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Editorial: Big changes ahead, organization continues
On Sunday night, Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters said good-bye to its longtime CEO, Kathleen Murphy. She's been there nearly four decades.

It's not an easy thing to do, changing leadership after so long.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Editorial: Don't wait for the 4th to scream for the USA
That patriotic feeling? It's not your imagination. It's everywhere this week.
Sunday, June 28, 2015

Editorial: Friday a mixed bag of good, bad news
Some days, news breaks at a fever pitch. Friday was one of those days.
Saturday, June 27, 2015

Education: Awkward if state gets outbid on memorial site
The Friday Catchall:

• MEMORIAL - The state Land Department's auction of the site where the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots died two years ago is Tuesday, June 30 - on the second anniversary of their deaths - and the state Parks Department is hoping to be the winning bidder.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Editorial: Roundabout delayed in good faith action
After the pros and cons of a road project went round 'n' round the last month or so, Prescott City Council listened to the public and removed the $2.5 million road widening, roundabout project from the 2015-16 budget.
Thursday, June 25, 2015

Editorial: Don't ignore this message ... it is truly life or death
Did your cell phone alarm scare the daylights out of you Monday? I know when the Amber Alert alarm was issued for Cassidy Hayes, everyone jumped out of their skins in our office.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Editorial: Money sometimes is white, ethics delayed
A sidebar to the Charleston, South Carolina, shooting this past week centers on white supremacy and politics.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Editorial: Prescott on film runs deep, building
If you love movies, you're in heaven here in the Prescott area.

A quick look at the pages of The Daily Courier lately, as well as accounts on Facebook and Twitter, show a plethora of action regarding the film industry locally.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Editorial: You don't need to father a child to be a father
When I was a kid, too many moons ago, Father's Day meant mom giving me $3 to pick out a "nice" gift for my dad at Newberry's downtown.
Sunday, June 21, 2015

Editorial: Hold on there rodeo, golf has serious Prescott history, too
You've already seen rodeo signs around Prescott, and there will be plenty more to come when the big event kicks off June 29.
Saturday, June 20, 2015

Editorial: Gun owners aren't criminals
We have seen many tragedies - the shootings in Tucson, Sandy Hook, Aurora ... now Charleston. All have included guns and death. It is becoming painful to see this cycle of violence continuing.
Friday, June 19, 2015

Editorial: Homeless youth can use a hand
I was surprised to learn the Yavapai House Youth Shelter is the only shelter serving youth in the entire county.
Thursday, June 18, 2015

Editorial: Whether unions or Obama, do right thing
While perusing the news Tuesday, I found it interesting how a link of irony exists between Big Labor over the minimum wage and President Obama at the G7 Summit.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Editorial: Rodeo time is one of our best 'seasons'
Some topics are hot buttons, and reporting Monday that the "World's Oldest Rodeo" has an economic impact of more than $13.5 million lit up my phone.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Editorial: Wildfire risks, responsibility remain despite changes
When we hear that the City of Prescott and its fire department have changed the way they handle the threat of wildfires, it naturally raises concerns.

Change is not easy.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Editorial: Attention should go to bigger issues
Until now, I've refrained from making a comment on the issues surrounding our county assessor and the Board of Supervisors.
Saturday, June 13, 2015

Editorial: They were listening, but you need to act
Did you catch the 'We Are Listening' tour that played a gig in Prescott this week?
Saturday, June 13, 2015

Editorial: Social media doesn't weigh heavy in Judge Butner's court
Jody Fanning was going to get beat up either way. Wednesday, the Cottonwood police chief took his shots in a court of law.

