Speak Out: Canadian visitors, tip at least 15% or ‘more if you get great service’

First of all, let me start by saying snowbirds are a very happy bunch of folks. They are grateful for the nice weather and truly enjoy their time in Arizona. I find them to be pleasant, fun and very nice. However, as a waitress in Apache Junction, I sometimes struggle to hold that same good […]

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 […]

OPINION: Apache Junction High School Principal Larry LaPrise ‘a true inspiration’

It has been brought to my attention that Apache Junction High School Principal Larry LaPrise is not coming back next year. In multiple confirmations it is my understanding this is not by his choice. This is a decision made by our administration and school board. Our district has made many changes that I have disagreed […]

OPINION: April is Fair Housing Month

The city of Apache Junction, through a proclamation signed by Mayor Jeff Serdy, is celebrating Fair Housing Month in April. The National Fair Housing Law of 1986, as amended by the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, prohibits discrimination in housing and declares it a national policy to provide within constitutional limits, for fair housing […]

OPINION: As Americans, we are innately a part of politics

When I was doing some door-to-door canvassing for a candidate running for the Arizona State Senate, I talked to several neighbors who told me, essentially, “I don’t get involved in politics.” I am befuddled. How does one make others understand that as Americans, people are innately a part of politics? The decisions that are made […]

OPINION: Championing the continuation of Proposition 301, funding schools

The Arizona Senate today approved SB 1390, a bill that continues an additional .06 cent tax beginning in 2021. The money is devoted to the state’s public education system and will provide $667 million each year for 20 years. In addition, the bill shifts $64 million from a debt service program to another fund dedicated […]

OPINION: Thank you Mayor Jeff Serdy for donating to Elks fundraiser

  With the generous help of Apache Junction Mayor Jeff Serdy, owner of AJI Sporting Goods, Apache Junction Elks Lodge No. 2349 has a fundraiser with the money going to three $5,000 high school scholarships. Elks Lodge No. 2349 members are selling raffle tickets for $50 each and only selling 600 tickets with a chance […]

OPINION: Homeless military veteran in Apache Junction a crime victim

Thank you Apache Junction. Actually I’m being sarcastic. Can someone please explain to me why, in a state where the governor, churches, any other assorted organizations are doing all they can to help homeless military veterans get off the streets, this city seems to be going out of its way to put them back? Point […]

OPINION: Apache Junction and Pinal County need structured growth

Having read the current Apache Junction/Gold Canyon Independent, it seems like the region is trying to grow. Your front-page article detailed a new clean industrial company moving in and highlighted the city’s Flatiron Park as well as the new location for Fry’s. Kudos for also holding a “State of the City” event. All that being […]

OPINION: Readers suggest what to put in old Fry’s Food & Drug building

When Velocity Retail Group announced that it had sold the vacant Fry’s Food & Drug store at the southwest corner of Apache Trail and Idaho in Apache Junction, Editor Richard H. Dyer posted to Facebook asking for comments from readers on what they thought should fill the space. The 62,602-square-foot vacant big box was purchased […]