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Commentary: Renewing, increasing Jail District levy will keep taxes down
Renewing, increasing Jail District levy will keep taxes down

Having been privileged to serve Yavapai County as the elected sheriff from 1989 to 2005, I saw many changes. Of utmost importance was the creation of a "Jail District" in 1999 to establish a consumption-based tax at the conservative maximum rate of 1/4 of a cent per dollar and for a maximum period of 20 years. This issue will again be decided by the voters this year to address current and emerging critical needs.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Letters: The issue is larger than just a jail question
Related to the article by Joanna Dodder Nellans on jail tax increase.

Comments may run 2-1 in favor of the jail tax increase because the other alternative is a property tax increase and why would taxpayers vote for that? That's called a forced choice and either way taxes will go up and we will get another jail.
(1 comments)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Letters: No money for another jail to warehouse mentally ill
It is now 2014. A rather long way from the Dark Ages. Our species has now reached a point where compassion and intelligent caring of our mentally ill can be treated with a host of different therapies.

We also now have brilliant and dedicated professionals ready to serve and help heal our mentally ill sisters and brothers.

Build another jail to blindly warehouse those who should be in a humane facility instead?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Letters: The threat is a complete fabrication
Mr. Gettles's letter of August 24 represents everything that's wrong with right-wing politics. He cites Executive Order 13603 as an example of Obama's "Imperial Presidency," listing all of the new powers the order gives the president.
(2 comments)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Letters: Grateful for factual information from Gary LaMaster
In the recent exchange between Gary LaMaster and Mark Gettles, the truth of the matters under discussion can be found in the factual remarks of Mr. LaMaster rather than in the opinions of Mr. Gettles.
(4 comments)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Letters: Give common sense a chance on new city logo
Please consider attending the Cottonwood City Council Meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 6 p.m., at the City Council Chambers, 826 North Main Street.

This will be our last chance to express our opinion concerning the proposed LOGO for our city.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Letters: Water policy and sustainability only real issues that should count
I enjoyed the op-ed by Phil Roarke of the Verde River Basin Partnership entitled, "Envisioning Water Supply Sustainability."

Instead of just ringing the warning bell about water shortages in Arizona, Mr. Roarke's commentary begins identifying specific challenges, needs, and opportunities which I believe will be instrumental in solving our water issues.
(2 comments)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Editorial: Tight-lipped Boys & Girls Club did not win any friends this year
The news this past week of the dissolution of the Cottonwood-based Boys & Girls Club of Northern Arizona was disheartening, but it hardly comes as a surprise.

The hand-writing had been on the wall since the beginning of the year.
(1 comments)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Letters: Statistics versus ideology
With regard to Dale Gohr's letter of Aug. 17, I will point out that the United Nations is comprised of 193 member states. By no means are "75 percent Communist, Socialist, and/or Islamic governments." (The actual number is 31 percent and most of those nations have strong ties to the US.)
(6 comments)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Letters: We're left with countless failures and an imperial Presidency
I was amused by Gary LaMaster's letter to the editor 8-15-14. My guess is Mr. LaMaster is reflecting a large dose of CNN, MSNBC, and other liberal bloviating about President Obama's supposed "successful" administration policies.
(3 comments)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Commentary: Why birth control should be part of families' back to school planning
As Arizonans gear up for a new school year, parents are taking the lead to make sure their teens are prepared. For many families, this means buying school supplies, trendy clothes and shoes, as well as paying for extra-curricular activities. But what about birth control?
(12 comments)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Right Winger response biased and inaccurate
The fact that my recent letter caused the usual right wingers to attack me tells me that it must have hit a nerve. Unfortunately, their responses are as biased and inaccurate as usual.
(7 comments)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Letters: Arizona water law must be reformed to reflect hydrological realities
Phil Roark of the Verde River Basin Partnership makes many good points about the critical problem of water supply sustainability in his Op-ed on Aug 20.

