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Editorial: Why should the ill suffer in silence?
It truly is an uncomfortable topic, one that when it comes up in conversation people don't know how to react ... or help.

Mental health.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Column: Paradise may be lost, like it or not
"What's it like living in paradise?" That's what the UPS driver asked me. My husband and I had just bought our place in Skull Valley, Arizona, so I didn't really know yet. Our view across the wash, with volcanic rock spires rising as a backdrop, is breathtaking but I had no idea what it would be like to live here.
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Editorial: When cheaters go quiet, there's hope that they learn
Cheaters never prosper, but the New England Patriots are probably hoping they can at least mitigate the punishment for getting caught.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Column: Tackling the issue of wage theft
Last October I read an advice column in the Arizona Republic in which victims of wage theft were in essence told, "tough." It was a syndicated piece by Jeanine O'Donnell and Dale Dauten in the "Jobs" section that gave advice to job seekers and employees.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Letter: Service or Therapy dogs?
Service dogs provide friendship, companionship and are a great resource for those who need them. However, the number of service dogs I see in the greater Prescott area seems to overwhelm their actual need.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Letter: Dog liabilities
This is a comment about service dogs being the only dogs allowed in our establishments. I totally agree that to be the case.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Letter: Affordable housing
I could not agree more that we need affordable housing in the Prescott area.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Editorial: Warning: 'click it or ticket' is underway
Just a little note today about complainers, traffic and driving.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Letter: 'Club no one wants to join'
I belong to the club no one wants to join. My son died by suicide in March 2014 at age 31. I have since met other mothers enduring this life change and trying to heal as I am.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Letter: 'Toasting' pleasure
On April 30 my husband and I attended the Meals on Wheels Toastings, Tastings, and Tunes event.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Letter: Runner's heart-felt thanks
Thanks to all who helped on May 2 during the Whiskey Row run when I suffered a heart attack. The immediate response in medical aid and prayer from fellow runners was instant and overwhelming.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Editorial: Lawsuits distract from, not further education
It's like watching a movie - wondering what will happen next.

Late this past week the ongoing power struggle between Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas and the state Board of Education moved into court.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Column: Public servants no drain on society
This is in response to Ron Gould's diatribe against pensions for "so-called public services" employees. I happen to be a 26-year firefighter who has put my safety, my health and, at times, even my life on the line providing "so-called" services to the public.
Monday, May 18, 2015

Voices in the News: Kiwanis
How do you feel about the Kiwanis Club of Prescott competing to win $25,000 to build a playground in honor of Kayla Mueller?
Monday, May 18, 2015

Editorial: Elections: It's all about getting involved
Political activism has been replaced in this country by armchair governing.
Sunday, May 17, 2015

Column: Awareness is priceless
Have you ever muttered words like these?

"I wish I knew then what I know now?"

My Beloved had a stroke in early January, 2014.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Letter: Guide dogs (Berman)
While I appreciate Mr. Stephen Salkin's letter educating us about state statutes regarding Guide Dogs (May 14), I respectfully and utterly disagree with his comment that Mr. Bok's column on dog manners (owners' manners?) was "way off base and uncalled for."
Sunday, May 17, 2015

Letter: Modern teaching
I recently read a story about an incident that happened in Hempstead, Long Island, where a female teacher was assaulted, choked and knocked unconscious by a parent.
Sunday, May 17, 2015

Editorial: Let grief and sadness take a 9-inning break today
You won't find a better day on a baseball field than today in Chino Valley.
Saturday, May 16, 2015

Letter: Great service
Recently while vacationing in Arizona, we experienced a vehicle problem near Prescott Valley.
Saturday, May 16, 2015

Letter: Music heroes
Bradshaw Mountain High School music students, Yavapai College choral singers and a delighted audience all have a new hero.
Saturday, May 16, 2015

Letter: An open letter to Pam Pearsall and the Courier
I want to go on record as the owner of almost $3,000,000 in real estate property in Prescott, Arizona that I am extremely distressed about the actions of the Board of Supervisors in their attempts to undermine your decisions in how to run your office.
Saturday, May 16, 2015

Letter: Reckless driver
This is for the driver of a Silver Mazda. On Sunday, April 19, were you in such a hurry that you felt it necessary to weave in and out of the traffic lanes, even in the 45 mile an hour zone of Mayer?
Saturday, May 16, 2015

Editorial: More events than you can take in, seriously
Years ago Courier sports reporter Brad Fuqua did a marathon of sorts - covering a dozen (or more) events in one day.
Friday, May 15, 2015

Letter: TransPacific Partnership
There is a new 'free' trade agreement being pushed by politicians in Washington.
Friday, May 15, 2015

Letter: Christian or not?
John Krizek is an acquaintance of mine, and a near neighbor, but I disagree with many of the points in his letter (May 5) that attack the ACLU and complain about religious prejudice.
Friday, May 15, 2015

