LOCAL OPINIONS
In this photo taken on Thursday, July  16, 2020, a local woman stands in front of her damaged after the shelling by Armenian forces house in the Tovuz region of Azerbaijan. Fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces on the border of the two South Caucasus nations has resumed after a daylong lull, and both sides are blaming the other.  (AP Photo/Ramil Zeynalov)

Altay: We must speak out against invasion of Azerbaijan

On July 12, the Armenian army began an offensive against Azerbaijan in cross-border artillery strikes. Although the offensive was repelled, three Azerbaijani soldiers died. UN SC resolutions …
A stay-at-home notice is displayed on a highway sign along a rural road due to the coronavirus Thursday, April 30, 2020, in Miami, Arizona.

Olson: World is more complex than yesteryear

Why do we have to resort to the Us vs. Them when it comes to a ‘side’ you are on for our country and for the world.   Our world is more complex than the world of yesteryear …
Seema Verma

Verma: Taking action to protect America’s nursing home residents against COVID-19

Nursing homes have become ground zero in the coronavirus disease 2019 COVID-19 pandemic, with outbreaks causing high rates of illness and death among vulnerable residents living together in close …
Mimi Rogers

Rogers: The crisis of the pandemic on individuals who have intellectual disabilities

COVID-19 poses extreme obstacles for people who have intellectual disabilities and thrive on routine, familiar activities, and people, such as family and friends. So, with everything going …

Lyles: Great job Phoenix for a great need in the city

This month, the Phoenix City Council unanimously approved an incredibly important new affordable housing initiative. With Phoenix being the nation’s fastest growing city, and housing costs …
Dan Shufelt

Shufelt: Never know when you might need a helping hand

When the work van pulled up in front of Arizona Helping Hands, I recognized the company name. I thought my friend Dale was coming to say hi and tour the Arizona Helping Hands facility where we …
Michael Vallante

Vallante: Supporting black-owned small businesses, entrepreneurship

With the COVID-19 pandemic and the unrest that has been taking place in some cities, the impact has been felt in every sector of our economy. There has never been a more challenging time for …
David Sheppard (Photo courtesy Just Leadership USA)

Sheppard: What Juneteenth means to me as a black man in America

This Friday, we celebrate Juneteenth --- a holiday that receives little attention but holds special significance for me as a black man in America this year. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865 …
Jim Rounds

Rounds: Maricopa County supervisors need to approve project, bring 1,100 jobs to Valley

During difficult economic times like these, nothing is more valuable than a good job. As an economist, I routinely advise community and business leaders on how to recruit and create more of these …

Shufelt: Tragedy befalls an amazing foster family

I met Curtis four years ago. He came to Arizona Helping Hands to receive beds, cribs, clothing, diapers, sports equipment and more to help his family. His daughter’s life had been …
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