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Commentary: Abundant thanks to all for the rewarding journey of teaching
As a teacher, you attempt to plan for all potential outcomes with your students, but I was not quite ready for the opportunity to thank all those responsible when I was recently chosen as the 2016 Yavapai County Teacher of the Year.


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Commentary: An opportunity to serve and to learn
As business owners, volunteers or employees of service organizations, members of the faith community, or simply caring individuals, we do take in the stranger, feed those who need food, shelter folks from the cold, share water or clothing and provide jobs and friendship as we are able.


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Commentary: There are 42 character counts in this headline
As our society becomes more and more paperless, you have to wonder if cursive writing will one day be about as useful as knowing what points and picas are.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Commentary: Best practices for government spending transparency
As taxpayers, our attention to government spending is typically peaked this time of year.


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Commentary: Death and Taxes
More good news. While some areas of economic opportunity may be sputtering, the tax code is booming. According to the Commerce Clearing House, Title 26 ballooned to 74,608 pages in 2014. That's seven times more pages than the bible.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Commentary: 2016 the year to play political race card
The word of the year in politics is "anger." And many backers of Donald Trump are outraged about their economic conditions and prospects.


Saturday, April 9, 2016

Guest Commentary: Norela Harrington We all have role in advancing career, tech education locally
There are many young people who are not succeeding in the traditional classroom. Career and Technical training can be the path to productive, and fulfilled lives.
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Commentary: Thanks to you, it's no longer the 'Dirty Verde'
Four years ago, when Friends of Verde River Greenway and the Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition partners began their unprecedented effort to reduce and remove invasive plants from the Verde River and its tributaries, we were often asked by the public, our local youth and field crew members, "why would you want to work on the Dirty Verde?"
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Commentary: College to blame for disparity in JTED opportunities
The College has responded to recent community pressure and opened a small culinary training program in Camp Verde and returned welding and a couple other CTE courses to the Valley. But little else.


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Commentary: 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 resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Yet it is unique among holidays in that it has no set date on the calendar, other than a guarantee it will fall on a Sunday.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Guest Column: Obamacare hardly a reason to celebrate
Birthdays usually represent a time for celebration. But when it comes to Obamacare's sixth birthday, partying is the last thing on Arizonans' minds.
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Commentary: How do we "qualify' right of someone to ask for help?
There has been a great deal of public outcry to "deal with the situation" of individuals panhandling on the corners. Most recently the greatest offense that people take is the fact that those people that are panhandling may not actually be homeless; that they are misleading good-hearted people into believing that they actually need help.
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Commentary: How 'open' are our open meetings; how public are our public records?
Those of us working in newsrooms have plenty of duties to keep us busy. One of those duties is keeping the public informed. Since we realize that not everyone can attend every public meeting, we step-in as your eyes and ears - - and at times, your nose.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Commentary: No advocacy from this corner, I'm just being agreeable
During the past 30 years that I have advocated for a consolidation of the three Upper Verde school districts I've been repeatedly shot down and called every name in the book.
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Commentary: Non-profits, corporations change tactics to survive
"You can sell it." "Create a marketing package." "Get them onboard with the numbers."

I had to look around to be sure that I was in the right room. Was I covering a non-profit presentation or a corporate sales seminar?

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Commentary: Trump campaign straight from the playbook of professional wrestling
It's not for nothing that Donald J. Trump was inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2013. The billionaire braggart's entire presidential campaign is straight out of the WWE "Wrestlemania" playbook -- all preposterous boasts, racialized taunts and simulated mayhem that threatens to turn into the real thing.


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Guest Column: Missed opportunity for college board
I was disappointed and a little surprised by the board's reaction and vote in regard to a board member's motion to bring in an outside consultant to study the needs of the Verde Valley concerning post-secondary education.


Saturday, March 12, 2016

Commentary: School closing not a threat, but an opportunity for VOC, Sedona
The striking similarities between the threatened closure of the Village of Oak Creek's Big Park School and similar challenges facing the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District five years ago makes one wonder if the ultimate outcome will be the same.


Saturday, March 12, 2016

Commentary: Another failed recall, more wasted tax dollars, for Camp Verde
We had another failed recall election in Camp Verde this week.

We have two things to show for the effort:

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Commentary: Satisfying that inner hunger to make a difference
The Kids Against Hunger Verde Valley story begins with a medical mission trip to the small village of Jubilee, in Gonaives, Haiti, after the horrific earthquake of 2010.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016


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