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Rigler: Here’s a new resource to connect COVID-19 patients with monoclonal antibody treatments

Your best protection against COVID-19 is getting one of the safe, free and highly effective vaccines that are widely available around Arizona. Vaccination helps prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19 while helping preserve health care capacity for others who need it.
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Women’s Watch: Afghan women suffer more since Kabul’s fall

Since the fall of Kabul to the Taliban on Aug. 15, numerous press conferences and statements by the Taliban have assured general amnesty and respect for women’s rights, but there is a major disconnect between what was said on TV and the Taliban actions on the ground.

McKinney: President’s remarks were troubling

This is in response to an article relating to the Recreation Centers of Sun City Wesr (“SCW board president tackles misinformation,” Sun City West Independent, Oct. 6, 2021).
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Smells like witch spirit: How the ancient world’s scented sorceresses influence ideas about magic today

Most perfume ads suggest the right scent can make you sexy, alluring and successful. A blend by Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs, meanwhile, offers to make you smell like Hecate, the three-faced Greek goddess of witchcraft.
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Carter: Complainer should join committee

Oh boy, another “Lost Ranger” to the rescue!

Lamber: Halloween — it's the deadliest day of the year for child pedestrians

According to AAA and the NHTSA, Halloween is the single deadliest day of the year for child pedestrians. They are three times more likely to be struck and killed on Halloween than on any other day. Contributing factors include kids on the roads, costumes that do not reflect light, distracted driving, impaired driving and inadequate supervision, among other factors.

Erickson: People gave plenty of good ideas

Hooray for you Tom (“Fix is lean managament for RCSCW,” Sun City West Independent, Oct. 6, 2021), you have hit the nail exactly on the head.

Taylor: Views do not reflect value of SCW

My wife and I are recent Sun City West homeowners.

Fenstermaker: Signs on Deer Valley spoils scenery

Who made the stupid decision to put up “No Parking” signs on Deer Valley Drive in front of Corta Bella?
Hugh Duncan

Duncan: There are tax breaks for disabled persons

The Mission of the Sun City Community Assistance Network is to, “Connect people with resources to enhance their standard of living.”
Electronic billboards like this one in Phoenix could be in the future for Loop 303’s stretch in north Surprise bordering Corte Bella.

Lockett: Resident adds opposition to billboards

I write this one last time to express my continuing opposition to the Loop 303 billboard issue on the Oct. 19 agenda of the Surprise City Council.

Mendelsohn: Reilly letter full of misinformation

The letter from Brian Reilly (“Resident confused about narrative,” Sun City West Independent, Sept. 29, 2021) should have never been published as it is full of mis/disinformation and the newspaper should have fact checked Mr. Reilly.

Gifford: Doctor: Collective approach needed for vaccinations

On behalf of the long term care industry, we appreciate the recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the Food and Drug Administration to approve a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for certain groups of individuals, including residents and health care workers in long term care.

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 …

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 …

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.

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.”

Slade: Fix is lean management for RCSCW

The fact that Recreation Centers of Sun City West is operated in a less than efficient manner has been well documented by many.

Rogge: Cutting fees for rec centers is speculation

I’m writing in response to Darris Larsen’s letter (“RCSCW fees could be reduced,” Sun City West Independent, Sept. 22, 2021).

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.

Johnson: Village Store gone but crafts will remain

This is in response to Tom McLean’s opinion letter (“Agree that manager needs to go,” Sun City West Independent, Sept. 22, 2021).

Smith: Taxes are unfairly enforced if president allowed to slide on IRS bill

Many years ago the company that prepared our income tax made an error and it turned out we owed $3,000. At the time we were notified demanding the payment, my husband and I had separated. He said he would pay it, never did but didn’t let me know that.
Denise McCreery

McCreery: Support small businesses as collective responsibility

National Small Business Week is a time to celebrate entrepreneurs and small business owners all across the country. Today, Arizona is home to more than 550,000 small businesses, employing an estimated 1 million workers. As a small business owner myself, I recognize the value in supporting small businesses and encourage Arizonans to make an effort to shop small this week and beyond.
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