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Letters: Reader opposed to permits for free speech

The city wants citizens to get a permit for political free speech?
Jim Dean

Dean: Middle schools expand school choice in DUSD

In the Dysart Unified School District, we have been and continue to be dedicated to providing extraordinary experiences to our students.
Skip Hall

Hall: Mayor Newsletter — January 2021

As we enter the new year, I would like to extend warm wishes and gratitude to our community.
Roland Winters

Winters: District 1 Newsletter — January 2021

Well a big shout out to my constituents in District 1, and indeed every resident in this great city in which we are lucky to live in, and a happy and safe New Year to all.
Patrick Duffy

Duffy: District 3 Newsletter — January 2021

Happy New Year. We have made it to 2021, and there are still many great things happening in the city of Surprise.
Terry Young

Young: Citizens Patrol lends extra ‘eyes and ears’

The Surprise Police Department is a municipal law enforcement agency with an authorized workforce of 204 employees.
Chris Judd

Judd: District 6 Newsletter — January 2021

A new eight-acre park at Greenway Road and Parkview Place will begin design in June of 2021. This new park will provide more programmable and rental field space. In addition to the new park, …
Jack Hastings

Hastings: District 5 Newsletter — January 2021

There is no denying that 2020 has been a challenging year, but we still have many things to celebrate.
Ken Remley

Remley: District 4 Newsletter — January 2021

The city of Surprise has experienced better-than-expected one-time revenues in Fiscal Year 2020 thanks to strong growth in housing permits and retail sales collections.
Skip Hall

Hall: New Year to bring good things for Surprise

As we enter the new year, I would like to extend warm wishes and gratitude to our community.
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 …
Sharon Connors

Connors: Gratitude can improve your life over holidays

The first snow descended on the Midwest by Thanksgiving most years.

Letters: DUSD's self-promotion is getting old

Does anyone have the impression that the Dysart Unified School District is using up all the oxygen in the room?

Letters: Street racers not limited to Sun City

We read with interest your recent article (“Street racers invading Sun City,” Surprise Independent, Dec. 9).

Letters: Community pools math just doesn’t add up

About two months back, you wrote an article about lack of pools in Surprise. In that article you stated for a community of 1,000 homes the additional cost would be $10 per month.
Quinn Kellis

Kellis: DUSD thanks voters for override approval

I want to thank our community for taking the time to vote in the recent general election.
Nancy Hayden

Hayden: District 2 Newsletter — December 2020

It has been my honor to serve the city of Surprise for the past three years. How little did I know that reaching out to serve my community would complete me.
Jack Hastings

Hastings: District 5 Newsletter — December 2020

The Surprise Police Department has received their fifth accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA).

Letters: District already wasting our hard-earned money

While perusing this week's Surprise Independent, I was flabbergasted to see a paid advertisement from Dysart Unified School District.
Ken Remley

Remley: District 4 Newsletter — December 2020

I recently had the opportunity to tour the City of Surprise’s new Public Works Operations Facility. The facility was partially funded by the voter-approved 2017 General Obligation Bond. This …
Skip Hall

Hall: Mayor Newsletter — December 2020

As 2020 draws to a close, I wanted to take this last opportunity of the year to publicly thank you — the residents of Surprise — for your patience and support this trying year.
Roland Winters

Winters: District 1 Newsletter — December 2020

A big shout out to the residents of this great city we live in.
Patrick Duffy

Duffy: District 3 Newsletter — December 2020

Due to rising COVID-19 case numbers, city of Surprise City Council and all city boards and commissions meetings have been reclosed to in-person attendance until further notice.
Chris Judd

Judd: District 6 Newsletter — December 2020

To protect public health amidst rising COVID-19 cases, beginning Dec. 1, and until further notice, city of Surprise public meetings will close to in-person attendance.
new van will help Northwest Valley Connect assist residents with transportation.

Northwest Valley Connect serves needs of community

Across the country and our communities, people are isolated because of social distancing, a COVID-19 health and safety practice to prevent contracting the virus.

