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Editorial: Could have seen school crisis coming
The Prescott Unified School District will have to make some very hard choices in the very near future. In the meantime, rumors are running wild as to the ways in which the district will solve the puzzle of an approaching $2 million-plus budget deficit.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Editorial: Everyday heroes are still amazing
The downpour the Prescott area got Saturday made up moisture-wise for the forecast that fell flat when remnants of Tropical Storm Odile failed to live up to predictions about 10 days ago.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Editorial: Border bosses must investigate
It is no doubt a difficult job patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Editorial: Falling gas prices will help economy
Most of the driving public yearns for the days when gasoline prices were $1.08 (1980) or 59 cents (1970), even 31 cents (1960) per gallon. So, this may not be as big a deal to our long-memory readers: The price of a gallon of gasoline may soon start with a "2" across much the country.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Editorial: Elections are all about the money
In between newscasts, re-runs of Seinfeld, and the fall premieres of NCIS and The Biggest Loser, those of you who do not run to the kitchen at commercial break may have noticed a barrage of political advertisements.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Editorial: Like Ebola, ISIS must be stopped
Two weeks ago, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and again on Tuesday Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, while touring the U.S. border with Mexico, said fighters with ISIS - the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, an extremist group sweeping through parts of those two countries - will try to infiltrate our country through the Southwest border.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Editorial: Cameras not to blame for chaos
On Monday, a Maricopa County Superior Court Judge issued a ruling sure to light up all of a journalist's warning signals, in the case of convicted killer Jodi Arias.

Judge Sherry Stephens reiterated her earlier ruling that no video of Arias's upcoming penalty phase can be broadcast until after a jury decides if Arias will receive the death penalty or a sentence of life in prison.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Editorial: World Peace Day: A lovely thought
You'd hardly know it but yesterday, Sept. 21, was World Peace Day.

Created by the United Nations in 1982, the International Day of Peace was intended to pay homage to the ideals of peace and, more to the point, the absence - at least for a day - of the horrors of war.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Editorial: NFL needs leader who understands problem
We waited for him to speak. We waited for the commissioner of the NFL - the most popular sports brand in the United States - to explain a deplorable series of events.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Editorial: Body cameras could de-escalate conflicts
Late last month we commended law enforcement departments across the country, such as those in the Prescott area, for eying on-body cameras as a tool and solution going forward.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Editorial: People, not politicos, impact league policy
Problems in sports are one thing. Problems with sports stars is entirely another.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Editorial: Too late to avoid Pearce distraction
He is a lightning rod for people on the left. For those within his party, he is a hot potato. To voters, he is a distraction.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Editorial: During storm, drive slowly or not at all
In Arizona - home of 300-plus days of sunshine each year - we don't normally have to brace ourselves for significant weather hazards. But we do today and tomorrow, so please be cautious.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Editorial: Lawsuit is settled; the future is not
Rewind to 2006: The economic and cultural life of Prescott Valley and Yavapai County had a big growth spurt with the first week of the new Tim's Toyota Center.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Editorial: There's time to fix election issues
If we do not do elections well, we don't do anything well. That is a mantra we often state this time of year, and Yavapai County Elections Department can rest easy.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Editorial: Help fight hunger at Empty Bowls event
There are a number of no-brainers out there in our community, and this is certainly one of them.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Editorial: Communication will help fix VA
Lately, the VA health care system has encountered enough controversy to fill all the leftover buckets from the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Editorial: Drunk drivers, here's your sign
Every 33 minutes, someone in this country dies in an alcohol-related crash.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Editorial: 9/11 united nation, realigned priorities
What a different world that was. The time when other events grabbed our focus.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Editorial: Tree a symbol of our perseverance
Tomorrow, the City of Prescott, all of us really, will receive an extraordinary gift in honor of the 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew who died on June 30, 2013, while battling the Yarnell Hill wildfire: a sapling from the World Trade Center's "Survivor Tree."

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Editorial: ISIS or ISIL - What's in a name?
President Obama is meeting with congressional leaders today about just what to do concerning the threat of ISIS - or ISIL depending on who is speaking.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Editorial: Consequences help to squelch racism
Atlanta Hawks basketball team co-owner Bruce Levenson is selling his controlling interest in the organization, thanks in part to an inflammatory email he wrote two years ago.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Editorial: Women in sports make their mark
You just may miss one of the best sports events today. With a full slate of NFL opening-day games too much to resist for fans, and with the Diamondbacks battling those Dodger bums this afternoon, Arizona fans in particular are forgiven if their TV attention is diverted.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Editorial: Don't shrug off signs of danger
Where smoke exists, there most often is fire, even if it has not become outright flames - yet.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Editorial: 'Silly season' has serious outcomes
Yavapai County historically leads the state in voter turnout. Unfortunately, voters here disappointed slightly in the Primary Election with, not the top but the third-highest number of ballots cast.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Editorial: Report concerns, but be fair-minded
There's a fine line. A fine line between supporting disease recovery for the ill and practical discussions about how much is too much.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Editorial: Domestic violence cannot be ignored
In the National Football League, rules, like records, are made to be broken.

