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Dickerson:: Give new life to a deserving Arizona pet for Adopt a Senior Pet Month

At the Arizona Humane Society, we care for and love each and every one of the more than 15,000 sick, injured and abused pets that walk through our doors each year. But, of course, we can’t help but have some that pull on our heartstrings just a tad bit more than others … this includes our beloved senior pets.

Shinkoskey: American freedom must be balanced by common sense

A lot of people today think it is not right to stop people from doing whatever they want to …

Wealth versus worth: Remembering Tex Earnhardt

If you’ve ever traveled by motorcycle, you know stopping for gas can be time consuming. Dismount, take off your helmet and gloves, unzip your riding pants, dig your wallet out of your jeans, angle the pump perfectly to avoid squirting gas on the tank, etc. It can be cumbersome.

Reminiscing: Arizona chefs, restaurateurs share cherished Thanksgiving memories

Prominent chefs and restaurateurs from around the Valley share some of their favorite Thanksgiving memories with the Independent Newsmedia reader community, including favorite holiday dishes and some of the unique family traditions they’ve cherished over the years.
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Remembering Thanksgiving at 400: America’s original holiday beer bash

A holiday question persists year after year, probably stretching all the way back to the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621: “What are we going to do with all the uneaten turkey?” The Pilgrims, on the other hand, could have asked a different question after that first celebration exactly 400 years ago: “What are we going to do with all the empty kegs?”

Thanksgiving safety: Why do frozen turkeys explode when deep-fried?

Deep-frying a turkey is a great way to get a delicious, moist meal for Thanksgiving; but this method of cooking can be a very dangerous undertaking. Every fall, millions of dollars of damage, trips to the emergency room and even deaths result from attempts to deep-fry turkeys.

Marley: Congress should pass Build Better Act

I am thrilled that the House has finally passed the Build Back Better Act. This bill is an historic investment in …

Riedmann: All this climate change talk is just a ‘farce’

The COP26 climate summit just ended. As usual, the super rich flew in on more than 400 private jets to mingle with thousands of bureaucrats so they could all tell us the world is doomed because of …

Kvaran: Racial justice critique is just racist ‘propaganda’

Kvaran: Racial justice critique is just racist ‘propaganda’ Letter by Einar Kvaran of Sun City I hardly know how to begin responding to Roy Miller’s recent letter …

Melville: Amidst COVID-19 crisis, online betting ads dominate the airwaves

Melville: Amidst COVID-19 crisis, online betting ads dominate Letter by Nelmarie Melville of Sun City Are you as upset about the saturation on every TV of ads promoting online sports better? …

Kvaran: Recollections of Vietnam vet abuse don’t jive with author's report

Kvaran: Recollections of Vietnam vet abuse don’t jive with report Letter by Einar Kvaran of Sun City I was a bit disappointed to see that John Baie, in his otherwise fine tribute to our …

Breen: Our political leaders only work for themselves, not for us

Breen: Our political leaders only work for themselves, not for us Letter by Dr. Jeff Breen of Sun City Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s wealth is increasing meteorically. Why would she oppose an …

Sather: Higher expectations are the key to future American achievements

Sather: Higher expectations key to future American achievements Letter by Louis Sather of Sun City West To those who say “We should lower our expectations,” I say to them, “We …

Davis: I am opposed to Biden's nomination of Omarova to head OCC

Davis: I am opposed to Omarova’s nomination to head OCC Letter by Jerry Davis of Glendale Arizona is one of the fastest growing and most vibrant economies in the nation with our capital …

Elliott: ‘Invasion’ of ‘Illegals’ will make America just like their homes

Elliott: ‘Invasion’ of ‘Illegals’ will make America just like their homes Letter by John N. Elliott of Sun City West I am curious to know why support advertisements for …

Higginson: We must remain committed to new American infrastructure plan

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has led on negotiating the bipartisan infrastructure deal since day one. Sen. Mark Kelly and Rep. Greg Stanton have championed Arizona’s transportation priorities.

Goncalves: They’re talking about of foreign security? But what about American security?

Vice President Kamala Harris went to Europe to discuss foreign border security. She states that “... on the issue of Belarus and what is happening at the border with Poland, we are very concerned about that and closely paying attention to it.”

Shaw: Rep. Greg Stanton must support Open App Markets Act in Congress

Rep. Greg Stanton has the chance to support Arizona tech developers by supporting the Open App Markets Act. Tech developers face harmful restrictions and protocols at the hands of tech giants, …

Provateare: We must honor our American history, even the evil parts

What gives a group of people the right to remove our history from books and tear down statues? History is our past showing how we became the great nation we are. Times were different, and customs …

Baeza: Don’t be fooled — Protect yourself from financial scams in Arizona

The pandemic has sparked a new chain of financial fraud activity, and Americans have lost more than $530 million from COVID-related scams — Arizonans alone have reported more than 12,000 fraud cases and have lost more than $11 million.

Miller: Racial justice is just more racism

Racial justice is just racism. There is no special category of justice based on one’s skin color. No matter how good the “intention” might be, racial justice is just code for …

Newman: Congress must pass the Build Back Better Act

The White House and Congressional leaders have reached a deal on the Build Back Better economic recovery plan. This plan is a transformative step forward in helping tens of millions of Americans get on their feet after the pandemic.

Plasencia: America's disabled combat vets deserve 'adequate compensation'

Our disabled veterans are grossly under-compensated and have been for generations. This is most especially true for our totally and permanently disabled veterans. Our disabled veterans have been asking Congress for fair and adequate compensation since the end of World War I in 1918!

Experts: Gun violence soared during pandemic — but why?

In a new study, we found that the overall U.S. gun violence rate rose by 30% during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic compared with the year before. In 28 states, the rates were substantially higher between March 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021, compared with the pre-pandemic period from Feb. 1, 2019, through Feb. 29, 2020.
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