One of the outstanding original hires by the Town of Fountain Hills passed away recently. Pat Dunn was hired as the first court administrator for the Fountain Hills Municipal Court. Together with Judge Stuart Shoob and a first-rate staff, they created a model court that continued to be respe…

Over the last five years America has changed, and not for the better.

Howie Hawkins, the 2020 Green Party presidential candidate, condemned the appointment of Cedric Richmond to lead the White House Office of Public Engagement with business and the climate movement.

On or about January of this tumultuous year, a horrible plague was loosed on our society. It visited Seattle, NYC and far and wide around the globe. It infected far too many and killed over 250,000 U.S. citizens and over a million around the world. It caused society to hunker down. It caused…

Two recent issues have had two major pieces by the paper shamelessly touting Arpaio’s book. A column, by Times owner Alan Cruikshank, and a story by staff reporter Bob Burns. These fawning, one-sided pieces glossing over Arpaio's legacy and overt promotion of his book are contrary and degrad…

There is a new hidden gem in Fountain Hills. Two of the sweetest people you could ever want to meet and enjoy their great hospitality. Stacy Kuedzialec and Chris Health have opened up Sipps Eatery.

When my family arrived at Fountain Hills in 2005, we had young children and looked forward to raising them in this beautiful town. We participated in the holiday events, local sports leagues, Parks and Recreation classes, attended FHUSD schools, played in the beautiful parks, volunteered and…

As a member of the Fountain Hills Sanitary District’s Board of Directors, I appreciated the positive comments recently made by former Mayor Linda Kavanagh regarding the District (“Fire break” Oct. 28).

You don’t get to choose your family. You do get to choose your friends. Thus, the saying, “You are judged by the company you keep.”

I thank all my fellow voters who exercised our most American of Constitutional responsibilities. I also, especially, wish to thank postal workers and election workers. Your honorable and impartial service has assured the ongoing counting of a record vote in a pandemic environment.

During WWII, everyone made great sacrifices to defeat our common enemy and protect our fellow citizens of the United States. These were the true patriots, who often sacrificed their lives for us to be free. Freedom has its responsibilities to keep us free and safe.

Only an observation. I’ve been a loyal supporter of our art fairs for the 12-plus years I’ve lived in Fountain Hills. I enjoy it immensely but notice, each year that you promote the event with your print ad, you request that people leave their pets at home. Many do not, but I don’t see that …

Joe Biden is our new president and will give us a fresh start. He’s a man with decency, character, integrity and honor.

All the people who voted, legally or otherwise, are still waiting for the courts to decide who is the loser. Hate is the winner. Whether Trump prevails in the courts or Biden haunts the White House, hate remains the only winner. Trust is the loser.

Why do the Democrats always have to rescue the nation because Republicans elect incompetent presidents?

I am happy to see that Ms. Merita Kraya won the retailers award. Ms. Kraya has been a valuable contributor to the town of Fountain Hills, providing consistently good food and great service.

I stand with “local democratic activist,” Eric Landau. His recent letter contained some hyperbole but I, for one, took it for just that. A member of our state government took him to task with a lot of hyperbole of his own.

There has been a lot of hate spewed in recent months about a man who is a constant winner and overachiever, and that’s what his supporters like about him.

While I am not usually a fan of roundabouts or traffic circles, I thank all in Fountain Hills who were responsible for installing the roundabout by the post office! It is a big improvement over the old mega-sized, four-way intersection.

The voting is over. Now please take down all the political signs for winners and for those who did not get elected into office. The voting is over. Let careful and accurate counting continue and let the lawsuits proceed without undue complaining.

As I write this, the election results are not yet available, but I have a plea to all. This has been the most contentious, nasty, vile and expensive election I have ever experienced.

When we are reading this on Nov. 4, we most likely will not know who won the election. Tensions will be high on both sides. I pray there is no violence.

My fellow first responders and citizens of Fountain Hills, this year has been the worst ever for first responders since 9/11. Hundreds of first responders have been injured in riots all over the country and we know why! Some politicians and many in the news media have vilified first responde…

Shame on the Fountain Hills Town Council members (except for Ginny Dickey, Alan Magazine and Mike Scharnow) for putting all of us residents at risk for COVID-19. Apparently, the priority in their books is the almighty dollar and the art fair will go on.

Congratulations to local Democrat activist Eric Landau for winning this year’s Poison Pen Award for his false and mean-spirited attacks in last week’s Times’ letters section (Travesty) against not only me, but also local businesswoman Merita Kraya and The Fountain Hills Times. Such well-exec…

I want to thank everyone involved in planning this year’s Make A Difference Day for making it a wonderful experience. This event is part of National Day of Doing Good and Fountain Hills residents have been participating for many years.

