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Commentary: Questions abound over ‘grounding’ of Mingus Union superintendent

Like the dutiful parent whose child comes home with a lousy report card, the Mingus Union School Board grounded Superintendent Penny Hargrove last week.

Editorial: Football playoff seeding system needs another look

The league champion Mingus Marauders open their state title quest on the road against a team they’ve previously defeated and that finished third place in their league.

Editorial: Prescott-area schools out perform Verde Valley in state grading system

“Appeal” is the rallying cry among Verde Valley educators in the aftermath of the letter grades assigned their schools by the Arizona Department of Education. Throughout the Verde Valley, local schools on average received “C” grades from the Department of Education this year.

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Editorial cartoon: 10-28-18

Editorial cartoon: 10-28-18

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Proposition 305: It’s all about your choice on what is best education ‘fit’ for your child

As a school administrator I’ve been asked numerous times about Prop 305. I am a strong supporter of school choice because I have seen its powerful effects in action. I am a supporter of school choice because it offers great benefit to all schools, including district schools. I am a supporter of school choice because of Robby.

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Editorial Cartoon 10-26-18

Editorial Cartoon 10-26-18

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Commentary: It takes entire community to make community events successful

The experiment called Camp Verde Promotions has been a case study in the adage that no good deed goes unpunished.

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Editorial Cartoon: Oct. 24, 2018

Editorial Cartoon: Oct. 24, 2018

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Commentary: Will history repeat itself on new Cottonwood City Hall?

When a major new project is first proposed in Cottonwood, it’s typically espoused by the majority or at least a very vocal minority that this is something we can’t afford. It’s frivolous. It falls into the category of “want” much more than it does a justified “need.”

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Letter: Thank you once again; eight years now and still going strong

Thank you, thank you, thank you again VVMC for the gift of life.

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Letter: Mayor deserves support on plan for new City Hall

As the mayor stated, the need for a city hall large enough to house all departments has been discussed for years. The opportunity has been brought before Council that would be an excellent opportunity to move forward, and it would be the best opportunity financially. The facility would cost a lot less that finding property and building a facility.

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Letter: Why are the streets and roads in such bad condition now?

In response to Chip Davis’ letter. I am all for considering all the facts. Facts Mr. Davis should already know as the former Yavapai County Supervisor, but the regular Clarkdale voter would not be aware of unless they did their research.

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Letter: Yes, journalism matters and journalists have obligation to make sure it matters

Journalists, in general, are not enemies of the American people, but they are not saintly watchdogs keeping government honest, either. Few can put aside prejudices or a desire to remain employed.

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Letter: Apologies from every direction

Michael C. Westlund recently wrote a letter to the world apologizing for the “despicable, detestable, degrading spectacle “of the nomination process for now justice Brett Kavanaugh.

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Letter: Dangerous anti-democratic proposal; anti free speech

New rules on the use of public spaces proposed by the Trump administration and Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke pose a grave danger to this country’s most precious free speech rights and must be stopped.

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Commentary: ‘You can’t make this stuff up’ -- State Historian Marshall Trimble remembers ‘Lefty’ Ortiz

Reader testimonials and funeral home memorials offer ample evidence that it was a life lived well and full for Cottonwood’s Eugene “Lefty” Ortiz

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Opinion: Editorial Cartoon Oct. 19, 2018

Opinion: Editorial Cartoon Oct. 19, 2018

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Editorial: Wisdom of taking ‘baby steps’ obvious in fire district merger

We’ve been hearing for years about the economy of scales benefits, or lack of, in merging our local school districts into a single unified operation.

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Letter: The math in this smear campaign does not add up

Have you seen all the big red banners, stating that Sylvia Allen cut millions from Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Camp Verde school districts? My, what power.

Letter: Let’s not confuse politics with economics

OK, kids, enough already with the back ‘n’ forth about socialism and such, the latest being a discourse on the alleged abundance of dead people due to socialism – the premise of which is ludicrous on its face.

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Letter: Socialism kills; Capitalism creates

In response to Mr. Stack’s latest missive of October 11th.

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Commentary: ‘Business’ of running Yavapai College sadly lacking; current model of governance ineffective

It may be hard to believe, but there was a time when the Verde Valley campus of Yavapai College was a busy, bustling campus. Two of my children attended; one while attending Mingus Union High School and the other after graduation from Mingus.

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Editorial: Rarity of bond issues in Clarkdale speaks volumes about need of Prop. 445

It’s only healthy that there is back-and-forth sentiment and debate on the merits of Clarkdale’s Proposition 445, the $6 million general obligation bond designed to fund a much-needed street repair and maintenance program for the town.

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Letter: No matter how you look at it, Prop. 127 a losing proposition

The Verde Independent reported September 22 that Tom Steyer-financed Proposition 127 would be rendered ineffective by legislation signed by Governor Ducey. While this may be true, it does not mean 127’s passage could not have negative effects, particularly as regards the Verde River.

Letter: Please, “World,’ accept my apology

On behalf of the United States of America, I want to apologize for the despicable, detestable, degrading spectacle that has been the process of nominating and, thankfully, confirming Judge Brett Michael Kavanaugh to a seat as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.