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Fenstermaker: Signs on Deer Valley spoils scenery

Who made the stupid decision to put up “No Parking” signs on Deer Valley Drive in front of Corta Bella?

Duncan: There are tax breaks for disabled persons

The Mission of the Sun City Community Assistance Network is to, “Connect people with resources to enhance their standard of living.”

Lockett: Resident adds opposition to billboards

I write this one last time to express my continuing opposition to the Loop 303 billboard issue on the Oct. 19 agenda of the Surprise City Council.

Mendelsohn: Reilly letter full of misinformation

The letter from Brian Reilly (“Resident confused about narrative,” Sun City West Independent, Sept. 29, 2021) should have never been published as it is full of mis/disinformation and the newspaper should have fact checked Mr. Reilly.

Gifford: Doctor: Collective approach needed for vaccinations

On behalf of the long term care industry, we appreciate the recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the Food and Drug Administration to approve a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for certain groups of individuals, including residents and health care workers in long term care.

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 …
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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.”

Slade: Fix is lean management for RCSCW

The fact that Recreation Centers of Sun City West is operated in a less than efficient manner has been well documented by many.

Rogge: Cutting fees for rec centers is speculation

I’m writing in response to Darris Larsen’s letter (“RCSCW fees could be reduced,” Sun City West Independent, Sept. 22, 2021).

Gates: We must work together to combat domestic violence in our communities

Dear friends, October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Combating domestic violence is one of the most important challenges we face today, and COVID-19 has only exacerbated the problem.

Herrington: There’s a public health role in creating a weather-ready nation

Many issues related to weather can impact your health. Wildfires spawned by lightning can cause respiratory illnesses from smoke and poor air quality. Flash flooding has led to numerous rescues from vehicles and homes. Last year, extreme heat sent at least 2,414 people to Arizona emergency rooms and contributed to 522 deaths.

Johnson: Village Store gone but crafts will remain

This is in response to Tom McLean’s opinion letter (“Agree that manager needs to go,” Sun City West Independent, Sept. 22, 2021).

Smith: Taxes are unfairly enforced if president allowed to slide on IRS bill

Many years ago the company that prepared our income tax made an error and it turned out we owed $3,000. At the time we were notified demanding the payment, my husband and I had separated. He said he would pay it, never did but didn’t let me know that.
Denise McCreery

McCreery: Support small businesses as collective responsibility

National Small Business Week is a time to celebrate entrepreneurs and small business owners all across the country. Today, Arizona is home to more than 550,000 small businesses, employing an estimated 1 million workers. As a small business owner myself, I recognize the value in supporting small businesses and encourage Arizonans to make an effort to shop small this week and beyond.

Bloomer: Can fitness, exercise protect you from COVID-19? Here's why that's not enough

Can healthy people who eat right and exercise skip the COVID-19 vaccine? A research scientist and fitness enthusiast explains why the answer is no I’m a fitness enthusiast. I also adhere to …
Warren Convoy

Foley: Resident gave lot of help to disadvantaged

This letter concerns Warren Convoy, a low-sighted neighbor living in his Sun City West home alone since his wife passed away about eight years ago.

Van Cott, Cheney: Master plan to be farmed to outsider

Last year’s governing board’s goal of a master plan was unsuccessful.

Musgrave: Homeless criticism not fact in Sun City

I just want to remind readers that the commentaries and letters regarding homeless people are just opinions — not fact.

Statement from Maricopa County Chairman Jack Sellers about the Sept. 24 Senate audit hearing

Members of the Board of Supervisors watched the Senate/Cyber Ninja hearing and the County’s social media team, working with elections professionals, responded to allegations in real time.  …
Recreation Centers of Sun City West General Manager Bill Schwind, governing board president George Kuchtyak and board members Sue Fitzsimons and Jim Young take part in the Sept. 11 governing board workshop.

McLean: Agree that manager needs to go

Amen to Terry Burks (“Manager needs to be replaced,” Sun City West Independent, Sept. 8.

Statement from Maricopa County Chairman Sellers about the draft Senate audit report

You don’t have to dig deep into the draft copy of the Arizona Senate/Cyber Ninja audit report to confirm what I already knew – the candidates certified by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Governor, Secretary of State and Attorney General – did, in fact, win. This means the tabulation equipment counted the ballots as they were designed to do, and the results reflect the will of the voters.  That should be the end of the story.  Everything else is just noise.

Sjolander: September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

With Arizona marking September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, we recognize the COVID-19 pandemic has brought on many stressors, including emotional hardships, that can impact the overall health and mental well-being of Arizonans. It has never been more important for us to stay connected to the people we care about.
Zane Hagen, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office deputy, John Quinn, Traffic, Roads and Safety Committee chairman and Giorgio Giurdanella, with Flock Safety answer questions from the community.

Rose: Other use for equipment in Sun City West

In response to the information about the proposed cameras in Sun City West, I would like to suggest that while preventing crime is certainly a high priority, these cameras should also be used to monitor the continual failure of Sun City West drivers to stop for red lights and stop signs.

Maricopa County Supervisor Chucri: I am resigning effective Nov. 5, 2021

It’s hard to believe I have been involved in Arizona politics now for 28 years. When I first ran for Maricopa County Supervisor in 2012, I campaigned to bring civility, innovation and most …
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