Opinions with Civility

Graham: Resident is concerned about messages in Sun City

My concerns are about the person who left a hateful, unkind note in the mailbox of an elderly person unable to correct the condition of her American flag.

Duncan: Free lock boxes available through Sun City CAN

The Mission of the Sun City Community Assistance Network is to, “Connect people with resources to enhance their standard of living.”

Ubert: Sun City golf courses need more grass

This is a suggestion to the director of golf in Sun City.

Shelledy: Virus rules should stay in place in Sun City

I am utterly amazed at Jan Elk suggesting we return to normal when the state is only 25% vaccinated with two shots.
Photo by Arianna Grainey

Bien-Wilner: Real state of short term rentals in Arizona

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 our towns and throughout the state, only to have it rejected without reason.

Copeland: Ballot notary defeats purpose

The idea that a person who wants to mail-in their ballot has to have their signature notarized defeats the purpose of using mail-in ballots to simplify the process.
Sun City Posse member Steve Arnold, right, and Bob Kish of Assured Document Destruction help area residents dispose of unwanted papers, flyers and documents during the Sun City Posse’s Take-Back-Drugs and Shred-A-Thon event.

Sun City Posse gets back to open events

After a one-year hiatus, residents April 24 were eager to dispose of unused drugs and documents at the Sun City Posse’s Take-Back-Drugs and Shred-A-Thon.

Kepler: Sun City reader tries to correct perceptions

Having read twice now in recent weeks about the misconception of “open boarders,” let’s correct a few perceptions.
Sun City Clay Club member Pam Herman throws a pumpkin luminary at Lakeview Recreation Center prior to the pandemic. Recreation Centers of Sun City officials plan to open facilities fully May 17.

Lamb: Some employees don’t live in Sun City

The Recreation Centers of Sun City Board of Directors is looking at reopening on May 17 to give those employees 55 and younger to get their shots.

Short-term rentals are a pig in the parlor — with lipstick

Supreme Court Justice George Sutherland (who also was a former U.S. Senator and congressman from Utah) famously noted in the landmark 1926 case of Euclid v. Ambler Realty Co. that: “A nuisance may be merely a right thing in the wrong place — like a pig in the parlor instead of the barnyard.”

Kapic: ‘For the People Act’ not good for one reader

I have been reading about HR 1/S.1, the so-called “For the People Act,” which is under consideration in the U.S. Senate.

Toth: MCDOT highlights 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.

Moore: Sun City resident asks why attack someone you don’t know?

To E. Wisniewski, in my original letter about short term rentals (“Reader offers suggestions for short rentals,” Sun City Independent, March 31, 2021), I was answering an email request for my opinion from Rusty Bradshaw and generally writing to Sun City Home Owners Association sharing my opinion at the same time.

Aschendorf: Unbelievable how far down nation has gone

I’m writing in response to the letter from Bonnie Boyles of Sun City (“Reflecting on impotent society,” Sun City Independent, April 7, 2021).

Verdier: What does COVID vaccine mean for employers?

Distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine is well underway. 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.

Wisniewski: Reader says ‘no’ to short term rentals in Sun City

This is my response to Ms. Mary Ann Moore (“Resident offers suggestion for short term rentals,” Sun City Independent, March 31, 2021) on her suggestion to use an owned home in Sun City to rent out to roomers.

Wilson: Technology Committee looks toward the future in Sun City

How many times a day does technology affect our lives? The level of comfort using technology varies across our residents.

Depasquale: Reader gives thanks to rose tenders in Sun City

I wanted to shout out a huge thank you and appreciation to the worker or workers that take care of the beautiful roses at Sun Bowl.

Sahlberg: Sun City banner needs to be replaced

I’m sending you another plea for a new Sun City flag at the corner of Grand and 107th avenues.

Romain: Sun City bikers error should have been caught

Until recently, I was the news writer for the Palo Verde Artists in Sun City and wrote all of their articles for more than three years.

