By July 11, 2017

Letter to the Editor: Here’s Hoping Anthem Isn’t Swallowed by NoPho

A recent issue of In&Out Magazine prompts me to write a comment regarding the inclusion of Anthem into the name “NoPho.”

Some may say that it’s just a label, a way to distinguish our part of the Valley from the rest. “What’s in a name?”others may ask. I say, “a lot.”

I recall all the many reasons my husband and I chose to move to Anthem: The open spaces away from the concrete city, its many parks and trails, the community center and all the amenities it has to offer. This is what sets Anthem apart from any other place in the Valley. It offered a sense of community―something many of us transplants longed for and missed from our days growing up in small towns.

Having lived in Anthem since 2002, I do appreciate all the choices I now have in shopping, dining and entertainment. We’ve come a long way since the time of a single grocery store and the food court. However, Anthem is the town that brought the people that prompted the change.

My hope is that Anthem won’t be swallowed up by the growth that now surrounds it. I want this town to be known as a great place to live all year long, and not just a place to go for special events a few times a year.

So the next time you’re asked, “Where do you live in the Valley?” what name will you chose?

— Rhonda Bartosky

Letters to the Editor can be sent to Include full name, home town and phone. Limit letters to 250 words. Use to reach us on other matters. Anthem News is the online sister publication to In&Out magazine. 

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