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Steve Trussell

Trussell: State success in adverse times

Why is Arizona thriving despite the adversity we are facing? Great public policy.

Peters: Pedestrians have little protection

Thank you for your article (“Street racers invade Sun City”) regarding street racers. I have not seen or heard the racers but am struck by another part of the article. Specifically, …
Arizona Department of Transportation officials film a traffic incident management training video. [Courtesy of ADOT]

Halikowski: Traffic incidents requires cooperation from everyone

You may have seen this message on our digital message boards statewide: “Fender Bender? Save your rear, Quickly clear.” It was a reminder to move your vehicle safely onto a shoulder or exit and stay out of travel lanes if involved in a minor crash.
President Donald Trump

Collins: Rebuts letter about Trump presidency

About Rita Venice’s recent letter (“Calls fraud allegations ‘clap-trap’”, Daily Independent, Nov. 24, 2020): many of the “down ballots” voting turned a …
Greg Donovan

Donovan: CTE needed among aging workforce, skills shortage

America is dealing with an unprecedented shortage of skilled labor. The Department of Labor reports while there are 7.6 million unfilled jobs, only 6.5 million people were looking for work. This is …

Goncalves: Pres. Biden will destroy Trump’s legacy

Jack Hawn in his letter (“Says it’s over, Trump lost election,” Nov. 19, 2020) wants the Trump supporters to take down our signs and flags — really Jack? The election has not, …
Steve Chucri

Chucri: Your right to vote is paramount

In recent days, constituents of District 2, candidates for office, state lawmakers and congressmen have asked questions and made statements regarding Maricopa County’s voting system, hand counts, recounts and legal challenges.

Winter: Says voting is indeed our right

This is a response to Roy Miller’s recent letter (“Says voting a privilege, not a right,” Nov. 19, 2020). I didn’t wish to respond, but there is need to correct his statement …
Liz Morrison

Morrison: We need a new COVID-19 stimulus package now

Despite the United States tallying more than a million new cases of COVID-19 last week alone, congressional leaders appear in no rush to approve a new package of financial relief for businesses and …
Roy Miller

Miller: New ACC commissioner needs guidance

Newly elected Arizona Corporation Commissioner Lea Marquez Peterson wants APS to slash its rates, but she is dreaming if she thinks she can accomplish this, even with her eight suggestions for the …

Lux: Running a country not like business

In response to the letter written by someone from the Surprise Chamber of Commerce, the headline reads the “Chamber wants politicians to focus on relief.” The letter then lists several …
Bobby Boland

Boland: Understanding the different types of COVID-19 tests

Over the last six months, the world’s scientists and experts have discovered and proven unique methods for identifying the coronavirus.
Josh Gottheimer

Gottheimer: Democrats, Republicans, stop fighting and get something done

Editor's note:  This opinion appeared on No Labels NoLabels.org, a national organization working to revive bipartisanship and to move Washington beyond gridlock to solutions to challenges faced …
A deer has its eyes and ears on a passerby while foraging for food near a public park in Hillsborough, N.C., Wednesday, July 8, 2020. [AP Photo/Gerry Broome]

AAA Arizona: Tips to prevent animal collisions

During the fall months, drivers face an increased risk of animal-related crashes as deer and other wildlife begin to migrate and find their way onto highways and into suburban neighborhoods.
Clint Hickman

Hickman: Election conducted with ‘integrity, transparency’

Members of the Board of Supervisors continue to hear from government leaders and the public about the integrity of Maricopa County elections. We want to assure you that proper steps have been taken to ensure a full and accurate count of all votes.

Cowdrey: Calls for unity among Americans

A few weeks ago I received a picture of a bird. The caption read: It doesn’t make any difference whether it is a left wing or a right wing, it is the same bird! Put this in another …
The original bridge over Queen Creek along U.S. 60 on the east side of Superior (foreground) served Arizona motorists for 30 years before it was replaced in 1953. [Courtesy of ADOT]

Rookhuyzen: Old US 60 bridge shows original way to cross Queen Creek

It’s a question as old as transportation itself: How are we going to get across that? Whether it be a river, creek, wash, arroyo, canyon or crevice, getting a vehicle from one side to the other is a prime concern when it comes to building roads.
Thanks to a generous donation, Northwest Valley Connect was recently able to complete the decorative wrap on its newest transport van. [Courtesy of Northwest Valley Connect]

Chandler: Northwest Valley Connect thanks volunteers, donors

The Northwest Valley Connect Mobility Program continues to go forward with a ride solution for many seniors, people experiencing disabilities, and veterans residing independently in West Valley communities who lack access to public transportation.

Hochschartner: Calls for more cultured meat research

If Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally care about the environment, they should support federal funding for cultured-meat research. For those who don’t know, cultured meat is grown from …
Regan Olsson

Olsson: Share gratitude, not COVID, this Thanksgiving

Sharing in gratitude and sitting down for a big meal may be the crux of Thanksgiving, but it could prove to be more challenging this year.

Trice: Strive to make things better for all

The familiar joke, “Why did the chicken cross the road?,” has been around for many years. It really wasn’t meant to be funny, but it did provide the answer, “To get to the …
Katy Stemple

Stemple: 5 ways to stop prediabetes in its tracks

One in three American adults have prediabetes and most don’t know they have it — the holiday season is coming and so are big meals, sweets and more.
In this Oct. 8, 2020, file photo, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper speaks before a meeting with Romanian Defense Minister Nicolae Ciuca, at the Pentagon, in Washington. President Donald Trump fired Esper Nov. 9.

