienced that moment when background noise becomes muffled and all you can hear is your own heartbeat? Your mouth is dry, your palms are sweating, and you can feel your pulse in your face.
Susan Anable

Anable: Tech trends shape how we live, work, learn in 2021

This time last year, most of us had heard rumblings about COVID-19 – but at the time, it seemed so far away. Little did we know it would become a global pandemic that would bring about …

Kehaly: Vaccine delivers hope in Arizona every 10 seconds

By all accounts, Arizona has had a rough time through the COVID-19 pandemic. A staggering loss of more than 15,000 Arizonans, punctuated by devastating economic and mental health impacts, left our …
Nathan Lamberth

Lamberth: Telehealth gives more patients access to primary care, mental health services

It’s hard to believe that we have been navigating the coronavirus for more than a year. Much has changed since then. Many of us are working remotely, our kids are learning virtually, and we are …
Jim Grieshaber

Grieshaber: CTE gives students more choices

In comparing schools and educational choices, something that is sometimes overlooked are Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. 
Linda Brickman, front left, vice chair of the Maricopa County Republicans, Dr. Kelli Ward, back left, chair of the Arizona Republican Party, talk with Rey Valenzuela, right, Maricopa County Elections Department Director of Early Voting and Election Services, as the department conducts a post-election logic and accuracy test for the general election Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Supervisors respond to judge’s election subpoenas ruling

Following the ruling issued Friday by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Timothy Thomason — which affirms the subpoenas issued by Arizona Senate Republicans calling for the release of the …
Leonard Kirschner poses near the canyon during a pre-pandemic visit to Grand Canyon National Park.

Kirschner: America’s national parks are calling, and you must go post-COVID-19

It was a year ago when COVID-19 struck and our world changed.

Opinion: Chamber board adds small business owner, fresh voice

Connect. Impact. Prosper. The core principles of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce. Honored, I embark on my term as the newest appointee to the Chamber Board of Directors, these principles my North Star.
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