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Arnot: Resident upset with inverted U.S. flag

On Jan. 19, 2021, on the eve of what we all hoped 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. This …
Chris Orestis

Orestis: What the Biden presidency means for older Americans

In his run for the presidency, Joe Biden laid out a “Plan for Older Americans” that reflected the Democratic party philosophy that health care and living with dignity after retirement are an inalienable right for all.

Miller: Calls for new leadership for state GOP

As a result of President Trump’s recent controversial statements and — especially since the riots at the US Capitol — there have been many concerns expressed in the media, such as …
Dr. Anil Seetharam

Seetharam: Don’t forget about your liver health in 2021

2020 taught us a lot, and as the clock struck midnight New Year’s Eve, perhaps we all gave thanks we made it to 2021 with our health intact and with a renewed focus on maintaining it.
Madison Blanton

Blanton: We must prioritize those with developmental disabilities for vaccination

With the hope of a new start at a new year, it seems clear that the coronavirus has also made a New Year’s resolution to persevere with a vengeance and stick around and mutate.
Barbara Duncan

Duncan: Here’s what I see for the future of Arizona education

What do you think Arizona’s K-12 schools will look like in 2031? Does the prospect excite or dishearten you? After a year of countless hardships for families, we could use some positivity.
Giselle Alexander

Alexander: 6 things to know about PPP loans and your taxes

Last year was monumental to say the least. Life as we once knew it became a thing of the past, for individuals and businesses alike.
Mark Field

Field: Beware of bait-and-switch mortgage offers

Be careful when dealing with online mortgage companies. Many of these companies like LendingTree and Paymybills.com are not mortgage companies, but marketing companies intending on selling your …
Dr. Timothy Byrne

Doctor: FAQs and tips regarding COVID-19 vaccination

The advent of COVID-19 vaccinations is a positive step in the pandemic fight. While more vaccination sites are opening and eligibility for receiving the vaccine is increasing, below are a few basics to know during the vaccine rollout.
Timothy Sandefur

Sandefur: Supreme Court decides to follow different constitution

In a 4-3 decision with important consequences for online privacy in Arizona, the state’s highest court ruled Jan. 11 that the Arizona Constitution’s “private affairs” clause does not protect individual rights any more than the federal Constitution.

Enroth: Diverse culture brings new phrases, outlooks

This is in response to Norman Webb’s letter (“Do not force your opinions on others"). I read your response to a previous letter about the use of the term Happy Holidays. As I read it, …
John Halikowski

Halikowski: Extending driver license renewals for older adults

For many of us, thinking about renewing our driver license rarely crosses our mind. Sure, we update it with a new address when we move, and some change their name after getting married, but the first time most of us will actually renew our driver license is when we turn 65 years old.
Larry Hogan

Hogan: It’s time to work together to solve America’s problems

Anyone who wants to build a better American future has to recognize that our problems cannot be solved by partisan politics. Washington today is completely out of whack.
Darya Iganian

Iganian: We must unite against racial injustice

Last year was a harrowing time in America’s rich and complicated history. Our great nation was faced with a novel coronavirus and an old, deeply ingrained racial disease aching for healing and remedy.
Jackie Elliott

5 ways Arizona can put people back to work

There is an early warning sign that high-demand jobs may be hard to fill when the labor market fully reopens, even with millions of Americans looking for work.

Hochschartner: Some thoughts on cultured meat industry

If President-elect Joe Biden is serious about addressing climate change, preventing future outbreaks of zoonotic disease, or minimizing animal cruelty on factory farms, he should support the nascent …
David Dozier

Dozier: Cost and public opinion support Biden’s plan to end death penalty

A study in California revealed that the cost of capital punishment in the state has been over $4 billion since it was reinstated in 1978. Since California has executed 13 prisoners during that time, …
Matt Beienburg

Beienburg: When teachers strike, students lose

When student learning takes a back seat, students should be able to take their funding with them.

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 …
John Wintersteen

Wintersteen: Why celebrate MLK Jr. Day now?

For 23 years, the Town of Paradise Valley has had a tradition of honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with an in-person celebration and luncheon, and this year, while dramatically different in some …
John Safin

Safin: You can’t predict the future, but you can create it

I’m always thinking about the future and attempt to glean from the ethers what will happen next. It’s easier to predict the future when you create it, so the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce has taken new action to make sure the future of our community is bright.
ADOT

Merrill: History abounds on the walls of Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway

How do you pick a single theme for beautifying the 22-mile Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway? That was the question facing the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Roadside Development Section once work began on the new $2 billion freeway.
Rick Gutridge

Gutridge: LD21 board calls for election review

Alleged irregularities surrounding the 2020 election have many deeply skeptical of the reported results. This skepticism is unhealthy for our republic and if not checked will further erode trust in our government institutions.

