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The community reached out to many residents to have an intergenerational, interfaith, day of community service in Sedona and the Verde Valley.

November 9, 2017
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I want to thank all of the community of Cottonwood Oak Creek School District for their overwhelming support of their schools and our kids.

November 9, 2017
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“He knew what he signed up for” is a very insensitive, disrespectful and callous statement to make to a grieving soldier’s spouse.

October 21, 2017
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To paraphrase an old quote, “If Donald Trump were to walk on water Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla) would call a press conference to criticize him for not being able to swim.”

October 21, 2017
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The third “Healing Trauma Services Day”, a free community service event, continues to be successful in offering healing treatments and tools to help attendees cope with trauma, stress, anxiety and/or depression.

October 14, 2017
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The third “Healing Trauma Services Day”, a free community service event, continues to be successful in offering healing treatments and tools to help attendees cope with trauma, stress, anxiety and/or depression.

October 12, 2017
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The Environmental Education Center of the Verde Natural Resource Conservation District (VNRCD) would like to thank Salt River Project for their generous support.

September 16, 2017
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Perhaps if our schools were more selective regarding the caliber of teacher candidates, our children would think before acting out.

August 17, 2017
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I have had three homes in Arizona with solar.

August 8, 2017
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In response to Charlene Day-Rudolph’s letter about the Mingus Union School Board’s lousy treatment of Dale Williams, Charlene is not only right about how Dale was treated per her retirement, she was downright tepid and reserved.

August 8, 2017
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Last week, the president unilaterally declared that transgender people will no longer be allowed to serve in America’s armed forces.

August 5, 2017
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I feel the need to express my gratitude for all the assistance I have received during the last three months, starting with Cottonwood first responders who moved my vehicle to the hospital parking lot while I was transported by ambulance.

August 1, 2017
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We watch, aghast, as the republican congress (sic) grovels in abject subservience to trump’s probably unconstitutional, potentially criminal, possibly treasonous, daily misdeed.

August 1, 2017
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To start with I was in support of your filling the gap left by the ‘almost unbelievable and untimely death of the late Senator Chester Crandell’.

August 1, 2017
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Mitch McConnell delayed the vote on Trumpcare because Senator John McCain had surgery.

July 20, 2017
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I find the Arizona Republic columnist Elvia Diaz’s selective outrage (“Revulsion over the latest mean tweet encouraging”, Opinion, AZRep, 7/2/17) to be disingenuous at best, dishonest at worst.

July 6, 2017
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The Environmental Education Center of the Verde Natural Resource Conservation District (VNRCD) would like to thank the City of Cottonwood, the Town of Clarkdale and the Arizona Community Foundation of Arizona for their generous support.

July 3, 2017
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I would like to take this unsolicited opportunity to tell Jennifer Chilton how much the community is going to miss her as principal of Mingus Union High School.

July 3, 2017
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I wish to extend my sincerest apologies to Cottonwood City Council members Kyla Allen and Debbie Althouse for my oversight in not giving them the deserved recognition as representatives of the city at the unveiling at the Verde Valley Military Service Park May 27.

June 3, 2017
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The Village of Oak Creek Association held its 2017 Annual Meeting on April 25th.

May 18, 2017
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There must not be anyone in existence who is “Far Left.”

May 13, 2017
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Personally; I wanted James Comey fired as soon as he appeared to accept the pass that was handed off to him by Attorney General Loretta Lynch; after her infamous “Tarmac Meeting with former President William Jefferson Clinton” at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix.

May 13, 2017
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Anyone who has doubts that anything President Trump does to mitigate the looming nuclear crisis with North Korea can succeed should take heart at the recent rants by the official (North) Korean Central News Agency.

May 13, 2017
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After carefully reviewing facts regarding what a unification/consolidation impact would have on Clarkdale-Jerome School District, the Clarkdale-Jerome Governing Board took unanimous action to not consider unification/consolidation with our neighboring districts.

May 13, 2017
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I need to respond to the article written by Ben Russel on school choice.

May 6, 2017
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Front page story “$63.6 million for roads” in the next ten years appeared in the Red Rock News today.