Chamber wants politicians to focus on relief

With the election behind us, now is the time for governing, and there is no shortage of issues that demand Washington’s and our state’s attention.
Roland Winters

Winters: District 1 Newsletter — November

Hi to all of the residents in this great city we call Surprise.
Jack Hastings

Hastings: District 5 Newsletter — November

I am thankful and honored to have been elected as your District 5 representative.
George Van de Langeryt

Veterans Day is a time for celebration

At 11 o'clock on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the guns fell silent, marking the end of the Great War in Europe. The day is remembered as Armistice Day as proclaimed by President Wilson in 1919.
Ken Remley

Remley: District 4 Newsletter — November

Arizona Charter Academy started in-school attendance on Oct. 20, and I was thankful to be there to welcome students back.
Nancy Hayden

Hayden: District 2 Newsletter — November

November starts the season of thankfulness and gratefulness, from honoring our veterans to gathering as families and friends to count our blessings, this truly is a special season.
Skip Hall

Hall: Mayor Newsletter — November

Fall is here, and we finally get relief from the heat.
Patrick Duffy

Duffy: District 3 Newsletter — November

We were not able to have a veterans parade this year, but please take a moment on Nov. 10 through 12 to drive along Bullard Avenue and see the decorated signs thanking and celebrating veterans.
David Sanders

Sanders: It was an honor to serve you

I can remember walking into the city council chamber in December 2018 for a special city council meeting that would determine who would fill the vacancy in District 5. 
Chris Judd

Judd: District 6 Newsletter — November

We would prefer to have a Veterans Day Parade again this year, but due to the pandemic, we had to get creative.

Letters: Local parent supporting DUSD override

As a proud Dysart Unified School District parent, local business owner and former governing board member, I support the need for strong schools that continue providing a quality education for the children of our community. 

Letters: DUSD has exceled for generations

As a family with many generations living in and around Old Surprise and attend Dysart Unified School District schools. I appreciate that all of the kids in our family are learning, growing and becoming successful adults as a result of their education in Dysart schools. 

Letters: Realtor firmly voting ‘yes’ on DUSD override

As a realtor serving the West Valley, I am often asked by my clients “where are the best schools?”

Letters: Funding for students needs to continue

Here at the Dysart Community Center, we understand that a child’s education is critical to their personal enrichment and success. Adequate funding is paramount for a school district to deliver the best education possible to that child.
John Croteau

DUSD is a top employer for community

Did you know that with more than 2,700 staff members the Dysart Unified School District is the largest employer in the city of Surprise and El Mirage?

Letters: Good schools mean higher property values

As a local real estate agent, I know the Dysart Unified School District is one of the more desirable neighborhoods in West Valley.

Letters: Political sign vandalism needs to stop

The saga of political signage vandalism continues.

Letters: Mask mandate should be followed by all

In reply to the comment by Paul Playford, we have to agree with him and his wife regarding the lack of people wearing masks in the city as the city does have a mask mandate.

Letters: Just say ‘no’ to keeping district’s school tax

This is an argument against Dysart Unified #89 budget override for the Nov. 3 election.

Letters: Mankiewicz gives his response to Grim letter

In reply to Raymond Grim’s response to my letter of Sept. 23, I urge Mr. Grim to go to the documents rather than relying on hearsay and talking points.
Thomas Lasco

Public schools think too highly of themselves

As has been said repeatedly, “more money does not guarantee a good education.” It seems that this is a difficult concept to grasp for some people.

Letters: Former mayor takes exception to Grim letter

I left the city of Surprise and returned to private life nearly two years ago. But no one should be surprised that I remain interested in the health and long-term success of the city.

Brewer: Arizona seniors deserve a future of economic security

Arizona seniors deserve to enjoy a future of economic security and prosperity for many years to come — and it’s imperative that we elect political leaders who have what it takes to build …

Letters: Too many ignore requests to wear masks

My wife and I went to a restaurant in Surprise for dinner yesterday.

Letters: Sad to see woman without mask in photo

I’m very disappointed in the Sept. 30 front page Costco photo. Why would you select a person removing their face mask, in a store, for a front-page image?
Roland Winters

Winters: District 1 Newsletter — October

Well, hello again to all the residents in District 1 and, indeed, to every citizen of this great city we are all blessed to live in.

