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Letter: County building permit delays excessive, undue burden on contractors

I am writing this letter to let everyone in the Verde Valley know what has been going on at the Development Services Department (Building Dept.) in Yavapai County.

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Letter: Marijuana a gateway out of opioid addiction

Medical marijuana should be legalized now. Jeff Sessions is right about one thing: marijuana is a gateway drug -- but it’s a gateway out of opioid addiction.

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Letter: MMA ride a success thanks to community volunteers

Modified Motorcycle Association Verde Valley District held our Annual Frosty and Chilly Run on Monday January 1st. Since the weather was beautiful - nothing frosty about this year - we had over 130 riders sign up for the run and participate in this tradition. Riders rode from the American Legion Post 25 to the Cottonwood Fire Station on 6th street as a group.

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Letter: Dr. King’s legacy remains measuring stick for society

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday is a day set aside for measuring ourselves against the yardstick of King’s hope and dream. It is a time to reflect on our moral obligation to condemn social and economic systems that rob people of dignity and equal opportunity.

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Letter: Cartoonist made a very good point

The cartoon on page 4 , courtesy of the Pittsburg Post-Gazette, was right on!

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Letter: It’s opposing views that create best public policy

It was very disturbing to hear of Rep. Jay Lawrence’s attempts to reject the democratic process by forcing local candidates to declare their party affiliation.

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Letter: Two new challenges to Arizona Public Service

In addition to my appeals of the Arizona Corporation Commission’s decision in the APS rate case, there are now two more challenges to APS.

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Letter: Papa John’s dishes up perfect Christmas present for students

I want to personally thank Gerri, the owner of Papa Johns, for making it possible for my students on my Mingus bus to have pizzas for Christmas.

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Letter: Current weather cycle no reason to convert to ‘Climatastrophism’

Record-breaking average fall temperature in the Verde Valley certainly warrants a news article (December 15), but there are a few facts the article fails to mention.

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Protection of aesthetic values must not take a back seat to commercial development

The RV park going in next to 89A in Clarkdale just before the bridge over the river to Tuzigoot does a disservice to the Verde Valley area.

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Letter: Clark Memorial Library’s promotion of literacy should include promotion of local art and education

I was so pleased to see Mingus Union High School photography students’ work decking Clark Memorial Library for the holiday season! The sight of stacks lined with their pro-quality photo art underscores the fact CML is open for the entire community to enjoy on a daily basis.

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Letter: Thank you to all who gave in money or in spirit

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7400 and Auxiliary recently conducted their two-day Buddy Poppy campaign, soliciting donations at the following businesses in Cottonwood:

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Letter: Beware of mountain lion on the prowl in Clarkdale

I live next to the Park in upper Clarkdale. At 1 am I took our puppy out to go potty in our front yard.

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Letter: Tax increases do nothing other than help the rich get richer

I am writing to express my position on the proposed GOP tax increases. I adamantly oppose any legislation that provides tax breaks to the wealthy, while raising taxes for the lower and middle classes.

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Letter: Construction industry is key player in vibrant local economy

We live and work in the silhouettes and outlines of Yavapai County size skyscrapers known as multi-story buildings, we travel through streets lined with homes and local businesses and buildings under construction.

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Letter: Sorry but I’ll pass on watching re-runs of real-life horror stories

Why do Network, Cable Television, Programmers find it necessary to reenact the full detail of horror stories such as the Charles Mansion case.

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Letter: Give me your address and I’ll deliver dog poop to your yard

I am a dog owner and I am so upset at irresponsible pet owners who do not pick up after their pets. You give all of us a bad reputation.

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Letter: Verde Village volunteers stepped up to keep highway clean

I wish to thank the 18 volunteers who came out to help with the Highway 260 cleanup of the Verde Village section.

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Letter: Cottonwood tennis courts need a facelift

I just got back from the Minneapolis St. Paul area. Where I spent 48 Years. They have over 250 tennis courts.

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Letter: How about lightening up on the loud car noise Cottonwood?

As a visitor to you town I find the people enthralled with loud noisy vehicles very annoying. Why do you allow these people to disturb the peace?

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Letter: Biggest problem today is that we have lost our moral compass

There are so many good people out there who seem to tolerate the lack of a moral compass in our country.

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Letter: When will government step up and protect us from gun violence?

On November 5, 2017, 26 people were killed in a Texas church by a man with a gun.

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Letter: Clarkdale community support a good turn of the page for library

The citizens of Clarkdale are celebrating the reopening of Clark Memorial Library which wouldn’t have happened without the support of the Verde Independent.

