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I have been retired in Cottonwood for nearly 20 years. During that time one or both of the local public school districts has asked me for additional financial support at the ballot box to support their educational programs.

October 26, 2021
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You asked in your Oct. 24 editorial if Merck’s COVID pill is worth $1.2 billion to taxpayers.

October 26, 2021
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What drew me to the Verde Valley and to Mingus Union High School 15 years ago was the support the school had from the community.

October 23, 2021
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Vote yes to continuation for the overrides in the Cottonwood school districts.

October 23, 2021
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As Americans, the right to vote is at the core of our identity.

October 23, 2021
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Thank you, thank you, thank you. Cathleen Jochim, Kenneth Bescak, Samuel Butman, Thomas Neumann and Orazio Amabile and all the doctors and nurses behind the scenes, the helicopter staff, the therapy staff.

October 19, 2021
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Mingus Union High School District #4 is asking for a continuation of our current override, your taxes will not be affected.

October 19, 2021
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The issues that divide this country are due to misinformation and outright lies.

October 19, 2021
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My husband and I are both retired public school teachers.

October 15, 2021
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The Verde Village Property Owners Association would like to make a statement regarding development in and around the City of Cottonwood.

October 15, 2021
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In regard to your excellent coverage of the mass protest against mandating the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of continued employment at Verde Valley Medical Center, there are complex health issues involved.

October 15, 2021
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Cottonwood traffic circle poses a real problem for local bicyclists!

October 12, 2021
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After Katie Hobbs’ Talk of the Town in the opinion and commentary section of The Verde Independent of Sept. 29, I decided I had to respond.

October 12, 2021
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Social Security was created on Aug. 18, 1935, when President Roosevelt signed it into law.

October 12, 2021
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I am writing in support of the renewal of the bond overrides for both Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union High School districts.

October 8, 2021
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I will be voting NO on this override. I’m tired of federal, state, county and city governments not able to stay within their budgets.

October 8, 2021
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I want to extend my sincere gratitude to all of my community members for the continued support of education in our community.

October 5, 2021
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Putting a price tag on our future and arguing about money says nothing about the value of what is being invested in the middle class and people in poverty.

October 5, 2021
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Housing developments and motor home parks are causing real problems with water resources here in Camp Verde.

October 1, 2021
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Five years ago, all we talked about was the water shortage here in the Verde Valley. Now it seems the city is looking at approving large developments.

September 28, 2021
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In a Sept. 19 letter, a reader puts forth the premise that “anti-vaccinators” are hypocritical since they also do not recognize a woman’s right to choose.

September 28, 2021
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A 741 acre development, with thousands of homes, a water-park, proposed on Arizona state Land, in Cottonwood?

September 24, 2021
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In a recent article about a resort proposed for Cottonwood, Bruce Barrett with Chromatic Resorts said that he was interested in purchasing water rights from the Friends of the Verde River.

September 24, 2021
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In response to “Medical Expenses” in the Sept. 12 edition of The Verde Independent, do I have this straight?

September 17, 2021
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It’s amazing how these anti-vaccinators are always talking about private liberties, but they are also the one’s pushing to control a woman’s right to choose.

September 17, 2021
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What is happening with our “hospital-owned” healthcare in the Cottonwood/Verde Valley area?

September 17, 2021
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In response to the letter, “My body, my choice,” this is a self-appointed epidemiologist who thinks they know more than the CDC? You can find whatever you want on the internet.

September 10, 2021
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I totally agree with Nancy Floyd in that persons who choose to not vaccinate should not be expecting any government, agency, organization, et al., to pay or help pay for their medical expenses.

September 10, 2021
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In response to a letter stating, “It has not been proven that the un-vaxed are a greater risk to the public than the fully vaxed.” Who are you kidding?

September 7, 2021
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When there is a topic, any topic, and there are two sides that disagree, the rational and intellectual way to resolve the issue is to have a debate.

September 7, 2021
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In response to the “Masking is a choice” letter to the editor published Aug. 22, 2021, I take exception to this letter on at least two issues:

September 3, 2021
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In my view most people choose to vaccinate for protection.

