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Brown: Defund the police or redirect resources?

Today, probably anyone with an interest in a law enforcement career has not only fired a gun, but has spent countless hours playing video games involving gun violence. When I grew up, there were no video games period, much less ones involving gun violence. Is it any wonder why officers today have a much higher rate of officer-involved shootings than past generations?

Ball: COA should advise that not condos

The problem I see with the Condo Owners Association giving advice (“Agencies work to solve issues,” Sun City Independent,” June 30, 2021) is that it should begin with informing their members they are not condominiums.

Ferguson: Research all candidates before choosing

We bought in Sun City West in 2012 and moved in permanently in 2015.

Mierzwinski: Tips for consumers using payment apps

The odds are high that you or someone you know have turned to using digital payment apps, such as Venmo, Cash App or Zelle. Originally marketed as a way for friends to split expenses, a 2020 …
Sue Wilson

Wilson: There is still plenty to do in Sun City

Summer is upon us once again. Before I retired from education back in the Midwest, summer meant great weather and time to spend with my sons. Summer still means staying active, but in Arizona it …
Mark Brown

Brown: Back in the classroom — finally

After more than a calendar year of virtual experience and a plethora of Zoom video conferences, presenters and students for the Rio Institute for Senior Learning, programs are scheduled to be back on the brick-and-mortar campus.
Painted targets at Pebblebrook Golf Course, 18836 N. 128th Ave., help to decrease the amount of water used on the course.

Bagnato: Selling golf course not a good idea

In his letter (“Reader offers alternative to watering courses,” Sun City West Independent, July 7, 2021), writer Terry Burks opines on the topic of Sun City West golf courses, our water usage and his idea to shut down one of the courses and sell off the land to developers.

Graham: MCSO does not seem to be responsive

My wife and I attended the last Sun City Home Owners Association Roads and Safety Committee meeting in hopes of prodding the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office into some kind of action on the speeding problem that has become so serious on West Peoria and on other through streets in Sun City, such as 103rd and 107th avenues south of Grand Avenue.

Reilly: COVID vaccines not approved by FDA

According to an article (“Vaccines get thumbs up,” Sun City West Independent, July 7, 2021), the claim was made that “three vaccines so far approved for use in the U.S. have proved to be effective in keeping people alive and out of the hospital.”

Posey: Postgate letter puzzling to SCW resident

I’ve been reading your paper for a couple of years and overall I would say you live up to your printed pledge to the left of your letters to the editor section.
Jack Sellers

Guest Commentary: Why Maricopa County needs new election equipment

Maricopa County announced this week that it will comply with the Secretary of State’s direction and replace the tabulation equipment that was subpoenaed by the Arizona Senate Republican leadership and provided to an uncertified contractor.
Michael LeVault

Guest Commentary: Regarding homelessness, the time to act is now

The state of Arizona and Maricopa County now have the dubious distinction of having the fastest growing homeless population in the nation. What should we do, from a public policy standpoint, in response to this problem?
Manuel Perez cut back the greens with the mower at Pebblebrook Golf Course, 18836 N. 128th Ave., Feb. 1.

Burks: Reader offers alternative to watering course

As you all have read, the Arizona Department of Water Resources has been publishing phases to redistribute water usage over the past 40 years.

Backer: Reader believes vaccine puts people at risk

Mr. Cohen suggests (“Decisions about COVID vaccine impacts others,” Sun City West Independent, June 23, 2021) that the science regarding COVID-19 has been established and because of this everyone needs to do the honorable thing and get the “shot” to protect others.
Kathy Chandler, Northwest Valley Connect executive director

Chandler: For those who can’t get to a vaccine, there is solution

Northwest Valley Connect volunteers have a concern for those not vaccinated, who remain vulnerable to the possibility of contracting the virus. If one should be you, our volunteers have a solution: they have made themselves available for your assistance.
Hugh Duncan

Guest Commentary: CAN offers free benefits assistance interviews

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

Guest Commentary: Resident clarifies suggestions for clubs

I am a Recreation Centers of Sun City West Governing Board director but I am speaking as a resident and not for the board or the association.

Peterson: Rock climbing absent in new rec center plans

Recreation Centers of Sun City management recently revealed their plans for the Mountain View Center remodel.

Linneborn: Still disagree with way fee was changed

I moved here in 2003, the year the Recreation Centers of Sun City board changed the annual property assessment from “individual” members to “household.”
Family having meal at dining table

Sims: Resident seeks times without interruptions

My idea of a good day begins with two-hour breakfast with someone who is interesting.

