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Zebrowski: Bringing behavioral health into the spotlight

Behavioral health has always been as important as physical health, and the COVID-19 pandemic brought it out of the shadows and into the spotlight. The tight relationship between behavioral and …
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McCreery: Supporting Arizona small businesses is our collective responsibility

National Small Business Week is a time to celebrate entrepreneurs and small business owners all across the country. Today, Arizona is home to more than 550,000 small businesses, employing an …
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McGill: Golf is changing and clubs must follow

Two of the biggest topics buzzing around our industry these days are the resurgence of golf and how to make the sport, and private golf clubs, more inclusive. Our core demographic is changing and if …
Opinion

Sullivan: Make a difference with Jack Sullivan Foundation for Life and Learning

My oldest son Jack is 22 and has profound autism. I am his voice and I type these words on his behalf. Although he is a fantastic typist — and addicted to his computer and Kindle — he is …
Opinion

Sanor: Supervisors should not refuse $3.4M federal grant

The callous indifference for Pinal County’s most at-risk communities for contacting COVID-19 was exhibited by a recent 3-2 vote by the board of supervisors against accepting a federal $3.4 …
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Burczewski: Story advocating for raise in pay for city manager?

I don’t subscribe, but this publication was put into my mailbox. I saw this story (“5 in city government paid $140K-plus: Records reveal Apache Junction’s top 25 highest-paid …
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Nonpartisan Cartoons

The Daily Independent at YourValley.net does not take political positions. We publish political cartoons because we know readers enjoy them, and we try to present a balanced variety of opinions. We …
Your Valley Voices

Vargo: Was electric-car business in state plan for land near Gold Canyon?

After reading your article (“Gold Canyon residents reject state land plans,” a cover story in the September 2021 issue), I thought there was more to the state land sale in Gold …
Rep. David Cook

Rep. Cook: We need to meet future water, power, infrastructure needs

Over the last five years, Arizona has been capitalizing on a lot of “ups” — fix up, patch up and catch up — and we have made some significant work to build out our …
June Marie Russo and David Czaplicki

Russo, Czaplicki: Gold Canyon Strong supports health, wellness

Gold Canyon Strong celebrated its one-year anniversary in August. We’re becoming known as a group that brings sunshine to Gold Canyon by offering the community several events each month, …
Andrew J. Kuzyk

Kuzyk: Mesa resident rescues abandoned desert tortoises

In most cases, a pet dog or cat will do just fine. But, how about adopting a pet that could live for 100 years or longer?“Kuzyk Turtle Rescue” is providing good forever homes for …
Pam Burks

Burks: ‘People power’ stopped recent land grab in Gold Canyon

Save the Superstition Mountain wilderness. Stop the reclassification of the Pinal County comprehensive plan from being changed from residential to employment of 11,700 acres of Arizona State Trust …

Barwick: Claims other side in politics has no morals

I have been asked why liberals seem to have an advantage over conservatives when it comes to politics. Liberals seem to do whatever they please even if it is illogical. For example, they are the …
Jeff Serdy

Serdy: State land amendment withdrawn for property east of Gold Canyon

By now, you may know that the Arizona State Land Department’s intent to put up for auction 11,700 acres has been withdrawn at this time. While no concrete reason was given, I speculate that …

LeBreck: Save the Superstition Mountain wilderness

I am reaching out to you today regarding the Arizona State Land Trust’s decision to sell 11,700 acres of pristine desert land in Gold Canyon at the foothills of the Superstition …
Roberta Russell

Russell: Preserve natural beauty of Apache Junction, Gold Canyon

Pinal County major comprehensive plan amendment No. PZ-PA-006-21 is bad for Apache Junction and Gold Canyon. It would change an area of 11,700 acres at the base of the Superstition Mountains along …
Steve Ezyk

Ezyk: Helmets donated to Knights of Columbus for car show

On July 10 a couple from the DJ Jacobs Memorial Helmet Fund donated eight high-end children’s ATV helmets to our October car show. Their young son lost his life in a tragic accident in Star …
Jason Houston

