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Jim Mathewson

Mathewson: I cheated at "Jeopardy" and it still makes me laugh

The recent passing of "Jeopardy" host Alex Trebec has sparked a flood of tributes for him and the game show itself.  Former contestants and celebrities who've competed there have shared numerous …

Cravens: Polling places are not partisan

I would like to respond to the letter to the editor by Carolyn Copeland regarding polling places.
A sign points to a local polling station for the Arizona Democratic presidential preference election Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Reader wants a closer place to vote

I was surprised to learn there is not a single place in Sun City where I can vote on Nov. 3. When Helen Purcell was in charge, our polling place was printed next to our address on our sample …
A sign points to a local polling station for the Arizona Democratic presidential preference election Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Cravens: Let's get competence, integrity back in federal government

I would like to respond to the letter from Jean Goncalves of Sun City West, in which she writes about the differences between the Democratic and Republican Party platforms for this year and cites them as a reason to vote Republican.

Goncalves: Change your affiliation if you don't like the party you are with

I have to laugh every time I see a sign “Republicans for Biden.”
Vice President Mike Pence listens as Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks during the vice presidential debate Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, at Kingsbury Hall on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. (Justin Sullivan/Pool via AP)

Cravens: Letter writer once again makes ridiculous claims

I would like to respond to the letter from Jean Goncalves, regarding the vice presidential debate. The letter writer makes a ridiculous claim regarding the “speaking” time that …
Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listens as Vice President Mike Pence answers a question during the vice presidential debate Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, at Kingsbury Hall on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool)

Goncalves: debate unmoderated, unfair to Pence

Again, another debate, another biased moderator. It was very obvious in the way the questions were asked and the way more time was given to Kamala Harris.
Mesquite District Councilwoman Bridget Binsbacher

Binsbacher: Paloma Community Park is a welcomed treasure

The long-awaited and much-anticipated Paloma Community Park is now open. This park is the newest example of Peoria’s commitment to providing the highest quality of life to our residents and the importance of bringing families together.

Cravens: There are plenty of studies that conclusively prove effectiveness of masks

I would like to respond to the letter from Frank Gilbert of Sun City West (“Gilbert: Masks are useless, mind control,” September 23, 2020, Daily Independent).

Gilbert: Masks are useless, mind control

Masks are not effective tools for protecting against COVID. Much to the chagrin of the mask-wearing crowd, there is no statistically significant study that proves conclusively that wearing a mask protects you from COVID.

PUPC: Vote yes on Peoria Unified bond, override

We recognize the important role that parents play in supporting our schools and ensuring the best possible education for all students in our community. Public School Review agrees stating, “Extensive research has shown that students achieve more in school when their parents are involved in their education.”

Former PUSD principal: Solter is a top choice for school board

Davita Solter, candidate for board bember of the Peoria Unified School District’s Governing Board, is a top choice.
A sign points to a local polling station for the Arizona Democratic presidential preference election Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PAC: Support our schools to protect our quality of life

For over 131 years, the Peoria Unified School District has been teaching the students of the Northwest Valley.

Tice: I'm voting Pingerelli for state legislature

I have always felt that a candidate should be judged on their individual beliefs and values, not those of a larger party.
Nora O’Malley

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? Telling you …
Peoria High School students Danielle Kwan and Tatum Champion have raised more than $1,000 to provide COVID-19 survival kits for Sun City senior citizens.

Dammeir: Kudos to Peoria students for helping others

Kudos to Peoria students Danielle Kwan and Tatum Champion for their wonderful efforts, providing COVID-19 survival kits to seniors in our community.

Mueller: Vote for Payne, Pingerelli

Legislative District 21 has a clear contrast in candidates this year for the state legislature.

Cravens: Letter writer leaves out important part

I would like to respond to Lyle Tuttle’s letter from Aug. 24, 2020, regarding Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes’ decision to try to maximize voter turnout.
Peoria Unified School District administrative office buidling, 6330 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale.

Pingerellis: Understanding our uncertainty and fears in K-12 education during the COVID-19 pandemic

Concerns over COVID-19 and the reopening of Arizona schools are escalating dramatically. In unprecedented numbers, parents are reaching out to school board members and superintendents to voice their concerns. One parent, in particular, expressed what parents and students are feeling.
Diana Varley is the Area Lending Manager for Bank of America Phoenix.

Varley: Dreaming of home ownership? It’s within reach

While daily life has changed over the last few months, many prospective homebuyers in Phoenix still want to own a home. With new passions like fitness or exploring the outdoors growing, some Arizonians may be interested in a home with a backyard or an additional room for a fitness studio.

