Opinions with Civility
Becky Harlow, public relations volunteer for the AZ Women’s Partnership

Harlow: Philanthropy continues during COVID-19 crisis

As the pandemic surged through the country in 2020 many organizations had to evaluate how to continue their mission safely.
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.

Civic Alliance: The right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy

We believe every American should have a voice in our democracy and that voting should be safe and accessible to all voters.
Peoria Independent News Editor Philip Haldiman

So much development, so much planning for water

Arizona is definitely a builder’s state. But what about water, our most precious resource?

Owen: How to skip the diet, get your body results it needs

Keto. Low Carb. Eating programs based on a point system. You name it, the “diet” most likely exists. And while these programs offer the promise of a healthier lifestyle, touting huge …
Mick Degn, executive director of Peoria-based Arizona Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Foundation

Degn: Let’s work on changing our driving habits

When you’re driving your vehicle down the road, enjoying a nice motorcycle ride or riding a bicycle, what do you think about?
Jack Sellers

Sellers: 2020 election was run with integrity

I understand the Arizona Senate has moved forward with selecting and contracting with firms to complete their review of the November 2020 General Election results. I am not familiar with any of the firms listed in the Senate press release.
Arizona Department of Transportation crews work on the Meteor Crater and Two Guns bridge deck replacement and rehabilitation project on Interstate 40 east of Flagstaff. [Courtesy of ADOT]

Merrill: Zipper merge eases traffic — and your dilemmas

Does merging on the highway pose a dilemma for you?

Ware: Council sells out to franchise owner in drive-thru case

I am a Peoria resident that is opposed to a Taco Bell or a KFC placing a fast food drive thru at 77th Avenue and Thunderbird Road.
FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2020 file photo, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey hands over his signed election documents to certify the election results for federal, statewide, and legislative offices and statewide ballot measures at the official canvass at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix.  Ducey spent much of Trump's presidency trying not to provoke confrontation with the president or his fervent defenders.  When state law required Ducey to certify Arizona's presidential election results and sign off on Trump's defeat last week, four years of loyalty wasn't enough to protect him from the president.  (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File)

Burhop: Do the right thing, Ducey

Dear Gov. Doug Ducey: As a moderate Republican, I am depending on you to do the right thing.
Bobby Boland

Boland: What can I do after my COVID-19 vaccination?

We have a vaccine! In fact, we have three — with more on the way.
Larry Kubiayk, also known as  “Ol Porch Dog," is a resident of Sun City.

“Ol Porch Dog” thanks Independent

Just wanted to thank Steve Stockmar for the story on my gig at Winery 101 recently. It was a great success and no small part due to him. There were people there that said they had seen the story …
A drive-thru planned to go in near 75th Avenue and Thunderbird Road has drawn ire from some nearby residents.

Drive-thrus are pretty tame these days

I was reading an article (“Drive-thru division,” March 10, 2021, Peoria Independent) about a drive-thru wanting to go in near 75th Avenue and Thunderbird Road.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Reader: Grand Old Party reaches new low

When Moses came down from the mountain, what did he find? A golden idol of Trump. What? What’s wrong with these people? It also reminds me of a hymn we sing at Thanksgiving.
Michael Troop

Troop: AZ Merit test season calls for tips, best practices

Standardized testing season can be a stressful time for students even under normal circumstances. But, during a pandemic? Students will need every edge they can get. Just as schools have had to …
Richard Pearlstein

New alternative sleep apnea treatment offered at Abrazo Arrowhead

A new treatment option for obstructive sleep apnea for patients who cannot use Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy is available at Abrazo Arrowhead Campus. The Inspire Upper Airway …
Dr. Timothy Gerhart

Gerhart: How important is Vitamin D in staying well with flu, COVID-19?

Staying well requires a strong, balanced immune system combined with reducing exposure to pathogens. Vitamin D is critical to each step of our immune response.

Kehaly: Vaccine delivers hope in Arizona every 10 seconds

By all accounts, Arizona has had a rough time through the COVID-19 pandemic. A staggering loss of more than 15,000 Arizonans, punctuated by devastating economic and mental health impacts, left our …
Nathan Lamberth

Lamberth: Telehealth gives more patients access to primary care, mental health services

It’s hard to believe that we have been navigating the coronavirus for more than a year. Much has changed since then. Many of us are working remotely, our kids are learning virtually, and we are …
Linda Brickman, front left, vice chair of the Maricopa County Republicans, Dr. Kelli Ward, back left, chair of the Arizona Republican Party, talk with Rey Valenzuela, right, Maricopa County Elections Department Director of Early Voting and Election Services, as the department conducts a post-election logic and accuracy test for the general election Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Supervisors respond to judge’s election subpoenas ruling

Following the ruling issued Friday by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Timothy Thomason — which affirms the subpoenas issued by Arizona Senate Republicans calling for the release of the …
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.
In this image from video, House impeachment manager Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., speaks during the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021.

Cravens: Searching for the definition of impeachment

I would like to correct Carolyn Copeland’s letter (“Reader says Trump was never impeached”) in which she continues to assert that Donald Trump was never impeached. In the first …
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.

Dunham: New water line benefits customers, supports local farmers

EPCOR has received a $250,000 grant from the Water Management Assistance Program at the Arizona Department of Water Resources.
In this image from video, House impeachment manager Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., speaks during the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. (Senate Television via AP)

Reader says Trump was never impeached

I get tired of reading “Mr. Trump, the first president to be impeached twice…”
Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat

Carlat: Governing to strengthen Peoria’s economy

Peoria is one of the safest cities in the nation and our parks and recreational facilities are top notch. We are proud to be known for having a highly skilled workforce, excellent housing choices, …
Sintra Hoffman

Hoffman: The West Valley is competing, attracting smart people

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

Blanton: We must prioritize those with developmental disabilities for vaccination

With the hope of a new start at a new year, it seems clear that the coronavirus has also made a New Year’s resolution to persevere with a vengeance and stick around and mutate.
Barbara Duncan

Duncan: Here’s what I see for the future of Arizona education

What do you think Arizona’s K-12 schools will look like in 2031? Does the prospect excite or dishearten you? After a year of countless hardships for families, we could use some positivity.
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