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Commentary: Abundant thanks to all for the rewarding journey of teaching
As a teacher, you attempt to plan for all potential outcomes with your students, but I was not quite ready for the opportunity to thank all those responsible when I was recently chosen as the 2016 Yavapai County Teacher of the Year.


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Letter: Arizona has systematically created two-tier education system for haves, have-nots
About 20 years ago, I had lunch with a trusted educator and asked him if the Arizona state legislature was purposely trying to destroy the public school system. He assured me that was not the case.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Letter: Tobacco 21 movement a step in right direction for Cottonwood
I would like to provide you and community members with facts regarding tobacco 21. Tobacco 21 is an emerging policy strategy to reduce youth tobacco use by increasing the minimum legal tobacco purchase age from 18-21.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Obituary: Let's treat tobacco sales the same as alcohol
I am a member of YATCY (Yavapai Anti-Tobaco Coalition of Youth) and I would like to give you some more information about Tobacco 21 and why it is important.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Letter: Tobacco 21 is common-sense safety-first approach to problem
My name is Kaitlyn Williams and I am a member of the Yavapai Anti-Tobacco Coalition of Youth (YATCY) in the Verde Valley. I feel it is important to give you more information about Tobacco 21 and its importance to us and why we brought this proposal forward.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Editorial: Can shared services concept extend to law enforcement?
Camp Verde needs more police officers.

The Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District recently was in need of a new special ed director.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Letter: Cottonwood going down wrong path on under-21 tobacco ordinance plan
Cottonwood should not approve the misguided attempt to limit the sale of tobacco products to anyone under 21.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Letter: Writer only addressed one side of the story
Linda Valdez, AZ Republic opinion writer, has written the story of her marriage to an illegal immigrant, his subsequent attainment of citizenship and higher education, and the rearing of a wonderful daughter. She says this gives her perspective of the illegal immigration issue from both sides. But she only writes about the issue from one side.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Editorial: Let's hope court ruling will put politicians in their place on redistricting
When a newspaper cartoonist rather accurately depicted a legislative district in Massachusetts to resemble a salamander 204 years ago, "gerrymander" forever became part of this nation's political vocabulary.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Letter: Your care, compassion made One Person, One Night Shelter Project a success
On behalf of the 75 individuals sheltered this past winter through the One Person, One Night emergency nighttime cold weather shelter project, we thank the community for its generous support and donation
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Letter: Puppy mills worst choice for bringing pet into your life
I would like to warn readers to NOT put cruelty on their shopping lists. No matter the reason they want their puppy, when they purchase puppies over the Internet, through newspaper ads or at pet stores, they are often unknowingly supporting a puppy mill.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Editorial: Cottonwood smoking law sure to light up a coughing fit for some
Cottonwood has a pretty good bark right now on the no-smoking effort for those between 18 and 21. How much bite they have remains to be seen.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Commentary: An opportunity to serve and to learn
As business owners, volunteers or employees of service organizations, members of the faith community, or simply caring individuals, we do take in the stranger, feed those who need food, shelter folks from the cold, share water or clothing and provide jobs and friendship as we are able.


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Commentary: There are 42 character counts in this headline
As our society becomes more and more paperless, you have to wonder if cursive writing will one day be about as useful as knowing what points and picas are.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Letter: Understanding what you vote on more important than simply voting
Not everyone should vote. But citizen should understand the issues and positions of those standing for election if they do exercise such a precious gift.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Letter: McCain, Flake need to support Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act
Preventing genocide and atrocities is a bipartisan issue we can all agree on.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Letter: You can stand to take a lesson in humanity
So I wonder what made you choose him for this article. Is it appearance, or the fact that he is always walking around town?
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Editorial: Target practice at city council; don't laugh, it could happen
Yeah, much of the time sitting through a meeting of your local city council or school board is about as exciting as watching water boil.
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Letter: SB1268, SB1400 would be real setback in pursuit of responsible water management
The Verde River Institute Board of Directors respectfully recommends that you veto SB1268 (adequate water supply requirements; municipalities) and SB1400 (county water supply provision; renewal).


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Letter: Arizona needs automatic voter registration and an all mail-in ballot
When we send our young men and women into battle, we tell them that they are defending our freedom. One of the most essential freedoms we have as Americans is the right to vote. Voting is a patriotic act.


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Editorial: Being part of homeless problem makes finding solution a bigger dilemma
The biggest obstacle in finding a strategy to combat homelessness is finding the middle ground between dramatically conflicting philosophies.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Commentary: Best practices for government spending transparency
As taxpayers, our attention to government spending is typically peaked this time of year.


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Editorial: Ultimate danger of House press policy is trickle-down effect
The ultimate danger of the press-policy shenanigans being considered at the Arizona House of Representatives is the potential for the trickle-down effect it could have throughout Arizona.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Commentary: Death and Taxes
More good news. While some areas of economic opportunity may be sputtering, the tax code is booming. According to the Commerce Clearing House, Title 26 ballooned to 74,608 pages in 2014. That's seven times more pages than the bible.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Editorial: Resignation of Dr. Tighe opens important door for Mingus, Cottonwood-Oak Creek school boards
The resignation of Mingus Superintendent Paul Tighe is certainly a big loss for the high school.

But it also could be an important opportunity for the Upper Verde education community.


Saturday, April 9, 2016

Commentary: 2016 the year to play political race card
The word of the year in politics is "anger." And many backers of Donald Trump are outraged about their economic conditions and prospects.


Saturday, April 9, 2016

Guest Commentary: Norela Harrington We all have role in advancing career, tech education locally
There are many young people who are not succeeding in the traditional classroom. Career and Technical training can be the path to productive, and fulfilled lives.
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Editorial: Give serious thought to serving community on your local school board
The annual rankings of states and their corresponding financial commitment to education is a source of constant discouragement for Arizonans.


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Letter: Thanks to all for successful "Every 15 Minutes' program
The "Every 15 Minutes" Program is designed to show young adults the dangers associated with driving while impaired. The program has both real life experiences and scenarios, without the real life risks.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Letter: If given opportunity, college does support JTEDs
Valley Academy was created to keep all our administrators employed if the voters had voted to consolidate back in 2000, when it seemed like it was going to pass.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016


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