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Editorial: Creating Verde Valley College 'tilting at windmills'
Like Walter Mitty's daydreams of grandeur and Don Quixote "tilting at windmills," the Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee continues to dabble in fantasy over creation of a Verde Valley Community College.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Editorial: Lt. Governor for Arizona as bad an idea now as it was in 2010
There is an unwritten rule in Arizona politics that subscribes to the theory that if you throw a bad idea out there enough times it eventually becomes brilliant.


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Editorial: Great way to begin new job for Cottonwood police chief
In his first week on the job, the city's new police chief, Steve Gesell, already has a major crime on his hands and a real whodunit to boot.


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Editorial: The judge did all he could with Hickey, but is it enough?
Too often the court of public opinion has a way of flying headfirst into the court of legal consequences.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Editorial: Actions speak louder than words in Gaver mental hearing
The road to justice for most of the members of the Gaver family involved in last year's Wal-Mart parking lot brawl is currently tied up in a legal process called Rule 11.


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Editorial: MLK Holiday evokes painful memories for Arizona
Monday marks our annual observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day and that should bring back some painful and embarrassing memories for Arizona.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Editorial: Tough times for City of Cottonwood in 2016
It looks like the cookin's at Cottonwood City Hall will be moved to the front end of the stove in 2016.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Editorial: Wish list for lawmakers: Define, accomplish priorities
The Arizona Legislature is at it again in its annual endeavor to make the Grand Canyon State a better place to live and do business.


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Editorial: What is a hero?
If the world around you could see both the person you are in public and the person you are in private, how many people would they see?
Thursday, December 31, 2015

EDITORIAL: Education can be fun - and educational
Thanks to a partnership between the White House and Federal Land Management agencies, fourth graders across the country received a valuable gift in September.
Saturday, December 26, 2015

Editorial: Other communities need to follow Cottonwood lead on homelessness
Kudos to the Cottonwood City Council for stepping up with financial assistance as a step toward solving the problem of homelessness in the Verde Valley.


Saturday, December 19, 2015

Editorial: Paid admission may be key for Thunder Valley Rally's bottom line
This week's discussion concerning the future of the Tilted Earth Wine and Music Festival offers a possible solution to Cottonwood's financially challenged Thunder Valley Rally.
Thursday, December 17, 2015

Editorial: Another episode in Arizona education soap opera
One of the many pocketbook realities of recession is higher property taxes for local education needs.


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Editorial: Arizona State Tax Credit program is your chance to pay it forward
It's still not too late to pay it forward to others, and yourself come tax time through the Arizona State Tax Credit program.
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Editorial: Mingus upgrades are fine, but find solution to 6th Street problem
The planned improvements for Cottonwood's Mingus Avenue seem to address everything except the roadway's biggest problem: its intersection with 6th Street.
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Editorial: Entire Verde Valley needs to step up, and unite, to address homelessness
The recent death-by-freezing of a homeless man in Cottonwood has prompted renewed attention to the plight of the homeless.
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Guest Editorial: Every day is a good day to thank our police
Recently, in a town here in Yavapai County, a traffic stop by a police officer revealed a driver who was fidgeting, picking at her hands and grinding her teeth, with dried saliva in the corners of her mouth. Her blood shot eyes and her pulsating pupils were precursors to poorly performed sobriety tests. She was arrested for driving under the influence of methamphetamine and for meth sales.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Editorial: Painful, but necessary, changes in store for Sedona school system
Don't even mention the word reorganization when it comes to our public schools. Superintendent Barb U'Ren and the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Board were the perfect case study for this syndrome a few years back when declining enrollment and shrinking budgets forced them to make some rather dramatic changes.
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Editorial: Bottom line on shooting investigation: Don't run from, or fight with, police
The long-awaited investigative report on the May 30 deputy shooting of 18-year-old Ebin L. Proctor proves one thing.

People who run from, and then fight with, police can end up dead.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Editorial: Man's death renews debate over need for homeless shelter (with video)
Our overnight lows this week will range between 26 and 32 degrees.

Somebody could freeze right to the bone.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015


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