Braddock: Sun City Poms getting ready for return

The pandemic forced the Sun City Poms to close its performances season September 2020 to May 2021.

Reagan: June 27 is PTSD Awareness Day and this is one soldier’s experience

Sunday, June 27, is National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Injury Awareness Day. It is a day dedicated to raising awareness around the signs, symptoms and stigma associated with PTSD.

Christensen: Fix tax issue to preserve asset

The Sun City West tax issue urgently needs re-framing to ensure a beloved community asset is preserved and nourished.

Vejraska: Sun City West Posse needs more volunteers

This is an open letter to Sun City West residents.
Gary Cohen

Cohen: Decisions about COVID vaccine impact others

In recent weeks, I have encountered a number of people in Sun City West who say they not only have not gotten a COVID vaccine shot, they don’t intend to get one.
Sue Fitzsimons

Guest Commentary: Board, residents need to shed divisiveness

As president-elect of the Recreation Centers of Sun City West Governing Board, I am extremely concerned about the recent unhealthy disruptive atmosphere.

Andrews: HOAs falsely accused; shame CC&Rs put off

I take offense at the Condo Owners Association of Sun City COA newsletter.

Anderson: Coyotes trying to continue in habitat

I just finished reading the article about the coyotes (“Coyotes infiltrating neighborhood,” Sun City Independent, May 26, 2021). I am wondering if as humans we will ever be able to coexist with anything.

Dahle: Residents give assistance at accident scene

We moved to Sun City West almost a year ago and we have found the people to be kind, generous and overall delightful.

Gauthier: Reader wants to know why clubs targeted

My wife and I have lived in Sun City West for three years.

Eaton: Some errors in letter about masks

After reading Mr. Brian Reilly’s letter (“Letter writer misinformed about masks,” Sun City West Independent, May 26, 2021) I did some additional research related to his noted topics.

Reid: U.S., Arizona need voter protection

Let me explain why America and the state of Arizona need the proposed voter protection law known as Senate Bill 1 (the “For the People Act”).

Lynch: It takes effort to be informed on issues

This letter is in response to the Brian Reilly letter (“Letter writer misinformed about masks,” Sun City West Independent, May 26, 2021).

Burks: Management is reason for mess

Mr. Mosely, I read your letter to the editor (“RCSCW needs to get a grip on finances, IRS,” Sun City West Independent, May 26, 2021) basically outlining that the board should let the management team run the operations.

Mortensen: Letter was in response to dare

Publishing a letter in response to a dare resembles a grade-school playground response.

Mosely: Reader has issues with inspections

Several people have commented on the Recreation Centers of Sun City West article regarding their plans to offer presale home inspections.
Toy-Ki Silvercraft club members masked up and working on their projects June 2020.

Bagnato: Knew no one was minding the store

The Independent brings forth further details on the tax snafu Sun City West and its Chartered Clubs have gotten themselves into (“Chartered clubs must monitor financials,” Sun City West Independent, May 19, 2021).

Lee: Club issue not really what it’s portrayed

It’s such a tragedy that Recreation Centers of Sun City West officials are so clueless about 501(c)(7) law.
Marion Mosely

Guest Commentary: RCSCW needs to get a grip on finances, IRS

I find it amazing that in a short three years the Recreation Centers of Sun City West has managed to potentially destroy Sun City West’s community by merely not paying attention to daily financial practices.

Graff: Coordinator offers thanks to volunteers

AARP Tax-Aide has completed the 2020 tax season.

Burns: Restrictions have been ignored

In a guest commentary (“The larger promise of new vaccine tech,” Sun City Independent, May 19, 2021) Saul Anuzis wrote, “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that fully vaccinated Americans can gather indoors with friends and family -- without wearing masks for social distancing.”
Rich Scheirmann, PORA multimedia manager

PORA: The Rejoin Life Campaign

For the past year, many of us have existed in vast silence and a self-imposed isolation.

DORIA: Shocked at state of the world today

When talking to my Sun City West neighbors, fellow church members, local clubs and people from the surrounding area, I found that I was not alone in being shocked and dismayed that our local hospitals did not adequately have basic needs, such as gloves, masks, gowns, etc., stocked and ready to go for any eventuality.
Saul Anuzis is President of 60 Plus, the American Association of Senior Citizens.