May 6, 2017
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I’ve been so busy saving Clark Memorial Library, I just noticed the Sedona Camera Club’s latest exhibit—it’s only been in the library since April 4.

May 6, 2017
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Over the years the Camp Verde Lions Club has help many in this community with glasses and other eye care needs.

May 6, 2017
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Our family along with several others from the Verde Valley had the privilege this past weekend of witnessing Tom Wokasch’s induction into the Arizona coaches Hall of Fame.

May 4, 2017
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First, kudos to Rudy Rodriquez for his excellent presentation of a very complex issue.

May 4, 2017
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One of the signs of great theater is when the production team, tech crew, orchestra and cast can transform an audience, just for a few hours, into another world.

May 4, 2017
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Yavapai College will soon be building a $9 million soccer complex on the Prescott campus if approved by the Board.

March 2, 2017
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The City of Cottonwood Parks and Recreation Department would like to extend a thank you and congratulations to all 25 teams and coaches who participated in the youth basketball league this year.

March 2, 2017
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In the last five years, Arizona has seen a 61-percent increase in the number of foster children.  The average age of these children is 9 years old and they typically stay in the system for a couple of years before they are returned home or given a new home.  It is nearly impossible for these kids to understand and cope with the tragic circumstances that led to their removal.  They need loving families to step up and help.

February 14, 2017
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When we were growing up we called Russian sympathizers, “commies”. Republicans have always taken a hard line toward Russia. What is going on!?!

February 7, 2017
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Old George was our first president and he valued a cool head and temperament; something our current President (and myself, to be honest) certainly lacks.

February 7, 2017
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Our so-called president is correct.

February 4, 2017
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Remember last summer when candidate Trump set himself apart from the rest of the field by saying things like “THEY want to do a number on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, but I say it’s not fair to people who have been paying in for years.”

February 4, 2017
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Regarding your editorial about the Verde Valley Wine Festival, Thunder Valley Rally and Tilted Earth, I need to clarify a few important facts.

February 4, 2017
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Congratulations to the Cottonwood City Council and Staff on what appears in your news article today to have been a very constructive and successful planning retreat.

February 4, 2017
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One morning last week, I was driving on 89A from Clarkdale to Cottonwood. When I approached the intersection of 89A and 6th, I saw a minivan apparently stalled in the middle of the road. No one was doing anything to help, and the woman driver was obviously and rightly concerned.

January 28, 2017
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How exciting it was to be one of 1,500 passionate men, women, and children peacefully marching recently in Sedona.

January 28, 2017
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The office of the President of the United States should be respected. That’s precisely the reason why many of us boycotted the inauguration. Trump does not represent the values we hold in this already great nation.

January 28, 2017
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I want to speak to those of you who voted for Donald Trump out of fear and anger and frustration, or simply because you thought the Democrats gave you no real alternative.

January 28, 2017
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1. “….how and when things went so very wrong.” Eight years ago when several million Republications thought Romney was a shoo-in and didn’t vote. Or, if you are referring to the recent election, it was when the democrats nominated Hillary. But then, what choice was there? None. The corrupt DNC saw to that.

January 24, 2017
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He’s Back! He is in a white pickup! He is on Cornville Road! And he harasses bicycle riders. There had been a reprieve and I had hoped he had stopped this nonsense.

January 24, 2017
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There was a letter in the January 17, 2017, issue of this newspaper that expressed the opinion that Obamacare is collapsing and was designed to fail. The writer stated that the Republicans have had for several years a couple of good plans to reform healthcare.

January 24, 2017
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It is the eve of Inauguration Day. Some of us are already celebrating. Others are waiting for to start the party. And then there are those like myself. Who are quietly, thoughtfully, going about our routine while the mind wanders backward to the past, forward to the uncertain future, wondering how and when things went so very wrong. While my lips form yet another prayer, my heart aches as I recall the words I heard not long ago from a fellow American-

January 21, 2017
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For over 15 years CMS 8th grade students have had the unique opportunity to visit our nations capital for a 5-day tour of its beauty and history during their spring break.

January 21, 2017
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As a teacher of yoga and meditation for 30 plus years, I’d like to comment on these activities as alternatives to opioids.

