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Alexander: Kimsey project hits all the right boxes

Mayor Ortega and City Councilors, I strongly support the Kimsey project at 71st and Indian School, and hope you will support it too. All four members of my family support this project. I work …
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. Social isolation, masks and hand-washing became the norm. Travel stopped.

Ostrom: Colorectal cancer screenings must remain a priority

Did you know that one of the most prevalent and deadly cancers in the United States is colorectal cancer? In fact, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and is the …

Mason: SB1379 needs fixing to address short-term rental issues

Dear Senator Mesnard: Reference: SB1379 — I would like to meet with either you or your staff on SB1379 the important short term rental issue, and fixes to make SB1379 a better bill. As a …

Opinion: What are the intentions of Scottsdale’s City Council?

Good intentions or bad? Three separate issues – all tied to one main issue. (1) Canal Micro-Parklets, (2) the Kimsey Project and Triangle Building and (3) The General Plan and …
Scottsdale City Councilwoman Solange Whitehead

Whitehead: Go time for Scottsdale general plan

It’s go time for the general plan in Scottsdale. Last week the City Council made fundamental changes to better reflect community values and protect our city’s character, quality of …

Curtin: How vitamins, supplements may help defend against negative COVID-19 outcomes

As we continue to face the challenges of COVID-19, we are also learning more about the virus itself, and new ways to defend ourselves from its detrimental and sometimes lingering side effects. …

Kurland: Scottsdale voters love voting by mail, so why is Ugenti-Rita threatening it?

There are so many reasons to be proud to live in the Grand Canyon State — from the “five c’s” I taught to my grade school students to the awe-inspiring scenery that makes us a …

Dr. Matthews: Brush for your heart

Many know there is a direct connection between what we put into our mouths and our heart health. But did you know that the health of your mouth itself is directly connected to heart health? …

Messina: Show employees the love, especially during uncertain times

We often associate the month of February with acts of love. Cards, dinners, flowers and chocolates are given to those we value. As leaders, it’s important to show the love by demonstrating …

Henninger: An opportunity to reunite Scottsdale residents

Scottsdale enters a new year, with new leaders and a unique opportunity to bring the city together and work toward a unified vision. This is entirely possible and if you listen to most citizens it …

Maxwell: Balancing citizen rights with advancing law enforcement technology

This past week I was reading a new book by Jon Fasman, the digital editor of the Economist. His book, We See It All, is a review of surveillance and local police departments. While reading I …

Levin: Loneliness within elderly people, tips for comfort

During the past year, so many individuals have felt isolated and extremely lonely due to the pandemic. According to the National Academics of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, more than …

Shapiro: Personal attention is worth its weight in gold

Thank you for calling ABC Realty. For English, press 1. For Spanish, press 2. If you’re a Californian, press 3 for an expedited response. We understand why you want to move here. If …

Burns: Scottsdale General Plan 2035 back in the political game

The Scottsdale General Plan 2035 update is again gaining political attention and the city has again engaged a study group to revise and comment on the draft document generated by the General Plan …

Gau: Gov. Ducey’s tax cut proposal is out of step with Arizona voters

Governor Ducey’s new budget proposal includes a $1.2 billion tax cut spread over the next three years. This idea, especially when added to the loss of revenue from Prop. 123 expiring soon, …

Rhinehart: The hidden tourist attractions found off Arizona highways

Arizona’s highways can seem pretty desolate at times, miles upon miles of emptiness. Then, in the distance, you see it, a much-needed spot to pull over, gas up and perk up before hitting …

Fisher: The impact of recreational marijuana on co-parenting plans in Arizona

Important questions remain about how the passage of Prop. 207, Arizona’s recreational marijuana initiative, will impact existing co-parenting plans as well as divorce and child custody cases. …

Ohanian: Pack your finances we’re moving to Arizona

We hear daily inquiries about how to relocate all of your critical financial, home and medical information to a completely new city. It has skyrocketed in Arizona. But, there are stringent laws to …

Crislip: Why older adults should set New Year’s resolutions and goals

A new year brings new resolutions for many and those New Year’s resolutions could also lead to some health benefits. According to a report published in JAMA, “setting resolutions …

