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Editorial: Why should the ill suffer in silence?
It truly is an uncomfortable topic, one that when it comes up in conversation people don't know how to react ... or help.

Mental health.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Editorial: When cheaters go quiet, there's hope that they learn
Cheaters never prosper, but the New England Patriots are probably hoping they can at least mitigate the punishment for getting caught.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Editorial: Warning: 'click it or ticket' is underway
Just a little note today about complainers, traffic and driving.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Editorial: Lawsuits distract from, not further education
It's like watching a movie - wondering what will happen next.

Late this past week the ongoing power struggle between Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas and the state Board of Education moved into court.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Editorial: Elections: It's all about getting involved
Political activism has been replaced in this country by armchair governing.
Sunday, May 17, 2015

Editorial: Let grief and sadness take a 9-inning break today
You won't find a better day on a baseball field than today in Chino Valley.
Saturday, May 16, 2015

Editorial: More events than you can take in, seriously
Years ago Courier sports reporter Brad Fuqua did a marathon of sorts - covering a dozen (or more) events in one day.
Friday, May 15, 2015

Editorial: Public safety pension fix is in works, voters
The Arizona police and firefighters pension system has been in trouble basically since 1999 ... and after the Great Recession, forget it. Recovery wasn't happening.
Thursday, May 14, 2015

Editorial: Farmers Market worth a look, every Saturday
You've likely seen the tents and displays in the Yavapai College parking lot. It's Saturday morning and all things organic and "farmer" products are on display.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Editorial: Parkway cell tower a win for all of us
Have you ever been chatting on your hands-free phone along Highway 69, only to dip into Diamond Valley and lose the signal? Or better yet, need to make a cell phone call from your office near the Prescott Lakes Parkway and realize you need to stand in the parking lot to get a signal?
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Editorial: Deficits looming for states; AZ surging?
It is a puzzling situation: we're told the nation's economy is its healthiest since the Great Recession, but 22 states are facing large budget deficits.
Monday, May 11, 2015

Editorial: Gifts to my mother
It was 1952. I was in a quandary of mystifying proportions. Mother's Day was coming to Fort Wayne, Indiana, and I had no gift for my mother.
Sunday, May 10, 2015

Editorial: Disgraceful road to 2016 Games counting down
Like overlooking political demagoguery during midterm election years, out-of-sight-out-of-mind can equally be the flavor of choice for Olympics fans in the off-years between Games.
Saturday, May 09, 2015

Editorial: Wish man kudos, darts to cheaters
Cleaning out an editor's mind (formerly known as "The Friday Catchall"):
Friday, May 08, 2015

Editorial: Reader participation in survey invaluable
As I'm sure you noticed, we conducted an extensive reader survey last month. I wanted to let everyone know the status of that project.
Thursday, May 07, 2015

Editorial: Conservation efforts should go to next level
We are in a multi-decade drought and, from time to time, I write in this space reminders for readers that one little rainstorm is not a rescue.
Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Editorial: No, they're not all from here.
Years ago, when I was editor of the newspaper in Kingman, Arizona, the question first surfaced for me: Are these people all from here?
Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Editorial: Sporting events are better when at home
It was a weekend of darts and kudos, minuses and plusses.

The forever-requested and ever-hyped "fight of the century" between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao did not live up to expectations in Las Vegas, with Mayweather dancing his way to a unanimous decision, improving to 48-0.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Editorial: 'Are we invisible to you?!'
While CNN is filming around-the-clock in Baltimore, did you know more than 7,000 humans are dead in Nepal? Hundreds of thousands are starving and homeless.
Sunday, May 03, 2015

Editorial: Mayweather is his own best friend, and boxing's worst enemy
Quick: Name the current heavyweight boxing champion of the world.

Can't? Don't feel bad.

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Editorial: Be prepared, fire season forecast is not too pretty
Cleaning out an editor's mind (also known as, "Really?"):

• WILDFIRE SEASON - We talk about it often, watch and pray for precipitation, and measure the humidity and growth of grasses.

Friday, May 01, 2015

Editorial: County can be leader with body cameras
We reported this week that Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher is advocating the purchase of body cameras for his deputies.
Thursday, April 30, 2015

Editorial: Violence sign of times today?
A look at current and recent news about violence and justice reveals a host of headlines or topics, leading me to wonder: what's going on in society?
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Editorial: For-profit education not all it's cracked up to be
It is being compared with the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s and '90s, but this one hits education.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Editorial: Kickstarting food, film - success a different way
From time to time, when talking with people, the subject of doing a project - something different or really cool - comes up. Inevitably, the Kickstarter.com website also is mentioned, and the common response is that people who use Kickstarter to fund their work should find their own investors.
Monday, April 27, 2015

Editorial: 'Hostage czar' would provide easier path for families
Who would you call first when you were told a loved one was a hostage of a terrorist group? If you called one of the federal alphabet agencies, which one would be the best for your situation? Most of us probably have no idea.
Sunday, April 26, 2015

Editorial: Even the baseball experience isn't safe from digital overload
Retro. Vintage. The way it used to be. Those standards, in one fashion or another, have guided our experience at going to the ballpark.
Saturday, April 25, 2015

Editorial: That phone call from IRS? Don't believe it!
They're coming out of the woodwork - scams and other nefarious characters.

But, they're not. Actually they are calling you on the phone.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Editorial: Watch what you grab off the shelves
While grocery shopping last night, I stopped by the ice cream aisle and grabbed my favorite flavor.

I hesitated, though, as I remembered that Blue Bell ice cream issued a total recall on all of its products due to a listeria outbreak.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Editorial: When a Taser is a gun (and) vehicles result in death
Remember that Oklahoma deputy who, on April 2, reportedly fired his handgun by accident, thinking it was his Taser? The shot killed an unarmed suspect.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Editorial: Prescott prepped for 'epic' weekend
It is not often something as simple as a bike race builds, changes and enhances a community. But, the Whiskey Off-Road mountain biking races are no little "bike race."
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Editorial: Money for money: census costs big bucks
It happens every 10 years: the U.S. Census Bureau counts how many people live in each area, city, county and state. And, at least every five years (2015 is one of those), many cities and towns conduct mid-decade census counts.
Monday, April 20, 2015

Editorial: A look at senior care in Arizona
Today we are launching a four-part series on the state of senior care in Arizona.
Sunday, April 19, 2015

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


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