September 11, 2016
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It is the eve of Inauguration Day. Some of us are already celebrating. Others are waiting for to start the party. And then there are those like myself. Who are quietly, thoughtfully, going about our routine while the mind wanders backward to the past, forward to the uncertain future, wondering how and when things went so very wrong. While my lips form yet another prayer, my heart aches as I recall the words I heard not long ago from a fellow American-
For over 15 years CMS 8th grade students have had the unique opportunity to visit our nations capital for a 5-day tour of its beauty and history during their spring break.
As a teacher of yoga and meditation for 30 plus years, I’d like to comment on these activities as alternatives to opioids.
Local media reports that MATforce and numerous other public entities and organizations will be celebrating “Stand with me, Be drug free” and further attempting to indoctrinate us into a myopic, puritanical mindset that has no place in our culture this side of the 21st century.
On January 20th we’ll be saying goodbye to the Obamas. We’ll say goodbye to eloquence, class, integrity and intelligence. Whether or not you agree with President Obama’s politics you cannot question his compassion, hope for our future generations and his desire to do what he thought was best for our country.
All the hysterics are starting to wear thin – the gnashing of teeth, wailing, crying and blowing snot all over the area (as my DI was wont to say).
“Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. I am not unmindful of the fact that violence often brings about momentary results. Nations have frequently won their independence in battle. But in spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
When the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968 while in Memphis to support the AFSCME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees) sanitation workers’ strike, he was organizing the Poor People’s Campaign for economic justice.
In his January 5 commentary, Byron York advocates a wait-and-see-the-evidence approach to the hyped-up Russian hacking scandal.
It’s disturbing that a small group of people think it’s acceptable to sneak this National Monument issue through in the 11th hour.
In November 1964, while I was Manager of the Camp on top of Mingus, we booked a Girl Scout troop of 40 Girl Scouts and I was surprised when they showed up, there was one girl Scout leader, the Scoutmaster, and no other adults.
I am both amused and disgusted at the “Sedona Red Rock Verde Valley Area National Monument” news release that stated “Forest Plan’s Amendment 12 … was always intended as a ‘placeholder’ until more permanent protection could be secured.”
. I for one am not ready to cede our federal government to California.
Trump will never be my president. He was right about the election being rigged.
The Cottonwood Society of St. Vincent de Paul has many to thank for our annual Thanksgiving “Turkey Tuesday” food drive success!
I am writing to thank Scott Orr and the Verde Independent for the front page article that shined a light on the distressing statistics regarding suicide in the Veteran population, and specifically in our state.
What kind of wimps are we raising in this country now? Why do we confuse young children by telling them that gender specific words are harmful, that they “hurt the feelings” of others?
Regarding Mr. Joels’ recent letter about the Salt and Verde Rivers Water Fund, I want to clarify some important facts. This proposed program represents no threat to people or organizations who have surface water rights in the Verde watershed, actually quite the opposite.
For some weeks now I’ve been wearing a little steel safety pin when I go out in public. Only that- no slogan-bearing T shirts or caps. Just a little steel safety pin. It’s been interesting.
‘Tis the season to be thankful for what we have and to make merry. I am thankful for another year of celebration with family and friends.
Mr. Barber’s and others’ use of the phrase “The Founders” is a misnomer. The Founders were a diverse and divided group, ranging from farmers to lawyers, and split mainly between Anti-Federalists, represented perhaps best by Jefferson, and Federalists, represented by Jefferson’s protege Madison, and Hamilton.
There was an article (“Water fund to address shared approaches to water management”) in Wednesday’s paper that should cause concern to any of us who have water rights.
Jim Barber, in a recent letter to the editor, railed against some of the anti-Trump protesters, some of whom engaged in hostel acts that resulted in property damage.
The United States is a land of plenty. From uneaten leftovers to spoiled produce, as a country we throw away millions of pounds of food waste annually. Yet, here in Yavapai County, as many as one out of three children, one out of five adults, and one out of seven seniors are food insecure.