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Letter: A little compassion and kindness can go a long ways, on both sides

Seems I recently went too far and offended some good folks, including many vets. I apologize for the disrespectful and harsh tone of my words, they were part of the problem, not part of the solution.

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Our mailbag’s full; readers sound off

As for taxes, I just paid my property taxes. $175 for school equalization, $795 for Cottonwood Oak Creek SD #6, $723 for Mingus Union High School #4, and $715 for Yavapai Community College (which will go to Prescott).

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Letter: Argument that ‘they’ take our jobs is age-old xenophobia rearing its head

The argument that “they” take our jobs is an age old xenophobia rearing its head. It is a scapegoat. No one threatened my job. Does anyone threaten yours?

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Letter‘The Mousetrap’ offers best entertainment value in Verde Valley

They’ve done it again! Mingus Union High School thespians, Director James Ball, sets director Jeff Neugebauer, and many helpers have produced a stunning who-done-it, “The Mousetrap.”

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Letter: Not hard to justify ‘No No’ vote on budget overrides

My point is that property owners will never see a charter school on their tax bill and yet they thrive with less tax burden to the public. So I vote no, no.

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Letter: Excellent analysis by Hunter Bachrach

Thank you for publishing (Sunday, 15 Oct) the letter by Hunter Bachrach, and thanks to Mr. Bachrach for sending his letter to Sen. Flake to this newspaper.

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Letter: Biker Dawg’s Motorcycle Run a huge success

Modified Motorcycle Association Verde Valley District (MMA VVD) held our 3rd Annual Biker Dawg’s Motorcycle Run Saturday October 7th.

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Letter: Three days, 6,500-plus books for Clark library

If anyone’s wondering how Friends of Clark Memorial Library managed to amass over 6,500 books for a three-day Grand Reopening Book Sale this week … I’m with them.

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Letter: Clark Memorial Library reopens Oct. 19

After 7½ months of working to keep Clark Memorial Library open, I’m now having nightmares over not enough people knowing the Grand Re-Opening Celebration is October 19.

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Letter: Beaver Creek School ‘G’ for Great

I am happy to see that Beaver Creek School received a C this year in the State Board of Education’s preliminary grades. I know it is not a fantastic grade, but our students and staff worked really hard to achieve the best grade they could.

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Letter: Taser is a weapon; never meant to be a parlor game

I would like to commend Mr. Engler on his insightful, and obviously thought out, op-ed on the use of tasers on civilians for demonstrations.

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Letter: Our students succeed because this community has supported them through thick and thin

In support of our children and their dedicated educators here in our valley, we are voting “Yes” ”Yes” for the two upcoming overrides for Cottonwood Oak Creek School District and Mingus Union High School District.

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Letter: Success of overrides critical Mingus Union, Cottonwood Oak Creek districts

As it has been previously pointed out in various newspaper articles and letters regarding school funding, the date for the budget override elections is fast approaching.

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Letter: No American should be willing to chip away at our 1st Amendment rights

Democrats of the Red Rocks (DORR) opposes H.R. 1697, known as the Israel Anti-Boycott Act. This bill violates free speech rights protected under the 1St Amendment. We take no position, either pro or anti a boycott.

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Letter: This old soldier will always stand for flag, National Anthem

This mature ”old soldier” always has, and always will, stand for the American Flag and our National Anthem, symbols of our imperfect country.  

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Letter: Persistence pays off in battle with Corporation Commission

Longtime readers may recall I made a public records request of the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) regarding documents and emails concerning the “smart” meter health study that the ACC asked the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) to perform.

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Letter: City of Cottonwood tax burden lowest in Yavapai County

In regards to Carol Anne Teague’s letter to the editor in the Verde Independent on September 29th, I want to confirm that the City of Cottonwood and the school districts are separate governmental agencies with their own funding sources, budgets and governing boards.

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Letter: Yes-Yes the best choice for school district overrides

In mid-October ballots will arrive in our mailboxes. We will be asked to cast a mail-in vote regarding the Mingus Union/Cottonwood Oak Creek School District budget override.

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Letter: There was time when pro athletes left playing field to fight for our country

Following President Trump’s criticism of the football players disrespecting our flag and country, the number of players protesting increased. Most of them weren’t involved in showing “unity” prior to this.

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Letter: 1st Amendment allows pro football players to make fools of themselves

I’ve been hearing a lot of hype about the NFL and them not saluting the flag and I understand the concerns that is disrespectful to our troops and to our people that defended our nation.

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Letter: Cottonwood water woes certainly an exaggeration

I don’t like paying bills as much as the next person, but I think it is funny how much I have heard about “expensive” water bills of Cottonwood.

