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Boontjer: Haldiman's article about Peoria school district is biased

Talk about bias.

Poe: Tee up for golf season in Peoria

Unless you get on the golf course early in the morning, Arizona is still too toasty to be playing most of the day, but the good news is, there are several ways you can prepare for golf season from the comfort of your home.

Aqua-Tots: Prevent drowning over the holiday

As Labor Day approaches and many families spend time around water, Aqua-Tots swim schools is calling for water safety awareness to prevent drowning incidents.

Poe: Conquer golfing in extreme heat

Some golfers may view this weather as some of the worst conditions to golf in, and totally avoid hitting the green in the Arizona heat.

Lamber: Ahead of Labor Day, know backyard pool safety

A chilling increase in drowning incidents, including toddlers, has cast a foreboding, yet preventable shadow over the greater Phoenix area this summer.

Gerton: Freedom From Religion Foundation should be sued

So Heather Rooks will no longer cite from the bible due to violation of the establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Horne addresses boys, girls restroom policies at schools

Recent questions raised about school policies for the usage of restrooms, locker rooms and shower areas has state schools chief Tom Horne responding to concerns.

Ramos: Religion does not belong in public office

I'm so glad that the Freedom from Religion Foundation took notice and asked members of the Peoria Unified School District governing board for a reprimand.

Beck: Ensuring all residents feel safe, secure is top priority

As mayor, ensuring that all residents feel safe and secure is my top priority.
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Haldiman: Our opinions page is back!

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Carlson: Here's a new option for home-based businesses

There are well over 4,000 businesses owned and operated right here in Peoria, many of which are led by entrepreneurs trying to bring their next big idea to fruition and to the masses.

Randall: Your child’s annual physical is the perfect time to talk about mental health

When it comes to your child’s overall health, well-child visits are the perfect time to ensure your child’s holistic development is progressing as it should.

Lamber: With Lake Pleasant’s deadly toll, stay alert, know the law, save lives

The haunting trend of drowning accidents at Lake Pleasant has taken a distressing turn, with eight tragic deaths already recorded in 2023. Shockingly, five of these fatalities occurred after …
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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 …