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We need to do better in next year’s elections

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In Arizona, one person dies by suicide approximately every seven hours. That’s more than three people every day. Twenty-four every week. One hundred every month. More than 1,000 every year. 

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In 1989, the Scottsdale Galleria debuted in downtown. Promoters claimed the retail center would draw more visitors than the Grand Canyon.

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Editor’s note: Scottsdale resident Baylee Clore, a senior at Horizon High School, won second place in the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade’s annual essay competition. This is her prize-winning piece.

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Did you know that Experience Scottsdale works with thousands of journalists each year to secure articles and television segments to promote travel to the city?

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Editor’s note: Scottsdale resident Lauren Kobley, a senior at Notre Dame Preparatory High School, placed third in the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade annual essay contest. This is her award-winning piece.

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Questions 1, 2 and 3 are very personal to me and my family. The 58 projects in the $319 million program will help our first responders, our seniors and our arts community.

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Scottsdale’s first responders put their lives on the line every day for our community. I see it every day serving with the Scottsdale Police Department the past four years and throughout my law enforcement career.

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Vote ‘no’ on city bonds: Here’s why I did

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After a quarter of a century in the classrooms of Scottsdale Unified School District, I decided to run for the State Legislature in 2018. 

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I believe I have demonstrated throughout the more than 10 years as Scottsdale Mayor to be a conscientious fiscal conservative. 

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Scottsdale is a wonderful place to live, visit, work, raise a family and retire. You know that. We all do. We enjoy our beautiful city thanks in large part to investments made in the past.

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Participating in the city bond campaign steering committee has been a unique experience; working alongside folks who have rarely been on the same side as me on any issue.

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I started visiting Scottsdale with my parents in 1952, and moved here in 199, and live in the northern part of the city. 

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Scottsdale has been my home since 1953. I have owned and operated businesses here and had the honor of serving on the Scottsdale City Council.

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Did you know that vision is directly involved in attention to tasks, interpretation of words, sensory input regulation, social-emotional learning, developmental progress and delays, handwriting and other fine motor skills needed in a classroom?

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I once had the honor of serving as the mayor of Paradise Valley. There, I opposed unnecessary government spending and new taxes. Today, the town is better off because of those efforts.

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The Scottsdale Education Association invites you to join us in supporting the SUSD override renewal – not only with your vote of YES,  but also by helping us to get the word out about this important vote. 

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Scottsdale is the only U.S. city in the running to host the International Federation for Equestrian Sports World Championships in 2022.

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As a CPA, I read the fine print. And I have read the fine print and reviewed the details when it comes to Questions 1, 2 and 3 on the Nov. 5, ballot.

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Scottsdale voters have not approved a major bond program since 2000. Nineteen years is a long time and has left our city with an infrastructure needing to be repaired and community gems in need of improvements.

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As a graduate of Chaparral High School, I remember my days as a “Firebird” fondly. I had great teachers and made wonderful friends, many of whom I still see regularly today.

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The Police Officers of Scottsdale Association strongly support Questions 1, 2 and 3 on the November ballot.

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I spent almost all of my time as Arizona’s 2016 Teacher of the Year just trying to make sure students’ learning and lives didn’t get worse. 

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The last week of summer vacation was a bad week for those of us who believe Scottsdale has a unique and special character that should be protected and preserved. 

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Scottsdale voters have a great opportunity this November to help our community. That includes our kids, families and neighbors.

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Scottsdale is known around the globe for our world-class resorts, picturesque golf courses, luxury shopping and premiere art galleries. 

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Thirty two years ago I started kindergarten with my youngest son. I started kindergarten as president of the old fashioned PTA (not PTO) at Hohokam Elementary School; the same school my sister and I had attended when our parents moved us here from Ohio in 1960. 

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I’m excited about the proposed Museum Square project in Old Town Scottsdale because of what it offers to the city, because of its unique public-private aspects and because of the positive energy that members of the city council and the public have brought to the review process. 

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Scottsdale voters have a unique opportunity in November to invest in public safety, infrastructure repairs and senior centers through Questions 1, 2 and 3.

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Scottsdale is a world-renowned arts destination. Art and culture are part of Scottsdale’s DNA, at the core of its brand and are major drivers for tourism and the local economy.

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Saguaro High is the final leg of our Scottsdale Unified School District journey. My twin daughters began their love of learning at Kiva Elementary, experienced those awkward middle school years at Mohave, and now wear black and gold as Saguaro Sabercats.

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As a career educator I fully understand the importance of our district public schools. The impact they have one our community is endless. 

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My friend Laurie Coe in a recent Scottsdale Progress opinion piece said she is against the proposed Museum Square project at the southern edge of Old Town.  

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Whether it’s leading a service project, teaching younger girls to make s’mores around the campfire or earning my Gold Award, Girl Scouts has taken a starring role in my life since I joined in kindergarten.

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As a longtime Scottsdale resident and Old Town business owner, I feel compelled to add a voice to the discussion of the inevitable development in the underutilized areas in the Southern area of Old Town Scottsdale. 

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Building on a year’s worth of momentum, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors just took an important step to restore our statutory responsibilities related to elections. 

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