Duncan: Property tax break is available for some in Sun City

The Mission of the Sun City Community Assistance Network is to, “Connect people with resources to enhance their standard of living.”

Boyles: Reflecting on impotent society

I was on hold for 45 minutes before a gruff customer service representative snapped, “Can I help you?”

Wortman: SCHOA should be mandatory for Sun City residents

Thank you for your informative and well written article (“Filling the SCHOA roster,” Sun City Independent, Marh 31, 2021).

Beaton: Pet owners should take poop bags in Sun City

To whom it may concern. Parks and Sons will not take the dog poop bag out of anyone’s trash can.

Harmer: Reader wants people to take responsibility in Sun City

Again I feel compelled to chime in on another of your articles. This one, to me, is really about what’s right and common sense.

Moore: Resident offers suggestions for short rentals in Sun City

Here is my opinion and suggestions for the Sun City Home Owners Association about the “short term rentals” debate.

Griswold: Rescue plan does not help most in Sun City

The recently enacted “American Rescue Plan” does not provide help directly to Sun City, because we are unincorporated.
beach huts and dunes

Pratt: Short-term rentals bring in problems to Sun City

I live in Sun City near 99th Avenue and Royal Oak.

Bergen: More to worry about in Sun City

I think Sun City has more important things to worry about.

Sun City Posse looking for more volunteers

This year-long pandemic has put the skids on most of what life was like in Sun City. But no more!

Amaro: Hope SCHOA enforces short term rentals in Sun City

Thank you for asking for input from Sun City residents regarding short-term rental properties (“Short term rentals on hot seat,” Sun City Independent, March 10, 2021).

Wilson: RCSC continues to be patient with COVID restrictions in Sun City

When will we lift all restrictions at RCSC? When will we allow guests at RCSC facilities? These are questions the board of directors get asked in emails or hear frequently at board meetings. I can guarantee that every board member and every senior management staff member would love to go back to normal, but that is not the safe thing to do right now.

Harmer: Vehicles at some homes out of hand in Sun City

This is my first time taking action like this but as a Sun City homeowner I have concerns as well.
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 …

Powell: Supports short rental legislation

I support legislation that regulates short-term rentals to owner-occupied homes (“Short term rentals on hot seat,” Sun City Independent, March 10, 2021) during the rental and that renters meet the various CC&Rs that maintain the restricted age limitations that make Sun City an attractive residential choice for seniors.

Caouette: Short rentals not appropriate in Sun City residential areas

Short term rentals (aka Airbnb or vrbo) are businesses and don’t belong in residential zones(“Short term rentals on hot seat,” Sun City Independent, March 10, 2021). This shouldn’t be complicated, it is a zoning issue.

Forrest: Restrictions were draw for Sun City

We purchased property in Sun City for the relaxing atmosphere, no out of control parties, no noise produced by people who have no respect for others and no cars racing down the streets at all hours, plus property management companies that work with the HOAs to maintain the communities.

Gray: There are responsibilities to ownership in Sun City

The idea that anyone should be able to do anything they want with their property is just selfishness.

Depesquale: Volunteers get thanks for work in Sun City

A big thank you for all the AARP tax volunteers for your time and patience in getting the seniors returns done.

Good golf starts with the grip

In golf, one of the most overlooked areas of importance is how you hold the club.

Lamont: Patient gets good treatment at hospital

I recently experience a health issue, which was very serious. This letter is about MD Anderson Cancer Center and Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center, both at 14502 W. Meeker, Blvd., Sun City West.

Turk: Only wants Sun City guest policy changed

I believe the letter (“Restrictions should stay in place,” Sun City Independent, March 3, 2021) was directed at me so I feel compelled to respond.

Sherman: Keep Sun City board sessions open to residents

I am opposed to closed meetings by the Recreation Centers of Sun City board.