September 3, 2021
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A reader recently wrote to castigate the editor for claiming that wearing a mask is a responsible thing to do to mitigate the spread of the growing Covid-19 virus and the Delta variant. As with many people the reader invoked her “personal choice.”

August 27, 2021
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My quest began in July. The American flag at the corner of Main Street and Tucker here in Camp Verde is dark at night. As a military veteran I find this unacceptable.

August 27, 2021
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I am heartsick over what has happened to our country, and I don’t think I am the only one.

August 24, 2021
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It is with great disappointment that I write this letter in response to recent decisions made by the leadership of Mingus Union High School.

August 24, 2021
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Again, you have used your limited and yet widely read space to espouse about masks and the pros and cons of their use.

August 24, 2021
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Our family completely supports the strongly worded editorial of Aug. 18, 2021, “Column: A call for school COVID-19 mask mandates, even if it is only for 6 weeks.”

August 20, 2021
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Our President, Joe Biden, has done it for the third time in his political career.

August 20, 2021
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Some will stop at nothing to justify their denial of science. In a recent letter to the editor a reader pointed to a recent study by the CDC of a coronavirus outbreak in Massachusetts where three-quarters of the people infected during an explosive coronavirus outbreak fueled by the Delta variant were fully vaccinated.

August 13, 2021
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Further to your COVID-19 update in the Aug. 4 Independent, there has been some disturbing news from the CDC.

August 10, 2021
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While true heroes, American patriots, testified to the Jan. 6 committee about the horrors they endured on that day, your representative, Paul Gosar, was holding a press conference in front of the Department of Justice, whining about the way he perceives domestic terrorists, who tried to overthrow our government, are being treated in jail.

August 10, 2021
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I received my notification for renewal of my subscription, today. I was debating whether I was going to renew or not. Then, I read your letter as the new editor.

August 6, 2021
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When Wendy Rogers was elected to the legislature I had hope that she would do a good job representing the many important issues that affect Legislative District 6.

August 6, 2021
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I live in Clarkdale and our home is located on the North Fork of Mescal Wash, a major wash, where it crosses Old Jerome Highway.

August 3, 2021
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I am very confused by the two letters posted by the Cottonwood resident who complained about the state of and lack of health care in the Cottonwood area.

August 3, 2021
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I live in Clarkdale and our home is located on the North Fork of Mescal Wash, a major wash, where it crosses Old Jerome Highway.

July 30, 2021
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Let’s be real here - Arizonans deserve access to high-quality health care and the best way to ensure they have it is by continuing to strengthen the options available through private coverage, Medicare, and Medicaid.

July 30, 2021
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The Kiwanis Club of Camp Verde would like to thank Camp Verde Parks and Recreation for giving us the opportunity to raise funds for our club at this year’s cornfest.

July 30, 2021
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I have known Dan Engler since his Flagstaff years and came to admire how he evolved from a “Cub Reporter” for the Daily Sun and later as the editor of The Verde Independent, and much more.

July 27, 2021
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In 2010, on the way to the headwaters of the Rio Grande, fleeing the bureaucracy destroying the whole state of California, I yielded to my partner’s yen to check out the Dirty Verde.

July 27, 2021
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Wow! End of an era! Dan, I hope you enjoy retirement as much as I do. But it’s been a good run.

July 27, 2021
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Parents, please help your children grow up to be responsible adults that we all want to be proud of.

July 19, 2021
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With the continued possibility of surprise power outages, you may come home and find yourself locked out when there’s no power to your garage door opener.

July 19, 2021
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The PRO Act subverts the will of workers in order to fill union ranks.

July 19, 2021
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The Arizona State Park employees at Red Rock State Park deserve a round of applause.

July 19, 2021
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My question is regarding a town meeting that I missed regarding the 5G tower approval going up in the neighborhood off the trail head off Zalesky Road in the Bridgeport area .

July 19, 2021
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I see absolutely no benefit in posting a review which is not 100% accurate. No one benefits, and someone could very possibly be harmed.