Miller: Says Trump wrong to fire Esper

As a lifelong Republican, I praised President Trump’s court appointments, deregulation, and tax cuts; but I also criticized him when he was wrong on issues like tariffs and the national debt. …
Lin Sue Cooney

Cooney: Coping with loss during the holiday season

The holidays can be challenging for anyone — but that’s especially true if you are grieving the loss of a loved one. Sadness can magnify the stress of the season. Instead of excitement …

Nelson: Vaccine goes first to our first responders

I can only hope that the powers that be will make sure that first to receive the vaccine will be our first responders, EMTs, firemen, police and all medical front-line people, doctors, nurses and all …
Roy Miller

Miller: Esper firing is ominous

As a lifelong Republican, I praised President Trump’s court appointments, deregulation, and tax cuts but I also criticized him when he was wrong on issues like tariffs and the national …

Goncalves: Wants every vote counted

According to the media, Joe Biden has been elected president of the U.S. I guess I wasn’t paying attention in school because I don’t remember being taught that is the way our country …
Ryan Goodman

Goodman: Improving cities starts with removing cars

The story of Phoenix, Arizona is the story of sprawl. After World War II, when cars, air conditioning, and home loans became affordable for the middle class, Phoenix’s population boomed. In …

Cowdrey: Agave, yucca not in cactus family

The agave and yucca are not cactus (“Fallen cacti in Sun Cities leaves residents concerned”); they are from the asparagaceae family, which include the lily family and also onions, leeks …

Akers: What Veterans Day means to me

Let me start out by saying that even in the veterans community there seems to be some confusion as to what makes someone a veteran. Some say you have to have completed a contract of service. Most …
Dr. Gopi Cherukuri and Dr. Emun Abdu

Doctors: Don’t let election stress lead to heart attack or stroke

Can election stress contribute to a heart attack or stroke?
Community education program manager Sulie Richardson of Desert Financial Credit Union teaches a class at St. Vincent de Paul. [Courtesy of Desert Financial Credit Union]

Richardson: Create a spending plan to take control of your finances

When you hear the word, “budget,” what does it mean to you?

Rookhuyzen: A colorful chapter in state transportation history

When you drive by a highway or interstate marker, there is comforting uniformity to them, no matter if you are driving Interstate 8, Interstate 15, State Route 92, State Route 377, U.S. 60 or U.S. 191.

Collins: Protesters are rioters

James Kepler asked several questions (“Republicans don’t want responsibility,” Daily Independent, Nov. 2, 2020), who and what can be answered in one word: Democrats! Reason you …

Main: Says online MVD service much faster

I started in early April stating I needed a new plate as nine years had taken the paint off my old one. As they don’t read emails, they sent the tag only. After several more unanswered …

Turner-Utz: A Republican Senate will protect Arizonans’ quality of life

Arizona voters have two historic choices to make this November. The presidential election is the marquee event. But the U.S. Senate race is equally important. We need to think strategically, because …

Smith: Community park needs cleanup first

I’m new to Arizona and was pleased to find a park about one-fourth mile away, the Surprise Community Park near City Hall. The park overall is well taken care of. However, when the water is …
Kimberly Yee

Yee: Arizona’s economic future is on the line in this election

For countless Arizona voters, this presidential election is not a referendum on President Trump and his political beliefs — it is a vote to preserve our economic prosperity. Arizona voters …
Dr. Cara Christ

Christ: School benchmarks update highlights state-counties partnership

As a mom of young kids attending in-person learning, nothing is more important to me than the health of our kids and the safety of our schools. Close coordination across the public health system and …

Collins: Calls ad’s fact-checker partisan

I believe Jayne Smith forgot to disclose that Biden will cancel President Trump’s tax cuts for middle-income wage earners via payroll taxes (“Calls out falsehoods in TV ads,” Daily …
Katt McKinney

Stop Arizona police brutality, debate Sen. Tim Scott’s bill

By many accounts, Black Lives Matter is the largest protest movement in U.S. history.

Kvaran: Calls for democracy, not division

Rich Andrews’ latest letter to the editor (“Hopes for close election, more division,” Daily Independent, Oct. 22, 2020) was horrifying to me. Not only does Andrews clearly feel that …
Julie Gunnigle

Gunnigle: Brewer wrong about what county needs

Following her continuous string of nationally embarrassing comments, former Gov. Jan Brewer has decided to weigh in on the Maricopa County Attorney’s race — I wear her non-endorsement as a badge of pride.
Jan Brewer

Brewer: Adel best choice for Maricopa County Attorney

My entire career, I have been committed to the safety and well-being of our children. It is critical that we have leaders at every level of government who are committed to the rule of law and …

Smith: Calls out falsehoods in TV ads

I recently received a mass mailing paid for by the Arizona Republican Party. It stated, “Under Biden’s tax plan, 82% or Americans would face higher taxes.” I went to …
Aspens in fall colors attract leaf peepers at Aspen Corner on the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff. [Steve Chernek/Independent Newsmedia]

ADOT: Stay safe while out finding fall in Arizona

Ahh ... autumn in Arizona. The frost is on the pumpkin, a chill is in the air and sweaters are acceptable fashion. Hey, we can dream, can’t we?

