Thayil: Some school board candidates know little about educational processes

Thursday, Sept. 13, I was fortunate to be able to attend a school board forum sponsored by the Apache Junction Republican Club. The purpose of this meeting was to allow citizens to meet and question those running for our school board. Having been involved in education and administration for years, I welcomed this opportunity to […]

Dill: New Medicare cards are coming

If you have Medicare, you’ll be getting a new Medicare card to help protect you from identity fraud. Criminals are always looking for ways to get your Social Security number, so those numbers have been removed from Medicare cards to make them safer. Your new card will have a new Medicare number that’s unique to […]

Dyer: Meet Your Neighbor profiles sought

I am always interested in news about local people and businesses, but I need your help to gather the information. Like to be profiled in the Apache Junction/Gold Canyon Independent? It’s as easy as filling out a Q-and-A Meet Your Neighbor form. It is a chance for you to promote your business, organization or whatever […]

Brill: Rep. Gosar ‘lazy and inattentive’ on veterans issues

In a fundraising email, Rep. Paul Gosar essentially accused me of killing veterans during my tenure at the Northern Arizona Veterans Administration. I want to thank the representative for raising the topic of my time at the VA, and the often-overlooked veterans it serves, so I can set the record straight. Our district has a […]

Cavanaugh: Pinal County recorder should resign

The vote for justice of the peace for precinct 6 (Apache Junction/Gold Canyon/San Tan Valley) indicates a 13-vote separation between myself and Doug Coleman. The problem isn’t the votes that have been cast and count – rather, it’s the votes which were not. Both early mail-In ballots and provisional ballots cast at the polling place […]

Gosar: Kyl qualified choice to serve as Arizona senator

Sen. Jon Kyl is an experienced and qualified choice to serve the people of Arizona in the senate. His strong record on water, natural resources and judicial nominees will greatly benefit the people of Arizona. I’m grateful for his get-back-to-work attitude as there are many issues the senate needs to take up and pass for […]

Sweet: Empowerment Scholarship Account expansion on Nov. 6 ballot

In November, Arizona voters will decide whether expanding the state’s Empowerment Scholarship Account program makes sense. It was originally started to help the parents of disabled children, foster children or active military.  It evolved, with little controversy, to include adopted children, children attending D/F-rated schools, and those in Native American communities. About 5,000 children are now […]

Dill: At risk for hepatitis? Medicare can help

Did you know viral hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver, causes more than one million deaths per year worldwide? That’s about the same number of deaths caused by tuberculosis and HIV combined. Fortunately, Medicare can help protect you from Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C, the most common types of viral hepatitis in the U.S. Hepatitis […]

McGrew: Thanks for helping with Youth Empowerment Partners event

The Youth Empowerment Partners had another very successful leadership retreat in August and we want to thank all of our partners and adult allies for your support. I want to begin by thanking Russell True and his family and staff at the White Stallion Ranch for hosting and providing us with amazing accommodations, which included […]

Ehrlich: 2 Apache Junction school board members in ‘inflexible, interpersonal conflict’

Conflicts on social media are not always worth addressing. This week, however, it became clear that certain members of the Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board are in a conflict that has already and could continue to impact our community, students, teachers and school leaders in ways that are unnecessary, unhelpful and, in several […]