Opinions with Civility
Arizona School Boards Association Governmental Relations Director Chris Kotterman

ASBA: Arizona’s school districts follow official public health guidance

Arizona’s school districts have a fundamental obligation to protect the students entrusted to their care and provide a safe working environment for their employees.

Durfey: Winds of change in the housing market?

The residential real estate market in Peoria continues to be a seller’s market, certainly, but we are starting to see movement from the extreme seller’s market to one that offers a little more favor to buyers than we have seen in quite some time.
Kathy Chandler, Northwest Valley Connect executive director

Chandler: For those who can’t get to a vaccine, there is solution

Northwest Valley Connect volunteers have a concern for those not vaccinated, who remain vulnerable to the possibility of contracting the virus. If one should be you, our volunteers have a solution: they have made themselves available for your assistance.

Rappold: Critical race theory is not happening in our classrooms

Until recently, I had never heard of critical race theory. Then, community members began speaking about it at school board meetings here and around the country.
Beverly Pingerellli is a member of the PUSD governing board and a member of the Arizona state House of Representatives for Legislative District 21.

Pingerelli: This is why critical race theory promotes racism

I would like to address Mr. Van Horn’s assertion that America was founded on white supremacy principles as well as his assumptions about ‘identity,’ ‘power’ and …

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.
Kelly Carbello

Carbello: Students didn’t create the divide, but they will suffer for it

As a parent, I understand the intense feelings expressed by parents in our community during these contentious days and conflict at Peoria Unified School District.
Peoria Unified School District President David Sandoval

Sandoval: We are all in the same storm, but our boats are different

March of 2020 began a time of angst and uncertainty that drove how we responded to many aspects of our lives that have been turned upside down. Loved ones were lost, families kept apart, and …

Van Horn: Pingerelli's comments on curriculum come across as ignorant

I wanted to take the time to discuss a recent commentary from Peoria Unified School District governing board member Beverly Pingerelli.

Skon: Critical race theory only teaches kids to hate each other

I am writing in reference to the article about the recall efforts of Peoria Unified School District board members.

Taetle: Stop the petition to recall PUSD board members

Dear Wendy Van Wie, I would like to kindly respond to your request for the removal of two Peoria Unified School District board members due to continuing a mask mandate, but I will do it with tears …
Beverly Pingerelli

Pingerelli: Teaching fear in the name of racism

On Dec. 10, 2020, a new course offering was passed by the Peoria Unified School District Governing Board by a vote of 3-2.
In this Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, violent insurrectionists loyal to President Donald Trump  scale the west wall of the the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

Cravens: ‘War on police?' Don’t forget the insurrection

I would like to respond to the letter from Rich Andrews published on the yourvalley.net website, June 9.

Andrews: Pres. Obama to blame for police critics

I am responding to the article, “Phoenix police keep tabs on social media, but who keeps tabs on cops?”
Claudia Manzano Herrera

Herrera: These visionaries are working to make a difference

These visionaries are working to make a differenceWhether it is due to losing a friend or offering to help an elderly person, there’s something in our lives that inspires us to do good for …
Sheila Harrison-Williams is the Arizona School Boards Association Executive Director.

ASBA: Culture, race, ethnicity intersect and are woven deeply into all students’ lives

There have been accusations lately that critical race theory was taught at our Arizona School Boards Association Equity Event, April 21-23.
Rebecca Durfey

Peoria Realtor warns of risks during an out-of-balance real estate market

It is a challenging residential real estate market in a number of ways right now.
Peoria Unified School District Governing Board member Cory Underhill

Underhill: My record of service shows respect, professionalism, despite atmosphere of intimidation

It has not been an easy year as a board member, but I have remained diligent in my commitment to doing the best I can for our students by using data and research, listening to others, and making the best decisions possible as a parent, teacher, and community member.
David Sandoval

Sandoval: I will ensure all voices are heard, continue to lead with compassion, empathy

When I first ran for the Peoria Unified School District Governing Board, I made a commitment to ensure that all stakeholder voices would have a space to be expressed and be included in the conversations that have an impact on the district and its students.
Dr. Amy Whittington

Naturopathic Medicine Week: How doctors are helping improve coverage, care

With Naturopathic Medicine Week now here, May 16-22, it’s the perfect time to shine a light on the important role naturopathic medicine practitioners play in the health and wellbeing of …
Dr. Yoaav Krauthammer is a cardiac electrophysiologist on the medical staff at Abrazo Arrowhead Campus in Glendale.

Next-gen heart procedure now offered at Abrazo Arrowhead

A next generation heart procedure for atrial fibrillation (Afib) is now being offered at Abrazo Arrowhead Campus. Afib is an irregular heartbeat that can cause blood clots, which could lead to a …
PUSD CFO Michelle Myers

Myers: Peoria Unified places emphasis on financial stewardship

It is an honor to serve as the Peoria Unified School District’s Chief Financial Officer.
Michelle R. Reid is the Museum Services Director at Washington-based Museum Pros.

An inside look at Preserving Peoria historical society artifacts

The City of Peoria has been working diligently to return thousands of unclaimed artifacts previously in the possession of the now dissolved Peoria Arizona Historical Society. Without a doubt, the …

Zwick/Griffith: Senators must protect borrowers

Despite Arizona voters defeating a well-funded effort in 2008 to allow small-dollar loans to exceed our state’s interest rate cap of 36% plus fees, a persistent group of online high-cost …

Burhop: Lesko’s view of herd immunity ‘makes no sense’

As a Republican I am puzzled at Congresswoman Debbie Lesko’s stance on who should get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Becky Harlow, public relations volunteer for the AZ Women’s Partnership

Harlow: Philanthropy continues during COVID-19 crisis

As the pandemic surged through the country in 2020 many organizations had to evaluate how to continue their mission safely.
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.