Thank you for a wonderful 2016 Full-a-Bucket Food Drive:
For those who believe that Ms. Clinton should be president because she won the plurality of the vote (yes, she did not get a majority), they might consider the reasons the Founders embedded the electoral college in the Constitution.
On a bright note over a million citizens of the state said Yes to 205 and many more learned a bit more about it or at least had a discussion about it.
I wish to thank all of the participants in Friday, November 12, Highway 260 cleanup on the VVPOA section of the highway.
The Yavapai County Elections and Recorders office would like to take a moment to honor and thank the 400-plus individuals in our community who committed to serve as Poll Workers in our Vote Centers this year.
When the left made the big push to lower the voting age to 18 years, they reasoned that, if you’re old enough to fight for your country you should be old enough to vote.
The first “Trauma Services Day” hosted by the Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley was a great start in offering members of our community special services and tools to help them cope with depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress syndrome often increasing in intensity as holidays approach.
The “Not My President “ protesters have a legitimate case.
It’s all over but the shouting.
Special thanks are due to Camp Verde Community Library staff and volunteers for all the hard work they did moving the library from the old building to the new one.
If the people of Arizona are looking for heroes, they need look no farther than their election workers.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the 10th Anniversary Mitzvah (Good Deed) Day.
Thanks to Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk for her countywide and statewide leadership in defeating Proposition 205, the marijuana proposal.
God’s purposes will continue regardless of who is in office. When Jesus was on the earth, government leaders often stood in opposition to him.
Re: Commentary by Reps. Bob Thorpe and Brenda Barton: This story sounds impressive but the facts are wrong and I wonder why the political authors didn’t do some fact checking before putting their names to it.
Has Donald Trump made some classless remarks and could he pick and choose his words more carefully? Yes, absolutely.
The Sedona-Verde Valley Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 3690, represents over 180 professional firefighters across our Verde Valley. Since our formation of our organization over 20 years ago, we have always supported elected officials that have supported our professional organization by providing us with safe staffing levels, equipment, and training to meet your needs during an emergency.
My Mother was not from this country. She survived multiple bombings; lost some of her dearest friends; and spent much of the war in darkness so as to avoid bombings.
I have an idea to offer to our Mayor, Diane Joens. Ms Joens, you and I live in the same neighborhood. A pleasant, reasonably quiet place, wouldn’t you agree?
In regards to Thunder Valley Rally, as a person who worked in Old Town for three TVR events, why would you want to do away with or move the only event that actually brings traffic and business to Old Town?
The projected increases in insurance premiums of 25 percent in the coming year for the (ACA), Affordable Care Act have been broadcast in the print, radio and television media.
I am endorsing Dr. Alex Martinez for the Arizona House of Representatives. Alex is a retired Superintendent of Schools.
Unlike other states that have Propositions on Ballots, ours are carved in stone. They become more than just law, they are so concrete that they cannot be corrected if some part does not work as hoped. Our legislators, even the governor cannot fix it if it is broken. They are only allowed to make it worse.
Two views on Prop 205 were expressed here recently. Mr. Dowling pointed out the dastardly dishonesty of the opposition. Mr. Bullock argued the irrelevance of truth when it comes to mandating morality.
It’s the issues that count. Yes we can brand Trump as a dirty old man, and we can brand Hillary as the most corrupt individual to ever run for the presidency, but one of them will be President.
I wish to respond to the two lengthy arguments written by Jesse Dowling that were recently published by this newspaper. Actually pretty much all of those in the pro-pot camp use the alcohol vs. pot argument. While not a real expert on either -- I drink a glass of wine or a margarita from time to time and have never smoked pot -- nor had the desire to smoke it. I fail to see a justifiable comparison.
Letter: Everyone in Jerome needs to invest in honest self reflection about why they oppose Sliding Jail plan
Reguarding Jerome’s Sliding Jail controversy, I just wanted to make it clear to your readers that the issue surrounding the jail and the parking lot does not include any action in regards to the Basketball or Volleyball Courts.