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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

Editorial: New veterinary program to fill significant need in Arizona
When the Steele Foundation announced last year that the University of Arizona would be the recipient of the 45.7-acre DK Ranch in the Verde Valley for a veterinary medical and surgical school, it was described as a win-win for all involved.


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Editorial: Escalation of panhandling in Cottonwood not always what it seems; buyer beware syndrome holds true
It's important to emphasize that not all of what we see today on nearly every high-traffic corner in Cottonwood represents giving alms to the poor.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Editorial: Talk of consolidation a bold move by Clarkdale, Verde Valley fire districts
Talk of a marriage between the Clarkdale and Verde Valley fire districts is a case of good business sense.


Thursday, March 10, 2016

Editorial: Creating ill will between Verde Valley, Prescott hardly a wise political tactic
Prior to the Sept. 1, 2015, meeting of the Yavapai College District Governing Board in Clarkdale, the community was blanketed with e-blasts and other communications that the college board was planning to dismantle its Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee.


Saturday, February 27, 2016

Editorial: Hey Washington, D.C. -- your voters are speaking
As Arizona enters into early voting for the presidential primary election, do you suppose voters are trying to tell Washington, D.C. something?
Thursday, February 25, 2016

Editorial: Verde Valley College 'discussed for decades' hardly a valid claim
One of the prevalent themes in the quest to create an administrative college in the Verde Valley is that this issue has been on the front burner for years.


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Editorial: Legislative hypocrisy on full display in threat to Arizona municipalities
Sauce may be good for the goose but in Arizona we have a gander called the Arizona Legislature that turns a blind eye to the ethics of equal and fair play.


Saturday, February 20, 2016

Editorial: Can we pull together for sake of young adults?
Caught in the wedge of declining student enrollment, increased use of online courses and a service area bigger than the states of Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island combined, Yavapai College as we know it is changing.


Thursday, February 18, 2016

Editorial: Why hire a consultant when Mr. Oliphant has already done the work?
Today's front-page story on Cottonwood's Bob Oliphant clearly shows that you would have to look long and hard to find anyone who knows more about this issue than he does.


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Editorial: Government transparency an absolute necessity
Government transparency is an absolute necessity if we are to control the government rather than have the government control us.
Saturday, February 13, 2016

Editorial: Structural integrity of Jerome's leaning wall should trump its historical value
The saga of the "leaning wall of Jerome" is a classic case of why don't we just start over from scratch.
Thursday, February 11, 2016


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