Plein: Calls for unity among Americans

In response to the letter from the reader who made election and voting claims, thank you, Daily Independent, for printing the correct facts at the end of her letter. There is so much …

Shaw: To AZ GOP, says election had zero fraud

I know that the Sun Cities lean Republican, and Kevin Payne ran an uncontested race for the state senate so he feels that he can ignore Democratic residents in District 21 with impunity. Still, I …

Women make gains in U.S. Congressional seats

Women are the majority of Americans as well as the majority of voters. What does that mean in practical terms? How did that play out in the November 2020 elections? A record-breaking number of women …

Word: Music gives so many gifts to all

Mr. Barry Spinka (“Resident not happy to hear driveway music”), you really are the Grinch of Sun City. I can’t even believe that you wrote this letter about our driveway concert …
Albert Lalonde

Tips for retirement planning in 2021

COVID-19 took a heavy toll on the U.S. economy in 2020, causing millions of job losses and forcing many businesses to close. It also affected lots of retirement plans in the process.
Dr. Stacie Pinderhughes

Seek health care safely during COVID-19

As COVID-19 cases climb again around the country, people may be considering skipping visits to the doctor to reduce risk of exposure to the virus.

McDade: Responds to letter writer’s rebuttal

Regarding your recent letter, (“In response to complaints in Sun City,” Daily Independent, De, 23, 2020), I was born and raised in Glendale, Mr. Foulke. Been in Sun City 15 years. …
Dr. William Troutt

Troutt: Recreational marijuana — a defining moment for Arizona

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, Arizona citizens voted in support of Prop 207, the Smart and Safe Arizona Act, that has been termed “Recreational Marijuana.”
Gail Baer

Baer: Cultivating a giving spirit in children

As vice president of philanthropic services for Jewish Family & Children’s Service, I have the rare privilege of working with individuals and families who transform others’ lives.
Joe Smyth is board chairman of Independent Newsmedia.

Smyth: Brighter days ahead for local journalism?

Our little company was one of the pioneers of non-profit ownership of newspapers. Fifty years ago, we made a few decisions that were, in retrospect, pretty unusual. To protect their independence, …

O'Malley: ‘Tis the season for forgiveness

Forgiveness does not mean you allow others to take advantage of you again.

Ford: Buy extra, donate to Valley View Food Bank

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. I have a suggestion for all of us that can make …

Nelson: Congress, thanks for foreign relief

Nicaragua, Panama, Belize, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Pakistan, Egypt, Cambodia, Burma, etc. received several billions in the new COVID “relief” bill and the American people get …
Craig Wismer

Wismer: New distracted driving law takes hold Jan. 1

Beginning January 1, 2021 the use of portable communication devices while driving will become a violation of civil traffic statutes for which law enforcement officers may issue a citation.
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 …
Jack Sellers

Board of Supervisors responds to legislative subpoenas

The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 today to direct its attorneys to respond to the subpoenas issued by the Arizona Legislature by filing a complaint in Superior Court. The two subpoenas …

Nelson: Worries new leaders will nix records

This building in Washington, D.C., houses all documents of our history, both the good and the bad. Our founding documents are on protected display inside the main entrance area: The Declaration of …
AP

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. However, what is missing is how we will actually sit in a chair and have it administered. All I …

Rookhuyzen: Gift cards are the worst; consider these presents instead

We don’t want to alarm anyone, but Christmas is a week away. If you still have people to shop for but are running low on ideas, maybe we can help.

Andrews: Solar power real estate too costly

The Independent reported recently that our Southwest Valley friends claim a proposed solar energy facility will block their view of an ancient cinder-cone volcano (“Southwest Valley residents …

Christ: COVID-19 —Improved method for determining ZIP code data

Throughout the COVID-19 response, the Arizona Department of Health Services has continually reevaluated how we are collecting, analyzing and presenting COVID-19 data for cases, hospitalizations, and …

Lux: How to apply for unspent COVID funds?

Mark Carlisle wrote a recent article (“Spend it or lose it: Phoenix doles out remaining $43 million in coronavirus relief before Dec. 30 deadline,” Daily Independent, Dec. 12, 2020). In …
Bill McDonald

McDonald: Congress must preserve funding for HIV/AIDS patients

As a founding member of the Arizona Human Rights Fund, which has now morphed into Equality Arizona, I have always worked on the issues that have been at the forefront of the LGBTQ …

Shaw: Calls Lesko’s statements ‘sedition’

I just spoke with Rep. Lesko’s D.C. office after receiving a non-response email to my simple election inquiry. I posed a simple yes-or-no question as to whether Joe Biden is our president …
Amber Kovarik enlisted the help of her daughters Jade (left), 5, and Tatum, 7, and father, Dave, to deliver almost 100 meals to Hospice of the Valley patients on Thanksgiving eve. [Courtesy of Hospice of the Valley]

Cooney: 2020 ends with gifts of love, kindness

The most magical thing about the holidays is the way we so joyfully give to others. Not just our friends and families — but to complete strangers who are in need.

Wade: Clarification needed for motorsports

I respectfully request that Congress pass the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act, H.R. 5434/S. 2602, in 2020. The bipartisan RPM Act protects the right to convert an automobile or …

Jones: 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 its flashers blinking. As we got closer we …
Aldo Vazquez

Vazquez: Research shows drivers know it’s wrong, do it anyway

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s latest research finds drivers who have been in at least one crash in the past two years are significantly more likely to engage in risky behaviors like speeding or texting, even when they think the police may catch them.