Anuzis: The larger promise of new vaccine tech

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that fully vaccinated Americans can gather indoors with friends and family — without wearing masks or social distancing.

Oudenhoven: Mask wearing is supported by science

This is in response to the opinion from Bruce Lamb (“Some employees don’t live in Sun City,” Sun City Independent, April 28, 2021).

Andrews: Mother’s sayings still apply

I recall a couple of things my Mother said to me that I believe still apply today.

Oliver: Want to read about local happenings

It has been my observation of late (several months) that many of the “old” letters to the editors have disappeared.

Elbe: New pre-sale inspection bad idea

Recreation Centers of Sun City West board and general manager just keep coming up with bad ideas.

Abrami: Grass should not be grown in this area

This is in response to the letter to the editor about grass (“Sun City golf courses need more grass,” Daily Independent, April 24, 2021).

Slade: Club, IRS issue shines poorly on Sun City West

Once again, Recreation Centers of Sun City West management along with the overpaid legal and financial consultants hired by the management has shown they appear to be incompetent.
Gary Cohen

Guest Commentary: Safe travels for Sun City West winter visitors

Many of the Sun City West winter visitors have already flown home and others are getting set for the drive or flight home.

Godlewski: Beware of these financial myths, misconceptions about retirement

Many people look forward to retirement and all the enjoyment it can bring after having worked so hard for decades. But from a distance, whether a few years or many years away from retirement, it’s not easy to clearly see what retirement will look like.

Virden: Reader sees much waste in community

In response to your article (“Water committee discusses management plan,” Sun City West Independent, April 28, 2021), we have lived here five years and all we ever hear is things are really getting bad and we really need to do something.

Proven: ‘Ghetto’ tag in Sun City West confusing

When my husband and I — six-year residents of Sun City West) — were vetting locations in which to retire back in 2005, there was so much to consider.
Jerry Bien-Wilner

Guest Commentary: Real state of short term rentals in Arizona

The short-term rental platforms are working hard to spin their recent loss. They would have you believe that they offered legislation to “fix” the STR rental problems that they created in our towns and throughout the state, only to have it rejected without reason.

Schragel: Weird that Cinco de Mayo gets rock music

I received the April 21 Sun City West Independent paper. As I’m reading I come onto page 42 under music.

Bagnato: Variances impacted by decisions

In the Recreations Centers of Sun City West E-News edition of April 14, 2021, there is a link to commentary by RCSCW Chief Financial Officer Pete Finelli.

Guest Commentary: Short-term rentals are a pig in the parlor — with lipstick

Supreme Court Justice George Sutherland (who also was a former U.S. Senator and congressman from Utah) famously noted in the landmark 1926 case of Euclid v. Ambler Realty Co. that: “A nuisance may be merely a right thing in the wrong place — like a pig in the parlor instead of the barnyard.”
: Debora Verdier is a senior member at The Cavanagh Law Firm in Phoenix.

Guest Commentary: Distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine is well underway

Distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine is well underway.

Kapic: ‘For the People Act’ not good for one reader

I have been reading about HR 1/S.1, the so-called “For the People Act,” which is under consideration in the U.S. Senate.

Axelson: Golf course recycle bins are unsightly

We are concerned about the unsightly trash at the recycling bins at Pebblecreek Golf Course, 18838 N. 128th Ave.

Aschendorf: Unbelievable how far down nation has gone

I’m writing in response to the letter from Bonnie Boyles of Sun City (“Reflecting on impotent society,” Sun City West Independent, April 7, 2021).

SCW Foundation Board: Foundation officials give thanks

The Sun City West Foundation board and staff would like to thank our fabulous, generous neighbors for supporting our fund drive this year.

Bohline: Resident upset about inverted U.S. banner

As one of those other “people” (quotes are his) referenced in George Aschendorf’s letter (“People can hang flags on property,” Sun City West Independent, March 17, 2021) a couple weeks ago, I take issue with his support of a neighbor flying the flag upside-down.
Gary Cohen

Guest Commentary: Don’t let guard down on COVID safety

Now that all of the Recreation Centers of Sun City West indoor and outdoor venues are open, guests are allowed back into pools and fitness centers and the mandatory mask mandate has been lifted by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, our community still needs to be careful just more than a year after COVID-19 arrived on the scene.

