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Editorial Page Cartoon: May 4, 2018

Editorial Page Cartoon: May 4, 2018

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Commentary: State’s dark cloud keeps local lighthouses from shining

I am cursed that I have a formal post-secondary degree in Economics, which makes the blessing of working in government, at times, a difficult paradox.

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Editorial Cartoon: May 2, 2018

Editorial Cartoon: May 2, 2018

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Letter: Will we increase state debt to improve education funding?

This is a letter to the students of schools affected by Red for Ed. I’d like to suggest a vocabulary word for you; Austerity. Austerity is a verb to describe government financial restraint and accountability.

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Letter: Financial fix for Arizona school system long overdue

During my tenure at COCSD, I have watched as education funding has slowly drained from our schools, leaving us lacking the resources we so desperately need to support our student populations.

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Letter: Walk a mile in teachers’ shoes and you will clearly see reason for walkout

Much debate has surrounded the recent teacher walkout that began yesterday. I would like to respond to some of the comments submitted to you recently by readers.

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Interventions a powerful tool used to save life of an addict

Interventions can be the difference between life and death for a drug addict or an alcoholic. Not every person in need of rehabilitation readily accepts the opportunity to get clean and handle the issues that drove them to addiction.

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My Turn: No alternative but to keep on fighting

After spending a few days at the State Capitol and a few days here in town marching for the future of Arizona education, I feel like I should weigh in.

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Editorial Page Cartoon: April 29, 2018

Editorial Page Cartoon: April 29, 2018

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Letter: Why is Mingus afraid of letting voters decide consolidation question?

Recent actions by members of the MUHS board have left many of us confused and shocked

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Letter: Mingus board needs to remember who elected them and trust those same voters

As a former school board member who has wrestled with the consolidation question, I understand the pressure you are under. I can hear the uncomfortable phone calls you have taken from staff members and community members who you represent.

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My Turn: Dismal state of education funding has left teachers with no other options

We have a teacher shortage in Arizona, too. We are more than 8,000 teachers short, statewide, to start the school year next year.

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Letter: If it were up to me, you walk out; you’re fired

I agree that K-12 teachers are not paid nearly as much as they should. But they also are not flipping burgers for minimum wage, and name me one other profession that affords a 2+ month “break” every year.

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Letter: Everyone in Clarkdale knows: ‘It’s happening at Clark Memorial Library’

Another fascinating Clarkdale Home Tour and rousing bank robbery has just graced our fair town. And what a grand day it was.

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Letter: Thoroughly disgusted with our current teachers whining about pay

I have always been a strong supporter of education. I taught in public schools for 20 years.

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Letter: Mingus students step up big time in ‘Crazy for You’

In these divided times, all of Cottonwood can be unified in praise of the production of CRAZY FOR YOU at MUHS. The show is performed with an infectious, youthful, exuberant joy.

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Letter: James Ball’s ‘Crazy for You’ is best show in town

James Ball, Mingus Union High School Theatre Director has done it again. James Ball has brought the community a fantastic Dance-Musical. All of his students on stage and in the orchestra were OUTSTANDING.

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Letter: People with plenty need to leave legacy of generosity for Arizona

Wouldn’t it be a piece of Heaven if people with plenty stepped up and said, “We want to leave a legacy of generosity to the people of our state. We want to give a portion of our plenty to lift up the schools in Arizona; to supply teachers and staff with good salaries; counselors to help the struggling students and their families; and provide a rich curriculum for all students.”

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Letter: Art at the Clark a blizzard of color and talent

There is a blizzard of color at the Clarkdale Memorial Library. If you have not yet visited the library since it was pulled from the brink of annihilation by a group of dedicated and talented local citizens, now would be a good time to stop by.

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Letter: It’s time for Anita Glazar to resign from Mingus Union School Board

Anita Glazar’s so-called opinion letter of the consolidation committee was an attempt to circumvent the committee. Just a plain attempt to make her views and only hers relevant.

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Letter: Let’s allow Verde Valley voters to have final word on school district consolidation

I have a suggestion for the two warring factions of the Consolidation Advisory Committee.

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Letter: Volunteers needed to run Fort Verde Days

Camp Verde Promotions is currently looking for volunteers to help put on Fort Verde Days.

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My turn: Arizona teachers, students need you as an ally this week

This is a huge week for supporters of public education. As many of you know, our school districts are underfunded from the state level. Our community has taken on the slack passing override and bonds, but it’s time we demand the state fund public education and rural public education.

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Editorial: Planned teacher walkout a call to end empty promises of state lawmakers

The problem with the way the state funds Arizona’s classrooms has been a constant source of contention between Arizona lawmakers and the state’s education community for well over a decade now.

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Editorial Cartoon: April 20, 2018

Editorial Cartoon: April 20, 2018