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Editorial Cartoon: Jan. 20, 2017

Editorial Cartoon: Jan. 20, 2017

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Editorial: Thorpe’s anti-college vote proposal is bad public policy

One has to wonder what Dist. 6 Rep. Bob Thorpe is thinking with his current effort to make it difficult, if not impossible, for college-age students to vote.

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Letter: Shoot for realistic goals regarding drug use

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.

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Projects aplenty at Camp Verde Unified School District

The overall enrollment of Camp Verde Unified School District is 1632 as compared 1593 one year ago. Current enrollment vs. same time last year: Elementary 698 vs.721: Middle School 386 vs. 343; Camp Verde High School 483 vs. 436: Accommodations School 29 vs. 25: South Verde High School 36 vs. 68.

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Editorial Cartoon: Jan. 18, 2017

Editorial Cartoon: Jan. 18, 2017

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Editorial: Gas tax hike not a popular subject, but clearly necessary

The discussion to raise Arizona’s levy on a gallon of gasoline is not going to win Prescott House Republican Noel Campbell many friends.

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Letter: Trump the polar opposite of President Obama

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.

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Letter: Political courage required for real reform

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).

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Letter: Practice cooperation and peace

“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.

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Editorial: MLK Holiday a sad chapter in Arizona history

Short of the sense of decency that existed in Jerome, Arizona’s history concerning the MLK Holiday was a sad affair. I

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Commentary: Presidents end up with just 1 label

Thomas Jefferson? Made the Louisiana Purchase. Andrew Jackson? Battled the Bank of the United States. Abraham Lincoln? Signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Herbert Hoover? Presided over the beginning of the Great Depression. Jimmy Carter? Hobbled by hostages in Iran.

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Letter: Dr. King’s legacy: Love, not hate; understanding, not anger; peace, not war

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.

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Letter: It would have been so much easier for Russians to simple endorse Hillary Clinton

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

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Editorial Cartoon: Jan. 13, 2017

Editorial Cartoon: Jan. 13, 2017

Commentary: Antiquities Act of 1906 ripe for bipartisan abuse

Much like a losing football team looking to toss a Hail Mary pass in the final seconds, outgoing administrations turn to midnight regulations and executive actions in the brief time they have left in power.

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Editorial: Answering the flood of questions about ‘Stupid Motorist Law’

Questions about the applicability of Arizona’s “Stupid Motorist Law” has been the rage on the Verde Independent and Camp Verde Bugle Facebook pages this past week.

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Letter: It’s not the ‘public’ asking for National Monument

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

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Letter: Flashback: All’s well that ends well

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.

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Letter: Public needs to be educated on what is, or is not, insurance

Somewhere between the utopian idea that health care can, and should be, free and the idea that it should be “every man for himself,” there is a middle-ground that is humane but not economically ruinous.

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Letter: Monument effort the work of environmental extremists

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.”

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Editorial Cartoon: Jan. 11, 2017

Editorial Cartoon: Jan. 11, 2017

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Editorial Cartoon: Jan. 8, 2017

Editorial Cartoon: Jan. 8, 2017

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Commentary: Out of touch with ‘Real America’ or America defined by Reality TV?

Following the 2016 election, some readers have accused me of being out of touch with the Real America -- that mythic locale inhabited by people who vote like them and watch the same TV shows they do.

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Editorial: Talking politics should not be ‘hate crime’

Finally, police are investigating who was responsible for recently twisting a Menorah outside a Chandler, Arizona, home into the shape of a swastika.

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