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Letter: Arizona has systematically created two-tier education system for haves, have-nots
About 20 years ago, I had lunch with a trusted educator and asked him if the Arizona state legislature was purposely trying to destroy the public school system. He assured me that was not the case.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Letter: Tobacco 21 movement a step in right direction for Cottonwood
I would like to provide you and community members with facts regarding tobacco 21. Tobacco 21 is an emerging policy strategy to reduce youth tobacco use by increasing the minimum legal tobacco purchase age from 18-21.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Obituary: Let's treat tobacco sales the same as alcohol
I am a member of YATCY (Yavapai Anti-Tobaco Coalition of Youth) and I would like to give you some more information about Tobacco 21 and why it is important.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Letter: Tobacco 21 is common-sense safety-first approach to problem
My name is Kaitlyn Williams and I am a member of the Yavapai Anti-Tobacco Coalition of Youth (YATCY) in the Verde Valley. I feel it is important to give you more information about Tobacco 21 and its importance to us and why we brought this proposal forward.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Letter: Cottonwood going down wrong path on under-21 tobacco ordinance plan
Cottonwood should not approve the misguided attempt to limit the sale of tobacco products to anyone under 21.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Letter: Writer only addressed one side of the story
Linda Valdez, AZ Republic opinion writer, has written the story of her marriage to an illegal immigrant, his subsequent attainment of citizenship and higher education, and the rearing of a wonderful daughter. She says this gives her perspective of the illegal immigration issue from both sides. But she only writes about the issue from one side.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Letter: Your care, compassion made One Person, One Night Shelter Project a success
On behalf of the 75 individuals sheltered this past winter through the One Person, One Night emergency nighttime cold weather shelter project, we thank the community for its generous support and donation
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Letter: Puppy mills worst choice for bringing pet into your life
I would like to warn readers to NOT put cruelty on their shopping lists. No matter the reason they want their puppy, when they purchase puppies over the Internet, through newspaper ads or at pet stores, they are often unknowingly supporting a puppy mill.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Letter: Understanding what you vote on more important than simply voting
Not everyone should vote. But citizen should understand the issues and positions of those standing for election if they do exercise such a precious gift.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Letter: McCain, Flake need to support Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act
Preventing genocide and atrocities is a bipartisan issue we can all agree on.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Letter: You can stand to take a lesson in humanity
So I wonder what made you choose him for this article. Is it appearance, or the fact that he is always walking around town?
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Letter: SB1268, SB1400 would be real setback in pursuit of responsible water management
The Verde River Institute Board of Directors respectfully recommends that you veto SB1268 (adequate water supply requirements; municipalities) and SB1400 (county water supply provision; renewal).


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Letter: Arizona needs automatic voter registration and an all mail-in ballot
When we send our young men and women into battle, we tell them that they are defending our freedom. One of the most essential freedoms we have as Americans is the right to vote. Voting is a patriotic act.


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Letter: Thanks to all for successful "Every 15 Minutes' program
The "Every 15 Minutes" Program is designed to show young adults the dangers associated with driving while impaired. The program has both real life experiences and scenarios, without the real life risks.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Letter: If given opportunity, college does support JTEDs
Valley Academy was created to keep all our administrators employed if the voters had voted to consolidate back in 2000, when it seemed like it was going to pass.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Letter: Does our community meet definition of 'Village that raises up a child?'
It Takes a Village, they say. It takes a village to raise a child.


Saturday, April 2, 2016

Letter: Owners of aggressive dogs need to keep them restrained
My name is Caleb. I am a 15-year-old, 18-pound terrier mix. I was adopted from the Sedona Humane Society 14 years ago by a couple who live in Village of Oak Creek.


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Letter: Changes obviously needed at VACTE
I would like to know, in all the years the Valley Academy for Career and Technical Education has been in existence, how many times has a board position been elected with a ballot?
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Letters: Open Letter to VACTE Board
It's time for VACTE leadership to post meeting packets, return phone calls, and respond with documentation to media inquiries.
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Letters: Time for our leaders to demonstrate power with responsibility
If a large percentage of the population believes something that is incorrect, the question becomes: what caused this segment of the population to believe so passionately in views that are not true?
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Letters: The last thing we need is another subdivision
The City of Cottonwood has been approached by a developer to add a 500-unit residential subdivision to the northeast corner of SR89A and Groseta Ranch Road near the Coyote Trails Golf Course." - Verde Independent
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Letter: There must be a better solution than closing Big Park School
I know from our past work together in fund raising for Big Park and promoting the Tax Credit Program, Mr. Lykins, that we see eye to eye on building life long learners and that teachable moments are everywhere.


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Letter: Long-term solutions needed for Arizona water woes
Ed Wolfe of the Verde River Basin Partnership sounds the alarm about regional dependence on groundwater pumping. Continued reliance on groundwater pumping in the face of population increase, associated water consumption and climate change threaten the Verde River and regional water table.


Thursday, March 10, 2016

Letter: Easter is no treat for a real rabbit
The Easter rabbit has been associated with Easter for hundreds of years. But the practice of giving live rabbits as gifts for the holiday is something rabbit rescuers want people to rethink. Bringing home a rabbit should never be done on impulse or without research to know beforehand what to expect.


Thursday, March 10, 2016

Letter: You can bet this will surely blow up in our faces
I believe fireworks in private hands are a travesty and to expand that is even worse.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Letter: A life of certainty would be terribly boring
Yogi Berra famously said, "It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future." We're certainly seeing the truth of that as the current "super" El Niño plays out.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Letter: Another reason not to vote for Trump, or not even vote at all
Now I have a second reason NOT to vote for Trump, Chris Christie just endorsed him.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Letter: Bob Oliphant deserves appreciation of Verde Valley taxpayers
When receiving bad news, there is often a temptation to blame the messenger. That certainly seems to be the case with regard to Bob Oliphant and his messages about the spending inequities of Yavapai College.


Thursday, March 3, 2016

Letter: Thanks to all for great basketball season
The City of Cottonwood Parks and Recreation Department would like to extend a thank you and congratulations to all 21 teams and coaches who participated in the youth basketball league this year.
Thursday, March 3, 2016

Letter: Money has gone to support safer more reliable water system
In response to Tina Gozdan's letter to the editor on February 23rd, I would first like to say thank you for the questions. The city has distributed a flyer in our customer's water bill describing each of the fees assessed a couple of times including in 2013 when these same questions came up at that time.
Saturday, February 27, 2016


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