Houston: Keep SSA building in Apache Junction

Not since the June 1 letter in the Independent criticizing the proposed closing of the Apache Junction Social Security Administration office, has anyone from the SSA stepped forward in response and …
Julie Niven

Niven: Why we offer Kids at Hope in Pinal County

The mission of the Kids at Hope organization, from their website, is “to inspire, empower and transform schools, organizations serving youth and entire communities to create an environment and …

Harshman: Too many motorcycle fatalities

On any given day in the city of Apache Junction there are literally hundreds of motorcycles on the road. If it’s a weekend, there are even more. Thanks to the twists and turns of scenic State …

Matheson: Aircraft training schools are awesome neighbors

Regarding the recent letter to the editor “Why can’t aviation schools be awesome neighbors?” in the July 2021 Apache Junction/Gold Canyon Independent newspaper: aircraft training …
Braden Biggs

Biggs: Update on keeping SSA building in Apache Junction

Yesterday, Rep. Paul Gosar, his team, City of Apache Junction Mayor Chip Wilson and I had a telephonic conference call with the Social Security Administration officials looking at closing the Social …
Scott Bordow

Bordow: Stay updated with AJUSD with new mobile app

Life these days is lived on the cell phone. No matter where you go, no matter what you’re doing, your cell phone is with you or somewhere nearby. You use it for calls and text messages. You …

Reagan: June 27 is PTSD Awareness Day and this is one soldier’s experience

Sunday, June 27, is National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Injury Awareness Day. It is a day dedicated to raising awareness around the signs, symptoms and stigma associated with PTSD.
Liza Noland

Noland: Why Local First Arizona launched Pipeline AZ

One of the biggest challenges for Pinal County is the majority of people in the workforce are commuting to Maricopa county to work. When this happens, Arizona’s tax dollars, your local …
Jeff Barlett

Barlett: Picket for public transportation in Apache Junction June 15

The city of Apache Junction will be holding a regular City Council meeting at 7 p.m. June 15 at 300 E. Superstition Blvd. What we plan to do is hold up picket signs to help spread awareness on the …
Steve Edwards

Edwards: Why can’t aviation schools be awesome neighbors?

We live in an awesome area — the Superstition Mountain foothills and wilderness. My neighbors and I enjoy the beauty all around us. We all have several things in common; we prefer the mountains …
Mireya Arroyo

Arroyo: Congress leaders must stand against H.R.3 destructive legislation

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck the state of Arizona early last year, we weren’t sure what the impact would be on our community. My entire family caught COVID-19, not because we weren’t …
Teresa Murray

Murray: Getting off the hook of a predatory tow

Many Arizonans can relate to that sinking feeling in your stomach when you return to your parking spot, only to find your car is gone. Was it stolen? Did you forget where you parked? Or was it towed? …
Roberto Reveles

Reveles: Federal funding will help Pinal County

In reference to consent items Q and R, I want to commend and thank our county management team for its timely request of funding under the recently approved American Rescue Plan Act. The disastrous …

Kuzyk: Medical co-pay required before insurance-covered colonoscopy

I want to inform people about a co-pay policy being used by a medical office in the Valley. I am a 59-year-old, five-time cancer survivor living on SSI disability. I barely make enough to survive, …

Pieper: Easter pancake breakfast proceeds provide gift

Since Easter is the most joyous Christian event, the annual Easter pancake breakfast at Mountain View Lutheran Church is a widely anticipated fun and fundraising event following our Easter Sunrise …
Mallory Kvek

Kvek: Conduct audit of Mark Lamb’s sheriff’s department

I recently read that a number of Pinal County residents are asking the Pinal County Board of Supervisors to conduct an audit of Mark Lamb’s sheriff’s department. I believe there are more …
Braden Biggs