Letters: City needs to be smarter where businesses go

I read with interest the Letter to the Editor from Merrill Edelstein on this topic in the Sept. 30 edition, and could not agree with her more.

Letters: Independent is pushing pro-tax propaganda

On Sept. 30, the Surprise Independent published an issue that is best described as a massive pro-tax-hike propaganda piece. 

Letters: Good education is what is important

Given this pandemic, which has adversely impacted all of our lives, it’s important that we keep our eyes on things that are important — one of which is providing our children an excellent educational system that produces high-quality, student graduates which helps them be successful in this ever-changing world. 

Letters: It’s time to pay it back to today’s students

We are retired. Our kids are grown. So, you might say we don’t have a dog in this fight [for the Dysart Unified School District override], but we most certainly do, and so do our friends and neighbors who chose to live in one of the greatest communities in the country.

Letters: Dysart USD serves children of Luke AFB

When I think about the Dysart Unified School District, I can’t help but think of Luke Air Force Base. Luke AFB is a driving force in Arizona’s economy and a linchpin for our national security.

Letters: Voting ‘yes’ on override is ‘no-brainer’

The business growth we have been fortunate to see in our community works in tandem with having excellent schools. Dysart schools play a significant role in attracting and retaining businesses, providing job opportunities and protecting our property values by providing an excellent quality of education.

Letters: Schools are still severely underfunded

The Dysart Unified School District has done a remarkable job for our kids thanks to community support. I was proud to chair the successful 2015 override, yet our schools today remain seriously underfunded as we face tremendous growth in our community.
Patrick Duffy

Duffy: District 3 Newsletter — October

City Council Meetings reopened to in-person public participation City Council meetings have been reopened to in-person public participation. In order to continue to adhere to CDC guidelines, …
Marc Demers

Demers: Public should reject school tax

My wife and I moved to El Mirage in 2011. We were in our 50s, our boys were grown, and it was just the two of us. Life was peaceful and quiet.
Chris Judd

Judd: District 6 Newsletter — October

Firestone Complete Auto Care opened a new store, located at 13475 N. Litchfield Road, on Aug. 21. Mayor Hall and I had the privilege to cut the ribbon. Welcome to Surprise.

Letters: Most people are against keeping tax in place

I am a reader of the Surprise Independent and was displeased by the Wednesday, Sept. 30 issue Opinions section. Your paper pledges (or should pledge) to be unbiased and fair and balanced in reporting on particular issues and viewpoints.
David Sanders

Sanders: District 5 Newsletter — October

The application for the Surprise Small Business Relief Grant is now available.

Letters: It’s time to leave dark days of past behind

I’m responding to Leo Mankiewecz’s letter to the editor from the Sept. 23 edition of the Surprise Independent. I’ve read his letters a few times and I need to correct him on a couple of items.

Letters: Funding critically important to schools’ future

I believe in public education and I personally witness the importance of how a great education system and strong partnerships help our local economy.
Ken Remley

Remley: District 4 Newsletter — October

Public Participation at City Council Meetings City Council meetings have been reopened to limited in-person public participation. In-person participants will be required to wear a facial covering …

Letters: El Mirage councilman says override needs to pass

As a Marine veteran and a city councilman, I’ve been very proud to serve my community.
Nancy Hayden

Hayden: District 2 Newsletter — October

It has been difficult not being able to host my regular meetings with all of you. I miss being able to personally share all the new exciting things going on in our city.

Letters: Children are at stake with override vote

I serve on the El Mirage City Council because I want what is best for our children and our neighborhoods.
Ken Hicks

Hicks: School finance complexity can be good

School finance in Arizona is complicated. This can be looked at as both good and challenging.

Letters: DUSD override benefits all in community

Why should I vote for the Dysart Unified School District proposed override and school bond? My children are grown and my family does not benefit from this expense?

Letters: Mayor details importance of local schools

We recognize the key role that quality schools play in attracting businesses and economic opportunities to our area. We need good schools to train the quality, competitive workforce for companies to hire to support our area’s long-term success.

