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Editorial: Ashcraft ruling was a fair one
Presiding Judge David Mackey has spoken in the Hotshots benefits case involving Andrew Ashcraft, but still City Attorney Jon Paladini hints at another appeal.
Friday, January 23, 2015

Editorial: Love is in the air - among other things
It's that time of year when thoughts go the way of candy hearts, flowers and romantic dinners.
Thursday, January 22, 2015

Editorial: Pronghorns need a voice
It's something that tugs at the heart strings of most area residents - we love seeing pronghorn antelope grazing in the open spaces, and become fearful for them when they come so close to our roadways.




Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Editorial: Budget pitch conveys slaps, gifts and clouds
Gov. Doug Ducey has released his budget proposal - with the Republican leadership at the announcement, signifying they approve of his cuts and budget gimmicks.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Editorial: Rotary scores big for community with RYLA
Rotary International has a simple motto: "Service above self." Its secondary motto is: "One profits most who serves best."
Monday, January 19, 2015

Editorial: Not all of us wear Little Red Riding Hood capes
Moms around the world have read some version of "Little Red Riding Hood" to their children for years and years.

The Big Bad Wolf scares the daylights out of us - a mean, human-hunting furry beast lurking in the woods waiting to EAT US!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Editorial: Happy Valley smiles again
In what will surely go down as the most disingenuous milestone in sports history, Penn State's legendary college football icon Joe Paterno is again the all-time winningest coach in history.
Saturday, January 17, 2015

Editorial: Museums need help to preserve history
I promised to keep you in the loop on the invitations I've accepted to visit local groups.
Friday, January 16, 2015

Editorial: Drug problems are not new; what will you do?
"Everybody's Hometown" is indeed everyone's hometown ... it has a drug problem, just like nearly every town on the map.
Thursday, January 15, 2015

Editorial: How would you do on a civics test?
One of the early priorities of our new governor is to fast-track a bill that would require high school students to pass a civics test.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Editorial: Who is winning gasoline wars?
This past weekend we shared with you the good news of prices at the pump beginning to drop below $2 in the Prescott area. Costco was first, now Sam's Club and ARCO.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Editorial: Arizona is to Super Bowl as lightning rod in monsoon
It seems when the big game comes to Arizona, it's not without controversy. As we sat watching NFL divisional playoffs Sunday (sorry, Cowboys), rumors emerged that Phoenix bus and airport shuttle drivers may strike during Super Bowl XLIX.
Monday, January 12, 2015

Editorial: Real life is the best teacher
When I heard there was to be a mock trial at a local school, I made sure we covered it.
Sunday, January 11, 2015

Editorial: Obama made wrong turn in Phoenix trip
President Obama is enjoying a swing upward in job-approval ratings. With that, one would think priorities might shift.

Well, they have.

Friday, January 09, 2015

Editorial: We will not back down from our mission
No one's religion should dictate what a newspaper prints.

The killing of 10 journalists and two peace officers at a French newspaper will not stop the satire, the political commentary, the reporting of the brutal facts of religious-based terrorism.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Editorial: School district seems to be on the right path
Kudos to the Prescott Unified School District for their recent decisions.

On the front page today, we have reported the changes.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Editorial: Sometimes it's best to merely stay home
It may come across as hindsight being 20/20, but I can state with absolute certainty that the New Year's snowstorm will not be our last.
Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Editorial: New governor, new course for Arizona
Today begins a new leaf of sorts, a new start for Arizona politics. Republican Doug Ducey is set to become the state's 23rd governor.
Monday, January 05, 2015

Editorial: Paying at the (garage) door ... and more
Newspaper coverage can seem like a hit-or-miss process to most readers.

That's why I decided when I came to the Courier to be quite transparent about what we do here. This week, we received a few complaints and questions that I'll answer in my editorial.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Editorial: Two Arizona hockey markets facing two roads
Professional hockey is at a crossroads in Arizona, and that means in our own backyard in Prescott Valley as well.
Saturday, January 03, 2015

Editorial: Shameful waste of Arizona's cash
So, did you get a $10,000 bonus from your boss this year?

Well, obviously, you don't work for Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.

Friday, January 02, 2015

Editorial: Making 2015 mean more
As I was looking through the New Year's resolutions our reporters gathered for today's feature on pages 6 and 7, one stood out for me:
Thursday, January 01, 2015

Editorial: Last chance for tax credits is today
If you are like a lot of folks, you haven't even thought about your taxes yet. (I admit it, I wait until April 13-ish).
Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Editorial: Postal Service needs chance to succeed
Readers of The Daily Courier will recall the recent news of U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar getting Prescott's main post office renamed for Barry Goldwater, in this, the 50th year since he launched his campaign for president.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Editorial: Sadly, critics of police outnumber defenders
As we look to turn the calendar to 2015 for a fresh start, one of the current year's worst happenings is rearing its head again. I am referring to the weekend shooting involving a police officer.
Monday, December 29, 2014