Duncan: Looking for more ‘Larrys’ in Sun City

A month or so ago, I got a phone call out of the blue from a guy named Larry. He heard about Sun City Community Assistance Network’s Paint the Town program.

Victor: Sun Cities Relay for Life turns out well

Thank you to all of the individuals who joined us Feb. 21 for the Ninth Annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life of the Sun Cities drive-through in the Sun City West Foundation parking lot.

Hunter: City of Volunteers? Proud to be one in Sun City

As Sun City Home Owners Association Board of Directors president, it has been my pleasure to have the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people who give some of their time to the betterment of our community.
Most of Arizona is covered by local mandates that require wearing a mask.

Lux: Come on, just wear the masks!

The article on the front page says a first-term legislator convinced other lawmakers in our State House to ignore mask mandates. It wasn’t a lawmaker, politician or president who created …

Hug: Knights offer thanks for food donations

The Knights of Columbus, Our Lady of Lourdes Council 11809, and Valley View Community Food Bank thank all those who helped make the “Give From The Heart” food drive Feb. 13 for the local needy and hungry of the community such a success.

Wisnewski: Restrictions should stay in place in Sun City

This is in response to your story on changes sought for Lakeview park (“Changes sought for RCSC visitor restrictions,” Sun City Independent, Feb. 17, 2021).

O'Malley: Forming multiple friendships is beneficial

What is harsh? Are you emotional? Angered? Hurt? Embarrassed?

Skaggs: EPCOR is here to help you with your Sun City water issues

With many people still facing financial difficulties related to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s good to know there are programs available to help in 2021.

Hick: More positives to Sun City than written

Having lived in Sun City since 2004, I have seen and heard much that is good and some not so good.

Farris: Resident urges RCSC board to reconsider hosting Sun City vaccine

It’s a bit distressing that our administrators of the Sundial Center are relying on a principle of using a “recreation” clause to thwart the high public purpose of inoculating Sun City residence against COVID-19.

Dick: Local reps deserve respect

Mr. Shaw, your disgust with both Sen. Rick Gray and Rep. Kevin Payne (“Reader admits making error,” Sun City Independent, Feb. 3, 2021) is completely out of place.

Wilson: RCSC communication committee take on new ‘focus’ in Sun City

This year the Recreation Centers of Sun City Board of Directors repurposed one of our standing committees.
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.

Graettinger: Sun City Posse takes pandemic seriously

The pandemic is a grave emergency that we at the Sun City Posse are serous-minded about.

Williamson: Walker thanks person who returned alert in Sun City

Several months ago I lost my medic alert bracelet on my morning walk.

Dumais: Sun City resident worries about access to restrooms at lake

This is an open letter to the Recreation Centers of Sun City management.

Holick: Sun City seniors need help with vaccinations

Super seniors need help in navigating the COVID-19 vaccine sign-ups.

Gerhart: How important is vitamin D in staying well?

Staying well requires a strong, balanced immune system combined with reducing exposure to pathogens.
Raoul Sada

Sada: 2021 brings opportunities for businesses

This is an open letter to all elected officials at the federal, state and local levels.

Depasquale: Do not pick fruit without permission in Sun City

Please ask before picking fruit off trees. At the corner of Camden Avenue and Cumberland Drive someone helped themselves to all the lemons off the tree on this corner house.

Mathewson: Shame on Sun City rec centers officials

The weekly Sun City Independent included an article (“RCSC will not pursue Sun City vaccination site,” Sun City Independent, Feb. 3, 2021) about the RCSC’s refusal to allow any of its recreation centers to be used as a point of distribution for COVID vaccinations.

Duncan: Census shows Sun City is going poor

The 2020 census for Sun City contains lots of interesting information. Visit worldpopulationreview.com/us-cities/sun-city-az-population.

Pates: Sun City does not compare to college town

This is in response to the letter about living on a golf course (“Living on course not what expected,” Sun City Independent, Jan. 27, 2021).

