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I’m a retired business owner and executive. I hold a BSM, MBA and PHR; I learned a long time ago, compromise is a tool that solves the problems and differences we all have. I’m writing this at 2:30 p.m. on Monday on 3/23/2020. Perhaps things will change before this is published (I hope so). Read more g

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An anonymous caller from Gold Canyon left a message on voicemail for The News team this week, asking about a new road that has opened off Sleepy Hollow Trail in the new Peralta Canyon development in Gold Canyon. She wanted to know if it was open to the public or emergency access only. Read more g

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My child attended a charter school, and I am thankful Arizona has so many school choice options, but the Legislature needs to ensure our tax dollars are being used to responsibly benefit our state. Read more g

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Thanks for your very informative online article showing local and Phoenix Metro events cancelled or postponed because of the virus. I was surprised to find that it was much better than the information provided on the websites of our major TV networks. The information regarding the COVID-19 V…

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We’ve paid insurance premiums to American Reliable Company (Adams Agency and Diamond State) for 18 years for our home. In July and August we were on vacation for 5 weeks, when we got a call from Arizona Water Company on 8/6/19 saying we had very high usage. We found 640,000 gallons went over…

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Rep. Townsend was recently quoted in an article on the effects of the Corvid-19 virus and it’s impact on the state legislature: “If you asked every single person here what they think, I bet you’d get 60 different answers,” Rep. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, told the House on Tuesday.

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Thanks for printing accurate information in a straightforward manner. In this time especially, we need scientifically correct facts. Take care and stay healthy!

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Most of us enjoy living in this part of the valley for the solitude, quiet, dark skies and beauty. We also enjoy not having the limitations of an HOA. Unfortunately there are those that have no appreciation for the good fortune to be living in the shadow of the Superstitions. Those that come…

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Your front page story by Dana Trumbull was colorful, but misleading, coverage. Marathons are 26.2 Miles, not K’s. (The “.2” is because the Queen wanted the London Marathon to end at Buckingham Palace so she could view it from her balcony.) [*Editor’s Note: Thank you, Darch, for the correction!]

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During the past couple of weeks I’ve been viewing two historical documentaries on television, one about George Washington the other about John Adams. Watching these men and those around them struggle to create our Republic makes one thing painfully clear: we’ve gone from true statesmen who p…

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Representative Paul Gosar is out of touch with Arizona voters when it comes to defending and protecting our National Parks and public lands. The majority of Arizonans want to protect our parks for future generations, our wildlife, our state economy, Native American heritage and environmental…

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Per my meeting yesterday, the SCR1043 bill [Veterans Property tax exemption for those partially disabled by combat] has passed muster with the Rules Committee and the Senate Republican caucus.

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Thank you for the wonderful guest commentary, “Show Your Community Some Love This Valentine’s Day” by Quint Studer. It was exceptionally well written and absolutely important in today’s world. This attitude of giving of our time and skills is vital to our community and to every individual’s …

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I feel like the first few Democratic caucus/primaries should be a huge wake-up call to anyone who is happy with their insurance plan, as most people in this country are. It should also kickstart the conversation of how a Medicare-for-All plan will be paid for. In the run-up to the primaries,…

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Editor’s Note: We received a letter from Pinal County Assessor Douglas Wolf this week, following up on the recent thread concerning property tax exemption for veterans. The letter was received too late for readers to take action, so we requested a follow up. Both letters are included here:

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I would sincerely like to thank the AJ Parks and Rec dept and whomever else was responsible for repairing the hiking trails on Silly Mountain. I made my first hike up the mountain after injuring my ankle 6 weeks ago. The trails are so much improved. Again kudos to the Park and Rec dept.

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I am a resident of Mesa who reads your publications, my attention was drawn to the letter written by Gary Gehlen on gas prices in the east valley and Phoenix, I have family in New York State and Connecticut. I have visited each state at least once a year for the last fifteen years. Their gas…

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.