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Editorial: Legal eagles have to love the marijuana business
There is one medical marijuana grow facility in business now in Camp Verde on Old State Highway 279 and three more under construction.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Editorial: Hold your nose, political season is in full swing
A local politician last week described the coming month as one in which you hold your nose and dive in.

Unfortunately, there is a lot of truth in that.

It's naïve to expect there to be wholesale honor and integrity in the election process. A few candidates pull it off, but many more choose the down-and-dirty route to political success.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Editorial: We could use more leaders like Superintendent Goodwin, Mayor Currier
Politicians and bureaucrats wrote the book on political correctness. They're famous for talking a lot but never saying anything of substance.

That's why it's so refreshing to listen to Camp Verde School Superintendent Dennis Goodwin and Jerome Mayor Lew Currier.

They leave no doubt about where they stand on any given subject.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Editorial: Yavapai College folks obviously need to have another meeting
There is a great newspaper editor in Maricopa who used to say, "It has to be a really good meeting to be better than no meeting at all."

For the record, she is legendary for getting things done. Right. The first time.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Editorial: A lesson in transparency, courtesy of Cottonwood
As we have noted in the past, there are those who love to lambaste the City of Cottonwood over its finances, with emphasis on the claim that the city does too much of its business behind the public's back.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Editorial: Political rules and the way candidates play the game
So here we are. Everyone who wants to be an elected official for everything from U.S. Senate to the Town Council in little Jerome, Arizona, has turned in their nominating petitions and made themselves a qualified candidate for public office.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Editorial: We're a better community today thanks to efforts of Lana Tolleson
The soon-to-be former President/CEO of the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce, Lana Tolleson, was the very best kind of leader a community could hope to have.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Editorial: Lawyers closely watching taxing decision on vacation rentals
The primary beneficiary of any new law is an attorney of law.

Arizona's new law forbidding cities, towns and county governments from prohibiting vacation rentals in their communities is one sure to drum up business for lawyers.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Editorial: Meals on Wheels debate a good reason to have lunch together
It's probably long overdue for the town and staffs from the two senior centers to sit down and devote their full attention to the issue of the homebound senior meal program in Camp Verde and Beaver Creek.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Editorial: Camp Verde poised to become Verde Valley leader in marijuana industry
Camp Verde is poised to become the industry leader in the Verde Valley for production of medical - and potentially legal recreational-use -- marijuana.


Saturday, June 4, 2016

Editorial: Camp Verde stand on marijuana grow houses truly is reefer madness
The big to-do about the location of medical marijuana grow facilities in Camp Verde has nothing to do with personal beliefs about marijuana.


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Editorial: Outside consultants a necessity of business for city
If you are convinced there is indeed a rattlesnake under one of those bushes, have fun going through 9,000 or more purchase orders.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Editorial: Why the secrecy over marijuana farms?
When the Camp Verde Town Council takes up its discussion of local medical marijuana grow facilities tonight, let's hope some common sense enters the discussion.


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Editorial: Memorial Day honors nation's ultimate heroes
Monday we will honor our nation's ultimate defenders of freedom in Memorial Day services all over the United States.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Editorial: Verde fire districts obviously put the taxpayers first
There has been volumes written about how taxpayers take a beating from government inefficiency and waste.

But not hardly enough about those governments who stay ahead of the curve and put the taxpayers first.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Editorial: Exactly how much is enough for Arizona education system?
Whew! By the skin of our teeth last week Arizona voters approved Proposition 123. That was the financial fix many claimed was desperately needed for Arizona's beleaguered education system.

Not so fast.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Editorial: No surprise voters split down middle on Prop. 123
The spin doctors are blaming everyone from Donald Trump to Bernie Sanders for the too-close-to-call nature of Tuesday's special election on Prop. 123.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Editorial: Here is your chance to give Yavapai College some sound advice
Here is what you can do to help the college. Answer the following five questions. Four come directly from the college board and the fifth is from the college's Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee. Email your responses to Albert.Filardo@yc.edu.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Editorial: Single-family zoning goes the way of 8-track tapes
The common-sense logic of Jerome Mayor Lew Currier spoke volumes in the long-standing debate about vacation rentals in Arizona. Such short-term rentals, said Mayor Currier, are an unwanted and unfair intrusion to traditional residential neighborhoods.


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Editorial: Lack of effort, absence of methodology, make committee's efforts suspect
As a cynic might suggest, they are gathering information specifically from people who will tell them what they want to hear.


Saturday, May 14, 2016


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