Thorpe: How to prepare for flu season during the COVID-19 pandemic

The 2020-21 flu season is on track to be one of the worst in years, and with COVID-19 still running rampant in Arizona, being infected with both could be dangerous.
Clint Hickman

Hickman: Rulings show election accurate, transparent

Once again, a judge upheld the accuracy of Maricopa County’s election.

Stevenson: Outpatient treatment necessary

I know, I know ... you are sick and tired of hearing about, talking about or being afraid of the COVID virus and I agree with you. But, there are real solutions to this, if you can give me a few …
Dr. Lawrence Presant

Presant: For vein treatment, stick with the pros

With the proliferation of clinics that offer vein treatment, how do you choose the one that is right for you? And, do you really know what condition your veins are in?

Nelson: Calls for healthy living before vaccines

Why haven’t the top U.S. health officials been educating the American populace that our immune systems are the first source of protection from viruses and COVID? A huge number of us are …

Christ: Winter holidays - Impacting COVID-19 cases in Arizona

There are many impacts that the holidays can have on COVID-19 in Arizona. With people traveling and gathering with loved ones to celebrate Thanksgiving, we anticipate the cases and the need for hospitalizations to continue to increase over the next few weeks.
Dr. Richard S. Liebowitz

Liebowitz: International medical schools can provide needed doctors

COVID-19 has revealed once again how short our nation is of doctors.

Leto: Community stories are best ones to read

I have an idea for an addition to your weekly newspapers that would make it more enjoyable and would make more people read it. In my neighborhood magazine, they always feature someone who has done …

Funk: Arizona families are built in a variety of ways

One way is through adoption. While there are several categories of adoptable children, at Aid to Adoption of Special Kids we focus on the adoption of children in the Arizona foster care …
ADOT officials seek the public’s help figuring out where this photo was taken. [ADOT photo]

Needing help with the ‘Unknown Highway’

Over the years, we have delved into our archives to bring you photographs from a lot of times and places. From grading a road with mules to the Highway Hawk’s appearances at events to a …

Burke: Get your new benefit verification letter online

If you receive a benefit verification letter, sometimes called a “budget letter,” a “benefits letter,” a “proof of income letter,” or a “proof of award letter,” we have good news for you.

Mathewson: Jeopardy! cheat still a laugh for resident

The recent passing of Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek has sparked a flood of tributes for him and the game show itself. Former contestants and celebrities who’ve competed there have shared …
Chris Buitron

Buitron: In tough times for unemployed, consider franchising

With millions unemployed and numerous industries struggling because of the coronavirus pandemic, some people who are out of work are considering a new career.

Cottrill: Travel agents in trouble

Every business in the country has been impacted by COVID-19 in one way or another. But few sectors have been as hard hit, or face a longer road to recovery, than the travel agency industry. …
Bobby Boland

Boland: Ways to care for seniors with mental illness

Caregivers know that even small daily tasks can be a huge burden for seniors dealing with mental illness.

Gilpin: Respect others' decisions

After reading your letter in the Independent on Nov. 28, 2020, I just have one thing to say — ”Mr. Megee, mind your own business.” There is no reason whatsoever to wear a mask …
Steve Trussell

Trussell: State success in adverse times

Why is Arizona thriving despite the adversity we are facing? Great public policy.

Peters: Pedestrians have little protection

Thank you for your article (“Street racers invade Sun City”) regarding street racers. I have not seen or heard the racers but am struck by another part of the article. Specifically, …
Arizona Department of Transportation officials film a traffic incident management training video. [Courtesy of ADOT]

Halikowski: Traffic incidents requires cooperation from everyone

You may have seen this message on our digital message boards statewide: “Fender Bender? Save your rear, Quickly clear.” It was a reminder to move your vehicle safely onto a shoulder or exit and stay out of travel lanes if involved in a minor crash.
President Donald Trump

Collins: Rebuts letter about Trump presidency

About Rita Venice’s recent letter (“Calls fraud allegations ‘clap-trap’”, Daily Independent, Nov. 24, 2020): many of the “down ballots” voting turned a …
Greg Donovan

Donovan: CTE needed among aging workforce, skills shortage

America is dealing with an unprecedented shortage of skilled labor. The Department of Labor reports while there are 7.6 million unfilled jobs, only 6.5 million people were looking for work. This is …

Goncalves: Pres. Biden will destroy Trump’s legacy

Jack Hawn in his letter (“Says it’s over, Trump lost election,” Nov. 19, 2020) wants the Trump supporters to take down our signs and flags — really Jack? The election has not, …
Steve Chucri

Chucri: Your right to vote is paramount

In recent days, constituents of District 2, candidates for office, state lawmakers and congressmen have asked questions and made statements regarding Maricopa County’s voting system, hand counts, recounts and legal challenges.

