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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 …

Thomasson: Paradise Valley is in great fiscal shape

Last week while unloading the dishwasher, I came across a pair of very clean takeout-sushi chopsticks. I looked at my husband Gary, who, with a twinkle in his eye said, “If you can wash and …

Rockowitz: Opinion of reporting on HonorHealth ER

Your newspaper was contacted by various concerned residents of Paradise Valley who felt unscrupulous developers and the city of Phoenix were inappropriately and permanently changing our residential …

Dickman: A pig in the parlor — with lipstick

Supreme Court Justice George Sutherland (who also was a former US Senator and congressman from Utah) famously noted in the landmark 1926 case of Euclid v. Ambler Realty Co that: “A nuisance may …
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Bien-Willner: The real state of affairs on Arizona's short-term rental law

The short-term rental platforms are working hard to spin their recent loss. They would have you believe that they offered legislation to “fix” the STR rental problems that they created in …
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Pace: Paradise Valley public works by the numbers

Our town has the greatest public works department in the state of Arizona. Without a doubt. We all enjoy how special our unique town is with the ambiance of open space and desert landscaping. We …

Blaney: SBA shares resources to support deaf, hard of hearing entrepreneurs

Recently, I read an article about two entrepreneurs who were opening a new restaurant and they laughed at themselves for picking this time to go into business but, in reality, it is a great time to …

Eskildson: SUSD leaders ignore declining student achievement

SUSD proudly declares it provides “Education Excellence” because its “average scores exceed Arizona standards at all levels.” However, they fail to also point out that …

Rauch: And the 2022 General Plan community survey says? What’s next?

After nearly two months the Paradises Valley 2022 General Plan Community Survey closed on Monday, March 1. A total of 386 community surveys were completed, which equates to over a 95% confidence …

MacDonald: Lessons learned and preparing for the next pandemic

It was only a matter of time before Americans would find themselves wearing facemasks. I manufacture facemasks and understand that while not everyone wants to wear them, they are a necessity in a …

A piece of history: The humble cemetery on McDonald Drive

Welcome to the second in a series of articles authored by committee members of The Town of Paradise Valley Historical Advisory Committee. The mission of the advisory committee is to, …

Marks: Protect Arizona’s short-term rentals

Responsible tourism is critical to our state’s economy, and in the wake of COVID-19, we can’t afford to enact policies that would cripple recovery efforts. But Rep. Kavanagh has proposed …

Williams: Teacher's perspective as Scottsdale Schools plans full re-open

If anything has shaped a theme for this school year, aside from the obvious of teaching and keeping school safe in a pandemic, it’s the phrase “the only constant is change.” All …

Hunter: Response to Hildebrand's short-term rental opinion

Mr. Hildebrand: What can I say but “There are none so blind as those who will not see.” The willful ignorance on the part of the short-term rental industry about the very real …

Mason: Short-term rental industry is in trouble

The STR industry is in trouble. People are rising up to save their neighborhoods and are demanding meaningful restrictions on STRs. State and local governments are responding to peoples’ …

Hildebrand: A response to PR attacks on short-term rentals

Watch out for the big lies being told about small businesses. I’m talking about opponents of vacation rentals. They’re happy to blame these properties for everything from crime to COVID-19 to the rising price of housing.

Dickman: Short-term rental report is powerful warning against current practices

A nearly 40-page study publicly released on March 1 by well-known and highly respected Arizona economic and real estate analysis firm Elliott Pollack and Co. (“Pollack”) explains that …

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 …
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.

Sewell: No matter the direction, beauty is all around Arizona

Call me biased, but I am confident I can convince anyone that Arizona is one of the most scenic states in the country. So, with spring just around the corner, I want to encourage you to lace up your …

Ostrom: Colorectal cancer screenings must remain a priority

Did you know that one of the most prevalent and deadly cancers in the United States is colorectal cancer? In fact, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and is the …

Mason: SB1379 needs fixing to address short-term rental issues

Dear Senator Mesnard: Reference: SB1379 — I would like to meet with either you or your staff on SB1379 the important short term rental issue, and fixes to make SB1379 a better bill. As a …
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Andeen: Paradise Valley leadership, ethics, code of conduct

Our town’s elected mayor and councilmembers need to exhibit leadership, ethics, and honor our town’s Code of Conduct. I am one of your Town Council members committed to serving residents …
On Nov. 15, 2019, Arizona Rep. Aaron Lieberman details why he believes the state should repeal outright a law that took control of vacation rentals away from cities and towns. With him is Raquel Mamani who detailed problems that short-term rentals are having in her neighborhood.

Lieberman: Common sense ideas to help Arizona deal with climate change

This is Environment Week at the State Capitol, and I want to highlight some of the bills that I have introduced this session to help Arizona deal with climate change. Arizona is the most …

A piece of history: Town historical committee pens look-back series

Welcome to the first in a series of articles authored by committee members of the Town of Paradise Valley Historical Advisory Committee. The mission of the advisory committee is to, …

Levin: Loneliness within elderly people, tips for comfort

During the past year, so many individuals have felt isolated and extremely lonely due to the pandemic. According to the National Academics of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, more than …

Rauch: We heard your call for in-person general plan outreach

Paradise Valley is in the process of updating the town’s general plan. The general plan is a long-range document that helps guide decision-making regarding growth and development over the …

Gau: Gov. Ducey’s tax cut proposal is out of step with Arizona voters

Governor Ducey’s new budget proposal includes a $1.2 billion tax cut spread over the next three years. This idea, especially when added to the loss of revenue from Prop. 123 expiring soon, …

Rhinehart: The hidden tourist attractions found off Arizona highways

Arizona’s highways can seem pretty desolate at times, miles upon miles of emptiness. Then, in the distance, you see it, a much-needed spot to pull over, gas up and perk up before hitting …
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Thomasson: Youth Paradise Valley essays inspire

Thank you to Phoenix Country Day School students Else Ellegala, Christina Keller, and Claudia Primus for authoring winning essays sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration Committee. …

Ohanian: Pack your finances we’re moving to Arizona

We hear daily inquiries about how to relocate all of your critical financial, home and medical information to a completely new city. It has skyrocketed in Arizona. But, there are stringent laws to …
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