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Letter: Roundabouts increase safety and promote traffic flow

Regarding some of the recent letters to the editor about roundabouts, I wanted to take some time to clarify some misconceptions.

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Letter: Poker Stroll a winning hand for Clarkdale

The Clarkdale Downtown Business Alliance would like to thank all that participated in our Poker Stroll last weekend.

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Letter: Things continue to look up for Clark Memorial Library

Wonderful news! The Clarkdale Town Council has approved the Library Intergovernmental Agreement needed to reopen Clark Memorial Library.

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Letter: More roundabouts add up to more problems for Verde Valley drivers

This comes as a follow-up to Mr. Coley’s “letter to the editor” dated Sept 6th, 2017.

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Letter: Wise decision by Cottonwood; dubious judgment at Mingus Union

A great big kudos to Police Chief Gesell, Doug Bartosh, Rudy Rodriquez, and the City Council for digging deep and restoring the two vacated police positions. And, very exciting that two, experienced, qualified officers have applied for those positions.

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Letter: Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley is always available to help

Your September 6 article on the alarming trend in the Yavapai County suicide rates mirrors the dilemma we face at the Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley about what a community can do to help prevent suicide.

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Letter: Things continue to look up for second chance on Clark Memorial Library

I hope all the wonderful people who have been collecting books for Friends of the Clark Memorial Library’s Grand Reopening Book Sale, telling their friends, and wishing us well know how much the support we’re receiving from library lovers throughout the Verde Valley means to us.

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Letter: Honor labor leaders committed to social justice, equal economic opportunity

Since its earliest days the labor movement has sought to improve the quality of work life, create workplace democracy and participate in employer/employee decision-making. The many benefits and protections workers enjoy today never existed until unions won them for working people.

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Letter: Prayer for the homeless

May I lay me down to sleep; And pray the Lord that I may keep From disappointing those who wish me Out of sight and far away.

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Letter: Confederate momuments represent disgraceful part of American history

After Trump’s press conference the white supremacist groups were absolutely giddy and have nothing but praises for him.

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Letter: How does American Legislative Exchange Council benefit Americans?

I wanted to ask to what benefit do your constituents derive from these give aways and what betterment do we receive from your active engagement in the national corporate organization, called “ALEC”, the American Legislative Exchange Council.

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Letter: We don’t have to agree, but freedom of speech must remain supreme

I was born in Phoenix 76 years ago. Although there are people with agendas that don’t know, or don’t want to know, I went to school with African American kids when they were still relegated to the back of the bus in the south.

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Letter: Thanks to all for successful highway cleanup

The VVPOA had 15 volunteers to help with the cleanup of its 2 mile section of Highway 260 on Saturday August 19.

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Letter: It’s time for America to correct the mistake we made

I think it’s time to Make America Respectable Again.

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Letter: Paul Gosar’s moral failure

Rep. Paul Gosar has flunked his test for moral leadership. His only statement about the Charlotteville demonstrations is, “These hateful actions are absolutely inexcusable”.

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Letter: Respect the dignity of all people regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or gender

Individually and as faith leadership colleagues, joined together as the Sedona Area Interfaith Coalition, we grieve the recent acts of violence, especially in Charlottesville, Virginia, and in other parts of the world as well.

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Letter: Trump’s silence only encourages violence

After waking from my long nap that Jim Barber observed I took, I awoke to find, in my amazement, that Congress did not allow Barack Obama to run for a third term! Had he done so, we would not be in this twittertornado so bad that I look forward to the commercials on TV now.

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Letter: What to do with excess A+ waste water?

The Waste Water Treatment Plant at Riverfront Park has reached another setback. The excess waste water that is produced by the plant has no place to go.

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Letter: Reps. need to get behind get behind Audit the Pentagon Act of 2017

While I’m no fan of Ann Coulter I agree with one point she made in her essay Contract with Republicans, published in the Verde Independent on Friday, August 4, 2017, namely that the United States should stop wasting money and precious lives on pointless wars.

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Letter: Trump only adds to Obama’s legacy as president

Donald Trump is showing Americans just how good a President Barack Obama was.

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Letter: Things are looking up for Clark Memorial Library

Friends of Clark Memorial Library greatly appreciate the upwelling of support we’ve received over the last month.

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Letter: Clarkdale library still an asset to community

I had doubts when Friends of Clark Memorial Library set up a book collection booth at July 29’s Concert in the Park.

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Letter: Make up your mind

In the Verde Independent Newspaper July 28, 2017 is a what I classify as a Letter of “Conflicting Opinions” within itself; when recently past years events are taken into account.

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Letter: Inept congress

The Republicans in Congress, for seven years, proposed/passed legislation to repeal and replace the ACA (Obamacare).

