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Editorial: Budget 101 classes a win for all of us
The Prescott Unified School District scored an A+ this week for their Budget 101 class idea.
Friday, April 17, 2015

Editorial: Remain vigilant against drug abuse
It sounds like a scene from the now-defunct "Breaking Bad" television show. A man walks into a hospital, bearing the lifeless body of his wife. She is beyond medical care, dead from an apparent heroin overdose. In the next scene, the husband is arrested on drug charges.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Editorial: Guns, politics, taxes on this April 15 tax day!
Cleaning out an editor's mind (or better known as, you just never know):
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Editorial: Development today not your 1990s PAD
In Monday's Courier we told you about developer Jason Gisi's project and his desire to add nearly 2,500 acres to the City of Prescott's General Plan.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Editorial: Bee a good neighbor; don't kill honey bees
Tough choice: override that self-preserving desire to swat a bee hovering near us - or help preserve the bee population by leaving it alone.
Monday, April 13, 2015

Editorial: Sign this, veto that
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has been quite busy this past week, signing and vetoing bills right and left.
Sunday, April 12, 2015

Editorial: A game for the ages fires first pitch today
There won't be any fireworks at this Opening Day. No ESPN coverage. Odds are against it going viral.
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Editorial: Airport security should be same inside, outside
Just in case you needed something new to worry about, a recent investigation revealed numerous security breaches at airports across the country.
Friday, April 10, 2015

Editorial: Reform is necessary for Public Safety retirement
Arizona has a serious problem with its Public Safety Personnel Retirement System.

It rears its head whenever an entity (fire departments, police departments, etc.) announces financial shortages.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Editorial: Spring winds blow danger ever closer
It happens every year: Fire season creeps up on us.

The prospect of wildfire risks varies. In past years, with lackluster winters, fire season came early. Last year, fire restrictions were ordered earlier than ever before.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Editorial: Shining a spotlight on Parkinson's
Did you know that April is Parkinson's Awareness Month? An entire month of recognition raises awareness so that a community can become better educated in a particular disease, situation or historic event. Hopefully that month will also see an influx in fundraising.
Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Our freedom to celebrate a precious thing
As I looked through the Associated Press wire on Sunday, I was struck by the various Easter Sunday photos from around the world: the Pope addressing a large Vatican crowd, Spanish children celebrating Holy Week, Kenyan families in church, mourning their dead from last week's college massacre.

Religious freedom is a special thing that I think, at times, we as Americans take for granted.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Editorial: A community can change their world
Buying a raffle ticket is easy. Just like that, you have already improved a Quad City student's school life.
Sunday, April 05, 2015

Editorial: Starting Sunday, take us out to the ballgame
The great Ozzie Smith last year started an effort to make Major League Baseball's Opening Day a national holiday.
Saturday, April 04, 2015

Editorial: Fire department woes showcase misplaced priorities
Having lived where necessary services, such as fire departments, are fully funded, I'm trying to unravel the mystery called Arizona.
Friday, April 03, 2015

Editorial: Water, water, everywhere ... but not where we need it
A recent Daily Courier editorial addressed water issues, stating that it was everyone's problem.

Indeed it is ... things have gotten bad enough in California that the governor has ordered mandatory water restrictions.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Editorial: Smiles & frowns for Arizona government
Hearing that Yavapai County Superintendent Tim Carter's Senate confirmation to the state Board of Education was blocked, I felt deflated.
Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Editorial: Water challenges span decades
Years ago when Prescott Newspapers, Inc. published a book commemorating 125 years of The Daily Courier and its predecessors, one of the chapters was dedicated to water.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Editorial: Is open space a 'need' or 'want'?
Open space in Prescott has been a hot-button issue for as long as I can remember. At the same time, as we've said many times in this space, the city needs to concentrate on "needs" rather than "wants."
Monday, March 30, 2015

Editorial: REAL ID is a real headache for Arizona
I have quite the headache from trying to sort out this REAL ID driver's license issue.
Sunday, March 29, 2015

Editorial: We're all on Wildcats' wild ride together
Sports gives us many things. Poetry is among them.

