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Regarding property tax exemptions for our deserving wounded warriors: As President of the Arizona Assessors Association, I have proposed, and my fellow assessors have unanimously supported, a restoration of the law that allowed a property tax exemption for partially disabled combat veterans. Read more g

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Barbed wire was invented in De Kalb, Illinois in 1874 for the fencing of range cattle. The barb spacing, fence height, post seperation etc etc was designed for cattle; not for horses. In fact, several countries, including France have outlawed barbed wire. Read more g

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General Plan "open space": the population of our City is being denied open space to walk, drive, ride horses and access of emergency vehicles by the Council approving abandonment of roads and fencing easements. View: Smoketree and Apache Dr. North gated Goldfield and South 18th East complete… Read more g

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In the middle of the most current Iran crisis, when American citizens couldn’t be sure that Trump’s incendiary blundering hadn’t started another war, our district’s U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-4th) deliberately posted a photo-shopped fake photo of former President Barack Obama shaking hands with…

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This is my response to Mr. Waldon’s response to my letter of two weeks ago regarding AJ’s and Pinal County “veteran friendly” offerings. With all due respect to Mr. Waldon I am well aware of what AJ has done to “promote itself” to our current veteran population and to others that might be lo…

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We recently contracted with Republic for trash and recycling pickup as we heard from City Hall that as of April 1, Republic would be delivering to all homes in AJ. We paid apprx $70 for the delivery of the containers. But we then found out that new customers, as of April 1/20, will not be ch…

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I have been hiking Silly mountain for 20 years and I am sad to say it is in very bad disrepair. Some trails are hazardous to seniors and children. In particular, the Brittlebrush trail and Palo Verde trail have some treacherous spots because the rain has washed all the dirt away and there is…

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I hope there is a reader or some expert who is able to explain why the price of regular gasoline is about $3.00 a gallon for this area. My wife and I recently made a trip to the state of Florida in December. The price for a gallon there ranged from $2.19 to $2.39 and that included prices on …

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It would have been nice if Mr. Blewitt has taken just a little time to check on the tremendous amount of support, especially AJ gives to it’s Veteran population. I have lived here for 27 years and Veterans Memorial Park was already built, we just did out 33rd annual Veterans Day Parade with …

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Here we go with another code for garbage cans code enforcement dont enforce more important codes like trash cars rvs in plane site of road and in some cases people living metal sheds and in old rvs and trailers if you want a example look at [address deleted] lawson dr in aj one of many just …

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October Plat Map regarding Peralta Trails Phase2 now shows emergency road as general access, and has been given the street name of Peralta Trails Way. Now awaiting P & Z for approval. Grading phase is currently underway.

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Per the Rolling Stones’ song: “I can’t get no satisfaction.” If you are unhappy with the way the trash service debacle was handled and you’re being stuck with the bill there is a way to get satisfaction. Vote every member of the Council and the Mayor out of office. You hired them and you and…

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In July and August we were on vacation in North Dakota for five weeks. AZ Water called us on Aug 6th saying we had a high usage water bill and they shut off the water to our house. We got back on August 9th at 10a, there was still water coming out of the house in three different places. We h…

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The city council has created a monopoly for our new trash collector. Everyone in business knows that good competition is what keeps pricing down. They say that Republic Services has agreed to only a 5% increase per year, why wouldn’t they, lets figure that out and what it means to us:

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For years, there have been some fence sections along the Bush Hwy, keeping horses in and people out or vice versa; it didn’t make much sense. But the fences were unbarbed wire, friendly to both humans and horses. In fact, any horseman knows that horses can be badly injured by barbed wire, an…

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I am extremely disappointed with the State of Arizona, Pinal County and Apache Junction in particular, in regards to what it offers for Veterans. By that I mean property tax exemptions and other services. With the exception of the MVD, and the exemption for 100% totally and permanently they …

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Just wanted to make a small correction to the excellent article written by Tom Kollenborn. The article stated Bill Barkley and his mother until about 1961. In October 1962, I went to Apache Junction to visit Jim Bailey. We were in the 101st Airborne together. He took me out to meet his broth…

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I have found out that Apache Junction went with Republic services for their Commercial Services. With that prior RFP there had been virtually “pennies” cost difference between the two bidders? Now Republic is getting this contract? City of Apache Junction gets $1.50/ton of trash dumped at Re…

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During the most recent Democrat debate, the leading presidential candidates continued to push out their visions for the future of our healthcare system, but this time, I’m glad that they were actually asked how it is going to be paid for. Most of the candidates want a massive overhaul that g…

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Flatiron Park: We have a beautiful park and everyone is enjoying it.

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Once Again the Taxpayers in the school district find themselves in the throes of deciding whether to allow the district to spend more money than the school budget allows. School administrators are responsible for making sound, responsible, financial decisions for the school. Let us take a lo…

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At the Rodeo Lounge on July 18, 2016, I walked over to Donald and asked him to dance with me, 7 dances. We held on another hug and had the most wonderful time dearly ever. He kissed me and then he walked out the door.

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As CEO/President of the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, our mission is to assure that the business community continues to thrive. We believe it is critical for the community to support our educational systems and ensure that our students have the tools they need to su…

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Pinal County has the second highest property tax rate in the state of Arizona. My property tax for 2019 is $2,301. Of that amount, $747 supports the AJUSD and $363 goes to Pinal County Junior Colleges. So 48% of my tax dollars already supports education. I guess that’s not enough. There are …

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I am asking the voters of Apache Junction to vote yes to the bond election and the capital overide election. I am a teacher and a mother of a student within the school district. As a teacher, I am very proud to have worked in this district for the past 17 years. I have had the pleasure to wo…

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As everyone is well aware, voters will be deciding whether to approve a Bond and Capital Override during the next several weeks. My hope is to illustrate why the budget override must be passed.

