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Editorial: Town council service is not a popularity contest

“Loneliness is the penalty of leadership.”

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Editorial Cartoon 2: April 24, 2019

Editorial Cartoon 2: April 24, 2019

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Editorial Cartoon 1: April 24, 2019

Editorial Cartoon 1: April 24, 2019

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Letter: But where is the rest of the salt?

Yes, I can read. I can read the same book, written 100 years ago, that Mr. Kent did that says the salt deposit of the salt mine is left over from the a vast saline inland lake. 500 years ago I could have read that the earth was flat, or the sun revolved around the earth and been ridiculed or charged with heresy for daring suggest a different scenario.

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Letter: Enough with the whining over airport noise

When are the whiners going to stop whining? I have worked in aviation my whole adult life, lived in many different states, worked at many different airports. If you think Cottonwood airport is noisy, go and spend some time at Deer Valley airport, Scottsdale, and Falcon Field in Mesa. I think your outlook would change.

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Letter: Verde Connect an exercise in redundancy

Another road doing the same thing would be a very expensive redundancy

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Letter: Let’s solve problems we already have before building ‘road to nowhere’

Before starting another costly go-nowhere project, let’s fix the problems we have.

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Commentary: Notre Dame fire reminds us treasures aren’t forever

What has been lost? And can it ever be replaced? The heart and soul of Paris, Notre-Dame Cathedral, reminds us that our greatest treasures are not permanent.

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Letter: A little bit of reading will take you a long way; you learn more listening than talking

Referencing Doug Melton’s letter on the history of the Camp Verde Salt Mine: It is true that a person may have “heard for years” many things that are simplistic and partially incorrect.

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Letter: Please mark your calendar for Yavapai College board meeting in Clarkdale

All are invited to Yavapai College District Governing Board meeting to be held next Tuesday, April 23, at the Verde campus, 601 Black Hills Drive, Clarkdale, room M 137 starting at 1 p.m. This is one of only two times the board actually meets in the Verde Valley.

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Letter: ‘Road to Nowhere’ a huge threat to Middle Verde way of life

Residents of the Verde Valley know we have MANY high priority traffic needs – like improving Hwy 179 and Cornville Road, as well as creating bypasses for major Hwy 89A and 260 interchanges. I do not envy the folks in Sedona and VOC, as they grapple with ever more congested roads.

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Letter: Outstanding job by Mingus’ James Ball and cast of NEWSIES

A special shout out for the comic, touching performances of Joana Wesling as Katherine Plumber, Liam McLean as Crutchy, Preston Chalmers as Davey and the youngest actor in the cast who played Davey’s little brother, Jayce Caron.

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Commentary: Birding Festival another way to share your love for Verde River

When I decided to move to Clarkdale 13 years ago, I was hoping to find meaningful work but wasn’t sure what it would be.

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Opinion: Common sense sadly lacking in airport debate

You have probably seen a barrage of “letters to the editor” regarding the Cottonwood Airport. Here’s a few clarifying facts.

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Letter: Cottonwood at risk of having airport that is not user-friendly

Since 1999, AZ law has required all Az Realtors to disclose vicinity of airports on their pre-purchase disclosure forms. Did not these people know there was an airport nearby?

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Letter: Keep Verde Connect out of Middle Verde community

I oppose any Verde Connect activity that affects the Middle Verde. I live in Camp Verde and commute daily to Sedona.

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Letter: Cottonwood Airport needs to pay for itself

It will probably come as no surprise to most Cottonwood residents that our city owned airport does not produce enough revenues to cover its operating costs.

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Commentary: Ball is in Michael Mathews’ court to win public trust

First-term Cottonwood City Councilman Michael Mathews is finally seeing the light when it comes to his use of private email to conduct public business.

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Editorial: Demographic trends biggest threat to Sedona public education

We’re nearing the one-year anniversary of the Sedona-Oak Creek School Board’s decision to close Big Park Elementary School. The resulting wounds to the Village of Oak Creek are slow to heal.

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Letter: Nairn, Rodriguez much appreciated by citizens opposed to airport noise

Saturday’s community information meeting hosted by our newest councilwoman, Jackie Nairn, was attended by 50 or so residents of the Vertie Valley. We applaud her efforts to hear the voices of her constituents.

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Letter: Please share your views on new road with VerdeDISConnect.com

I recently spoke with a friend who lives in the Village of Oak Creek and asked him if he had heard about the Verde Connect Project being proposed by Yavapai County. He said he was familiar with it and just looked at me and said, “Why”? That is exactly the response I have heard from others about this proposed project of a bridge/connector road.

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Letter: Is Cottonwood Airport equipped to deal with catastrophic fire?

Airplanes and helicopters refuel all day and into the night. What kind of fire suppression systems are available at the Cottonwood Airport to deal with a gas or aviation fuel spill or catastrophic fire? Do you have any CO2 tanks or foam systems to deal with an “out of control” fire?

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Letter: Clarkdale equally impacted by noise from Cottonwood Airport

I live in Clarkdale and have read all the letters to the editor of the Verde Independent re the increased noise from flights to and from the Cottonwood airport.

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Letter: Jodie Filardo an excellent choice as Clarkdale manager

We have owned a business in the Town of Clarkdale for the past 21 years; it has been a wonderful home for our business. They welcomed us in Clarkdale. We have had multiple reasons for enjoying our location, from the beautiful views looking out the windows and doors of our building, to the many services we enjoy.

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Letter: Bridge at Red Rock Crossing best solution to Sedona, VOC traffic woes

The traffic problem in the Village of Oak Creek and Sedona is a very serious problem. When one of the City of Sedona surveys, done in January, 2017, showed that 4,300 daily trips are made between the Village of Oak Creek and Sedona, again, nothing was done to alleviate the situation.

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