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Editorial Cartoon: April 20, 2018

Editorial Cartoon: April 20, 2018

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Commentary: Settling water rights key to Verde Valley’s future

When people and companies that drive economic development are considering investing in Arizona, they want “water certainty” – that is, proof of long-term water supplies that are both physically and legally available.

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Commentary: FOSTA a victory for victims, survivors of sex crimes

As a former law enforcement officer, I locked up sexual predators and sex traffickers who preyed on children and young men and women.

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Commentary: For Arizona’s teachers, it might be time to take a walk

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey stepped up this week, or at least he likes to think he did. His proposal calls for 20 percent pay raises for teachers across the state, with the increases to be spread out over the next two years.

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Letter: Never under estimate fire power of the underdog

History is replete with events where an armed citizenry was able to stand up to vastly superior firepower.

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Letter: Let’s hope city has thought 89 & Vine through

I do hope the City of Cottonwood & builders of 89 & Vine expansion have taken in to consideration the traffic impact.

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Letter: ‘Cornville Cornfest’ has nice ring to it

With regard to the announced suspension of the Camp Verde Cornfest (Verde Independent, 4-10-18), how about moving the event to Cornville? Windmill Park in the historic area of Cornville would be a good venue for a corn eating contest and cornhole games. Windmill Gardens has been a great host for craft fairs in the past.

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Commentary: Mingus not trying to hold secret meeting, but district’s understanding of Open Meeting Law sadly lacking

“The sequence of events that followed the revelation about the website noticing oversight played like something straight out of the playbook of “the dog ate my homework’”

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Editorial: Groseta is wearing a good poker face; let’s see what cards he is holding

Groseta isn’t blinking as he awaits the final card to be dealt his way. That card involves the successful passage of Senate Bill 1254, a “striker bill” introduced late in this legislative session.

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Editorial Cartoon: April 15, 2018

Editorial Cartoon: April 15, 2018

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Editorial Cartoon: April 13, 2018

Editorial Cartoon: April 13, 2018

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Commentary: OK, we’ve heard all your comments; what we need is your commitment

Knowing about some of the work that is involved with successfully managing and facilitating the events for the Town of Camp Verde, I’m surprised that some events have not been cancelled sooner by the dedicated and over-worked volunteers that are responsible for Camp Verde Promotions.

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Letter: Quiet reasonable discussion needed to minimize fatalities in future school shootings

A lot has been said on both sides of the gun control/gun laws (depending on your side) issue. Minds are not frequently changed, but positions harden.

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Commentary: Embrace transition, it’s all part of life’s journey

It undermines our attachment to familiarity. It loosens our moorings and sets us adrift onto an unknown sea. It threatens us with uncertainty that can blow us off course. It’s called transition, and it’s often stressful.

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Editorial Cartoon: April 11, 2018

Editorial Cartoon: April 11, 2018

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Commentary: Suspension of Cornfest a reality check for Camp Verde

The current formula is not working. The same volunteers are stepping up and carrying a disproportionate load at every community event. It’s become abusive. They’re long past the point of burnout.

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Letter: Second Amendment has nothing to do with duck hunting

The anti-gun crowd cracks me up with their changing rhetoric. For years, they’ve been saying the Second Amendment doesn’t apply to individuals, it’s for the militia (which in the founders’ time was every able-bodied adult male.)

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Letter: MMA VVD thanks Thad Card Excavating

The Modified Motorcycle Association Verde Valley District would like to that Thad and Shorty of Thad Card Excavating for their very generous donation of time and equipment to help us move the Jester Memorial from its current location on 6th street over to its new location at American Legion Post 25.

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Letter: With tensions building, Congress must take back its power to declare war

In February, John Bolton, our new National Security Advisor, wrote in the Wall Street Journal that he believed we should strike North Korea first as they are an imminent threat to our security.

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Editorial Cartoon: April 8, 2018

Editorial Cartoon: April 1, 2018

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Editorial: All eyes on Beaver Creek as tiny district looks to expand to K-12 school system

The latest wrinkle in Verde Valley school district consolidation discussions very well may be happening across the Valley in the tiny Beaver Creek School District.

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Commentary: Facebook didn’t trick you into voting for Trump

So here’s my question: If you’re all about personal privacy, why are you on Facebook to begin with? Neither Cambridge Analytica nor any other internet marketing firm has any information about you that you didn’t give away.

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Editorial: By taking a step down, Nancy Erickson has never stood taller

OK, hands down, no doubt, the Verde Valley hero of the week is Nancy Erickson. With the realignment of schools in the Cottonwood-Oak Creek District and school board approval of a principal-assistant principal model for the down-sized school system, Superintendent Steve King was left with the unpleasant job of having to demote one of two existing principals.

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Editorial Cartoon: April 4, 2018

Editorial Cartoon: April 4, 2018

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Commentary: New roads a double-edged sword of solving problems, and creating them

If all goes as planned, there will be a new option in getting from Point A to Point B in the Verde Valley about 10 years from now.

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