Biggs: Sign petition to keep SSA building in Apache Junction

As one of your Apache Junction City Council members, it is my duty to advocate on behalf of the city and its residents. Today, I am asking for your help in advocating for your community and your …
Steve Edwards

Edwards: How cowboy church came about when Lost Dutchman Days 2021 was canceled

I got the call from Rodney Wayne regarding Lost Dutchman Days with news… Lost Dutchman Days 2021 was canceled and so was the cowboy church that I had started over 25 years ago. Heartbroken, …
Chris Udall

Udall: Let’s invest in system that keeps water flowing

When you are thirsty and hungry, you go to your refrigerator, fill a glass of water and clean your bowl of fruit under running water at your sink. But what if the water does not run to fill your …
Denise Hart

Hart: Chamber hosting Apache Junction ‘Shop Local’ program

The Apache Junction Area Chamber is rolling out the Shop Local program. Designed to help our local area businesses during the slower summer months, and to keep everyone shopping local, the …
Roberto Reveles

Reveles: Audit Pinal County elections department, sheriff’s office

Truth, trust, transparency and accountability are words that are desperately needed to guide all levels of government today. At recent Pinal County Board of Supervisors meetings and throughout our …
Cpl. Marshall Harshman

Harshman: Heat-related illnesses, deaths are preventable

Can you feel it? The temperature is rising. Summer is just around the corner, and soon we will find ourselves mopping the sweat off our brows while silently questioning our life choices. Why in …
Tascha Spears

Spears: Moderna, Janssen COVID-19 vaccinations available in Pinal County

It has always been the principle of Pinal County public health to share COVID information as we receive it and also to be honest about how much remains unknown about COVID-19. For example, new …

McCaulley: Personal and economic side of climate change

This is the time of year that many of us in the Valley start talking about the extreme summer heat and planning how we can escape, if even for a weekend. This is also the time of year that many of …
James Gahar

Gahar: Daily workouts, losing weight and staying healthy

My story is pretty simple. I was a very active young man, running everywhere, and served as a volunteer in an elite Navy unit. After my discharge, I worked as a bouncer in bars from Florida to …
Jon Lyons

Lyons: April 22 is Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

My daughter was 10 years old when she first attended Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day at my office At the time, I was working in a role sourcing large contracts, leveraging all of the …

Burdick: Horse racing? Just what AZ doesn’t need

Sorry Ralph Fales (who wrote “Historic horse racing could be a win for Arizona,” page 8, April 1, 2021, issue of the Apache Junction/Gold Canyon Independent), you may love your horses but …
Shirley Ooley

Ooley: Rep. Gosar taking credit for bill he opposed

Rep. Paul Gosar pulls teeth but now he’s pulling one over on his constituents. He has been Tweeting and putting out information on how he’s so pleased to inform us that municipalities and …
Connie Van Driel

Van Driel: Former AJ Boys and Girls Club director dies

I sure wish I wasn’t the one writing this email and I am so saddened to have to tell you about the passing of a dear friend. Russell St. John passed away recently from complications brought on …
Rep. Paul A. Gosar

Gosar: Don’t close the Apache Junction Social Security office

The Social Security Administration has made its intention known that it is considering shuttering the Apache Junction Social Security office and moving more than 20 miles away, to the town of …
David Coward

Coward: Follow the Constitution for redistricting

Some are advancing the argument that the 2010 process was flawed because it emphasized “competitiveness.” This is a false argument used to undermine the integrity of the work of the 2011 …
Linda Curry

Curry: We need balanced policies for short-term rentals

About a year ago, my husband and I built an ADA-friendly guesthouse on our property with the expectation that we’ll eventually use it to look after our aging parents. In the meantime, …
Tascha Spears

Spears: Teams administered 132,239 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in Pinal County

Pinal County community vaccine teams have administered 132,239 doses of COVID-19 vaccines. A friendly reminder that the state-run COVID19 vaccine sites and some federal pharmacy programs are …
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