Guest Editorial: The Year of Women – It’s Their Time

By Scottsdale Pinetop Regardless of which party ultimately triumphs in the November midterm elections, one thing is for certain – this is the time for women in politics.  For the first time since 1992, a record number of women are tossing in their names for federal and statewide offices in the 2018 midterm elections. And Arizona is no exception. Arizona … Read More

Former New Jersey Governor & Part-Time Scottsdale Resident Urges Desert Edge Caution

OP ED from New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman With an introduction by Solange Whitehead From New Jersey Governor to Scottsdale Snow Bird Preserving open space isn’t just about nature and quality of life. It is big business and Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve is proof. The Preserve, preserved, is a top reason that visitors return again and again fueling Scottsdale’s … Read More

Good Guy. Good Choice.

Sometimes editorials, ours included, don’t need to be long to convey key points.  Such is the case with the Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board’s recent decision to appoint Dr. John Kriekard as Interim Superintendent. It’s kind to call recent months in the district tumultuous.  That’s why we can think of few, if any better people than Kriekard to calm … Read More

Residents Ask City Leaders Not To Cave To Devilish Developer Deeds

By Manny Siprut Scottsdale Resident & Vice President Troon North HOA In the movie Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger was the bad guy who just wouldn’t die. Now, our 3000 residents at Troon North feel like we are watching the movie all over again.  Except this time we are being forced to watch real estate speculators run amok, not fictitious villains. The consequences for … Read More

Nine Out of 10 Respondents Supported G.O. Bonds

By Virginia Korte I want to thank all of you who took the time to respond to my May 2nd e-blast regarding the most fiscally responsible way to address the city’s deteriorating infrastructure.  The number of responses was significant. Most of those who emailed me were already aware of the pros and cons of raising the sales tax rate as … Read More

Guest Editorial: DDC Dividing Scottsdale

By Scottsdale Pinetop Whether it’s the current Trump administration or local city councils, those who have become disenfranchised by their government all share a common denominator: passionate advocacy. It’s that passion that has fueled new grassroots movements like Red for Ed and March for Our Lives. Unfortunately, for Scottsdale, it’s the passion behind the Desert Discovery Center that is the … Read More

Guest Editorial: Tempe’s Timely Template For Bike Share Regulations

By Scottsdale Pinetop Litter or Luxury? The debate rages on. By now, many Scottsdale and Paradise Valley residents have noticed the colorful dockless bikes left along the streets, parks, sidewalks and at times in the canal. While these bike-share programs offer visitors and locals an efficient way of getting around the city, the de-regulation of these dockless bikes have left … Read More

Chinese Civil War: Convicted Felon Raves About Attorneys Dennis and Jack Wilenchik

We’ve always wondered why the most visible mouthpiece for critics of the revitalization of the failed former Chinese Cultural Center site in Phoenix was an Anglo, and a convicted felon.  There is more info on that here. Tom Simon’s failures in this case and felonious behavior previously could be the reason notable sympathizers like former Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, respected … Read More

Is A Blue Wave Coming To Scottsdale Council Elections?

Politically, Scottsdale is a red city, with the exception of bluer-collar neighborhoods in the south that tend to hue similarly. This is reflected on the Scottsdale City Council where some if not all City Councilmembers are usually Republican, and where a majority has long espoused pro-business policies, for lack of a better term. But business as usual could be in … Read More

Guest Editorial: Fire Season Is In Full Swing!

By Scottsdale Pinetop Every year White Mountain residents hold their breath when fire season rolls around. They pray for the snow and rains, but prepare their homes for the worst. And with the two major fires lurking around the edges of the White Mountains these past two weeks, it seems these preparations cannot come soon enough. This past winter was … Read More