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Guest Editorial: America should mourn the loss of ‘Common Sense’

Today we could be mourning the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years.

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Commentary: Practicing good government begins with teaching civics

Sunday it was reported that several local school boards are considering adding a new course to their curriculum, the teaching of the Bible.

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Editorial Cartoon 2: Feb. 8, 2019

Editorial Cartoon 2: Feb. 8, 2019

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Editorial Cartoon 1: Feb. 8, 2019

Editorial Cartoon 1: Feb. 8, 2019

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Commentary: Pelosi needs to listen to moderate Democrats on extreme border position

As things stand now, a House and Senate conference committee is the only hope that Democrats and Republicans can reach agreement on border security and avoid another government shutdown.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Verde Connect creates more problems than it solves

Your Jan. 31 editorial concerning the Verde Connect project missed an opportunity to inform the public that the road proposals promoted by Verde Connect are clearly described in the Verde Valley Master Transportation Plan (VVMTP) of September 2016 available online at AZDOT.

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Commentary: How Democrats came to love ‘co-equal’

The divided government of 2019 is a mirror image of the divided government of 2011. Back then, Democrats controlled the White House and Senate, while Republicans had recently taken control of the House with a big victory in the 2010 midterms.

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One step (and acre) at a time: SRP, Verde landowners working together to voluntarily secure water future

As headlines swirl around complex challenges faced by water managers and policy makers throughout the arid western United States, incremental progress continues in reaching accord between historic water users in the Verde River watershed.

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Commentary: Democrats run risk of unreliable instability by rushing impeachment

“I” words are inundating Washington. President Trump insists his border wall would impede an invasion of illegal immigrants who injure innocents. Democrats say Trump indulges an idiotic idea to instigate an impasse and incite impassioned illusions.

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Editorial Cartoon: Sept. Jan. 13, 2019

Editorial Cartoon: Sept. Jan. 13, 2019

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Commentary: Democratic bluster aside, 2019’s watchword is discipline

What an outrage. A Democratic woman talking like a Republican man.

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Commentary: College needs comprehensive five-year plan for Verde Valley

Behind the scenes, there are ongoing discussions by Yavapai College officials concerning the fate of Building “L” on the Verde Campus. Poor Building “L”, which I refer to as the Rodney Dangerfield of College facilities. It gets no respect.

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COMMENTARY: Primary mission at Mingus Union is love

This is what I know for sure: love is not words; love is action. When I stand before you and tell you I love our students, our school, and this community, you may believe it’s true. But when you see the action being taken as a result of that love… my hope is that you will know it’s true.

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Counterpoint: Mingus badge issue is about public shaming, not entitlement

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona challenge against Mingus Union over student color-coded badges sheds light on something far more problematic than an entitlement vs. privilege debate.

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Commentary: Americans are losing their sense of history

Though books about history -- by writers such as David McCullough, Ron Chernow, Doris Kearns Goodwin and others -- sell briskly, the future of the past in American life is facing some stern mathematics.

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Resolutions without road map a dead-end street

There are some good lessons – and some not so good – about kids and the way they establish and follow through on the goals they set for themselves.

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Jerry Riopelle’s drunken ballet never went out of fashion in Arizona (with video)

Arizona music legend passes

If I could, I would build an Arizona musical Mount Rushmore.

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Commentary: Goodbye, Inkwell ... Hello, technology

Historical perspective is useful, especially when it informs the future. Yavapai College is celebrating its 50th year in 2018, and this golden anniversary milestone provides a useful retrospective.

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Commentary: There is a good reason they are called ‘Man’s Best Friend’

In August of 2016, I wrote a tribute to my best friend, Ricky. He changed my life in such a profound way, it helped me to cope with his loss by putting my feelings for him in writing.

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Commentary: Climate change one of many incessant anti-Trump waves lapping against shores of truth

As is so typical of the Trump-hating Liberal Left, the title “Tide of truth on climate change keeps rising” for the piece by the Roberts duo was classic bait & switch. This op ed wasn’t so much about climate change, which is a fallacy. It was an attack on our president, and the claims in those attacks were equally fallacious.

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Commentary: The true meaning of the 12 Days of Christmas

So what are the Twelve Days of Christmas really about? Is it only a song, or is it more? Perhaps, it’s as retailers and the corporate world would like us to believe, it’s simply the 12 days of shopping before Christmas?

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My Turn: More electric vehicles means more savings for Arizonans

Electric vehicles are the gift that keeps giving. Electric vehicles help cut consumer energy bills and boost the economy while protecting air quality and public health.

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Commentary: The road to school district consolidation runs through Clarkdale

The last push for consolidation of school districts in the upper Verde Valley differed from previous efforts we’ve seen: it didn’t include the Clarkdale-Jerome School District.

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Editorial Cartoon: Dec. 7, 2018

Editorial Cartoon: Dec. 7, 2018

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Commentary: Flynn case near end with no-jail recommendation

Michael Flynn has been waiting for more than a year to be sentenced. The retired three-star Army general, who spent 24 days as the Trump White House national security adviser, pleaded guilty on Dec. 1, 2017, to lying to the FBI in the Trump-Russia investigation. He agreed to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller.

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