Winter: Says voting is indeed our right

This is a response to Roy Miller’s recent letter (“Says voting a privilege, not a right,” Nov. 19, 2020). I didn’t wish to respond, but there is need to correct his statement …
Roy Miller

Miller: New ACC commissioner needs guidance

Newly elected Arizona Corporation Commissioner Lea Marquez Peterson wants APS to slash its rates, but she is dreaming if she thinks she can accomplish this, even with her eight suggestions for the …

Lux: Running a country not like business

In response to the letter written by someone from the Surprise Chamber of Commerce, the headline reads the “Chamber wants politicians to focus on relief.” The letter then lists several …
Bobby Boland

Boland: Understanding the different types of COVID-19 tests

Over the last six months, the world’s scientists and experts have discovered and proven unique methods for identifying the coronavirus.
Josh Gottheimer

Gottheimer: Democrats, Republicans, stop fighting and get something done

Editor's note:  This opinion appeared on No Labels NoLabels.org, a national organization working to revive bipartisanship and to move Washington beyond gridlock to solutions to challenges faced …
A deer has its eyes and ears on a passerby while foraging for food near a public park in Hillsborough, N.C., Wednesday, July 8, 2020. [AP Photo/Gerry Broome]

AAA Arizona: Tips to prevent animal collisions

During the fall months, drivers face an increased risk of animal-related crashes as deer and other wildlife begin to migrate and find their way onto highways and into suburban neighborhoods.
Clint Hickman

Hickman: Election conducted with ‘integrity, transparency’

Members of the Board of Supervisors continue to hear from government leaders and the public about the integrity of Maricopa County elections. We want to assure you that proper steps have been taken to ensure a full and accurate count of all votes.

Cowdrey: Calls for unity among Americans

A few weeks ago I received a picture of a bird. The caption read: It doesn’t make any difference whether it is a left wing or a right wing, it is the same bird! Put this in another …
The original bridge over Queen Creek along U.S. 60 on the east side of Superior (foreground) served Arizona motorists for 30 years before it was replaced in 1953. [Courtesy of ADOT]

Rookhuyzen: Old US 60 bridge shows original way to cross Queen Creek

It’s a question as old as transportation itself: How are we going to get across that? Whether it be a river, creek, wash, arroyo, canyon or crevice, getting a vehicle from one side to the other is a prime concern when it comes to building roads.
Thanks to a generous donation, Northwest Valley Connect was recently able to complete the decorative wrap on its newest transport van. [Courtesy of Northwest Valley Connect]

Chandler: Northwest Valley Connect thanks volunteers, donors

The Northwest Valley Connect Mobility Program continues to go forward with a ride solution for many seniors, people experiencing disabilities, and veterans residing independently in West Valley communities who lack access to public transportation.

Hochschartner: Calls for more cultured meat research

If Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally care about the environment, they should support federal funding for cultured-meat research. For those who don’t know, cultured meat is grown from …
Regan Olsson

Olsson: Share gratitude, not COVID, this Thanksgiving

Sharing in gratitude and sitting down for a big meal may be the crux of Thanksgiving, but it could prove to be more challenging this year.

Trice: Strive to make things better for all

The familiar joke, “Why did the chicken cross the road?,” has been around for many years. It really wasn’t meant to be funny, but it did provide the answer, “To get to the …
Katy Stemple

Stemple: 5 ways to stop prediabetes in its tracks

One in three American adults have prediabetes and most don’t know they have it — the holiday season is coming and so are big meals, sweets and more.
In this Oct. 8, 2020, file photo, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper speaks before a meeting with Romanian Defense Minister Nicolae Ciuca, at the Pentagon, in Washington. President Donald Trump fired Esper Nov. 9.

Miller: Says Trump wrong to fire Esper

As a lifelong Republican, I praised President Trump’s court appointments, deregulation, and tax cuts; but I also criticized him when he was wrong on issues like tariffs and the national debt. …
Lin Sue Cooney

Cooney: Coping with loss during the holiday season

The holidays can be challenging for anyone — but that’s especially true if you are grieving the loss of a loved one. Sadness can magnify the stress of the season. Instead of excitement …

Nelson: Vaccine goes first to our first responders

I can only hope that the powers that be will make sure that first to receive the vaccine will be our first responders, EMTs, firemen, police and all medical front-line people, doctors, nurses and all …
Roy Miller

Miller: Esper firing is ominous

As a lifelong Republican, I praised President Trump’s court appointments, deregulation, and tax cuts but I also criticized him when he was wrong on issues like tariffs and the national …

Goncalves: Wants every vote counted

According to the media, Joe Biden has been elected president of the U.S. I guess I wasn’t paying attention in school because I don’t remember being taught that is the way our country …
Ryan Goodman

Goodman: Improving cities starts with removing cars

The story of Phoenix, Arizona is the story of sprawl. After World War II, when cars, air conditioning, and home loans became affordable for the middle class, Phoenix’s population boomed. In …

Cowdrey: Agave, yucca not in cactus family

The agave and yucca are not cactus (“Fallen cacti in Sun Cities leaves residents concerned”); they are from the asparagaceae family, which include the lily family and also onions, leeks …

Akers: What Veterans Day means to me

Let me start out by saying that even in the veterans community there seems to be some confusion as to what makes someone a veteran. Some say you have to have completed a contract of service. Most …
Dr. Gopi Cherukuri and Dr. Emun Abdu

Doctors: Don’t let election stress lead to heart attack or stroke

Can election stress contribute to a heart attack or stroke?
Community education program manager Sulie Richardson of Desert Financial Credit Union teaches a class at St. Vincent de Paul. [Courtesy of Desert Financial Credit Union]

Richardson: Create a spending plan to take control of your finances

When you hear the word, “budget,” what does it mean to you?

