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One cannot pick up a newspaper without seeing an article covering the severe housing shortage that currently plagues the nation. Scottsdale is not immune to this problem with housing and growth …
Vote yes and support the Scottsdale Unified School District’s Additional Assistance Override. Your yes vote continues the previous voter-approved funding to support our schools’ …
As a business owner and Scottsdale City Councilwoman, I understand the intrinsic value good schools bring to our community, both in the foundations they provide to our neighborhoods and the educational experience they offer our students.
In October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month brings into focus three indisputable truths about the internet. One, it is an incredible resource that offers a universe of opportunities to …
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Old guys have a tendency to talk about the past. I could talk about being a PTA president or serving on the SUSD Governing Board or serving on the Scottsdale Human Services Commission or even talking …
People in Scottsdale who know me know that I am a strong advocate for public schools. Yet I don’t have any kids in the SUSD school system. Why do I care so much about public education when …
Why should a Scottsdale senior voter approve the proposed SUSD additional assistance override? We don’t have children in schools anymore. We don’t all know the difference between the …
My time as a student in the Scottsdale Unified School District is best defined by one word: opportunity. When considering my peers’ varying paths to MIT, the common thread is undoubtedly the …
When it comes to acrimony, Scottsdale leads the pack. Certain surefire issues — development, parking, apartments, school vouchers, etc. — give some residents a platform to prove the power …
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Jackson: Override funds are important, normal part of paying for school needs

As the treasurer of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, former Scottsdale school board member and parent, I urge you to support the SUSD District Additional Assistance Override. These …

Vaules: 4 ways you can save public education in Scottsdale

Horace Mann, the great trailblazer of American public schools in the 19th century, referred to education as the “great equalizer of the conditions of men.” Unfortunately, the inverse …

Korte: Scottsdale schools' District Additional Assistance override benefits everyone

This fall, Scottsdale voters have the opportunity to enhance the Scottsdale Unified School District’s financial stability for the next seven years. The District Additional Assistance budget …

Kuhn: ESA expansion tramples the will of Arizona voter

I write in response to the guest commentary of Pam Kirby “ESA expansion is a victory for parents, students,” to point out crucial facts missing from her commentary. The first fact is …

Carney: Strengthen our public schools into top choice for families

In 2018, I wrote an article for Raising Arizona Kids Magazine titled “Six Families, Six Different Approaches to School Choice.” It was the story of our family and five others who all …

Ortega: Time to fully fund the Scottsdale Police

Scottsdale relies on 400 sworn police officers to protect and serve our city of 184 square miles. But ranks have thinned due to retirements and resignations to leave Scottsdale for law enforcement …

Rose: The political earthquake in Scottsdale no one is talking about

I ran my first successful campaign in Scottsdale in 1994. Two years later I consulted on the campaign that elected the city’s first female mayor, Sam Campana. Ever since I have been heavily …

Cadwell: Back to school skin challenges

It’s back to school time again! The exciting and anxious energy of a new school year makes August a month of transformation and joy, and we want to do our best to make sure we start the new …

Opinion: Response to Kush

I read the guest commentary by Larry Kush. He failed to mention that he is the senior vice president at Orion Investment Real Estate, so, of course, he will bring up the report that apartments use …

Whitehead: Thank you Scottsdale voters

Dear Scottsdale voters: My sincerest thank you to all that cast their ballots in the August primary. It is an incredible honor to have earned enough votes to win outright and I will not have to …

Cantor: Questions raised as Arizona elections ensue

Here I am again. I have mentioned before that I really don’t like politicians and politics and those who give large sums to those campaigns……and do not want anyone to know about …

Mason: Paying a bonus to landlords for renting to locals is madness

This is madness — now Sedona is paying short-term rental owners a bonus to rent long-term to locals. Why, because STRs have taken up so much of the local housing stock that it is unaffordable …

Fishman: Scottsdale City Council results endorse development dearth

The race for City Council is essentially over. The development resistors have won. Kathy Littlefield, and her progeny… either Barry Graham or Pamela Carter will become members of the …

Marsh: 4 back-to-school tips to ensure kids get the most out of school year

For most of us, life is getting back to normal, or at least a new normal, which means kids are heading back into the classroom for in-person learning. Children are exposed to thousands of germs …

Klapp: Rise of antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’ cause concern for the next pandemic

As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, experts continue to debate what could have been done to better mitigate and address this deadly virus. What’s not up for debate is that we must do …

Kush: The multifamily impact on the environment

Like many people, I follow the social media site Next Door as it can often keep me informed on what’s going on in my immediate neighborhood. The problem is, like many social media sites …

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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