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Letter: Shoot for realistic goals regarding drug use

Local media reports that MATforce and numerous other public entities and organizations will be celebrating “Stand with me, Be drug free” and further attempting to indoctrinate us into a myopic, puritanical mindset that has no place in our culture this side of the 21st century.

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Letter: Trump the polar opposite of President Obama

On January 20th we’ll be saying goodbye to the Obamas. We’ll say goodbye to eloquence, class, integrity and intelligence. Whether or not you agree with President Obama’s politics you cannot question his compassion, hope for our future generations and his desire to do what he thought was best for our country.

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Letter: Political courage required for real reform

All the hysterics are starting to wear thin – the gnashing of teeth, wailing, crying and blowing snot all over the area (as my DI was wont to say).

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Letter: Practice cooperation and peace

“Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. I am not unmindful of the fact that violence often brings about momentary results. Nations have frequently won their independence in battle. But in spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Letter: Dr. King’s legacy: Love, not hate; understanding, not anger; peace, not war

When the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968 while in Memphis to support the AFSCME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees) sanitation workers’ strike, he was organizing the Poor People’s Campaign for economic justice.

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Letter: It would have been so much easier for Russians to simple endorse Hillary Clinton

In his January 5 commentary, Byron York advocates a wait-and-see-the-evidence approach to the hyped-up Russian hacking scandal.

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Letter: It’s not the ‘public’ asking for National Monument

It’s disturbing that a small group of people think it’s acceptable to sneak this National Monument issue through in the 11th hour.

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Letter: Flashback: All’s well that ends well

In November 1964, while I was Manager of the Camp on top of Mingus, we booked a Girl Scout troop of 40 Girl Scouts and I was surprised when they showed up, there was one girl Scout leader, the Scoutmaster, and no other adults.

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Letter: Public needs to be educated on what is, or is not, insurance

Somewhere between the utopian idea that health care can, and should be, free and the idea that it should be “every man for himself,” there is a middle-ground that is humane but not economically ruinous.

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Letter: Monument effort the work of environmental extremists

I am both amused and disgusted at the “Sedona Red Rock Verde Valley Area National Monument” news release that stated “Forest Plan’s Amendment 12 … was always intended as a ‘placeholder’ until more permanent protection could be secured.”

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Letter: Camp Verde stepped up to the plate during Christmas season

What a wonderful caring community we live in. Thank you to all the bell ringers that donated their time ringing the bells for The Salvation Army for the last four weeks in front of Camp Verde’s Bashas’ Store.

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Letter: I am done being a victim of loathsome slugs

This “wimpy weenie crybaby” has something to say to all those Trumpsters out there who so delight in insulting and belittling dissenters like me.

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Letter: Not ready to hand over federal government to California

. I for one am not ready to cede our federal government to California.

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Letter: Election was rigged all right; just look who won

Trump will never be my president. He was right about the election being rigged.

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Letter: If you voted for him, then Trump can be your president, but not mine

Enough already! Enough with the surrogates explaining about what Trump “really meant.” Is he not a grown man capable of saying exactly what he means? Enough with my fellow Christians making excuses for their precious “baby Christian.”

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Letter: Trump election hardly an ‘Act of Terrorism’ but time for Americans to be proud once again

According to Olga Perez Stable Cox, psychology professor at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, CA, Donald Trump’s election was an “act of terrorism”. This quote was part of her class lecture after Trump’s election and was video taped by a student, put on YouTube and then reported by Fox News.

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Letter: The spirit of compassion is alive in Camp Verde

The volunteers of St. Frances Cabrini Conference, Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Camp Verde stood at Bashas’ doors on Nov. 22nd.

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Letter: Thank you for making Thanksgiving Food Drive a big success

The Cottonwood Society of St. Vincent de Paul has many to thank for our annual Thanksgiving “Turkey Tuesday” food drive success!

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Letter: Suicide continues to be choice of far too many in our country

I am writing to thank Scott Orr and the Verde Independent for the front page article that shined a light on the distressing statistics regarding suicide in the Veteran population, and specifically in our state.

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Letter: These weenies need to ‘man up’

What kind of wimps are we raising in this country now? Why do we confuse young children by telling them that gender specific words are harmful, that they “hurt the feelings” of others?

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Letter: Moments like these shine spotlight on positive impact our CTE programs

Here are a few group photographs from our recent SkillsUSA Leadership Training Camp in Williams. I can honestly say it was the best group I’ve taken in three years.

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Letter: Clarifying the Salt and Verde Water Fund

Regarding Mr. Joels’ recent letter about the Salt and Verde Rivers Water Fund, I want to clarify some important facts. This proposed program represents no threat to people or organizations who have surface water rights in the Verde watershed, actually quite the opposite.

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Letter: Quit needling me for wearing safety pin

For some weeks now I’ve been wearing a little steel safety pin when I go out in public. Only that- no slogan-bearing T shirts or caps. Just a little steel safety pin. It’s been interesting.

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Letter: Thank you for extending my stay here on earth

‘Tis the season to be thankful for what we have and to make merry. I am thankful for another year of celebration with family and friends.

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