Rookhuyzen: A colorful chapter in state transportation history

When you drive by a highway or interstate marker, there is comforting uniformity to them, no matter if you are driving Interstate 8, Interstate 15, State Route 92, State Route 377, U.S. 60 or U.S. 191.

Collins: Protesters are rioters

James Kepler asked several questions (“Republicans don’t want responsibility,” Daily Independent, Nov. 2, 2020), who and what can be answered in one word: Democrats! Reason you …

Main: Says online MVD service much faster

I started in early April stating I needed a new plate as nine years had taken the paint off my old one. As they don’t read emails, they sent the tag only. After several more unanswered …

Turner-Utz: A Republican Senate will protect Arizonans’ quality of life

Arizona voters have two historic choices to make this November. The presidential election is the marquee event. But the U.S. Senate race is equally important. We need to think strategically, because …

Smith: Community park needs cleanup first

I’m new to Arizona and was pleased to find a park about one-fourth mile away, the Surprise Community Park near City Hall. The park overall is well taken care of. However, when the water is …
Kimberly Yee

Yee: Arizona’s economic future is on the line in this election

For countless Arizona voters, this presidential election is not a referendum on President Trump and his political beliefs — it is a vote to preserve our economic prosperity. Arizona voters …
Dr. Cara Christ

Christ: School benchmarks update highlights state-counties partnership

As a mom of young kids attending in-person learning, nothing is more important to me than the health of our kids and the safety of our schools. Close coordination across the public health system and …

Collins: Calls ad’s fact-checker partisan

I believe Jayne Smith forgot to disclose that Biden will cancel President Trump’s tax cuts for middle-income wage earners via payroll taxes (“Calls out falsehoods in TV ads,” Daily …
Katt McKinney

Stop Arizona police brutality, debate Sen. Tim Scott’s bill

By many accounts, Black Lives Matter is the largest protest movement in U.S. history.

Kvaran: Calls for democracy, not division

Rich Andrews’ latest letter to the editor (“Hopes for close election, more division,” Daily Independent, Oct. 22, 2020) was horrifying to me. Not only does Andrews clearly feel that …
Julie Gunnigle

Gunnigle: Brewer wrong about what county needs

Following her continuous string of nationally embarrassing comments, former Gov. Jan Brewer has decided to weigh in on the Maricopa County Attorney’s race — I wear her non-endorsement as a badge of pride.
Jan Brewer

Brewer: Adel best choice for Maricopa County Attorney

My entire career, I have been committed to the safety and well-being of our children. It is critical that we have leaders at every level of government who are committed to the rule of law and …

Smith: Calls out falsehoods in TV ads

I recently received a mass mailing paid for by the Arizona Republican Party. It stated, “Under Biden’s tax plan, 82% or Americans would face higher taxes.” I went to …
Aspens in fall colors attract leaf peepers at Aspen Corner on the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff. [Steve Chernek/Independent Newsmedia]

ADOT: Stay safe while out finding fall in Arizona

Ahh ... autumn in Arizona. The frost is on the pumpkin, a chill is in the air and sweaters are acceptable fashion. Hey, we can dream, can’t we?

Bradford: Opposes Medicare for All plans

When it comes to health care, most Arizonans want the same thing: lower costs, improved access and higher quality. That’s why I cannot understand how anyone could support a …

Knecht: Voters deserve civil dialogue, integrity

You deserve representatives who run on their merit.
Seema Verma

It’s time to review your Medicare coverage

Medicare’s annual Open Enrollment season is underway, and I want to encourage all people with Medicare to review their current health and prescription drug coverage.

Gallagher: Businesses should have solar power

I’m just curious if anyone has looked into why the city of Surprise does not use solar panels in their businesses? The schools have them, but we all know why. Why not the businesses? For …
Ben Toma

Toma: Why universal vote-by-mail is a solution in search of a problem

Mail voting is a popular mechanism for casting a ballot in the western U.S. Prior to 2020, of the states that mailed ballots directly to voters who had not requested them, many were Arizona’s …

Lux: Questions ‘packed’ high court

In response to Rich Andrews letter (“Calls for confirmation for Barrett,” Daily Independent, Oct. 22, 2020), you believe Congress electing, or more accurately placing, Judge Barrett on …

Payne: Don’t let them ‘California’ our Arizona

We’re seeing millions of dollars flow into Arizona campaigns from California in an effort to change our Legislature and state policies to mirror California’s. Given California’s …

Broyles: Calls out division, animosity

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a nation as divided as ours, which only benefits our adversaries and enemy nations alike. This has become an “uncivil” war, with President Trump …
Glenn Hamer

Hamer: I endorse Schweikert for U.S. House

I am proud to endorse Rep. David Schweikert to represent Arizona’s 6th Congressional District.
Joe Freeman

Freeman: I support Tipirneni for Congressional District 6

Arizonans are already casting their ballots, and voters in Arizona’s 6th Congressional District have a special opportunity this election cycle to send a fresh voice — Hiral …
Amy Coney Barrett

