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Here’s a simple one-question test to determine whether you’re a realist or a dreamer: What do you believe when it comes to arcade games that offer gaudy prizes in return for a quarter or a buck?

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Does Medicare for All provide free health care to illegal immigrants? That is the question I asked in the House Rules Committee hearing late last month. The disturbing answer was, yes, Medicare for All, the Democrats’ push for a government-controlled, one-size-fits-all health plan, will inde…

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The fastest-growing part of the nation’s fastest-growing county is getting some love from Maricopa County. The county’s proposed fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget includes a number of wins for the West Valley, including big investments in our regional parks.  Here are the highlights:

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Whenever people find out I am the executive director of Leadership West and a member of the Buckeye City Council, they tend to question my sanity. That is, with our country divided and a perception of a lack of civic engagement and leadership locally, they believe one person cannot make a di…

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Many of you grew up listening to “Sesame Street.” One of their regular features was a brilliant learning tool helping children understand the concepts of similar and contrast. Three different things that don’t quite fit would be put together. The contrasting object wasn’t bad or negative; it…

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May 29 is known as College Savings Day, a play on the date 5/29, as it relates to the College Savings Account’s formal name, the 529 savings plan.

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We talked about it, my mother and I, back when I was a teenager. How she felt in the fall of 1964, a New York City girl just graduated from high school at the age of 17 who found herself pregnant.

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It’s been 24 years since I moved to Arizona and nothing much has changed about immigration politics in all that time. The sad, strange case of 18-year-old Thomas Torres-Maytorena proves as much.

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As a mom who’s deeply grateful to the many dedicated Arizona teachers who helped my own sons succeed from kindergarten to college, I’m dismayed to see the blatant disregard that too many of our legislators seem to hold for our educators and public schools today.

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When Leonardo da Vinci was working on his wonderful painting of “The Last Supper,” he painted the face of a man he hated as Judas. But when he came to paint the face of Jesus he tried again and again and failed. It was only when he painted out the face of the man he hated and put another in …

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The first time I ever heard the phrase “go to the mattresses” was in the Mafia masterpiece “The Godfather.” Vito Corleone is near death in a hospital bed, shot down by a rival Mob family. The Don’s hotheaded oldest boy, Sonny, demands revenge. Tom Hagen, the consigliere, urges caution, but S…

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Recently, I was driving home at about 9 p.m. On the way home I saw about 15 kids on bikes. None of them were wearing helmets. None had front or back lights on the bike. None were following the traffic signs. Two of them rode out in front of me instead of staying in the bike lane, causing me …

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She was 18 months old, the news stories tell us, the daughter of married parents in their mid-thirties. She perished on a warm April Monday afternoon in a Glendale apartment complex, shut inside the family’s four-door sedan.

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A few weeks ago, at the 2019 Masters golf tournament, Tiger Woods and the sport of golf lobbed a shot heard around the world. Tiger is back. Tiger won the Masters. The metamorphosis from the immature Tiger to the mature Tiger, the ego-driven Tiger to the wise Tiger, the intimidator Tiger to …

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Today, let’s muse on answering those difficult “Why” questions we have from time to time. Here’s a stellar example of someone struggling at 66 years old to answer her deep questions. A friend sent this to me.

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We live in a world demanding strength and success. Look at how most real estate agents market themselves. Successful, perfect teeth that are double whitened, perfect hair, body, clothing, a perfectly posed picture, giving us the impression, they are “large and in charge.” That’s also true of…

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His family and fellow cops buried Officer Paul Rutherford on the final Thursday in March. Rutherford, 51 years old and a father of two, served this community for 22 years before a vehicle struck him dead at a crime scene in west Phoenix.

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Every March, we celebrate Women’s History Month. It’s a month to reflect on and celebrate the many accomplishments and contributions of women to our nation. As the first Republican woman to represent Arizona’s Eighth Congressional District, I feel so blessed to serve alongside 105 other wome…

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Colorectal cancer is generally found in men and women age 50 or older, but it does not discriminate between age groups, race or ethnicity. If you have a family history of colon cancer or colon polyps, it can occur at an earlier age.

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With each passing birthday comes a sense of time shortening. The older you get, the more you understand that you have more days behind than days left to come. You awaken to each new morning determined to invest meaning into whatever time you have left.

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Lately there’s been a lot of talk about climate change as the most serious threat facing mankind. Respectfully, I disagree.