Bradford: Opposes Medicare for All plans

When it comes to health care, most Arizonans want the same thing: lower costs, improved access and higher quality. That’s why I cannot understand how anyone could support a …

Knecht: Voters deserve civil dialogue, integrity

You deserve representatives who run on their merit.
Seema Verma

It’s time to review your Medicare coverage

Medicare’s annual Open Enrollment season is underway, and I want to encourage all people with Medicare to review their current health and prescription drug coverage.

Gallagher: Businesses should have solar power

I’m just curious if anyone has looked into why the city of Surprise does not use solar panels in their businesses? The schools have them, but we all know why. Why not the businesses? For …
Ben Toma

Toma: Why universal vote-by-mail is a solution in search of a problem

Mail voting is a popular mechanism for casting a ballot in the western U.S. Prior to 2020, of the states that mailed ballots directly to voters who had not requested them, many were Arizona’s …

Lux: Questions ‘packed’ high court

In response to Rich Andrews letter (“Calls for confirmation for Barrett,” Daily Independent, Oct. 22, 2020), you believe Congress electing, or more accurately placing, Judge Barrett on …

Payne: Don’t let them ‘California’ our Arizona

We’re seeing millions of dollars flow into Arizona campaigns from California in an effort to change our Legislature and state policies to mirror California’s. Given California’s …

Broyles: Calls out division, animosity

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a nation as divided as ours, which only benefits our adversaries and enemy nations alike. This has become an “uncivil” war, with President Trump …
Glenn Hamer

Hamer: I endorse Schweikert for U.S. House

I am proud to endorse Rep. David Schweikert to represent Arizona’s 6th Congressional District.
Joe Freeman

Freeman: I support Tipirneni for Congressional District 6

Arizonans are already casting their ballots, and voters in Arizona’s 6th Congressional District have a special opportunity this election cycle to send a fresh voice — Hiral …
Amy Coney Barrett

Andrews: Calls for confirmation of Barrett

I hope we soon see Amy Coney Barrett confirmed as an associate justice on our nation’s highest court. She then will be the third justice placed on the court of last resort by our president. …
Mary Kathleen Honne

Honne: Vote to restore integrity, accountability to Legislature

Mary Kathleen Honne is a lifelong Arizonan who grew up in Southern Arizona and has been married to her high school sweetheart for 27 years.
Wendy Garcia

Garcia: I will work only for you in Legislative District 22

Dear Northwest Valley neighbor: My name is Wendy Garcia. I am an experienced radio news director and the mother of two. I founded Indivisible Surprise and helped organize Save Our Schools locally. …

Wagner: Makes plea to vote against Cali liberals

I spent most of my life in California and never thought I would leave. But I left for good in 2016 simply because the liberal, one-party state government drove me out. If you have never lived in a …

Brewer: Arizona seniors deserve a future of economic security

Arizona seniors deserve to enjoy a future of economic security and prosperity for many years to come — and it’s imperative that we elect political leaders who have what it takes to build …
Bobby Boland

Boland: Are earbuds putting your health at risk?

We’ll leave the social implications of this auditory isolation for another discussion, but how worried should you be that your earbuds are causing long-term hearing loss?

Megee: Why don't more people wear masks?

In reply to the comment by Paul Playford (“Too many ignore mask mandates,” Daily Independent, Oct. 12, 2020), we have to agree with him and his wife regarding the lack of people wearing …
Michael Muscato

Muscato: I am accountable to serve you in CD8

Arizona’s Congressional District 8 has a unique historical opportunity to elect a congressman born and raised in this district. This isn’t an election between a Republican and a Democrat; it’s an election between a career politician and one of our own.

Lux: Calls Kirby’s commentary claims ‘untrue’

In response to Pam Kirby’s recent commentary (“We must reopen schools to protect our children’s future,” Daily Independent, Oct. 14, 2020), I’d like to offer a few …

McKinney: Stop Arizona police brutality, debate Sen. Tim Scott’s bill

In July, Phoenix police officers opened fire on James Porter Garcia as he sat in his parked car. Witnesses captured the fatal shooting on video. Following Garcia’s death, dozens of …
Anthony Kern

Kern: Opposes propositions 207, 208 for Arizona

As Arizona leaves the summer heat behind, we are headed into the heat of the 2020 election.

Goncalves: What has happened to civility?

I just returned from the Sun City West Post Office where I was attacked verbally because I have a Trump 2020 magnet on my car. As I was about to get into my car, a woman stopped her car in back of …
Pam Kirby

Kirby: We must reopen schools to protect our children’s future

While Democrats favor political games over the education of children across the nation, President Trump has unapologetically fought for the well-being of our students to safely return to school.

Lux: Wear masks to help stop pandemic

Herman Cain caught the virus at Trump’s Tulsa rally and died. Four people from Trump’s Minnesota rally caught the virus, three are in the hospital, one on a ventilator. And Trump’s …

Tyree: I am committed to serving you in Arizona Senate

Neighbors and friends, my name is Sarah Tyree and I want to earn your vote to be the next state senator for Legislative District 22.

