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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

Editorial: Chagolla case a sorry excuse for justice served
This one reads like a horror story.

Or, a bad joke.


Thursday, July 21, 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

Letter: MVD office under staffed; public is under served
I noticed that the Arizona Dept. of Motor Vehicles office on 12th Street is very understaffed.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Editorial: City needs to stay ahead of game on Old Town parking
Expansion of Old Town Cottonwood's Tavern Hotel opened a can of worms that will only get worse unless the city devises sound strategies for sufficient downtown parking.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Editor: Best local education leaders are right in our own backyard
In all these examples, what is noteworthy is the fact that schools in the Verde Valley do not have to look far when searching for new leadership. The best choices for these positions more often than not exist right in our collective backyards.


Saturday, July 16, 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

Letter: Which one is the real racial crime?
The police officer in the traffic stop is not guilty of a hate crime.

The man who shot the officers in Dallas is.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Editorial: Common sense tips to avoid unpleasant encounter with police
The fallout from a 32-year-old Minnesota cafeteria worker being shot by a police officer during a traffic stop last week begs for a primer on what you should not do when pulled over by police.


Friday, July 15, 2016

Letter: Process for choosing new council members leaves something to be desired
With the political season upon us, I feel it is necessary to write this letter urging our citizens to pay attention to the upcoming local elections, with the primary on August 30th.
Friday, July 15, 2016

Letter: 'Those who give up their personal freedoms for the sake of safety, deserve neither'
In response to the letter written by Bob Burke in Sunday's edition of your paper, Sunday, July 10, regarding the AK47 rifle, there were a number of falsies he presented to your readers.


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Letter: Clinton questions and quotes
Question: What do these three quotes have in common? 1. "I did not have sex with that woman, Monica Lewinsky." 2. "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it." 3. "I never sent or received any classified information on my e-mails."


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Editorial: Media art program a great start toward realizing tech-ed potential in Verde Valley
Advancing career and technology education is not so much an issue of the technical opportunities that exist in the Verde Valley as it is in building relationships.


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Letter: This one hardly passes the old smell test
At the May 17 City council meeting staff was directed by a unanimous vote to empanel a committee to look into the hangar land leases at the airport.


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Letters: Laws are made for the little people
I think I get it when law professor Glenn Reynolds (U. Tenn) says "The laws are made for the little people."


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Letter: When talking rights of gun owners, misinformation is in abundance
Michael Westlund, in a recent guest editorial, expressed his disappointment at the increasingly louder chorus demanding sane gun safety regulations.


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Editorial: First test of Safe Shopper Program shows exactly why we need this law
If this panhandler's only objective is to "make more money," go get a job.
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Letter: Public meeting would have benefited from having a public process
When we walked away at the end of the meeting, we were disappointed ...probably because we thought we would be at least heard - particularly because the meeting seemed to be the result of our request by our organization to the county for a "conditional use permit".


Thursday, July 7, 2016

Letter: Why no commercial development planned for highway frontage?
Why does I-17 and SR 260 frontage not allow for commercial development in the new general plan? Why is no one talking about this? It would be valuable for the paper to look into this topic.
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Letter: We still need more volunteers for Cornfest
To all those brave souls that have already signed up, THANK YOU for volunteering for Cornfest. Remember this is your festival and we need all the help we can get; 82 spaces of 2-hour shifts and we are nowhere near our goal. Please consider helping us out once again this year.


Thursday, July 7, 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

Letter: Cooperstown should take a clue from Cincinatti Reds
I am very happy that Pete Rose got into the Reds hall of fame along with retiring his number for the Cincinatti Reds.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Letter: Politics as usual: Clintons will be Clintons
As usual, the Clinton's manage to leave a stain wherever they touch. A.G. Lynch's friendship with Hillary probably caused the lack of judgment that allowed presumptive "First Husband" Bill Clinton to board her plane in Phoenix.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776 The unanimous Declaration of the 13 United States of America
When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.


Saturday, July 2, 2016

Letter: Panhandlers should be required to get permit from city
Since panhandling seems to be a business for some of the participants, the city should require a paid permit for those who have this as a vocation.


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Letter: Why does everyone want to get rid of Lake Montezuma?
Can anyone tell me when Lake Montezuma, Arizona died? When will the obituary be for the community? It seems to have fallen off the map.


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Letter: How does jargon- infested administrative re-education help students succeed?
Your June 22 editorial, "We could use more leaders like Superintendent Goodwin, Mayor Currier," notes that politicians and bureaucrats are "famous for talking a lot but never saying anything of substance." I have noticed some educators in Cottonwood are particularly notable for an abundance of impressive verbiage that says little.


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Letter: GMOs should be required to appear on food labels
Some 64 countries REQUIRE GMO labeling on foods sold to their citizens, but that is not true in the U.S, where much of that food originates.  
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Letter: Corpsmen are heroes to all Marines
In a stunning statement the U.S. Marine Corps revealed that, after intense investigation, one of the men in the iconic WWII Iwo Jima flag raising photograph has been misidentified.
Thursday, June 30, 2016


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