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Myra Garcia

Garcia: Help food bank stop 2021 summer hunger

This summer will present a huge challenge to the Superstition Community Food Bank, a non-profit organization that for the past 40 years has provided food and other necessities to struggling families …
Steve Ezyk

Ezyk: Helmets donated to Knights of Columbus for car show

On July 10 a couple from the DJ Jacobs Memorial Helmet Fund donated eight high-end children’s ATV helmets to our October car show. Their young son lost his life in a tragic accident in Star …
Wally Pieper

Pieper: Mountain View Lutheran Church has worked 10 years with Genesis Project

For the past 10 years Mountain View Lutheran Church is privileged to be a member of a coalition of churches in the Apache Junction area banded together for the common purpose of aiding the less …

Matheson: Aircraft training schools are awesome neighbors

Regarding the recent letter to the editor “Why can’t aviation schools be awesome neighbors?” in the July 2021 Apache Junction/Gold Canyon Independent newspaper: aircraft training …
Travis Arnold

Arnold: Feed the Children opens distribution, volunteer center in Chandler

Feed the Children opened our newest distribution center at 3475 S. McQueen Road in Chandler on June 22. We are honored to be a part of the Chandler community and proud to open the 104,300 square-feet …
Nancy Fassbender

Fassbender: Donations needed for wreaths at 3,000 military veteran graves

There are 3,000 military veteran graves at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St. in Mesa, that do not have a wreath placed on their graves. We need your help in purchasing a …

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.
Steve Edwards

Edwards: Why can’t aviation schools be awesome neighbors?

We live in an awesome area — the Superstition Mountain foothills and wilderness. My neighbors and I enjoy the beauty all around us. We all have several things in common; we prefer the mountains …
Mireya Arroyo

Arroyo: Congress leaders must stand against H.R.3 destructive legislation

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck the state of Arizona early last year, we weren’t sure what the impact would be on our community. My entire family caught COVID-19, not because we weren’t …
Robyn Jaynes

Jaynes: Funding for animal shelter in East Valley ‘a huge win’

Our biggest news this month is that the Board of Supervisors has approved funding and forward movement on building a new East Valley shelter. This is a huge win for the animals and animal lovers …
Teresa Murray

Murray: Getting off the hook of a predatory tow

Many Arizonans can relate to that sinking feeling in your stomach when you return to your parking spot, only to find your car is gone. Was it stolen? Did you forget where you parked? Or was it towed? …

Kuzyk: Medical co-pay required before insurance-covered colonoscopy

I want to inform people about a co-pay policy being used by a medical office in the Valley. I am a 59-year-old, five-time cancer survivor living on SSI disability. I barely make enough to survive, …
Dr. Kristen Bishop

Dr. Bishop: Arizona naturopathic doctors are helping improve coverage and care

May 16-22 is Naturopathic Medicine week and therefore the perfect time to shine a light on the important role naturopathic medicine practitioners play in the health and wellbeing of Arizonans. …
Chris Udall

Udall: Let’s invest in system that keeps water flowing

When you are thirsty and hungry, you go to your refrigerator, fill a glass of water and clean your bowl of fruit under running water at your sink. But what if the water does not run to fill your …

Opinion: We must continue to push for sensible STR solutions, not bans

Last month, Arizona lawmakers had an opportunity to support legislation that would have made it easier for local cities to address nuisance short-term rental properties that have been the cause of …

Mehan: Thrilled to find a copy of Mesa Independent

I just wanted to let you know how thrilled I was to go to my mailbox and find a copy of the Mesa Independent. I’ve been an avid newspaper reader since I was in grade school and I’ve …

McCaulley: Personal and economic side of climate change

This is the time of year that many of us in the Valley start talking about the extreme summer heat and planning how we can escape, if even for a weekend. This is also the time of year that many of …
James Gahar

Gahar: Daily workouts, losing weight and staying healthy

My story is pretty simple. I was a very active young man, running everywhere, and served as a volunteer in an elite Navy unit. After my discharge, I worked as a bouncer in bars from Florida to …
Jon Lyons

Lyons: April 22 is Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

My daughter was 10 years old when she first attended Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day at my office At the time, I was working in a role sourcing large contracts, leveraging all of the …

Burdick: Horse racing? Just what AZ doesn’t need

Sorry Ralph Fales (who wrote “Historic horse racing could be a win for Arizona,” page 8, April 1, 2021, issue of the Apache Junction/Gold Canyon Independent), you may love your horses but …
Shirley Ooley

Ooley: Rep. Gosar taking credit for bill he opposed

Rep. Paul Gosar pulls teeth but now he’s pulling one over on his constituents. He has been Tweeting and putting out information on how he’s so pleased to inform us that municipalities and …
Kevin Thompson

Thompson: A lot of construction, plans for development in District 6 over the last year

I remember when I was first elected to represent District 6 in Mesa. We were just coming out of the recession, and there was hardly any construction taking place. Here we are six years later and Mesa …
David Coward

Coward: Follow the Constitution for redistricting

Some are advancing the argument that the 2010 process was flawed because it emphasized “competitiveness.” This is a false argument used to undermine the integrity of the work of the 2011 …
Linda Curry

Curry: We need balanced policies for short-term rentals

About a year ago, my husband and I built an ADA-friendly guesthouse on our property with the expectation that we’ll eventually use it to look after our aging parents. In the meantime, …
Mesa Mayor John Giles

Giles: Governor’s executive order nullifies Mesa’s mask mandate

While I remain an advocate for precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, including mask wearing, this can no longer be a legal requirement in the city of Mesa, based on Gov. Doug Ducey’s …
Francisco Heredia

Heredia: March report on what is new in Mesa District 3

Happy March, District 3 neighbors. There are few places better than Mesa, Arizona, in March. The weather is beautiful, spring is in the air and we have exciting things happening in our …

Dr. Orris: COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting vital need for facts on personal safety measures

The COVID-19 pandemic has cast a bright light on the need to educate the public with facts to ensure that people can take the right measures to increase their chances of health and longevity. More …

Salas: Five common plumbing issues for Phoenix homeowners

Few things are more frustrating for a homeowner than dripping faucets, weak water pressure, or a running toilet. Not only does a faulty plumbing system serve as an inconvenience to you and your …

Cussen: This virus is deadly, please take it seriously

Aargh. Why is the easy/simple always corrupted into the hard/complicated? Of course, I am talking about masks. In a supermarket I was subjected to a conversation with a total stranger who wore her …
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.
Jon Hochschartner

Hochschartner: Violence we inflict on animals is a moral crime

Senators Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema should support public funding for cultured-meat research, with the goal of making the cell-grown, slaughter-free protein competitive with factory-farmed …
David Coward

Coward: Can we heal and unify if an insurrectionist is in Congress?

By refusing to recognize the results of a certified election and supporting allegations without evidence Congressman Paul Gosar encouraged the insurrectionists and seditionists on Jan. 6 to disrupt a …
Jon Hochschartner

Hochschartner: Senators should support reallocating subsidies to cultured-meat research

Arizona Senators Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema should support reallocating the billions of dollars a year in subsidies the federal government gives to animal-exploitation industries to cultured-meat …
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