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Kirby: A new voice has emerged for school board members, parents

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 …

Drummond: How is city’s governmental bureaucracy set up?

Would just like to thank Jim Burezewski on his letter (“Story advocating for raise in pay for city manager?” in opinions, page 8 of the October 2021 issue of the Apache Junction/Gold …

Overson: When it comes to roofing find an honest roofer

Your roof is one of the biggest, most important and most expensive structures in your home. A mistake on your roof can cost you even more money and even put you and your family in danger. It is …

Smith: Confused by what a Scottsdale politician says?

Scottsdale voters should be confused by Councilwoman Littlefield’s Opinion piece urging voters to not support the Scottsdale General Plan 2035. The piece appeared Monday, October 11, timed to …

Serrano-Keel: Wear pink to raise awareness of breast cancer

October marks a significant occasion for my family as my sister, Stephanie Serrano, lost her six-year battle to breast cancer two years ago. Stephanie co-owned Serrano’s Mexican Restaurants …

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 …

Question of the Day: Where were you during the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001?

As was reported in the Daily Independent newspaper, infections and hospitalizations are on the rise as the Delta variant of the novel coronavirus continues to surge in Arizona. Meanwhile,  …

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Wayne Funk

Funk: Why ranch-style homes are popular, perfect for aging in place

Throughout the past two decades, we have seen a number of new and modern housing styles that have propped up in communities across the country, but throughout this time one of the most popular and …

Huizar: Scottsdale Unified School District only serves 54% of its school-aged residents

According to a report by Applied Economics published on March 30, 2021, the decline of enrolled Scottsdale Unified School District students will continue for the projected future. The report …

Copeland: I favor a woman’s right to choose; but only if that choice is adoption

When I see news coverage of women marching for the right to abort their babies, it makes me sad and angry for the hundreds of women who, like me, can’t have children, through no fault of our own — because we are infertile.

Cope: We must protect each other from deadly COVID-19 virus, variants in Arizona

I am thankful that “no mask mandate” did not stand up in court as presented. There are consequences of “no mask mandate” as my grandson found out. A classmate tested …

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 …

Kosky: Get ready for 2022 Medicare annual enrollment

The annual Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plan enrollment period is approaching. From Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, millions of people eligible for Medicare can sign up, switch or leave a …

Teckenbrock: Happy to see planned Mesa bicycle routes

Mesa bicycle lanes and paths are great (“$20M earmarked for Mesa bicycle, walking paths,” on the front page of the October 2021 Mesa Independent). I ride an average of 25 miles every …

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.”
Rose Smith, who ranked fourth for obtaining a Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board seat, maintaining 17% of votes after initially being in third place.

Smith: Approaching SUSD's divisiveness in a positive manner

As a former Scottsdale school board candidate, I think I have a fairly good perspective of the task at hand for our five elected board members. It starts with the drive and commitment to …

Klapp: Punitive tax policy targeting hedge funds threatens middle class, retirees

As a former elected official who has retired from Scottsdale public office under the Arizona State Retirement System, I am concerned about the current unfair targeting of hedge funds in Washington. …
Mireya Arroyo

Arroyo: Don’t touch our Medicare

No one was sure what COVID-19’s pandemic impact would be on our community, let alone the world. Not only did my entire family catch COVID-19 in 2020, but we’ve now caught the delta …
Chip Wilson

Wilson: Homes in south Apache Junction to be built over 20 years

In regard to Richard Dyer’s front-page report on the master planned development of the area just south of Apache Junction (“27,000 homes to be built in south Apache Junction” on …

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 …
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