The alternative was to take his beating in the court of public opinion.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Editorial: The bigger picture and 'celebrating our differences'
Sitting in the Crystal Room of the Prescott Valley Library Tuesday morning, I was treated to a sight that was, quite frankly, thought-provoking.
Thursday, June 11, 2015

Editorial: Water a hot topic for Arizona, neighbors
Water is always a hot topic. On dCourier.com today (see the link below), we have the vice-mayor of Prescott Valley discussing long-term water plans in the Talk of the Town. Tuesday, Gov. Doug Ducey made a plea to federal officials to protect Arizona's water supply.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Editorial: Crashes, fatalities add up; slow down
It's sad and disturbing to hear about crashes that result in fatalities, but it's even worse when we learn they could have been avoided.
Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Editorial: Beer, wine, groceries giving back to community
One of the reasons I like journalism and the communications business is witnessing "community" in action, meaning when people, organizations or businesses stage events and give back, with benefits going beyond the fun and helping those in need.
Monday, June 08, 2015

Editorial: A first impression can last forever
The first glimpse most visitors to Prescott receive of the town is not, perhaps, the most attractive.
Sunday, June 07, 2015

Editorial: All eyes locked on a run for history
Will he or won't he? That's the question millions of fans get answered today while watching a spectacular 3-year-old colt race for one of sport's rarest achievements.
Saturday, June 06, 2015

Editorial: Try to right the ship, and check your lottery tickets
The Friday Catchall:

• SCHOOL MONEY - While you're pondering this week's news of Prescott Unified School District's bond and override proposal for the fall ballot, don't be confused to hear that Gov. Doug Ducey wants voters to approve his plan to spend more money from the state's multi-billion dollar trust land account to boost funding for K-12.

Friday, June 05, 2015

Editorial: Water woes spread, solutions are needed
You all know we have a water situation here in ol' Prescott and the Central Highlands. Heck, water and the fights over it have been front-page news since the Courier began in the 1880s.
Thursday, June 04, 2015

Editorial: Are FBI agents spying on us? Sure, they are
If you've lived in the Prescott area for some time, you have heard about - or have seen - the mysterious black helicopters.
Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Editorial: NSA surveillance needs to continue
You likely saw the clock winding down this past weekend: the National Security Agency collection of phone records was to expire.

And it did.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Editorial: Life-changing decisions we may never understand
A Yavapai County Sheriff's Deputy made a split-second decision this weekend in Cottonwood. A young man also made a life-altering decision this weekend. One of them is dead.
Monday, June 01, 2015

Editorial: Going around and around and ...
Continuing on my recent theme of road issues, I thought I'd look into the idea behind the explosion of roundabout use in Arizona.
Sunday, May 31, 2015

Editorial: The law behind service animals
The service animal debate always explodes in letters to the editor and social media comments around this area.
Friday, May 29, 2015

Editorial: Soccer's corruption scandal is huge, but fallout may be quiet
It isn't often the sport of soccer makes headlines, but word of alleged corruption at soccer's highest levels exploded worldwide Wednesday.
Thursday, May 28, 2015

Editorial: Arming police versus protestors is vicious circle
... As you visualize these things consider the arguments for and against the Pentagon program that offered surplus material to local law enforcement agencies. That has never made complete sense to me.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Editorial: Who is watching the bottom line?
It seems no one, except occasionally the media, is really following Arizona's fiscal storyline. Locally, Daily Courier stories tell of potential loss of services, layoffs, tightening of the belts, closing of schools, etc.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Editorial: Always remember those who didn't come home
Memorial Day began life as Decoration Day - originating from the Civil War and the desire to remember those veterans.
Monday, May 25, 2015

Editorial: Dr. Seuss would have liked a drive down Hwy. 69
Red light. Green light. Red light. Green light. Driving on Highway 69 reminds me of a Dr. Seuss rhyme.
Sunday, May 24, 2015

Editorial: How is this news?
Reporting the news can be a frustrating thing.
Saturday, May 23, 2015

Editorial: Get out the vote, and see the signs
The Friday Catchall:

• VOTING - Remember the woman who ran over her husband with an SUV because he didn't vote in the 2012 presidential election?

Friday, May 22, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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