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Letter: Sorry for the fuss, we’ve taken our card games elsewhere

Wow!! I fired a pop-gun and got back a battleship salvo.

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Letter: Lousy treatment of valued employee by Mingus School Board

First of all, congratulations to Dale Williams on her retirement from Mingus Union High School. Dale started out as a bus driver for her father, John Tavasci, working 10 years there, then started working at Mingus in the Counseling Department, completing 30 years of service as an MUHS employee.

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Letter: Democrats pointing finger of blame need to take a look in mirror

I’m replying to Bob Burke’s letter of July 28, 2017. My husband and I watched all channels on TV for many years and are both avid readers. After happening upon FOX, we soon realized that it is the only channel which has liberals on as much as conservatives. Therefore, intelligent people can make their own decisions about current events.

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Letter: Senators show character and courage in this age of party over country

The American people owe a debt of gratitude to Senators Collins, Murkowski and Arizona’s own John McCain for their “no” vote on the Republican repeal and replace health care bill.

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Letter: McCain should know best Trump is right on transgender issue

Donald Trump’s clumsy political maneuvers aside, John McCain, of all Senators, should know the president is right on the transgender issue.

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Letter: Time to let the women take charge

It’s time to pull the plug on the testosterone governing Washington.

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Letter: Right-wing hypocrisy is growing like weeds in summer

Just like the weeds that follow a summer monsoon storm, Jim Barber’s hypocrisy is in full bloom. After much thought, reflection, and a good dose of Fox News, Barber wrote that the current political toxicity is the fault of – you won’t believe it - Democrats.

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Letter: And what happens when the ‘Deep Well’ runs dry?

In a time of drought, why allow even more draining of our precious aquifer! Where is the Environmental Study? Whose wells will run dry? And yes, it is happening now! Many people are facing dry wells already.

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Letter: Government leaders need to put the citizens first

Thank you for publishing the salaries of the public “Servants” in Yavapai County. My first initial reaction was anger, but then it turned to great sadness.

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Letter: Bob Dylan had it right more than 50 years ago

Decades ago, Bob Dylan wrote a challenge -- and warning -- to today’s members of the House and Senate. Seems timely that we revisit his prescient words:

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Letter: New look on the color of politics

Did you know that it was only in the 2000 presidential election that the color Red for Republicans and the color Blue for Democrats actually “stuck” as identifying the two parties?

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Letter: Perfect opportunity to improve Cottonwood’s 89A-260 intersection

With the recently announced move to the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce to 849 Cove Road, now is time to improve the intersection of SR 89A & SR260 by acquisition of the old building site by either purchase or by eminent domain in order to build an over-and-under bridge to ensure a continuous flow of traffic for the foreseeable future.

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Letter: In times of crisis, seconds appear to be minutes or even hours

The Verde Valley Fire District responded to the Jones Ford Dealership for an EMS emergency. Fire Station 31 (E. Godard Rd. and 260) Engine 311 and Ambulance 311 are first due to this location as it falls within our Fire District.

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Letter: You have to be kidding: a dollar to play cards

I have been informed that groups of seniors that gather at the Senior Center on a regular basis to play cards will have to pay $1 for the privilege.

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Letter: Great progress being made toward re-opening Clark Memorial Library

On behalf of the newly formed Friends of Clark Memorial Library, I’d like to thank all the citizens of the Verde Valley who came by our booth at Clarkdale’s 4th of July Celebration.

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Letter: Clarkdale Library is highly performing and its future is bright

I hope the editorialist who wrote “Community needs to make most of second chance for Clarkdale Library” was at the Clarkdale Town Park on July 4. He or she would have seen the community “stepping up to the plate” at the Friends of Clark Memorial Library’s kick-off booth.

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Letter: Another successful week for Missoula Children’s Theatre in Cottonwood

The City of Cottonwood Parks and Recreation Department would like to express our appreciation and gratitude to everyone who assisted and participated during this year’s production of Cinderella in June.

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Letter: Message was callous, cruel and without merit

My husband and I were shopping at Walmart. When we came out we found this sticker on the windshield:

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Letter: Investigation based on ‘something may turn up’ hardly constitutes probable cause

Most of the News Media coverage about the Russian involvement in our election process is centered around the “Trump Campaign and Administration”; in which there has to date, in the approximately eight months of multiple agency investigation; with absolute zero incidence of ‘Collusion or Obstruction’ concerning any of the ‘Trump Family, Campaign Staffers, Administrative Personnel or Aligned Pundits’.

