We now have more than four years’ experience with Donald Trump’s call to “Make America Great Again.” What have we learned? Have we succeeded in restoring America to levels matching the visions of our forefathers? Have we restored the respect that the United States held in the years following…

You asked, Mr. Hover, for voters to search their core values regarding the coming election. Well, I did. These words are not just mine. I have borrowed many points from reading, listening and discussing this election with other freedom-loving Americans.

This is again a response to David Banks.

I am an American who loves my country for what it was and what it represents. It is a nation built on people from diverse nationalities and beliefs. Now our President has done everything possible to stop those immigrants which could, as in the past, enrich and strengthen our nation of immigrants.

If being “great” means division, conflict, turmoil, substituting lies for truth, disrespect, tribal behavior, the destruction of civility, fear-mongering, a diminishing moral code, and conspiracy theories perceived as reality; then maybe we are actually making America great again. Congratula…

As a past Republican and LGBT resident of Fountain Hills and Wisconsin, I’m casting my vote for Biden.

Fear is defined as an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous. And whether that someone or something is real or not, it can be a useful tool to motivate for action, to fight back, lash out and to restore calm.

I feel sorry for Martha McSally. Even when it was reported by three news outlets, including Fox News, that Trump disparaged John McCain and our dead military heroes, Martha could not even mention Trump’s name in her tepid response to what Trump said.

A reader recently wrote to express his annoyance at comments made regarding the unethical behavior of Representative Schweikert. He suggests that because Schweikert is a personable guy, people should forget about the numerous ethical violations that he, and his wife, reportedly committed bet…

“Justice delayed is justice denied.” The saying is so popular, there are disputes as to its origin.

For those in need. Hours cut due to COVID-19? Having a bad day? Just have surgery? Due to the generosity of many community members, Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake has 30-plus large, one-topping pizzas for anyone in need. A pizza can be redeemed by anyone, no questions asked!

Ranger Amy is pretty-darn awesome, but did you know her husband, Joe, is pretty awesome also?

Single seniors beware! This week Hope for Homes Program and The Delia Foundation worked together to rescue a senior orphan. He is widowed and had a stroke, which left him bedbound.

I have long thought that it is too bad that we have political parties. When we have elections, it is too easy to just tell yourself you will vote for the candidates that declare themselves to be members of the party that you are used to voting for. I think it would be much better if we all t…

For 2021, we need a system that isn’t ruling over the people, but that is made of people looking out for each other.

It was a very nice and meaningful event at the Veterans Memorial on Friday. The crowd was there with the American flags to pay respects to the almost 3,000 innocent Americans who fell victim to a handful of suicidal Islamic radicals who wanted to destroy the American way of life and to plant…

More than 3,000 people died on 9-11. We held a non-partisan flag event and colors were posted by American Legion Post 58 at the Memorial by the Fountain. Approximately 75-85 people were in attendance.

Proposition 207 will be on the November ballot for our consideration and vote. Prop 207 would legalize marijuana for recreational use. Prop 205, from a few years ago, attempted to accomplish the same objective.

I am concerned about how efforts to strengthen and expand access to health care in our country will impact the next generation. It is for that reason that I simply cannot support government-controlled health care schemes like the public option or Medicare for all. Either of these plans would…

I do not know where to begin to fully express my gratitude to all the wonderful Home Delivered Meals volunteers and Town staff for their commitment to serving others during these challenging times.

I would like to express my gratitude to the Fountain Hills Crisis Response Team, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, and Fountain Hills Emergency Medical Team who responded to the sudden and unexpected death of my husband, Karl Gaardsmoe. They treated a difficult situation with kindness and pr…

I survived a frightening and severe case of COVID-19 thanks to the amazing HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center team. After my arrival in the emergency room, I was admitted and hospitalized in isolation for seven days while undergoing intensive, aggressive and experimental treatment. I…

In a recent letter to this paper, Mr. Jeff Dover questioned the existence of the virus emergency along with a question regarding the effectiveness of wearing masks, and suggested “politically driven statistics.” The reason we were asked in March not to buy masks related to the fact that the …

In last week’s Times there was an article disputing the wearing of masks and that in March of 2020, some agencies and others were saying that masks didn’t help – and there is no science about wearing them.

If one were to gauge by Sept. 2’s Times opinions, it looked like open season on Republicans. It was especially chilling to read several letters attacking Congressman David Schweikert regarding his recent censure by the House of Representatives.

This letter is for Independent voters and any other voters who has not made up their minds about the upcoming election. I am a 60-year Republican, 15-year Independent and this is how I see it.

