McDaniel: Don’t drink and drive at graduation

The Apache Junction Police Department congratulates those young men and women of Apache Junction preparing to graduate high school. This is an accomplishment that takes dedication, time and effort. This is their first step in developing a bright future. However, AJPD would like to take this time to caution graduates that drinking and driving may […]

Barwick: Why don’t teachers do more about student achievement?

The discussion about the teacher walkout tells us all we need to know about the state of education in Arizona. What did we hear for several weeks leading up to the “walkout”? Let me recap for you. Teachers are helping our kids by asking for higher salaries, lower class size, more supplies, lower insurance cost, […]

Reveles: Support public schools system at elections

An undeniable take-away from recent events is that working for public policy change at the state legislature is a long-term and unsure process. Three years ago, the Apache Junction Unified School District faced an ongoing fiscal challenge that led to the closing of the Superstition Mountain Elementary School. The school closure was an extreme measure […]

Marks: Present balanced view of opinions expressed at meeting

As a Gold Canyon resident, your article in the May 1 “Independent” was worrying.  It was so far from being independent view that it was laughable. If you want to represent Gold Canyon residents, suggest you talk to us and present a more balanced view of the opinions expressed at the meeting. The assertion that we […]

Botz: Assess manufactured-housing water rates on square footage

Apache Junction City Councilwoman Gail Evans was correct to question manufactured-housing water rates. “I would agree they have the same capacity, but when the engineer did the study for us they were assuming they would have less fixtures inside a manufactured or an RV space,” Mr. Loggins said (in the story “Rates to increase 5% […]

Hunt: Article ‘very one-sided view’ of Mayor Serdy’s Gold Canyon meeting

Dear Mr. Dyer, I was alarmed to read the account of the meeting between Mayor Serdy and the folks from Gold Canyon, plus Peralta Trails, that indicates you as the editor. The article published in the Apache Junction/Gold Canyon Independent reads as a very one-sided view of the meeting. I would suggest that you look […]

Crislip: Reducing mental-health stigma key to healthy aging

As members of the Baby Boomer generation reach what was once considered their “golden years,” many are re-defining what it means to be an older adult. Instead of retirement and rocking chairs, they’re working longer and living more active lifestyles than their parents ever did. But while Baby Boomers tend to be more physically healthy […]

Dorsey: Citizenship question not needed on 2020 Census

The League of Women Voters is very concerned about the potential impact of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ announcement that the Census Bureau will include a question about citizenship in the 2020 Census. Both the national League and the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Phoenix believe that this decision will have a negative impact on […]

Schnitzer: National Healthcare Decisions Week April 16-22

Imagine you are in an accident or sudden illness leaves you unable to speak for yourself. Your loved one or caregiver is faced with a difficult decision about whether to continue life-saving measures. How does that person know what to do? Discuss, decide and document. These are three important steps to take to ensure your […]

Struble: A vision for Apache Junction

We, Apache Junction, love our Superstitions. They represent our past, our present and our future. They rise out of the desert almost 4,500 feet to an elevation of 6,280 feet. They are rugged, yet beautiful. The diversity of colors are as ever changing as the people of Apache Junction. Yet, the mountains are as unchanging […]