Andrews: Calls for confirmation of Barrett

I hope we soon see Amy Coney Barrett confirmed as an associate justice on our nation’s highest court. She then will be the third justice placed on the court of last resort by our president. …
Mary Kathleen Honne

Honne: Vote to restore integrity, accountability to Legislature

Mary Kathleen Honne is a lifelong Arizonan who grew up in Southern Arizona and has been married to her high school sweetheart for 27 years.
Wendy Garcia

Garcia: I will work only for you in Legislative District 22

Dear Northwest Valley neighbor: My name is Wendy Garcia. I am an experienced radio news director and the mother of two. I founded Indivisible Surprise and helped organize Save Our Schools locally. …

Wagner: Makes plea to vote against Cali liberals

I spent most of my life in California and never thought I would leave. But I left for good in 2016 simply because the liberal, one-party state government drove me out. If you have never lived in a …

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 …
Bobby Boland

Boland: Are earbuds putting your health at risk?

We’ll leave the social implications of this auditory isolation for another discussion, but how worried should you be that your earbuds are causing long-term hearing loss?

Megee: Why don't more people wear masks?

In reply to the comment by Paul Playford (“Too many ignore mask mandates,” Daily Independent, Oct. 12, 2020), we have to agree with him and his wife regarding the lack of people wearing …
Michael Muscato

Muscato: I am accountable to serve you in CD8

Arizona’s Congressional District 8 has a unique historical opportunity to elect a congressman born and raised in this district. This isn’t an election between a Republican and a Democrat; it’s an election between a career politician and one of our own.

Lux: Calls Kirby’s commentary claims ‘untrue’

In response to Pam Kirby’s recent commentary (“We must reopen schools to protect our children’s future,” Daily Independent, Oct. 14, 2020), I’d like to offer a few …
Anthony Kern

Kern: Opposes propositions 207, 208 for Arizona

As Arizona leaves the summer heat behind, we are headed into the heat of the 2020 election.

Goncalves: What has happened to civility?

I just returned from the Sun City West Post Office where I was attacked verbally because I have a Trump 2020 magnet on my car. As I was about to get into my car, a woman stopped her car in back of …
Pam Kirby

Kirby: We must reopen schools to protect our children’s future

While Democrats favor political games over the education of children across the nation, President Trump has unapologetically fought for the well-being of our students to safely return to school.

Lux: Wear masks to help stop pandemic

Herman Cain caught the virus at Trump’s Tulsa rally and died. Four people from Trump’s Minnesota rally caught the virus, three are in the hospital, one on a ventilator. And Trump’s …

Tyree: I am committed to serving you in Arizona Senate

Neighbors and friends, my name is Sarah Tyree and I want to earn your vote to be the next state senator for Legislative District 22.

Bale: Supports marijuana legalization

I see all the signs opposing the legalization of marijuana, mostly misleading. Colorado has shown that teen use was down, impaired driving was down and state coffers up after legalization. Facts are: …

Curley: Offers idea to help some voters

I have an idea for the good people. There are residents in Sun City West who are looking forward to voting in the upcoming election and need some assistance. They do not drive and want to vote. …

Boyer: Our community safety now jeopardized

After talking to residents across Phoenix and Glendale, the one thing I hear most is they want safe neighborhoods and safe communities.

Ervin: I’ll work to bring bipartisan solutions

I am running for State Senator to bring these desperately needed values to our Legislature to forge bipartisan solutions to the issues our state is facing and help the working families of Arizona.

Quinn: Wild horses, burros need protection

I am writing to you today to save our American wild horses and burros. The American wild horses and burros are on public land where they belong. The welfare rancher’s cattle belong on their …

Knecht: I will work hard to improve our communities

These are tough times — for everyone. Nothing seems normal. It feels like the earth is shifting beneath our feet every day.

Pingerelli: Unwavering commitment to my constituents

This election is consequential and requires a thoughtful analysis of candidates before we cast our ballots.

Lux: Check out groundbreaking tech — masks

My fellow Americans, Amazon has a product that zaps the COVID-19 virus, the cold virus, and even the flu virus! It keeps the virus that floats in the air like dust from entering your body, and …

Strong caregiver-teacher partnerships key to students’ academic, personal success

In the “A”-rated Litchfield Elementary School District, we rely on strong partnerships to offer academic rigor in a caring environment to more than 12,000 students.

Ladera: Calls out campaign sign theft

On Friday, while waiting to make a left turn off of Brookside onto Del Webb, I witnessed a guy on his golf car park at the center divider, who got out and grabbed the Biden-Harris sign that was there …

Bialek: Says Trump has failed, hails Biden

President Trump, you have had almost four years to lead the United States and have failed us by your own choosing. Whether it be in foreign policy and domestic policy, you have not protected the …

With biomedical research, taxpayers getting a great deal

Gilead Sciences’ novel drug remdesivir has shown immense promise for treating coronavirus. Yet every time a company develops a promising drug, some policymakers call for the government to take control of the compound in question.