Alexander: New task force isn’t the answer for Scottsdale General Plan

Passing a new General Plan was widely supported during the past election. Our current plan is 20 years old, and in violation of state law, which requires a new General Plan every 10 years. Last …

Seetharam: Don’t forget about your liver in 2021

2020 taught us a lot, and as the clock struck midnight New Year’s Eve, perhaps we all gave thanks we made it to 2021 with our health intact and with a renewed focus on maintaining it. While …

Opinion: Rethinking Scottsdale’s athletic fields bond project

Editor’s Note: Ms. Sturgeon and Mr. Norton wish it known that although they are active in a variety of civic organizations this op-ed represents their individual thoughts and not those of any …

Castan: The road less traveled of addiction & recovery in Scottsdale

Back in the early spring of 2020 (how long ago does that seem now?), the coronavirus pandemic arrived on the shores of the U.S., bringing with it a plethora of state and county lockdowns, and the …

Marsh: Four tips to get the most out of your workout in the new year

The start of a new year is the perfect time to set new goals. After all that holiday eating, it is no surprise that, according to a YouGov survey, “exercising more” topped the list of …

Kuhn: Vaping resolution opposition a dereliction of Scottsdale Schools duty

I’m writing to call out Scottsdale Unified School District board members Jann-Michael Greenburg and Barbara Perleberg for their opposition to the anti-vaping resolution as reported by Delarita …
Joe Smyth is board chairman of Independent Newsmedia.

Smyth: Brighter days ahead for local journalism?

Our little company was one of the pioneers of non-profit ownership of newspapers. Fifty years ago, we made a few decisions that were, in retrospect, pretty unusual. To protect their independence, …

Shufelt: Community shows its heart during uncertain times

Many are looking forward to turning the calendar to 2021. This year has brought us challenges and issues we could never have imagined, and there are many reasons to want to put 2020 in the …
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Independent Newsmedia continues 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 …
Don Henninger, executive director of SCOTT

Henninger: Thoughts & reflections on the year Scottsdale would prefer to forget

As we wind down a year that we’d just as soon forget, let’s start thinking about what we can do in Scottsdale to make 2021 one that we’ll want to remember. Along those lines, …

Haskell: A very COVID Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the country not a creature was stirring... except various politicians who violate their own mandates. Seems I’m at a loss here. What …

Pinderhughes: Taking care of yourself, seeking care safely during COVID-19

As COVID-19 cases climb again around the country, people may be considering skipping visits to the doctor to reduce risk of exposure to the virus. But the decision to delay preventive screenings like …

Morgan: Bring more love, joy and connection this holiday season

For many people, life as they knew it has been put on hold due to the restrictions we all must adhere to with COVID-19. The days of waiting patiently for life to return to “normal” …

Kurland: Community split over ‘mask-up Arizona’ only wounds state

As we head into the holidays, let’s take a brief moment of introspection. As you do, ask if what you are thankful for, what you strive for, what you dream of, if any of those thoughts are …

Reaves: Applause for the champions of our democracy

Since the general election, Arizonans have watched disjointed and screeching groups of lawyers, politicians and citizens rage against our state’s election process and its outcome. The whole …

Halasz: Grateful to have survived the odds

Opening a new restaurant under normal circumstances can be a challenge. And in this age of COVID may it may seem insurmountable. My name is Laurent Halasz and I am the founder and owner of …

Patel: Screening for cancer in the COVID era

This year has been dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Although we’ve had a lot to worry about, and many of us have put our lives on hold this past year because of it, I wanted to discuss …

Robbins: A letter of thanks to Scottsdale City Council

Thank you, Mayor Jim Lane, Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp, Councilmember Virginia Korte, and Councilman Guy Phillips for your service to our community. You have given your time, talents, and treasure …

Trussell: State success in adverse times

I recently had the opportunity to hear from the Richard Stavneak, director of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee followed by revered economist Jim Rounds at the Arizona Tax Research …

Gentile: Enough is enough - an open letter to Arizona, Scottsdale leadership

My wife and I have been residents of Scottsdale for just under a year. We are a law enforcement family from New York who relocated to AZ — after unfortunate years in Los Angeles. We have …
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