Autumn: Help lower employee stress and improve productivity

In the workplace, a modest amount of stress can be normal. But sustained levels of stress can be harmful and may lead to numerous health issues, affect professional and family relationships, and contribute to poor work performance. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “40 percent of workers say that their jobs are […]

Pfeifer: Temporary management change at Johnson Utilities long overdue

It’s no secret that Johnson Utilities has serious problems that point directly to poor management practices. Some have questioned a decision to appoint EPCOR as the interim new managers of Johnson Utilities.  In my opinion this decision is not only smart but could be the only way Johnson Utility customers can get the quality of […]

Barney: Vote ‘yes’ for Home Rule in Queen Creek

The upcoming Home Rule vote is important for Queen Creek residents. Why? A “yes” vote allows local control over the budgeting process for the town. Under current state law, a “no” vote would result in a 75 percent cut to the town’s budget. Imagine public safety, streets, water, parks and every other budget being cut to […]

Hersch: Hit-and-run driver information sought

My son and I were driving eastbound on Combs just before Gantzel at 3:10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2. We were returning home from American Leadership Academy High School orientation. We were struck hard from behind by a young Hispanic woman in a gray Chevrolet as we waited to turn south on Gantzel. I was dazed […]

Jacobs: British and Australian criminals still have guns

England and Australia are deep into a great social experiment to see if taking the firearms away from the people will reduce crime. The results are in now. It positively doesn’t. Actually, it makes things worse. See, their plan doesn’t include disarming the bad guys; just the good guys. Surprise! British and Australian criminals still […]

Sinema: Trade war threatens four of Arizona’s five C’s

When I was in elementary school, we were taught the five C’s of Arizona: Copper, Cattle, Cotton, Citrus and Climate. The five C’s are essential ingredients to Arizona’s history and our shared identity. They’re also staples of our economy, supporting thousands of jobs in communities across the state. Unfortunately, an escalating and unnecessary trade war […]

Group performs complimentary Taps at funerals

While we’re celebrating our freedom on Independence Day, let us remember those who have served our country in making it great, and those who are still fighting for our freedoms. From local community activists to our military men and women, we thank you. I received a letter from Roger C. Ellis and his wife, Mitzi, […]

Jacomet: Article needed on elected state, U.S. officials’ pensions

Your article on pensions of Queen Creek workers was informative. Unfortunately, there are others that you failed to include that affect our taxes. To be fair, I would like to see another article as detailed about the wages/pensions/health care/benefits, about the following: governor. elected state heads of agencies. elected state government representatives for the district […]

Goodman: Checking water pressure, fire hydrants in San Tan Valley

I received many calls and emails over the weekend from our residents regarding water pressure concerns. I also visited several of your homes to see the problems you are facing firsthand. I want to let you all know that we have heard your call for help and are working to ensure the proper parties are […]

Chucri: Happy Independence Day

Let our Independence Day celebrations remind us how deeply fortunate we are as Americans to live in this great nation. Our democracy continues to be a model for the world. Have a happy and safe holiday. Steve Chucri Chairman Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, District 2