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Letter: Ex-principal Chilton a talented, dynamic, hard-working woman

I was pleased to see Diane Joens’ lovely testimonial to Jennifer Chilton, who did an outstanding job as Principal at Mingus Union High School.

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Letter: More to story than meets the eye

The article heading (AROUND ARIZONA, AZRep, 7/4/17) said “10-month-old girl rescued from car.” I’m very supportive of police but Tucson PD failed on this one.

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Letter: It now looks like we were better off with Waste Management

The current “Wildcat Dumping” problem is an example the law of unintended consequences.

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Letter: Latest news on Cottonwood sewer stinks

The issue of the Cottonwood city wastewater treatment, water and sewage system story of June 14th is one of complete incompetence on the part of the city council.

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Letter: Root of library problems lies in communication

While I agree Clarkdale needs to make the most of its second chance for Clark Memorial Library (editorial June 24), the basic problem seems to be communication, not the community’s willingness to support a library that from 1927 until the late 1980s was staffed by community volunteers. Clarkdale has always supported its library.

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Letter: Local lawyers provided excellent support to Library Law Day

Every year the Cottonwood Public Library hosts Law Day, an event sponsored by Community Legal Services that brings in lawyers who give patrons free legal advice.

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Letter: Judge us on merits of those who now serve VVPOA

Judge us on our merits, not those of others who came before us.

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Letter: Barbecue, picnic for veterans at VA Hospital is money well spent

This is in response to Mr. Engler’s editorial regarding donations made by the City of Cottonwood. In the list of donations he included a $200 donation to the American Legion Riders for a picnic and barbecue.

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Letter: Barbecue was a service to patients and staff at Prescott VA Hospital

I was extremely disheartened to read your editorial of June 10 regarding the recent contribution by the City of Cottonwood to the American Legion Riders.

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Letter: Emergency responders are true community heroes

This is not the first time that the Verde Valey Fire Department has come to my rescue.

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Letter: Being part of Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition one of most rewarding experiences of my life

I want to take this opportunity to thank the myriad of volunteers who have served the Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition so faithfully for the last 25 years.

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Letter: Republican Party needs to decide what it stands for

Some of us can remember when GOP (Grand Old Party) stood for principles that actually made our nation great, not for the Trump and company 6-year-old-kid mindset, a group that preaches return to greatness as a cover for a Third-World style dictatorship.

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Letter: We have not given up on Clark Memorial Library

Clark Memorial Library lovers wasted no time planning to make lemonade.

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Letter: Service with a smile and highest integrity

In a time when it often seems customer service is a distant memory, I believe it is important to recognize local outstanding individuals and businesses.

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Letter: Excellent commentaries by Holly Grigaitis, Marta Adelsman

The impact on my senses, memory and prior contact with both authors regarding two comprehensive articles in the May 17 Verde Independent was so striking as to result in my removing each to study and digest as one can (at 92 years) with great regard and respect for the writers.

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Letter: Verde Valley Military Service Park is not a Memorial Park

I would suggest that Mr. Bob Richards bone up on the subject before commenting on it.

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Letter: Loss of library will create void in Clarkdale

Clark Memorial Library patrons greatly appreciated Janie Cook’s expression of solidarity in last Friday’s (May 26, 2017) opinion section.

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Letter: No shortage of helping hands to make military memorial park a reality

The Army monument unveiling at the Cottonwood Memorial Park on Saturday, May 27, was an awesome event. We look forward to the future unveilings.

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Letter: Library decision by Clarkdale Town Council a disgrace

Citizens of Clarkdale, be informed that your city mayor and town council, by a unanimous vote on Tuesday evening, May 23rd, did not trust the friends of the Clarkdale Memorial Library and members of the Clarkdale community to come up with $25,000 to keep the library open for this coming fiscal year 2017-2018.

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Letter: We must make libraries an experience instead of just a destination

While I don’t live in Clarkdale, I have sympathy for the community. The library controversy is only another domino in the changing culture in American. Look what is happening to malls, for instance. Even my stepson says he doesn’t read books anymore. Not the printed and bound kind. He has a Kindle.

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Letter: Why do ‘rights’ of Hells Angels trump rights of Cottonwood citizen?

I live in a senior park here in Cottonwood. The Quality Inn Motel is right behind my row of homes. On May 20, the Hells Angels parked a motor home right behind me in the Motel parking lot music blaring.

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Letter: Great job by all in keeping State Highway 260 clean

The VVPOA would like to thank each of the highway 260 volunteers for helping cleanup our section of the highway on May 20.