Bale: Supports marijuana legalization

I see all the signs opposing the legalization of marijuana, mostly misleading. Colorado has shown that teen use was down, impaired driving was down and state coffers up after legalization. Facts are: …

Curley: Offers idea to help some voters

I have an idea for the good people. There are residents in Sun City West who are looking forward to voting in the upcoming election and need some assistance. They do not drive and want to vote. …

Boyer: Our community safety now jeopardized

After talking to residents across Phoenix and Glendale, the one thing I hear most is they want safe neighborhoods and safe communities.

Ervin: I’ll work to bring bipartisan solutions

I am running for State Senator to bring these desperately needed values to our Legislature to forge bipartisan solutions to the issues our state is facing and help the working families of Arizona.

Quinn: Wild horses, burros need protection

I am writing to you today to save our American wild horses and burros. The American wild horses and burros are on public land where they belong. The welfare rancher’s cattle belong on their …

Mustacchio: Vaping among my classmates is no longer the exception

As a sophomore high school student athlete I have seen firsthand that people my age who vape are no longer the exception but the majority. I have played sports throughout high school and have …

Knecht: I will work hard to improve our communities

These are tough times — for everyone. Nothing seems normal. It feels like the earth is shifting beneath our feet every day.

Pingerelli: Unwavering commitment to my constituents

This election is consequential and requires a thoughtful analysis of candidates before we cast our ballots.

Lux: Check out groundbreaking tech — masks

My fellow Americans, Amazon has a product that zaps the COVID-19 virus, the cold virus, and even the flu virus! It keeps the virus that floats in the air like dust from entering your body, and …

Strong caregiver-teacher partnerships key to students’ academic, personal success

In the “A”-rated Litchfield Elementary School District, we rely on strong partnerships to offer academic rigor in a caring environment to more than 12,000 students.

Ladera: Calls out campaign sign theft

On Friday, while waiting to make a left turn off of Brookside onto Del Webb, I witnessed a guy on his golf car park at the center divider, who got out and grabbed the Biden-Harris sign that was there …

Bialek: Says Trump has failed, hails Biden

President Trump, you have had almost four years to lead the United States and have failed us by your own choosing. Whether it be in foreign policy and domestic policy, you have not protected the …

With biomedical research, taxpayers getting a great deal

Gilead Sciences’ novel drug remdesivir has shown immense promise for treating coronavirus. Yet every time a company develops a promising drug, some policymakers call for the government to take control of the compound in question.

Hawn: Election makes residents keep to themselves

As a Sun City West resident for 29 years, I’m deeply troubled by the direction we’re heading and it’s getting worse with each day’s front-page headline. We’ve become …
In this Feb. 26, 1934 file photo, state officials oversee a paving project along Thomas Road in the Phoenix area. [Courtesy of ADOT]

Capturing a moment: Paving Thomas Road in 1934

We have quite the talented group of shutterbugs here at ADOT, as evidenced by the quantity and quality of the highway construction photos you can easily find online.

Wilson: Calls for civility in discourse

The recent debate was disgraceful. Moderator Chris Wallace was not able to control Trump’s interruptions. I like Chris Wallace and watch his show every Sunday, but he did the public a …

Prop 207 a sensible, workable approach to marijuana legalization

Prop 207, The Smart and Safe Arizona Act, is a responsible marijuana legalization plan that makes sense to this Arizona conservative.

Lux: Says political process has been corrupted

In response to Coralyn Collins article regarding Don Scott’s letter, you’ve listed the Democratic platform and said it was the Republican platform (Calls support for candidate …
Chaplain Cristiano Artigas answers a family’s call to baptize a hospice patient during the pandemic. [Courtesy of Hospice of the Valley]

Hospice of the Valley chaplains help communities during tough times

The spiritual support that chaplains offer at end of life has always been an essential component of Hospice of the Valley’s holistic care.

Webb: Skeptical? Just read the Senate report

A special thanks to the GOP-led investigation into the 2016 presidential election and Russian interference. It was a bipartisan investigation whose sole purpose was to state the evidence found by the …

Banner Health opposes lifting mask mandates

Rolling back mask and distancing mandates now will reverse gains in slowing the spread. Banner Health, Arizona’s largest health care system, is strongly opposed to any decision or consideration …

Oliver: Grateful for gratitude over poem

To Bob and Lois King: Thank you so much for acknowledging my husband’s poem re: our son (“Grateful for poet’s shared words on loss,” Daily Independent, Sept. 23, 2020). …

Seniors: Get your flu shot this fall — it’s important

Getting vaccinated for the flu this fall is more important than ever.

Swanson: Cruise set to support law enforcement

As I turned on the evening news, I learned that tragically two more law enforcement officers were shot today in the line of duty — this time in Louisville. Anyone in law enforcement today …

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on many stressors, including emotional hardships that can impact the overall health and mental well-being of Arizonans.

Greeney: Calls new development 'wasteful'

Who approved the “Beachfront Resort” in Glendale? Eleven-acre man-made lagoon with sandy beaches! Where is this water coming from? We live in a desert, man. Look around at the fires, …

Some tips to reduce risk of falls and injury

The coronavirus pandemic has changed a lot of things. One thing that’s still the same? Falling is not a normal part of aging.

Bialek: Calls on votes for Joe Biden

President Trump, you have had almost four years to lead the United States and have failed us by your own choosing. Whether it be in foreign policy or domestic policy, you have not protected the …

Adopt a Highway: National CleanUp day is in the bag

This year marked the third in a call to action for Adopt a Highway group participation on National CleanUp Day on Sept. 19, and more than 60 volunteer groups and hundreds of volunteers in 13 Arizona counties displayed community pride by caring for their adopted segments.