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A married couple was vacationing in Yosemite Park in the United States. The wife expressed her concern about camping because of bears and said she would feel more comfortable in a motel. The husband said he would like to camp outside in the woods. To calm her concerns, he suggested they talk…

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As you may or may not know, I can be a trivia nerd. So I decided to find out how Bethany Home Road got its name. Some streets in the Valley received their names because of their location, such as Central Avenue or Baseline Road. Others honor local or nation historical figures such as Washing…

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The future of our health care system seems to be hitting the headlines recently. Many Democratic contenders for the presidency are making their announcements to run and, in doing so, have been explaining their position on ways we can fix our health care system.

When I ran for City Council four years ago, I promised three things:  I promised I would work to restore Glendale’s financial condition. Four years ago, Glendale was on the verge of bankruptcy. Today, Glendale is rated A+, A1, and AAA by the three largest municipal bond rating companies in A…

Knock, knock, who is there? ... Is corruption knocking on your door?  The community wants an impartial judge … when you hear justice…think “Woolbright.”  The corrupt politicians are attempting to mislead you. It appears my opponents are now desperate for votes, so they lie to you voters and …

When Japan bombed the USS Arizona, it picked a fight with the United States. A sleeping giant woke in the American people that day. Woolbright has opponents picking on him similar to the Japanese bombing Pearl Harbor. Now, Woolbright woke like a sleeping giant.

I met the nicest gentleman over the weekend at a local coffee shop. Sometimes, sharing a big table in a small room has advantages. He was in a briefing with another man that ended and I took the opportunity to introduce myself.

Phillip Woolbright is a conservative Republican. As a justice of the peace, he prompted cost-saving plans to reduce government spending, giving the burden of rehabilitation over to the offender instead of local taxpayers.

So glad a bicycle enthusiast like me, Phillip Woolbright, is running for justice of the peace in Peoria. A few months back, I went to court as the victim of a hit-and-run. A Walmart shopper leaving the store in a hurry on their phone slammed into my back tire, throwing me into the curb and railing.

My mother told me if you can’t say something good about a person you should keep your mouth shut. Mr. Ray Strahl, forget the attacks on Bart Turner in your hackneyed mailers and vitriolic robo calls. It’s distracting, petty, old fashioned and shows not a whit of imagination.

I have received several mailers and calls from Ray Strahl, who is running for the Glendale City Council in the Barrel District. The negative slant against his opponent Bart Turner is uncalled for.

I am supporting Ray Strahl in the upcoming city election, for councilman from the Barrel District.

Here we go again, another attempt by the mayor and city manager to run our city. The last thing we need is a yes mayor council, as we did when the finances got out of control.

We sometimes refer to someone as “judgment proof.” They have many creditors chasing them with dozens of lawsuits. They keep nothing in their name, no bank accounts; they do all their business in cash. They hide their income; they do not worry about their credit rating. Why pay their creditor…

How would you like to know everything about life in just three minutes? Well, here it is — someone’s take on everything about life in three minutes. This should be interesting.  

Bart Turner is committed in doing the best possible job for the residents of the Barrel District and the city. It’s not easy being a city councilmember. Turner, along with the mayor and other councilmembers, has unselfish dedication of time and effort to serve the citizens of Glendale.

As a lifelong Democrat and 40-year resident of Glendale, I would like to explain why I am voting for Bart Turner for City Council (Barrel District).

We have a choice for city councilperson in the Barrel District. We can support our incumbent councilman, who has been and remains an educated voice of reason on a council that is dominated by a singular personality, or we can vote for a political newcomer who has been hand selected by the mayor.

Craig Wismer currently serves as the Justice of the Peace for the Arrowhead Justice Precinct covering Sun City, Peoria and Glendale. I have had the fortune or misfortune, as it may be, to have experienced his justice and was able to see him in action on four different occasions and was so im…

Do you think God is watching our elected officials? Our country seems to forget that our foundation is — “In God We Trust” — in our government. I am a man of faith, I am sharing a few thoughts on candidates who still trust in God. Supporting those candidates that keep God in our country dial…

The undersigned are officers and directors of the West Maricopa County Bar Association. It is our position that Phillip Woolbright is not qualified to hold the office of a justice of the peace.

I can’t help but remark on Lisa Corbin-Polak’s letter, “Difficult Times for Republicans.” What specifically is scandalous? A phony Russian collusion probe that still has no such proof? Yet, the scandal is that of the Dems and top officials of the FBI from the FISA court to Christoper Steele’…

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