Letters: Father of 3 saying 'yes' to override

With three daughters who are products of Dysart schools, I am proud to support the Dysart override. I have seen firsthand what a quality education Dysart provides and as each one graduates and moves on to higher education opportunities, I know I made the right choice by choosing Dysart. 

Letters: Youngtown mayor favors DUSD extension

As a mayor in the northwest Valley and former chair of the Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Council, I’m a strong advocate for regional cooperation — particularly when it comes to attracting jobs, improving infrastructure and maintaining our quality of life. There is no doubt that education plays an important part in our ability to grow and thrive as a region.
Beth Maloney

Maloney: Dysart district students deserve continuing tax

This year, the Dysart Unified School District will celebrate its 100th anniversary. It is amazing to think how much our community has grown and changed over a century.

Letters: Many reasons to vote ‘yes’ for override

As many know, I am very proud of the education I received and I am a proud Dysart alumnus. The Dysart override is a continuation of property tax already in place.

Letters: Delgado supporting school tax vote

I have been and will always be on the side of the children as they are our future. As a council member, we are constantly striving to bring good paying jobs to El Mirage so it is essential that we produce a well-educated work force to fill those positions.

Letters: Surprise is still lacking visionary government

We were dismayed to read the news of [City Councilman-elect Jack] Hastings’ demand for [Councilman] David Sanders to resign early.

Letters: Sanders should make way for Hastings

Pam Griisser wrote that she thought it was wrong that Jack Hastings asked David Sanders to step down because Sanders should finish out his term.
Merrill Edelstein

Edelstein: It's exciting to get back to arts events

There is a light at the end of this tunnel. 2020 has been the most challenging year of our lives (at least most of us anyway). It is my hope that this finds everyone well and getting back to some sense of normalcy.

Letters: Hastings’ push to remove Sanders is wrong

I find it very strange that Jack Hastings wants David Sanders to let him take over the council seat early.

Letters: Override would mean higher property taxes

Last November, Dysart Unified School District’s override was rejected by voters with 57% voting “no.” The override funding currently in place from the 2015 Override election is …

Letters: Educator wants override funds to continue

My family has resided in Surprise for more than 12 years. We were drawn to the area because of its reputation for top-quality schools.
Roland Winters

Winters: District 1 Newsletter — September

Hello again to all the great folks in District 1 and indeed in the city of Surprise.I hope everyone is doing OK considering these special trying times. I do want to start off on a positive note in …

Letters: DEA backs DUSD override issue in November

We are writing to inform you that the Dysart Education Association has voted.
David Sanders

Sanders: District 5 Newsletter — September

The Surprise City Council voted Tuesday night to disperse $430,000 in funding to address coronavirus-related community and business needs.
Ken Remley

Remley: District 4 Newsletter — September

Construction will be starting very soon on the relocation of the Gaines Park Youth Baseball Field.

Letters: DEF gives its reasons for override passage

Dysart Education Foundation (DEF) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1985 to support student learning in the Dysart School District.
Quinn Kellis

Kellis: DUSD celebrates 100 years of excellence

Although the school year began remotely for the first time in history, it is somehow novel that we are also celebrating the Dysart Unified School District Centennial year.
Patrick Duffy

Duffy: District 3 Newsletter — September

City Council voted to disperse $430,000 in funding to address coronavirus-related community and business needs.
Chris Judd

Judd: District 6 Newsletter — September

Revised development & design standards Members of the public and community stakeholders now have the opportunity to provide comments related to the Land Development Ordinances (LDO) and the …
Nancy Hayden

Hayden: District 2 Newsletter — September

Welcome to September. We are definitely going through some hard times due to the heat and COVID-19.

Letters: Fire Fighters want to keep DUSD override

The mission of the Surprise Fire Fighters Association is to protect life and property, while providing the highest level of emergency services to the citizens, visitors, and businesses in our community.

Letters: Police support keeping DUSD override tax in place

The Surprise Police Employees Association represents the sworn and civilian employees of your Surprise Police Department and we support the Dysart Unified School District override.
Alyson Cline

Cline: I'm ready to get to work

This month marks the 100th year of women having the right to vote. My grandmother marched in support of this right. My mother was born in 1929. By then women had earned the right to vote and to own property in their own name.

