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Commentary: Judge Gorsuch would bring much-needed Western perspective to U.S. Supreme Court

If an Arizonan were to walk up the Supreme Court’s steps, past its marble columns and into its stately courtroom, they would find eight justices seated before them, along with an empty chair. While the chair was left vacant by the passing of renowned Justice Antonin Scalia, it also symbolizes a stark reality: the absence of a Westerner on the court.

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Commentary -- Commissioners: Say no to proposed APS bill increases

Although opening day will be here before we know it, in the last year three electric utilities have already stepped up to the plate seeking a rate increase from the Arizona Corporation Commission.

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Commentary: Look around ... it’s obviously clear ... America is back!

Around this time for the past several years, the Town of Clarkdale has held a free-to-the-public car show in the Town Hall parking lot.

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Commentary: Testing, transitions, green eggs at Camp Verde schools

We were pleased to have so many students take the ACT test.

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Commentary: VACTE moving forward to meet needs of Valley youth

Valley Academy for Career & Technology Education (VACTE) was founded in 2001 by the voters from the Clarkdale-Jerome School District, Cottonwood-Oak Creek USD, Mingus Union High School District, Camp Verde USD, and Sedona-Oak Creek Joint School District.

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Commentary: We all have duty to confront crisis of leadership in America

Everything seems different now …

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Commentary: Movement toward legal marijuana creates new PC affinity; dope smokers are ‘cannabis curious consumers’

The ongoing effort toward full legalization of marijuana has created a new hybrid of political correctness when it comes to the descriptors of pot.

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Commentary: Take it from a geriatric shuffler, three races in one weekend is not cool

There is a regular group from the Verde Valley to be found several weekends a month hitting the pavement in one of the many road races offered in the Phoenix area.

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Commentary: Trump makes mixed metaphors unavoidable

Of all the moving parts in the Trump era -- the changes in the American diplomatic and military profile, the challenges the new president is hurling at the judiciary, the tensions between the legislative and executive branches, the dramatic stylistic changes in the presidency, ranging from shiny ties to Twitter outbursts -- none may be in such furious motion as the two parties, the steady rocks of our political system for more than a century and a half.

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Commentary: We all have role in keeping night skies dark -- as they should be

Less than 100 years ago, nearly everyone could look up at a spectacular starry night sky and see the Milky Way. Now, millions of children across the globe will never experience the natural wonder of the heavens.

Commentary: How to save at Costco

If you're a Costco member, you probably know a thing or two about saving a buck.

Commentary: How to avoid being gouged when buying eyeglasses

For the approximately 64 percent of Americans who wear them, prescription eyeglasses are part medical device and part fashion accessory.

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Commentary: Metaphors gone wild!

Of all the moving parts in the Trump era -- the changes in the American diplomatic and military profile, the challenges the new president is hurling at the judiciary, the tensions between the legislative and executive branches, the dramatic stylistic changes in the presidency, ranging from shiny ties to Twitter outbursts -- none may be in such furious motion as the two parties, the steady rocks of our political system for more than a century and a half.

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Time for Trump to hit campaign trail

President Trump’s many critics say his young administration is a hot mess. His defenders say Trump has accomplished more in three weeks than many presidents do in years.

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Gallup: Faith and the Divided States of America

The cartoon map of North America began appearing after the bitter “hanging chads” election of 2000, when the U.S. Supreme Court put Republican George W. Bush in the White House.

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Commentary: No better time than now to heal festering wounds of Thunder Valley Rally

There is no better time to firmly address the many problems plaguing Thunder Valley Rally than now.

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Commentary: Enough with the excuses, let’s make school district unification a reality

As leaders in this community of these two school districts, it is our duty and our obligation. I urge you to speak to your board members and let them know how you feel about this matter.

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Commentary: Now is perfect time to unify school districts

Mingus is a great high school but it does not need its own superintendent with all the support personnel it entails.

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Commentary: History shows school district consolidation can be achieved

The arguments in support of consolidation are varied, they are legitimate and they’ll probably never go away so long as there are three school districts in the Upper Verde, two of which govern one school each.

Commentary: Arizona should end unjust taxation on monetary metals

Imagine if you asked a grocery clerk to break a $20 bill, and he charged you $1.40 in tax. Silly, right? After all, you were only exchanging one form of money for another.

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Commentary: Now is golden opportunity to consolidate three school districts in Upper Verde Valley

Many times in the past several years there has been considerable discussion and efforts made by School Board members, business leaders, parents and faculty members to consolidate and/or merge both of the local elementary school districts (Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Clarkdale-Jerome) into the Mingus Union High School District.

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Commentary: Rural health care a critical component of reform

This month, a new Congress and President take over in Washington, D.C. I’m energized by the fact that we have strong and unified leadership in both the legislative and executive branches, and I’m eager to see a free-market agenda put to work for the American people. One of the most vital issues to address is health care.

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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.

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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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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