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Letter: We all need to be a little more willing to give diversity a chance

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-

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Letter: Here is a perfect use for state tax credits

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.

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Letter: Yoga a sound alternative to opioids

As a teacher of yoga and meditation for 30 plus years, I’d like to comment on these activities as alternatives to opioids.

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Letter: Shoot for realistic goals regarding drug use

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.

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Letter: Trump the polar opposite of President Obama

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.

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Letter: Political courage required for real reform

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).

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Letter: Practice cooperation and peace

“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.

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Letter: Dr. King’s legacy: Love, not hate; understanding, not anger; peace, not war

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.

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Letter: It would have been so much easier for Russians to simple endorse Hillary Clinton

In his January 5 commentary, Byron York advocates a wait-and-see-the-evidence approach to the hyped-up Russian hacking scandal.

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Letter: It’s not the ‘public’ asking for National Monument

It’s disturbing that a small group of people think it’s acceptable to sneak this National Monument issue through in the 11th hour.

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Letter: Flashback: All’s well that ends well

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.

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Letter: Monument effort the work of environmental extremists

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.”

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Letter: Not ready to hand over federal government to California

. I for one am not ready to cede our federal government to California.

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Letter: Election was rigged all right; just look who won

Trump will never be my president. He was right about the election being rigged.

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Letter: Thank you for making Thanksgiving Food Drive a big success

The Cottonwood Society of St. Vincent de Paul has many to thank for our annual Thanksgiving “Turkey Tuesday” food drive success!

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Letter: Suicide continues to be choice of far too many in our country

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.

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Letter: These weenies need to ‘man up’

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?

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Letter: Clarifying the Salt and Verde Water Fund

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.

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Letter: Quit needling me for wearing safety pin

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.

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Letter: Thank you for extending my stay here on earth

‘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.

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Letter: ‘The Founders’ were hardly some sacred group shrouded metaphysical mantle

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.

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Lettter: We need realistic assessment of water supplies

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.

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Letter: Silence concerning hateful, racist acts of Trump supporters is height of hypocrisy

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.

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Letter: Every little bit helps when providing meals to those who need them most

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.

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Letter: Thanks to all for a successful Full-a-Bucket Food Drive

Thank you for a wonderful 2016 Full-a-Bucket Food Drive:

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Letter: There is good reason we do not elect presidents by popular vote

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.

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Letter: No vote on Prop 205 just sweeps issue under the rug

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.

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Letter: Highway 260 has never looked better; thanks to all who took part in cleanup

I wish to thank all of the participants in Friday, November 12, Highway 260 cleanup on the VVPOA section of the highway.

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Letter: Poll workers the epitome of commuhnity service

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.

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Letter: So much for peaceful acceptance and transfer of power after election

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.

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Letter: Sedona-Verde Valley demonstrates it is a conscious, caring community

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.

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Letter: Despite election results, Trump ‘Not My President’

The “Not My President “ protesters have a legitimate case.

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Letter: The shouting will not go away anytime soon

It’s all over but the shouting.

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Letter: Thank you for letting me be part of turning dream into reality

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.

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Letter: Poll workers are true community heros

If the people of Arizona are looking for heroes, they need look no farther than their election workers.

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Letter: Thanks to all for their good deeds for Mitzvah Day

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 10th Anniversary Mitzvah (Good Deed) Day.

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Letter: Thank you Sheila Polk for taking firm stand on Prop. 205

Thanks to Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk for her countywide and statewide leadership in defeating Proposition 205, the marijuana proposal.

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Letter: Encouragement for stressed-out voters

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.

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Letter: Political rhetoric does not match up with facts concerning Yavapai College

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.

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Letter: Say no to status quo; vote for Donald Trump

Has Donald Trump made some classless remarks and could he pick and choose his words more carefully? Yes, absolutely.

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Letter: Firefighters endorse Tim Elinski for mayor

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.

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Letter: Kindness, acceptance, and encouragement used to be the American way on immigration

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.

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Letter: Make Thunder Valley Rally a block party in Mayor’s neighborhood

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?

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Letter: Thunder Valley Rally is the best event of the year

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?

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Letter: Single payer system is only moral, ethical, practical system to supply health care

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.

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Letter: Alex Martinez is smart choice for State House

I am endorsing Dr. Alex Martinez for the Arizona House of Representatives. Alex is a retired Superintendent of Schools.

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Letter: Say no to all propositions

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.

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Letter: Marijuana battle is about who stands to profit from legalization

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.

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Letter: Presidential vote is choice between socialism and capitalism

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.

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Letter: Pot vs. Alcohol = Apples vs. Oranges

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.

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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.