Montroy: Thoughts on health care reform

Health care is once again top of mind for voters, especially as Election Day approaches. Like many of us, I have lost loved ones to COVID-19. As a union member, I understand how important this …

Celebrating Constitution Week Sept. 17-23

Constitution Week is celebrated each year Sept. 17-23. This year our Constitution is 233 years old. It has been in effect longer than any other and is the shortest in the world.

Kleving: Says sick should just 'tough it out'

Reading the recent article on making the gyms safer, (“Making gyms safer a constant challenge,” Daily Independent, Sept. 16, 2020). I think you missed the obvious. Like not being ready …

Getting ‘justice for all’ in Arizona

For decades, only people who have been accepted by the American Bar Association were allowed to offer legal advice, no matter how qualified they were to give that guidance.

Cucharo: From New York to the Arizona desert

We moved to Arizona from New York’s Long Island in the summer of 2019 for all the standard reasons. Lower taxes, nicer climate and extremely better “bang for your buck” with respect …

Two Guns’ sordid history off Interstate 40

Along Interstate 40, nestled between Flagstaff and Winslow, is the ghost town of Two Guns. As you drive by, you may see the remnants of an old gas station, now nothing more than a repository of …

Mendivil: Supports Sen. McSally for Senate

I have been listening to the extremely aggressive and negative commercials that Mark Kelly is presenting against Sen. Martha McSally. I find them disturbing, especially when a lot of his quotes …

We’re moving a little faster back into the world

Well, not everyone is moving faster. Parents continue to juggle work and home-schooling responsibilities, many people are without jobs, too many business owners are struggling and the list goes on, …

Goncalves: Calls for president's reelection

An open letter to the person or persons who are stealing Trump lawn signs: I would like to know — what are you afraid of? Is the thought of President Donald Trump being reelected …

Importance of knowing safe surroundings

Do you know a safe person when you see one? Do you know the signs of an unsafe person? Do you know someone in your life who is always telling you what you should or shouldn’t do?

Scanlan: Calls out letter writer as ‘self righteous’

I would like the opportunity to respond to recent the letter by Kathleen O’Brien-Lawrence (“Merchants, masks, money madness,” Daily Independent, Sept. 14, 2020). First, there …

ADOT: Do us a favor and show your support for the South Mountain Freeway

Could we ask for a favor? We promise it’s easier than giving a ride to the airport or house sitting a cat. You see, we were pretty enthused last month when we learned that three ADOT projects …

Hochschartner: Calls for food research funding

I was pleased to learn the National Science Foundation recently awarded a $3.5 million grant to researchers studying cultured meat at the University of California, Davis. In case you don’t …

At-home poisons in the age of coronavirus

The Great Hand Sanitizer and Toilet Paper Shortage of 2020 — our great grandkids are sure to read about it in their history books. COVID-19 has turned the world on its head more times than we …
The first bridge over the Little Colorado River was built in 1912. [Courtesy of ADOT]

Some big bridge history near little Cameron

As Arizona grew after becoming a state, so did the need for trappers, traders and prospectors to cross the Little Colorado.

The importance of the client relationship summary form

As we all know during these trying times with the virus, the upcoming presidential election and all the other issues, our country is now facing more bureaucracy. The latest one in the financial world …

Gettle: Masks worth wearing to save lives

In his recent article (“Mask up to protect lives, protect economy,” Daily Independent, Sept. 8, 2020), Dr. Richard Strand quoted a estimate of 30,000 to 40,000 lives that could be saved …

MCAO: September is Teen Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide among young adults ages 15 to 24 has become the second-leading cause of death in the United States.

Prince: Defends Electoral College

While I wholeheartedly agree with Howie Verrille’s recent commentary (“Resident calls for reform of campaign, election laws,” Daily Independent, Aug. 26, 2020), in which he argues …

Doctor: Mask up to protect lives, protect economy

I want to remind us all that the COVID-19 pandemic, despite some recent improvements, is most definitely not yet over.

Simpson: Travel industry devastated by virus

I’m a single parent struggling to maintain my household while Congress is on vacation after our stimulus unemployment benefits expired. Every business in the country has been impacted by …

Raising America’s IQ raises our prosperity

To achieve comparable economic success this century, and to prepare make our worker community ready to participate in the knowledge economy, mirroring last century’s IQ surge is a must.

Broyles: Laws on dogs have been around a while

This pertains to dog owners picking up their dog waste. As long as dogs have been a part of urban life, cities have issued attempts to control them with anti-excrement campaigns going back to the …

World Honey Bee Day: 40% of species now threatened

World Honey Bee Day came and went, but it wasn’t a celebration: over 40% of insect species are threatened with extinction. Thanks to science, we know exactly why: habitat loss, pollution from …

Brady: Calls for unity among all Americans

Who benefits? One of the most fundamental questions to ask when attempting to solve a crime is, “What is the motive?” Money, power, love? Who benefits? Now, ask yourself, who benefits …

What does distance learning mean for employers?

While government officials, academic leaders and public health authorities are scrutinizing whether it is safe for children to return to campus for in-person learning, many employers are grappling with the related question of what this means for them and their workforce.

