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Editorial: Keep taxpayer funds out of debate on legalization of marijuana
We're 18 months away from the prospect of Arizonans voting on the full legalization of marijuana and the opposing sides already are jockeying for position.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Editorial: Art of compromise essential to finish job on AZ 260
Wednesday, folks from one end of the Verde Valley to the other will meet at Cliff Castle Casino Lodge to hear the Arizona Department of Transportation's plans for a new and improved AZ 260 between Cottonwood and Camp Verde.


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Editorial: Photo coverage of Gaver hearings the classic case of free press vs. fair trial
The legal proceedings of the Gaver family members involved in the March 21 parking lot brawl and shooting with Cottonwood police represent a classic case of the competing constitutional privileges of a free press vs. a fair trial.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Editorial: Body cameras for police are necessary in today's world
We live in an age where people need to see it to believe it.


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Editorial: Yavapai County budget hearings best show in town
Yavapai County budget hearings played out like a soap opera last week.
Saturday, May 2, 2015

Editorial: Another school bond a tough sale in Upper Verde
Upper Verde Valley voters once again will be asked to dig a little deeper for the sake of local education.


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Editorial: Latest news on Sheriff Joe is no laughing matter
It's been a standing joke among rural lawmakers for decades that the State of Arizona is a political subdivision of the Republic of Maricopa.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Editorial: Government needs to re-think pension model
Americans love to point to the former Soviet Union as the classic example of the ultimate failure of Socialism.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Editorial: Round and round on roundabouts
There is this old story about God being bored so he created humans so he could have a laugh.
Saturday, April 18, 2015

Editorial: New logo design has something for everyone
As Cottonwood unveils yet another attempt at adopting a new city logo, criticism of the effort, and the final product, come with the territory.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Editorial: Whole lot of shakin' just the cost of living in Jerome
Earlier this year we had a sinkhole close down traffic for several days on Arizona 89A between Sedona and Flagstaff.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Editorial: Video should quiet the conspiracy theorists
There are always going to be those conspiracy theorists who claim any police action where shots are fired that the officers were in the wrong.
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Editorial: Local awards prove Verde Valley the finest community in Arizona
It was pure coincidence that the Cottonwood Police Department scheduled its ceremony to honor the local heroes who stepped up to assist officers involved in the March 21 Walmart parking lot brawl just one day before the community also honored its Verde Valley Community Champions.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Commentary: The trickle-down effect of idealism
I'll never forget the day when my father realized that my political opinions did not mirror his.

"You know, son," he said. "You're an idealist!"

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Editorial: It's not the date, but the message, that makes Easter so important
Easter is the most revered day in Christianity. It is the observance of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Thursday, April 2, 2015

Editorial: Law designed to protect officers had unintended consequences
The proposed law that would have required police departments to withhold the names of officers involved in shootings was a classic case of what being good for the goose was definitely not good for the gander.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Editorial: Governor's Arts Awards proves nice guys can finish first
It's often said that nice guys finish last, but this week one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet was honored as one of Arizona's best.

Our own William Eaton won the 2015 Governor's Arts Awards in the artist category.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Editorial: No routine calls in police work
For several years now the online chat world has been highly critical of the Cottonwood Police Department.

These largely anonymous critics have targeted Cottonwood PD for being too heavily armed, too overly preoccupied with their militaristic arsenal of equipment and too eager to put their weaponry on public display.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Editorial: Lessons learned from past mistakes
It's typically considered a good idea to involve the public in government decision-making.

Allowing the public to dictate those decisions is not nearly so wise.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Editorial: Recall laws need to be tweaked for small-town government
Sales tax hikes and recall elections seem to go hand in hand in Camp Verde.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015


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