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Editorial: With staggered terms now a reality, Jerome should consider direct election for mayor

Jerome has wrestled with the idea of having staggered terms for its town council members for years, and last week it became official that this is now the law of the land for the mountainside community.

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Editorial: Social media doesn’t ruin people’s lives, people do

The old saying about “guns don’t kill people, people do” has a lot in common with the use of social media today.

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Editorial: Local voters stood firm against politics of hate and deceit

The political process has never been known as a showcase for humanity’s best qualities.

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Editorial: Judge Mackey the clear winner in latest consolidation battle

While both sides of the school district consolidation debate found a way to spin Friday’s ruling as a victory in their favor, the real winner in this legal duel was Presiding Yavapai County Superior Court Judge David Mackey.

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Editor: Hats off to those who choose to serve on Verde Valley school boards

Especially here in the Verde Valley over the past year, it’s been tough – very tough – to be a school board member.

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Editorial: VACTE consolidation concerns more rhetoric than reality

The concern over the future of vocational education in the Verde Valley should consolidation take place is far more anchored in rhetoric than reality.

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Editorial: Starbucks’ success lies in finding solution to access woes at 260-89A

It’s beginning to look like the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce is finally going to be able to sell its property located at the busy SR 260 and SR 89A intersection and the community will get a Starbucks coffee shop in the process.

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Editorial: Goetting chooses difficult, but not impossible, path to the mayor’s office in Camp Verde

The pool of candidates for the Camp Verde mayoral race expanded by one this past week with the addition of Alex Goetting as a write-in candidate.

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Letter: American labor rights are on the line and that line keeps getting thinner

During the Great Depression, fifteen million Americans were unemployed and many of the few who did have jobs were exposed to horrific working conditions.

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Editorial: Marriage of consolidation also a date in divorce court

At this stage though, make no mistake about it, this betrothal is a shotgun wedding. Mingus is the reluctant groom to Cottonwood-Oak Creek’s bride. It’s you, the voters, who are holding the gun.

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Commentary: Lack of transparency continues to be part of Mingus culture

For more than a year now, Mingus Union High School officials have displayed a pattern of carelessness when it comes to complying with Arizona’s open meeting and public records laws.

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Editorial: Rep. Stringer badly misses mark on ‘apology tour’

Prescott Rep. David Stringer went on the road last week to mend some fences.

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Editorial: Residency requirement for town marshal comes back to haunt Camp Verde council

The common sentiment in Camp Verde right now is that the answer to what he should do about the Camp Verde town marshal vacancy is staring Town Manager Russ Martin right in the face.

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Editorial: Douglas needs to take lead from local leaders on teacher walkout

Fortunately, she does not seem to have much support on the Arizona Board of Education, but State Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas’ zeal for disciplining teachers who participated in last spring’s state teacher walkout is troubling nonetheless.

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Editorial: Separating children from families proves America’s moral compass askew

In an era of political divisiveness as wide as the Grand Canyon, there is one point on which many Democrats and Republicans alike agree. The current practice of separating children from their families to enforce U.S. immigration policies is morally wrong.

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Editorial: Where can members of Congress live?

The fervor seems to never stop over the people who we as Americans have sent to Washington, D.C., to represent us. At a basic level, concerns about exactly where they live continues with each passing election cycle.

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Lack of volunteers not a problem unique to Jerome

The talk of getting rid of all of Jerome’s advisory boards and commissions is a sign of the times.

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Editorial: Carter’s office should shy away from Verde Valley offers of help on school district consolidation

Memo to Yavapai County Superintendent of Schools Tim Carter: Just say, “No thank you.”

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Editorial: Water quality reporting a black eye for city, but problem resolved seven months ago

There are a lot of “would’ve, should’ve, could’ve” laments this week at Cottonwood City Hall following the revelations about careless, sloppy perhaps even fraudulent documentation of the water quality delivered by the city.

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Editorial: Take a ‘moment’ to remember war dead

Try to fathom the number of men and women who have died fighting our nation’s enemies over the centuries. It’s overwhelming. It’s stunning. It’s certainly worth a moment of our time.

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Editorial: 2018 political landscape taking shape in Verde Valley

The final touches on the picture will not be complete until 5 p.m. May 30, but the landscape of the 2018 Verde Valley political season already is taking shape.

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Editorial: Much can change before sales tax hike becomes official

For those still not convinced the Cottonwood City Council is acting in your best interests by raising the municipal sales tax a half-cent on the dollar, rest assured that there is still plenty of time to make your voice heard on this one.

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Editorial: Taxation issues front and center in Verde Valley this week

Your money was in the political bulls-eye this week.

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Editorial: Private, public partnerships needed to make special events in Camp Verde successful

With lagging volunteerism prompting the plug to be pulled on this year’s Camp Verde Cornfest, the community’s attention is now focused on the town’s longest-running weekend event: Fort Verde Days.

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