Many parts of voting system need change

As we all know, we are in election season. Every day I receive numerous letters in the mail asking for money, and am forced to watch dozens of negative ads. Over and over again.
Jack Hastings

Hastings: I'm thankful for election win

We did it. Thank you Surprise residents. This victory is not just about me, it’s about all of us.

Good education makes for great community

I couldn’t help but be disappointed by Mortimer Snerd’s published opinion in the Aug. 12 paper. He wants DUSD to “do less with more” and suggests cutting arts, sports and cultural programs as the way to keep property taxes low.
Quinn Kellis

Kellis: DUSD schools are ready to start

The 2020-2021 school year is here, and what a unique 100th Anniversary school year it will be.
Roland Winters

Winters: District 1 Newsletter — August

Hi and a big shout out to all my friends and neighbors in this great city we have the good fortune to live in.

Letters: Assurances on Dale Road work seem like all talk

To start, drive out Grand Avenue, take a right on 163rd Avenue, go four miles, take a left on Dale Road.

Letters: All sports can wait for high school students

The Arizona Interscholastic Association wants to open practices before returning [to school]. They have stated that health and safety is important, but is it really?
Ken Remley

Remley: District 4 Newsletter — August

The Surprise Resource Center is open and available to assist those with social service needs.
Skip Hall

Hall: Mayor Newsletter — August

I am honored to represent Surprise, and I want to reiterate my commitment to serving you. I am confident that we have a united and talented team of staff and leadership in place to continue to move this city forward.
Patrick Duffy

Duffy: District 3 Newsletter — August

It is not too late to sign up for the City of Surprise Parks and Recreation Fall Sports Leagues.

Letters: Grand plan still needed for Surprise City Center

I read with interest Scott Phillips’ Guest Commentary in this week’s edition regarding progress in City Center development efforts. Interestingly, he points to “nearly $100 million of capital investment in the City Center over a 36 month period.”
Scott Phillips

Phillips: City Center still moving despite events

In January 2020, we were all enjoying momentum. The Greater Phoenix region in particular had strong economic growth in jobs, home values, wages, and many other metrics, and new opportunities seemed to abound, especially in the West Valley.
Chris Judd

Judd: District 6 Newsletter — August

U.S. Census Bureau workers are visiting homes to interview households that have not responded to the Census.
David Sanders

Sanders: District 5 Newsletter — August

If you have not yet responded to the Census, there is still time. It is critical that the city has an accurate Census count.
Nancy Hayden

Hayden: District 2 Newsletter — August

The August heat is certainly upon us, and with all the uncertainty that surrounds us, at least we can count on our beautiful, but hot, Arizona weather.
Kawika Henderson

Henderson: I feel I'm the right choice for Surprise

Guest commentary from Kawika Henderson, a write-in candidate in District 5 for the Surprise City Council, in advance of Aug. 4 city elections.

Letters: Fountain will keep residents safe from virus

This endorsement may come a bit late. By the time it is published, if it is published, we will only be a few short days away from our local election (Aug. 4).

Letters: Duffy, Hall spark provoking conversations

I work at Spencer’s Place and have noticed over the last couple of months that Councilman Duffy has held his D3 meetings at our coffee shop. 

Letters: Sanders has qualities for reelection

We are writing in support of David Sanders for District 5 councilman. 

Letters: Norberg fared the best in Chamber forum

Bravo, Greg Norberg,You did a great job on the [Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce] forum and really brought out how our current councilman is truly failing our city.

Letters: Hastings is setting self apart from pack

These last few months I have been undecided on who to vote for for Surprise City Council District 5.

Letters: Duffy has my vote for his effective work

I would like to go on record as endorsing Patrick Duffy for District 3 City Council for the city of Surprise.

Letters: Cline has shown she has what it takes to lead

Alyson Cline cares about Surprise and will work very hard to make this city the best it can be.

Letters: Duffy has been given chance to serve and failed

Liar, liar Patrick Duffy. I’ve never heard a politician bloviate quite like Duffy.

