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Editorial: Arizona still sluggish in economic innovation
If you visit many places outside of Arizona you will probably see something you don't see much of in the Grand Canyon State - new construction.

Though some towns are coming back faster than others, the recession continues to linger in Arizona as evidenced by flat unemployment numbers and too many static economic indicators.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Editorial: Drug-free zones start at home
What happens on a school campus is frequently a reflection of what is going on at home. Which is why campus calls to the cops are inevitable.

Rowdy behavior, assaults, petty theft, fake 911 calls and vandalism are typical infractions that will bring badges to the door.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Editorial: Water, sewer rate hike a question of sooner or later
Nobody wants to pay more for anything whether it's gasoline, groceries or water.

But we always do, sooner or later.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Editorial: Where are all the experts when it's time to run for school board?
When a former school board member in Flagstaff announced he would not seek another term in the upcoming election, he explained his decision by saying, "I want to have friends again."

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Editorial: Test scores show Arizona schools do more with less
Locally and across Arizona, public school teachers and administrators have much of which to be proud.

Given the ever-declining nature of state funding for public schools in Arizona, it would not come as a surprise if standardized test results left much to be desired and the money blame-game was played to the hilt.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Editorial: Crandell leaves a mixed-bag legacy fitting for Arizona
Chester Crandell was an Arizona old-timer but he was a relative newcomer to state politics. From the Verde Valley perspective, he was still in a getting-to-know-you phase when he died unexpectedly Aug. 4.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Editorial: Old Town Cottonwood continues to build upon foundation of success
Old Town Cottonwood very well could be the poster child for what downtown revitalization is supposed to represent in the United States.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Editorial: County Attorney needs to make decision in bicycle fatality case
It's often said that the wheels of justice move slowly, but with certain cases in Yavapai County one can't help but question if they move at all.

Specifically, the vehicle-bicycle crash that claimed the life of 48-year-old Gilbert cyclist Lynn Hartline has been in legal limbo since the May 17 tragedy.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Editorial: Register to vote Monday; local elections need your voice
Monday is the final day to register to vote in what traditionally has been called an off-year primary election.
Saturday, July 26, 2014

Editorial: Hardy tourists deserve gratitude in Arizona
The recently released tourism numbers for Arizona in 2013 tell us three things - the government shutdown was as damaging as a natural disaster, the state's scramble to keep the Grand Canyon open paid off, and Arizona can still draw a crowd.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Editorial: Court's ruling does not mean check is in the mail for local school districts
For at least five years now, school districts in Arizona and their local taxpayers have had to make up the difference in funding formerly provided by the state.

In 2000, Arizona voters gave the go-ahead requiring the state to increase aid to public schools each year to compensate for inflation.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Editorial: Political apathy certainly not a problem in Jerome
A Clarkdale Town Council member running unopposed in the August primary recently shared that he thought his unchallenged candidacy was a sign that he had done a good job.

It also could be interpreted as a sign that people are indifferent to him and the town's entire election process.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Editorial: Little to 'like' about Facebook's tactics
Facebook is an extraordinary tool, but its pitfalls have become increasingly apparent. As the LA Times stated in an editorial, users' personal information, interests and habits are all fair game for the company, which has little compunction about analyzing the data and selling them to advertisers.


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Editorial: College dialogue a two-way street; no road blocks in Clarkdale
We're not holding our breath waiting on the creation of an administratively independent Verde Valley Community College.

But one good outcome of that dream is the enhanced emphasis on good communication between the college and the Verde Valley communities it serves, especially in Clarkdale.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Editorial: Best face forward for Verde Valley
More and more international travel magazines are singing the praises of the Verde Valley thanks to cooperative promotion by the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce and Arizona Office of Tourism.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Editorial: Now the hard work begins for Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District
For the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District, this week's effort to involve the community in the decision for a $15 million capital bond vote in November was hardly a rousing success. The community did not show up in droves to make its voice heard.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Editorial: Time to get to the facts of library usage
Talking off the top of one's head in a public meeting can be a dangerous practice. This is especially true when the discussion begs for real facts and figures.


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Editorial: Here is your chance to help shape policies of Yavapai College
Bashing Yavapai College and its governing board has become a favorite pastime for some folks in the Verde Valley in 2014.

Their criticism of the institution and its policies has not fallen on deaf ears.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Editorial: Let the Verde Valley decide who will serve on college advisory council
Who better than folks in the Verde Valley to decide the very best people to advise the college on what's best for the Verde Campus? Who better than folks in the Verde Valley to offer advice on how the college can best serve the educational needs of this region?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Editorial: Big challenge for newest college committee
In the middle of a Verde Valley mini-revolt, Yavapai College is launching its new Verde Valley Advisory Committee to "enhance communications" with local residents. Clearly, maintenance of that communication has been lax in recent years, and college officials have a challenge.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

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