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Your cell phone is not worth another person’s life

The best way I can describe my dad would be a madly-in-love, God-fearing, banjo-loving, good-ol-cowboy, who loved every member of his enormous family fiercely, and like some sort of superhero – at least it seemed to me as a kid – he went away for days at a time to go be a larger-than-life fireman for over three decades in the big city.

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Letter: Don’t think for a second capitalism is fair and just

Mr. Westlund’s letter in the Sept. 6 issue of this newspaper closed with a scenario he posed to show what’s wrong with socialism.

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Commentary: Upper Verde education follows script of ‘Let’s Make a Deal’

Former television game show host Monty Hall would love the Upper Verde Valley’s education system.

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Opinion: Editorial Page Cartoon, 9-19-18

Opinion: Editorial Page Cartoon, 9-19-18

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Letter: Clarkdale residents deserve better

The primary election was August 28th, 2018. Winning candidate Ben Kramer announced on September 7th, 2018 he would not take the oath of office, and was placing his name in the running for the new Clarkdale Town Manager’s position.

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Editorial Cartoon: Sept. 14, 2018

Editorial Cartoon: Sept. 14, 2018

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Commentary: Local taxpayers should not be stuck with bill for Camp Verde rodeo arena

I am amazed that the same people elected to the Camp Verde Town Council all ran on a platform that the town was in dire financial straits. They said the town is over spending and is out of control.

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Letter: New council members need to keep city spending in check

We will stand behind you if you will work to find ways to live within our city budget rather than looking for ways to raise taxes to cover budget busting spending as was done with the recently proposed 0.5 percent tax increase.

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Letter: Changing rules for Colonel’s Daughter creates unfair advantage

Hello. My name’s Alana Neary, the 2016 Colonel’s Daughter and was wondering if you had heard about the rules being changed so a contestant could compete again even though she has graduated high school.

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Letter: It’s all about freedom of speech, freedom of expression

I have noticed the surge about Colin Kaepernick being the Nike representative and I understand people’s concerns about him taking a knee to not salute the flag and personally it is wrong for him to do that because he is disrespecting our armed forces who sacrificed their lives.

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Editorial Cartoon: Sept. 12, 2018

Editorial Cartoon: Sept. 12, 2018

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Editorial: With staggered terms now a reality, Jerome should consider direct election for mayor

Jerome has wrestled with the idea of having staggered terms for its town council members for years, and last week it became official that this is now the law of the land for the mountainside community.

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Letter: Clarkdale: Don’t take easy path and simply ‘sock it to the property owners’

This is a lame excuse by tax policy makers and I hope they become much more engaged in finding other sources of revenue for street repairs than to simply “sock it to the property owners.”

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Letter: Wastewater fees in Camp Verde are unreasonable

Many Camp Verde wastewater customers were dumbfounded when the May 2018 sewer bills arrived. An increase had been rumored but why, we asked, had our rates jumped so high? As the dust settles, there are more questions than answers.

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Letter: How is it possible to deny equal pay to all teachers?

I am increasingly saddened and dismayed to hear and read the discussion about the consolidation of our school system. To me, the crux of the argument is about the disparity in the salary structure between the high school and elementary schools. How unfair can this be?

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Editorial Cartoon: Sept. 9, 2018

Editorial Cartoon: Sept. 9, 2018

Commentary: Good things happening at Beaver Creek School

Teachers administered the NWEA benchmark assessment to their students this month. We now have meaningful data that will help us to make appropriate instructional decisions in the classroom for our students.

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Letter: Congratulations Alex Barber

I would like to congratulate Alex Barber on her primary win in Jerome and wish her success moving forward, as she undoubtedly will have a full plate on her agenda.

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Letter: Unjust sewer fees in Camp Verde

I’d like to ask some questions about the sewer fees being charged in Camp Verde.

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Editorial Cartoon: Sept. 7, 2018

Editorial Cartoon: Sept. 7, 2018

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Editorial: Social media doesn’t ruin people’s lives, people do

The old saying about “guns don’t kill people, people do” has a lot in common with the use of social media today.

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Commentary: Time to put campaign rhetoric aside and go to work

I am expecting that all the successful candidates will step out of that sphere of criticism and condemnation to find common ground and begin addressing those things that truly matter as we serve the citizens of the City of Cottonwood.

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Letter: Social programs and socialism are not one and the same

In the latest round of our debate on socialism, my opponent cited several examples of successful socialist states. However, he also averred that socialism and capitalism can co-exist, ergo socialist capitalism.

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Opinion: Editorial Cartoon 9-5-18

Opinion: Editorial Cartoon 9-5-18

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