Schnitzer: Prescribed an opioid? Ask your doctor or dentist these questions

Someone in the U.S. dies from an opioid overdose every 13 minutes; last year these medications killed 50,000 people across the country. Since June of last year there have been nearly 15,000 suspected opioid overdoses in Arizona that resulted in more than 2,300 deaths. There are times when opioid medications are the right way to […]

Brill: These are the issues voters say matter in CD-4

Last week I took a barnstorm tour of 11 cities in two days across Congressional District 4 with gubernatorial candidate David Garcia. Meeting with voters is always inspiring and instructive. For 10 months I’ve been crisscrossing the district to hear what voters have to say about the issues that matter most. Here’s what they’re telling […]

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 […]

Allazetta: 5 tips for choosing a health plan

This fall millions will head to the polls to cast their vote in the mid-term elections, but they have another important choice to make as well: their health care coverage for 2019. More than one million people in Arizona will have the opportunity to select or switch their health insurance plans for 2019 during “open” […]

Dr. Berkner: November is diabetes awareness month

Next month is diabetes awareness month. Diabetes is out of control in the USA. The incidence of diabetes has increased by four times in the last 35 years, largely due to lifestyle. As people are experiencing a decrease in physical activity, eating more processed food, and expecting medication to control their problems, the situation continues […]

Babyak: Add equestrian paths for rural homeowners

Dear Queen Creek: Congratulations on another year of in the making.  I applaud you for being that “small-town oasis in the east Valley of the Phoenix metropolitan area and is a world apart from city life.” As you have stated from your home page, “Families live on irrigated acre lots and in friendly subdivisions live among […]

Speak Out: Encanterra resident against annexation

We did not ask for nor do we choose to be annexed into Queen Creek. We are a large and increasing number of residents living in a development named Encanterra located in unincorporated San Tan Valley close to the southeastern border of Queen Creek. On May 3 a handful of residents living in Encanterra took […]

Brown: Rolling back fuel economy standards will hurt consumers

Arizonans have stated we want cars and trucks to continue getting better mileage and we do not want a rollback of money-saving fuel economy standards. And for good reason. Consumer Federation of America has been tracking the benefits of fuel economy standards for more than a decade and its analysis documents that the average efficiency […]

Gates: Maricopa County primary election review received

We have received the Maricopa County Audit Department’s initial review of the Aug. 28 primary election. As community members and voters, I am sharing the results with you as well. You may view the report at maricopa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/41436/Interim-Report—Final. After voters experienced a myriad of issues on election day, my colleagues and I on the board of […]

Farnsworth: East Valley leading Arizona’s charter school movement

I was born in Mesa and raised in Chandler. My family has deep ties to the East Valley. And I am proud to have launched four charter school campuses in the East Valley. The Benjamin Franklin Charter School opened more than 20 years ago to give parents and students options and to provide a traditional […]