SCHOA, PORA working to protect Sun Cities residents

As the chairwoman of the Sun City Home Owners Association Government Affairs Committee it is my privilege to be a part of SCHOA’s advocacy efforts, particularly as they relate to utility rates.

Novess: Should have better way to pick state reps for Sun City

I feel compelled to respond to L Dick (“Payne is rep, did not run unopposed,” Sun City Independent, Jan. 27, 2021).

Hayes: Party hatred divides country

Sadly, the rhetoric coming from you in the letter (“Newspaper should report important items,” Sun City Independent, Jan. 20, 2021) in our local paper, I could hear you yelling.

Baxley: Resident agrees about media reporting in Sun City

This is a response to Jan Palson’s letter (“Newspaper should report important items,” Sun City Independent, Jan. 20, 2021).

Duter: Sun City Meals on Wheels off to new start

We began the new year with a new meal service provider.

Tracy: Why no COVID tests, shots in Sun City?

Why doesn’t Sun City ever get COVID-19 locations?

Duncan: Residents can get property tax refund in Sun Cities

The Mission of the Sun City Community Assistance Network is to, “Connect people with resources to enhance their standard of living.”

Cottrell: Living on course not what expected in Sun City

Just because you’re teeing off doesn’t mean you need to tee me off.

Dick: Payne is rep, did not run unopposed

Mr. Shaw, your lack of knowledge of the facts is showing (“Senator ignores those from other party,” Sun City Independent, Jan. 13, 2021).

Wilson: Looking forward to ‘normal’ in new year in Sun City

The year 2020 is finally behind us and many of us are filled with hope for good things in 2021.

Pan: Resident offers thanks for return of purse

On Sunday afternoon, Jan. 10, a kind and caring gentleman found my purse in the parking lot of Safeway in Sun City and turned it in to their customer service.

Crislip: Why older adults should set New Year's resolutions in Sun City

A new year brings new resolutions for many and those New Year’s resolutions could also lead to some health benefits.

Palson: Newspaper should focus on more important items in Sun City

I’m just stunned that you’ll use COVID in headlines to get attention but otherwise it’s business as usual — no big deal.

Spinka: Sun City reader did speak to driveway musical performers

I must respond to Mr. Broyles’ remarks (“Speak with those doing concerts first,” Sun City Independent, Jan. 6, 2021). I feel that they are degrading and insulting.

Matthies: New Year’s Day hole in one in Sun City

My wife and I live on the Palmbrook Country Club golf course and are accustomed to holiday duffers misdirecting their shots.

Mainz: Did not know frequency of train travel in Sun City

I am writing in response to a letter (“Buyers should know what they are getting,” Sun City Independent, Dec. 30, 2020) from Gib Foulke, which was blatantly uncivil.

Shaw: State legislator ignores those from other party

I know that the Sun Cities lean Republican and Kevin Payne ran an uncontested race for the state Senate so he feels that he can ignore Democratic residents in District 21 with impunity.

McDade: Comments by Sun City resident about Luke Air Force Base not meant to be serious

I was born and raised in Glendale, Mr. Foulke (“Buyers should know what they are getting,” Sun City Independent, Dec. 30, 2020), I’ve been in Sun City 15 years.

Brandser: Will it be illegal to use phone GPS?

Regarding the guest commentary (“Ditsch portable devices while driving, it’s the law,” Sun City Independent, Dec. 30, 2020), my phone has GPS, which I use for driving directions.
Sun City Posse Board of Governors members are sworn in for the 2021 year.

Graettinger: Sun City Posse ready for new challenges ahead

The Sun City Posse last year faced new and unrelenting challenges that might have crippled any other community organization, but in the case of the Posse it made us a hardy and resolute group.