Kimes: Some notes on celebrating Labor Day

Since its earliest days, the labor movement has sought to improve the quality of work life, create workplace democracy and participate in employer-employee decision-making. The many benefits and …

Implementation of tenant/landlord assistance programs is critical

Arizona businesses continue to be affected by the economic impact of COVID-19. Particularly hard-hit are those individuals whose business is the ownership and management of rental homes throughout the state.

Nelson: Basic rights secured by sacrifice

Never in my long life could I ever have imagined, after serving my country in two capacities over 30 years, that expressing peacefully a political opinion could endanger my life and safety. So …

Lux: Responds to rebuttal on mail ballots

In the Opinions section, Jean Goncalves wrote a rebuttal stating that there is a difference in mail-in ballots and absentee ballots (“Reader responds to Lux,” Daily Independent, Aug. 29, …

Burgess: What does distance learning mean for employers?

While government officials, academic leaders, and public health authorities are scrutinizing whether it is safe for children to return to campus for “in person” learning, many employers …

Could these two ideas shake up K-12?

As America grapples with the challenges of COVID-19 and the need for flexible models of K-12 education, two new enterprises are quietly rolling out of the Grand Canyon State — specifically, …

Gerstenberger: Get rid of some palm trees

There have been several recent letters about palms. Opinions vary, as do the reasons for the opinions. Many have some truth to them. Yes, young and full palm trees are beautiful. Yes, a lot of …

Collins: Counters commentary on elections

In response to Howie Verrill’s recent guest commentary (“Resident calls for reform of campaign, election laws,” Daily Independent, Aug. 26, 2020), he had a good idea in reform of …

Postal service is an old friend in serious trouble

An old and dear friend of ours is in serious, in fact, life-threatening trouble. This friend predates the Constitution and was born before the Declaration of Independence was signed by our founding fathers.

Bilodeau: Calls for suicide prevention

September is Suicide Prevention Month, and it’s important that we are there for each other and take steps to prevent suicide. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s theme …

Resident calls for reform of campaign, election laws

As we all know we are in election season. Every day I receive numerous letters in the mail asking for more and am forced to watch dozens of negative ads over and over again. I would think we all hate this by now. I think there is a better way.

Kvaran: Says all deserve good health care

I was somewhat disappointed to read Erick Hernandez’s recent letter (“Decries calls for universal health care,” Daily Independent, Aug. 20, 2020), in which he seems to argue against …

Parenting in a pandemic? Your teen is counting on you more than ever

Those of us who have parented teenagers tend to agree that it is not for the faint of heart — I am currently in the thick of it with two teen boys at home.

Hochschartner: Says more cultured meat is necessary

The Farm System Reform Act — a bill championed by Sen. Cory Booker, which would ban factory farms — should include funding for cultured-meat research. For those who don’t know, …

How the FDA continues to fail vulnerable patients

For the first time in recent memory, the FDA is moving at a record pace to remove barriers and speed approval to provide treatment options and a vaccine for COVID-19.

Brucher: Expand use to attract young people

Why not embrace more technology? My wife and I moved to Sun City West last year, after I turned 55. We chose this community for many reasons, one of them being the beautiful mature trees and …

ADOT making significant strides when it comes to traffic safety

Earlier this week, the Federal Highway Administration made public the results of the State Safety Performance Targets for 2018. It was heartening to see that Arizona rated “met or made …

Goncalves: Rejects concerns over USPS

In her recent letter to the editor, Carolyn Oddo is panicking because she thinks President Trump is trying to defund the postal service to affect mail-in voting (“Says seniors must defend the …
Michelle Lind

Lind: Implementation of tenant/landlord assistance programs is critical

Arizona businesses continue to be affected by the economic impact of COVID-19. Particularly hard-hit are those individuals whose business is the ownership and management of rental homes throughout …
In this July 21, 2012 file photo a large dust storm, or haboob, sweeps across downtown Phoenix.

Monsoon season brings bacterial, fungal infections

During monsoon season, Arizona’s unique desert storms may bring cooler weather to the Valley, but they also increase respiratory disease and other health risks for us Phoenicians.
Ed McClelland

McClelland: When it comes to mental health, race matters

As a Black man who has worked in the community behavioral health industry for more than 30 years, I’ve seen a lot. I’ve seen the struggles that individuals and family members go …

Mueller: Applauds governor for foresight

As a retired school librarian, I want to applaud Gov. Doug Ducey for his leadership in creating a strong rainy-day fund for Arizona. His foresight on this issue has enabled the state to invest …
Auto accident involving two cars on a city street

Rear-end crashes are the most common type of collision

Rear-end crashes are, by far, the most common manner of vehicle collision in Arizona.

Breen: Calls out president for USPS cuts

Our president has made it clear that he wants mail-in voting eliminated or minimized for the 2020 election. The timing of his USPS coup is evident. Although Trump has used mail-in voting himself, he …

This little-known law gave birth to Google and more

The Stanford licensing office saw merit in the idea and licensed the algorithm — which was owned by the University — back to the entrepreneurs. The rest is history.

