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Commentary: Mingus offer on shared services fails ‘The Godfather’ test

Hmm … let’s wrap our brains around this. Mingus wants Snyder to work three days a week, at minimum, for a school district that has just one school. The other two days a week, at maximum, would be spent at a school district that has five schools.

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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: 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: 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: 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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Editorial: Robb Williams’ departure will leave leadership void in Verde Valley

Thank you for your selfless service, Mr. Williams.

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Editorial: ‘Past issues,’ ‘past problems’ of V’ACTE need resolution

What’s so unfortunate for Weir is that all of these “past issues” have fallen squarely in his lap. He is being looked upon to provide solutions to problems he clearly did not create. He is being tasked with removing a cloud about the fiscal practices of V’ACTE when he is clearly an advocate of transparency and propriety.

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Editorial: 260 sewer expansion a wise gamble for Camp Verde

The $40 million sticker shock the Cottonwood City Council received Tuesday night for future sewer expansion should be front and center today when the Camp Verde Town Council takes a hard look at its own current and future sewer needs.

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Editorial: More controversy for Verde Village Property Owners Assn.

The crucial issue for what’s left of the VVPOA should be an honest assessment of whether the organization is a representative voice of the eight Verde Village units.

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Commentary: Cottonwood a mighty charitable town – with your tax dollars

Crucial to City Council benevolence needs to be a realization of whose money the city is being so charitable with. City government does not generate money, nor does it earn it the way you do.

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Editorial: Partnership between Business Alliance, Camp Verde Promotions can only benefit community

A community’s business development success is often measured in the number of new businesses that come to town.

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Commentary: Business sense order of the day for Camp Verde Town Hall

One of the oft-heard criticisms of government is that they don’t operate as a business does.

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Editorial: Painful-but-realistic decision on library awaits Clarkdale Town Council

Clarkdale Town Council members Tuesday likely will do the very thing they would give anything to not have to do.

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Editorial: Another year goes by with no consensus on adequate funding for Arizona schools

The rhetoric concerning education funding in Arizona plays like a broken record.

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Editorial: Expanding arena of who can teach still boils down to those who ‘can’

Gov. Doug Ducey and Arizona lawmakers are taking heat for opening doors to allow more people to become school teachers.

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Editorial: Values-based analysis trumps statistical study on best places to raise family

It’s one thing to do a spec-analysis comparison when shopping for a new car, but it’s quite another to take the salesman up on his offer to give it a test drive.

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Commentary: Keegan should be retained exclusively as school district consolidation consultant

When Andy Groseta embarked on this latest school district unification effort, he said we had a unique window of opportunity to make it happen this time.

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Letter: State to reduce vehicle fleet: We’ll believe it when we see it

It’s not that we should expect to see meaningful change, but instead should settle for “it’s the thought that counts” in a bid to reduce the state’s vehicle fleet by 10 percent.

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Commentary: Mickelsen Marathon shows running a sound investment

We’re not just missing the mark for the recreational offering, but there is money to be made both in terms of the event itself and the tax dollars generated from Phoenix area runners looking for a change of venue

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Editorial: Voucher system now law in Arizona at expense of traditional public school system

There once was a school of thought in this country that public schools represented one of the essential foundations of the American concept known as E Pluribus Unum.

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Editorial: Dominoes seem to be quickly falling for V’ACTE school district

You hate to see it just when the Valley Academy of Career and Technical Education has a new superintendent and governing board members that engender trust, but you can’t help but think the dominoes are starting to fall in this organization.

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Commentary: Camp Verde model may be best to keep Clarkdale Library alive

The ongoing debate over the future of the Clark Memorial Library is a classic example of the ever-growing conflict of traditionalism in a non-traditional world.

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Editorial: Sheriff Joe takes page from prostitute about telling the truth

About 35 years ago in Flagstaff, a prostitute more than held her own in a game of mental chess while answering questions from a prosecutor during the murder trial of an infamous motorcycle gang president.

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Commentary: History shows fiscal deficiencies of V’ACTE come as no surprise

This past week’s damning draft audit of the fiscal practices of the Valley Academy of Career and Technical Education hardly come as a surprise.

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Editorial: Majority rule is just that, not just when you are in majority

The job now for those on the short end of the vote is to get over it and move forward.

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Editorial: Someone surely dropped the ball with Jerome’s Cuban Queen Bordello

The collapse of the historic Cuban Queen Bordello should be a wake-up call for town officials over the degree to which Jerome can flex its municipal muscle with properties that fall into such disrepair.

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Editorial: Author JA Jance should be honorary member of Chamber of Commerce

Jance has taken on a quasi-role as Cottonwood’s economic development director and Chamber of Commerce all rolled into one.

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Editorial: Claims of city taxation without representation have little merit

Tiered water rates for Verde Village and Verde Santa Fe combined with a new round of city budget talks means Cottonwood once again will be subjected to claims of taxation without representation.

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Editorial: The math doesn’t add up with city watchdogs’ newest gripe about Cottonwood

“This comparison, like many others that are made to discredit our community, are not apples-to-apples comparisons and blatantly unfair. In the Verde Valley, there are no communities to fairly compare to since not all have water or fire departments, or pools, or Recreation Center, or libraries or airports.”

