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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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Editorial: Solar eclipse, world events, show that what goes around, comes around

Walter Cronkite opened the Feb. 6, 1979, CBS Evening News by saying “the forces of darkness ruled in daylight.”

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Editorial: Departure of Kirk Waddle opens door for Mingus, Cottonwood-Oak Creek

With this week’s announcement about the resignation of Mingus Union’s highly respected business manager Kirk Waddle, we have an excellent opportunity to put some action behind all the recent words of late about the consolidation of the Mingus and Cottonwood-Oak Creek districts.

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Editorial: McCain potshots don’t sit well with American people

There is no better example of political doublespeak than those who choose to take pot shots at Sen. John McCain.

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Editorial: Free college won’t work in Arizona

Last week Rhode Island became the fourth state to offer two years of community college free for state residents, joining New York, Oregon and Tennessee.

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Editorial Cartoon: July 28, 2017

Editorial Cartoon: July 28, 2017

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Editorial: Video evidence of shooting an absolute safeguard for police officers

There are two morals to the story concerning the Paulden man who was shot by a Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputy and Chino Valley police officer Friday, July 21.

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Editorial: Political history on Ducey’s side in shying away from interest in McCain’s job

Ducey, through his press aide Daniel Scarpinato, is adamant that he will not appoint himself to serve out McCain’s term should the veteran U.S. Senator resign.

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Editorial: Zoning administrator has Jerome moving in positive direction

If the collapse of the historic Cuban Queen Bordello was a wake-up call for Jerome, the town’s new zoning chief is not letting the grass grow under his feet before another old building falls victim to neglect in the mountainside community.

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Editorial: Dual overrides add fuel to school district merger debate

Some will say they are separate and distinct issues, but the doubling up of override extensions for Mingus Union and Cottonwood-Oak Creek should be part of the renewed debate on school district consolidation.

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Editorial: Divine opportunities await those with a helping hand to lend

Staff Reporter Bill Helm once wrote that to work is human, but to volunteer is divine. If that’s the case, there is some divine opportunities in the Verde Valley.

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Editorial: Parsons Park a fitting tribute to Verde River’s best friend

John Parsons, more than anyone else, was the person who challenged the status quo and raised awareness that we were guilty of trashing the single most important asset in the Verde Valley. He fought those battles locally as well as on the county, state and federal levels.

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Editorial: Community needs to make most of second chance for Clarkdale Library

It looks like there are happy endings after all when it comes to small-town government budget austerity stories.

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Editorial: Cordes Lakes water shortage a flashback to former Verde Village woes

OK, here we are in the midst of summer’s most torrid run of triple-digit days. Throughout the state, communities are at or near all-time record highs with the 120-degree barrier being challenged most every day.

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