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The fastest-growing part of the nation’s fastest-growing county is getting some love from Maricopa County. The county’s proposed fiscal year 2020 budget includes a number of wins for the West Valley, including big investments in our regional parks.  Here are the highlights:

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Know a student who’s doing something remarkable? Tell us about it! Email Connor Dziawura at cdziawura@westvalleyview.com.

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Here’s a simple, one-question test to determine whether you’re a realist or a dreamer: What do you believe when it comes to arcade games that offer gaudy prizes in return for a quarter or a buck?

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Know a student who’s doing something remarkable? Tell us about it! Email Connor Dziawura at cdziawura@timespublications.com.

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As the 2020 presidential election cycle begins to gear up, it’s predictable that there would be a spate of “free programs” being advanced by a number of the Democratic candidates. And it’s equally unsurprising that their solution to pay for them is taxing the “ultra-wealthy,” a wonderfully p…

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Whenever people find out I am the executive director of Leadership West and a member of the Buckeye City Council, they tend to question my sanity. That is, with our country divided and a perception of a lack of civic engagement and leadership locally, they believe one person cannot make a di…

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Know a student who’s doing something remarkable? Tell us about it! Email Connor Dziawura at cdziawura@timespublications.com.

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We talked about it, my mother and I, back when I was a teenager. How she felt in the fall of 1964, a New York City girl just graduated from high school at the age of 17 who found herself pregnant.

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The first time I ever heard the phrase “go to the mattresses” was in the Mafia masterpiece “The Godfather.” Vito Corleone is near death in a hospital bed, shot down by a rival Mob family. The Don’s hotheaded oldest boy, Sonny, demands revenge. Tom Hagen, the consigliere, urges caution, but S…

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As the CFO of Hickman’s Family Farms, I feel it is important that I speak up on behalf of all the employees here who are upset about how we are depicted in a recent documentary, in court hearings and now in the West Valley View. As a group, we are proud to work here, proud of providing milli…

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Not a day goes by that I don’t think of a special person, even though I haven’t seen her or spoken to her for 26 years.

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She was 18 months old, the news stories tell us, the daughter of married parents in their mid-30s. We have no name for the little girl yet, only the circumstances surrounding her death: She perished on a warm April Monday afternoon in a Glendale apartment complex, shut inside the family’s fo…

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Today, let’s muse on answering those difficult “Why” questions we have from time to time. Here’s a stellar example of someone struggling at 66 years old to answer her deep questions. A friend sent this to me.

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Having recently endured another in a long line of lunches with my friend Bad Tipper Guy, I feel compelled to wonder aloud if it isn’t about time that we as a nation phased out the archaic custom of tipping service workers like restaurant servers and valet parkers? 

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Less than 2% of the southwestern United States is suitable riparian habitat, and the lower Gila River is one of the few riparian habitats in the West Valley. The river is home to a large and diverse population of fish and wildlife, including several species of birds on the threatened or enda…

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Talk about milestone events for April in just the first week alone! April 1 marked the one-year countdown to Census Day, which takes place nationwide once every 10 years. Between now and April 1, 2020, when Census Day occurs, we all need to get the word out about the importance of participat…

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His family and fellow cops buried Officer Paul Rutherford on the final Thursday in March. Rutherford, 51 years old and a father of two, served this community for 22 years before a vehicle struck him dead at a crime scene in west Phoenix.

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With each passing birthday comes a sense of time shortening. The older you get, the more you understand that you have more days behind than days left to come. You awaken to each new morning determined to invest meaning into whatever time you have left.

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancers that affect both men and women.

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Every March, we celebrate Women’s History Month. It’s a month to reflect on and celebrate the many accomplishments and contributions of women to our nation. As the first Republican woman to represent Arizona’s Eighth Congressional District, I feel so blessed to serve alongside 105 other wome…

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Maybe the biggest shocker I’ve heard this year comes courtesy of NBC News, which recently probed the origin of online reviews found on websites like Yelp. Their startling conclusion? “An NBC News investigation found thousands of questionable reviews on Amazon, Yelp, Facebook and Google.”

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Maybe you’re shocked that the Jussie Smollett hate crime tale appears to have turned into a hoax, but I’m not. I wish I could say it’s because I’m some 21st century Sherlock Holmes. I’m not. But here’s what I am when it comes to everything I see and hear, especially in the news.

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I look at county government as 50 different lines of business, some of them intersecting, all of them important in some way in keeping residents safe or ensuring a high quality of life.

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About a year ago, I moved into a new place and found myself for the first time in my life living in a gated community. The gate wasn’t much of a selling point, to be honest, at least compared to amenities like location, cost and proximity to my favorite golf course and the grocery store. But…

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Two weeks ago, driven by curiosity, I wrote a column asking what felt like a relevant question: “Does anybody in America with the exception of blood relatives and maybe a small percentage of paid employees actually like Donald Trump?”

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On December 20, I voted to keep the government open. The bill I voted for in the House of Representatives not only funded the government, but also funded the comprehensive border security we need to end the crisis that is happening at our southern border. Unfortunately, not one single Democr…

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After writing about and working in politics for 25 years, I’ve come to the conclusion that everything I’ve learned can be summed up in one sentence: People vote with their hearts, not their minds.

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I want to give you an update on two county road projects that are going to provide more commuting options to West Valley residents.

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Happy 2019, everyone! I hope it’s been a great start to the new year for all of you. I was fortunate to kick off the New Year in lovely Ireland, and to take in the sights in London with my wife, Shari.

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According to the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity, Buckeye saw an 8.9 percent increase in population from 2017 to 2018. This means we’re close to 80,000 residents to start 2019.

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It is hard to believe that this time last year I was contemplating if I should run for Congress. After prayerful consideration with my family, I decided to throw my hat in the ring and run. After winning a special primary and general election earlier this year, I was sworn into Congress on M…

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Come year’s end, some columnists run out of things to write. This gives rise to lots of “year in review” pieces, whereby ink-stained wretches again pick over all that occurred during the past 365 days.

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Anybody else find it hard to believe 2018 is almost over? Looking back at some of the year’s major events and accomplishments, I’m reminded of the advice/consolation parents often hear: the days are long, but the years are short. Seems about right.

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The fastest-growing part of the nation’s fastest-growing county is getting some love from Maricopa County. The county’s proposed fiscal year 2020 budget includes a number of wins for the West Valley, including big investments in our regional parks.  Here are the highlights:

Know a student who’s doing something remarkable? Tell us about it! Email Connor Dziawura at cdziawura@westvalleyview.com.

Know a student who’s doing something remarkable? Tell us about it! Email Connor Dziawura at cdziawura@timespublications.com.

As the 2020 presidential election cycle begins to gear up, it’s predictable that there would be a spate of “free programs” being advanced by a number of the Democratic candidates. And it’s equally unsurprising that their solution to pay for them is taxing the “ultra-wealthy,” a wonderfully p…