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 […]

Speak Out: Moved to San Tan Valley to be rural Arizonans

I am taking you up on your invitation in the May 1, 2018, Queen Creek Independent, page 6, to comment on the potential incorporation of an area called San Tan Valley, Arizona, 85140. We moved here to continue to be rural Arizonans. We know what it is like to be forced out for the sake […]

OPINION: Civic-minded residents sought to help with San Tan Valley incorporation

On April 4 the Vote San Tan Valley Steering Committee submitted more than 5,000 signatures from San Tan Valley citizens asking the Pinal County Board of Supervisors to call an election on whether more than 100,000 people may form their own local government that reflects its citizens and objective. Although there have been challenges in […]

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: Thank you to all who have donated to Pan de Vida children

A big thank you to all who have donated to Pan de Vida children. We are doing amazing things with your donation. For those of you who have not filed your state taxes, please remember that couples can give up to $800 when filing as a couple and a single person filing their state tax […]

OPINION: Medicare can help protect your eyesight

Are you at risk for glaucoma? Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes loss of vision—usually side vision—by damaging the optic nerve, which sends information from your eyes to your brain. Some forms of glaucoma don’t have any symptoms, so you may have it even if you don’t have trouble seeing or feel any pain. […]

Advocacy group claims connections between Johnson Utilities owner, state officials

ProgressNow Arizona, an advocacy group, will launch the AZ Watergate campaign at a press conference Tuesday, Feb. 20, in San Tan Valley. It will feature environmental advocates, policy experts and Johnson Utilities customers. The new campaign — which includes a short video that will run as a digital ad in Pinal County as well as […]

Opinion: Need to get dirty money out of Arizona politics

It does not take an insider to tell you that dirty money has corrupted our local representatives and has played a heavy hand in a lot of the unpopular policies coming out of Legislature. For instance, SB 1431, now known Proposition 305, would expand the “Empowerment Scholarship Account” system (aka private school vouchers) and that […]

Opinion: Digital technology is dangerous to the digital family

The digital family and robotic relationships have destroyed the physical communication critical for a healthy and meaningful life of our families, children and next generation. Wonder why there in an increase in teen suicides and depression among our youth and adults in today’s society? Have you ever asked yourself, why? The Digital Age is destroying […]

Opinion: Air-traffic-control privatization a concern for Arizona airports

I have worked in aviation in Arizona for 29 years, working my way up from an aircraft re-fueler in Phoenix to my current role as manager of the Flagstaff Pulliam Airport.  I have traveled and worked all around this great state of ours, enjoying the vastly different climates and terrains – all of which drive […]