Did you ever wonder why it’s important to know your candidate’s stance on issues before voting? I want to challenge you to call their offices and ask the hard questions about tough issues. For example, the Second Amendment, immigration and abortion. The answers you receive will tell you ever…

For years the name Dave Karl was familiar to many in Fountain Hills. Having played at virtually every restaurant in town and a regular on the stage of Munch and Music, Dave was a talented entertainment delight for our community.

Once again, a big thank you to all of our donors at the blood drive this past weekend. There were 180 of you who signed in to donate. Great to also see so many new donors and hopefully we’ll see you at our future drives.

A recent letter in this paper praised federal Representative David Schweikert for ending the ethics investigation into his fundraising and other behavior. The letter stated that Schweikert accepted responsibility and that any wrongdoing was by Schweikert’s staff.

Recently, we have all been annoyed by drips from a leaky tap against Congressman David Schweikart. David has been a faithful representative. He and his wife went door to door meeting the people in Fountain Hills when he first campaigned here. He has been available for community events and re…

Congressman Schweikert has boasted he is a great money manager because he has two business degrees from ASU. He recently was reprimanded and fined by the House for misappropriations which are too lengthy to list in this format.

It’s election time, an opportunity to change who represents us, and three candidates come to mind who have to go.

Four facts.

Recently, Fox asked Trump a softball question about his plans for the next four years. Trump said, “one of the things that will be really great…the word experience is still good, I always say talent is more important than experience, I’ve always said that…but the word experience is a very im…

The two major parties’ conventions offer a stark contrast and choice for Americans. One, a bright future, or one where lawlessness reigns. If Democrats attain the presidency, the violence in Democratic-led cities of New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Portland and Seattle will be exported everyw…

Please wear a mask and use hand sanitizer often. Why? The COVID-19 virus lives in only one place, in humans. It is not floating around in the air unless it was put there by an infected person. It is not on the doorknob you touched unless it was put there by an infected person. The only way t…

Here we go again. Norman Hawk wrote in last week’s paper that “science” says that masks may be the best way to fight coronavirus. That’s not what the scientists at OSHA, Dept. of Health and Human Services, CDC and the Surgeon General’s office said in March. Their scientists said not to buy t…

What makes Fountain Hills a great place to live? What would you like to see change, if anything? We want to hear from you.

In Pete Flatebo’s Aug. 12 Times letter he claims that Joe Biden lives in a $15 million mansion. In fact, Biden’s two homes are worth a combined $4 million. (forbes.com) Biden’s current net worth is $9 million, primarily from his having earned $15 million from “book royalties and speaking eve…

We have been Fountain Hills residents for 27 years but only in recent weeks have we become regular letter writers. At this most important time, we believe it is necessary for people to speak up and be heard. It is time to share our deeply held convictions. Civil discourse should be our aim. …

For those who are concerned about your mailed ballots being properly handled, may I suggest voting in person on Election Day, Nov. 3? There is nothing more reassuring than personally running your completed ballot through the electronic counting machine and seeing the display indicate your vo…

What have we come to? This COVID-19 is getting to everyone, especially the teachers, students and parents of our community, trying to figure out whether it is safe to start in-person school or continue to do virtual lessons.

I have read several letters objecting to the wearing of face masks. Masks can be uncomfortable and may impair your breathing a little. They may make it harder to work. But the face mask may be the best tool we currently have to fight the COVID-19 virus.

I was watching a discussion about religion between Donna Brazile and a Republican congressman. Both of these two are Catholic and they were talking about Joe Biden being a man of faith. Biden is also Catholic.

Sunday morning, as I was eating my breakfast and watching HLN News, they carried the video of Trevor Murphy, the runner who attempted to control the fire sparked in the McDowells. It was nice to see the video on local TV, but really exciting to see it on national news!

I don’t know who is writing Mark Kelly’s campaign commercials, but they obviously haven’t studied Kelly, haven’t studied the office for which he is running, nor have they followed the hard-working Senator Martha McSally.

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Last week a letter writer thanked the Town and volunteers for coordinating and conducting the COVID-19 testing and commented on the slow reporting of results. My wife and I were among the people who were tested and waited far too long for the results. Fortunately, we too were both negative, …

This community can only grow to fulfill our fondest dreams if the majority of residents participate in sharing and defining exactly what those dreams and desires are. Several years ago Vision Fountain Hills was formed as an arm of the FHCCA to provide a casual, convenient and organized metho…

A writer recently wrote to complain about a letter critiquing his position regarding herd immunity via infection. In his second letter he mentions, for the first time, vaccines as another way to achieve herd immunity. Vaccines get my vote even if “mitigation efforts can delay the achievement…

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