Opinion / Commentary

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Your cell phone is not worth another person’s life

The best way I can describe my dad would be a madly-in-love, God-fearing, banjo-loving, good-ol-cowboy, who loved every member of his enormous family fiercely, and like some sort of superhero – at least it seemed to me as a kid – he went away for days at a time to go be a larger-than-life fireman for over three decades in the big city.

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Commentary: Upper Verde education follows script of ‘Let’s Make a Deal’

Former television game show host Monty Hall would love the Upper Verde Valley’s education system.

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Cottonwood-Oak Creek should proceed with caution on consolidation talks with Mingus Union

Perhaps as early as this week, the members of the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Board will be asked to play nice with Mingus Union over development of a “reasoned, purposeful plan” for a merger of the two school districts.

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Commentary: Local taxpayers should not be stuck with bill for Camp Verde rodeo arena

I am amazed that the same people elected to the Camp Verde Town Council all ran on a platform that the town was in dire financial straits. They said the town is over spending and is out of control.

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Commentary: Time to put campaign rhetoric aside and go to work

I am expecting that all the successful candidates will step out of that sphere of criticism and condemnation to find common ground and begin addressing those things that truly matter as we serve the citizens of the City of Cottonwood.

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Commentary: Kyla Allen hardly qualifies as an innocent victim

Let’s be fair. I was not able to address everything in my response to your editorial (see verdenews.com; “Editorial: Local voters stood firm against politics of hate and deceit”). While Kyla Allen was mercilessly attacked on social media, not all of it was untrue.

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Commentary -- Trump, McCain: A rare D.C. relationship that was unfailingly honest

There are people in Washington who hate each other but who, for public consumption, pretend not to hate each other. What was almost refreshing about the relationship of Sen. John McCain and President Trump was that there was no such pretending.

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U.S. Sen. John McCain 1936-2018: McCain’s legacy ‘something more profound and dearer than a politician’s campaign slogan’

From the Vietnam combat of the Lyndon B. Johnson years to the political wars of the Donald J. Trump era, John S. McCain III -- grandson, son and father of naval officers, Hanoi prisoner of war, lion of Capitol Hill, presidential nominee, keeper of the American flame and defender of the American faith -- was at the center of the nation’s life.

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Commentary: How is consolidation better for all students?

Consolidation supporters, if you can show a way that consolidation will bring savings to the newly formed district, let’s see it. Please show us.

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Commentary -- Editor Engler: caveat emptor?

Let us be clear here. Fake news has existed since the first chisel hit the first stone. It’s only gotten worse from there, not because the reporters have gotten worse, more or less, but because the breadth of available public-access media’d information and concomitant expression has burgeoned, be presented information and/or expression accurate or otherwise.