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Editorial: Strange choice of words by Mingus on consolidation issue

Two different policy-making groups took up the same question regarding school district consolidation this week.

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Editorial: Camp Verde schools need Dr. Goodwin

School board must stop trend of administrative musical chairs

If indeed we are seeing the end of the Dr. Dennis Goodwin era in the Camp Verde Unified School District, it’s a good bet that one day there will be people who regret things did not work out.

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Editorial: Bold action this week by Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Board

Good for the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Board.

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Editorial: Thunder Valley Rally survives rough roads thanks to perseverance and compromise

The Verde Valley’s relationship with Thunder Valley Rally is much like a troubled marriage that perseveres and has something good to show for it in the end.

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Editorial Let’s hope Cottonwood-Oak Creek decision will not cause consolidation powder keg to blow

School district consolidation has always been a powder keg in the Upper Verde Valley.

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Editorial: Simplistic analysis an eye-opener for consolidation number crunchers

Currently mired down in budget analysis, the group studying the consolidation of the Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union school districts should slow down, take a deep breath and simplify their work.

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Editorial: Much-needed relief coming for Verde Valley’s court system

The Verde Valley criminal-case logjam that has backed up at the doorstep of Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Michael R. Bluff got some much-needed relief this week.

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Editorial: More than anyone else, Collins is to blame for the mess his case has become

OK, here we are back to square one in the Seth Collins trial and there’s a lot of finger-pointing going on.

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Editorial: Dominoes obviously falling in right direction for Camp Verde

A community’s growth and development often is like the conundrum about the chicken and the egg.

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Editorial: Much wisdom to be gained from Yes-Yes campaign

The successful Yes-Yes campaign for the Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union overrides this past week greatly benefited from having history on its side.

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U.S. Veterans! You are America

It was on the stroke of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 that the world celebrated the end of World War I.

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Editorial Consolidation task force a wise move for Mingus, Cottonwood-Oak Creek … with professional facilitator

If all goes according to plan, the Mingus and Cottonwood-Oak Creek school boards soon will have a special task force in place to make sense of the proposed merger of the two school districts.

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Editorial: State Education Board flunks test on grading Arizona schools

As if Arizona’s education system did not have enough problems, it’s beginning to look like the state’s new school grading system is flawed.

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Editorial Don’t be confused on override vote; your tax bill is not at threat

You should think of these ballot questions as status-quo measures.

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Editorial: Meaningful debate on gun control too much to expect

One thing we cannot depend on in the aftermath of Sunday’s horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas is meaningful, respectful dialog on gun control in America.

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Editorial: Doing nothing is what government does best

One of the things government at any level is best at doing is nothing.

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Editorial: Property tax study shows steady bottom line for consolidated district

Proponents of the effort to consolidate the Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union school districts will tell you it’s not just about the bottom line.

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Editorial: Tradition lives strong in Camp Verde’s Colonel’s Daughter contest

Though the event first began 57 years ago, the title of Colonel’s Daughter came from a novel written in 1882 by Charles E. King, a retired captain who joined the 5th Cavalry in Camp Verde in May 1874.

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Editorial: Jet Foley, Ken Wood go the extra mile for Hurricane Harvey victims

The Verde Valley’s collective goodness has been clearly evident in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

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Editorial: Increased taxes for education must include change in school funding mechanism

The latest study on improving Arizona’s school system points to a predictable solution. Increase the current 0.6-cent education sales tax.

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Editorial: American workforce swells to 205 million, and every one deserves day off

Labor Day isn’t just about barbecues, recreation, big sales and waving good-bye to summer.

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Editorial: We’ve gone round and round on roundabouts long enough

For whatever reason, folks in the Verde Valley insist on going round and round over the seven planned roundabouts currently under construction on State Route 260 between Cottonwood and Camp Verde.

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Editorial: Arpaio tease adds fuel to 2018 mid-term fire

The leaves are obviously shaking on political trees in anticipation of the 2018 mid-term elections. That is especially true in Arizona with the news that Joe Arpaio may make a run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Jeff Flake.

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Editorial: Texas tragedy an opportunity for America to stand tall

With every tragedy comes opportunity and the wrath ravaged upon South Texas this past weekend could be the very thing America needs most.

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Editorial: President should not hold trump card in Joe Arpaio case

As it applies to former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, America is not a nation of laws. Rather, Arpaio’s case has become an exercise in authority by individuals who put themselves above the law.

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