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Letter: Will we increase state debt to improve education funding?

This is a letter to the students of schools affected by Red for Ed. I’d like to suggest a vocabulary word for you; Austerity. Austerity is a verb to describe government financial restraint and accountability.

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Letter: Financial fix for Arizona school system long overdue

During my tenure at COCSD, I have watched as education funding has slowly drained from our schools, leaving us lacking the resources we so desperately need to support our student populations.

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Letter: Walk a mile in teachers’ shoes and you will clearly see reason for walkout

Much debate has surrounded the recent teacher walkout that began yesterday. I would like to respond to some of the comments submitted to you recently by readers.

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Interventions a powerful tool used to save life of an addict

Interventions can be the difference between life and death for a drug addict or an alcoholic. Not every person in need of rehabilitation readily accepts the opportunity to get clean and handle the issues that drove them to addiction.

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Letter: Community stepped up to the plate for FIREWISE USA

Verde Lakes Recreation Corp., and Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority, held a second FIREWISE USA neighborhood clean-up this Friday and Saturday April 27 & 28.

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Letter: Mingus board needs to remember who elected them and trust those same voters

As a former school board member who has wrestled with the consolidation question, I understand the pressure you are under. I can hear the uncomfortable phone calls you have taken from staff members and community members who you represent.

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Letter: If it were up to me, you walk out; you’re fired

I agree that K-12 teachers are not paid nearly as much as they should. But they also are not flipping burgers for minimum wage, and name me one other profession that affords a 2+ month “break” every year.

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Letter: Everyone in Clarkdale knows: ‘It’s happening at Clark Memorial Library’

Another fascinating Clarkdale Home Tour and rousing bank robbery has just graced our fair town. And what a grand day it was.

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Letter: Thoroughly disgusted with our current teachers whining about pay

I have always been a strong supporter of education. I taught in public schools for 20 years.

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Letter: Mingus students step up big time in ‘Crazy for You’

In these divided times, all of Cottonwood can be unified in praise of the production of CRAZY FOR YOU at MUHS. The show is performed with an infectious, youthful, exuberant joy.

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Letter: James Ball’s ‘Crazy for You’ is best show in town

James Ball, Mingus Union High School Theatre Director has done it again. James Ball has brought the community a fantastic Dance-Musical. All of his students on stage and in the orchestra were OUTSTANDING.

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Letter: People with plenty need to leave legacy of generosity for Arizona

Wouldn’t it be a piece of Heaven if people with plenty stepped up and said, “We want to leave a legacy of generosity to the people of our state. We want to give a portion of our plenty to lift up the schools in Arizona; to supply teachers and staff with good salaries; counselors to help the struggling students and their families; and provide a rich curriculum for all students.”

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Letter: Art at the Clark a blizzard of color and talent

There is a blizzard of color at the Clarkdale Memorial Library. If you have not yet visited the library since it was pulled from the brink of annihilation by a group of dedicated and talented local citizens, now would be a good time to stop by.

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Letter: Volunteers needed to run Fort Verde Days

Camp Verde Promotions is currently looking for volunteers to help put on Fort Verde Days.

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Letter: Never under estimate fire power of the underdog

History is replete with events where an armed citizenry was able to stand up to vastly superior firepower.

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Letter: Let’s hope city has thought 89 & Vine through

I do hope the City of Cottonwood & builders of 89 & Vine expansion have taken in to consideration the traffic impact.

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Letter: ‘Cornville Cornfest’ has nice ring to it

With regard to the announced suspension of the Camp Verde Cornfest (Verde Independent, 4-10-18), how about moving the event to Cornville? Windmill Park in the historic area of Cornville would be a good venue for a corn eating contest and cornhole games. Windmill Gardens has been a great host for craft fairs in the past.

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Letter: Quiet reasonable discussion needed to minimize fatalities in future school shootings

A lot has been said on both sides of the gun control/gun laws (depending on your side) issue. Minds are not frequently changed, but positions harden.

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Letter: Second Amendment has nothing to do with duck hunting

The anti-gun crowd cracks me up with their changing rhetoric. For years, they’ve been saying the Second Amendment doesn’t apply to individuals, it’s for the militia (which in the founders’ time was every able-bodied adult male.)

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Letter: MMA VVD thanks Thad Card Excavating

The Modified Motorcycle Association Verde Valley District would like to that Thad and Shorty of Thad Card Excavating for their very generous donation of time and equipment to help us move the Jester Memorial from its current location on 6th street over to its new location at American Legion Post 25.

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Letter: With tensions building, Congress must take back its power to declare war

In February, John Bolton, our new National Security Advisor, wrote in the Wall Street Journal that he believed we should strike North Korea first as they are an imminent threat to our security.

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Letter: Thanks to all for making Hands Healing Hunger Outreach a success

Thank You to the members of Christ Lutheran Church in Sedona and their Outreach Program “Hands Healing Hunger."

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Letters: Volunteers made the day for March For Our Lives

I would like to thank the 25 volunteers who acted as crossings guards, shuttle drivers, and helped with setting up and breaking down the rally for March For Our Lives on March 24. We live in a wonderfully supportive community.

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Letter: No gun law will keep bad guys from getting guns

We can’t pass enough gun laws to get rid of evil. Responsible gun owners will remain responsible, and the bad guys will still buy guns from other bad guys.That isn’t going to change with more laws.

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Letter: Thank you to the Camp Verde Library

Recently, American Legion Cornville/Sedona Post 135 was generously given the opportunity to use the new Camp Verde Library for the District 8 and Area C, 81st American Legion Oratorical Competition.