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Letter: Clark Memorial Library should be center of community involvement

Do you share the vision of the Clark Memorial Library as a center of community involvement? Come to the budget meeting at the Clark Memorial Clubhouse at 3 pm on Tuesday, May 23, and let Clarkdale’s mayor and Town Council know you want Clarkdale’s historic public library -- the sixth oldest public library in all of Arizona—kept open.

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Letter: Across-the-board 3-percent cuts so city can afford to spend $150,000 on Thunder Valley Rally is wrong

I prepared a lengthy response to your recent editorial commentary on the proposed City of Cottonwood budget, and in particular your remarks concerning citizen’s inability to connect the dots in the budget to smear the Thunder Valley Rally, and the so-called “disparaging” remarks about the City of Cottonwood, all based on my previous letter to you.

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Letter: Panhandlers present wrong image for Cottonwood

As long time citizen of Cottonwood, I have seen a lot of changes to this area and the verde valley in general. But it wasn’t until recently, or within the last six months, that I have noticed a real negative impact on our community.

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Letter: Because of you, a life will forever be changed

It was Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters’ 34th year of Bowl for Kids’ Sake, and the season cannot come to a close until we thank all those who have made 2017 such a successful year!

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Letter: Amazing performance by Mingus Union thespians

Fantastic! Magnificent! More superlatives than there is space for here. I am referring to James Ball’s latest phenomenal production at Mingus High School - “Fiddler on the Roof.”

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Letter: Take claims of Sigafoos and Wills with grain of salt

Per your article of April 21, 2017, it appears that Yavapai Community College President Penelope Wills and Board President Ray Sigafoos have undergone a sudden epiphany when it comes to concern for the underserved student populations in the County.

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Letter: Check levels of lead and arsenic for other areas, too

“Unofficial shooting range.” Has the Forest Service checked the lead and arsenic levels in the rest of the area, or the Verde Valley for that matter?

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Letter: Education is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor

I was surprised how strongly worded the editorial about the state approving limited vouchers. You would have thought a sacred cow had been shot.

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Letter: No, Mr. Barber, I am not OK with Trump’s antics

I’d like to take a moment to respond to Jim Barber’s letter of April 19.

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Letter: District consolidation will improve student achievement, curtail administrative costs

I am writing in favor of the proposed school district consolidation/unification. Some are saying this proposal boils down to the issue of money; while this is not the only issue to consider it should weigh heavily on the minds of school board members and voters.

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Letter: Hands Healing Hunger a group that truly walks the walk

Hands Healing Hunger, what a descriptive name for an Outreach Ministry at Christ’s Lutheran Church in Sedona. When you see the work that was put into the dinner and live and silent auctions and the generosity of the parishioners and attendees you can’t help but to be impressed.

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Letter: We can thank the Trump voters for mess American now is in

If I had to describe this White House administration in one word I would say it’s one of ineptitude. It’s a cross between “Abbott & Costello” & “One Who Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest”.

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Letter: Breakup of traditional family unit directly tied to demise of public schools

In Sunday’s editorial, you claimed that the introduction of the voucher system began the decline of the traditional public school system. I disagree. The decline of the public school system began long before that. It began in the homes of our country.

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Letter: V’ACTE administration and attorney crying foul is hard to understand

I wanted to provide some insight into why the shortfall in distribution to Mingus Union, Camp Verde and Sedona Red-Rock High Schools is such a travesty.

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Letter: Amish history important footnote to education voucher system

Regarding the Editorial in the Verde Independent, 4-9-17 “Voucher system now law in Arizona at expense of traditional public school system,” we would refer readers to a Wikipedia excerpt since we feel that there are many other parents who would identify with the concerns of the Amish in this regard.

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Letter: English language claims another victim

I felt bad when I read that Superintendent Tim Carter felt “badly” about a recent oversight he made in Dr. Jane Whitmire’s biography. Logically the structure of the sentence, “Now I feel badly.” should work. “Badly” is an adverb modifying the verb “feel”, right? Yes, but no.

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Letter: It was me who messed up; not once, but twice

The only thing worse than making a mistake, is to make the same mistake twice!

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Letter: Criticism of city process sadly lacking in accuracy

Brian Moran ... is as blissfully ignorant of the evaluation process for contract employees as he is of the appointment process to serve any of the City of Cottonwood Boards and Commissions as well as the appointment process for a City Council position.

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Letter: Rosie the Riveter coming soon to Verde Valley Military Service Park

Considering the great efforts women gave to support (past and current) wars and dedication to our military, The Verde Valley Military Service Park (VVMSP) will be adding space for a Bronze Relief Sculpture Monument along with allowing inscriptions of names of women living in Arizona who were Rosie the Riveters.