Letters: Sanders’ skills are benefits to entire city

Surprise Councilmember David Sanders worked for the approval of an incentive agreement to further City Center development.

Letters: Fountain won’t keep district’s residents safe

I wanted to educate myself about the candidates running for the Surprise City Council District 2 seat.

Letters: Duffy doesn’t deserve to be reelected

I saw a post about [Surprise City Councilman] Patrick Duffy that said he was “committed to the community.”

Letters: Cline set herself apart in EPIC interviews

We’ve now been given multiple opportunities both in written and social media, to get to know our candidates, Aly Cline and Wendell Fountain.

Letters: Trump helps Fountain get another vote

I want to thank Mr. Verrill for his letter published on July 8 in the Surprise Independent as I wasn’t sure who to vote for in District 2.
Cheryl Packham

Packham: Surprise should enhance ‘Resident Experience’

Guest commentary from Cheryl Packham, a write-in candidate for Surprise mayor, in advance of Aug. 4 city elections.

Letters: Reader opposed to anti-Trump views of letter

My comments are in response to Howard Verrill’s comments regarding the candidacy of Wendell Fountain and President Trump.

Letters: Duffy is showing hypocrisy with his election signs

The city of Surprise told my sister to take down her sign for her business because the one sign violated the city’s new revamped sign code.

Letters: Several reasons to reelect Duffy in District 3

I would like to urge voters to support and vote for Patrick Duffy in his reelection.

Letters: NY governor doesn’t deserve praise for COVID

A recent letter writer critized Surprise Mayor Skip Hall and Councilman David Sanders for not staying safe, thereby testing positive for the COVID-19. This is her opinion and she is entitled to it.

Letters: Duffy puts in hard work to earn my vote

I am writing a letter in support of the reelection of Patrick Duffy.
Skip Hall

Hall: Mayor Newsletter — July

The city just ended FY20 and embarked on FY21 on July 1. As we begin our new fiscal year and reflect on the last six months of 2020, I have no doubt that we are all thinking “what a year” it has been.

Letters: It’s impressive Hastings makes house calls

I am supporting Jack Hastings for Surprise City Council District 5.
Chris Judd

Judd: District 6 Newsletter — July

It is my goal to ensure you receive a monthly newsletter containing important city updates as well as upcoming events.

Letters: Duffy deserves to be re-elected in District 3

I am proud to be a supporter of Patrick Duffy for Surprise City Council. 
Roland Winters

Winters: District 1 Newsletter — July

A big shout out to all my fellow Surprise residents, as we started off June we went right into our first Council meeting on June 2.
Jack Hastings

Hastings: Lifelong resident wants to serve Surprise

Guest commentary from Jack Hastings, a candidate for Surprise City Council, in advance of Aug. 4 city elections.

Letters: Hastings brings many concerns to Council race

As a resident who loves Surprise, it is good to see the city moving in the right direction. Political volatility is high and trust in public officials is low.
David Sanders

Sanders: District 5 Newsletter — July

As always, it is my goal to email you a monthly newsletter with information regarding current events and items that may be of interest to you.
Ken Remley

Remley: District 4 Newsletter — July

Greetings to my District 4 residents. I hope this newsletter finds you all safe and healthy.

Letters: Fountain’s love for president is a big turnoff

Wendell Fountain seems to trust [President] Trump so much I hope he didn’t inject himself with disinfectant. 
Patrick Duffy

Duffy: District 3 Newsletter — July

I am honored to serve the residents of District 3 and I am always available for questions, concerns or comments. Please follow me on Facebook or email me directly at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov.

Letters: Sanders checks all the boxes for D5 election

It takes special individuals to start the spark, to light the fire, to support and raise our children’s expectations for themselves, and to never give up on them.
Nancy Hayden

Hayden: District 2 Newsletter — July

I hope that this update finds you safe and healthy. I am looking forward to meeting with everyone again when it is safe to do so.

Letters: Choice in D3 isn’t tough for one reader

We need leadership on the City Council that brings foresight to the future of Surprise. Greg Norberg is the best man for that job. 
Alyson Cline

Cline: Candidate wants to ‘work for you’

Guest commentary from Alyson Cline, a candidate for Surprise City Council, in advance of Aug. 4 city elections.
Alyson Cline

Cline: Candidate wants to ‘work for you’

Guest commentary from Alyson Cline, a candidate for Surprise City Council, in advance of Aug. 4 city elections.

