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Smialek: 4 Superfoods to strengthen your immune system this cold, flu season

As we find ourselves in the midst of the cold and flu season, strengthening our immune system becomes paramount in maintaining optimal health and well-being for the entire family. While practicing …
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Wheatley, Goodman: Hobbs must restore SR 24 funds

On Jan. 12, Gov. Hobbs released her Fiscal Year 2024-2025 Executive Budget proposal. While we recognize the state is facing a budgetary shortfall this year, we didn’t expect to see a proposed …
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Mermon: Focus on Gilbert safety record misdirected

The January Mesa Independent community newspaper headlines Gilbert as the second safest municipality per population and per FBI. For a touted “community paper," I’m struck by the lack of …
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Coon: Foster success through mentorships

As January unfolds, so does the spotlight on mentors and the profound impact they, whether formal or informal, can have on your personal and professional development. This month marks National …
Opinion

Lamber: Let’s get behind Tempe’s Operation Slow Down

As a dedicated advocate for public safety, I’m profoundly conscious of the dangers lurking on our roads. Initiatives like Tempe’s Operation Slow Down strike a particularly resonant chord …
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Baxters: Attend launch in Mesa of Fight For a Living Wage nonprofit

When my wife, Shannon, and I opened Beanchain Coffee seven months ago, it was the manifestation of a very big dream. We wanted to create the kind of business that was about worker respect, community …
Opinion

Reveles: Supervisors should lead Pinal County’s political factions in reconciliation

The following statement was made at the Jan. 3 meeting of the Pinal County Board of Supervisors: Three years ago on Jan. 6, 2021, you and I witnessed a day of infamy. The first time that a …
Opinion

Fassbender: Event honoring interred veterans a success

Richard: Just a quick note to say thank you for your support during this year for our veteran events. Without your coverage of the Wreaths Across America, I doubt if we could have been able to honor …
Opinion

Dilk, Caradonna: How to properly store, dispose important papers

As the year ends, it is a great time to declutter and organize your important documents. Whether you have stacks of old bills, receipts, bank statements or other sensitive documents, proper …
Opinion

Moss: What to know when registering your out-of-state vehicle

Moving to a new home is always stressful. It becomes even more complicated when moving to a new state. After settling in the last thing you want to do is to go sit at an MVD field office all day to …
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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 …

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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