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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

Editorial: Don't blame D.C.; get off the chair
A study this summer shows that we should ask not what our country can do for our bodies and instead ask ourselves.

Friday, August 08, 2014

Editorial: Space mission was under the radar
On March 2, 2004, the European Space Agency launched the Rosetta probe, sending it on a journey that has since covered 4 billion miles, including three loops around Earth and one around Mars.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Editorial: Execution drugs should be humane
Since last week's notorious execution of Arizona convict Joseph Wood, eyes have turned - once again - to the science of putting a person to death with drugs.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Editorial: Gun advocate hurts his cause
It's hard to concoct a situation that could give law-abiding gun owners and Second Amendment champions a worse name.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Editorial: Common sense should be required
Really, people? We need a new statute because folks can't simply police themselves at times in a park?

Monday, August 04, 2014

Editorial: Courier endorses Fann, Campbell in LD1 election
The Courier is endorsing Karen Fann, the incumbent, and Noel Campbell, both of Prescott for the Arizona House of Representatives Legislative District 1.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Editorial: School year brings lessons for drivers
Monday is the first day of school for students around the quad-city area and we need to take caution and watch out for these children.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Editorial: To get results, you must act
Improved education. That would be great.

How about job creation, and protection of the environment and water?

Friday, August 01, 2014

Editorial: Some laws are head-scratchers
Builders build, drivers drive and lawmakers, well, they make laws.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Editorial: Impact fees cut in many ways
The name says it all: impact fees. They are charges a community can impose on a builder for impacts the new construction and its eventual occupancy will have on services a government provides.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Editorial: Outlook on pot laws still smoky
A new court ruling says Arizona judges can't order people on probation to not use medical marijuana.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Editorial: Local groups give our kids a break
Two organizations dedicated to children will open their doors to Prescott Unified School District students who may not have a place to go before and after school because the district has to shut down the Kids and Company program.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Editorial: Community's future is in voters' hands
Voters and potential voters, you are officially on the clock.

Early ballot voting starts this Thursday for the Aug. 26 primary election. And anyone who isn't registered to vote has only until midnight Monday to do so.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Editorial: Kids' show host was an Arizona treasure
Long-time Arizonans were saddened this week by the death of Bill Thompson, the genius who created "Wallace and Ladmo," probably the longest-running television show for children in the nation's history.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Editorial: Inhumane executions erode civilized society
Taking a closer look at our state's capital punishment methods is by no means a way of prioritizing any perceived justice for convicted killers.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Editorial: Feds hatch yet another fish story
Folks often talk about big government, and what a burden it is on us taxpayers. And it's true to some extent that waste and inefficiency abound in government systems, and the adage that the primary mission of bureaucracies is to sustain themselves is not far from the truth.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Editorial: Budget bloodletting must be stanched
Issues whose time has come: recession-ravished state budgets. Where is the recovery?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Editorial: Gaza, Ukraine lead to thoughts of war
Watching television and reading news accounts in recent days about Russia-backed rebels shooting down a passenger plane in Ukraine and, the same day, Israel sending troops into Gaza, makes it easy to fear we're heading toward World War III.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Editorial: Kids & Co. should get a very close look
While all sorts of programs and services for people seem to stay afloat, albeit often with financial strains on government budgets, those for kids seem to constantly take it on the chin in Arizona.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Editorial: City inconsistent on rule-bending
To hear city officials tell it, the granting of a permit for height variance depends upon hardship.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Editorial: Don't be easy prey for greedy scammers
Despite the frequent warnings and articles about people who've been taken for a ride by a scammer, it keeps happening.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Editorial: Putin deflects blame for war, plane crash
Malaysia Airlines is having a very bad year - two massive tragedies inside of five months.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Editorial: CYFD budgeting is commendable
On Wednesday we told you about the refunds due Transwestern Pipeline Company, with many area government entities and school districts footing the bill (or paybacks).
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Editorial: Incentivizing law was short-sighted
A couple of very small school districts will have to repay a very large portion of a tax refund that was the result of a mistake not of their doing, and yet another example of unintended consequences.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Editorial: Earth to VA: Open your mail
Officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs need to take a Hippocratic Oath of sorts - the oath historically taken by physicians and other healthcare professionals.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Editorial: PSPRS still can serve its purpose
The Arizona Public Safety Personnel Retirement System is one of the pension plans that has been under scrutiny because of the financial burden they appear to place on municipalities, which contribute, along with their public safety employees, to this retirement benefit packages.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Editorial: School underfunding finally gets attention
The Arizona Legislature over the years has made a habit of ignoring the voice of the state's citizenry.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Editorial: Deferred action is an all too apt term
If Washington had listened to the border states long ago, this country might not be in the mess it is today, with thousands of undocumented children coming in droves from Central American countries, where conditions are intolerable.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Editorial: Be prepared with sandbags, exit plan during flood watch
Long-awaited monsoon weather appears to have arrived, much to everyone's relief after such a long dry spell and amid worries of facing another disastrous fire season.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Editorial: Rain, rain, come again
Prescott got some real relief from its uber-dry conditions with a lovely rainfall on Tuesday.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Editorial: Texting ban could save lives
What state lawmakers refuse to do, municipalities are considering. Namely, we're talking about banning texting while driving.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

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