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Editorial: Memorial Day honors nation's ultimate heroes
Monday we will honor our nation's ultimate defenders of freedom in Memorial Day services all over the United States.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Editorial: Verde fire districts obviously put the taxpayers first
There has been volumes written about how taxpayers take a beating from government inefficiency and waste.

But not hardly enough about those governments who stay ahead of the curve and put the taxpayers first.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Commentary: Working together to develop Arizona-Mexico trade
Mexico is Arizona's largest trade partner with almost $17 billion worth of goods traded between the two. In 2015, Arizona exports of goods to Mexico totaled $9.2 billion.


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Editorial: Exactly how much is enough for Arizona education system?
Whew! By the skin of our teeth last week Arizona voters approved Proposition 123. That was the financial fix many claimed was desperately needed for Arizona's beleaguered education system.

Not so fast.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Letter: Dismal outlook for Cottonwood's financial future
The current proposed City of Cottonwood FY 2017 documents are being presented in a way that makes it more difficult to compare the proposed level of expenditures to income (revenues) that includes the cost of pensions and other fringe benefits and are extremely misleading. 


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Commentary: Passage of Prop. 123 an important first step forward
Arizona's educators and students are our state's greatest resource, and regardless of how you voted on Proposition 123, we deeply appreciate your daily efforts to ensure every student has access to a world-class education.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Letters: A Great Big Thank You!
I want to give a great big thank you to my family and the Busich family for a great birthday party. They made all the arrangements, cooked all the food, decorated and chose a great band - and, they didn't even WANT or NEED my advice!


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Editorial: No surprise voters split down middle on Prop. 123
The spin doctors are blaming everyone from Donald Trump to Bernie Sanders for the too-close-to-call nature of Tuesday's special election on Prop. 123.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Letter: Spinning numbers is nothing new for Yavapai College
Those of us who are concerned with the availability of college classes for residents of the Verde Valley should not be surprised by Dan Engler's May 10 editorial "Spinning Numbers at Yavapai College."
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Letter: Still safe, for now, from predatory lending
Arizona consumers are safe for another year from expanded predatory lending now that the legislature adjourned without enacting SB 1316, the Flexible Credit Loan bill.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Editorial: Here is your chance to give Yavapai College some sound advice
Here is what you can do to help the college. Answer the following five questions. Four come directly from the college board and the fifth is from the college's Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee. Email your responses to Albert.Filardo@yc.edu.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Editorial: Single-family zoning goes the way of 8-track tapes
The common-sense logic of Jerome Mayor Lew Currier spoke volumes in the long-standing debate about vacation rentals in Arizona. Such short-term rentals, said Mayor Currier, are an unwanted and unfair intrusion to traditional residential neighborhoods.


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Editorial: Lack of effort, absence of methodology, make committee's efforts suspect
As a cynic might suggest, they are gathering information specifically from people who will tell them what they want to hear.


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Letter: Sedona National Monument: A proclamation by a monarch
The May 7th Verde Independent article, about how Keep Sedona Beautiful (KSB) has gone "under the radar" and has reinvented itself as Save Our Ancient Redrocks (SOAR), convinced me that MONARCHISTS (rhymes with anarchists) are still actively trying to undermine the right of Americans to be FREE.


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Letter: Prop 123 is a bad deal that threatens future generation's educational future
School Trust money should be protected and not spent on pet projects. Where are the guarantees? Arizona citizens and k-12 students deserve better.


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Commentary: Choose to be true to the best that is in you
A moment of decision occurred for me two years ago when I decided to return to school full time 35 years after graduating from high school. I'm sure many of you agree with me when I say that attending Yavapai College has been one of the best decisions of our lives.


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Commentary: Spinning numbers at Yavapai College
Getting an answer to questions about the Verde Campus will not get answered until the college routes it through a research department to find the best possible spin
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Letter: T-ball: a start in the right direction
There is something very positive, exciting and interesting going on in Camp Verde this spring. My great grandson is playing t-ball.


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Editorial: Work of Tobacco-21 coalition has just begun
In the same week that California became the second state in the nation to raise its smoking age to 21, Cottonwood became the first city in Arizona to make the sale and use of tobacco products for people younger than 21 illegal.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Letter: Prop 123 is short-sighted solution to long-term problem for AZ schools
Proposition 123 is NOT the way to fund Arizona's schools! It will mean LESS funding in the long run by spending the Arizona Permanent Land Endowment Trust Fund at an unsustainable rate.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Editor: Sustainable recreation planning, watchable wildlife programs crucial to healthy Verde Valley
The cries of excitement sounded over Dead Horse Ranch State Park as a broad-winged hawk -- the first sighted in Yavapai County -- glided over the registration tents and information booths at the annual Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Editorial: Why the secrecy over location of pot farms?
Warren Harris, sir, you make a very good point.

Harris took the Camp Verde Town Council to task this past week for being tight-lipped about the location of the community's medical marijuana grow facilities.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Editorial: What's most important is that Meals on Wheels service will continue
We often tend to get preoccupied with the issues on which we disagree and lose focus of the ones with which we agree.
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Letter: Failure of Prop 123 will mean massive cuts to K-12 education
The path forward for education funding in Arizona depends heavily on the outcome of Prop 123.


Thursday, May 5, 2016

Editorial: Good signs on education front from Arizona lawmakers
Criticism of the Arizona Legislature - and in particular its Republican leadership -- by the state's education community certainly has been merited.


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Letter: Collateral damage a natural consequence of war
With an unconscionable act of political cowardice, the Pentagon has decided to punish 16 members of our military for what their own investigation shows was an accident.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Our mailbag is full; readers sound off
Your recent editorial regarding the sharing of law enforcement duties in the community of Camp Verde hits the proverbial nail on the head.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Commentary: Abundant thanks to all for the rewarding journey of teaching
As a teacher, you attempt to plan for all potential outcomes with your students, but I was not quite ready for the opportunity to thank all those responsible when I was recently chosen as the 2016 Yavapai County Teacher of the Year.


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Letter: Arizona has systematically created two-tier education system for haves, have-nots
About 20 years ago, I had lunch with a trusted educator and asked him if the Arizona state legislature was purposely trying to destroy the public school system. He assured me that was not the case.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Letter: Tobacco 21 movement a step in right direction for Cottonwood
I would like to provide you and community members with facts regarding tobacco 21. Tobacco 21 is an emerging policy strategy to reduce youth tobacco use by increasing the minimum legal tobacco purchase age from 18-21.
Thursday, April 28, 2016


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