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Commentary: Online world forces reinvention of your local library
I do have a library card.

I used it one time in the past year. For that matter, just once in the past several years.


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Commentary: Old-school, pragmatic politics of Millennials
There was a time, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when everything about the baby boomers -- their cultural identity, their sex lives, their voting patterns -- was chewed over in the public prints and on television.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Commentary: Who needs a local Welcome Wagon when you have a cell phone?
This new world we live in has more to do with getting through the day by routing through cyberspace than it does with human relationships.


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Commentary: New rules, or no rules at all, govern modern-day politics
A full century ago, the 28th president -- a professor as much as a politician -- counseled the man who would become the 32nd chief executive that there was a predictable tide in the nation's politics. Woodrow Wilson shaped the perspective of the young Franklin Delano Roosevelt indelibly when he told him the country was willing to be liberal for only about a third of the time and then it always returns to its conservative moorings.


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Commentary: Improving college dynamic in Verde Valley a two-way street
In November 2015, the Yavapai College Governing Board made a pledge to work more closely with its Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee. Minutes from that meeting show Board Chair Patricia McCarver stating "that going forward, the Board has a responsibility and opportunity to provide direction for the VVBAC."
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Commentary: Free speech and loathing on the campaign trail
Donald Trump is afraid of the U.S. Constitution. That's the only conclusion that can be drawn from his reaction to the silent protesters who were ejected from his campaign rally for displaying pocket Constitutions in Portland, Maine, this week.
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Commentary: If the college does not like the question, don't expect an answer
Bob Oliphant's new book, "Wake Up Verde Valley You've Just Been Ripped Off" is an exhaustive treatise on the very things Mr. Oliphant has been telling us for more than two years.


Friday, July 29, 2016

Commentary: Permanent Base Adjustment removes Home Rule threat to community services
Every four years, the voters of Clarkdale and most other cities and towns in Arizona must vote to renew their town's "home rule" declaration.


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Commentary: How Donald Trumped his own convention
Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump's first scene-stealing of Sen. Ted Cruz might have been arranged by divine, tongue-in-cheek intervention.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Commentary: As Trump emerges, media goes on attack
A new report from Harvard University says press coverage of Donald Trump's presidential campaign become progressively more negative as Trump built a lead in the Republican primaries -- and soared after Trump clinched the GOP nomination.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Commentary: Protect the right to go solar against bad utility rate hike proposals
This summer, Arizona's largest utilities are making proposals before the Arizona Corporation Commission that would kill Arizona's rooftop solar energy industry, something we all must oppose.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Commentary: Do your homework before you buy into 'assault weapon' rhetoric
The tragedy in Orlando, Florida, has re-energized the anti-gun rhetoric, and I am sick and tired of the fear mongering misinformation.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Commentary: Let's chip in to keep recycling service viable for Camp Verde
Don't you like being able to take your recycle materials to the bins at Bashas or by the high school? Yes, Well so do I.

Sedona recycles does a good job of keeping the bins from overflowing and keeping the area clean around them. This is a good service for the residents of Camp Verde.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Commentary: Demands of growth a constant challenge to Verde River
The Verde River flows continuously for nearly 140 river miles from its headwaters near Paulden to Horseshoe Reservoir about 40 miles southwest of Payson. Continuous flow depends upon the discharge of groundwater into the river over most of its course throughout the year.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Commentary: Thanks for the memories, Champ
Friday, Muhammed Ali died in a Phoenix hospital some 35 years after his last professional fight.


Saturday, June 4, 2016

Commentary: The real budget facts for Cottonwood
It is that time of year again when the City of Cottonwood finalizes our budget for this next year and, as usual, there is much information about the budget that gets distributed through the media and other sources.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

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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