July 16, 2021
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If the Arizona Democrat representatives truly represented their constituents they would join in supporting the Arizona audit investigating the election vs. investigating the investigative firms.

July 16, 2021
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I would not be surprised to learn that the Committee to Protect Health Care is already in the employ of Katie Hobbs.

July 16, 2021
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Meet and Greet is July 21st at 4 p.m. at Flew the Coop Nashville Hot Chicken Shack, 1620 AZ-260 Suite D, Camp Verde.

July 13, 2021
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I would like to support the recent article by Dr. Kevin Mikles regarding the closing of Valley View Care.

July 9, 2021
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This is a letter of appeal to the Verde Valley Medical Center in regards to the Valley View Care facility for hospice patients.

July 9, 2021
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I am a small business owner in Camp Verde and I am NOT a millionaire by any stretch of the imagination. All my employees are and have been part-time. I employ a mom with school-age children who only wants part-time. I work with my employees on their hours needed. I also employ and have for the past 10+ years, students and others that only want or need part-time.

July 5, 2021
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Thirty-five years ago I had a nasty rock-climbing fall. Now in my 60s, I found epidural injections help the most. This is a simple outpatient procedure covered in full by Medicare.

July 5, 2021
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If you are really sick and on Medicare, you need to go to a metropolitan area for treatment. It is wrong to attack our health care providers here in Cottonwood.

June 29, 2021
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I can’t have a charcoal barbecue due to the fire restrictions, and they’re going to launch fireworks into the sky?

June 29, 2021
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I have been going to Jacuzzi for 12 years and now the seniors can’t use it because it didn’t comply with their new regulations.

June 29, 2021
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When selfish people consciously and deliberately jeopardize the health care of others, I can no longer be concerned with theirs.

June 29, 2021
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Arizona is a right to work (or starve) where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer and Cottonwood is a prime example of that.

June 29, 2021
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The time of lock-down was used by the chamber to build an amazing website, contact list for businesses and develop their strategy for assisting business to succeed in the Verde Valley.

June 29, 2021
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Now that the Verde Valley has survived the plague, I want to thank the library pros and volunteers who kept right on truckin’ through it.

June 26, 2021
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First off, I am going to “assume” that you have done a survey on ALL the privately owned land, as well as what the county (taxpayers) owns in the whole Verde Valley before forming that “opinion” that was publicly stated.

June 26, 2021
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Farming can be an underappreciated job sometimes, but anyone who ever had his tomatoes knew they, and he, were something special.

June 22, 2021
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Can we get together on this, exchange ideas? Shouldn’t us old people be smart enough to have a better solutions than, “Go to Phoenix?”

June 22, 2021
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Having a highway that is the only way north and most of it only two lanes is shameful to our state both for tourists and citizens who live here.

June 22, 2021
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I suspect that some workers are now accepting jobs at the local big box stores where you can start at $15 an hour and get health insurance benefits.

June 22, 2021
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Strong leaders don’t try to play all sides of the fence to curry favor and don’t shirk responsibility for their decisions. Karen Fann has been a disappointment during this time when a spotlight is on our state.

June 22, 2021
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So then, don’t say, “my Constitutional right to keep and bear arms,” or “to free speech” or “to assemble” or “to petition my government,” etc. But instead say, “my Constitutionally-protected right …”

June 22, 2021
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To recognize that these amazing professionals kept all of us safe through their demanding efforts to put out this close-to-home wildfire.

June 15, 2021
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Tables were filled with ‘treasures’, kitchen utensils and equipment, arts and crafts supplies, holiday and Christmas items, sporting goods, lamps, pictures, technology equipment, glasses, plates, bowls, platters, books, toys, games, puzzles, jewelry and other items.

June 15, 2021
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I wish to express thanks for the emergency services personnel and volunteers who responded. They provided evacuation warnings and assistance to those who were unable to evacuate on their own. Those managing the fire, both on the ground and in the air, were just amazing in their efficiency and expertise.

June 15, 2021
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A Constitutional Republic is used to get things done efficiently through representatives. How is it you say that only some of us share the promise of the constitution and others do not?