Letters: Norberg is right man for job in growing city

We need leadership on the City Council that brings foresight to the future of Surprise. Greg Norberg is the best man for that job.

Letters: Cline seems like good choice in D2

Please support Alyson Cline with your vote for District 2.

Letters: COVID-19 raises voting security concerns

As a Surprise resident, and Stanford student, I am deeply concerned about voting security in the upcoming general election in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Letters: Sanders excites reader not in his district

Although I do not live in District 5, I have lived in districts 4, 3, and now presently in 2. I moved to Arizona exactly 42 years ago to date.

Fountain: Supporting Trump will help city

Guest commentary from Wendell Fountain, a candidate for Surprise City Council, in advance of Aug. 4 city elections.

Letters: Norberg is best man for the job in District 3

I’m voting for Greg Norberg in August for City Council because he understands what it takes to open and run a business.

Letters: Hall, Sanders questioned for not staying safe

It is most disheartening and disconcerting to read that Mayor Hall and Councilman Sanders have tested positive for COVID-19. I wish them a speedy and strong recovery.

Letters: Hastings is setting himself apart from pack

I am throwing my support behind Jack Hastings for City Council. I started following him on social media and then I had the pleasure of meeting with him.

Letters: Fontes should be footing the bill for ballots

It’s your money. Just in case you have not been keeping up with the events within the Secretary of State, the Recorder’s Office, the county supervisors and the Attorney General’s office, let me briefly review what has happened:

Letters: My support is with Sanders in Districrt 5 race

I’ve lived in Surprise for almost 11 years now, having moved from Encinitas, California. I now call Surprise Farms home, and the experience has been very rewarding.

Letters: Hastings has reader’s support in District 5

Our city council can benefit from a new perspective. Jack Hastings, teacher at Valley High School, past pool manager with the recreation department and longtime resident of Surprise can provide that. 

Letters: Hastings has devoted life to serving Surprise

I have had the pleasure of knowing Jack Hastings for the 15 years he has been living here. Over that time, I have never seen someone so devoted to public service. 

Letters: Article captured mood of week in city perfectly

I’m writing to you regarding the excellent front page article of the Surprise Independent, “Saving Surprise from all Sides” [June 10].

Letters: Cline is solid selection in District 2

I don’t remember actually meeting Alyson (Aly) Cline. She is one of those people you feel like you have known your entire life. A sister, a best friend, a mentor.
David Sanders

Sanders: Every decision made with integrity

Guest commentary from David Sanders, a candidate for Surprise City Council, in advance of Aug. 4 city elections.

Letters: Cline is solid selection in District 2

I don’t remember actually meeting Alyson (Aly) Cline. She is one of those people you feel like you have known your entire life. A sister, a best friend, a mentor.

Letters: Ex-councilman calls mayor out on hypocrisy

I saw something the other day that brought back a memory of a very sad episode of how our Surprise City Council voted 4-3 to reprimand Mayor Sharon Wolcott for endorsing a candidate for City Council back in 2016.

Letters: City center plans beginning to worry reader

I read with interest the feature article in last week’s edition as well as the mayor’s column regarding the impending development of our City Center complex.  

Letters: It's an 'honor' to support Cline

It is an honor to write this letter of recommendation for Alyson (Aly) Cline.

Hall: Positive abounds in 'unique time'

Guest commentary from Surprise mayor Skip Hall, a candidate for mayor, in advance of Aug. 4 city elections.

Letters: Sanders shows he’s up for the job in District 5

I grew up in Surprise, a third-generation resident with an uncle that served as town manager.

Letters: Hastings is best choice for District 5

It has been my distinct honor and privilege to become a colleague and friend of Jack Hastings over the past four years. We both started teaching at Valley Vista High School in Surprise at the same time. 

