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Editorial: Sea change in gay equality trumped Arizona law
More than a year ago, in May 2013, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne marched into Bisbee to warn the free-thinking town residents they would be in big trouble if they adopted their proposed civil-union ordinance.
Saturday, October 18, 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

Letters: Ignorance is not bliss
Editor:

We've all laughed when late-night talk shows' man-on-the-street interviewees cannot answer simple questions such as "Who was our first president?" or "What side won the Civil War?" But ignorance is not "bliss" when it involves the survival of democracy.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Editorial: Ebola: 'We have it under control' sounds disingenuous one week later
The "don't worry, we'll be fine" Ebola rhetoric voiced by government health officials is sounding rather disingenuous now in light of events over the past two days.
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Letters: Kids, art, music ... and guns
Editor:

I am so grateful to be living in the Verde Valley where this Saturday I attended two, free, very entertaining community functions.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Letters: Work your mind, warm your heart
Editor:

Your local AARP Foundation Tax Aide sites are seeking volunteers for the upcoming tax season. We have sites in Camp Verde, Cottonwood, Flagstaff and Sedona. We provide free, confidential tax service for seniors and low-income families.

Thursday, October 16, 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

Editorial: Same goals as 4FRI, different approach
Upstream from the Wet Beaver Creek Wilderness is an area of 48,000 forested acres that at least two organizations want to show some TLC.

The National Forest Foundation and Salt River Project have teamed up to create the Northern Arizona Forest Fund. They want to tackle the Upper Beaver Creek area of the Verde Watershed with a forest thinning project to help prevent catastrophic wildfires.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Letters: Clarkdale-Jerome supports C-OC, Mingus ballot issues
Editor:

Members of the Clarkdale-Jerome Elementary School Governing Board and Administration stand with the parents, community members, businesses, and teachers in supporting the Cottonwood Oak Creek Elementary and Mingus Union High School Districts as they strive to strengthen the education programs, services, and facilities for our Verde Valley children.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Letters: I can't wait to see what you do next year
Editor:

The first annual Clarktoberfest celebration, held last Saturday in downtown Clarkdale, was an amazing success! I arrived at the event expecting to see a few dozen people and was instead greeted by crowds of folks enjoying the food, music, beer and vendors stretched out over Main Street!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Letters: Your vote means dictatorship or freedom
Editor:

Do American voters realize that on Nov. 4 they will be asked to vote for either a dictatorship or freedom?

Those are the actual, hidden choices. If voters do not recognize that the country is under total attack by forces within and vote accordingly, they may lose their freedom, security, and lives.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Letters: We are opening a huge can of worms with Prop. 122
Editor:

I just read the six pages of pros and 1/2 page of cons in the Election Booklet on Propositions.

Who decides who gets to write a position on a proposition? I never saw any information on how to submit these, and I would have liked to have something against Proposition 122 in there.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Editorial: Rhythm & Ribs not such a home run after all
Reflection is an amazing thing.

When the City of Cottonwood concluded the 2014 Rhythm & Ribs event one month ago, the event received rave reviews by the city. City Councilman Terence Pratt, who welcomed the crowd both nights, said, "It was well attended. We had good participation by the barbecue vendors as well as other vendors. The music was terrific. I think we had the best one ever."

Thursday, October 9, 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

Editorial: Ebola scare a reminder that we can never take our health for granted
The arrival of Ebola in the United States will be the ultimate test of the capabilities of American medical professionalism vs. historical realities.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Letters: Emotionally redefining Pluto is prejudice
Editor:

Your editorial headline "Democratizing science could pay off for Pluto" is misleading. Democratized science isn't science, it's superstition.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Editorial: Democratizing science could pay off for Pluto
One of Northern Arizona's claims to fame is Clyde Tombaugh's discovery of Pluto from the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff in 1930. Pluto's "demotion" to a dwarf planet in 2006 not only hurt a lot of feelings and confused a lot of school children, but it also caused a rift in the astronomy community.
Saturday, October 4, 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

Editorial: Governor Brewer is disingenuous, but at least she is right on school $$$$$ fight
Arizona's education community picked up an unlikely ally this week in its fight with the Arizona Legislature over money owed the state's public schools.

Gov. Jan Brewer contends lawmakers should end the legal wrangling and come up with the money due to compensate schools for inflation.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Letters: TVR noise and disruption a small price to pay
Editor:

It is important to realize that Old Town Cottonwood has become one of the economic engines of the Verde Valley. Some think that this business district should remain the way it was 10 years ago when almost nothing was going on to contribute important tax revenue to our city.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Letters: Kudos to the Clarkdale-Verde Kiwanians
Editor:

The Kiwanians were all packed up and ready to leave Verde River Day when the event was cancelled because of the downpour. However, Mother Nature not only brought copious amounts of rain but also flooded the wash in Dead Horse next to the lagoons. Traffic would be shut down at least for 2 hours.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Editorial: Dismal state of the education in Arizona does not hold true in our community
The newest report on the state of education in Arizona is another black eye for the Grand Canyon State.

A report released this week by WalletHub concludes that Arizona is the sixth worst place in the nation to be a teacher.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Letters: Truck drivers, give us a break
Editor:

Jake brakes are LOUD!

Everyday, as early as 5 a.m. and as late as 11 p.m, there are cement trucks driving north and south on Highway 260 between Western Drive and Prairie Lane and these trucks use their Jake brakes to slow down coming up to Western Drive, usually for a red light at the intersection. I thought using Jakes in city areas is against the all noise bylaws.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Letters: Rob Schneider and family rights
Editor:

The American people are being attacked on every side and issue.

The attackers use a simple technique to deceive people. They point to phony issues people might accept. Then they try to keep people's focus on the phony issues so they won't discover the real, hidden issues that people might not accept.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Editorial: Tribal rights mean something in the 21st century
Two big decisions in lawsuits last week turned the spotlight on Native American rights and sovereignty. On the surface, they benefited the Navajo Nation, but the decisions reach farther afield.
(1 comments)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Letters: Do Hell's Angels go antiquing?
Editor:

Like Nancy Burnett, I'm not a big fan of the Thunder Valley Rally either. Not this year. Maybe because the event wasn't advertised in the Arizona Republic this time ("too expensive', I'm told) but rather in "Biker Publications."
(10 comments)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Letters: It wasn't the bikes, but the bands, that thundered
Editor:

I have a somewhat different perspective on the Thunder Valley Rally than Nancy Burnett (letter 9/23/14).

My biker friends and I like loud bikes. On the afternoon of Sept. 20, we didn't notice excessive noise for a motorcycle rally.
(5 comments)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Letters: Food trucks good for the economy and the community
Editor:

The solution to allowing mobile food vendors to operate regularly in Cottonwood is just that - to let them operate. ("New rules being considered for Cottonwood mobile food vendors," September 16).

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Letters: Verde voters understand the enormous value to the Valley of a quality education
Editor:

Many of us are lifelong residents of Arizona and all of us are retired educators who taught in the very schools that are now seeking your support. We are again faced with a vote on a Mingus Union High School capital override and a capital bond for Cottonwood Oak Creek Schools.
(1 comments)

Saturday, September 27, 2014


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