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Graves: Everyone entitled to own opinions

Mr. Hendrix, we are entitled to our opinions. Mine are not based on “fake” news. I’m not forgetting 91 lawsuits and felony counts. These accusations are lame! Stormy Daniels, …

Fimmel: A look back going forward

This past year has proved quite challenging. It began by including members in helping develop the annual budget. Members participated in meetings about the corporation’s finances, asked …

Rickabaugh: Trump-bashing gets the country nowhere

I try not to write anything about politics because people will believe what they have been trained to think, no matter what the facts prove. Ward Hendrix is just one of the people who refuses to look …

Marone: MAGA not exclusively Republicans

To Ward Hendrix, the person who’s not looking at the facts! First of all, the only people who died on Jan. 6 were the MAGA supporters. And no, Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick was not …

Sada: Lesko’s natural gas efforts deserve recognition

Representative Debbie Lesko deserves a round of applause for ensuring that the Northwest Valley and the rest of the country will continue to have access to gas stoves. Nearly 100% of gas stove models …

Lybolt: Theater was primarily goal of original plan

I have been following the non-progress of the Mountain View (Recreation Center) issue for the past two years. Many of you know I was on the Long Range Planning Committee while we researched and …

Hendrix: Reader not looking at facts

Once again in the Feb. 7 edition, Beverley Graves proves that she is a victim of the big lie perpetuated by a traitor and his cohorts of wannabe revolutionaries. She espouses good things while …

Kvaran: Government should not dictate education

“‘The time has come,’ the Walrus said, ‘To talk of many things.’” This quote from Lewis Carroll is the gist of this offering. That is to say, how many different …

Chapin: PAC more important than pickleball

In response to the Jan. 31 newspaper front page story, I, yet again, saw the pickleball club monopolizing Mountain View Recreation Center news. I’ve lived here six years and tried to stand …

Broekemeier: Coyote nuisance is growing

Thank you for bringing an important topic to light addressing the Sun City issues with coyotes. While not feeding the coyotes helps in controlling coyotes within Sun City, it is also important to …
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Your Community Your Voice

Pride: RCSC complaint factually incorrect

In Jan. 24 opinions section, Mr. Rolph condemns the Recreation Centers of Sun City board with false and misguided statements. First, I’m not a board member or an employee of RCSC. However, I …

Vosburg: Sunshine Service good for community

Who needs Sunshine Service? The answer apparently is that many of our fellow Sun City residents do. Sunshine Service is a 501(c)3 charitable organization serving the geographic community of Sun …

Grateful: Residents should be grateful of RCSC

The Recreation Centers of Sun City Board delivered the “elements” of the Mountain View Recreation Center project presentation on Jan. 18. They did a very good job of sorting out the …

Fimmel: RCSC moving forward into 2024

The new year brings a sense of renewal and an exuberance for better and brighter times. The 2024 Recreation Centers of Sun City board is looking forward to both the opportunities, and challenges, …

Kvaran: Writer misses the mark on Trump

The recent letter “Don’t believe falsehoods about Trump” (Daily Independent, Dec. 21, 2023) is fascinating because …

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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