Civic Alliance: The right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy

We believe every American should have a voice in our democracy and that voting should be safe and accessible to all voters.
Peoria Independent News Editor Philip Haldiman

So much development, so much planning for water

Arizona is definitely a builder’s state. But what about water, our most precious resource?

Owen: How to skip the diet, get your body results it needs

Keto. Low Carb. Eating programs based on a point system. You name it, the “diet” most likely exists. And while these programs offer the promise of a healthier lifestyle, touting huge …
Mick Degn, executive director of Peoria-based Arizona Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Foundation

Degn: Let’s work on changing our driving habits

When you’re driving your vehicle down the road, enjoying a nice motorcycle ride or riding a bicycle, what do you think about?
Jack Sellers

Sellers: 2020 election was run with integrity

I understand the Arizona Senate has moved forward with selecting and contracting with firms to complete their review of the November 2020 General Election results. I am not familiar with any of the firms listed in the Senate press release.
Arizona Department of Transportation crews work on the Meteor Crater and Two Guns bridge deck replacement and rehabilitation project on Interstate 40 east of Flagstaff. [Courtesy of ADOT]

Merrill: Zipper merge eases traffic — and your dilemmas

Does merging on the highway pose a dilemma for you?

Ware: Council sells out to franchise owner in drive-thru case

I am a Peoria resident that is opposed to a Taco Bell or a KFC placing a fast food drive thru at 77th Avenue and Thunderbird Road.
FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2020 file photo, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey hands over his signed election documents to certify the election results for federal, statewide, and legislative offices and statewide ballot measures at the official canvass at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix.  Ducey spent much of Trump's presidency trying not to provoke confrontation with the president or his fervent defenders.  When state law required Ducey to certify Arizona's presidential election results and sign off on Trump's defeat last week, four years of loyalty wasn't enough to protect him from the president.  (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File)

Burhop: Do the right thing, Ducey

Dear Gov. Doug Ducey: As a moderate Republican, I am depending on you to do the right thing.
Bobby Boland

Boland: What can I do after my COVID-19 vaccination?

We have a vaccine! In fact, we have three — with more on the way.
Larry Kubiayk, also known as  “Ol Porch Dog," is a resident of Sun City.

“Ol Porch Dog” thanks Independent

Just wanted to thank Steve Stockmar for the story on my gig at Winery 101 recently. It was a great success and no small part due to him. There were people there that said they had seen the story …
A drive-thru planned to go in near 75th Avenue and Thunderbird Road has drawn ire from some nearby residents.

Drive-thrus are pretty tame these days

I was reading an article (“Drive-thru division,” March 10, 2021, Peoria Independent) about a drive-thru wanting to go in near 75th Avenue and Thunderbird Road.

Reader: Grand Old Party reaches new low

When Moses came down from the mountain, what did he find? A golden idol of Trump. What? What’s wrong with these people? It also reminds me of a hymn we sing at Thanksgiving.
Michael Troop

Troop: AZ Merit test season calls for tips, best practices

Standardized testing season can be a stressful time for students even under normal circumstances. But, during a pandemic? Students will need every edge they can get. Just as schools have had to …
Richard Pearlstein

New alternative sleep apnea treatment offered at Abrazo Arrowhead

A new treatment option for obstructive sleep apnea for patients who cannot use Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy is available at Abrazo Arrowhead Campus. The Inspire Upper Airway …
Dr. Timothy Gerhart

Gerhart: How important is Vitamin D in staying well with flu, COVID-19?

Staying well requires a strong, balanced immune system combined with reducing exposure to pathogens. Vitamin D is critical to each step of our immune response.

Kehaly: Vaccine delivers hope in Arizona every 10 seconds

By all accounts, Arizona has had a rough time through the COVID-19 pandemic. A staggering loss of more than 15,000 Arizonans, punctuated by devastating economic and mental health impacts, left our …
Nathan Lamberth

Lamberth: Telehealth gives more patients access to primary care, mental health services

It’s hard to believe that we have been navigating the coronavirus for more than a year. Much has changed since then. Many of us are working remotely, our kids are learning virtually, and we are …
Linda Brickman, front left, vice chair of the Maricopa County Republicans, Dr. Kelli Ward, back left, chair of the Arizona Republican Party, talk with Rey Valenzuela, right, Maricopa County Elections Department Director of Early Voting and Election Services, as the department conducts a post-election logic and accuracy test for the general election Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Supervisors respond to judge’s election subpoenas ruling

Following the ruling issued Friday by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Timothy Thomason — which affirms the subpoenas issued by Arizona Senate Republicans calling for the release of the …
Ryan Patrick Olson poses with Webber, a stuffed platypus that played an integral role in his fantasy memoir, “Carnival of Heaven.”

Olson: Survivors don’t have to let past suffering define them

I was diagnosed with T-cell leukemia a month before my 7th birthday.

Cravens: Searching for the definition of impeachment

I would like to correct Carolyn Copeland’s letter (“Reader says Trump was never impeached”) in which she continues to assert that Donald Trump was never impeached. In the first …
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.

Dunham: New water line benefits customers, supports local farmers

EPCOR has received a $250,000 grant from the Water Management Assistance Program at the Arizona Department of Water Resources.

Reader says Trump was never impeached

I get tired of reading “Mr. Trump, the first president to be impeached twice…”
Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat

Carlat: Governing to strengthen Peoria’s economy

Peoria is one of the safest cities in the nation and our parks and recreational facilities are top notch. We are proud to be known for having a highly skilled workforce, excellent housing choices, …
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