Nichols: Get help to stop substance abuse, including methamphetamines

As most already know, the opiate epidemic has been worsening, each year claiming more lives than the last. What is less known by the general public is the problem with methamphetamines has been growing over the last several years as well.  In the most recent data from the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, […]

Collins: Constructing Peralta Regional Park ‘environmentally ruinous’

On the proposed Peralta Park (“498-acre Peralta Regional Park planned near Gold Canyon,” on page 12 of the July 2019 issue of the Apache Junction/Gold Canyon Independent): Worst plan to destroy the small desert we have left after this destructive Woodbury Fire with a park of concrete and human port-a-potties. Why does government push its […]

Gray: Drug-company rebates should be passed directly to Medicare Part D users

As a retiree who takes regular medication for epilepsy and thrombophilia (blood clots), I am beyond frustrated with the cost of prescription drugs under Medicare Part D. The advanced medications I take work very well, but it seems that almost every time I refill my prescriptions, the cost-sharing amount I’m charged goes up. I currently […]

Ochs: Embrace safety practices to keep your home safe from fire

Many people in our community have a heightened concern about fires today, and it is easy to understand why. The increased precipitation over the past two years has produced much desert growth, and particularly ground vegetation. Much more vegetation than we have seen in several years. And now that the 100 (+) degree summer temperatures […]

Goodman: Impressed with participants’ preparedness at mock active-shooter exercise

Last month I was able to participate in a mock active shooter exercise within our county. These exercises are critically important as we unfortunately see incidents of this nature occurring more frequently; it is vital that we are prepared. Partners from across the community came together to discuss the proper protocol, procedures and safeguards that […]

Nieto: Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team 2 thanks local residents

As we leave the Woodbury Fire, the members of the Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team 2 would like to extend our sincere thanks to the people who provided cooperation and assistance during our assignment. We are especially grateful for the way the people of Gold Canyon, Apache Junction, Queen Valley, Superior, Roosevelt, Miami, […]

Biuso: 5 tips for workplace stress relief

Feeling stressed at work? If so, you’re not alone. A recent Gallup Poll revealed that 55% of Americans said they experienced stress “a lot” during the day, up from 46% in 2006.   In the workplace, stress can affect your attitude, relationships with your colleagues and affect your work performance.  And although a modest amount of […]

Dill: Seniors should say no to ‘free’ genetic tests

If you’re approached by someone who offers “free” genetic testing or cancer screening, turn them down. Medicare doesn’t cover such tests unless a doctor who’s treating you orders them and they’re medically necessary. Laboratory representatives have allegedly been taking swabs inside the mouths of Medicare beneficiaries at health fairs, senior centers, residential complexes for older […]

Ducey: June 9-15 Arizona Women Veterans Week

The week of June 9-15 is proclaimed Arizona Women Veterans Week in recognition of the contributions of women to our nation’s armed forces.  Arizona is proudly home to 50,000 women veterans. Arizona recognizes the vital contributions of women to our armed forces, and we express our gratitude for their service to our country. We honor […]

Tone: Apache Junction police need to stop speeders on South Cedar

This is in response to your article of June 2019 — Vol. 61, No. 6 issue — titled “Public safety: No. 1 priority for Apache Junction budget.” I live on South Cedar in west AJ and the speed limit is 25 mph. Get a radar app for your smartphone then come and sit some morning […]