Dill: How to shop for Medicare health, drug plans

When you shop for a new car or truck, you don’t just buy the first one you see, do you? Probably not. You shop around, looking for the best deal you can get on a vehicle that fits your driving needs as well as your pocketbook. Well, it’s the time of year when you can […]

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 […]

Niu: ‘I want the future of San Tan Valley to thrive’

I was reading the Queen Creek Independent newspaper and read your article on “San Tan look to form local government.” I am a resident in unincorporated San Tan Valley but my mailing address is Queen Creek 85142 and not considered a “QC” resident. I was raised here in the San Tan mountains and have been […]

Frantz: Moved to San Tan Valley to get away from frivolous costs

In response to: “Speak Out: Moved to San Tan Valley to be rural Arizonans”: Well written. I have the same sentiments. I moved to get away from the “we need parks, rec centers and special pavers in the streets,” which always brought higher taxes. Most, nowadays, move to get away from frivolous costs and related […]

OPINION: Thank you for coverage of healthy breast tissue collection

I want to offer my sincere thanks to the women of the Phoenix area who selflessly donated a piece of themselves to breast cancer research. On Saturday, March 3, nearly 100 women allowed my colleagues and me to collect samples of their healthy breast tissue for use by the Komen Tissue Bank at the Indiana […]

Opinion: Why Arizona should have an Independent-party governor

I, like other middle-class citizens of Arizona have been abandoned by the Republican and Democratic establishments. The average citizen on the street is hurting and sees little prospect of improvement in their quality of life, their financial futures or the financial ability to educate their children. Meanwhile, the partisan politicians have proven that they have […]

Opinion: Predictions for 2018

What will this new year be like? Here are some of my predictions for 2018: When the present “continuing resolution” is about to expire, the usual suspects will try to pass another one “to keep from shutting down the government.” They don’t want to vote on a real budget, because they can’t hide as much […]

International medical graduates are good for America

Doctors are becoming an endangered species. By 2030, the U.S. could be short 43,000 primary-care physicians. U.S. medical schools have acknowledged the problem, but they’re not doing much to solve it. Among last year’s graduates of American M.D. programs, fewer than 9 percent went into family-medicine residencies. Yet, these institutions are trying to keep graduates […]

OPINION: Queen Creek, you’ve lost that rural feeling

We just recently celebrated the 27th year of Queen Creek’s existence with the Founder’s Day celebration. The founders…  I wonder what the founders think of what our town has become. From being founded to preserve the rural lifestyle instead of being gobbled up by the surrounding towns. To preserve. To protect. To keep.  To have […]