LOCAL OPINIONS

Shufelt: 250+ birthdays celebrated each and every month, even in the pandemic

Through the Birthday Dreams program at Arizona Helping Hands, 1,823 children in foster care have had birthdays made special in 2020. More than 250 boys and girls each month have received gifts …
Mayor Gail Barney

Barney: Everyone counts; have you completed the 2020 Census?

Serving on the Queen Creek Town Council since 2002, I have had the opportunity to grow with the community. From building Mansel Carter Oasis Park, opening the splash pad at Founders’ Park, …
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 …

Pineda: Tips to help older adults stay healthy this summer while in quarantine

While most residents in cities around the country look forward to the summer season, Arizonans try their best to stay cool living through the hottest days of the year, with temperatures rising above …

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 …
Justin Loflin

Loflin: Lost your job due to COVID-19? Consider a career as a roofer

Have you been thinking about what career path to take? Have you recently lost your job due to the COVID-19 pandemic? Is college not an option for you? If you answered yes to any of these …
Pam Burks

Burks: 'Back the Blue Rally' held in Apache Junction

On July 9 --- 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. --- there was a “Back the Blue Rally,”organized by your District 5 Pinal County supervisor, Todd House, and your Pinal County assessor, Doug Wolf. I …
Whitney Lawrence

Lawrence: McSally will fight to protect people like me with pre-existing health conditions

I think everyone can agree that right now, times are tough. Coronavirus has affected millions of Americans --- most people either know someone who has gotten sick, lost a job, or lost a loved …
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 …
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