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Commentary: Take it from a geriatric shuffler, three races in one weekend is not cool

There is a regular group from the Verde Valley to be found several weekends a month hitting the pavement in one of the many road races offered in the Phoenix area.

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Editorial: Old Town merchants can best advance their cause by being part of TVR process

It’s time for Old Town business owners to stop being heavy on complaints, and short on solutions.

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Editorial: Easy, popular answer not always what is truly best

For Camp Verde School Board members, the easy and popular answer on school calendar options is staring them right in the face.

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Editorial: Will Tilted Earth’s loss be Thunder Valley Rally’s gain?

A new wrinkle has been added to the Thunder Valley Rally decision awaiting the Cottonwood City Council Feb. 7.

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Editorial: Thunder Valley Rally debate has gone on long enough; it’s time for city council to make a decision

The back-door politics of Thunder Valley Rally played like an Olympic-caliber table tennis match last week. That little ball was bouncing all over the place.

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Editorial: City’s retreat report a solid model for future planning

The “new look” Cottonwood City Council is off to a solid start in forging its path for the future of the city and, in some instances, the entire Verde Valley.

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Editorial: Chasing dollar signs trumps equal-access to medical marijuana

Forget about providing equal access to those who ingest marijuana for medicinal purposes in rural Arizona. Instead, dollar signs seem to be the real driving force for the state’s medical marijuana industry.

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Editorial: Thorpe’s anti-college vote proposal is bad public policy

One has to wonder what Dist. 6 Rep. Bob Thorpe is thinking with his current effort to make it difficult, if not impossible, for college-age students to vote.

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Editorial: Gas tax hike not a popular subject, but clearly necessary

The discussion to raise Arizona’s levy on a gallon of gasoline is not going to win Prescott House Republican Noel Campbell many friends.

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Editorial: MLK Holiday a sad chapter in Arizona history

Short of the sense of decency that existed in Jerome, Arizona’s history concerning the MLK Holiday was a sad affair. I

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Editorial: Answering the flood of questions about ‘Stupid Motorist Law’

Questions about the applicability of Arizona’s “Stupid Motorist Law” has been the rage on the Verde Independent and Camp Verde Bugle Facebook pages this past week.

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Editorial: National Monument pursuit sure to catch locals by surprise

While this latest move is indeed the embodiment of the political art of compromise, there is also some political sleight of hand at play here. The old end run.

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Commentary: Resolutions are recipes for failure unless you chart course for success

Ah, the turning of the calendar page into a new year. Resolution time.

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Editorial: Help wanted (most all the time) – school board members

In reality – especially with tiny school districts such as Beaver Creek and Clarkdale-Jerome – it’s pulling teeth to get the required number of candidates to run for office in any given election. Further, it’s not at all unusual to have deficit candidate slates, which prompts Superintendent Carter to send out “Help Wanted” notices.

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Editorial: Davis’ solid work ethic made for admirable run of county service

He began his career as a political underdog who made a lot of people eat crow.

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Editorial: Legal challenges to voter measures should come before the fact, not after

With all the hoops one must jump through to get an initiative or referendum on the state ballot, you would think part of that process would be to determine if indeed the measure is even legal or not.

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Christmas wish for the Verde Valley

Here’s a Christmas wish for the coming year:

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Time to end smoke-and-mirrors budgeting for Arizona education

Here we go again. The Arizona Legislature and governor’s office are making enhanced spending for K-12 education one of their main priorities for the new legislative session.

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Editorial: Do-overs and Mulligans define political process in Arizona

In Arizona, public policy is established in much the same manner bad golfers get through a round. Do-overs and Mulligans.

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Editorial: Barb U’Ren will leave great legacy of service to district, community

There is nothing more inspirational than a story about someone who starts at the bottom and works their way to the top.

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Editorial Intergovernmental communication, strategy essential for new Valley leaders

The new era of political leadership in the Verde Valley is now taking form.

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Editorial: Let’s hope for fresh start, end of us-vs.-them college politics

Here we go again. Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter has received applications from five people who want to be next in line to serve as the District 3 representative on the Yavapai College Board of Governors.

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Editorial: Verde Valley Christmas season would be incomplete without Verde Valley Voices, Cottonwood Community Band

The Christmas season has a way of bringing out the best in the Verde Valley and it’s hard to find anything better than two local organizations who have a combined 46 years of bringing joy to our communities.

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Editorial: Thunder Valley Rally a classic case of failed leadership

If ever there was a need for strong leadership in the Verde Valley, Thunder Valley Rally could surely use it.

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Editorial: A solid mission, clearly communicated, shows VACTE on progressive path

For years, the educational animal known as Verde Valley Career and Technical Education was a mystery to most people.

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Editorial: Jerome water dilemma a sign for entire Southwest

It wasn’t the kind of news folks in Jerome wanted to hear, but the town’s water supply is at historic and critical low levels thanks to the fickle moods of Mother Nature.