Tuttle: Fontes should foot bill for ballots

It’s your money. Just in case you have not been keeping up with the events within the secretary of state, the recorder’s office, the county supervisors and the attorney general’s office, let me briefly review what has happened.
Michelle Lind

Lind: 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 …
Ed McClelland

McClelland: When it comes to mental health, race matters

As a Black man who has worked in the community behavioral health industry for more than 30 years, I’ve seen a lot. I’ve seen the struggles that individuals and family members go …
President George H. W. Bush signs the Americans with the Disabilities Act during a July 26, 1990, ceremony in the White House Rose Garden. Sitting beside him, from left, Evan Kemp, chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Justin Dart, chairman of the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. Standing behind him, from left, are the Rev. Harold Wilke and Swift Parrino, National Council on Disability chairwoman.

Happy anniversary to five significant ‘socialist’ programs that continue to benefit all Americans

Americans love anniversaries, whether it is the birth of our nation on July 4th, our parents’ 50th, Pearl Harbor or 9/11. The year 2020 has a number of significant anniversaries of laws that have changed American society in uncountable ways.
Peoria High School students Danielle Kwan and Tatum Champion have raised $870 to provide COVID-19 survival kits for Sun City senior citizens.

Tracy: Youths’ COVID kit outreach effort virtuous

I appreciated your good news story on the young ladies from Peoria High School and their outreach to Sun City residents.
Dr. Kristen Bishop

Bishop: Our bodies are designed to fight off viruses – and they do it every day

Valley residents are continuing to work through the slight declining trend of COVID-19, many are still concerned about the safety of themselves and their families.
Shannon Clancy

Clancy: Who is on the front line for families facing homelessness?

Temporary grace and an extension of Arizona’s eviction moratorium to Oct. 31 means we have more time to do our literal “home” work, but there’s no free pass or less pressure …
Abrazo CEO Brian Elisco

Good things happening despite pandemic

The relentless pace of the coronavirus pandemic has challenged hospital and healthcare workers across the Valley and the country. Long days are spent caring for COVID and non-COVID patients. The stress of managing personal lives while balancing family needs and commitments adds yet another layer of challenge to manage.

Brewer: West Coast anarchy could happen in Arizona if we don’t stand against it

The insanity we’re seeing in the Pacific Northwest would have free reign to spread to the rest of the country under a prospective Biden administration.

Bocconcelli: Why is Peoria City Council denying my right to vote?

I’ve been a resident of Peoria for almost 30 years. Besides being a great place to live and having an excellent school system, I have enjoyed and respected our city government. It seems our elected officials were really responsive to the citizens and there was never, at least apparent to the public, back room dealings or self-serving or other shenanigans.
Linda Busam is running for a seat on the Peoria Unified School District Governing Board.

Busam: Keeping schools closed will have lifelong consequences for children

Given Arizona’s recent pandemic statistics, Peoria’s governing board and school administrators are confronted with a difficult decision — potentially opening schools after Labor Day Weekend. These officials must decide if the risk of reopening Peoria’s 42 schools outweighs the immediate and long-term physical, mental and academic well-being of our district’s 36,000 children and their families.
Photo by Arianna Grainey

Independent Newsmedia launches 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 …
John F. Kennedy

Following Kennedy’s advice about being liberal

I would like to respond to the letter from Ronald Edward of Sun City West, (“Warns of liberals ‘taking over’” Peoria Independent, July 8, 2020), in which Mr Edward laments …
Kathy Knecht

Knecht: Schools should not be pawns in electoral politics

Thoughtful and intelligent leaders know there is no easy path through the COVID-19 crisis. There is no “right” answer, no quick fix, no painless solution. Experienced leaders know …

Warvi: How will the pandemic affect elections?

The impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on all our lives is clear.
Peoria City Councilwoman Vicki Hunt

Hunt: Alexa, who can I call for help?

Imagine living in your own home or apartment with days between any communications with another person. Many senior adults who have modest daily interaction with family and friends can easily become isolated inside their own residence. Depression often follows isolation, resulting in significant impact on physical health.
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 …
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 …
Peoria Unified School District governing board member Monica Ceja Martinez

Ceja Martinez: As a matter of fact, a bond and override are needed

I have lived in Peoria for 37 years. Once again, I stand before you to discuss much needed funding. Is it …
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 …
Rosalind Shanley, Peoria Diamond Club general manager

Shanley: Peoria Diamond Club remains steadfast in its obligations to youth charities

With the continuing unchartered territory that we keep encountering, the Peoria Diamond Club has been keeping busy with the obligations to our youth charities the best we can.
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 …

Osuna: Public meetings need more inclusion

I watched the City of Peoria Planning and Zoning Commission meeting held on June 4, 2020.  I came away with some questions after viewing it.

