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Editorial: Separation of church and state?
Telling someone how to pray is about as touchy a subject as you can get.
Friday, February 05, 2016

Editorial: Bill would put education in Arizona back on track
Diane Douglas is not happy. The state Superintendent of Schools is upset at what she calls a "repulsive" piece of legislation.
Thursday, February 04, 2016

Editorial: Bill would hold cities where state wants them
From time to time we hear about the impact of sales taxes in the Prescott area.
Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Editorial: What we can learn from Flint, Michigan
When I was a kid back in the early 1960s, my father, a career non-commissioned officer in the Air Force, was stationed in Germany for a 3-year tour of duty.
Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Editorial: Should utilities fund elected regulators?
If you're reading this, you probably live in Yavapai County.
Monday, February 01, 2016

Editorial: Keep financial power where it is
Arizona legislators seem to have enough trouble keeping track of our money, they really don't need another complication.
Sunday, January 31, 2016

Editorial: Keep your guns locked up
Two teen boys were arrested this month in Diamond Valley for stealing two handguns from an unlocked truck.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Editorial: 'No' to early driving permits
State lawmakers are looking at allowing teenagers to get their driving permits at 15 now. Is this even necessary?
Friday, January 29, 2016

Editorial: State budget coming to Prescott, sort of
One of the most important political factors in the state is coming to Prescott on Monday, Feb. 1.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Editorial: Troopers on the job, but this affects us all
If Highway 169 is the new "Blood Alley," do not think DPS troopers and ADOT are not on the job.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Editorial: State's primary election system needs revision
According to a report in the Arizona Capitol Times, Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan wants to do away with the state's partisan presidential primaries.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Editorial: Public art: Is it worth the money?
I started working for The Daily Courier last August, in and September my wife and I found a house in Prescott Valley to make our permanent residence.
Monday, January 25, 2016

Editorial: We are telling the stories no one really wants to hear
We currently have two reporters working on our Homeless in Yavapai County series.
Sunday, January 24, 2016

Editorial: Lawmakers and their bills: Some good things to know
Some positive news came out of Phoenix this week:

• Seventy-two lawmakers banded together and signed on as sponsors of a bill that would repeal the $30 million cut to the state's high school career and technical education programs. Local reps. Karen Fann and Noel Campbell were among the supporters of giving back the funds to JTEDs.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Editorial: It's someone's personal choice - not yours
The right to die is a deeply emotional topic, no matter which side you fall on.
Friday, January 22, 2016

Editorial: Some bills hit you between the eyes (VIDEO)
The Legislature is open for business, and every year we learn about possible legislation that begs the question: What else could lawmakers be doing with their time?
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Editorial: Yavapai County has a new 'Blood Alley'
Long before I moved here in the mid-'90s, the section of Highway 69 between Prescott and Prescott Valley was known as "Blood Alley."
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Editorial: Help keep Social Security solvent
Only one Republican presidential candidate made a coherent comment about Social Security during the sixth Republican debate on Jan. 14.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Editorial: King's dream has yet to be achieved
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday to honor the birth, legacy and ideas of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
Monday, January 18, 2016

Editorial: Let your voice be heard
In the year and a half I've lived in Arizona now, I've learned a lot about the state's residents.
Sunday, January 17, 2016

Editorial: Proposed budget doesn't help JTED
Gov. Doug Ducey revealed his state budget plan on Friday.

He does have some good things in it for education, but not specifically for the state's 13 Joint Technical Education District programs.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Editorial: You have to ask: 'What are they thinking?'
Sometimes you see things that make your head hurt. A lot.
Friday, January 15, 2016

Editorial: Beliefs other than our own divide this nation
They want to change the nation (even the world), and bring all of us together - almost in a "kumbaya," holding-hands moment.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Editorial: Oh, to remain anonymous among weather, budgets
The Catchall:

• POWERBALL, ANYONE? - While you're pondering whether tonight's $1.4 billion Powerball jackpot (it will likely grow further) is worth a $2 ticket, consider that contrary to popular belief - you cannot remain anonymous if you win.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Editorial: A bad bill that should be shot down
Nowadays, anyone who carries a cellphone also carries a camera, making anyone carrying a cellphone a potential citizen journalist.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Editorial: Obama's gunning for your toothpaste
Forget about your guns, President Barack Obama may have just outlawed your toothpaste, and he had bipartisan support to do it.
Monday, January 11, 2016

