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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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Commentary: Tide of truth on climate change keeps rising

The president’s “disdain for facts” in the climate change debate is hardly a new or isolated example. Trump’s persistent denial of reality, and his assault on critics who call him to account, form the essence of his approach to public policy.

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Commentary: So endeth one of the great American lives

It wasn’t the Ragged Dick up-from-poverty American life of a Horatio Alger bootblack; George H.W. Bush was born to privilege and profited from primogeniture.

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Commentary: Why not build a wall -- it’s the law

There is a law on the books that could strengthen border security. Why wouldn’t the president try it?

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Editorial Cartoon: Dec. 2, 2018

Editorial Cartoon: Dec. 2, 2018

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Commentary: Don't believe the marketing, Hanukkah is not a Jewish Christmas

Hanukkah this year starts Dec. 2 and is not excluded from holiday commercialization as advertisers try to take advantage of cultural references to make their ads seem more Jewish, while also trying to keep up with the pomp and circumstance of Christmas.

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Commentary: Trump tramples press freedoms

“This is a very, very important case,” prominent Republican lawyer Ted Olson told CNN. “This could happen to any journalist, by any politician. The White House cannot get away with this.”

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Commentary: Trump Dynasty itching for a fight

As the Trump Dynasty stumbles into misrule and failure, how long before the first well-known journalist gets murdered?

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Commentary: Vista Village could be spark needed for incorporation of VOC

About 30 years ago, the Coconino County Board of Supervisors approved plans for a Sizzler Restaurant in Uptown Sedona in the area where the community post office is located today.

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Commentary: Democrats should take good look at history before going down impeachment highway

If Democrats are trying to reassure anyone that they won’t impeach President Trump, they’re aren’t doing a very good job of it.

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Commentary: Big challenges await new Mingus Union School Board

It’s an unenviable list of tasks awaiting the new Mingus Union School Board that takes office in January.

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Commentary: Political trauma created impossible situation for Hargrove

Throughout her 16-month run as Mingus Union school superintendent, one always had to wonder if Penny Hargrove ever once had her feet firmly planted.