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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.

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.

Leopard: Resident offers other side of flag letter

In regards to the letter (“Resident upset with inverted U.S. Flag,” Sun City West Independent, Jan. 27, 2021), this was written about my neighbor.

Bagnato: Accusation about resident was wrong

In her letter (“Resident upset with inverted U.S. flag,” Sun City Independent, Jan. 27, 2021), Sun City West resident Mary Arnot comes across as if the world has ended because a neighbor decided they want to express their disgust with the current state of political affairs in this country by flying their flag upside down.

Mandel: Disagrees about impeachment sign in yard

I strongly disagree with the opinions Debby Phillips expressed in her letter to the editor (“Resident not happy with impeach banner,” Sun City West Independent, Jan. 20, 2021).

Arnot: Resident upset with inverted U.S. flag

Today, Jan. 19, 2021 on the eve of what we all hope will be a peaceful transition of power to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, I walked in my neighborhood in Sun City West.

Lee: Resident gives check to Helping Hands

Today, my husband, Gerry Connor, and I unexpectedly received a $625 direct deposit “stimulus check” from Uncle Sam (the IRS).

Phillips: Residents not happy with impeach banner

I don’t know who you are, and after seeing the vile, hateful banner you have hanging in your front yard in the northwest corner of our community, I’m quite happy I don’t.

Moran: Resident points out issue at Kuentz Center

I am writing about a safety risk at the new Kuentz pool in Sun City West.

Carter: Many still display flags for Trump

During my daily walks, I notice a few homes still have Trump/Pence lawn signs up and /or fly a Trump flag or hang one on their palm trees.

Enroth: Diverse culture brings new phrases, outlooks

This is in response to Norman Webb’s letter (“Do not force your opinions on others,” Sun City West Independent, Jan. 6, 2021).

Guest Commentary: 2020 was a different one for library

The year 2020 was a different one for R. H. Johnson Library. It started with new director in December of 2019.

Guest Commentary: Rec centers officials continue focus on safety

Recreation Centers of Sun City West officials are following the necessary COVID-19 data in its decision-making concerning closures of fitness centers, indoor pools and other indoor recreation venues.
Gary Cohen

Guest Commentary: Rec centers officials continue focus on safety

Recreation Centers of Sun City West officials are following the necessary COVID-19 data in its decision-making concerning closures of fitness centers, indoor pools and other indoor recreation venues.

Anderson: Court shortage makes it hard to play

All of the outdoor sports venues are currently open, except for the Kuentz tennis courts.

Zavadsky: Doctor does fantastic job in SCW

Below is a human interest story that focuses on the extraordinary efforts one of our excellent doctors here in Sun City West/Surprise went to give me hope for the future.

Beyer: Car driver careless with bike rider

When I was being interviewed for my current job (I’m the pastor of a Sun City West church) the call committee chairman told me, “The most dangerous place to drive is the parking lot at Bashas.”

Starkman: Holiday tree supporters get thanks

On behalf of the SunDome Merchants, the Corte Bella Vets and all our local veterans, we wish to thank everyone for their continued support and generosity for the angel tree program.
Roberta Ezratty

Another open enrollment for Medicare

Question: I know there was a cost of living expense increase but I barely got an increase in my Social Security check. What happened?
David Arend

Guest Commentary: Golfers need to know their options to improve

I am excited when golfers approach me saying, “I can’t hit my driver, it doesn’t work the way I think it should.”

Farnlacher: Resident has interest in electric cars

I read the article on electric cars (“Possible electric cars, shuttle program in SCW,” Sun City West Independent, Dec. 23, 2020) with interest.

Webb: Do not force your opinions on others

This is in response to Raymen Starkka letter (“Merry Christmas not correct phrase,” Sun City West Independent, Dec. 23, 2020).