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 …

Rhoden: A letter to my kids regarding #BlackLivesMatter

I last wrote a public letter to you six years ago in BKNation. During that time, in 2014, we had just moved to the Phoenix area and I was a recently minted PhD. The world at that time seemed in …

Taylor: The link between a healthy life and school dollars

In this unparalleled time where our emotional and physical well-being are threatened, staying healthy and maintaining a normalcy has become increasingly challenging. It’s imperative more …
Dan Shufelt

Shufelt: Putting our helping hands together for the dads

I’ve had the honor to meet some amazing dads in my work at Arizona Helping Hands. Foster dads don’t have nine months to wrap their heads around the responsibilities of parenting. They …
Brian Humphreys, back row, from fourth from left, and Mychol Alexander, front row left, attended the U.S. Air Force Academy together. A frank conversation between the two after the May 25 death of George Floyd at the hands of police, inspired Mr. Humphreys to speak out against racism.

Guest commentary: ‘I wanted to believe everyone was safe’

Who am I? I am a white American man. I am a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, a husband, a father of four, a son, a brother and a servant to our nation as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. I …
David Sandoval

Sandoval: Bond, override = investments in the future

COVID-19 has challenged the Peoria Unified School District and the surrounding communities that it serves in how we live, work, play and educate our youth.
Robin Schaeffer

Schaeffer: Tips on how to return to public life while minimizing health risks

We get it. After a couple months of relative seclusion, you’re probably eager to see friends and extended family, enjoy a favorite meal out of the house, and finally get that haircut …
Mary Lynn Kasunic

Kasunic: Social-distancing can mask elder abuse

In a year with many distractions and stressful events, we must not forget that World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15. Annually, this day highlights the issues of elder abuse and the 10% of …
Jennifer Chau

Chau: Fair funding, representation hinge on an accurate census count

During this pandemic, we’ve seen our communities step up for one another to help flatten the curve. While we continue to practice social distancing, one of the most impactful civic duties that …
Jody Martin

Martin: How to stop the protests

I want to explain how to stop the riots, looting and protests since no one seems to know and no one else is saying it. My son from Nigeria and my Russian/Ukrainian daughter from Ukraine thought it …

Osuna: Westgate shooter is exactly why a Peoria Unified override is needed

I am in support of the recommendations the citizen’s advisory committee submitted and which subsequently were approved by the school board at the last board meeting. I concur with the recommendation of putting both a bond and an override on the November ballot.

Angell: Say no to proposed transfer station rezone

There is a rezoning case going through Maricopa County Planning and Zoning that residents of the Northwest Valley should know about.
Peoria residents are at odds with a proposed tranfser station at 115th Avenue and Happy Valley Road.

Anderson: Needed infrastructure in NW Valley will help keep trash rates low, preserve recycling

There has been a lot of talk about the proposed Happy Valley Recycling and Transfer Facility near 115th Avenue and Happy Valley Road, and unfortunately not all of the information is accurate.
Seema Verma

Verma: Got Medicare? Get a no-cost test for COVID-19

If you have Medicare and want to be tested for coronavirus disease 2019, COVID-19, the Trump Administration has good news. Medicare covers tests with no out-of-pocket costs. You can get tested in …
Marcus Johnson

Johnson, Gjersvig: How unemployed Arizonans can navigate health care coverage

The necessity of quality healthcare coverage has become abundantly clear for many Americans over the recent weeks For the one in 10 Americans now unemployed whose health insurance options were …
Vickilyn Alvey

Guest commentary: Open or close? The messy parts of living in a free country

When I was in nursing school, I was surprised to learn that “patients have a right to fall.” The concept, then, and now, was based upon a person’s right to choose due to informed …
Dan Shufelt

Shufelt: Even COVID-19 won’t slow down Arizona Helping Hands

The coronavirus has shut down or slowed down many businesses throughout the United States, but the essential services provided to children in foster care by Arizona Helping Hands have continued on …
Marc Lamber

Lamber: Lawsuits expected as Arizona businesses reopen

Now that commerce is resuming across Arizona, business owners are entering into uncharted territory taking a risk that customers and employees will catch COVID-19 at the business. If that happens, …
Nikki Julien