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As a member o f this community, I cannot say I agree with all the politics of school funding or some of the decisions made by the AJUSD School Board. I will, however, say this, “Our kids deserve the best possible education and school environment we can provide.”

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About the Bond and Override: $62 million is a lot of money. Our taxes going up is not something we celebrate. The abuse of power, secrecy, rubberstamp school boards, and inept leadership of the past are still fresh on our minds and haunting our thoughts and perceptions of the present.

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I am voting in favor of the Apache Junction Unified School District (AJUSD) bond and capitol override propositions. If our state legislature would fund education adequately it would not be necessary to stick it to us property owners. They are the reason Arizona schools remain close to last i…

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It was disappointing to see a School Board member publicly pat themselves on the back regarding the situation involving the previous School Superintendent. The entire operation of the school district (the cause) rests with the elected Board as a whole and for one member to publicly pat thems…

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Earlier this summer I read something in your paper about surprise medical bills. As a senior citizen, I’m always interested in any healthcare news, but I didn’t know exactly what this meant; however, lately we’ve been inundated with radio ads which warn that Congress is beginning to act on t…

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I have lived in this fine community since 1983. I have served the community in various ways, including my 16 years on the school board. During my time on board the school district passed bond and override questions as they were needed. I feel the community and our kids need and deserve the f…

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I hope this helps the community understand from the perspective of a teacher in the district. This is my 4th year here. I also went to school here and graduated nearly 20 years ago.

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I read an opinion article stating that “once again” AJUSD was going out to voters to ask tax payers to fund their “over-enthusiastic budget”… REALLY? I don’t know how to be anything but “over-enthusiastic” when it comes to this community and when it comes to these kids and teachers. They des…

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It’s refreshing, in these days of hyper partisanship, for the opposite ideological sides agree on an issue. I applaud Pam Burks, as Chairperson of the Gold Canyon Republicans, for coming out in support of the upcoming Bond Election and Prop 432.

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“Gun Violence Epidemic” by Roberto Reveles is emotional hysteria—and untruthful.

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I filed my 2018 Federal tax return in Feb. of 2019. After waiting 7 months for a refund and receiving no answers from IRS except “your return is still being processed”, I contacted Senator Sinema, Senator McSally and Representative Gosar concerning my delayed refund. Senator Sinema responded…

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The biggest hurdle to citizens buying into an override plan has always been the system itself: too many layers, Districts, Superintendents, Principals, Assistant Principlas, etc.; in addition, the forumula for obtaining resources by the state is convoluted.

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Recent articles have advocated voting in favor of the AJUSD bond and capital override proposals in the November 5th election. Proponents argue these excess expenditures are needed as an investment in the community, tugging at our heart strings with phrases like “OUR children” and the idea it…

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This is pertaining to the man who saved my life on July 27th of this year, at around 7 in the morning. A pit bull was viciously attacking me & bit me in 6 different places on backs of both my legs and left buttock trying to get my dog who I was holding. I was screaming for help and he ca…

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Once again, the AJUSD is asking taxpayers to vote for a Maintenance & Operations override and a Capital Improvement Bond. A little history: Voters last approved a bond election in 2004, for which taxpayers are still paying and will continue to pay until 2026. If approved, the projected c…

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We all want to support our young people and we have another opportunity to show that support at the ballot box. The Apache Junction Unified School District (AJUSD) needs to upgrade and maintain its facilities to ensure a comfortable and safe environment for their students.

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My education began in a one-room schoolhouse with one teacher for six grades. The rudiments of learning in that one room were reading, writing and arithmetic. Seven decades later, that same pedagogical world is bursting with unimaginable technology. Flying cars and hoverbikes are already on …

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Yes it’s time again for the AJUSD to ask for more money because they have overspent again! Every election they want the citizens to vote for more money... I wish I could go to my employer and ask for more money because I overspent, I have to live within my means, why can’t the school distric…

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Mr. Harry: I don’t do English very well, so excuse me. The last time I did vote for a politician was McGovern, that’s true. But I vote for issues every time I’m allowed. Never missed one except being overseas, 1968. Never knew M.L. King, Jr. was gone until Bobby Kennedy was gone, and we didn…

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Apache Junction High School Swim Team wants to thank The City and residents of Apache Junction for their support and generosity. On Saturday, September 7th, Apache Junction High School Swim Team had a carwash fundraiser at Arizona Tireman Services. The team wants to personally thank Bob Mats…

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I would like to speak about the city’s intent to contract with Republic Services as the exclusive service provider for the city’s new solid waste program.

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I am asking the citizens of the Apache Junction Unified School District to vote yes on both the bond election and the capital override election. I see these items as investing in our children, our community and our future. In the last two years we have made significant strides in improving t…

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I am writing in response to Lee Gladden of AJ whose letter I found to be downright incredulous. Mr. Gladden wrote in to condemn gun control, the Obama administration, the present state of politics and his perceived loss of freedom. Mr Gladden, you stated that you haven’t voted since McGovern…

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Local newspapers are important sources of information for our community and I’m grateful for your clarifying information [online] about the upcoming leadership training Disneyland trip for our local high school students. You’ve effectively clarified that the trip is funded by the students an…

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It’s been a while since I’ve written to The News and to start with, I am a member of the NRA. I only get the magazine and don’t do anything political. The last time I voted was to elect McGovern.

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I was a bit undecided about how to vote on the ten per cent override and the $60 million bond issue sought by the AJUSD. Then I saw a news article about 40 to 45 Apache Junction High School students and two adults who will be taking a 3 day field trip to Disneyland in California at a cost of…