Schreibman: Caring people really do exist

At a time when the coronavirus has impacted us all, there are always those caring and humane individuals who stand out in improving life. One such woman lives nearby our street and has lightened …

Women's Watch: Change is the name of the game today

Sunday, Aug. 2, we saw an example of how great we can be when we work together. A team of people ­— of different races, religions, ethnic origins and genders — came together and …

Wilson: Sports can wait for HS students

Dysart Unified School District students will wisely not be in the classroom until mid-October. However, the Arizona Interscholastic Association wants to open practices before returning. They have …
In this 2019 file photo, Arizona Department of Transportation Adopt a Highway Program Manager Mary Currie, right, poses with volunteers. Transportation officials are touting the upcoming National CleanUp Day slated for Saturday, Sept. 19. [Courtesy of ADOT]

ADOT: Join us in celebrating National CleanUp Day

We hope you’ll join us for National CleanUp Day on Saturday, Sept. 19.

Hochschartner: Calls for cultured meat research

Readers who care about animal welfare should ask Sens. Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema to support federal funding for cultured meat research. Cultured meat is grown from cells, without slaughtering …

Celebrate National Community Health Center Week with us

National Community Health Center Week celebrates the availability of integrated care to treat physical and behavioral health conditions for people in Arizona and throughout the country regardless of their ability to pay.

Evans: Says need to open up nursing homes

Families are feeling lost and confused as they sit on the outside of nursing homes where their loved one resides. In early March, they were told that due to the pandemic they were not going to be …
President Donald Trump signs an executive order during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. [The Associated Press]

Goncalves: Calls for unity during pandemic

I have a question for those people who are very upset President Trump has signed four executive orders regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Were you upset with President Obama when he signed DACA, …

Five years ago we were boulder busting on US 89A

U.S. 89A, an 87-mile stretch between Bitter Springs to Fredonia in far northern Arizona, provides jaw-dropping views of spectacular vistas amid iconic, rugged landscape. It is known for Jacob Lake, …

Ladera: Must vote to save our Constitution

This is a response to a recent letter (“U.S. banner should not be upside down” Daily Independent, Aug. 5, 2020). If you were so concerned about the health and well-being of the person …

Arizona court gives teachers union tax hike an ‘F’

The Arizona Education Association (AEA) can breathe a sigh of relief — not because state courts just threw the union’s “InvestinEd” near-$1 billion tax hike plan off the ballot for the second time in a row, but because the court’s scathing rebuke dealt only with this one instance of the union’s misinformation playbook.

Thomas: Resident warns widows about policy

A warning to widows and widowers. I married a man in 2012 who lived in Sun City, he added my name to the deed of his home and in 2018 he passed away. This week I received an invoice from …

Communities must confront short term rentals

What can cities do to halt the general disruption in our neighborhoods, overstuffed trash receptacles and misused recycling containers?

Tuttle: Fontes should foot bill for ballots

It’s your money. Just in case you have not been keeping up with the events within the Secretary of State, the Recorder’s Office, the county supervisors and the Attorney General’s …
Dr. Kristen Bishop

Bishop: Our bodies are designed to fight off viruses – and they do it every day

Valley residents are continuing to work through the slight declining trend of COVID-19, many are still concerned about the safety of themselves and their families.

Shufelt: 250+ birthdays celebrated each and every month, even in the pandemic

Through the Birthday Dreams program at Arizona Helping Hands, 1,823 children in foster care have had birthdays made special in 2020. More than 250 boys and girls each month have received gifts …

Who is on the front line for families facing homelessness?

Temporary grace and an extension of Arizona’s eviction moratorium to Oct. 31 means we have more time to do our literal “home” work, but there’s no free pass or less pressure on people experiencing a COVID-19 crisis and struggling to pay rent.

Farnand: Please pick up after your pets

Pet owners — please pick up after your pet. Why do you think it is the homeowner’s responsibility to clean up after your dog? Walkers should not have to smell and look at what your …
In this Dec. 7, 1933 file photo, Arizona Department of Transportation work crews use mule-driven equipment to grade a portion of U.S. 60 between Salome and Aguila. [Courtesy of ADOT]

Looking back at days of mule-driven roadwork

Highway construction is and has been labor-intensive, but after we found this photo from December 1933, we couldn’t be happier to be living in our modern, mechanized age.

Samuelson: Calls for shorter campaigns

I’ve often wondered if there is a person out there who has had their vote affected by a political sign that they’ve seen along a street? For me, it is usually a negative thing, like …

Webb: Says mail-in voting safe and secure

Vote by mail, why not? You have to be a registered voter to receive a ballot-by-mail. After filling it out, you have to sign your ballot. Your signature is then verified with the signature that is …
Shannon Clancy

Clancy: Who is on the front line for families facing homelessness?

Temporary grace and an extension of Arizona’s eviction moratorium to Oct. 31 means we have more time to do our literal “home” work, but there’s no free pass or less pressure …

Tips to help older adults stay healthy this summer while in quarantine

While most residents in cities around the country look forward to the summer season, Arizonans try their best to stay cool living through the hottest days of the year, with temperatures rising above 100 degrees and people have a higher risk of suffering from dehydration.

Post: Says Trump violating the Constitution

Since Sept 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitution has stood strongly on its tripartite system of government. The system of checks and balances would prevent any one branch of the federal government from …

Brewer: West Coast anarchy could happen in Arizona if we don’t stand against it

The insanity we’re seeing in the Pacific Northwest would have free reign to spread to the rest of the country under a prospective Biden administration.

Get ready for an American energy comeback

The COVID-19 outbreak certainly disrupted the energy sector, just as it has countless other industries. But these setbacks are only temporary.

