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Commentary: Give the gift of food this Christmas season
The Christmas season seems to start earlier every year. Last month, a neighbor put up twinkling silver lights, and the day after Thanksgiving, we saw cars carrying trees on their roofs.
Saturday, December 6, 2014

Commentary: 8 things the Verde Valley taught me
I lived and worked in the Verde Valley for 16 years. It was a time of great changes for the area, and I was privileged to get to report on so many of these transformations, great and small.
Saturday, November 29, 2014

Commentary: Verde Valley Humane Society: A good investment in our community
Outside my window the leaves are changing. The temperatures are falling and I can see my elder foster dog, Bella, contentedly sprawled out in a patch of sunshine in the yard. The Holidays are approaching along with thoughts of giving and sharing. As you consider donating to a worthy cause this season, please keep the Verde Valley Humane Society (VVHS) uppermost in your mind.
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Commentary: It's time to give workers a raise
American workers need a raise, and there's one simple way to boost incomes at the lower end of the pay scale: Increase the federal minimum wage, which has been stuck at $7.25 an hour since 2009.
Thursday, November 13, 2014

Commentary: Voters continue to polarize themselves by media habits
USA Today's Rem Rieder covered a new study by the Pew Research Center concerning the way Americans get their news about government and politics ("Too many want 'facts' tinged red or blue," 10/26/14). Pew's findings aren't a shocker - that most people tend to watch news outlets tending toward their own politics.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Commentary: Veterans Day 2014
Tuesday is a day for every citizen to remember and honor the sacrifice of our nation's veterans. It's important to celebrate the service of all of our veterans: those who fought during time of war and those who fought to maintain the peace.
Saturday, November 8, 2014

Commentary: GOP control of Senate a sure recipe for gridlock for Obama
If Republicans gain control of the Senate, what will that mean for the last two years of the Obama administration?

As young people often say about their relationships on Facebook: It's complicated.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Commentary: Welcome changes at Yavapai College must be followed by action
How green is our valley?

After our wonderful monsoon it was quite green but if we are speaking of economic well being that is a far different story. One way to gauge this wellness is the percentage of students in each school district that qualify for the federal "reduce and free lunch program." Each family's income must be at or below poverty level.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Commentary: Making connections: Stop dating yourself
As I've mentioned before, there's a "farmers only" dating service called, well, FarmersOnly.com. Its tagline is, "City folks just don't get it." While that may be true, it doesn't mean that farmers do get it when it comes to romance. Being a good farmer and being a good date may not require the same skill set.
Saturday, October 18, 2014

Commentary: Kids Against Hunger success anchored in Verde Valley's giving spirit
The Verde Valley has always been known for its spirit of volunteerism. That was never more evident than during Saturday's Kids Against Hunger event at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Commentary: 50 years later, Billy Mills still inspires dreamers
"During tough times, my father would tell me that I needed to have a dream in life, because it's pursuit of a dream that heals broken souls. He would say, 'You have broken wings, and if you follow your dreams, someday you'll have the wings of an eagle.'" - Billy Mills
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Commentary: Ebola treatable and relatively hard to catch
One afternoon two weeks ago, I did my best to calm a friend who'd become fearful that her son would contract Ebola in Syria. The young man had enlisted in the National Guard. She knew the U.S. was bombing ISIS terrorists there, and that people were talking about "boots on the ground." She thought she'd heard about a Syrian Ebola outbreak on TV.
Thursday, October 9, 2014

Commentary: In Living Color: Leaf me alone
We have been stuck behind Mr. and Mrs. Leaf Peeper for 45 minutes.

Sue and I are on our way home from the grocery store; they are on vacation. It's nice to be on vacation, to not have a worry in the world, to take the time to smell the roses, to wander wherever the wind blows you, to be awed by the wonder of nature, to drink in the majestic beauty of this country, to slow down and admire every new vista in brilliant, flaming colors.

But do you have to do it in front of us?

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Commentary: Theater of war unavoidable for commander-in-chief
Maybe next time, they'll award the Nobel Peace Prize at the end of a politician's tenure rather than the beginning. There was always something mildly farcical about the Swedish committee recognizing President Obama's lofty rhetoric in advance of real achievements.

It's like awarding the Oscar before the movie's released.
(11 comments)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

My Turn: Mago Park land use clearly incompatible with zoning; shows serious flaws in Cottonwood city government
As we begin a new year, it seems appropriate to ask this timely question:

Could things get any weirder in Cottonwood?
(9 comments)

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Column: Christmas Story
AND it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
Thursday, December 24, 2009

My Turn: The need for health insurance reform
I am honored to be representing District One in this Congress, and I am determined to make Greater Arizona’s voices heard in Washington. My family has been in the district for four generations, and I want to make sure that our values and ideas are part of any national debate.
(7 comments)

Saturday, December 5, 2009

My Turn: Two holiday shopping tips: Think practical and buy local
Who hasn’t been impacted by foreclosures, loss of jobs, store closings, and soaring gas prices? And just like clockwork, here comes the holidays with those unneeded financial demands.
(1 comments)

Thursday, November 19, 2009


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