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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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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Commentary: Clintons should start with themselves when playing blame game

Bill Clinton was an elector from New York this year. After voting for his wife, Hillary, he explained her defeat: “We had the Russians and the FBI, and she couldn’t prevail against that.”

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Commentary: God’s gift to us at Christmas

When God wanted to put His love for us on display, He gave His people a tremendously valuable gift in the person of Jesus on that very first Christmas day. He delivered His gift to mankind one evening in a stable.

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The News from Clarkdale: Christmas, 2016

It’s been a quiet week in Clarkdale, my little town at the foot of Mingus Mountain.

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Trump continues presidential tradition of contradiction and complexities

Franklin Roosevelt was a flexible president immobilized in a wheelchair. Dwight Eisenhower personified military precision but as president luxuriated in imprecise language. Lyndon Johnson commonly used a vulgar epithet to describe the black Americans he worked so hard to empower.

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‘Fake news’ not a strong enough term for what is genuine insanity

Americans have always thought of themselves as a practical, commonsensical people, a nation of Thomas Edisons and Henry Fords. (Never mind that industrial genius Ford was also a political crank whose treatise “The International Jew” influenced Nazi race theory.) In reality, we’ve always been a nation of easy marks. As H.L. Mencken wrote: “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.”