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Commentary: ‘Business’ of running Yavapai College sadly lacking; current model of governance ineffective

It may be hard to believe, but there was a time when the Verde Valley campus of Yavapai College was a busy, bustling campus. Two of my children attended; one while attending Mingus Union High School and the other after graduation from Mingus.

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Editorial: At long last, a fresh start for Camp Verde Marshal’s Office

The Camp Verde Marshal’s Office got a long-awaited fresh start this week with Corey Rowley taking command of the town’s police department.

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Letter: No matter how you look at it, Prop. 127 a losing proposition

The Verde Independent reported September 22 that Tom Steyer-financed Proposition 127 would be rendered ineffective by legislation signed by Governor Ducey. While this may be true, it does not mean 127’s passage could not have negative effects, particularly as regards the Verde River.

Letter: Please, “World,’ accept my apology

On behalf of the United States of America, I want to apologize for the despicable, detestable, degrading spectacle that has been the process of nominating and, thankfully, confirming Judge Brett Michael Kavanaugh to a seat as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

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Letter: All things considered, Prop. 445 a good investment in Clarkdale

We just can’t escape it, in the mailbox, on the television, or on our car radio, politics is everywhere. It seems every television and radio political advertisement we hear has twisted some slightly factual information into a totally different message to make us love or hate someone or some movement. For Clarkdale residents we will be voting on Proposition 445, a 10 year bond for public roads.

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Commentary: Prime opportunity awaits Cottonwood to finally answer need for new City Hall

One of my promises when I campaigned to become mayor was to provide more efficient government and to spend your money wisely.

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Commentary: Prop. 445 repairs damage from economic storm of past 10 years

Thursday, I attended my third weekly informational meeting conducted by the Town of Clarkdale in order to present the facts about Proposition 445, the Town of Clarkdale’s 2018 Bond Authorization Special Election.

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Letter: Your roads, your money, your decision

Prop. 445 is the Clarkdale Road Maintenance bond with a principal of 6 million dollars and bond interest and service of 1.3 million dollars for a total of $7,304,538.)

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Editorial: Subjective nature of school grades makes final result suspect

Indeed, many schools throughout the state successfully petitioned ADE for a re-assessment of their grade last year. Case in point: Mingus Union High School successfully petitioned last year to have its “C” grade improved to a “B.”

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Letter: Be diligent, do your homework before casting vote in Yavapai College election

This is a historic moment for the county but in particular for the Verde Valley voter as we get to vote for our Yavapai Community College board member to represent us.

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Letter: The abundance of dead comes from colonialism, fascism and Communism

For examples of socialism that contradicts Mr. Foreman, there is Spain’s Mondragon Cooperative, Israel, & England. The Mondragon Cooperative, where workers are also owners, is the most successful socialist (or quasi-socialist) enterprise in the world. It’s not perfect, but it has not resulted in an abundance of dead.

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Letter: New board, solid vision, firm commitment by VVPOA

This is a VERY delayed response to an editorial by Editor Dan Engler on June 13, 2017.

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Commentary: Journalism matters, now more than ever

It’s crucial that we continue to reinforce the importance of our role in society.

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Commentary: Columbus discovered America? Think again

Monday, we celebrated the anniversary of Columbus’s “discovery” of the Americas. Columbus was an Italian explorer hired by Spain to find a new route to “India.”

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Opinion: Editorial Page Cartoon Oct. 7, 2018

Opinion: Editorial Page Cartoon Oct. 7, 2018

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Editorial: We’ve had enough consolidation meetings; voters need to put this issue to bed

Upper Verde school district consolidation is much like a 24-hour television marathon of The Twilight Zone.

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Commentary: Denial of truth spreads like virus in communication age

Perhaps the most pernicious thing that was said in recent weeks was when Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii literally told men to “shut up” in regard to determining the truth behind differing accounts of high school memories involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

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Letter The answer to the question ‘Is it hurting yet?’ is an emphatic YES

In an article published by the Verde Independent under the ‘Letter to the Editor’ on June 28, 2018, Kerry Olson from Clarkdale said, “I have been paying property taxes to Yavapai College now for 40 years. Why in the world do they continually raise taxes in our neck of the woods, and provide less services?”

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Letter: Let the voters decide? We already did several times

As a resident of the Verde Valley, I am a bit confused on the repeated statement of “let the voters decide” when it comes to school consolidation.

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Letter: Will Robinson is not in danger; it’s the citizens of America

For the record, yes, Abraham Lincoln, when nominated and elected President of the United States in 1860, was a Republican, and, in fact, was the leader of the Moderate faction of the Republican Party.

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Letter: The true comic book heros are the artists behind the scenes

All the folks who brought the 24-Hour Comic Challenge to Clarkdale last weekend deserve a big hand.

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Commentary: Four years later, I can still hear the screams

I remember looking over at my fiancé’s face. He was just sitting there next to me, the sunlight shining through his long untamable hair, his bright blue eyes smiling. It’d been three days since we’d seen Stephanie, the midwife, but this time had been different.

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Letter: Council appointment will be made in fair, reasonable, legal manner

I want to thank Phil Dirksen and John Sherman for taking the time to share their thoughts about how the Clarkdale Town Council is handling the unique situations surrounding the resignation of Ben Kramer from our Council.

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Letter: What happened to ‘due process of law?’

In this great country we used to be innocent until proven guilty but not with Judge Kavanaugh. 

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Editorial Cartoon: Sept. 30, 2018

Editorial Cartoon: Sept. 30, 2018

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