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Editorial: Creating Verde Valley College 'tilting at windmills'
Like Walter Mitty's daydreams of grandeur and Don Quixote "tilting at windmills," the Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee continues to dabble in fantasy over creation of a Verde Valley Community College.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Letter: DMV needs to rethink this ludicrous policy
This is in response to Mr. Larry Watkin's letter in the January 24th issue of The Verde Independent.  I too am an Army veteran of some 32 years, and know many, many other veterans of all branches of service. 
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Letter: Toys for Tots generosity took the load off Santa Claus
The Verde Valley Toys for Tots Committee wishes to thank all those who helped us provide bags of toys for over 1200 children in need.  


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Commentary: You can never be too prepared during flood season
Last week's flood preparedness community meeting hosted by the Town of Clarkdale should be taken on the road to every community in the Verde Valley.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Editorial: Lt. Governor for Arizona as bad an idea now as it was in 2010
There is an unwritten rule in Arizona politics that subscribes to the theory that if you throw a bad idea out there enough times it eventually becomes brilliant.


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Letter: Thanks for the memories? Maybe not!
2016 will be an election year for the Cottonwood City Council, which is comprised of the mayor, vice mayor and five council members.


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Letter: We'd be better off to rent grocery carts
Several months ago, maybe even a year plus, in the Arizona Republic, a Mr. Robert Leger published a very much needed and biting note about grocery carts scattered all over parking lots.


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Editorial: Great way to begin new job for Cottonwood police chief
In his first week on the job, the city's new police chief, Steve Gesell, already has a major crime on his hands and a real whodunit to boot.


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Letter: Your donations directly benefit Old Town Mission
A huge thank you from the staff at the Old Town Mission Thrift Store for the many donations of clothing, furniture and miscellaneous items.


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Letter: Public has right to all information in least expensive, most convenient source -- our newspaper
To allow these public notices to be buried in the internet in some obscure website is a travesty and a disservice to the public.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Editorial: The judge did all he could with Hickey, but is it enough?
Too often the court of public opinion has a way of flying headfirst into the court of legal consequences.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Letter -- Smoking gun: How about enforcing current laws before you create new ones?
This is in response to the last paragraph of "Cottonwood asked to raise smoking age to 21" that appeared on page 5 of the Verde Independent on Friday, January 22, 2016.


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Commentary: Cottonwood at perilous financial crossroads
The machine we created is accelerating down a path of unsustainability.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Letter: Employee costs are first place to go to solve budget woes
Pertaining to the front=page story "Taxing times for Cottonwood" and the accompanying editorial (01/15/16), I so agree with the premise you set forth.


Saturday, January 23, 2016

Letter: Who carries their DD214?
This is my experience with the DMV in Cottonwood on Jan. 13.


Saturday, January 23, 2016

Editorial: Actions speak louder than words in Gaver mental hearing
The road to justice for most of the members of the Gaver family involved in last year's Wal-Mart parking lot brawl is currently tied up in a legal process called Rule 11.


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Letter: What's up with Sedona gas prices?
I still cannot understand how the price of gasoline is so high in Sedona.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Letter: I'll take an old 327 Chevy any day
Kudos to Dan Engler for an outstanding editorial, Verde Independent January 13, page 7, about the mile run.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Letters: You failed on court of public opinion and common sense
Might I help you with some basic math? If you believe in 3-percenters (function of individuals involved in original American revolt for sovereignty), your effort in Burns, Oregon falls short.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Editorial: MLK Holiday evokes painful memories for Arizona
Monday marks our annual observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day and that should bring back some painful and embarrassing memories for Arizona.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Letter: City of Cottonwood well compensated for services it provides to non-residents
In the Verde Independent's Jan. 15 editorial, "Tough Times for the City of Cottonwood...", you state that, "...the city is unique in that it serves a population well beyond the city limits and receives no support for such services from the county or from or other nearby municipalities whose residents are beneficiaries of such services."
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Letter: Is it a gun problem or mental health lapse
Mona Charen of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, shows in her article (Gun debate reveals bad journalism, bad politics, AZ Rep, 1/11/16) that there are no ethics involved when the anti-gun lobby gets on their soap box.


Saturday, January 16, 2016

Tell lawmakers to support transparency in government
There are efforts by the Legislature in play to remove notices printed in newspapers, allowing them to be buried in many obscure, seldom-visited government websites.
Friday, January 15, 2016

Editorial: Tough times for City of Cottonwood in 2016
It looks like the cookin's at Cottonwood City Hall will be moved to the front end of the stove in 2016.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Letter: How has it come this far?
The Supreme Court has just heard arguments on whether public employee unions can collect fees from non-union workers.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Letter: Cornville Secret Santa gets better every year
We would like to extend a Huge, heart-felt Thank You to everyone who donated to the 8th annual Cornville Secret Santa!
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Letter: If it walks like a duck
If it walks like a duck and it quacks like a duck, then it's probably a duck. And what about Donald Trump?
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Editorial: Wish list for lawmakers: Define, accomplish priorities
The Arizona Legislature is at it again in its annual endeavor to make the Grand Canyon State a better place to live and do business.


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Letter: Use common sense, prevent a tragedy
With the arrival of winter, the Camp Verde and Montezuma-Rimrock fire districts have seen a significant uptick in the number for fires related to fireplaces, woodstoves, and other heating devices. 


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Letter: The journey is complete; Kudo finished the race
It is with great sadness that we share with you our loss of Kudo, our retired Pet Therapy Dog. 


Tuesday, January 12, 2016


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