Julien: Less lawn equals more wildlife

Here in Phoenix our summer months are not known as gardening weather but there’s important work to do in the yard this year --- remove your lawn. You probably already consider this every …
Seema Verma

Verma: Thank you to all on the front lines of the pandemic

On behalf of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, I’d like to thank all those who work in nursing facilities --- doctors, nurses, food preparers, housekeepers and others --- for …
Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat

Carlat: Peoria’s reopening plan begins May 18

In conjunction with Governor Doug Ducey’s guidelines for reopening amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, I issued the Third Proclamation under the Declaration of Emergency, which calls for a phased plan to open city buildings, facilities and programs. The City of Peoria’s reopening plan begins Monday, May 18, with city hall and other city facilities opening to the public.
Peoria Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Scot Andrews

Peoria chamber goes to task helping businesses weather COVID-19

Character is tested when you are up against it. Over the last 60 days, in response to COVID-19, during this unprecedented time of uncertainty and duress within our Peoria business community, the …
Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat

Carlat: Peoria working around the clock to meet residents’ needs

As we navigate our way through this difficult time, the city of Peoria continues to work around the clock to find new and unique ways to meet the needs of our residents as they relate to the changes caused by COVID-19.
Jan Brewer

Brewer: President Trump's immigration pause is patriotic

Whenever anyone questions the wisdom of allowing large-scale illegal immigration, the first thing we invariably hear from the open-borders left is that it will outrage Hispanic-Americans. More often …
Darius Amiri

Amiri: Supreme Court may vote soon on the plight of 'Dreamers'

While the nation’s focus is rightfully on the COVID-19 crisis, another crisis looming for a large group of young people. Dreamers are living a nightmare as they wait for the federal government …
Sen. Sylvia Allen

Allen: Arizona education and the CARES Act

As chair of the Arizona Senate Education Committee, I passionately work toward bettering the education of every child in the state and I fully support Arizona parents and their school choice rights, …

Shufelt: Supporting Arizona's children during Foster Care Awareness Month

Governor Doug Ducey has again issued a proclamation declaring the month of May to be Foster Care Awareness Month. The governor urges “all citizens to do something positive to improve the …
Zach Shaw

Shaw: Caregivers key to fighting COVID-19

Older adults, with diminished immune systems due to aging and with pre-existing conditions, are much more vulnerable to COVID-19 than the general population. In-home caregivers can help prevent …

Wolfe: Keeping peace at home while everyone is online

Now that most of us are working and learning from home, you may be noticing that some websites may be a bit slow to load, and you may experience intermittent buffering when streaming video. While …
Aaron Blocher-Rubin

Blocher-Rubin: Potential adverse impact of unemployment claims on self-insured nonprofits

During these uncertain times, the economic impact of coronavirus-driven cancelations, postponements and shutdowns continues mounting. This is especially daunting for many nonprofit organizations …
U.S. Sen. Martha McSally

McSally: CARES Act a lifeboat for Arizona’s small businesses

Small businesses are the backbone of the Arizona economy and employ over one million Arizonans. These hard-working Arizonans often put everything they have into building their businesses from scratch …
Seema Verma

Verma: Getting medical care in your home during the pandemic

At Medicare, we understand you may have concerns about going to your doctor’s office during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Like so many Americans, our Medicare beneficiaries …
Will empty city council meetings be the norm in the future?

Haldiman: If you are lonely you are doing your part

For nearly four years now I have enjoyed covering the city of Peoria, where new things are popping up all the time and growth supplies much to write about. But as our world has come to a practical halt due to the coronavirus, so too has much of the activity in Peoria.

Going to grocery store dangerous for most vulnerable

Northwest Valley Connect (NVC) is now delivering groceries and medications to our clients in the West Valley. Our vulnerable adults age 65+ and/or with disabilities need the communities help more than ever right now during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sahar Zuberi,

The importance of virtual primary care during COVID19

Many of us don’t have a primary care provider, and those who do rarely visit more than once a year. So why should you be checking in routinely with a doctor, even when you’re not sick?
Melissa Briggs

A snapshot into learning at home during COVID-19

COVID-19 has led to the necessity of finishing the school year at home. This is definitely not desirable but our teachers are doing their best to make it work.
Portraits for OptumCare

Schnitzer: Tips to help seniors boost their physical, mental health during coronavirus quarantine

There is an ongoing conversation about the worldwide spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to be prepared. According to the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention, anyone can get …
Denette Dunn

Practice social distancing: Ounce of prevention now is a pound of cure tomorrow

You may have noticed that every council member aside from the mayor attended the March 24 council meeting via conference call. We did this to emphasize the importance of social distancing.