Editorial: Christmas is over, but don't fret, sports fans
Are your holiday leftovers all gone? Wrapping paper picked up? All the lights back in storage for another year?
Sunday, December 28, 2014

Editorial:Keeping what works; fixing what doesn't
Officials of the struggling Prescott Unified School District need to be commended for recognizing what works for their students and arranging to keep it going.
Saturday, December 27, 2014

Editorial: Readers at center of editorial decisions
Someone asked me the other day if I was responsible for what goes at the top of The Daily Courier's front page every day.
Friday, December 26, 2014

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus
Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun newspaper, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history's most reprinted, timeless newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps. Enjoy!
Thursday, December 25, 2014

Editorial: Shooting in leg an eye opener
I get it ... I really do. I'm now in the "Old West" ... where it is normal to carry your loaded weapon while fetching a bite out.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Editorial: Re-gifting becoming more, more acceptable
Re-gifting. It's a practice many of us are familiar with - or guilty of - during the holiday season, and I'm not talking about that one and only fruitcake in the world that keeps changing ownership.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Editorial: Darts for speed changes, parking; laurels for ASU
Change is an ever-present challenge in today's world. However, some updates and modifications to our lives raise questions.
Monday, December 22, 2014

Editorial: Speakeasy's fate a concern of many
Being a history lover, I devoured our Saturday story on Prescott's speakeasy, the Gold Nugget.How exciting to see the images our photographer captured. The enthusiasm he shared with the newsroom after this assignment came through in those photos.
Sunday, December 21, 2014

Editorial: Cardinals take center stage this season
Few sports teams have galvanized an entire state as have the Arizona Cardinals this fall and winter.
Saturday, December 20, 2014

Editorial: E-destruction is our newest foe
We witnessed terror in the skies on Sept. 11, 2001, rivaling the attacks on Pearl Harbor 60 years earlier, Dec. 7, 1941. While little comes to mind that ever could surpass "a date which will live in infamy," things certainly are changing.
Friday, December 19, 2014

Editorial: Locals reveal city's treasures
What makes the Prescott area so unique?

Recently, I extended an invitation for readers to share what they thought I should know.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Editorial: County is ahead of the curve on e-cigs
Part of my job at The Daily Courier includes approving letters to the editor and reader comments on stories, as well as taking phone calls from readers expressing their opinions. Monday's Yavapai County ban on electronic cigarettes caused a little of all those things to come through my office Tuesday.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Editorial: Auction of Indian artifacts good, bad
"Stop Cultural Genocide!" That's what was lettered on a sign someone was carrying Monday at the contested auction of tribal artifacts in Paris.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Editorial: More money not always the answer
It is a simple thing that voters and candidates have witnessed in recent years: money talks. It's now commonplace for candidates running for a job that pays, for example $30,000, to spend two, three or more times that to win at the polls.
Monday, December 15, 2014

Editorial: Preying on our most vulnerable citizens
You hear it nearly daily: A senior citizen was scammed out of cash.

On the front page today is a story about two young men who stole from a lady, and also reports on another woman who avoided being duped by a fake phone call.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Editorial: Time to meet the people of my town
I'm still getting to know my new surroundings. Part of my job is to meet the folks who work in the community.
Friday, December 12, 2014

Editorial: A pawn in a coward's game
A show of hands, please. How many of you good readers knew that the Red Baron's first name was Manfred and that "der Rote Baron" was German for Red Baron?
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Editorial: 'Tis the season ... for home fires
The Daily Courier recently passed on a message of fireplace safety from Yavapai County authorities.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Editorial: How price drops at pump affect us
It is the great economic experiment involving cause and effect or, as most Americans view it, savings versus profits.
Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Editorial: Holiday travel woes big concern
Traveling during the holidays, whether by plane, train or automobile can be a headache - well beyond the 1987 movie of the same name starring John Candy.
Monday, December 08, 2014

Editorial: Prescott lives up to its 'Christmas City' designation
Saturday, December 06, 2014

Editorial: 'Just kidding' just won't cut it
Kudos to the staff and students of Prescott High School and the Prescott Police Department for their handling of the latest school shooting threat.
Saturday, December 06, 2014

Editorial: 'It means something to us'
I often see the American flag flying on a fire truck or two when I'm running my errands around town. And I always smile. It's good to see patriotism displayed.
Friday, December 05, 2014

Editorial: PUSD must make most of changes
Much to the dismay of many Prescott residents, the Prescott Unified School District Governing Board voted Tuesday night to close two beloved schools, Miller Valley Elementary and Washington Traditional.
Thursday, December 04, 2014

Editorial: Reasons vary why insurance lacking
Outreach groups in Arizona are ramping up efforts to get young adults in the state covered by health insurance. Arizona had the third-lowest enrollment nationwide last year for people between ages 18 and 34.
Wednesday, December 03, 2014


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