Proven: Everyone has right to share their views

In response to the letter (“Opinions should not be forced upon others,” Sun City West Independent, March 10, 2021), I would like to reply to the writer who found offense at my opinion from a previous letter.

Seals: Murals have no place on side of homes

We are in complete agreement with Sandra Witt (“Do house murals violate the rules?” Sun City West Independent, March 17, 2021).

Burks: Resident leaves committee after being ignored

Back in the fall last year I joined the Budget and Finance Committee and spent four months moving through the process of reviewing the financial policies and adjusting them as needed.

Nelson: Bad drivers are all over the Valley

I lived in Phoenix for 35 years and experienced and saw rude drivers.
Mike Levine is the first vice president for the RISE Governing Council.

Guest Commentary: How I discovered Rio Institute for Senior Education

My wife, Ronnie, and I moved to Arizona in May 2018 after retiring from work life and desiring to leave Southern California.
RCSCW Governing Board Member Anne Brown

Guest Commentary: RCSCW members invited to participate in budget

Most of us think of the seasons in Sun City West as monsoon, allergy and citrus-picking. But we’re currently in the throes of another important season — it’s budget season for Recreation Centers of Sun City West.

Amaro: Hope SCHOA enforces short term rentals

Thank you for asking for input from Sun City residents regarding short-term rental properties (“Short term rentals on hot seat,” Sun City Independent, March 10, 2021).

Harmer: Vehicles at some homes out of hand

This is my first time taking action like this but as a Sun City homeowner I have concerns as well.

Gray: There are responsibilities to ownership

The idea that anyone should be able to do anything they want with their property is just selfishness.

Powell: Supports short-term rental bill

I support legislation that regulates short-term rentals to owner-occupied homes (“Short term rentals on hot seat,” Sun City Independent, March 10, 2021) during the rental and that renters meet the various CC&Rs that maintain the restricted age limitations that make Sun City an attractive residential choice for seniors.

Forrest: Restrictions were draw for Sun City

We purchased property in Sun City for the relaxing atmosphere, no out of control parties, no noise produced by people who have no respect for others and no cars racing down the streets at all hours, plus property management companies that work with the HOAs to maintain the communities.

Caouette: Short rentals do appropriate in residential

Short term rentals (aka Airbnb or vrbo) are businesses and don’t belong in residential zones(“Short term rentals on hot seat,” Sun City Independent, March 10, 2021). This shouldn’t be complicated, it is a zoning issue.

Aschendorf: People can hang flags on property

Sun City West Resident Frank Bagnato had been criticized for hanging his American Flag upside down.

Witt: Do house murals violate the rules?

I just read the article (“Resident hopes to share home murals,” Sun City West Independent, March 10, 2021) and would like clarification of C&R rules for Sun City West if displaying artwork on your house is permitted.
Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center,

Lamont: Patient gets good treatment at hospital

I recently experience a health issue, which was very serious. This letter is about MD Anderson Cancer Center and Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center, both at 14502 W. Meeker, Blvd., Sun City West.

Bass: No one wants to repeat this pandemic

The pandemic has been an ordeal that none of us want to repeat.
Katy O'Grady

O'Grady: RCSCW runs independent of SC rec centers

The Rec Centers of Sun City West operates independently of Recreation Centers of Sun City.

Slade: RCSCW officials loading up expenditures

It is once again spring in Sun City West; the birds are singing, and the birds in the general manager’s office and Governing Board (birds of a feather?) are hard at work preparing to further pad their gilded nests and bloated budgets by gouging the citizens of Sun City West with unnecessary fee increases.

Good golf starts with the grip

In golf, one of the most overlooked areas of importance is how you hold the club.

Bagnato: Opinions should not be forced on others

A recent letter writer (“Distress has different meanings,” Sun City West Independent, March 3, 2021) opined that I have no right to be distressed with how far our country has fallen in the past two months, and that my flying the American flag as I see fit is unwarranted.
Gary Cohen

Cohen: Much more to learn regarding COVID-19

As I have talked about with Rec Centers of Sun City West General Manager Bill Schwind on my Rec Center Show on 103.1 KSCW Radio, while we have learned a lot about COVID-19 and the vaccines, there is still much more to learn and to be careful about.

Kasten: Watch out for phishing phone calls

This morning there was a message on my landline phone from someone who was obviously very upset about getting phone calls, perhaps multiple times from the same number.