Editorial: Public safety pension fix is in works, voters
The Arizona police and firefighters pension system has been in trouble basically since 1999 ... and after the Great Recession, forget it. Recovery wasn't happening.
Thursday, May 14, 2015

Column: Sold! - to the highest bidder
In 2007, when the gavel fell on its "Effluent Water Auction," Prescott Valley leaders believed they had accomplished two important goals.
Thursday, May 14, 2015

Letter: Guide dogs (Salkin)
EDITOR:

Last week I read Ed Boks column on dog walking manners. While it had its points, it was way off base and uncalled for.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Letter: County accountability
What a great column in the May 7 Courier. Pam Pearsall, writing under "Talk of the Town," explained her position on combining the separate Mapping and Title Transfer departments, into one department.
Thursday, May 14, 2015

Letter: Tax rates
According to the IRS tax rate tables, there has only been an increase of the taxable income levels for the six tax brackets.
Thursday, May 14, 2015

Editorial: Farmers Market worth a look, every Saturday
You've likely seen the tents and displays in the Yavapai College parking lot. It's Saturday morning and all things organic and "farmer" products are on display.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Column: Unaffordable housing hurts local working people
Optimism ran high at the Bradshaw Mountain High School Scholarship Awards program Monday night. I attended to give one of two scholarships from the Democratic Women of the Prescott Area, this one to graduating senior, Janeth Lopez.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Letter: Reform pension system
In regard to the city proposal to pay for pensions with a sales tax: When the recession hit, they lost money and they had poor money management. They want the private sector to once again pony up tax dollars to recover the money.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Letter: Bees gone
Talk about bees. I had a very large swarm of bees making a home under a corner of my patio roof.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Letter: Miller Valley School
I have been involved with Miller Valley School since 1981. This school has been and is such a special and unique place.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Editorial: Parkway cell tower a win for all of us
Have you ever been chatting on your hands-free phone along Highway 69, only to dip into Diamond Valley and lose the signal? Or better yet, need to make a cell phone call from your office near the Prescott Lakes Parkway and realize you need to stand in the parking lot to get a signal?
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Letter: Tax for pensions
After reading your story this morning on raising taxes for pensions, do the math. If they increase the sales tax for the next 20 years, when the tax increase expires we start all over again.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Letter: Dreamers
I believe the largest internal problem facing America is the loss of our sense of community. Family, city, state and country: we have lost the vision of individuals living together and working to develop strong communities.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Letter: Moratorium
Talk of the Town by Gary Beverly on May 8, "Can technology save us?" was an excellent article on Prescott's inevitable water shortage issue. He presented enough straight-forward information on the subject that we really don't need any more taxpayer funded studies.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Editorial: Deficits looming for states; AZ surging?
It is a puzzling situation: we're told the nation's economy is its healthiest since the Great Recession, but 22 states are facing large budget deficits.
Monday, May 11, 2015

Letter: VA wait times
Regarding Prescott VA wait times, I had to go the VA last week to get some labs done. While there, I went to the Optometry Department to make an appointment to have my eye examined. To my surprise the lady making appointments told me the next available appointment was in August.
Monday, May 11, 2015

Letter: Assessor accountability
I had to laugh at the humble sincerity of our overworked County Assessor and her Talk of the Town published in the Courier on Thursday, May 7.
Monday, May 11, 2015

Letter: Postal Service
Whoa! Whoa! Stop the train. This is the end of the line for syndicated columnist Phil Kerpen and his piece, "U.S. Postal Service is headed for disaster" (April 17). All due respect to Mr. Kerpen and his rant on the USPS financial difficulties, but not once did he mention the fact of who is really behind the fragility of the USPS!
Monday, May 11, 2015

Editorial: Gifts to my mother
It was 1952. I was in a quandary of mystifying proportions. Mother's Day was coming to Fort Wayne, Indiana, and I had no gift for my mother.
Sunday, May 10, 2015

Column: Childhood of the past and present
I may be off-base, but when I observe kids today or hear about what they are doing, I begin to worry.
Sunday, May 10, 2015

Letter: Recovery homes
I've been reading many articles related to recovery homes in Prescott.
Sunday, May 10, 2015

Letter: Vets
The Annual Salute to Heroes in Prescott Valley this year turned into a two-day event that, thanks to the efforts of many people and businesses, raised more than $19,000 for U.S.VETS, to meet the needs of local veterans.
Sunday, May 10, 2015

Editorial: Disgraceful road to 2016 Games counting down
Like overlooking political demagoguery during midterm election years, out-of-sight-out-of-mind can equally be the flavor of choice for Olympics fans in the off-years between Games.
Saturday, May 09, 2015

Column: Self-regulation does not work for the drug rehab industry
What is foremost necessary to understand about Representative Noel Campbell's bill, dealing with drug rehab homes, is what it attempted to regulate.
Saturday, May 09, 2015


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