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Letter: Town’s actions have cost Clarkdale large volunteer base

I have been a volunteer and member of the Library Advisory Board from 2012 until its dismembering in 2015. This board did more than just advise the staff. We also worked the Ice Cream Social, which earned about $500 every year. We worked the Book Sale when we were able to, and that earned at least $1000 each year. In fact the last year it was held it earned over $2,000.

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Letter: Let’s not be so obsessed with fixing everything up in Jerome

I read your editorial on the Cuban Queen Bordello on March 11, 2017. When I was a boy in Jerome, 1953-1955, I always wondered what was inside all those boarded-up buildings.

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Letter: Cottonwood events without a financial burden to the city

Recently, the City of Cottonwood elected to continue the Thunder Valley Rally. In making the decision the Council decided to move some of the events to Riverfront Park and keep others in Old Town.

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Letter: Unifying school districts in best interest of students

The issue of school district unification is once again being discussed here in the Verde Valley. It is my belief that it is a long overdue problem needing to be resolved and now is the right time to make it happen.

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Letter: Clarkdale cleanup is long overdue

I just read Dan Engler’s article on the remediation plan for Clarkdale.

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Letter: Congressmen should get taste of their own medicine

Could American citizens start a movement with a petition to eliminate lifelong paid-for health care for Senators and Congressional Representatives as well as the Executive and Judicial Branches of our government?

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Letter: Thanks to all for making One Person, One Night Shelter Project a success

On behalf of the 71 individuals sheltered this past winter during our coldest nights, we thank the community for its generous support and donations: Cottonwood City Council, Verde Independent, KYBC/KVRD, Angie’s shelter, churches, businesses, service organizations and caring citizens.

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Letter: What’s next for Clarkdale, a book burning in the town park

The Mayor’s holding up a cell phone in a council meeting, suggesting that it replaces a library since one can find anything one needs on it, seems to indicate that he must have never done serious research.

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Letter: Outpouring of support much appreciated by PFLAG Sedona/Verde Valley

Thanks to all who turned out to march with the PFLAG Sedona/Verde Valley and Sedona Pride contingent in the Sedona St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 11th.

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Letter: Let’s not lose Clarkdale Library so we can have Movies in the Park

In 2016, Clarkdale’s Library Advisory Board and Parks & Recreation Departments were combined into the Clarkdale Community Services Commission. In May, the new commission was tasked by the Community Services Supervisor with prioritizing the town’s programs and events.

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Letter: Community needs to let Clarkdale Council know Library is worth saving ... and investing in

At the February 28 work session on closing the Clark Memorial Library, Councilman Richard Dehnert asked, if the library goes, “What’s next? What’s left?” Extremely apt questions.

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Letter: Obama meeting expectations that it would eventually collapse

People insured under Obamacare fall into 2 categories – those covered by Medicaid and those in the insurance “pools”. Medicaid, like Social Security, is financially unsustainable in its present form.

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Letter: Don’t buy into Easter bunny gift scheme

It’s Easter time again. Store shelves are filled with stuffed bunnies and pet store windows are filled with adorable baby rabbits. Your kids are begging you to buy one. It’s so hard to resist. After all, you think, wouldn’t this be the perfect, low maintenance pet for a young child?

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Letter: When will power brokers decide enough is enough with President Trump

Donald Trump is his own worst enemy, but he has his die hard fans who support him no matter how erratic he behaves. After all, at one of his campaign speeches he said he could shoot someone and his fans would still support him. He’s right.

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Letter: Do fiscal realities of our country reflect your personal values?

President Trump said “We want harmony and stability, not war and conflict.” Yet, he proposes that we add $54 billion in new Pentagon spending and make devastating cuts to the State Department and USAID, which of course works work against harmony and stability.

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Letter: Time to rid government of pawns of misguided powerful forces

For too long now I have remained aloof of the political landscape in America. I believed that whatever happened at a national level really did not affect me locally.

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Letter: Exceptional care from local health care professionals

I would like to voice my thanks and appreciation to several health care providers in Cottonwood.

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Letter: We don’t need law that would put citizens in peaceful protest at risk

Did you think you have a 1st Amendment Right to free speech and peaceful assembly? Well, think again. In the midst of all the brew ha ha at the national level, the Arizona State Senate quietly passed SB 1142 last week.

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Letter: This is no way to treat as loyal a companion as family dog

“Adopt For Life” Labrador Retriever (mostly) Ruger joined our family about a year ago. He will be with us until either he, or we, die of natural causes or is helped by our veterinarian to cross Rainbow Bridge.

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Letter: Successful fund raiser for Cornville Historical Society

The Cornville Historical Society would like to thank the community for their recent support of our annual fund raiser which was held at “Iris Spring Ranch” formerly “Rancho Bonito” on December 11, 2016. It was a beautiful sunny day and enjoyed by everyone present.