Starting next week, the regular Tuesday bingo game resumes at the Community Center and it’s been covid-ized. As always, it’s open to the public and no membership fee is required. The game is limited to 50 people and registration is encouraged. See today’s paper for specific details on how to…

In 2013 the Dodgers clinched the National League West Championship at Chase Field in Phoenix Arizona. After their win they proceeded to celebrate by jumping in the Chase Field swimming pool and unwittingly placed a 100-year baseball curse on the Dodgers’ franchise.

I feel good about voting for ratification of the Fountain Hills General Plan on my Nov. 3 ballot. The plan clearly details our town’s vision, goals and pathway for navigating the next 10 years.

The choice in this election is clear. The choice is freedom or Socialism.

The most recent debate between Joe Biden and President Donald Trump was a lively discussion of many issues. But, in my opinion, the single most poignant moment of the night came near the end of their exchanges with Mr. Biden’s contrast of the character of the candidates.

This election, without exception, is the most critical one in my lifetime. Around our town mostly Republican candidates’ political signs have been destroyed, removed or vandalized. These signs are our freedom of political expression and the destruction of them says volumes about those who ta…

Donald Trump has failed to repay (stiffed) his lenders out of $287 million since 2010. He is able to write off massive amounts because he is a lousy businessman. He made his money being a showman on “The Apprentice.”

I believe that most folks in our town are familiar with the words, “Let who is without sin cast the first stone.” The hateful and vicious words being spewed by some people toward the most patriotic and concerned president in my lifetime is a disgrace. Could anyone of his critics imagine that…

This is my impassioned plea to voters. It is a time to stop suffering the lies, misinformation used to manipulate and the incompetent leadership. It is time for us, as a nation, to join together and vote our higher conscience to save our democracy from the impending tyranny of fascism that T…

I am so excited. I just voted and my ballot will count. It hasn’t since 2012, when I lived in California.

The coronavirus pandemic has brought upon unprecedented challenges for all Americans. This is particularly true for our vulnerable senior populations who are most at risk for complications due to COVID-19, many of whom have continued to stay isolated away from loved ones.

It’s critical that fair-minded American citizens rebel against the bombardment of deceitful commercials blatantly lying about an honorable former USAF Colonel, Senator McSally. So, where’s all this dark money coming from to pay for this filth and why is it so dangerous?

Here’s a Fountain Hills travesty. The Times reports that Merita Kraya received a “Retailer of the Year Award” from the Arizona Retailers Association. Merita was nominated by her buddy, State Representative John Kavanagh, who was so righteously indignant when she became the only restaurateur …

What a well-deserved award for Fountain Hills’ very own Merita Kraya, being named Retailer of the Year by the Arizona Retailers Association.

Fortunately, we have three elected officials (Ginny, Mike and Alan) watching out for the health of our residents, a lot over 65 years of age. I am all for moneymaking events and having visitors to our lovely town. However, these are not usual times.

What are people thinking? Having the fair this year, of all years? Are you kidding?

It is really not a good idea to go forward with the Art Festival at this time due to the spike in new COVID-19 cases. It is a disaster waiting to happen.

I would like to let voters in Fountain Hills know that we received two mailers that contained false information from the Center for Voter Information, a self-proclaimed nonprofit group. Election officials in other states are warning voters that mailers from this group contain misleading and …

I want to thank the Sanitary District for the “fire break” behind our homes. I know that wasn’t the intention, that you were just clearing an access road to the sewers in the Tumbleweed wash but, in the process, you have also cleared some dead trees that had fallen years ago and lots of drie…

Consider this a shoutout to my colleague, Mike Scharnow, for his outstanding “My Opinion” column in last week’s Times. I urge all who haven’t read it to do so.

Encore for More (Senior Services) would like to thank Representative Kavanagh. Our volunteers have been working hard to bring back the weekly Bingo game in the Community Center in a safe and healthy environment. When we needed assistance with the Bingo licensing department, John Kavanagh imm…

OMG, they’re back. Need a COVID-19 relief outing and some good food? The boys and their Fountain Hills Food Cart are back on the Avenue of the Fountains. What a great way to relieve your stress.

My husband, Boe, and I often disagree on political subjects (and much else, of course), but I absolutely agree with his items two and three in last week’s letter. People who vandalize or remove political (or other) signs without authorization should be ashamed of themselves and should stop i…

Shortly after we moved to Fountain Hills, I took part in a Saturday event for Vision Fountain Hills. I found this to be quite informative, but the best takeaway for me was that it was obvious that there are many residents that take the town seriously and want it to continue to thrive.

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