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Thursday, June 30, 2022
Murray Siegel

Siegel: Instead of ending Algebra 2 requirement, redesign it

Earlier this year, the Arizona Legislature considered House Bill 2278, which would end one requirement — Algebra 2 — that causes problems for some...

Morgan: Keeping your monthly payment low amidst interest rate hikes

The price of housing is on the rise. In and of itself, that statement is nothing new these days. A severe shortage of housing inventory...
Ron Smith Maricopa

Smith: Long-term care system broken for those in ‘gigantic middle’

Last month, AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins wrote in the group’s bulletin “the system for helping people who can no longer care for themselves...
Al Brandenburg Maricopa

Brandenburg: Fend off threats to Social Security now

The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated many of the issues faced by Social Security, which provides at least 70% of income for about one in six...

Koczor: A focus on men’s health

June is Men’s Health Month, a national observance which began in 1994 to raise awareness about health care for men and encourage boys, men...

Morgan: While helpful, home warranty only goes so far

Of an estimated 21,000 existing houses in the city limits of Maricopa, nearly 8,000 of them are at least 15 years old. At that age,...
MPD Chief James Hughes

Chief: Community valued partner on police beat

It has been a few months since my last column on how the Maricopa Police Department is policing your community. In that column, I discussed...

Master gardener: Purslane packs a nutritious punch

I love plants. They helped save my life in their own special and unique way. They have also introduced me to some of the...
Ron Smith Maricopa

Smith: Watch out, I have things on my mind!

I’ve had a bunch of interesting tidbits running through my mind the last few weeks. InMaricopa magazine’s focus last month on volunteerism struck a nerve...
Murray Siegel Maricopa

Siegel: What does an academic coach do?

Most everyone knows what an athletic coach does, yet many are ignorant about the duties of an academic coach. By next school year, all Maricopa...
Joan Koczor

Koczor: Aging – it happens

Not many like it, but, eventually, it happens to all of us, whether we like it or not. We get older. The aging process is long....
Al Brandenburg Maricopa

Danger in the air for older Americans

Here in Arizona, we are all exposed to desert dust every time the wind blows. This can lead to lung problems such as Valley...
Ron Smith Maricopa

Medical alert devices: Do you need one?

Last week, I was helping my wife install a home key box for a Province resident when she asked me what I knew about...
Murray Siegel Maricopa

Accelerated learning program to kick off in kindergarten

In recent years, the Maricopa Unified School District has made a concerted effort to improve the assessment of the learning that occurs in its...
Joan Koczor

Volunteering is mutually beneficial

National Volunteer Month in April celebrates the impact volunteers have on our lives and encourages active volunteerism for generations to come. An extension of National...

Coping with stressful news: Keep things in perspective

Today’s news reports have been less than encouraging for exiting a globally traumatic event, such as the COVID crisis, to cope with.  While feelings...

Russian invasion brings back memories for Province resident

EDITOR’S NOTE: Over the past few weeks, the world has witnessed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In the 1990s, Iraq invaded Kuwait, which led to...
MPD Chief James Hughes

Chief: MPD improves way it reports crime

The Maricopa Police Department has officially improved the way we report crime. We recently completed the transition from the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s...
Ron Smith Maricopa

5 stages of retirement – and why you need to know them

Retirement typically occurs in five stages: pre-retirement, full retirement, disenchantment, reorien-tation, and reconciliation and stability. Each stage brings its own set of choices. Understanding...
Joan Koczor Senior Living

Recognizing the crucial contributions of women, today and always

The theme of National Women’s History Month, “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope,” is a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during...
Al Brandenburg Maricopa

Tax season is back: what seniors need to know

It’s that time of year again. There are new things to consider this income tax season and no, there is no automatic extension to...

Learn how to ‘take care’ of yourself

So many posts from friends end with “take care.” It seems a simple salutation at the end of a letter or social media post,...
Murray Siegel

AP courses can help make college affordable

As the cost of a college education continues to increase, parents and students should seek ways to pay for tuition without creating debt. One...

Watering with a purpose

I grew up in the Midwest and our biggest concern was whether March would come in like a lion or a lamb according to...

Master Gardeners plant seeds with advice, expertise

Many newcomers and inexperienced gardeners in Arizona need advice to successfully grow flowers and vegetables in our desert climate and soil conditions. Often, that expertise...

In the New Year, take an honest approach to relationships

Good, we have that resolution moment out of the way. Now to begin a movement of another kind. At some time or another, we have...
Murray Siegel

The current state of our schools

The effects of the pandemic continue to negatively affect learning in our public schools, and recent reports indicate the nature of the problem is...
Joan Koczor Maricopa

What to expect from Social Security in 2022

Over 50 million Americans rely on Social Security for at least a portion of their retirement income. When you consider that 180 million people...
Ron Smith Maricopa

Aging in place: Is it for you?

Because there is “no place like home,” aging in place may have many benefits: it can cost less if you own your home, slow...

Growing onions in the desert? No need to cry

Perhaps you’ve had the same experience: onion bulbs from the big box stores that never develop into the big, dry ones like you buy...