Editorials

Wed
07
Sep
Elliott Freireich's picture

Who is this man with a badge?

I first met Joe Arpaio when he ran for sheriff the first time. He came in for an endorsement interview with our editor and me.

We endorsed in local, county, state and congressional elections in the early years.

Not much stood out about Arpaio at the time. He had a background in law enforcement and the county needed a new sheriff after the problems the current one had finding the killers in the Buddhist temple murders.

Wed
31
Aug

The jobs aren’t coming back

The jobs aren’t coming back

There is a myth that it is possible to bring back the jobs from overseas. And the likelihood of that happening is about as likely as purchasing the winning lottery ticket while being hit by lightning.

Wed
24
Aug

Home Rule failure would cripple West Valley cities

Avondale and Tolleson voters have one question on their ballots that is more important than any office they’ll be voting for.

It’s the question of whether or not to approve the Home Rule Option.

Passage of the Home Rule Option, or the Alternative Local Expenditure Limitation, is crucial if residents wish to keep the services they’ve become accustomed to — police and fire protection, trash collection, clean water, things like that.

Wed
17
Aug

Weise, Del Palacio, Dennis, Pineda have our support

What we’re talking about is leadership.”

Kenneth Weise, Avondale’s current mayor, said that during his introduction Aug. 4 at the Avondale candidate forum at Estrella Mountain Community College. And he’s right. The mayor needs to lead the city and Weise has proven that he is the right man for the job.

Wed
10
Aug

Gámez, Mendoza, Bandin, Carnero have our support

After reading through candidate questionnaires and attending an Aug. 2 Tolleson candidate forum sponsored by the West Valley View and Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce, we are endorsing incumbent Adolfo Gámez for mayor and current council members Lupe Leyva Bandin and Albert Mendoza and newcomer John Carnero for council.

Wed
03
Aug

Blood donation appointments still available

We’re out for blood!

Blood donations, that is.

The West Valley View is hosting a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today in our parking lot at 1050 E. Riley Drive, Avondale. Don’t worry, we’re not gonna make you sit outside and bake in 100 degrees while giving the gift of life; United Blood Services is bringing its bloodmobile, which is set at a chilly 70 degrees. You might want to bring a sweater.

Wed
27
Jul

Meck, Youngker, Guy, Hess have our support

After attending three Buckeye City Council candidate forums in as many weeks, we are ready to make our endorsements.

This go round, the mayor’s and three of the city’s six districts’ seats are up for grabs.

Current Mayor Jackie Meck, Councilman Brian McAchran and newcomer Thomas Campanella are running for mayor.

Wed
20
Jul

These rules weren’t meant to be broken

Faithful West Valley View readers know that ahead of a city council election, we print Q&A’s.

We ask all the candidates the same questions. We send the questions to all the candidates at the same time. And we give them all the same deadline to answer our questions. We do this over email so that we can copy and paste their answers verbatim and avoid any possibilities of typos.

Wed
13
Jul

Buckeye residents should attend all candidate forums

Buckeye may be districted, but from what we saw at last week’s candidate forum for District 2, all Buckeye residents should attend every forum.

The three Buckeye mayoral candidates have very different views about their 600-square-mile city, and with audience submitted questions, there’s no guarantee they’re going to hit upon the same topics at each forum.

Wed
06
Jul

Get to know your Buckeye candidates; they could choose next city manager

Buckeye voters have an especially important decision to make this election cycle.

Not only will they be voting for a mayor and council members in three districts who along with the rest of the council will set city policy for the next four years, but they will also be voting for a majority of the City Council, the body responsible for choosing the next city manager.

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