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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.