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Melvin: There should be no partisanship when voting for a Pinal County sheriff

Whether Republican, Independent or Democrat — R.I.D. — there should be no partisanship in public safety. Our law-enforcement professionals need our support by ensuring they receive the …

Wheatley/ Goodman: Funding crucial to growth

On Jan. 12, 2024, Governor Hobbs released her Fiscal Year 2024-25 Executive Budget Proposal.
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Wheatley, Goodman: Hobbs must restore SR 24 funds

On Jan. 12, Gov. Hobbs released her Fiscal Year 2024-2025 Executive Budget proposal. While we recognize the state is facing a budgetary shortfall this year, we didn’t expect to see a proposed …
Letters

Join us in becoming an UPstander to youth violence 

When I heard a teenager had been beaten to death my brain simply did not compute. BEATEN TO DEATH IN QUEEN CREEK? As a mother of teenagers myself, the Halloween weekend brought its own anxiety. As I …
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Reveles: Supervisors should lead Pinal County’s political factions in reconciliation

The following statement was made at the Jan. 3 meeting of the Pinal County Board of Supervisors: Three years ago on Jan. 6, 2021, you and I witnessed a day of infamy. The first time that a …
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Experts: Is it OK to pay your employees in Bitcoin?

A trend has emerged where some celebrities, professional athletes, or other high net worth individuals are asking to be paid...
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Will your license fly? Arizona Travel ID deadline just around the corner

Next year might feel like a long way away, but it’ll be here quickly.
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Hettick: Let’s consider the role of women in film industry

The medium of the movies helps to project information, opinions and policy.
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Robinson: It’s time for us to choose better leaders for Arizona

I don’t write this to try and tell or convince you how to vote or whom to vote for.
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Miller: Let’s raise the age for guns, voting to 21

In the wake of the Uvalde, Texas shooting, there is a very strong clamor for doing “something” about gun control.
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Your Community Your Voice

Breen: Does GOP really care about life? What about shooting victims?

How easy is it for us to “normalize” murder.

Bowers: Prison sentencing reform among my key issues

District 4 voters and neighbors! I am a candidate for a District 4 seat in the Arizona House (the district was formerly 28 but was renumbered).

Casem: You can help protect Arizona’s forests from wildfire

As our temperatures warm up, our fire activity across Arizona is picking up and we urge all Arizonans to be prepared and take preventative measures around their property, before it’s too late. So, what does that mean to you?

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 …
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