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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… Read more g

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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… Read more g

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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… Read more 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…

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I must say I am very unhappy with the council’s decision on trash service. I understand we have way too many trucks running our neighborhood streets. I currently have RAD and have had them for at least 10 years. RAD had tried to address the quantity of trucks by reducing service to once a week.

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While I admit that I am the abnormality when it comes to community engagement, I have to wonder what the average person is willing to accept or rather do.

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My office received many phone calls from concerned citizens relative to the one company trash/waste service idea Apache Junction City is proposing to make as a requirement of their citizens.

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Foster care and adoption are shrouded by myths. And many myths, as you know, are different from the reality. For example, one myth about foster care you often hear is, “Caring for a kid costs a fortune.” The truth is that state programs and local private charities provide support for license…

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I enthusiastically support passage of both AJUSD’s Prop 432 bond and Prop 433 override in the upcoming November election, and following are reasons for doing so.

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Following our country’s latest mass shootings, more of our consoling vocabulary is losing the essence of what once brought comfort to those who are left to grieve.

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I see in the most recent edition of the Apache Junction/Gold Canyon News that the ADOBE folks are pushing for those of us in Gold Canyon to sign a petition that they will deliver to the AZ DOT supporting a route 60 by-pass. While I am sympathetic with their desires and motivations, I wonder …

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A broken heart. A scattered land. A time of worthless rhetoric, 2019. A nation in mourning, over the events of mass shootings in El Paso, my mother’s birthplace, and Dayton, reels in anguish, once again. In the seemingly endless string of senseless acts of violence, we pause to remember the …

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This letter contains information for the residents and business owners in Apache Junction. The following data explains a service charge by SRP added to each individual and business electric bill.

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I really enjoyed your Donation Station article. I’ve lived in Gold Canyon from 1987 to 1992 and 2006-to present. I’ve actually approached dumpers a few years ago and afterwards I wrote a letter to the AJ News about this topic and the Pinal County resources available with phone #’s and web ad…

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I just received a copy of representative Gosar's latest press release decrying the "massive land grab and energy sabotage" of HR 1373 and stating that democrats were putting the interests of well-funded environmental extremists above the interests of the American people. HR 1373 is also know…

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I recently read the article about the Tonto National Forest resuming control of the firefighting operations of the Woodbury Fire. I am glad to see so much progress in the containment of the fire. We all love this desert that we live in and hate to see it set ablaze. People need to be more ca…

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Well, once again we have a huge traffic jam with traffic back up for miles due to an accident on the 60 near Gold Canyon. Why? Because there is no alternative route in or out of the area. When is ADOT going to wise up and realize there should be traffic alternatives in case of emergencies. A…

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I find it ironic that every year a story appears usually front page, about monsoon season. This year it is called “And Then the Rains Came.” In that story it talks about the need for property owners to make sure all areas on their property are clear of debris. In other words it is important …

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Everything seems political these days, and with good reason. There’s a lot of partisanship and it seems as if there’s no end in sight.

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As a retired senior living on a fixed income, I am so grateful for Medicare; however, people need to know that this safety net is great but doesn’t always cover everything. Many people have found that after an emergency room or urgent care visit, they are startled when months later they rece…