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Letter: Thank you all for cards and condolences

Thank you, to all who have sent cards and condolences in the passing of my mom, Edna Rudolph.

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Letter: The scales of justice are supposed to be evenly balanced

The front page of the February 11 Arizona Republic reported two crimes and their punishments.

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Letter: Please give President and Congress a chance to propose changes to Obamacare

Regarding “ASU professor predicts ‘Obamacare’ repeal could send state into health care recession” published 2/12/17.

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Letter: Child prostitute is misnomer; these children are victims, not criminals

We applaud the Verde Independent for getting the word out that Sex Trafficking occurs in Yavapai County (Wednesday, Feb 1, 2017). Too many people in our community were unaware that the problem happens here too.

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Letter: We went straight to the source to ensure our message was heard

I was one of four Sedona voters who visited the Prescott offices of Republican Rep. Paul Gosar and Senator John McCain February 2.

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Letter: Focus of school district unification needs to be on improving educational achievement, not money

I believe the effort has a better chance for success if the focus is on improving educational achievement and outcomes through curriculum coordination rather than on conceivable fiscal savings, which assuredly will happen when services are consolidated as a result of unification.

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Letter: A Valentine’s Day gift for Yavapai College students

It appears that the Yavapai Community College is on its way to deliver a “Valentine’s day gift” to students wrapped up as a 5-percent tuition increase. This increase will likely occur at the District Governing Board meeting Tuesday, February 14 in Prescott. The “gift” will be swathed in hyper-technical rhetoric considered the “black art” of accounting and unhelpful comparisons between tuition charged at the community college and that charged at four-year universities and other community colleges.

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Letter: Higher gas tax a bad deal for rural Arizonans

I hope this letter is read by Rep. Noel Campbell and all the people who voted for him.

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Letter: I expect better behavior from city council members

Councilmember Deb Althouse did not do so. She interrupted Mayor Elinski numerous times and in my opinion acted in a manner not becoming to a city council member.

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Letter: Thunder Valley Rally should be moved from Old Town

Old Town is no longer a proper venue for Thunder Valley Rally. To reach this startling conclusion, I read the applicable minutes of the Parks and Rec Commission meeting pertaining to the Thunder Valley Rally and applied my own rational thoughts about the rally.

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Letter: Consolidated school districts deserves open-minded look

The recent My Turn by Andy Groseta is a proposition that deserves consideration by the various schools boards and all their constituents.

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Letter: You don’t have to agree, but free speech is still vital and important

As I’ve been watching the news, what has upset me more than anything are the violent protests by the “Radical Left” because they are harming people and buildings.

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Letter: Sanctuary cities have profound impact on elections at all levels

Why are California Democrats so desperately defending their sanctuary cities to the point where they have fast-tracked legislation that declares the entire state a sanctuary for illegal immigrants and guarantees tax-funded attorneys for those facing deportation?

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Letter: It is ridiculous to view retirees as a threat to community

Having worked in Arizona State Government for 23 years, I read with interest the article in the Verde Independent, Sunday January 29, 2017 regarding the Cottonwood City Council’s Strategic Planning meeting.

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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: 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: 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: Out of poverty, out of date, out of touch

Residents of the valley have been subsidizing the economic development of Prescott to the detriment of its own growth for decades. The Verde Valley has been harmed by this unfair distribution of tax dollars, and it will continue being harmed for decades more unless residents demand a permanent change in the system.

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Letter: Much for all to learn concerning legalized marijuana

I certainly appreciated hearing Mr. Bullock’s concerns. I completely understand his apprehension and that he openly admits that he has no experience with cannabis.

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Letter: A wonderful and entertaining evening with a couple glitches

The “free” jazz concert at the Camp Verde Phillip England Center, put on by Yavapai College and featuring the Australian jazz trio, Matt Baker & the Trio, was spectacular. It was an entertaining and delightful concert that came to Camp Verde last Saturday night at 7pm. And it was a first for Yavapai College, bringing a concert to our town. It looked like about 75+ attended the program.

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Letter: How about drug testing for presidential candidates?

In several cases, the courts have ruled that random drug tests of employees are legal. They also have ruled that the requirement for pre-employment drug testing is allowed under the law.

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Letter: Elinski’s experience clearly gives him advantage

After reading the published interviews with Cottonwood’s mayoral candidates and poring over their websites it is clear that Tim Elinski is the best choice for our next mayor. He shows a dedication to a citizen driven decision making process, which will be a refreshing change from business as usual. He also is committed to protecting our community’s natural resources.