January 21, 2017
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Local media reports that MATforce and numerous other public entities and organizations will be celebrating “Stand with me, Be drug free” and further attempting to indoctrinate us into a myopic, puritanical mindset that has no place in our culture this side of the 21st century.

January 19, 2017
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On January 20th we’ll be saying goodbye to the Obamas. We’ll say goodbye to eloquence, class, integrity and intelligence. Whether or not you agree with President Obama’s politics you cannot question his compassion, hope for our future generations and his desire to do what he thought was best for our country.

January 17, 2017
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All the hysterics are starting to wear thin – the gnashing of teeth, wailing, crying and blowing snot all over the area (as my DI was wont to say).

January 17, 2017
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“Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. I am not unmindful of the fact that violence often brings about momentary results. Nations have frequently won their independence in battle. But in spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 17, 2017
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When the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968 while in Memphis to support the AFSCME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees) sanitation workers’ strike, he was organizing the Poor People’s Campaign for economic justice.

January 12, 2017
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In his January 5 commentary, Byron York advocates a wait-and-see-the-evidence approach to the hyped-up Russian hacking scandal.

January 12, 2017
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It’s disturbing that a small group of people think it’s acceptable to sneak this National Monument issue through in the 11th hour.

January 10, 2017
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In November 1964, while I was Manager of the Camp on top of Mingus, we booked a Girl Scout troop of 40 Girl Scouts and I was surprised when they showed up, there was one girl Scout leader, the Scoutmaster, and no other adults.

January 10, 2017
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I am both amused and disgusted at the “Sedona Red Rock Verde Valley Area National Monument” news release that stated “Forest Plan’s Amendment 12 … was always intended as a ‘placeholder’ until more permanent protection could be secured.”

January 10, 2017
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. I for one am not ready to cede our federal government to California.

December 22, 2016
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Trump will never be my president. He was right about the election being rigged.

December 22, 2016
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The Cottonwood Society of St. Vincent de Paul has many to thank for our annual Thanksgiving “Turkey Tuesday” food drive success!

December 10, 2016
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I am writing to thank Scott Orr and the Verde Independent for the front page article that shined a light on the distressing statistics regarding suicide in the Veteran population, and specifically in our state.

December 10, 2016
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What kind of wimps are we raising in this country now? Why do we confuse young children by telling them that gender specific words are harmful, that they “hurt the feelings” of others?

December 10, 2016
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Regarding Mr. Joels’ recent letter about the Salt and Verde Rivers Water Fund, I want to clarify some important facts. This proposed program represents no threat to people or organizations who have surface water rights in the Verde watershed, actually quite the opposite.

December 6, 2016
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For some weeks now I’ve been wearing a little steel safety pin when I go out in public. Only that- no slogan-bearing T shirts or caps. Just a little steel safety pin. It’s been interesting.

December 6, 2016
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‘Tis the season to be thankful for what we have and to make merry. I am thankful for another year of celebration with family and friends.

December 6, 2016
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Mr. Barber’s and others’ use of the phrase “The Founders” is a misnomer. The Founders were a diverse and divided group, ranging from farmers to lawyers, and split mainly between Anti-Federalists, represented perhaps best by Jefferson, and Federalists, represented by Jefferson’s protege Madison, and Hamilton.

December 4, 2016
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There was an article (“Water fund to address shared approaches to water management”) in Wednesday’s paper that should cause concern to any of us who have water rights.

December 4, 2016
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Jim Barber, in a recent letter to the editor, railed against some of the anti-Trump protesters, some of whom engaged in hostel acts that resulted in property damage.

December 1, 2016
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The United States is a land of plenty. From uneaten leftovers to spoiled produce, as a country we throw away millions of pounds of food waste annually. Yet, here in Yavapai County, as many as one out of three children, one out of five adults, and one out of seven seniors are food insecure.

November 26, 2016
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Thank you for a wonderful 2016 Full-a-Bucket Food Drive:

November 26, 2016
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For those who believe that Ms. Clinton should be president because she won the plurality of the vote (yes, she did not get a majority), they might consider the reasons the Founders embedded the electoral college in the Constitution.

November 26, 2016
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On a bright note over a million citizens of the state said Yes to 205 and many more learned a bit more about it or at least had a discussion about it.