Victor: Relay for Life turns out well

Thank you to all of the individuals who joined us Feb. 21 for the Ninth Annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life of the Sun Cities drive-through in the Sun City West Foundation parking lot.

Hug: Knights offer thanks for food donations

The Knights of Columbus, Our Lady of Lourdes Council 11809, and Valley View Community Food Bank thank all those who helped make the “Give From The Heart” food drive Feb. 13 for the local needy and hungry of the community such a success.

Garcia: Open centers, let people make choices

This is in regards to Mary Pitzer’s letter (“Cases keep rising, what is the problem?” Sun City West Independent, Feb. 17, 2021).
Most of Arizona is covered by local mandates that require wearing a mask.

Lux: Come on, just wear the masks!

The article on the front page says a first-term legislator convinced other lawmakers in our State House to ignore mask mandates. It wasn’t a lawmaker, politician or president who created …

Proven: Distress has different meanings

This letter is in response to the letter from Rebecca Ettien (“No need to be distressed in Sun City West,” Sun City West Independent, Feb. 17, 2021).
David Arend

Guest Commentary: Dance your way to a better golf swing

I have seen too many people lose their ability to “hop around” and “pivot the hips.”
Pictured are Dianna Duvall, MSN RN, nurse, manager of COVID 19 vaccines, with Dennis Fossey.

Heller: Resident has good experience at VA center

The Phoenix VA hospital is doing a good job!

Leighton: Bag supply exceeds mat production

Please do not donate any more plastic bags at this time.
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.

Ettien: No need to be distressed in Sun City West

This is in response to a letter from Frank Bagnato (“Accusation about resident was wrong,” Sun City Independent, Feb. 3, 2021).

Pitzer: Cases keep rising, what is problem?

The recreation centers in Sun City West ave been closed for weeks. Yet the COVID cases increase.

Arnot: Resident sets record straight about concern

To set the record straight and to respond to Mr. Frank Bagnato (“Accusation about resident was wrong,” Sun City West Independent, Feb. 3, 2021) and Ms. Patricia Leopold (“Resident offers other side of flag letter,” Sun City West Independent, Feb. 3, 2021), here are the facts relating to my original letter to the Independent sharing my discomfort and disappointment in seeing the foremost symbol of our country, the United States flag, flying upside down on a high flagpole in Sun City West.
Dr. Timothy Gerhart

Gerhert: How important is vitamin D is staying well?

Staying well requires a strong, balanced immune system combined with reducing exposure to pathogens.

Guest Commentary: Keep COVID-19 at bay after vaccination

The vaccination process continues in our community at the State Farm Stadium, 1 Cardinals Way, Glendale and other locations but everyone needs to keep in mind that after you get your two vaccination shots, you still need to keep COVID-19 out of your lives by doing what you have been doing to this point.
Gail Warmath

Guest Commentary: SCHOA working to protect residents

As the chairwoman of the Sun City Home Owners Association Government Affairs Committee it is my privilege to be a part of SCHOA’s advocacy efforts, particularly as they relate to utility rates.
Raoul Sada

Sada: 2021 brings opportunities for businesses

This is an open letter to all elected officials at the federal, state and local levels.

Blessing: Upside down banner signals distress

This letter is in response to a letter (“Resident upset with inverted U.S. Flag,” Sun City West Independent, Jan. 27, 2021) relating to our flag being flown upside down.

Peterson: SCW fund officials offer thanks

The Sun City West Community Fund officials want to thank the many residents of Sun City West who recently donated to the Fund and claimed their donation as an Arizona Tax Credit.

Klein: Gym closures not the best for resident

I have been using the gym and indoor pool at the Beardsley Recreation Center for the last 14 years.

Spinella: Letters spur reader to respond

Two letters were printed in the Sun City West Independent Jan. 27, 2021 I feel need some response.

Phillips: Letter writer missed point of original message

It is unfortunate that Sun City West resident Jim Somerville in his letter to the editor (“Impeachment necessary to send message,” Sun City West Independent, Jan. 27, 2021) completely missed the point of my comments pointing out the ugliness of an Impeach Trump banner hung on a home in our community.
Hugh Duncan

Guest Commentary: Residents can get property tax refund

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

Scullin: Resident gives praise to Banner team

I wanted to give a big shout out to the Banner team administering COVID shots here in Sun City West. Fantastic!

Joynson: Library Friends appreciate all resident support

The Friends of the Library continue to be impressed by the generosity of our community.
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