June 11, 2021
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I can’t wrap my arms around the vehement feelings of a few who felt they needed the City Council to pass a resolution that carries no more legal weight than motherhood and apple pie symbolically representing wholesomeness and traditional American values.

June 8, 2021
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When is this nonsense going to stop? Are we going to have a July 4 claim of sanctuary, to protect this ‘endangered’ holiday? Or Christmas? Or Veterans Day?

June 8, 2021
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Disrespect the National Anthem and the American Flag, and that’s your First Amendment right, but say something in defense of the American way of life, and you should be censored.

June 8, 2021
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I don’t know why the writer feels a need to justify her life and/or seek affirmation.

June 4, 2021
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We had extra funds left from last year's fundraiser and we were very thankful that the BeneVet beat the COVID breakout.

June 4, 2021
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Peripheral damage from the Cottonwood Bill of Rights Sanctuary City Resolution.

June 4, 2021
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Where did the America we once knew, and love, go?

June 4, 2021
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Those darn airplanes keep flying over my house. Almost six to 10 of them a day.

June 4, 2021
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How can a minority of Americans set the agenda for all Americans? This is how the Republican Party works.

June 4, 2021
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To the vendors that participated, your priceless smiles, your human anchors to keep the tents from blowing away and of course your love of community, you are awesome.

June 1, 2021
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She’s now God’s angel to a lost, lonely one, Seeking solace at this sacred place.

June 1, 2021
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We need to be united, not divided, by race and gender. Do not judge people by the color of their skin or religion or who they vote for.

June 1, 2021
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Thanks to your readers for their May 21st replies to my commentary. I’d like to answer Richard Watson (Reading material for proper grasp of American history) and Doug Melton (If there is nothing to hide, election investigation should be encouraged) who have thrown the entire Republican playbook at me.

June 1, 2021
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Our United States veterans paid heavily to keep our country free for all of us. During Covid, many lost jobs, health, homes, businesses and other things that for many of them are too painful to talk about. It is PAYBACK time.

June 1, 2021
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Republicans keep digging rabbit hole deeper: The Republicans would not agree to an investigation into the Capital Siege. They have once again shown their true colors.

June 1, 2021
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A vaccine works by fooling the immune system into responding to a pathogen that isn’t there. It’s hard to imagine how it can provide more vigorous immunity than the pathogen it simulates.

May 29, 2021
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Good news. Cottonwood Council Member Jackie Nairn is totally supportive and is co-sponsoring the Cottonwood Bill of Rights resolution with Council Member Kurot and bring it before the entire seven-member panel.

May 25, 2021
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In a recent letter to the editor, Doug Melton in part asked why not allow (another) investigation into purported voter irregularities in the Arizona presidential election?

May 25, 2021
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I do enjoy watching the aircraft from the Cottonwood Airport. However, I do not enjoy the small aircraft buzzing my house every 10 minutes.

May 7, 2021
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I really liked Marsha Rosenbarger’s letter re: airport noise.

May 4, 2021
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Dan Engler, in his May 2 editorial, says the wisest advice is the advice of “health professionals” who advise us to “mask up.”

May 4, 2021
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Like sheep, a majority of Americans went along with the national COVID-19 response, deficient in reliable science and protocols.

May 4, 2021
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In his mad rush to force the federal government deeper into our lives, Joe Biden has issued over 60 executive orders and memos in the short time he has been in office.

April 30, 2021
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I personally owe Cottonwood Council Member Jackie Nairn an apology.

April 30, 2021
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We live in a time of a rogue federal government brought to power by a corrupted voting and vote-counting process.

April 30, 2021
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This is to Gerald McCann in regards to the Cottonwood airport.

April 30, 2021
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I’ve been reading alot lately about the protests of police brutality and racism.

April 26, 2021
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It saddens me that there are so Many Cottonwood residents who have to put up with, not only loud “noise pollution,” but also “air pollution” from piston-driven planes that emit lead, carbon monoxide, and other chemical fumes into the air above the city.

