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Sometimes he has a good day, his mind clicking like it used to, and our phone conversations take us back in time. 

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As we stare 2021 in the face, here’s hoping that our elected leaders take a stand against one of the most serious public health threats currently facing the state of Arizona.

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As we head into possibly the most isolating holiday season yet, there are more children who are in desperate need of mentorship. We are experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. Schools have been out for months. Families are having to make tough decisions at the dinner table, and we are al…

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been a variety of moratoriums on residential evictions. But unless something changes, after Dec. 31, ordinary landlord-tenant law will begin again. In short, tenants who have not paid their rent will once again face being evicted.    

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As the Arizona State Treasurer and chairwoman of the state’s first-ever Financial Literacy Task Force, increasing financial awareness is one of my top priorities. By making wise personal finance decisions, Arizonans not only strengthen themselves but also their families, communities and the …

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After a year of fighting over masks, we have something new to look forward to likely beginning next month: arguing over whether or not refusing to get a vaccine against COVID-19 constitutes a public health menace.

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The holidays are a time of celebrations, time spent with family and friends, and a festive and colorful time of year. But for some older adults it can be a time of extreme loneliness and depression, even more so this holiday season as COVID-19 still looms.

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The seething hatred that marks our politics continues to bubble like muck. Never more partisan, never angrier at one another, we continue to prosecute Election 2020 even as the states run out of ballots to count. Angry tweets, lawsuits, and fraud allegations devoid of evidence fill every new…

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Even before the race for president was official, you could learn some early lessons from Election 2020. 

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Medicare’s annual open-enrollment season is underway, and I want to encourage all people with Medicare to review their current health and prescription drug coverage.

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In the end, with the 2020 ballot on my kitchen table, I took advice from a dead man, a doctor from Scottsdale I never met, Dr. Jay Blum.

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With great dismay, I read the article on KTAR radio’s website by reporter Griselda Zetino on Oct. 26 entitled, “Drop in Arizona students enrolled in kindergarten raises concerns.” 

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Quality schools help protect your property values, reduce crime and attract jobs and economic opportunities. 

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Getting vaccinated for the flu this fall is more important than ever. Not only will a flu shot help keep you and your family healthy, it can help reduce the strain on our health care system and keep hospital beds and other medical resources available for people with coronavirus disease 2019 …

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During my decades as an accountant and business consultant, I learned that progress is often impeded when people ignore a good idea just because of the source. So, even though it is not usually politically astute to compliment your general election rival, I applaud my LD20 Senate opponent fo…

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After talking to residents across Phoenix and Glendale, the one thing I hear most is they want safe neighborhoods and safe communities. 

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The Arizona Supreme Court issued its ruling allowing the “Smart and Safe Arizona” initiative—Proposition 207—to remain on the ballot despite concerns over deficiencies in its 100-word statement. Big Marijuana sought to deceive Arizona voters with the summary and got away with it. Keep in min…

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I am 73 years old. Never in my later years did I think I would open Arizona’s first medical marijuana dispensary, but I did, in 2012. The public interest was high. Our location was in Downtown Glendale. But what started as fanfare is now routine. That’s a good thing, though. You don’t hear a…

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Despite the countless political ads you see on TV and social media, the most-important offices on your ballot might not be the ones at the top of the ticket.  

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For over 131 years, the Peoria Unified School District has been teaching the students of the Northwest Valley.  Founded in 1889, the original school’s class size varied between five and 15 students full time in the first few years.  Today, the district serves more than 36,000 students from G…

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Some people love theme parks. They don’t mind lines. They crave the rides and the adrenaline. As an Arizonan since 1995, I’m not much for theme parks. 

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Nearly half a million Arizonans are living with Alzheimer’s or caring for a loved one with the disease. Prior to COVID-19, our state was grappling with how to prepare for an astounding 33% increase over the next five years in the population impacted by all dementias.  

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When I was a kid, we subscribed to TV Guide. The best issue always came at the end of summer, because it previewed the upcoming fall television season.

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One hundred years ago, a young state representative named Harry Burn, at age 24, sat uncomfortably at his desk in the Tennessee Legislature. The entire country was watching, as Tennessee was the last of the 36 states needed to ratify the United States Constitution granting women the right to…

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There is a reason that the Arizona Police Association, the National Association of Police Organizations, the International Union of Police Associations and law enforcement from all over the nation have endorsed President Trump. 

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The relentless pace of the coronavirus pandemic has challenged hospital and health care workers across the Valley and the country. Long days are spent caring for COVID and non-COVID patients. The stress of managing personal lives while balancing family needs and commitments adds yet another …

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Long ago, city planners mapped out the city of Glendale, meticulously assigning street names in subdivisions and commercial parks to create an easy way to navigate around town.

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The June 3 premiere of “Hamilton” on streaming service Disney Plus marked the end of a five-year wait for audiences who hadn’t seen the hit musical on stage.

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There was a beauty to the games, something artistic that maybe I cannot convey in words: The thud of the ball against the gym floor; the riotous squeaks and squeals of hightops on lacquered hardwood; the dim light, the frayed nets hanging from the rims. 

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Let me begin with full disclosure: In my day job, I work as a public relations consultant. Among my clients are various public safety organizations. 

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As mayor, I have spent the last eight years working with our police department to keep our citizens safe. While videos like those of George Floyd are shocking to see and cases like his have appropriately led to murder charges, the public needs to remember that no one hates a bad cop more tha…

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In a year with many distractions and stressful events, we must not forget that World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15.

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Arizona is reopening, but coronavirus is still top of mind for many residents as new cases of COVID-19 are confirmed every day. The fact that we will be living with this virus for a while means every Arizonan should understand the role of health insurance in regards to what treatments and te…

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They came to the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds by the thousands, just four days after a terrorist’s bomb ripped through a federal building in Downtown Oklahoma City.