Hawn: Election makes residents keep to themselves

As a Sun City West resident for 29 years, I’m deeply troubled by the direction we’re heading and it’s getting worse with each day’s front-page headline. We’ve become …
In this Feb. 26, 1934 file photo, state officials oversee a paving project along Thomas Road in the Phoenix area. [Courtesy of ADOT]

Capturing a moment: Paving Thomas Road in 1934

We have quite the talented group of shutterbugs here at ADOT, as evidenced by the quantity and quality of the highway construction photos you can easily find online.

Wilson: Calls for civility in discourse

The recent debate was disgraceful. Moderator Chris Wallace was not able to control Trump’s interruptions. I like Chris Wallace and watch his show every Sunday, but he did the public a …

Prop 207 a sensible, workable approach to marijuana legalization

Prop 207, The Smart and Safe Arizona Act, is a responsible marijuana legalization plan that makes sense to this Arizona conservative.

Lux: Says political process has been corrupted

In response to Coralyn Collins article regarding Don Scott’s letter, you’ve listed the Democratic platform and said it was the Republican platform (Calls support for candidate …
Chaplain Cristiano Artigas answers a family’s call to baptize a hospice patient during the pandemic. [Courtesy of Hospice of the Valley]

Hospice of the Valley chaplains help communities during tough times

The spiritual support that chaplains offer at end of life has always been an essential component of Hospice of the Valley’s holistic care.

Webb: Skeptical? Just read the Senate report

A special thanks to the GOP-led investigation into the 2016 presidential election and Russian interference. It was a bipartisan investigation whose sole purpose was to state the evidence found by the …

Banner Health opposes lifting mask mandates

Rolling back mask and distancing mandates now will reverse gains in slowing the spread. Banner Health, Arizona’s largest health care system, is strongly opposed to any decision or consideration …

Oliver: Grateful for gratitude over poem

To Bob and Lois King: Thank you so much for acknowledging my husband’s poem re: our son (“Grateful for poet’s shared words on loss,” Daily Independent, Sept. 23, 2020). …

Seniors: Get your flu shot this fall — it’s important

Getting vaccinated for the flu this fall is more important than ever.

Swanson: Cruise set to support law enforcement

As I turned on the evening news, I learned that tragically two more law enforcement officers were shot today in the line of duty — this time in Louisville. Anyone in law enforcement today …

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on many stressors, including emotional hardships that can impact the overall health and mental well-being of Arizonans.

Greeney: Calls new development 'wasteful'

Who approved the “Beachfront Resort” in Glendale? Eleven-acre man-made lagoon with sandy beaches! Where is this water coming from? We live in a desert, man. Look around at the fires, …

Some tips to reduce risk of falls and injury

The coronavirus pandemic has changed a lot of things. One thing that’s still the same? Falling is not a normal part of aging.

Bialek: Calls on votes for Joe Biden

President Trump, you have had almost four years to lead the United States and have failed us by your own choosing. Whether it be in foreign policy or domestic policy, you have not protected the …

Adopt a Highway: National CleanUp day is in the bag

This year marked the third in a call to action for Adopt a Highway group participation on National CleanUp Day on Sept. 19, and more than 60 volunteer groups and hundreds of volunteers in 13 Arizona counties displayed community pride by caring for their adopted segments.

Montroy: Thoughts on health care reform

Health care is once again top of mind for voters, especially as Election Day approaches. Like many of us, I have lost loved ones to COVID-19. As a union member, I understand how important this …

Celebrating Constitution Week Sept. 17-23

Constitution Week is celebrated each year Sept. 17-23. This year our Constitution is 233 years old. It has been in effect longer than any other and is the shortest in the world.

Kleving: Says sick should just 'tough it out'

Reading the recent article on making the gyms safer, (“Making gyms safer a constant challenge,” Daily Independent, Sept. 16, 2020). I think you missed the obvious. Like not being ready …

Getting ‘justice for all’ in Arizona

For decades, only people who have been accepted by the American Bar Association were allowed to offer legal advice, no matter how qualified they were to give that guidance.

Cucharo: From New York to the Arizona desert

We moved to Arizona from New York’s Long Island in the summer of 2019 for all the standard reasons. Lower taxes, nicer climate and extremely better “bang for your buck” with respect …

Two Guns’ sordid history off Interstate 40

Along Interstate 40, nestled between Flagstaff and Winslow, is the ghost town of Two Guns. As you drive by, you may see the remnants of an old gas station, now nothing more than a repository of …

Mendivil: Supports Sen. McSally for Senate

I have been listening to the extremely aggressive and negative commercials that Mark Kelly is presenting against Sen. Martha McSally. I find them disturbing, especially when a lot of his quotes …

We’re moving a little faster back into the world

Well, not everyone is moving faster. Parents continue to juggle work and home-schooling responsibilities, many people are without jobs, too many business owners are struggling and the list goes on, …

Goncalves: Calls for president's reelection

An open letter to the person or persons who are stealing Trump lawn signs: I would like to know — what are you afraid of? Is the thought of President Donald Trump being reelected …

Importance of knowing safe surroundings

Do you know a safe person when you see one? Do you know the signs of an unsafe person? Do you know someone in your life who is always telling you what you should or shouldn’t do?