Letters: Sanders has been active on City Council

I own and operate Levy Counseling and Life Coaching and have lived in Surprise for over a decade.
Patrick Duffy

Duffy: Tough times give chance to reflect

I don’t think many of us would have anticipated the events and circumstances that have transpired this year. It certainly has given us time to reflect.

Letters: Reader throws support behind Jack Hastings

In this year’s city election on Aug. 4, voters in District 5 will have a unique opportunity. They can elect a fresh new face to the Surprise City Council.
Greg Norberg

Norberg: Candidate focused on taxpayers, businesses

My name is Greg Norberg, and I’m asking for your vote to be your Councilman for District 3. I’m very involved in the city and attend council meetings regularly, which is what has driven me to meet you at your door to ask for your signature and your vote.

Letters: DUSD is bloated, needs reboot of management

I could not believe the arrogance and gall of the Dysart Unified School District Governing Board for even considering another election a year after losing the last one by a wide margin.
Kawika Henderson

Henderson: Safety, business tops priority list

Guest commentary from Kawika Henderson, a write-in candidate for Surprise City Council, in advance of Aug. 4 city elections.

Letters: Running for DUSD board instead of saying 'no'

I am running for a seat on the Dysart Unified School District governing board in this upcoming election. I became involved in the district toward the end of last year during their bond/override election.
Jack Hastings

Hastings: Jobs, schools, safety among priorities

Guest commentary from Jack Hastings, a candidate for Surprise City Council, in advance of Aug. 4 city elections.

Letters: DUSD should not take our money

After reading the recent article on the Dysart Unified School District override/bond issue [“DUSD debating override for voters,” April 29], I feel like I have to tell DUSD, …
U.S. Sen. Martha McSally

McSally: CARES Act a lifeboat for Arizona’s small businesses

Small businesses are the backbone of the Arizona economy and employ over one million Arizonans. These hard-working Arizonans often put everything they have into building their businesses from scratch …

Letters: Reader supporting Fountain in D2

I am supporting Wendell Fountain for the City Council because we do need another business person to represent the city of Surprise.

Letters: Dr. Fountain should be councilman for District 2

I would like to offer my endorsement for representative of our Surprise City Council District 2 — Dr. Wendell Fountain.
Alyson Cline

Cline: Longtime volunteer wants seat on Council

Guest commentary from Alyson Cline, a candidate for Surprise City Council, in advance of Aug. 4 city elections.

Letters: Qualities set apart one D2 candidate

It is with great honor and excitement that I provide an endorsement for Alison (Aly) Cline as a city councilmember for the city of Surprise.

Letters: Cline gets my vote for past work

I have known and worked with Alyson Cline during our time served on the Disability Advisory Commission for the city of Surprise. Her compassion for her volunteer work is admirable.

Fountain: Leaving a legacy of accomplishments

Guest commentary from Wendell Fountain, a candidate for Surprise City Council, in advance of Aug. 4 city elections.
Skip Hall

A message from Surprise Mayor Skip Hall

As the world and our community face ongoing concerns about the spread and impact of COVID-19, I want to assure you that the City of Surprise is working diligently to protect the health and safety of our community.

Letters: Reader would vote for Cline if she lived in D2

Alyson Cline is a community treasure. I’ve just recently met her through volunteering at Friends of the Surprise Library which she and her husband, Gary, founded.

Letters: Californians are bad news

I find the influx of escapees from the sanctuary state of California to be most lamentable. California immigrants have already ruined neighboring states to the north like Washington and Oregon with …

Local Voices: What’s with all those bulldozers?

Area homeowners discuss the impact of new industrial development on their West Valley communities. So, it’s been announced that the Red Bull distribution center being built on Peoria (was …
John Williams

Williams: Vista rebranding bringing in quality acts

The Vista Center for the Arts, formally known as Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, has been rebranded as the regional entertainment venue in Surprise and the West Valley.

Letters: Vets’ tax break could make money

Gov. Doug Ducey is proposing that military retirees not be required to pay income taxes on their retired pay. Great idea: It should benefit Arizona.
David Sanders

Sanders: Councilman stresses ‘giving back’ in 1st year

Guest commentary from David Sanders, a candidate for Surprise City Council, in advance of Aug. 4 city elections.
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