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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.”

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Commentary: Finally, a debate about identity politics

Amid the climate of disbelief and fear among Democrats following Donald Trump’s election, a fascinating debate has broken out about what’s called “identity politics” on the left, “political correctness” by the right.

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Commentary: Farewell: It's been one heck of a ride

I’ve seen a lot of changes in Yavapai County over the years, met and had the privilege to work with some of the best people and create partnerships to accomplish many community goals in District 3.

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Commentary: Jeff Sessions as AG is Democrats’ worst nightmare

President-elect Trump’s transition team knew that nominating Jeff Sessions for Attorney General would set off controversy. Democrats and their allies in the press have at key times in the past called Sessions a racist -- they’re now using the Alabama senator’s full name, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, to heighten the Old South effect -- and now, as they oppose Trump at nearly every turn, they’ve turned to race again.

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Commentary: Doing nothing no longer an option for Jerome’s Sliding Jail

Due to the emotion surrounding our desire to rehabilitate this property for the overall use and enjoyment of the Town’s citizens and visitors we, at the Jerome Historical Society, felt it appropriate to restate our goals along with our willingness to work hand in hand with the Jerome town government on this issue.

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Commentary: Give thanks to George Washington for Thanksgiving

Americans don’t know it and children aren’t taught it, but George Washington is responsible for our Thanksgiving holiday. It was our first president who led the charge to make this day of thanks a truly national event.

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Commentary: Against all the experts and all expectations Trump fashioned great upset, great comeback

More than a quarter-century ago, in another election year, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ star Kirk Gibson hit a walk-off home run in the first game of the World Series. “In a year that has been so improbable,” the Dodgers’ iconic announcer Vin Scully said in an unforgettable television riff in the fall of 1988, “the impossible has happened.”

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Commentary: Nation’s freedom guaranteed by all veterans

Today is a day for every citizen to remember and honor the sacrifice of our nation’s veterans.

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Commentary: Water, politics and water politics

Most people think access to water is a God-given right, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. History is filled with legal precedents trying to resolve basic water rights; essentially sorting out the “haves versus the have nots.”

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Commentary: Why law enforcement opposes Prop 205

The people behind Proposition 205 want to “regulate marijuana like alcohol.” That may be clever marketing, but it hides the many flaws inherent in legalizing this drug – flaws that have Arizona’s law enforcement united in opposition.

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Al Filardo resigns from College Board: Resignation thoroughly explained

RESIGNATION FROM THE DISTRICT GOVERNING BOARD SPEECH By Al Filardo

In resigning from the District Governing Board (DGB), I’d like to share with you an analysis of what I have learned during my tenure. While I’ve had a feeling this day would come, I had hoped to complete my term. That is no longer possible. To put it simply, I am resigning effective December 1st because the actions taken by the majority of the DGB don’t align with either my guiding principles or my sense of what is right.

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Commentary: Time to focus on good Yavapai College provides Verde Valley

Experience teaches us a valuable lesson: success can only be achieved when state and local governments, along with residents and businesses, work together. When the goals are affordable higher education, increased local investment and a prospering workforce, cooperation is critical, because these are the foundations of the future we will share.

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Commentary: Governing is much harder than winning election

America is so deeply divided today that voters backing Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton don’t just live on different continents from each other. They live on different planets.

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