Zierdt: Another resident unhappy with driveway music in Sun City

Thank you, Barry Spinka (“Resident not happy to hear driveway music,” Sun City Independent, Dec. 23, 2020), for finally mentioning the recent noise level. I thought I was the only one who has been upset by the disruptive loud noise.

Word: Music gives so many gifts to all in Sun City

Mr. Barry Spinka (“Resident not happy to hear driveway music,” Sun City Independent, Dec. 23, 2020), you really are the Grinch of Sun City.

Gnotta: Sun Citians complain? Are You kidding?

Referring to the letter (“Concentrate on Sun City problems,” Sun City Independent, Dec. 23, 2020) complaining about the “irritating overhead noise of aircraft from Luke, the constant sound of horns and whistles from trains, the dangerous coyotes, etc., etc., etc.,” may I point out that the aircraft from Luke Air Force Base, the railroad trains and all those coyotes were here long before you.

Ezratty: Another open enrollment for Medicare

Question: I know there was a cost of living expense increase but I barely got an increase in my Social Security check. What happened?

Broyles: Speak with those doing Sun City driveway concerts first

After reading the opinion of Mr. Spinka (“Resident not happy to hear driveway music,” Sun City Independent, Dec. 23, 2020), I’d call him a Scrooge, but that would be giving the Scrooge a worse image.

Duncan: Reduced cost dental care available for Sun City residents

The Mission of the Sun City Community Assistance Network is to, “Connect people with resources to enhance their standard of living.”

Much-Megee: Street racers not limited to Sun City

We read with interest your recent article (“Street racers invading Sun City,” Sun City Independent, Nov. 25, 2020).

Wismer: Ditch portable devices while driving

Beginning Jan. 1, the use of portable communication devices while driving will become a violation of civil traffic statutes for which law enforcement officers may issue a citation.

O'Malley: ‘Tis the season for forgiveness

Forgiveness does not mean you allow others to take advantage of you again. Forgiveness does not mean you allow them to abuse or hurt you in anyway.

Hayes: Treatment center not compatible for Sun City

I have been aware of a facility in Sun City. It is emerald Isle. It is located on the northwest corner of Peoria and 107th avenues (“Treatment center draws ire,” Sun City Independent, Sept. 23, 2020).

McDade: Concentrate on Sun City problems

I’ve lived in Sun City 15 years. I read the Independent religiously.

Sjoberg: Valley View deserves press coverage in Sun City

I have noticed several articles on St Mary’s Food Bank and other prominent food programs

Palumbo: Tales of 2 Sun City COVID-19 survivors

During this pandemic and time of crisis, I wanted to relate a small tale of the experiences of my wife, Anna, and I as newly transplanted Sun City residents.

Spinka: Resident not happy to hear Sun City driveway music

I saw in the latest Independent an article about a driveway concert.
Photo by Arianna Grainey

Independent Newsmedia continues 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 …

Graettinger: Sun City Posse appreciates toy drive support

“Thank you, Sun City, for making our ‘Mission of Joy’ toy drive for the children of Aguila such a huge success,” Rich Nonini, Sun City Posse commander, said.

Court: Payment tied to use of rec centers in Sun City

I agree with David Sinclair’s letter (“Attention turns to local election,” Sun City Independent, Dec. 2, 2020).

Willett: Making new memories during pandemic in Sun City

“Hushed and serene,” I think, as I look out the floor-to-ceiling windows of our little two bedroom home tucked in this retirement community in the Valley of the Sun.
A group of Northwest Valley Connect volunteers.

Chandler: Residents invited to join NVC team

We are a leadership team of volunteers coming together each week to build on the essence of what Northwest Valley Connect is all about.

Farris: The best Christmas gift ever

“You’re doing what?” I asked. “I’m giving you and your three sisters wills for Christmas,” replied Dad.

Duncan: Spouses can collect Social Security benefits in Sun City

The Mission of the Sun City Community Assistance Network is to, “Connect people with resources to enhance their standard of living.”