Simmer: Rotarians provide ideas on how you can help others during pandemic

Rotarians are “People of Action,” and Rotary clubs and their members throughout Arizona are pitching in to help where needed in their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic …
Bahkti Gosalia

Staying socially connected while social distancing

We are really in an unprecedented time with a lack of answers, certainty and control, and there is no end in sight. With all the discussion and encouragement around “social distancing” for our physical health, it brings up a whole new array of potential mental health problems, especially for older adults.
Craig Wismer, Arrowhead Justice Court

Wismer: If you have a balance at the courts, talk to your judge about deferment

These are troubled times. I know that sounds cliché, but that phrase regrettably represents our reality. We are now, on a daily basis, inundated with sobering health, financial and employment news.
David Scott Peters

Peters: A cash flow plan could help restaurants ride out the pandemic

Recent city and state mandates on how restaurants will be allowed to operate during this COVID-19 pandemic have thrown the hospitality industry into a tailspin.

Newlon: Remote online notarization a critical need in Arizona

To help keep our communities healthy, the need for social distancing is imperative right now. As such, on March 18, two U.S. senators --- Kevin Cramer and Mark Warner --- introduced a bill known …
Seema Verma

Verma: Medicare and coronavirus, what you need to know

Since older Americans are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19), I wanted to let you know the steps we’re taking to help our Medicare beneficiaries cope with the …

Burhop: Be aware of voter suppression

I have lived here in Arizona a long time and seen a lot of political maneuvering. Mostly bad. Pardon my cynical attitude. The pols here have a chance for more under-handed chicanery. The 2020 …
William Sorensen

Sorensen: Let’s move forward with positive energy at Centennial

To all the people that have reached out to me and shown me love: I am so grateful for the Centennial community. Over the last two years you have filled my cup and I will eternally love every …
David Sandoval

Sandoval: Former Challenger space opens to renewed excitement

If you’ve been anywhere near Sunrise Mountain High School lately, you are probably familiar with the excitement that has been emanating from that part of the Peoria Unified School District.

Smith: Dark money OK; we’re not a democracy

Attempts to outlaw “dark money” are means to suppress speech (“A light in the dark: The quest to outlaw ‘dark money,’” Page 4). It will allow Jacobin thugs …
Joe Arpaio

Arpaio: Eliminating the dangers posed by anonymous shell companies is commonsense

Under current U.S. law, when criminal organizations want to hide their money laundering and financing activities from law enforcement officials, they have the means to do so. The result is the …
The Sunrise Mountain High School ceramics class is now at home in the new SMart Center, formerly the Arizona Challenger Space Center. The district will host a ribbon cutting, Feb. 11.

Haldiman: At new SMart Center, space really is final frontier

Everything is connected to everything. Peoria Unified Superintendent Linda Palles Thompson was once told this and it has stuck with her over the years, especially when she looks at the new SMart Center, which now houses Sunrise Mountain High School’s visual arts program.
Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat

Carlat: This is how Peoria is addressing homelessness

As we move our city into the future, I am often asked about important topics related to new construction, future development, public safety, transportation, schools, water and many others. One question I have been asked is how is Peoria addressing the growing issue of homelessness?
Bridget Binsbacher

Binsbacher: Happy Valley Road construction shifts from day to night

For most living in the Mesquite District, Happy Valley Road is the main corridor we use to access our neighborhoods, shopping centers, parks, schools and more.
Sun City Community Assistance Network volunteers help clients with their taxes.

Duncan: Free benefits assistance interviews available in Sun City

The Mission of the Sun City Community Assistance Network is to, “Connect people with resources to enhance their standard of living.”
Peoria Independent News Editor Philip Haldiman

Haldiman: Youth environmental battle cry rumbles into the West Valley

If you haven’t seen 16-year-old Greta Thunberg fight for environmental justice over the last year, then you’ve probably been under a nice, cool rock.

Local Voices: Where to camp in the winter?

Local camping enthusiasts recommend some areas for camping during the cooler months. Just moved from Indiana in March and now we are settled in we’d like to get to some camping. Where are …
Peoria Independent News Editor Philip Haldiman

Haldiman: From counting calories to counting citizens — a true Thanksgiving

This past weekend may have involved counting calories from the feast you indulged in on Thanksgiving. Nothing wrong with that. But one thing we should all give thanks for is a different kind of …