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Editorial: Hold your nose, political season is in full swing
A local politician last week described the coming month as one in which you hold your nose and dive in.

Unfortunately, there is a lot of truth in that.

It's naïve to expect there to be wholesale honor and integrity in the election process. A few candidates pull it off, but many more choose the down-and-dirty route to political success.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Editorial: We could use more leaders like Superintendent Goodwin, Mayor Currier
Politicians and bureaucrats wrote the book on political correctness. They're famous for talking a lot but never saying anything of substance.

That's why it's so refreshing to listen to Camp Verde School Superintendent Dennis Goodwin and Jerome Mayor Lew Currier.

They leave no doubt about where they stand on any given subject.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Letter: Volunteeers needed for Camp Verde Cornfest
The annual Corn fest will soon be here. July 15 and 16th. As usual we are short on volunteers this year, especially after the rain storm last year.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Letter: Joens ' work as mayor speaks volumes of the work she will do as supervisor
As a long time resident of Cottonwood, I believe I can say with certainty that Diane Joens has done a great job as Mayor of Cottonwood. If one looks back on her accomplishments as Mayor that benefit all the residents of Cottonwood and surrounding Verde Valley, they become almost too numerous to mention. water, sewers, library, rec center, outstanding police and fire departments, a stable economy, respect from our neighbors and for that matter the whole state, and much more.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Letter: Terrorist activites usually the work of terrorists
The atrocities such as the one in Orlando will continue until our President recognizes the cause.

They are not caused by gun owners. They are caused by terrorists!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Letter: Thank you for your kindness
We wish to extend a heartfelt thank you to all who came out to support, play, and volunteer for the 3rd Annual Mike's 12-Pack Softball Tournament. In addition, we would like to thank all of the individuals and businesses who donated to make the tournament possible.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Editorial: Yavapai College folks obviously need to have another meeting
There is a great newspaper editor in Maricopa who used to say, "It has to be a really good meeting to be better than no meeting at all."

For the record, she is legendary for getting things done. Right. The first time.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Editorial: A lesson in transparency, courtesy of Cottonwood
As we have noted in the past, there are those who love to lambaste the City of Cottonwood over its finances, with emphasis on the claim that the city does too much of its business behind the public's back.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Letter: Yes, I am running for mayor, and yes, I am a resident of Cottonwood
Recently, my candidacy for Mayor has become grist in Cottonwood's rumor mill so I'd like to dispel myths in circulation. I am running for the office, I am fully committed to serving one, four-year term and my candidacy is legitimate, as I reside in Mesquite Springs.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Letter: Cottonwood Dog Park no place for pit bulls
I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read that pit bulls will now be allowed in Cottonwood's dog park (Independent 6-12-16). Anyone wanting the truth about the difference between other dogs and this specific breed need simply visit the websites www.DogsBite.or and www.animals24-7 (pitstop archives). The facts are all there.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Editorial: Political rules and the way candidates play the game
So here we are. Everyone who wants to be an elected official for everything from U.S. Senate to the Town Council in little Jerome, Arizona, has turned in their nominating petitions and made themselves a qualified candidate for public office.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Letter: Thanks to all for success of Birdies for Babies golf event
I want to take this opportunity on behalf of the House of Ruth to thank everyone who participated in the second annual Birdies for Babies golf event at Sedona Golf Resort benefiting House of Ruth.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Letter: A sad day for our nation with too many unanswered questions
Question comes to mind: when does the survival instinct kick in?
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Letter: Pride in our community
We would like to take this opportunity to give a big THANK YOU to Yavapai Sand and Gravel for donation of the cement for our Community Stage behind the Town Ramada.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Letter: States failing their transgender citizens
The horrible event that occurred in Orlando this week is just one more reminder of the prejudice that exists against the LGBTI community. And no part of this community is more discriminated against than the transgender community.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Editorial: We're a better community today thanks to efforts of Lana Tolleson
The soon-to-be former President/CEO of the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce, Lana Tolleson, was the very best kind of leader a community could hope to have.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Letter: Curious on cannabis? Consider this
A recent letter concerning "marijuana" inspired me to offer a counterpoint on Cannabis. Even the name 'marijuana' has a bit of history that many may not know. That slang name was given to cannabis in the early days of prohibition in hopes that it would play on people's fear of foreign sounding things.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Letter: Current consensus is previous consensus was wrong
I chuckled when I read the title the VI put on my last letter. I figured there might be a response from people who read what they expect to read, not what is written, and, sure enough, there were some Facebook comments that cry for replies. Since I don't do Facebook comments, I hope the VI will publish my replies.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Editorial: Lawyers closely watching taxing decision on vacation rentals
The primary beneficiary of any new law is an attorney of law.

Arizona's new law forbidding cities, towns and county governments from prohibiting vacation rentals in their communities is one sure to drum up business for lawyers.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Letter: Is transgender vet with a foot, leg or arm missing any less the hero?
Not every veteran qualifies for medical care through the VHS. The vet must have a service connected disability ranging from 20% to 100% and includes both mental and physical aspects.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Letter: Thank you for your kindness
We wish to extend a heartfelt thanks for the prayers, blessings, hugs, cards and encouraging words and to the friends and family who attended and brought the great desserts to Frank's celebration.


Saturday, June 11, 2016

Letter: There is scientific consensus global warming has occurred and human activity is a factor
Jon Hutchinson, reporting on hot times at Tuzigoot June 3, 4, and 5, informs us "the National Weather Service does not get into the global warming debate."


Saturday, June 11, 2016

Letter: No thank you to Meals on Wheels
The Camp Verde Senior Center is proud to provide seniors from all over the Verde Valley, 55 and over, to wonderful home cooked meals.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Editorial: Meals on Wheels debate a good reason to have lunch together
It's probably long overdue for the town and staffs from the two senior centers to sit down and devote their full attention to the issue of the homebound senior meal program in Camp Verde and Beaver Creek.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Letter: Legalizing marijuana clearly a bad idea
Having completed a Ministry at the Camp Verde Detention Center,I was able to talk to many inmates in the Center for Drugs.


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Letter: Let's keep the feds out of state issues!
The Obama administration is directing schools nationwide to allow transgender students to use restrooms matching their gender identity. 


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Letter: Is it too much to ask for a little peace and quiet
I enjoy freedom and exhilaration of motorbike ride as much as next rider, but many motorbikes are just to loud to ride in or near residential areas.


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Letter: Give me compassionate freedom at my life's end
As a retired nurse and as a son who watched is mother die, I have seen suffering at the end of life.


Thursday, June 9, 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

Letter: Making sense of Cottonwood Airport leases
I wanted to respond to Bob Richards' letter to the editor regarding his comments about the airport leases and the city's involvement with the FAA.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016


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