Esposito: Resident gives thanks to mail clerks in Sun City

I want to give kudos and thanks to the postal clerks at the Sun City main post office, and Mary, Vangie and Jennifer in particular.

Peters: Pedestrians have little protection in Sun City

Thank you for your article (“Street racers invade Sun City,” Sun City Independent, Nov. 25, 2020) regarding street racers.

Crowell: SCHOA should clamp down on CC&Rs in Sun City

We moved to Sun City to get away from noisy cars, children running in the streets and noisy backyards.

Ezratty: Rebate on Medicare premium available, but be cautious

Question: I continue to get many calls asking about how they can get a monthly $144 giveback for Medicare on their Social Security check, as advertised on TV.

Sinclair: Attention turns to local election in Sun City

Now that our ballots have been cast in the more highly publicized elections, it’s time to turn our attention to the local one for five seats on the Recreation Centers of Sun City Board of Directors.

Wheat: Open Sun City centers, let people make choices

Let’s open the rec centers and let those that want to come do so and let others that are concerned about the virus stay away.

Farnard: Resident appreciates rock painting in Sun City

Positive news! Thank you to the artists who painted the rocks on Sunland Drive at the intersection of Agua Fria Drive.

Medicare drug program seems confusing

I have received many calls regarding Medicare Part D for prescription drugs.

McCarty: Resident urges others to clean yards in Sun City

I just want to ask homeowners of our retirement communities that before the weather really cools off, please use the time wisely to clean up your front yards, get rid of dead and tired decades old foliage.

Sun City -- The community that changed a nation

Most people know Sun City and Sun City West as great places to live. Originally catering to retirees, these days seniors still working are as much the norm as not.

Warner: Resident has yard sale sign stolen in Sun City

I had to write in about someone who stole my garage sale sign from Del Webb Boulevard and White Mountain Road before noon on Thursday, Nov. 12.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Andrew H Walker/Shutterstock (10976146e).Signs supporting Vice President Joe Biden and Trump are posted side by side in the battleground state of Pennsylvania..US Presidential Election early voting, Allentown, PA, USA - 26 Oct 2020

Faules: Sign thefts in Sun City not limited to Trump

I read Mike Conley’s opinion letter (“Things going down hill in Sun City,” Sun City Independent, Nov. 4, 2020).

Graettinger: Sun City Posse needs help with giving program

The Sun City Posse needs your help in its annual “Mission of Joy” giving program for some really deserving students.

Kepler: Golf cars stolen with regularity in Sun City

The letter about Paul Peloquin’s golf car being stolen (“Statements about signs not logical,” Sun City Independent, Oct. 28, 2020) happens with regularity in Sun City.
new van will help Northwest Valley Connect assist residents with transportation.

Northwest Valley Connect serves needs of community

Across the country and our communities, people are isolated because of social distancing, a COVID-19 health and safety practice to prevent contracting the virus.

Cowdrey: Agave, yucca not in cactus family

The agave and yucca are not cactus (“Fallen cacti in Sun Cities leaves residents concerned,” Sun City Independent, Oct. 14, 2020); they are from the asparagaceae family, which include the lily family and also onions, leeks and garlic.
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 …

Ezratty: Medicare open enrollment marches on

Question: I will turn 65 in February. Because of COVID-19, I can’t seem to find anyone in person at the community centers. Any suggestions?

Schroeder: Another RCSC year comes to a close in Sun City

As we turn another page on the calendar and enter into a new year soon, the Recreation Centers of Sun City Board of Directors is winding up business for this most unusual year as well.

Turner: More than 5 people complained in Sun City

Just read the story (“RCSC announces candidates for 2020 election,” Sun City Independent, Oct. 14, 2020) about the Recreation Centers of Sun City board election with seven people in the running for five seats.

Conley: Things going down hill in Sun City

We bought a home in Sun City in 2013. It was a nice and peaceful community.
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