When Scott Keppel got the news that his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, his response was, “I’m just going to work, you let me know if you need anything,” but it’s what he went to work on that has brought a smile to his wife and many other women going through cancer.
Halloween doesn’t only bring out the ghosts and zombies — it’s also full of plastic wrappers, one-time costumes and wasted pumpkins, but some simple tips can help you make your holiday a little more sustainable.
The National Confectioners Association (NCA) is estimating $2.5 billion in candy sales this year throughout the U.S. This estimate is a $450 million increase from 2013. That is a lot of candy reaching our children’s mouths! Fortunately for the children’s teeth, the NCA reports that 40 percent of parents nationally take effort to limit their child’s candy consumption, and most encourage brothers and sisters to share their candy verses having all the candy to themselves.
Close to one out of every seven votes cast this year will come from Hispanics, according to a non-partisan organization promoting Latino turnout. And group members predict that large percentage of them will vote for Democrats — but not necessarily because of what those candidates offer, but how Republicans are campaigning.
The college student-led Hong Kong protest has captured the attention of many in the Valley, especially Hong Kong students who are attending college here. Some people hope that the protesters will achieve their goals, while some hope that local students living in a comfortable environment will learn from it. There are others too who aren’t overly supportive of the protests.
DJ Kempson, of Boy Scout Troop 17, earned his Eagle award on Aug. 26. His project was to improve parts of the Arizona CAP Trail. The CAP trail runs along the CAP canal throughout the state. This trail has multiple recreational uses, which benefit joggers, walkers and bicyclists. The trail was in desperate need of repair, which DJ discovered while hiking the trail with his troop back in March. In July, he lead volunteers to create new trails and install 18 sign posts over a two-day period. DJ and his family recently moved to Brisbane, Australia, but they plan to move back to Ahwatukee in three to five years. DJ is only 14 years old, and recently joined a Venture Crew in Brisbane to continue his scouting career. He is looking forward to earning the National Medal for Outdoor Achievement, which is awarded to scouts who have exemplary knowledge and experience in performing high-level outdoor activities. He has earned two of the three segments required already and looks forward to earning the last and most difficult one in Australia.
I should have written this letter a few months ago but I might have some procrastination on my part. In case you don’t know me, my name is Scott Ryan and I was running for the State House of Representatives in LD18 as a Independent.
Allison Hurtado lists the website FOR Proposition 487 in her Oct. 22 article as if it were an unbiased website when in reality; the website she lists is a compilation of half-truths and right wing misinformation to persuade voters to vote for Prop 487. Since she listed the for website, she should also have listed the VOTE NO on Prop 487 website: www.NoOn487.com. If she were to inform readers to go to this website, they would find that “In 2013, Phoenix voters in a landslide passed smart, sustainable pension reform that will save City of Phoenix taxpayers more than $600 million over the next 23 years. Passing Prop 487 would wipe away most of those savings.” [Source: City of Phoenix Update, 6/10/2014]. In addition, “Pension spiking, which this measure (Prop 487) claims to address, already has been eliminated in contract negotiations earlier this year.”
Election time is here. While the ballot is filled with candidates for state level offices, it is imperative that our community pays close attention to the local elections that can dramatically influence our way of life.
Desert Vista running back T.J. Roberts (5) runs past Corona linebacker Cade Kieffer (33) during the football game between Desert Vista and Corona del Sol at Desert Vista High School on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014.
Desert Vista running back Isaiah Ford (21) is grabbed by Corona's Isiah Bolden (86) during the football game between Desert Vista and Corona del Sol at Desert Vista High School on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014.
Attorney General candidates Republican Mark Brnovich and Democrat Felecia Rotellini debate at the East Valley Tribune office in Tempe on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2014.Question 2: What are your thoughts on the restriction on RU486 and should the state continue to pursue the case to the Supreme Court?