November 19, 2016
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I wish to thank all of the participants in Friday, November 12, Highway 260 cleanup on the VVPOA section of the highway.

November 17, 2016
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The Yavapai County Elections and Recorders office would like to take a moment to honor and thank the 400-plus individuals in our community who committed to serve as Poll Workers in our Vote Centers this year.

November 17, 2016
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When the left made the big push to lower the voting age to 18 years, they reasoned that, if you’re old enough to fight for your country you should be old enough to vote.

November 15, 2016
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The first “Trauma Services Day” hosted by the Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley was a great start in offering members of our community special services and tools to help them cope with depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress syndrome often increasing in intensity as holidays approach.

November 15, 2016
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The “Not My President “ protesters have a legitimate case.

November 15, 2016
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It’s all over but the shouting.

November 15, 2016
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Special thanks are due to Camp Verde Community Library staff and volunteers for all the hard work they did moving the library from the old building to the new one.

November 15, 2016
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If the people of Arizona are looking for heroes, they need look no farther than their election workers.

November 15, 2016
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Thanks to everyone who participated in the 10th Anniversary Mitzvah (Good Deed) Day.

November 10, 2016
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Thanks to Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk for her countywide and statewide leadership in defeating Proposition 205, the marijuana proposal.

November 10, 2016
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God’s purposes will continue regardless of who is in office. When Jesus was on the earth, government leaders often stood in opposition to him.

November 8, 2016
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Re: Commentary by Reps. Bob Thorpe and Brenda Barton: This story sounds impressive but the facts are wrong and I wonder why the political authors didn’t do some fact checking before putting their names to it.

November 5, 2016
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Has Donald Trump made some classless remarks and could he pick and choose his words more carefully? Yes, absolutely.

November 5, 2016
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The Sedona-Verde Valley Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 3690, represents over 180 professional firefighters across our Verde Valley. Since our formation of our organization over 20 years ago, we have always supported elected officials that have supported our professional organization by providing us with safe staffing levels, equipment, and training to meet your needs during an emergency.

November 5, 2016
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My Mother was not from this country. She survived multiple bombings; lost some of her dearest friends; and spent much of the war in darkness so as to avoid bombings.

November 5, 2016
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I have an idea to offer to our Mayor, Diane Joens. Ms Joens, you and I live in the same neighborhood. A pleasant, reasonably quiet place, wouldn’t you agree?

November 5, 2016
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In regards to Thunder Valley Rally, as a person who worked in Old Town for three TVR events, why would you want to do away with or move the only event that actually brings traffic and business to Old Town?

November 5, 2016
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The projected increases in insurance premiums of 25 percent in the coming year for the (ACA), Affordable Care Act have been broadcast in the print, radio and television media.

November 5, 2016
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I am endorsing Dr. Alex Martinez for the Arizona House of Representatives. Alex is a retired Superintendent of Schools.

November 5, 2016
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Unlike other states that have Propositions on Ballots, ours are carved in stone. They become more than just law, they are so concrete that they cannot be corrected if some part does not work as hoped. Our legislators, even the governor cannot fix it if it is broken. They are only allowed to make it worse.

November 5, 2016
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Two views on Prop 205 were expressed here recently. Mr. Dowling pointed out the dastardly dishonesty of the opposition. Mr. Bullock argued the irrelevance of truth when it comes to mandating morality.

November 5, 2016
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It’s the issues that count. Yes we can brand Trump as a dirty old man, and we can brand Hillary as the most corrupt individual to ever run for the presidency, but one of them will be President.

November 3, 2016
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I wish to respond to the two lengthy arguments written by Jesse Dowling that were recently published by this newspaper. Actually pretty much all of those in the pro-pot camp use the alcohol vs. pot argument. While not a real expert on either -- I drink a glass of wine or a margarita from time to time and have never smoked pot -- nor had the desire to smoke it. I fail to see a justifiable comparison.

October 29, 2016
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Reguarding Jerome’s Sliding Jail controversy, I just wanted to make it clear to your readers that the issue surrounding the jail and the parking lot does not include any action in regards to the Basketball or Volleyball Courts.

October 29, 2016