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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Evans: Follow the rules or follow the elected leader?

I guess in Apache Junction if you don’t follow the elected leader’s vote you get smeared on his social media. It has come to my attention again that the elected leader in Apache Junction has posted fabrications about myself and two other council members who don’t/didn’t vote the way the elected leader wants us to […]

Barwick: We need an ‘adopt-a-liberal’ program

I’m one of those geeks who follow politics on a regular basis and I am always struck how liberal Democrats (socialists) want everyone to have free homes, insurance, transportation, food, etc. Being somewhat rational, I always ask myself how they could do that. Liberal Democrats (socialists) are eager to provide a quick answer. Government will […]

Harvey: Candidate missing ‘paid by’ statement on campaign signs

I wish to report a campaign violation by mayoral candidate Dave Waldron. I was a precinct committeeman when I lived nearer to Apache Junction and so I know something about campaign signs. Waldron does not have the state-mandated “paid by” on many, if not all, of his signs. I was in the city clerk’s office […]

Niesl: August 2018 issue ‘a fantastic paper’

I know there are a lot of people responsible for putting out the Apache Junction/Gold Canyon Independent, but I have seen you gathering info at meetings I have attended so I just chose you to write this to. I just received the August 2018 paper and I wanted to thank you for such a fantastic […]