FROM THE MAYOR: New Prescott Mayor Harry Oberg shares his State of the City Address
At this time of year, when the President of the United States gives his State of the Union address and the Governor his State of the State, I feel it is only fitting to present to the people of Prescott a State of the City address.
Sunday, January 10, 2016

Editorial: BOS vs. Pearsall: A waste of everyone's time
After eight months of turmoil, County Assessor Pamela Pearsall's office is partly coming back to her.
Saturday, January 09, 2016

Editorial: No program is perfect; and neither are we
The father of a child featured in our Christmas "Shop With a Cop" story gave me a call the other day.
Friday, January 08, 2016

Editorial: A lot of concern over little gun 'actions'
Some people met President Obama's gun control announcement this week with cheers.
Thursday, January 07, 2016

Editorial: Resolve to improve - again and again
Happy New Year! How are your resolutions going?

Every year we proclaim we will do more of this and less of that, in hopes of making or re-making ourselves into better people.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Editorial: Arizona exempt from REAL ID licenses - for now
Arizona residents have gotten a reprieve, thanks to a vote of the state Legislature early last year.
Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Editorial: One good turn of phrase deserves another
I am sometimes amazed at how many educated Americans whose native language is English abuse common English phrases.
Monday, January 04, 2016

Editorial: Learning the laws against hate speech
Nationwide, and in our little corner of Arizona, people are expressing opinions more than ever. Mostly thanks to the Internet.
Sunday, January 03, 2016

Editorial: No change in 2016 for minimum wage
The states went in opposite directions for new laws that went into effect Jan. 1.
Friday, January 01, 2016

Editorial: New year brings need for change
A happy new year to you, dear reader.

I'm sure the enormous number on your front page today got your attention.

Friday, January 01, 2016

Editorial: Some people fall, others fall harder
Bicycle racing phenom Lance "Livestrong" Armstrong turned out to be a doper and liar.
Thursday, December 31, 2015

Editorial: Movie shines light on the NFL, head injuries
The movie Concussion (starring Will Smith) hit theaters at Christmastime, roughly at the same time wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was called for unnecessary roughness.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Editorial: Please don't ask us to censor opinions
Just about every newspaper in America provides at least one page of each edition for opinions.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Editorial: Lessons of holiday family gatherings
As the holiday season draws to a close, we'd like to pay tribute to the time-honored tradition of the family gathering and reflect on the fact that all humans are part of the same family, with a common ancestor.
Monday, December 28, 2015

Editorial: Nothing wrong with asking a language preference
The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors recently removed the "Spanish speaking preferred" text from the job description for a county position, although about 20 percent of the clients an employee in that position may interact with speak only Spanish.
Sunday, December 27, 2015

Editorial: Keep knocking on doors; someone will have sense enough to answer
Asking Arizona officials to spend money is rarely going to end well for you.
Saturday, December 26, 2015

Editorial: Shooters are same as drivers
Christmas Catchall:
Thursday, December 24, 2015

Editorial: Sharing the good and the bad
A reader commented to me the other day that during the Christmas week, we shouldn't be running stories on what they considered bad things, like guns.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Editorial: New council meeting time makes sense
Congratulations to the Prescott City Council for voting to change its regular meeting times.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Editorial: A holiday gift and Take a Stand
Two recent attempts to influence my lifestyle caught my attention.
Monday, December 21, 2015

Editorial: Water and annexation: The dynamic duo
Whenever the topic of water or annexation is discussed, it is frequently an issue that generates great emotion.
Sunday, December 20, 2015

Editorial: It's your choice to help shape schools
Remember the big push to get everyone to vote on the Prescott Unified School District bond and override?
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Editorial: Prescott area folks know how to give
Bah humbug!

We published a story this week about Arizona ranking near the bottom of a list measuring charitable giving.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Editorial: Armed, protected SWAT team is best
The Prescott City Council's approval Tuesday to accept a military vehicle for the SWAT team has raised the ire of one council member and some from the public.
Thursday, December 17, 2015


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