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Rigler: Here’s a new resource to connect COVID-19 patients with monoclonal antibody treatments

Your best protection against COVID-19 is getting one of the safe, free and highly effective vaccines that are widely available around Arizona. Vaccination helps prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19 while helping preserve health care capacity for others who need it.

Women’s Watch: Afghan women suffer more since Kabul’s fall

Since the fall of Kabul to the Taliban on Aug. 15, numerous press conferences and statements by the Taliban have assured general amnesty and respect for women’s rights, but there is a major disconnect between what was said on TV and the Taliban actions on the ground.

Campana: The responsible choice for Scottsdale is to approve general plan 2035

As citizens, we have a responsibility to help guide our elected officials in the making of public policy. This City Council (and several before) continued to reach out to community open houses, …

Smells like witch spirit: How the ancient world’s scented sorceresses influence ideas about magic today

Most perfume ads suggest the right scent can make you sexy, alluring and successful. A blend by Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs, meanwhile, offers to make you smell like Hecate, the three-faced Greek goddess of witchcraft.
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Lamber: Halloween — it's the deadliest day of the year for child pedestrians

According to AAA and the NHTSA, Halloween is the single deadliest day of the year for child pedestrians. They are three times more likely to be struck and killed on Halloween than on any other day. Contributing factors include kids on the roads, costumes that do not reflect light, distracted driving, impaired driving and inadequate supervision, among other factors.

Stratton: Bad policy in Scottsdale’s general plan can have property tax implications later

Ballots have arrived asking for your vote on whether to approve or deny the 2035 General Plan. For the fiscal health and wellbeing of the city of Scottsdale, I urge you to vote no on the plan. …

Kauzlarich: LD23 Democrats endorse Scottsdale’s general plan update

The LD23 Democrats’ Executive Board has formally endorsed the Scottsdale General Plan 2035. Please join us by voting yes on Prop 463. This decision was easy. The level of citizen …
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Whitehead & Janik: Think big with general plan 2035, vote yes on Prop. 463

Scottsdale’s greatest achievements have been the results of big dreams, volunteered time, and strong collaboration between community and citizens. This successful formula is the basis of …

Kirby: A new voice has emerged for school board members, parents

For too long, school board members in Arizona have been left without a choice. While each board is all but required to join a school board association, they’ve been forced to rely on the …

Staalberg: It’s time for city council to stand up for south Scottsdale

I’ve lived in this same south Scottsdale area for over 55 years. I live 50 feet south of the south Scottsdale border, but all my business (ie, grocery stores, drugstores, doctors offices) goes …
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Smith: Confused by what a Scottsdale politician says?

Scottsdale voters should be confused by Councilwoman Littlefield’s Opinion piece urging voters to not support the Scottsdale General Plan 2035. The piece appeared Monday, October 11, timed to …

Cantor: Scottsdale’s mature neighborhoods want to pass general plan

The Scottsdale Edge blog carried comment on the “Vote No on the General Plan” signs and the 501(c)(4) group that provides the dark money support — would you bet that our previous …

Manross: Anonymous Scottsdale general plan mailings, signs spreading misinformation

Who is the anonymous group behind the hit piece and negative signs against the Scottsdale general plan? Who are you and who are your financial backers? If you are unwilling to identify …

Mayor Ortega: So predictable — outsider dark money is attacking Scottsdale

So predictable, outsider dark money is attacking Scottsdale! They want to blade Old Town and encroach into the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. They would weaken our family-friendly neighborhoods, …

Fishman: Disinformation campaigns ought not to control Scottsdale housing

I have followed with great interest the disinformation and vitriolic campaign including videos (funded by who?) regarding the apartment proposal. For instance, the number of misrepresentations in …
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Littlefield: Why I’m voting ‘no’ on Scottsdale’s general plan update

There has been a lot of misinformation floating around about my position on the general plan update (Prop. 463) and I want to make sure everyone knows exactly where I stand on this issue. I voted …
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Whitehead: Scottsdale deserves the best, vote ‘yes’ general plan 2035

Scottsdale’s allure was built on exceptional design standards, world-class amenities, and an expansive amount of protected open space. However, Scottsdale’s current general plan is …

Huizar: Scottsdale Unified School District only serves 54% of its school-aged residents

According to a report by Applied Economics published on March 30, 2021, the decline of enrolled Scottsdale Unified School District students will continue for the projected future. The report …

Kush: I can’t support Scottsdale’s general plan update

During my many years of service on the Scottsdale Planning Commission, there were several meetings where city staff updated us on the progress of the revised general plan and asked us for our …

Ask ADOT: Why are Arizona's highway signs green?

Most weeks in our hectic world, there’s just no time to contemplate everything that surrounds us. But there are times when a question will spontaneously pop into our brains, right between the …

Herrington: CDC urges vaccination for pregnant women

Waiting on COVID-19 vaccination because you are pregnant creates unnecessary risks for you and for your pregnancy. That’s the focus of an emergency announcement recently from the Centers for …

Rigler: Specialists use contact tracing to curb the spread of COVID-19

Friday, Oct. 1 was the 10th annual National Disease Intervention Specialists Recognition Day, the day honoring health care professionals who are crucial in the effort to disrupt the transmission of deadly infectious diseases by connecting people who have been exposed to care and services using a method called contact tracing, which has been vital during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Senators: Let’s keep America’s small businesses open with innovation

As America celebrates National Small Business Week and the hardworking entrepreneurs who form the backbone of our economy, policymakers must do more than recognize the vital contributions of small businesses. Indeed, Congress must redouble its determination to support small business owners and the nearly 60 million workers they employ following a year in which “the pandemic resulted in the permanent closure of roughly 200,000 U.S. establishments above historical levels.”
Rose Smith, who ranked fourth for obtaining a Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board seat, maintaining 17% of votes after initially being in third place.

Smith: Approaching SUSD's divisiveness in a positive manner

As a former Scottsdale school board candidate, I think I have a fairly good perspective of the task at hand for our five elected board members. It starts with the drive and commitment to …
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