Could we have a better storyline going into today's NCAA Tournament matchup pitting the Arizona Wildcats against the Wisconsin Badgers? Absolutely not.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Editorial: Refunds from D.C. coming to school, roads near you
While Arizona school districts wait for inflation funding from the legislature, promised by voters and ordered by the courts, a silver lining in the clouds of this storm can be found in the forests.
Friday, March 27, 2015

Editorial: Not all comments pass quality test
I get quite a chuckle out of readers sharing their opinions of my political leanings. I've been called a righty, a lefty, a commie and a radical.
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Editorial: Vet Center to be named for veteran and advocate
The Vietnam Traveling Wall has come and gone for Prescott and sacrifices by veterans are fresh in our minds.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Editorial: Obamacare 'change' on the ropes again
Monday marked five years since President Obama signed into law what has become known as Obamacare (aka the Affordability Care Act).
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Editorial: Education formula does not add up
The logic of Arizona's higher-education debacle:
Monday, March 23, 2015

Editorial: The madness of illegal sports betting bewilders
You're hardly alone if you filled out a March Madness bracket this week. Or two. About 40 million Americans have filled out more than 70 million brackets.
Saturday, March 21, 2015

Editorial: Vote this, ballot that, but don't make it mandatory
This past November, many of us breathed a sigh of relief. Election season had ended.
Friday, March 20, 2015

Editorial: It's our job and we are proud to do it for you
I was ready last evening to sum up Sunshine Week in this editorial when I glanced through my Associated Press wire feed.
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Editorial: Transparency is always necessary
No one likes to have their faults pointed out to them, and definitely not printed in a newspaper.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Editorial: School changes are not all good
To the astute observer, the following is obvious: Arizona's education landscape is undergoing changes. While the changes are not what I would call "reform," we have witnessed many tweaks and twists over the years:
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Editorial: Background truths matter for everyone
For some time now, here at The Daily Courier, we've been familiar with the issue of "stolen valor" - when people put themselves out there as medal winners, former soldiers of a certain rank or even simply calling themselves a veteran - when they actually were none of the above.
Monday, March 16, 2015

Editorial: Sunshine Week
Today is a big day for journalists. Sunshine Week officially begins today. What is that? It's the initiative that allows open access to the inner workings of our govnerment agencies.
Sunday, March 15, 2015

Editorial: Justice served for rec sports violence
A victim's family received some modicum of closure on Friday, and justice was served. But, a threat lives on.
Saturday, March 14, 2015

Editorial: Second Ferguson shooting complicates situation
The despicable shooting of two police officers in the early morning hours Thursday - basically "an ambush," one official called it - in Ferguson, Missouri, during a protest there is yet another challenge to that city and our country as a whole.
Friday, March 13, 2015

Editorial: A chance to help our schools
Arizona schools could see $9 million in funds headed their way sometime in 2016.
Thursday, March 12, 2015

Editorial: Talking: An underrated option
Recently, a small business owner's protest involving a liquor license application went viral in the local sense.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Editorial: Arizona is not in gun survey's sights
The General Social Survey, conducted in 2014, reports that 32 percent of Americans either own a firearm themselves or live with someone who does.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Editorial: Pipelines, rail rules affect price at pump
Recall President Obama's low-key veto of the Keystone XL pipeline and the U.S. Department of Transportation's call, also in February, for stronger tank cars hauling crude oil by rail.
Monday, March 09, 2015

Editorial: Night passage
While we were sleeping, state legislators burned their midnight oil and voted "yes" to a state budget.
Sunday, March 08, 2015

Editorial: Spring sports are already in full bloom
Sneezing and allergies aside, spring has gotten off to an amazing start in the Prescott area.
Saturday, March 07, 2015

Editorial: Is the trial system broken in Arizona?
"What is wrong with jurors in Arizona?" came the question to me from afar, minutes after a Phoenix judge on Thursday, March 5, declared a second sentencing jury deadlocked in the Jodi Arias murder case.
Friday, March 06, 2015

Editorial: Children's futures are in our control
I'm sure you've heard that you control your destiny, right?

So, why are you, as a resident of Arizona, allowing the state's schoolchildren to be subjected to constant slights from the folks in Phoenix?

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Editorial: Prescott Fire here for our safety, help
Tuesday, March 3, marked the 130th birthday of the Prescott Fire Department, and it's great to see the crew still going strong.
Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Editorial: GOP went to court, Dems aren't happy
Yes, the Republicans disliked the state redistricting process so much they went to the highest court in the land. What does this mean?
Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Editorial: What did they really say?
Every now and then Courier editors see things, call them tips or comments, that defy explanation. They often are so far afield we cringe at putting them on the website or in print.
Monday, March 02, 2015

Editorial: Today's parents have their hands full
After reading today's front page story on drug abuse by young people in Yavapai County, I am thankful my children are now adults and I don't need to check their backpacks for suspicious potato chip bags.
Sunday, March 01, 2015

Editorial: 'Geezer' game just got younger
Under any other circumstances, it'd be an insult. But on the softball diamond, being called a "senior" at age 45 is a wonderful thing.
Saturday, February 28, 2015

Editorial: Bill complicates 'access' to aid
A Medicaid-limiting bill is awaiting Gov. Doug Ducey's yay or nay.
Friday, February 27, 2015

Editorial: Outage gives us food for thought
Any ladies out there who remember when your mom would give you a bit of cash to stash in your bra in case your date left them high and dry?
Thursday, February 26, 2015

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