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Bell: Let’s help Arizona's LGBTQ+ students find their own communities

We all remember trying to find our “group” in school. If we liked to write, there was yearbook. If we liked to perform, there was theater. Clubs on campus help students find the spaces …

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 …

Suhaysik: Driver's should slow down and drive right, right now

I’m wondering when traffic laws became optional? Folks texting while driving. Speed limits are completely ignored. Red lights are meaningless. HOV lanes obviously are there as race tracks. …
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DeMolay: The U.S. Congress must do more to fight spam calls in Arizona

There are two informative articles about robocalls. One was written March 3, 2021, by Walt Hickey and is on the businessinsider website: “The Annoyance Engine: Spam robocalls became profitable …

Doctor: Keep safety in mind during Halloween this year

Excitement is building as children and parents look forward to Halloween. Selecting costumes and buying treats are part of the preparations, but safety and healthy choices should also be part of your …

Rigler: Here’s a new resource to connect COVID-19 patients with monoclonal antibody treatments

Your best protection against COVID-19 is getting one of the safe, free and highly effective vaccines that are widely available around Arizona. Vaccination helps prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19 while helping preserve health care capacity for others who need it.

Women’s Watch: Afghan women suffer more since Kabul’s fall

Since the fall of Kabul to the Taliban on Aug. 15, numerous press conferences and statements by the Taliban have assured general amnesty and respect for women’s rights, but there is a major disconnect between what was said on TV and the Taliban actions on the ground.

Smells like witch spirit: How the ancient world’s scented sorceresses influence ideas about magic today

Most perfume ads suggest the right scent can make you sexy, alluring and successful. A blend by Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs, meanwhile, offers to make you smell like Hecate, the three-faced Greek goddess of witchcraft.

Lamber: Halloween — it's the deadliest day of the year for child pedestrians

According to AAA and the NHTSA, Halloween is the single deadliest day of the year for child pedestrians. They are three times more likely to be struck and killed on Halloween than on any other day. Contributing factors include kids on the roads, costumes that do not reflect light, distracted driving, impaired driving and inadequate supervision, among other factors.
Sharon Connors

Sharon Connors: Follow your dreams to attract miracles

There’s a legend in my family. My brother-in-law, Don, named it — “The Legend of Eddie and The Sea Wall."
John Williams

John Williams: Quality entertainment is in Surprise's backyard

Did you know that here in Surprise we have access to an amazing entertainment venue with high quality productions right in our own backyard? It’s true.

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 …

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 …
Skip Hall

Skip Hall: Mayor Newsletter — October 2021

Fall is here, and we welcome it with open arms.

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.”
Patrick Duffy

Patrick Duffy: District 3 Newsletter — October 2021

Ottawa University hosted its first home football game on Saturday, September 4.

Letters: City should approve digital signs ASAP

I read with interest your article on the NIMBY’s from Corte Bella and have a few thoughts.
Chris Judd

Chris Judd: District 6 Newsletter — October 2021

Construction is complete on Fire Station 308, located on the south side of Cactus Road, east of Litchfield Road, and the station is operational today.
Alyson Cline

Aly Cline: District 2 Newsletter — October 2021

We welcomed The Toast Craft Kitchen & Cocktails to Surprise on September 15 at their official ribbon cutting.

Letters: Future water issues need to be addressed

Because water is so essential to our lifestyle in Surprise, with the upcoming shortages in the Colorado River, our primary source of water, we will soon be wanting to make, as a community, some decisions regarding what we want for our water future.

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.
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