Editorials

Fri
22
May
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We remember

The following column, by Burt Freireich, chairman of the board of West Valley View Inc., was first published in 1961 in the Sun City News-Sun, where Mr. Freireich was publisher. It is still representative of our thoughts on Memorial Day and wars of the past and future.

Fri
15
May
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Cooler-than-average temps can still kill

With temperatures dropping to record lows for this time of year, it’s important to remember the temperature inside a vehicle can still rise enough to kill.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, when the outside temperature is 83 degrees (2 degrees higher than Saturday’s expected high and 5 degrees lower than Sunday’s) and the car windows are cracked 2 inches, the temperature inside the vehicle can still climb to 109 degrees in 15 minutes. The temperature inside that same vehicle can hit 126 degrees within an hour. Research shows that cracking the windows has little effect.

Fri
08
May
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Food banks need so much more than just food

We are into our second week of our annual West Valley View Food Drive and we recently discovered a need we didn’t even know existed.

A need that we are so excited to share with you because it’s a need we can all help fill regardless of our financial ability to donate food.

It’s a need that even those of us who rely on food banks to feed our families can help fill.

Fri
01
May
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We’re opening up our opinion pages

We often brag about our opinion pages. You all have so much to say, but more importantly, you all take the time to write down your opinions, adhere to our standards (most of the time) and deliver them to us to print for all to read, some to agree with and others to argue your points.

We enjoy providing this open format, so much so that we’re going to change things up a bit.

Tue
28
Apr
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Brown is the new green

We’re in a drought. And we live in the desert. So even in good times, water isn’t plentiful. But with the growth of the Valley and the dearth of rain in the watersheds, water is scarce.

So what have our leaders done to help preserve the limited water that will be available for the next decade?

Fri
24
Apr
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Air travel without pilots?

In the wake of the crash of the Germanwings airliner that was attributed to the co-pilot’s committing suicide with the plane and killing all 150 people on board, calls have been made to eliminate such risk by eliminating the pilots.

Using drones would be much safer according to this idea.

Either there would be no pilots on board or there would be a pilot on board as a backup to the ground-based personnel controlling airplanes.

Fri
24
Apr
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I’m so depressed, I think I’ll just look at Facebook

There are so many things about addictions that are depressing. And so many things that are depressing about addictions to electronics, whether television, texting or Internet surfing.

And the University of Houston has recently come out with a study that has found “some users may find themselves spending quite a bit of time viewing Facebook and may inevitably begin comparing what’s happening in their lives to the activities and accomplishments of their friends.”

Tue
21
Apr
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Behind every great leader is a great staff

Last week, we expressed our frustration over the Saddle Mountain Unified School District’s failure to reach out to parents of students when considering switching to a four-day school week, but to be fair, the district has had its hands full climbing out of receivership and has been unwavering in putting its students first.

Fri
17
Apr
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4-day school week makes sense; failure to reach out doesn’t

Four-day school weeks are making their way into the West Valley with the Saddle Mountain Unified District leading the charge.

The district on Monday approved a four-day week beginning with the 2015-16 school year, and while we’re in favor of the change, we question how transparent the district was during the information gathering process.

Tue
14
Apr
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City has good intentions, but faces roadblock

The city of Avondale has decided to take on a very ambitious project. One that’s not really something within the normal purview of a city council’s role, but something that affects the city and its residents nonetheless.

Councilman Lorenzo Sierra brought up a proposal to improve schools during the January City Council retreat. And now the council would like to work on a goal of making every school within the city an A+ school.

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