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Editorial: Temporary tax could get capital improvement rolling
In 2010, Arizona voters took a chance and approved a "temporary" one-cent sales tax increase to boost funding for education. It raised around $2.7 billion. Then, in 2013, it did what proponents promised - it expired.

It was an example of how sunset clauses are supposed to work.

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: Camp Verde straps on its water gear
For years there has been a broad conversation in the Verde Valley about managing water resources and protecting the future of the Verde River Basin. Camp Verde residents have long been leaders in these assemblies.
Thursday, July 10, 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
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
We live here. We know.

But with increasing frequency, the rest of the world is catching on to the fact that the Verde Valley is one special place to live and visit.


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Editorial: Camp Verde gets a real test for new codes
Though flying blind without knowing what kind of business is at hand, Camp Verde has a test case for all of its new development ordinances, zoning codes and proposed General Plan in the form of Castle Heights.
Saturday, June 28, 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.
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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.
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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Editorial: Talk through library details, but focus on the big picture
A new library is needed and wanted in Camp Verde. Words and deeds have shown that.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Editorial: Let Verde Valley choose members of college advisory council
One of the best ideas to emerge from Yavapai College in recent years is the creation of a Verde Valley community advisory council.
Thursday, June 12, 2014

Editorial: Public input needed for best General Plan
Public participation in government is a right that should not be squandered. Not limited to mandatory inclusion on open meeting agendas, public involvement is vital to the way U.S. government works.
Tuesday, June 10, 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

Editorial: Tough choices have not been knee-jerk at Town Hall
Camp Verde's continued anemia in an economy that shows signs of improvement everywhere else in the Verde Valley is at the root of Town Hall casting about for ideas to raise revenue.
Thursday, June 5, 2014

Editorial: Round and round on the education merry-go-round
During a presentation last year on the new Common Core standards, Cottonwood-Oak Creek Superintendent Barb U'Ren was asked what she expected the shelf life to be for this latest trend in education.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Editorial: More care, less haste needed to create child welfare agency
Haste makes waste, which is not a good harbinger for the newly forming Department of Child Safety.
Thursday, May 29, 2014

Editorial: Thoughtful ways to help fire crews
Since the beginning of the Slide Fire on May 20, thoughtful people in the Verde Valley have wanted to help out the firefighters in any way they can.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Memorial Day honors those who paid ultimate price of war
Monday we will honor our nation's ultimate defenders of freedom in Memorial Day services all over the United States.

The holiday remembers the more than 1.5 million servicemen and women who gave their lives fighting our wars.

Saturday, May 24, 2014


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