Of particular interest to me is that the connection between groundwater and surface water is not recognized in Arizona water law.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Commentary: Envisioning water supply sustainability
In the midst of a 15-year drought and counting, most Arizonans recognize that the state faces water shortages. In specific localities these shortages exist now. For most of the populous portions of the state severe shortages are not projected to occur for several decades.
(10 comments)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Letters: Typical liberal ability to distort data to their benefit
As usual, Mr. LaMaster, in his response to Mr. Barber's letter has shown the liberal ability to distort data to their benefit.
(5 comments)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Letters: Unequaled in self-delusion; we still have a 'lawless' president
Gary LaMaster surely needs a new TV. His current one seems to be stuck on MSNBC. In his response to my letter, LaMaster compares the number of executive orders by Obama to other presidents.
(16 comments)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Letters: Clarkdale appreciation for successful 2014 NNO
Editor:

The Clarkdale Police Department would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous contributions. Their altruism ensured our best National Night Out event to date. Their benevolence is to be commended and greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Editorial: Arizona still sluggish in economic innovation
If you visit many places outside of Arizona you will probably see something you don't see much of in the Grand Canyon State - new construction.

Though some towns are coming back faster than others, the recession continues to linger in Arizona as evidenced by flat unemployment numbers and too many static economic indicators.
(2 comments)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Letters: Who is right is best satisfied by what is right
In 1977, residents of the Town of Jerome, as stated in the original Zoning Ordinance No. 177 "found it necessary for the welfare of the Town of Jerome that a Zoning Ordinance shall be enacted" The Ordinance as revised in 1997 covered "imposing regulations, prohibitions, and restrictions" that very specifically describe uses of "land for trade, industrial, commercial and residential or other purposes".
(4 comments)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Letters: Statistics are only as reliable as the statistician
It looked like a call to arms; that is Gary LaMaster's letter to the editor Aug. 15. It is full of the usual drivel about how great everything is going under the Obama Administration and how much better off we are, than when he took office ... according to somebody's "statistics."
(1 comments)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Letters: Thanks Coach Young for love of the players and the game
I would like to thank Derek Evans, new sports reporter, for the outstanding job he has done in his short time with Verde Valley Newspapers.
Saturday, August 16, 2014

Editorial: Drug-free zones start at home
What happens on a school campus is frequently a reflection of what is going on at home. Which is why campus calls to the cops are inevitable.

Rowdy behavior, assaults, petty theft, fake 911 calls and vandalism are typical infractions that will bring badges to the door.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Letters: Whose failures?
In his letter of Aug. 13, Jim Barber describes what he considers the failures of President Obama. The problem is that, once again, Barber's ideology seems to get in the way of the facts.
(8 comments)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Editorial: Water, sewer rate hike a question of sooner or later
Nobody wants to pay more for anything whether it's gasoline, groceries or water.

But we always do, sooner or later.
(28 comments)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Letters: No action in bicycle death is not justice
Editor:

Far too often, when a bicyclist is killed by a motorist, the bicyclist is blamed. Even when the driver of the vehicle is the responsible party, the driver will frequently get off with a "slap on the wrist."
(10 comments)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Letters: Fanning is the police chief Cottonwood needs
We have the Right Police Chief.

Jody Fanning spent his weekend grooming the softball fields for a local Softball Tournament this past weekend. His daughter, Tessa, helped, (two weeks after knee surgery), skipping along on one good leg and the other one in a full leg brace.
(5 comments)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Letters: Obama failures confusing and dangerous
The President of the United States has three core duties. As Chief Executive Officer he is sworn to "take care that the Laws be faithfully executed."
(6 comments)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Letters: How can Cottonwood justify rate increase?
The City of Cottonwood is proposing an increase in water rates and related services. How can they justify that increase after just imposing a rate increase earlier this year?
(7 comments)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Editorial: Where are all the experts when it's time to run for school board?
When a former school board member in Flagstaff announced he would not seek another term in the upcoming election, he explained his decision by saying, "I want to have friends again."
(5 comments)

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Commentary: A life of constant fear
Karina Velasco paid her way through college by cleaning office buildings in downtown Washington for five hours every evening. She did her schoolwork after getting home at midnight, and is on track to receive her degree in social work next spring.
(19 comments)

Saturday, August 9, 2014


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