April 26, 2021
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Apparently, Mayor Elinski has not been on S. Main St. or E. Mingus Ave. lately because “We fill in potholes really well” is not applicable in Cottonwood.

April 26, 2021
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In the recent display of unpatriotic decision making ... Mayor Tim Elinski, Council Member Tosca Henry and Council Member Debbie Wilden revealed their unwillingness to acknowledge the very oath of office they took when elected.

April 26, 2021
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In his April 14 Commentary, Byron York highlights a contradiction in Twitter’s shutdown of @realDonaldTrump. Justice Clarence Thomas noted “legal difficulty” with digital platforms.

April 16, 2021
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I think it is unfair to say that a home buyer should be the one responsible for living under airplane noise.

April 16, 2021
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I read with interest the recent letter to the editor decrying the fact that she had seen a sign saying “ammo for sale,” next to a sign derogatory to our president.

April 16, 2021
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A.F. Moore (Letters, April 4) seems a bit confused regarding statistics.

April 6, 2021
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While driving to the Home Depot this weekend, we passed a “flea market/swap meet” on a busy corner of 89A and were shocked and saddened to see (directly adjacent to a big “ammo for sale” sign a HUGE F... Biden sign.

April 6, 2021
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When Mr. Perrell wrote his article about Sweden on March 26, 2021 he failed to relate that Sweden is pushing 7,000 COVID cases per day now. Perhaps he should have actually looked at a source from Sweden.

April 2, 2021
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In any event, March 25, 2021, once again, Governor Ducey withdrew an unpopular Executive Order as soon as the numbers proved it ineffective.

April 2, 2021
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I bow my head and ask, if it be thy will, please save this land from those who seek to destroy it.

April 2, 2021
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So why do I still wear a mask? I do it for you. We are starting to return to a bit of normalcy. We’ve gone to a few restaurants and breweries, some baseball practices and soccer matches with our grand-son, so I may have come into contact with someone who is transmitting or carrying the virus and I might pass it on to you. That’s why I wear a mask in public.

April 2, 2021
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Years ago, during the Viet Nam era, I used to listen to Radio Hanoi on short wave. That’s when I learned a lifelong lesson.

March 30, 2021
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I’m curious if Ms. Coffin took the free class she recommended. (If so, I definitely won’t.)

March 30, 2021
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We readers need to beware of misinformation about the pandemic promoted on these pages by people who make false statements based on no facts whatsoever.

March 26, 2021
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I was dismayed by the news article where Cottonwood Recreation and Parks Department is encouraging people to bring their “painted rocks” for installation along the Riverfront trails.

March 22, 2021
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In the decade-plus that I’ve lived in Sedona, I’ve seen firsthand how short-term rentals have benefited our entire community.

March 19, 2021
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Andrea Wondergen (March 10 Letters to the Editor) sensibly questions the motives of so-called experts. I wish our so-called leaders were so sensible.

March 19, 2021
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How many vaccines have saved lives?

March 19, 2021
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All I ever see on the Verde Independent Facebook posts are whiny letters about politics.

March 19, 2021
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No matter what you have heard (and it’s almost always negative) if you haven’t been introduced to Oath Keepers of Yavapai County, you don’t know what you’re talking about.

March 19, 2021
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The Republican-led Arizona Legislator’s attempt to restrict voting rights and access to the ballot is a blatant attempt to enforce Communism on the voters of Arizona.

March 19, 2021
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Fifth-generation warrior, senator-mother; a life dedicated to family and service for the United States of America.

March 19, 2021
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For all who call Arizona home, we have a duty to protect the lands that we build our lives upon. These diverse lands and the people, cultures, and faiths they are home to are what make this state so special.

March 19, 2021
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Have you ever had one of those headaches that just won’t go away?

March 16, 2021
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Philanthropic gifts poured into the Verde Historical Society during December, January, February and early March as a result of the 2020 Cares Act along with newly created personal, organization and business membership forms, amounting to nearly $12,000, putting the organization in the strongest financial position over the last five years.

March 16, 2021
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