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Leonard Kirschner

Kirschner: Obamacare ruling a relief to GOP, too

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. It has been a source of political debate since day one.
Peggy Kirschner poses in front of the Oklahoma State Capitol.

Kirschner: A Capitol idea — add state houses to your bucket list

We are now in year two of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the world has changed. Many of us have remained sequestered at home, and travel has been put on hold.

Kirschner: ‘The Shot’ is safe, effective; get one

On March 4, 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave his first inaugural address. He said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself; nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror.” His comments are valid today.

Jorgensen: Mask-free and shopping online

As I like to support local business, I stopped at a battery/bulb store yesterday.
Debora Verdier

Verdier: What does the COVID-19 vaccine mean for employers?

Distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine is well under way. We all hope this is a means to an end of social restrictions and making our way back to life as we once knew it. According to the CDC over …

SAFIN: Help our communities return to a brighter future

Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive order on March 25 certainly had and will continue to have an impact on our community. Whether you agree or disagree with the transition of “required” virus mitigation to “recommended,” it’s here.

Safin: Virus tipping point — repair the damage to our isolated young people

I’m writing this as the governors of Texas and Mississippi are announcing the lifting of their state-wide mask and other virus-related mandates.
Christina Noble

Noble: Women need to pay attention to their heart health, even during the pandemic

COVID-19 has dominated the medical space for the last year. As we continued to learn more about the coronavirus, we learned that people with underlying conditions like diabetes and obesity are more susceptible to contracting the virus.
Ryan Patrick Olson poses with Webber, a stuffed platypus that played an integral role in his fantasy memoir, “Carnival of Heaven.”

Olson: Survivors don’t have to let past suffering define them

I was diagnosed with T-cell leukemia a month before my 7th birthday.
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.
Mike Siegel

Siegel: What’s best for Goodyear, city manager or strong mayor?

Goodyear is growing in amazing fashion in both commercial and residential development.

Safin: It’s ‘united we stand’ when it comes to helping others

Let me start with a story that happened last July.
Sintra Hoffman

Hoffman: The West Valley is competing, attracting smart people

Westmarc is focusing on reaching California’s brokerage and young talent communities.

Safin: Practice hope, faith and patience while you ‘stop the spread’

Welcome to the new year! I hope your holiday season was terrific. I also hope our future will get better now that vaccines are available.
Mike Siegel

Siegel: Goodyear business infrastructure — build and they will come

Goodyear has seen remarkable business growth recently and it continues with new projects on the drawing board ready to be made a reality.
The first doses of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine arrive in Maricopa County, Dec. 14.

Kirschner: Vaccine is a victory for science, humanity

With the approval of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, the major tasks are now distribution and vaccination. Developing the vaccines has been a technological marvel, but until we get shots in the arms of 80% of the population, the COVID-19 pandemic will not be aborted.
Jackie Elliott

5 ways Arizona can put people back to work

There is an early warning sign that high-demand jobs may be hard to fill when the labor market fully reopens, even with millions of Americans looking for work.
Photo by Arianna Grainey

Independent Newsmedia continues collaborative commenting platform at yourvalley.net

The idea of maintaining civil discourse when debating public issues of the day is more than lip-service at Independent Newsmedia. At Yourvalley.net, which is powered by the work of local …

Safin: You can’t predict the future, but you can create it

I’m always thinking about the future and attempt to glean from the ethers what will happen next. It’s easier to predict the future when you create it, so the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce has taken new action to make sure the future of our community is bright.
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