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Editorial: Values-based analysis trumps statistical study on best places to raise family

It’s one thing to do a spec-analysis comparison when shopping for a new car, but it’s quite another to take the salesman up on his offer to give it a test drive.

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Letter: State to reduce vehicle fleet: We’ll believe it when we see it

It’s not that we should expect to see meaningful change, but instead should settle for “it’s the thought that counts” in a bid to reduce the state’s vehicle fleet by 10 percent.

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Editorial: Voucher system now law in Arizona at expense of traditional public school system

There once was a school of thought in this country that public schools represented one of the essential foundations of the American concept known as E Pluribus Unum.

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Editorial: Dominoes seem to be quickly falling for V’ACTE school district

You hate to see it just when the Valley Academy of Career and Technical Education has a new superintendent and governing board members that engender trust, but you can’t help but think the dominoes are starting to fall in this organization.

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Editorial: Sheriff Joe takes page from prostitute about telling the truth

About 35 years ago in Flagstaff, a prostitute more than held her own in a game of mental chess while answering questions from a prosecutor during the murder trial of an infamous motorcycle gang president.

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Editorial: Collins’ case has become exercise in delaying justice

Abraham Lincoln once said, “He who represents himself has a fool for a client.”

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Editorial: Shadow of mining past still looms large for Verde Valley

You can never undo the past. The toxic reminders of the Verde Valley’s mining history offer ample evidence of that adage.

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Editorial: Majority rule is just that, not just when you are in majority

The job now for those on the short end of the vote is to get over it and move forward.

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Editorial: Someone surely dropped the ball with Jerome’s Cuban Queen Bordello

The collapse of the historic Cuban Queen Bordello should be a wake-up call for town officials over the degree to which Jerome can flex its municipal muscle with properties that fall into such disrepair.

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Editorial: Author JA Jance should be honorary member of Chamber of Commerce

Jance has taken on a quasi-role as Cottonwood’s economic development director and Chamber of Commerce all rolled into one.

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Editorial: Claims of city taxation without representation have little merit

Tiered water rates for Verde Village and Verde Santa Fe combined with a new round of city budget talks means Cottonwood once again will be subjected to claims of taxation without representation.

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Editorial: The math doesn’t add up with city watchdogs’ newest gripe about Cottonwood

“This comparison, like many others that are made to discredit our community, are not apples-to-apples comparisons and blatantly unfair. In the Verde Valley, there are no communities to fairly compare to since not all have water or fire departments, or pools, or Recreation Center, or libraries or airports.”

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Editorial: Old Town merchants can best advance their cause by being part of TVR process

It’s time for Old Town business owners to stop being heavy on complaints, and short on solutions.

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Editorial: Easy, popular answer not always what is truly best

For Camp Verde School Board members, the easy and popular answer on school calendar options is staring them right in the face.

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Editorial: Will Tilted Earth’s loss be Thunder Valley Rally’s gain?

A new wrinkle has been added to the Thunder Valley Rally decision awaiting the Cottonwood City Council Feb. 7.

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Editorial: Thunder Valley Rally debate has gone on long enough; it’s time for city council to make a decision

The back-door politics of Thunder Valley Rally played like an Olympic-caliber table tennis match last week. That little ball was bouncing all over the place.

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Editorial: City’s retreat report a solid model for future planning

The “new look” Cottonwood City Council is off to a solid start in forging its path for the future of the city and, in some instances, the entire Verde Valley.

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Editorial: Chasing dollar signs trumps equal-access to medical marijuana

Forget about providing equal access to those who ingest marijuana for medicinal purposes in rural Arizona. Instead, dollar signs seem to be the real driving force for the state’s medical marijuana industry.

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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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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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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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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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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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Editorial: National Monument pursuit sure to catch locals by surprise

While this latest move is indeed the embodiment of the political art of compromise, there is also some political sleight of hand at play here. The old end run.

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Editorial: Help wanted (most all the time) – school board members

In reality – especially with tiny school districts such as Beaver Creek and Clarkdale-Jerome – it’s pulling teeth to get the required number of candidates to run for office in any given election. Further, it’s not at all unusual to have deficit candidate slates, which prompts Superintendent Carter to send out “Help Wanted” notices.

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