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Editorial: MLK Holiday a sad chapter in Arizona history

Short of the sense of decency that existed in Jerome, Arizona’s history concerning the MLK Holiday was a sad affair. I

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Commentary: Presidents end up with just 1 label

Thomas Jefferson? Made the Louisiana Purchase. Andrew Jackson? Battled the Bank of the United States. Abraham Lincoln? Signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Herbert Hoover? Presided over the beginning of the Great Depression. Jimmy Carter? Hobbled by hostages in Iran.

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Letter: Dr. King’s legacy: Love, not hate; understanding, not anger; peace, not war

When the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968 while in Memphis to support the AFSCME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees) sanitation workers’ strike, he was organizing the Poor People’s Campaign for economic justice.

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Letter: It would have been so much easier for Russians to simple endorse Hillary Clinton

In his January 5 commentary, Byron York advocates a wait-and-see-the-evidence approach to the hyped-up Russian hacking scandal.

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Editorial Cartoon: Jan. 13, 2017

Editorial Cartoon: Jan. 13, 2017

Commentary: Antiquities Act of 1906 ripe for bipartisan abuse

Much like a losing football team looking to toss a Hail Mary pass in the final seconds, outgoing administrations turn to midnight regulations and executive actions in the brief time they have left in power.

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Editorial: Answering the flood of questions about ‘Stupid Motorist Law’

Questions about the applicability of Arizona’s “Stupid Motorist Law” has been the rage on the Verde Independent and Camp Verde Bugle Facebook pages this past week.

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Letter: It’s not the ‘public’ asking for National Monument

It’s disturbing that a small group of people think it’s acceptable to sneak this National Monument issue through in the 11th hour.

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Letter: Flashback: All’s well that ends well

In November 1964, while I was Manager of the Camp on top of Mingus, we booked a Girl Scout troop of 40 Girl Scouts and I was surprised when they showed up, there was one girl Scout leader, the Scoutmaster, and no other adults.

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Letter: Public needs to be educated on what is, or is not, insurance

Somewhere between the utopian idea that health care can, and should be, free and the idea that it should be “every man for himself,” there is a middle-ground that is humane but not economically ruinous.

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Letter: Monument effort the work of environmental extremists

I am both amused and disgusted at the “Sedona Red Rock Verde Valley Area National Monument” news release that stated “Forest Plan’s Amendment 12 … was always intended as a ‘placeholder’ until more permanent protection could be secured.”

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Editorial Cartoon: Jan. 11, 2017

Editorial Cartoon: Jan. 11, 2017

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Editorial Cartoon: Jan. 8, 2017

Editorial Cartoon: Jan. 8, 2017

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Commentary: Out of touch with ‘Real America’ or America defined by Reality TV?

Following the 2016 election, some readers have accused me of being out of touch with the Real America -- that mythic locale inhabited by people who vote like them and watch the same TV shows they do.

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Editorial: Talking politics should not be ‘hate crime’

Finally, police are investigating who was responsible for recently twisting a Menorah outside a Chandler, Arizona, home into the shape of a swastika.

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Editorial Cartoon: Jan. 6, 2017

Editorial Cartoon: Jan. 6, 2017

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Editorial: National Monument pursuit sure to catch locals by surprise

While this latest move is indeed the embodiment of the political art of compromise, there is also some political sleight of hand at play here. The old end run.

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Commentary: On Russian hacking, it’s jump-to-conclusions vs. wait-and-see

President-elect Trump stirred yet more controversy Saturday night when, as he entered his New Year’s Eve party at Mar-a-Lago, he said he is not convinced the intelligence community is sure about allegations Russian hackers sought to influence the election.

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Commentary: Consumer Protections & Protectors need to remain in place

As we look back on 2016, there is little argument that this year’s election will go down in history as a collective call for change of some kind. The danger is in allowing politicians to twist that desire for change toward their own political, ideological and financial ends.

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Commentary: Clarkdale - Looking back on 2016 and ahead to 2017

Clarkdale wrapped up some long-planned projects in 2016 and initiated others that will continue into 2017. The following is a list of the most notable.

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Commentary: Resolutions are recipes for failure unless you chart course for success

Ah, the turning of the calendar page into a new year. Resolution time.

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Commentary: The 2017 fresh-start guidebook

New year, new president, new administration, new challenges. After a fraught presidential election and amid persistent tensions around terrorism, troubling questions about the American role in the Middle East, and continued domestic unease over issues of race and employment, the country gets a fresh start at New Year’s.

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Editorial Cartoon: Dec. 30, 2016

Editorial Cartoon: Dec. 30, 2016

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Editorial: Help wanted (most all the time) – school board members

In reality – especially with tiny school districts such as Beaver Creek and Clarkdale-Jerome – it’s pulling teeth to get the required number of candidates to run for office in any given election. Further, it’s not at all unusual to have deficit candidate slates, which prompts Superintendent Carter to send out “Help Wanted” notices.

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