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Editorial: Sharing the road a great concept, so long as road is shareable

In Copenhagen, Denmark, a city of about 600,000 people, bicycles outnumber cars by about 5-to-1. That’s made possible by an infrastructure that actually encourages people to ride bikes instead of drive cars.

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Editorial: Only purpose of ‘Spoof’ technology is to accommodate criminals

The next time you grab your cell phone and go to your favorite app store, you can easily begin a new career as a criminal.

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Editorial: County schools chief lays down law on consolidation rhetoric

It’s doubtful there will be an Upper Verde school district consolidation election this year, but that sure hasn’t stopped people both pro and con from making claims about the impacts of such a merger.

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Editorial: Ballot protocol biggest stumbling block to consolidation

A year ago, school district consolidation blew through the Upper Verde Valley like a Category 5 hurricane.

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Editorial: Town council service is not a popularity contest

“Loneliness is the penalty of leadership.”

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Editorial: Demographic trends biggest threat to Sedona public education

We’re nearing the one-year anniversary of the Sedona-Oak Creek School Board’s decision to close Big Park Elementary School. The resulting wounds to the Village of Oak Creek are slow to heal.

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Editorial: Mathews fails city leadership test over use of private email

For the second time in five days, first-term Cottonwood City Councilman Michael Mathews has come to his own defense over the use of private email to communicate city business.

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Editorial: Mathews needs to make city-related personal emails public

The right thing for Mathews to do now is provide the city with all city-related emails he has sent from his private account so the city can fulfil its obligation to maintain and store the public records he created.

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Editorial: Forced consolidation plan faces uphill battle in Arizona

Just when you think you’ve seen the last possible way the school district consolidation ball could bounce, it takes off in a completely new direction.

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Editorial: Checks and balances for elected officials too often sadly lacking

Two incidents in the past week prove that if there are policies in place to police those who seek and hold public office, there is a lot of embarrassment and ridicule to avoid in the end.

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Editorial: Stringer’s departure from State House welcome relief

Now, Republican precinct committeemen in Yavapai County will nominate three people to replace Stringer. The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will select from those nominees the person to replace Stringer in the Arizona House of Representatives.

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Editorial: Mingus Open Meeting Law violation deserves second look

The Mingus Union School Board should ask the Arizona Attorney General’s Office for another review and full finding of fact over the Sept. 5, 2017, Open Meeting Law infraction for which the AG previously determined Mingus was at fault.

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Editorial: Camp Verde discussion could be a sign of the times

Gaining a little control over how much is too much when it comes to political signage and the degree to which we want our roadsides to remain uncluttered could become a sign of the times here in the Verde Valley.

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Editorial: Political winds made dramatic shift in Jerome this week

For the past year, Jerome appeared -- at long last – to be embracing the idea of allowing for staggered four-year terms for the members of its elected town council.

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Editorial: Mingus board, administration taking high road on transparency

So much of the 2018 administrative and governance decision-making processes at Mingus Union High School were of the deer-in-the-headlights variety.

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Editorial: Prescott-Verde ‘Water War’ not nearly the threat as once believed

Nothing short of Mingus Mountain has ever created a divide between the Verde Valley and the Prescott communities quite like the great water war of the 1990s.

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Editorial: Jerome needs to quit talking and take action on paid parking

It’s been a consistent message coming out of Jerome for at least 10 years now.

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Editorial: Big decision awaits Freeport-McMoRan on Verde River dam

Exercising your rights is not always the same as doing the right thing.

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Editorial: Council appointment should not focus on city hall issue

With the Cottonwood City Council deadlocked on making the Rough Cut building the new City Hall, the appointment process for filling the vacancy on the council should prove most interesting.

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Editorial: Rep. Kavanaugh on right track, but needs to take it one step further

The Arizona Legislature is on to something in its attempt to prohibit elected city councils from firing the municipal magistrates they hire.

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Editorial: SRP Water Rights Initiative an olive branch that deserves fair consideration

More than 30 years ago, Cottonwood’s Norm Gunderson championed the cause of strength in numbers.

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Editorial: ‘If everybody takes the fastest route, would it still be the fastest?’

Our Friday story concerning the use of Arizona Department of Transportation overpass signs to disperse traffic congestion raised a most interesting comment from one of our readers on social media.

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Editorial: Paying income tax in Arizona now a guessing game

More than 200 years ago, American statesman Benjamin Franklin said, “Nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

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Editorial: February historically means flood season for Verde Valley

While this weekend’s recipe of snow in the high country and warmer rains to the south produced minor flooding in the Verde Valley, it bears emphasis that February always has been the peak month for flooding along Oak Creek, Beaver Creek and the Verde River.

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Editorial: Consolidation election clarity at heart of SB1073

When it comes to school district consolidation, we prefer clarity to confusion.

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