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Amiri: When it comes to DACA, it’s time for Congress to do the right thing

The latest domino in the DACA saga fell when Judge Andrew Hannen out of the Southern District of Texas ruled that the DACA program was unlawful, immediately halting the processing of an estimated …

Wethers: With health screenings, timing is everything

Our world is slowly returning to normal as more Arizonans become vaccinated and restrictions start to lift. Now it is time to catch up on critical health screenings and preventive health visits that …

Cadwell: Getting your immune system ready for back to school, work

Back to school/work is here with a mixture of excitement and hesitation as we return to face-to-face interactions. It behooves us, therefore, to equip our bodies with the best strategies to stay …
SueAnn Brown teaches children etiquette for social media, dating, dining and more at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Church, 10755 N. 124 St. in Scottsdale.

Brown: Mastering back-to-school manners

Where did the summer go? Many of our children have started school or will be starting soon. Because they spend over a third of their day at school, manners are of great importance. Talking to …

Morgan: Independent far too happy to print fake news

I am disappointed by the Independent’s lack of journalism and basic ethics, publishing a story about a video capturing a cross being pulled out of the ground. To continue to smear the …

Greenburg: Scottsdale Schools end-of-the-year report

Since starting my term as Scottsdale Unified School District’s Governing Board president, it has been my goal to improve communication between our district and our broader community. In …
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Thomasson: Paradise Valley is a great community

We know our beautiful mountains, rural desert lifestyle, and one-acre zoning make Paradise Valley a great place to live, but the people who live, work and volunteer here truly make this …

Cochill: A response to Kurland’s view on Scottsdale’s asylum seekers

I am responding to Mr. Eric Kurland’s “Point Of View” regarding his position on the asylum seekers in Scottsdale. He asked for people to speak up and I am doing just that. Do …

Pool rules: Taking care of your hair after a Scottsdale pool day

It’s summer in Arizona, it’s hot, and most Arizonans are spending their time lounging by or in the pool to stay cool. A day laying out soaking in the sun or swimming in the pool is …

Miller: Residential building nightmares in my Paradise Valley neighborhood

After reading the Dezelon article I thought I might have unconsciously written it in my sleep. I live in a Paradise Valley 85253 gated community with an HOA. Among four contiguous construction …

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.

History: Wainwright family - police, planters, planners, parents

Welcome to the fifth in a series of articles authored by committee members of the Town of Paradise Valley Historical Advisory Committee. The mission of the advisory committee is to, …

Kenny: Life’s simple 7 to help achieve optimal heart health

Sadly, we are seeing deaths from heart disease and stroke on the rise. The good news is that heart disease and stroke can be prevented 80% of the time by making healthy choices. The American …

Dezelon: 17 years of construction with no end in sight

I have lived in Paradise Valley for 27 years, the first 10 years of which was a slice of heaven. We had wonderful neighbors that went out of their way to make you feel part of the neighborhood and we …

Chase: The rare occurrence of surviving colorectal cancer as a woman

Being diagnosed with any type of cancer is life-changing and as a 29-year-old, healthy, female with no history of cancer in my family — being diagnosed with Stage 3 colorectal cancer was …

Murphy: From farm to food bank to fork

As a lifelong gardener, I realize how important fresh fruit and vegetables are to staying healthy and so I devote my time to growing tomatoes, lettuce, broccoli and cauliflower. Gardening has …

Richard: Money ought not to talk at Scottsdale Unified

Editor's note: This commentary was edited due to libel in accordance with Independent Newsroom Guidelines. If you live in Scottsdale’s middle class, you find a school board that does not …
Jann-Michael Greenburg, Scottsdale Unified School District board member, encourages the community to be responsible during holiday breaks to keep down COVID-19 counts.

Greenburg: Give Scottsdale students the education they deserve

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” or so countless generations of students have been told by family members, teachers and professors, and pundits on …

Borenstein: A new Chompie’s era begins amid Paradise Valley mall closure

Dear Chompie’s Paradise Valley customers and friends, We are at the end of an era! Along with the closing of Paradise Valley Mall, our Phoenix location within the mall will be closing its …
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History: Joan Lincoln and the Paradise Valley town fountain

Welcome to the fourth in a series of articles authored by committee members of The Town of Paradise Valley Historical Advisory Committee. The mission of the Advisory Committee is to, …

Hunter: Short-term rentals have very few violations, that’s the problem

Scottsdale recently established a working group to “examine existing laws and tools available to the city of Scottsdale regarding short-term rentals.” Basically, since the state …

Wessel: Better, safer financial services for Arizona’s expanding marijuana industry

Federal banking laws have created more than just an isolated crisis for Arizona’s multi-billion-dollar marijuana industry. They’ve created a dangerous problem for the state of Arizona. …

Liebner: Takeaways, impressions following Phoenix Rising, SUSD meeting

To the Tonalea community: Having attended the most recent May 13 SUSD community meeting, and having reviewed the publicly available video replay of the event, I wish to share my impressions of …

Kenny: COVID-19’s connection to heart disease

In the past year, COVID-19 has become one of the top five causes of death. While the Coronavirus alone can take such a terrible toll on the body, it can be even worse for those with …

Opinion: We must continue to push for sensible STR solutions, not bans

Last month, Arizona lawmakers had an opportunity to support legislation that would have made it easier for local cities to address nuisance short-term rental properties that have been the cause of …
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History: How a horse track nearly came to Paradise Valley

Welcome to the third in a series of articles authored by committee members of the Town of Paradise Valley Historical Advisory Committee. The mission of the advisory committee is to, …

Toth: Keep MCDOT workers safe, recognize ‘Work Zone Awareness Week’

Maricopa County is one of the fastest growing counties, which means having to constantly navigate safely around work zones and orange cones. Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) …
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Rep. Schweikert: The best plan for our workforce

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, our economy saw record-breaking growth. In 2018 and 2019 we saw wages, our unemployment rate, and revenues hit record-breaking levels. This record growth came …

Verdier: What does the COVID-19 vaccine mean for employers?

Distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine is well under way. We all hope this is a means to an end of social restrictions and making our way back to life as we once knew it. According to the CDC over …

Thomasson: Paradise Valley is in great fiscal shape

Last week while unloading the dishwasher, I came across a pair of very clean takeout-sushi chopsticks. I looked at my husband Gary, who, with a twinkle in his eye said, “If you can wash and …

Rockowitz: Opinion of reporting on HonorHealth ER

Your newspaper was contacted by various concerned residents of Paradise Valley who felt unscrupulous developers and the city of Phoenix were inappropriately and permanently changing our residential …

Dickman: A pig in the parlor — with lipstick

Supreme Court Justice George Sutherland (who also was a former US Senator and congressman from Utah) famously noted in the landmark 1926 case of Euclid v. Ambler Realty Co that: “A nuisance may …
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Bien-Willner: The real state of affairs on Arizona's short-term rental law

The short-term rental platforms are working hard to spin their recent loss. They would have you believe that they offered legislation to “fix” the STR rental problems that they created in …
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Pace: Paradise Valley public works by the numbers

Our town has the greatest public works department in the state of Arizona. Without a doubt. We all enjoy how special our unique town is with the ambiance of open space and desert landscaping. We …

Blaney: SBA shares resources to support deaf, hard of hearing entrepreneurs

Recently, I read an article about two entrepreneurs who were opening a new restaurant and they laughed at themselves for picking this time to go into business but, in reality, it is a great time to …

Eskildson: SUSD leaders ignore declining student achievement

SUSD proudly declares it provides “Education Excellence” because its “average scores exceed Arizona standards at all levels.” However, they fail to also point out that …

Rauch: And the 2022 General Plan community survey says? What’s next?

After nearly two months the Paradises Valley 2022 General Plan Community Survey closed on Monday, March 1. A total of 386 community surveys were completed, which equates to over a 95% confidence …

MacDonald: Lessons learned and preparing for the next pandemic

It was only a matter of time before Americans would find themselves wearing facemasks. I manufacture facemasks and understand that while not everyone wants to wear them, they are a necessity in a …

A piece of history: The humble cemetery on McDonald Drive

Welcome to the second in a series of articles authored by committee members of The Town of Paradise Valley Historical Advisory Committee. The mission of the advisory committee is to, …

Marks: Protect Arizona’s short-term rentals

Responsible tourism is critical to our state’s economy, and in the wake of COVID-19, we can’t afford to enact policies that would cripple recovery efforts. But Rep. Kavanagh has proposed …

Williams: Teacher's perspective as Scottsdale Schools plans full re-open

If anything has shaped a theme for this school year, aside from the obvious of teaching and keeping school safe in a pandemic, it’s the phrase “the only constant is change.” All …

Hunter: Response to Hildebrand's short-term rental opinion

Mr. Hildebrand: What can I say but “There are none so blind as those who will not see.” The willful ignorance on the part of the short-term rental industry about the very real …

Mason: Short-term rental industry is in trouble

The STR industry is in trouble. People are rising up to save their neighborhoods and are demanding meaningful restrictions on STRs. State and local governments are responding to peoples’ …

Hildebrand: A response to PR attacks on short-term rentals

Watch out for the big lies being told about small businesses. I’m talking about opponents of vacation rentals. They’re happy to blame these properties for everything from crime to COVID-19 to the rising price of housing.

Dickman: Short-term rental report is powerful warning against current practices

A nearly 40-page study publicly released on March 1 by well-known and highly respected Arizona economic and real estate analysis firm Elliott Pollack and Co. (“Pollack”) explains that …

Noble: Women need to pay attention to their heart health, even during the pandemic

COVID-19 has dominated the medical space for the last year. As we continued to learn more about the coronavirus, we learned that people with underlying conditions like diabetes and obesity are more …
Leonard Kirschner poses near the canyon during a pre-pandemic visit to Grand Canyon National Park.

Kirschner: America’s national parks are calling, and you must go post-COVID-19

It was a year ago when COVID-19 struck and our world changed.

Sewell: No matter the direction, beauty is all around Arizona

Call me biased, but I am confident I can convince anyone that Arizona is one of the most scenic states in the country. So, with spring just around the corner, I want to encourage you to lace up your …

Ostrom: Colorectal cancer screenings must remain a priority

Did you know that one of the most prevalent and deadly cancers in the United States is colorectal cancer? In fact, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and is the …

Mason: SB1379 needs fixing to address short-term rental issues

Dear Senator Mesnard: Reference: SB1379 — I would like to meet with either you or your staff on SB1379 the important short term rental issue, and fixes to make SB1379 a better bill. As a …
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Andeen: Paradise Valley leadership, ethics, code of conduct

Our town’s elected mayor and councilmembers need to exhibit leadership, ethics, and honor our town’s Code of Conduct. I am one of your Town Council members committed to serving residents …
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