Petrell: Agrees that palm trees should go

I read with considerable interest the opinion of Rosemary Abrami of Sun City West (“Writer agrees about removing palm trees") about removal of palm trees from Sun City as well as Sun City …

Meyers: U.S. flag should not be upside down

There is a house on Bowling Green Avenue in Sun City that displays an upside down American flag. The U.S. Flag Code states people have faced legal charges for flying an American flag upside …

Seidemann: Case rates are not best COVID stats

This is from a long-term, all year Sun City resident. The research says the death rate from COVID-19 is .4% worldwide and is appearing the same in the states. In the meantime, the case rate is of …

Elisco: Good things happening despite pandemic

The relentless pace of the coronavirus pandemic has challenged hospital and healthcare workers across the Valley and the country. Long days are spent caring for COVID and non-COVID patients. The …

Good things happening despite pandemic

The relentless pace of the novel coronavirus pandemic has challenged hospital and health care workers across the Valley and the country.

Erickson: You should take that money back

This is regarding U.S. Rep. Debbie Lesko introducing a bill to allow the federal government to take back the money it gave to any Planned Parenthood clinics that received the federal Small Business …

Terros, county collaborate to help justice-involved citizens

Stay healthy and safe is sage advice during this global pandemic, but for some citizens, the path to good health has been anything but easy.

Kasper: Calls whole virus thing ‘shenanigans’

If Trump wins (hopefully) a second term, I would foresee a dramatic falloff in the pandemic hysteria soon after the winner is announced. Call it magic? Or were the faulty testing apperati finally …

Johnson: Masks have value in fighting COVID

I am one of many retired RNs living in Sun City West, and like Joe Vogel, respiratory therapist of 25 years (“People do not want to catch COVID-19”) and the rest of my colleagues, we …

Overdose deaths increasing amid the COVID-19 pandemic

In 2018, the number of drug deaths in America fell for the first time in 25 years; however, by 2019 they began to rise again to record numbers.
Federal officers deploy tear gas and crowd control munitions at demonstrators during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse Tuesday in Portland, Ore.

Wolf: Some advice for protesters in Portland

Dear Portland, You’ve proven yourself dedicated, persistent and courageous. Now, it is time to prove yourselves wise and humane. Your message should be taken seriously and make a positive …
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich speaks at a Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 news conference in Phoenix.

Storms: Praises AG for taking on Big Business

Way to go [Arizona Attorney General] Mark Brnovich! It is really a pleasure to have someone working for the average citizen. I am amazed at what he has accomplished since being elected. He is not …

Tax credit scholarships save kids from inequality

Should we punish needy students at private schools — because public schools promote inequality? The logic may not exactly add up.

Andrews: Not in agreement about palms

I read with dismay Roy Sparling’s letter to the editor (“Remove tall palm trees in Sun City,” Sun City Independent, July 22, 2020). He thinks it is a good time to consider …

Ciccolini-Mankiewicz: Responds to letter writer’s critique

In reply to Ms. Goncalves’ response to my letter (“Cuomo needs investigating, not praise,” Daily Independent, July 7, 2020), I sadly concede the tragedy of thousands of nursing home …
Hospice of the Valley volunteer Rodney Dehmer meets with Tom and Jim Dorr and their father, World War II veteran Chester Dorr, who was honored on the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Their meeting came before the coronavirus outbreak; hospice volunteers now visit with veterans remotely via video. [Courtesy of Hospice of the Valley]

Hospice of the Valley volunteers honor our veterans

Denny Bash is one of 45 volunteers — all veterans — with our agency’s Saluting Our Veterans program. Since its inception in 2011, the program has honored more than 2,700 veteran patients for their service to our country.
Photo by Arianna Grainey

Independent Newsmedia launches collaborative commenting platform at yourvalley.net

The idea of maintaining civil discourse when debating public issues of the day is more than lip-service at Independent Newsmedia. At Yourvalley.net, which is powered by the work of local …
Seema Verma

Verma: Taking action to protect America’s nursing home residents against COVID-19

Nursing homes have become ground zero in the coronavirus disease 2019 COVID-19 pandemic, with outbreaks causing high rates of illness and death among vulnerable residents living together in close …

Cadwell: Summer skincare faces sun, heat…and masks

Summer is here and much like you swap out your winter wardrobe for summer attire, the same goes for your skin care. At Vibrant Skin Bar, our aestheticians and medical providers --- we call …
Mimi Rogers

Rogers: The crisis of the pandemic on individuals who have intellectual disabilities

COVID-19 poses extreme obstacles for people who have intellectual disabilities and thrive on routine, familiar activities, and people, such as family and friends. So, with everything going …

Lyles: Great job Phoenix for a great need in the city

This month, the Phoenix City Council unanimously approved an incredibly important new affordable housing initiative. With Phoenix being the nation’s fastest growing city, and housing costs …

Dickman: Five reasons Gov. Ducey should issue an Executive Order for short-term rentals

Reason 1 As many of us have heard in the media, the governors of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut have issued Executive Orders forcing anyone from Arizona (and several other states with …

Sutton: Forcing face masks is dangerous recipe for people with medical conditions

Kudos to Scottsdale Councilman Guy Phillips for standing up to mandates that violate our Constitutional rights. And he should not need to apologize for using a truthful and factual …