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Huizar: Scottsdale Unified School District only serves 54% of its school-aged residents

According to a report by Applied Economics published on March 30, 2021, the decline of enrolled Scottsdale Unified School District students will continue for the projected future. The report …
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Ask ADOT: Why are Arizona's highway signs green?

Most weeks in our hectic world, there’s just no time to contemplate everything that surrounds us. But there are times when a question will spontaneously pop into our brains, right between the …
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Herrington: CDC urges vaccination for pregnant women

Waiting on COVID-19 vaccination because you are pregnant creates unnecessary risks for you and for your pregnancy. That’s the focus of an emergency announcement recently from the Centers for …
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Rigler: Specialists use contact tracing to curb the spread of COVID-19

Friday, Oct. 1 was the 10th annual National Disease Intervention Specialists Recognition Day, the day honoring health care professionals who are crucial in the effort to disrupt the transmission of deadly infectious diseases by connecting people who have been exposed to care and services using a method called contact tracing, which has been vital during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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Senators: Let’s keep America’s small businesses open with innovation

As America celebrates National Small Business Week and the hardworking entrepreneurs who form the backbone of our economy, policymakers must do more than recognize the vital contributions of small businesses. Indeed, Congress must redouble its determination to support small business owners and the nearly 60 million workers they employ following a year in which “the pandemic resulted in the permanent closure of roughly 200,000 U.S. establishments above historical levels.”
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Schmitz: Physical therapy helps Arizonans with chronic health issues

October is National Physical Therapy Month and 2021 commemorates 100 years of the American Physical Therapy Association as a member association for physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and students.
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Rose Smith, who ranked fourth for obtaining a Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board seat, maintaining 17% of votes after initially being in third place.

Smith: Approaching SUSD's divisiveness in a positive manner

As a former Scottsdale school board candidate, I think I have a fairly good perspective of the task at hand for our five elected board members. It starts with the drive and commitment to …

Gates: We must work together to combat domestic violence in our communities

Dear friends, October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Combating domestic violence is one of the most important challenges we face today, and COVID-19 has only exacerbated the problem.

Herrington: There’s a public health role in creating a weather-ready nation

Many issues related to weather can impact your health. Wildfires spawned by lightning can cause respiratory illnesses from smoke and poor air quality. Flash flooding has led to numerous rescues from vehicles and homes. Last year, extreme heat sent at least 2,414 people to Arizona emergency rooms and contributed to 522 deaths.

Bloomer: Can fitness, exercise protect you from COVID-19? Here's why that's not enough

Can healthy people who eat right and exercise skip the COVID-19 vaccine? A research scientist and fitness enthusiast explains why the answer is no I’m a fitness enthusiast. I also adhere to …

Statement from Maricopa County Chairman Jack Sellers about the Sept. 24 Senate audit hearing

Members of the Board of Supervisors watched the Senate/Cyber Ninja hearing and the County’s social media team, working with elections professionals, responded to allegations in real time.  …

Statement from Maricopa County Chairman Sellers about the draft Senate audit report

You don’t have to dig deep into the draft copy of the Arizona Senate/Cyber Ninja audit report to confirm what I already knew – the candidates certified by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Governor, Secretary of State and Attorney General – did, in fact, win. This means the tabulation equipment counted the ballots as they were designed to do, and the results reflect the will of the voters.  That should be the end of the story.  Everything else is just noise.

Sjolander: September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

With Arizona marking September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, we recognize the COVID-19 pandemic has brought on many stressors, including emotional hardships, that can impact the overall health and mental well-being of Arizonans. It has never been more important for us to stay connected to the people we care about.

Maricopa County Supervisor Chucri: I am resigning effective Nov. 5, 2021

It’s hard to believe I have been involved in Arizona politics now for 28 years. When I first ran for Maricopa County Supervisor in 2012, I campaigned to bring civility, innovation and most …

Farmer: We can all do better at electing leaders

It is interesting to read an obviously educated opinion that is so far off the mark. I cannot be the only one that recognized that the Liberals (Democrats) always accuse Republicans of acts that …

Maxwell: Data shows students are falling behind as COVID impacts schools

I think we can all agree that COVID fatigue is well entrenched in everyone’s lives. There is not a single family that has not been affected by the pandemic. Some have paid a higher price …

Eskildson: Arizona’s educators are preparing graduates for a half-century ago

At what level should education standards/goals be set? Years and hundreds of millions of dollars have been wasted across the nation providing unique “answers” to that question for …

Chaet: Huge delays in repairing Paradise Valley water leaks

I am writing this editorial in response to the article in the PV Independent dated Aug. 25. The title of the article is “Scottsdale declares ‘Stage 1’ of drought …

Cochill: My response to Hinchman’s ‘looking for compassion’ opinion

Compassion is a wonderful thing. Bravo for Ms. Hinchman to select that word in response to the COVID-19 we all face. I wonder if her compassion extends to those of us who do not share her …

Huizar: Amid failing students, Scottsdale school board needs to resign

Only 60% of Scottsdale students tested “proficient” in English Language Arts and math! According to a letter sent on June 1, 2021, from the president of the SUSD Governing Board, only …
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