Just last week, Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted he'd made a mistake in suspending Baltimore Ravens star running back Ray Rice for only two games over Rice's widely viewed domestic violence incident in an Atlantic City casino.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Editorial: It's Labor Day; Where's the work?
Labor ain't what it used to be, and neither is Labor Day.

When the holiday was created in 1887 - at the behest of President Grover Alexander - as an attempt to mollify strong unions and their members who had the year before started a deadly riot in Chicago, the working man's main demand was an eight-hour workday

Monday, September 01, 2014

Editorial: Politics divide, football unites
It was in the air the past two nights. The cooler temperatures have been the biggest giveaway. The marching bands, too.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Editorial: World powers must unite to squelch ISIS
The western world has not shown any inclination to use significant military force in Iraq in the wake of the Islamic State's bloody incursions there.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Editorial: Gun ranges need strict safeguards
News of an Arizona firearms instructor's shooting death by a 9-year-old girl who was firing a fully automatic Uzi has spread nationwide as well as internationally, and begs the question: Why would a little girl be allowed to shoot such a weapon?

Friday, August 29, 2014

Editorial: Bad behavior gets its comeuppance
You spoke, the candidates listened. Or, in some cases, were forced to listen.
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Editorial: Police body cameras would capture truth
While you're digesting this morning's unofficial Primary Election results, consider that the uncertainty that has shaken Ferguson, Mo., in the aftermath of a controversial police shooting might very well have been lessened if there had been video evidence of the altercation.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Editorial: Here's to those who truly care
They're the folks who slip through the cracks... all the cracks.

Homelessness has been an issue as long we can remember, and it occurs for a wide variety of reasons. Some folks have mental issues, some are trapped in a cycle of substance abuse, others choose the transient life, opting for the dangers of victimization at nearly every turn.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Editorial: PFD deserves a '6' out of '5'
Prescott paramedic and firefighter Conrad Jackson, whose name and service are well known to us here at The Daily Courier, has published a book about the history of the department - and none too soon.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Editorial: Cast a vote against community apathy
We'll know a little bit more about Arizona's future leadership by Tuesday night. The primary election is here. Surely all the colorful road signs gave it away.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Editorial: Preparation keeps adventures fun
Summer is the time for picnics, barbecues, boating, swimming, camping, hikes - all things relaxing and outdoors. When we least expect it, however, any of these activities can turn dangerous or deadly.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Editorial: Any way you slice it, this just stinks
With the rumors now official that the Arizona Sundogs will not be playing in 2014-15, our community no longer has a hockey season.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Editorial: Sports, music titans clash over money
The business of sports has always been a fascinating topic. The challenge for professional teams is to create the illusion that the players, coaches and owners are people just like us. The business of music is very much the same, but without quite as much of the "we're just like you" routine.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Editorial: Heavy rains prompt thoughts of caution
People from the greater Prescott area know we experienced an extremely dry winter this year, just as they are now learning this summer's monsoons are the wettest in more than 10 years.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Editorial: There's no shame in needing help
Every now and then, news events remind us of the fallout from mental illness. Robin Williams' suicide was another jarring wakeup call.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Editorial: Job gains info misses the mark
The greater Prescott area is recovering from the Great Recession.

That is the message several Courier stories have trumpeted recently, for example, "Prescott Valley bounces back from recession" (in retail, restaurants and hotel business); and "Tourism recession has ended" (bed tax numbers are up).

Monday, August 18, 2014

Editorial: Don't leave needy out in the cold
There's no better time to prepare for the unexpected than before a critical need arises. Which is why discussions in Prescott in the middle of August are turning to freezing winter weather.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Editorial: Freedom of choice must be informed
Arizona is an Old West state. We have the freedom to open-carry firearms; in fact, to carry concealed does not require a permit or additional training. To seek that training is a choice - one that parallels the decision motorcycle riders make: whether or not to wear a helmet. It is a choice.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Editorial: It's high time for border security
It's no secret our southern border is in chaos with all of the illegal immigrants coming into this country, and not enough is being done about it.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Editorial: State benefits need attention
According to a new study, most states - including Arizona - provide their employees with health insurance that most private workers would love to have.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Editorial: Conserve water, or pay Cali's price
An interesting thing is taking place with our neighbors to the west, California. It's interesting for us because it revolves around that most precious commodity - water.

It looks as though Anaheim's city council will join the growing list of dozens upon dozens of cities and water agencies enacting restrictions on water use in response to that state's mandate.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Editorial: Support the local efforts to lure jobs
Our Saturday story on the reasons behind our state's decreasing unemployment rate was thought provoking. The examples of the Leyva and Bradshaw families, whose primary breadwinners have had to leave the quad-city area to seek work elsewhere, bring a focus on a trend that has prevailed in our area since the housing bubble burst in 2008.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Editorial: Whiskey Row's second life bound for greatness
We're anxious to watch the courtyard vision bloom into fruition and give the Row - the city's main tourist destination and a favorite place to hang for locals - a great new beginning.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Editorial: Road widening foes squelch urban sprawl
This week, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors officially pulled the plug on the highly controversial, decades-old, $50 million plan to widen Williamson Valley Road between Pioneer Parkway and Outer Loop Road to four lanes plus turn lanes.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

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