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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

Editorial: Work of Tobacco-21 coalition has just begun
In the same week that California became the second state in the nation to raise its smoking age to 21, Cottonwood became the first city in Arizona to make the sale and use of tobacco products for people younger than 21 illegal.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Editorial: Why the secrecy over location of pot farms?
Warren Harris, sir, you make a very good point.

Harris took the Camp Verde Town Council to task this past week for being tight-lipped about the location of the community's medical marijuana grow facilities.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Editorial: What's most important is that Meals on Wheels service will continue
We often tend to get preoccupied with the issues on which we disagree and lose focus of the ones with which we agree.
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Editorial: Good signs on education front from Arizona lawmakers
Criticism of the Arizona Legislature - and in particular its Republican leadership -- by the state's education community certainly has been merited.


Tuesday, May 3, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Editorial: Let's hope new VACTE leader brings transparency to organization
Congratulations to the governing board of the Valley Academy of Career and Technical Education on the quick turnaround for naming a new superintendent to the joint technical education school district.


Thursday, March 31, 2016


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