Coward: We need a market-based approach to drive down carbon pollution

The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (H.R. 7173) will drive down America’s carbon pollution and bring climate change under control, while unleashing American technology innovation and ingenuity. The way it works is that it puts a fee on fossil fuels like coal, oil, and gas at the source. It starts low and grows over […]

Marks: Funds raised to purchase 45 football helmets for junior high school

It is with great appreciation that we thank the community of Apache Junction for the assistance in raising funds that were needed to purchase football helmets for Cactus Canyon Junior High School. With the funds that we collected we are able to purchase approximately 45 new helmets for the winter season that will begin in […]

Dill: Know how much your Medicare will cost in 2019

As we head into the holiday season, I wanted to let you know how much your Medicare will cost in 2019. Most people with Medicare will pay the standard monthly premium for Medicare Part B, which will be $135.50 next year, an increase of $1.50 over 2018. Part B covers physician services, outpatient hospital services, […]

Ybarra: Why does the spilling of innocent human blood mean nothing?

Man’s ungodliness reared its head once again this week in California.  At the same place, two good lawmen rushed in trying to stop it and one lost his life in the effort. The sheriff described the scene inside the club as “horrific” and that there was blood everywhere. The blood of Man was first spilt […]

Paul: Thank you for thorough examination of water-recharge issue

On “Regional Water Recharge Project partners seeking Apache Junction site,” this was a very thorough examination of this issue. Thank you for writing it. Haley Paul Policy manager National Audubon Society | Audubon Arizona Phoenix Editor’s note: Thank you for the letter. The story is at

Zurflueh: Superstition Region Chamber of Commerce should focus on Apache Junction, Gold Canyon

I believe that a chamber of commerce that acknowledges Apache Junction and Gold Canyon could work, but forget about including Mesa. They have their own chamber and we are distinctly different. If the board did not include the membership in their decision, then that policy needs to be changed. I assume that Gold Canyon does […]

Skinner: Passenger rail system story shouldn’t have been presented as journalism

Your Nov. 1 piece entitled, “Passenger rail system mulled over by transportation officials,” is a good example of what I and many others would call fake news. It’s fake because it’s presented as news—as journalism—when in fact it appears to be a press release written by someone or some entity associated with the township of […]

Dyer: Lost Dutchman Days committee planning 2019 event

Sponsors are needed for the Feb. 22-24, 2019, Lost Dutchman Days rodeo and associated events. The full eight-event rodeo – bull riding, saddlebronc, bareback, calf and team roping, steer wrestling and ladies barrel racing and breakaway roping – with professional cowboys and cowgirls competing for prize money, will be held at the Rodeo Grounds, 1590 […]

Christensen: Vote for Dena Kimble for AJUSD board

I am writing in support of Dena Kimble for election to the Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board. Dena and I first met about 15 years ago when our kids attended Desert Vista Elementary School.  Although she and I come from different backgrounds and different parts of the country, we soon became friends and […]

Barwick: Hate versus civility in America

I believe the one thing that defines our country is the idea that we can say and believe whatever we please as long we respect the right of others to do the same. Unfortunately, this is not the world I see when I watch the news and try to communicate with those with whom I […]