Scanlan: Calls out letter writer as ‘self righteous’

I would like the opportunity to respond to recent the letter by Kathleen O’Brien-Lawrence (“Merchants, masks, money madness,” Daily Independent, Sept. 14, 2020). First, there …

ADOT: Do us a favor and show your support for the South Mountain Freeway

Could we ask for a favor? We promise it’s easier than giving a ride to the airport or house sitting a cat. You see, we were pretty enthused last month when we learned that three ADOT projects …

Hochschartner: Calls for food research funding

I was pleased to learn the National Science Foundation recently awarded a $3.5 million grant to researchers studying cultured meat at the University of California, Davis. In case you don’t …

At-home poisons in the age of coronavirus

The Great Hand Sanitizer and Toilet Paper Shortage of 2020 — our great grandkids are sure to read about it in their history books. COVID-19 has turned the world on its head more times than we …
The first bridge over the Little Colorado River was built in 1912. [Courtesy of ADOT]

Some big bridge history near little Cameron

As Arizona grew after becoming a state, so did the need for trappers, traders and prospectors to cross the Little Colorado.

The importance of the client relationship summary form

As we all know during these trying times with the virus, the upcoming presidential election and all the other issues, our country is now facing more bureaucracy. The latest one in the financial world …

Gettle: Masks worth wearing to save lives

In his recent article (“Mask up to protect lives, protect economy,” Daily Independent, Sept. 8, 2020), Dr. Richard Strand quoted a estimate of 30,000 to 40,000 lives that could be saved …

MCAO: September is Teen Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide among young adults ages 15 to 24 has become the second-leading cause of death in the United States.

Prince: Defends Electoral College

While I wholeheartedly agree with Howie Verrille’s recent commentary (“Resident calls for reform of campaign, election laws,” Daily Independent, Aug. 26, 2020), in which he argues …

Doctor: Mask up to protect lives, protect economy

I want to remind us all that the COVID-19 pandemic, despite some recent improvements, is most definitely not yet over.

Simpson: Travel industry devastated by virus

I’m a single parent struggling to maintain my household while Congress is on vacation after our stimulus unemployment benefits expired. Every business in the country has been impacted by …

Raising America’s IQ raises our prosperity

To achieve comparable economic success this century, and to prepare make our worker community ready to participate in the knowledge economy, mirroring last century’s IQ surge is a must.

Broyles: Laws on dogs have been around a while

This pertains to dog owners picking up their dog waste. As long as dogs have been a part of urban life, cities have issued attempts to control them with anti-excrement campaigns going back to the …

World Honey Bee Day: 40% of species now threatened

World Honey Bee Day came and went, but it wasn’t a celebration: over 40% of insect species are threatened with extinction. Thanks to science, we know exactly why: habitat loss, pollution from …

Brady: Calls for unity among all Americans

Who benefits? One of the most fundamental questions to ask when attempting to solve a crime is, “What is the motive?” Money, power, love? Who benefits? Now, ask yourself, who benefits …

What does distance learning mean for employers?

While government officials, academic leaders and public health authorities are scrutinizing whether it is safe for children to return to campus for in-person learning, many employers are grappling with the related question of what this means for them and their workforce.

Kimes: Some notes on celebrating Labor Day

Since its earliest days, the labor movement has sought to improve the quality of work life, create workplace democracy and participate in employer-employee decision-making. The many benefits and …

Implementation of tenant/landlord assistance programs is critical

Arizona businesses continue to be affected by the economic impact of COVID-19. Particularly hard-hit are those individuals whose business is the ownership and management of rental homes throughout the state.

Nelson: Basic rights secured by sacrifice

Never in my long life could I ever have imagined, after serving my country in two capacities over 30 years, that expressing peacefully a political opinion could endanger my life and safety. So …

Lux: Responds to rebuttal on mail ballots

In the Opinions section, Jean Goncalves wrote a rebuttal stating that there is a difference in mail-in ballots and absentee ballots (“Reader responds to Lux,” Daily Independent, Aug. 29, …

Could these two ideas shake up K-12?

As America grapples with the challenges of COVID-19 and the need for flexible models of K-12 education, two new enterprises are quietly rolling out of the Grand Canyon State — specifically, …

Gerstenberger: Get rid of some palm trees

There have been several recent letters about palms. Opinions vary, as do the reasons for the opinions. Many have some truth to them. Yes, young and full palm trees are beautiful. Yes, a lot of …

Collins: Counters commentary on elections

In response to Howie Verrill’s recent guest commentary (“Resident calls for reform of campaign, election laws,” Daily Independent, Aug. 26, 2020), he had a good idea in reform of …

Postal service is an old friend in serious trouble

An old and dear friend of ours is in serious, in fact, life-threatening trouble. This friend predates the Constitution and was born before the Declaration of Independence was signed by our founding fathers.

Bilodeau: Calls for suicide prevention

September is Suicide Prevention Month, and it’s important that we are there for each other and take steps to prevent suicide. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s theme …

Resident calls for reform of campaign, election laws

As we all know we are in election season. Every day I receive numerous letters in the mail asking for more and am forced to watch dozens of negative ads over and over again. I would think we all hate this by now. I think there is a better way.
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