Folland: Flights, planes have changed since purchase

With respect to Gib Foulkes’s letter (“Buyers should know what they are getting,” Sun City West Independent, Dec. 30, 2020) about Luke Air Force Base and noise, Luke was founded in 1941 during the era of propeller driven aircraft, which were relatively quiet.
Reflections in sky

Foulke: Buyers should know what they are getting

In regards to the letter from Carol McDade (“Concentrate on Sun City problems,” Sun City West Independent, Dec. 23, 2020), please print this response.

Ford: Buy extra, donate to Valley View

I met Jesse Ramirez, Valley View Community Food Bank founder and director, a year ago and am constantly amazed at how much he does with so little.

Fisher: Treat postal employees with courtesy, respect

In this season of thanksgiving and love, I’d like the residents of Sun City West to treat our postal employees in Bob’s Variety Store and the post office as you would like to be treated.

Kirkpatrick: Legion story good but it missed post

This was an outstanding article (“Legion seeking more veterans,” Sun City Independent, Dec. 16, 2020) about the new changes in American Legion membership eligibility.

REID: DASH vehicles sound like benefit to all

I am enthusiastic about the electric vehicle program that was presented to the RCSCW governing board Dec. 4.

Guest Commentary: Be cautious of holiday fraud, theft

This has not been a normal holiday season because nothing in the world is normal anymore as we try to outlive the pandemic that has taken over our world.
A group of Northwest Valley Connect volunteers.

Guest Commentary: Residents invited to join NVC team

We are a leadership team of volunteers coming together each week to build on the essence of what Northwest Valley Connect is all about.

Cowdrey: Owners should take the responsibility

I see the pet owner is back in my neighborhood who sees fit to put their dog’s poop in my garbage can.
Photo by Arianna Grainey

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 …

Starkka: Merry Christmas not correct phrase

Most say Merry Christmas, and they mean well.

Bass: Vaccine administration illogical

We are all excited about the COVID-19 vaccines and the daily updates on the effort to get it to us.
The R.H. Johnson Library, 13801 W. Meeker Blvd., is supported by the Friends of the R.H. Johnson Library.

Guest Commentary: Library friends need help with fundraising

When was the last time you visited our R.H. Johnson Library? Today? Yesterday? Last week? All of the above?

Guest Commentary: Spouses can collect Social Security benefits

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

Sellers: Consider state tax credit for holiday

The political campaigns are (mostly) over, but the annual campaign to attract tax credit donations is in full swing!

Jones: Resident wants people to be on lookout

On R.H. Johnson Boulevard driving home from the store at about 4:30 p.m. with my son the other day we noticed a pickup sitting half on the sidewalk with it’s flashers blinking.

Hughes & Addis: Residents agree CC&Rs need followed

We are in total agreement with the recent letter (“SCHOA should clamp down on CC&Rs,” Sun City West Independent, Dec. 2, 2020) regarding the need to clamp down on CC&Rs to deal with excessive noise.

Koll: Drivers are getting out of control

From my observations, driver infractions are getting out of control.

Behan: Strange animal wandered in neighborhood

Can anyone identify the creature in this picture that was taken on our property adjacent to the Stardust Golf Course, 12702 W. Stardust Blvd.?
Rec Center Show Host Gary Cohen

Guest Commentary: Honoring Greatest Generation Veterans On Pearl Harbor Day Week

We are honored in Sun City West to have Veterans of many wars in our community, but this week we put a big spotlight on World War II veterans.

Peters: Pedestrians have little protection

Thank you for your article (“Street racers invade Sun City,” Sun City Independent, Nov. 25, 2020) regarding street racers.

Crowell: SCHOA should clamp down on CC&Rs

We moved to Sun City to get away from noisy cars, children running in the streets and noisy backyards.

Sun City -- The community that changed a nation

Most people know Sun City and Sun City West as great places to live. Originally catering to retirees, these days seniors still working are as much the norm as not.

Bagnato: Resident does not understand golf rules

I just don’t get it with how our golf courses are being run.

Guest Commentary: The community that changed a nation

Most people know Sun City and Sun City West as great places to live. Originally catering to retirees, these days seniors still working are as much the norm as not.
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