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CPA: Comparing tax plans of presidential candidates

By Chris J. Scoggin, CPA As of this writing, we are less than three weeks away from the presidential election. So, by the time you...

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...

Take it easy in the new year

One year ago, we thought 2021 would pass quickly. The effects from the Covid Virus have held steady with many consequences. Those realities have...
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Smith: An involved citizenry strengthens community

What is community engagement? For some it is civic engagement, or active participation in your community, perhaps voting, volunteering or joining organizations. According to Thomas...
Joan Koczor Maricopa

Koczor: New driver’s license requirements in effect next year

Effective Oct. 1, 2020, driver's licenses in Arizona will not be compliant with the REAL ID Act, according to Arizona Department of Transportation. The...

Senior designs for safely entering, exiting your house

When considering safety factors to adapt your home as you grow older, look for good visibility, excellent lighting, accessibility and no trip hazards. Be...
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Koczor: preventative measures for a healthy brain

A recent article from Mayo Clinic states we are living longer than previous generations and should prepare ourselves to encounter new health risks, like...
Ron Smith Maricopa

Smith: In emergencies, preparedness instills confidence

It’s that time of year when we are reminded by Mother Nature that emergency situations can happen quickly with limited warning. Although Arizona has...
Al Brandenburg Maricopa

Hot! Hot! Hot! Gardening in July

By Al Brandenburg Another year and again I am watching my plants wither in the 100-degree-plus heat. Gardening in Arizona in July can be difficult...
Joan Koczor Maricopa

Senior Living: Time to downsize, de-clutter

Some of us are reaching that stage of our life when we are considering downsizing. Some are looking forward to removing the clutter and...
Murray Siegel

Random studies: why vaccines need math

A previous column provided details of an investigative report that contrasted the secondary mathematics curriculum of the United States vs. European schools, and how...
Murray Siegel Maricopa

Siegel: Teaching responsibility in elementary school 

Readers of this column may remember a primary academic goal in elementary school was learning the three R's – Readin’, Ritin’ and Rithmetic. Today, a fourth R is required: Responsibility. Several educators...

A love-hate relationship with oleanders

If oleanders are toxic, why do we have so many of them growing in Maricopa? Here’s the scoop on the good, the bad and...

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,...

Koczor: The explanation of a complex topic, inflation

Here’s a simple explanation of inflation: a general increase in prices and fall in the purchasing value of money. Inflation corresponds to a reduction...
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...
Al Brandenburg Maricopa

Brandenburg: Are your end-of-life affairs in order?

We’re not getting any younger. So, you may want to make end-of-life decisions to protect your loved ones. This might not be the most upbeat...

Seniors, avoid bone fractures by taking preventive steps

Every year, seniors fall and break their hips or other bones and then face serious potential illnesses and possibly death as a result. The...

Make an end-of-life checklist

By Joan Koczor An unpleasant subject? Something you don’t want to talk about? Does your family cringe when you bring the subject up? Consider it...
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Koczor: C’mon man, it’s time to get healthy

Some men just don't like talking about their health. Even when they see a doctor, one of five men admit they haven’t been completely honest...
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American Heart Month: Taking care of your ticker

The first American Heart Month was marked in February 1964 following President Lyndon B. Johnson’s proclamation on Dec. 30, 1963. At that time, more...

Master Gardener Orchard Project shows what can be done

By Roger Lawrence The Maricopa Master Gardeners broke ground Sept. 18, 2018, on a new demonstration and teaching orchard to be planted in front of...

Koczor: Seniors most targeted by con artists, scammers

By Joan Koczor Persons of any age can become a victim of a scam. Senior citizens are the most susceptible. Financial scams targeting seniors have become...

Meet the Maricopa Master Gardeners – and become one

Let’s explore the Master Gardener program in Maricopa. But first some history on two key related organizations. The Land Grant College Act of 1862 ceded...
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Enhancing elementary school learning

The word “elementary” has two seemingly conflicting definitions. For some, elementary means basic or simple as when Sherlock Holmes said, “Elementary, my dear Watson.”...

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...
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...
Murray Siegel Maricopa

Siegel: Advanced Math for elementary students, please

In January 2016, I began this education column with two purposes. First, provide readers with new ideas about teaching and learning through the lens...

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

Aging expert: More years in good health a gift, not burden

The gift of time is very real. Life expectancy has increased dramatically because people are in much better overall health than prior generations. In...