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I have great respect for the Scottsdale Progress and its role in this community. However, its recent article about an ongoing lawsuit against the City of Scottsdale, most recently joined by the Goldwater Institute, is incorrect and quite frankly unfair to one particular nonprofit organizatio…

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Emerging from a pandemic has not brought the immediate relief that I envisioned. Perhaps, like you, I have been cautious with my hopes – unsurprising given the ups and downs of the last year.

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For the second time in history, the Scottsdale City Council has, to the detriment of their own reputation, fired an appointed city commissioner.

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       City Council member Kathy Littlefield recently sent a disturbing email to our City Manager, calling for a moratorium on new downtown projects. Littlefield misses the mark. Badly. Her solution is wrong, and her management is heavy-handed.

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Success in Scottsdale is citizen-driven, which got us here today and will guide us into the future. 

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“They’re uncomfortable to wear.” “There’s no real evidence they work.” “The government has no right to make me wear one.”

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I often times find myself on the opposite side of significant zoning changes, but I am supporting the Scottsdale Collection.  

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My weekends used to consist of seeing my mom – taking her shopping, out to eat, sometimes just spending time with her in her room. 

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The results of Tuesday’s election should serve as both a wake-up call to Republicans and serve as a referendum on the direction the party has taken over the last several years.

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The results of Tuesday’s election should serve as both a wake-up call to Republicans and serve as a referendum on the direction the party has taken over the last several years.

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Our forefathers envisioned a democracy free of monarchy and separate from the church. This model served us well allowing us to overcome many challenges, highlighted best in our victory in WWII.

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Citizens of Scottsdale are lucky to have an architect, Dave Ortega, to choose for our next mayor. Not many of us have worked with architects and are not really familiar with their approach and methodology.

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Arizona businesses continue to be affected by the economic impact of COVID-19.  Particularly hard-hit are those individuals whose business is the ownership and management of rental homes throughout the state.  

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My wife Sandy and I have lived in Scottsdale for over 50 years. I was fortunate to have served on the City Council for two terms during the 1980s. 

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Temporary grace and an extension of Arizona’s eviction moratorium to Oct. 31 means we have more time to do our literal “home” work, but there’s no free pass or less pressure on people experiencing a COVID-19 crisis and struggling to pay rent. 

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Schools are foundational to our future. They provide our kids with intellectual stimulation, social interaction, and educational instruction. But for some students, they are so much more. 

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COVID-19 poses extreme obstacles for people who have intellectual disabilities and thrive on routine, familiar activities and people, such as family and friends.

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I recently issued an emergency proclamation that mandated masks to be worn in public places in our community.

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The pandemic has totally disrupted the restaurant business. Many restaurants will not survive and the ones that do will struggle in the face of operational changes.  

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Scottsdale is a vibrant community, blessed with engaged residents and natural beauty. We enjoy high amenities and low residential property taxes. 

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With looming restaurant and small business closures, it appears to me that there might be a way to soften some of the economic impact of Covid-19 and social distancing on these establishments.  

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Last night’s City Council meeting was a frightening discussion of inaction. Mayor Lane was long winded about obvious things and engaged in needless speculation. And he showed no vision or leadership. 

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We are all doing things we never imagined: Wearing masks and gloves and social distancing (who even knew there was such a thing).  

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