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Editorial: Community needs to make most of second chance for Clarkdale Library

It looks like there are happy endings after all when it comes to small-town government budget austerity stories.

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Editorial: Cordes Lakes water shortage a flashback to former Verde Village woes

OK, here we are in the midst of summer’s most torrid run of triple-digit days. Throughout the state, communities are at or near all-time record highs with the 120-degree barrier being challenged most every day.

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Editorial: Robb Williams’ departure will leave leadership void in Verde Valley

Thank you for your selfless service, Mr. Williams.

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Editorial: ‘Past issues,’ ‘past problems’ of V’ACTE need resolution

What’s so unfortunate for Weir is that all of these “past issues” have fallen squarely in his lap. He is being looked upon to provide solutions to problems he clearly did not create. He is being tasked with removing a cloud about the fiscal practices of V’ACTE when he is clearly an advocate of transparency and propriety.

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Editorial: 260 sewer expansion a wise gamble for Camp Verde

The $40 million sticker shock the Cottonwood City Council received Tuesday night for future sewer expansion should be front and center today when the Camp Verde Town Council takes a hard look at its own current and future sewer needs.

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Editorial: More controversy for Verde Village Property Owners Assn.

The crucial issue for what’s left of the VVPOA should be an honest assessment of whether the organization is a representative voice of the eight Verde Village units.

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Editorial: Built-in conflict, cost-efficiency issues obvious with local court system

The acrimony resulting from the split vote Tuesday to renew the contract of Cottonwood City Magistrate Douglas LaSota points to a real flaw in the manner municipal courts have been established in Arizona.

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Editorial: Partnership between Business Alliance, Camp Verde Promotions can only benefit community

A community’s business development success is often measured in the number of new businesses that come to town.

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Editorial: Take a ‘moment’ to remember our ultimate heroes

Try to fathom the number of men and women who have died fighting our nation’s enemies over the centuries. It’s overwhelming. It’s stunning. It’s certainly worth a moment of our time.

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Editorial: Painful-but-realistic decision on library awaits Clarkdale Town Council

Clarkdale Town Council members Tuesday likely will do the very thing they would give anything to not have to do.

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Editorial: Another year goes by with no consensus on adequate funding for Arizona schools

The rhetoric concerning education funding in Arizona plays like a broken record.

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Editorial: Expanding arena of who can teach still boils down to those who ‘can’

Gov. Doug Ducey and Arizona lawmakers are taking heat for opening doors to allow more people to become school teachers.

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Editorial: County salesmanship on financing of new jail begins now

When a big-ticket item is on your personal budget horizon, the typical strategy is to figure out how to do without now in order to justify the later expense down the road.

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Editorial: Values-based analysis trumps statistical study on best places to raise family

It’s one thing to do a spec-analysis comparison when shopping for a new car, but it’s quite another to take the salesman up on his offer to give it a test drive.

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Letter: State to reduce vehicle fleet: We’ll believe it when we see it

It’s not that we should expect to see meaningful change, but instead should settle for “it’s the thought that counts” in a bid to reduce the state’s vehicle fleet by 10 percent.

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Editorial: Annual meeting proves VVPOA still has plenty of fight

There was an era when the Verde Village Property Owners Association was as vibrant and active as any organization in the Verde Valley.

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Editorial: Voucher system now law in Arizona at expense of traditional public school system

There once was a school of thought in this country that public schools represented one of the essential foundations of the American concept known as E Pluribus Unum.

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Editorial: Local school boards wasted no time in quickly shutting window of opportunity on school district merger

Andy Groseta made a very good point when he resurrected the decades-old issue of unifying the Upper Verde Valley’s three school districts into one.

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Editorial: Dominoes seem to be quickly falling for V’ACTE school district

You hate to see it just when the Valley Academy of Career and Technical Education has a new superintendent and governing board members that engender trust, but you can’t help but think the dominoes are starting to fall in this organization.

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Editorial: Sheriff Joe takes page from prostitute about telling the truth

About 35 years ago in Flagstaff, a prostitute more than held her own in a game of mental chess while answering questions from a prosecutor during the murder trial of an infamous motorcycle gang president.

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Editorial: Collins’ case has become exercise in delaying justice

Abraham Lincoln once said, “He who represents himself has a fool for a client.”

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Editorial: Shadow of mining past still looms large for Verde Valley

You can never undo the past. The toxic reminders of the Verde Valley’s mining history offer ample evidence of that adage.

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Editorial: Majority rule is just that, not just when you are in majority

The job now for those on the short end of the vote is to get over it and move forward.

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Editorial: Someone surely dropped the ball with Jerome’s Cuban Queen Bordello

The collapse of the historic Cuban Queen Bordello should be a wake-up call for town officials over the degree to which Jerome can flex its municipal muscle with properties that fall into such disrepair.

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Editorial: Author JA Jance should be honorary member of Chamber of Commerce

Jance has taken on a quasi-role as Cottonwood’s economic development director and Chamber of Commerce all rolled into one.

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