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Commentary: New roads a double-edged sword of solving problems, and creating them

If all goes as planned, there will be a new option in getting from Point A to Point B in the Verde Valley about 10 years from now.

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Commentary: Fruits of progress on the Seder plate

Friday night, Jews will begin with the same question they ask every year: “When do we eat?”  

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Commentary: Date for Easter a moving target, but message stands test of time

Easter is the most revered day in Christianity. It is the observance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Yet it is unique among holidays in that it has no set date on the calendar, other than a guarantee it will fall on a Sunday.

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Commentary: Override funds put to good use for Montezuma-Rimrock Fire District

A sincere thank you to the communities of McGuireville, Rimrock, Lake Montezuma and Camp Verde.

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Commentary: The blissful surrender to March’s madness

It would be an exaggeration to say I’ve been an NCAA basketball junkie all my life. My addiction got serious in junior high when my friends and I played pickup games every afternoon and followed the West Virginia Mountaineers on the radio from WWVA in Wheeling at night.

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Commentary: Disruption new norm for White House

The conventional wisdom is that last week -- with a much-watched congressional special election, a shakeup in the diplomatic profile of the country, and internal White House debates about how and against whom to impose steel and aluminum tariffs -- answered several vital questions. In truth, the opposite may be the case.

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Guest Editorial: Marijuana industry should police itself

In 2016, marijuana for personal use failed to pass in Arizona, with 51.32 percent of voters saying “no.” Voters barely allowed “medical marijuana” in 2010, with 50.13 percent giving approval.

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Commentary: The best solution to life’s challenges is to stop thinking and just swim

In desperation, he screamed out to the ocean to help him to stop sinking. The ocean spoke, “The problem is in your mind. You believe you are in danger and you are unnecessarily making yourself afraid. Stop thinking and just swim!”

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Commentary: Donald Trump’s most casually broken promise

Politicians break campaign promises all the time. Some are big promises; some are small. But few have been broken as completely, as brazenly, and as casually as Donald Trump’s promise not to play golf, or at least not to play a lot of golf, as president.

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Commentary: Take a break to enjoy the wonderful world of ‘play’

Few words have more descriptive meanings than the word “play.”

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Commentary: Of arms and Americans: key turning points

Commenting on the revolutions of 1848 in Europe, the British historian A.J.P. Taylor remarked that “German history reached its turning point and failed to turn.”

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Commentary: Observing Verde River an object lesson in reality of life going full circle

Four years ago, my husband and I bought a cabin on the edge of the Verde River.

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Commentary: Potential development threatens Verde River; will we protect it?

Future conversion of agricultural land to residential development in the Big Chino and lower Williamson Valleys, which overlie the Big Chino basin-fill aquifer, could cause the Verde River to be seasonally dry through Perkinsville.

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Commentary: Saving one dog will not change the world, but for that one dog, the world will change forever

Murphy is a large 63 pound Shar Pei/Mastiff mix who has been living at the Verde Valley Humane Society for two months. He was picked up by Animal Control in the Camp Verde area as a stray.

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No matter where life leads us, we will always be Children of Jerome

I was born in Jerome, Arizona on July 24th, 1973, during a time when this historic town nestled above the Verde Valley of central Arizona was home to many talented artists, entrepreneurs and musicians, just as it is today.

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Commentary: County building process inefficient, over-burdened and confrontational

It has been a couple of weeks since I offered my opinion as a follow-up to the letter written by Richard Mills regarding the Yavapai County Developmental Services Department. Again, I commend Mr. Mills for his accurate assessment - and the guts it took to state it.

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Commentary: Landmark performance makes Palo Verde a treasure for all Arizonans

When you think of the most remarkable landmarks that contribute to the beauty of our state, places like the Grand Canyon, Camelback Mountain, Verde Valley, the Red Rocks of Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon are likely on the list.

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Commentary: Dietary concerns as important for your pet as it is for you

Former senior editor, Cliff Weathers of AlterNet reported that there are certain foods that you should never feed your pet. Included on his list are chocolate, avocados, cookies, grapes, raisins, onions, and garlic.

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Commentary: Like him or not, Tim Foist was a man who earned community’s respect

During his four years as the Mingus Union school superintendent, Tim Foist at one time or another rubbed just about everyone in town the wrong way.

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Commentary: Camp Verde School Board would be wise to keep Superintendent Dr. Goodwin

I understand that the Board has begun its search to replace Superintendent Dennis Goodwin.

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Commentary: Rule of law trumps tantrums of Trump

“I think it’s a disgrace, what’s happening in our country,” President Trump declared recently.

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Commentary: Good things happening at Beaver Creek School

Our STEAM Extravaganza is rapidly approaching. It will be held on Feb. 22.

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There is no better time than now to begin changing your future

Alfred Nobel’s story is an intriguing reminder that we have the ability to alter the course of our lives no matter what path we have taken.

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Commentary: There is a country song for every so-called scandal

Driving along recently, I had a heretical thought: A person could get more sensible advice about men and women from the country oldies station than The New York Times.

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Commentary: Adopting a new pet can’t replace a previous one that passed on, but it can expand your heart

A few days ago, I was watching a beautiful and very excited Border Collie meet his new owners.