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8/23/2012 9:59:00 PM
Friday Catchall: Prescott should tackle opportunity

Tim Wiederaenders
Editor, The Daily Courier

The Friday Catchall:

• NOT IN THE CARDS - I read with interest Thursday's news that the City of Prescott could bid for the Arizona Cardinals' training camp, as the team's contract with Flagstaff and Northern Arizona University is expiring.

In fact, any city can bid for a contract to host the pre-season camp starting in 2013.

Flagstaff surely will be the front-runner. Its facilities are hard to compete with. They annually make everybody's list - from ESPN to Sports Illustrated - as one of the best training sites in all of the NFL.

What puzzled me was Prescott's muted response; officials here could not confirm whether or not they would submit a bid. Knowing that Prescott played host in 2005 and no city - other than Flagstaff - has comparable facilities or, especially, a cool enough climate for such summer activities, one would think we would at least be in the running.

However, consider that the Cardinals may be accepting bids simply as leverage to negotiate a better deal with Flagstaff.

Back in 2004 and '05 when the Cards were eying and in Prescott, and the city made a play to host the camp permanently, word on the street was that the Cards were simply using Prescott to show Flagstaff that it has a new suitor, so NAU had better slash its prices.

Then again, as one source close to the situation said this week about the Cardinals: "Their needs seem to be growing. Maybe they've outgrown (NAU's) functions and they're looking to do something different."

Who knows - maybe it's just too early for city officials to say one way or the other.

We do remember, however, when the Cards were here some seven years ago they brought quite a buzz (and business) to town.

Just sayin'.

• PRIMARY - If you have not voted yet, and are perusing your official ballot, recent mailers, the Courier's picks and coverage of the candidates, and whatever else to make your choices ahead of Tuesday's vote, think about the mudslinging well under way in several races.

This is why I chose today's cartoon; some of the mud sticks, some does not. But nobody wants that kind of love.

Reflect on the mailers. Look at who paid for them. Is it the truth? Watch the Courier for an analysis on this topic.

And, if you are like me, some things exist in politics that I abhor. The biggest is the lying, err ... twists of the truth. Sadly, a close friend told me, though, "That's politics!"

Side note - If you received an early ballot and have not mailed it yet, don't. It will not get to the Elections Department in time to be counted.

Hand-deliver it.

• CATHOLICS - Whoever said a voting block does not have power?

Looking ahead to the General Election, the Catholic vote has picked every president since John F. Kennedy, except George Bush in 2000.

I will let you ponder why not in 2000; I don't know. Mull this though: in 2008 they picked Obama over McCain, 54 percent to 45 percent.

They say this is not a nation of religion! And, if it is not power, it certainly is prognostication.

• SUICIDES - Every now and then I receive a complaint typical of today's gotta-know-it society. Here is one from Monday:

"On Wednesday of last week, a body was discovered at Lynx Lake. It was apparently a suicide. The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office investigated. I have not seen the story in the paper or online. Do you have additional information? Who it was? The circumstances? Etc.?"

For the record, the Courier does not cover suicides. We do sometimes cover the effects they have.

To wit, in May, we reported that a body had been found in a gully between StoneRidge Drive and Fain Park in Prescott Valley. A reader complained that "no further details were given then, and I have not seen any followup. Male? Female? Name? Cause of death? Etc. Would appreciate knowing!"

I replied, "Yes, we reported a body found there; it was a photo only of investigators near the scene and did not show the body. We did not report further information - and will not be doing so - because we do not report details on suicides. We reported the body found so the passersby would know what the response of fire trucks and police cars were for."

We also reported in early May an unrelated murder-suicide in Prescott because that involved murder.

I mention this because, coincidentally, I heard on the police scanner in the past week no fewer than six calls concerning suicides (attempted or real).

Dealing with death is never easy, and sometimes less information is appropriate. I call it decorum.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, August 25, 2012
Article comment by: Just saying, hope your right

I'm thinking being alone and forgotten in life may lead someone to think suicide is be the best solution, upon reaching heaven and looking back, finding out even the local newspaper ignored you, well, I guess you'll find comfort in knowing you were right.

Posted: Saturday, August 25, 2012
Article comment by: I'm just sayin'

Editor: Regarding suicide, you state: "Dealing with death is never easy, and sometimes less information is appropriate. I call it decorum."

Agreed. It's a responsible way to handle a tragic situation.

Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012
Article comment by: Hooty Hoo

One problem we have for a football team: the only football field is PHS, and they are in school during camp. In 2004-5 they used Ken Lindley field, which was a joke. Heck, our junior college national champion soccer team doesn't have a soccer field either, so there you go. Prescott can't do the Cardinals we don't have facilities for that.

Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012
Article comment by: Tongue-in-Cheek .

Who knows. In keeping with some of our recent City Council decisions to pour good money down strange holes (or circles), we may see a vote for building a spanking new stadium to sell the Cards on Prescott. You do realize the mind set in these parts, is that, tourism is our lifeline and can fund about ANYTHING. You know the trite comment, "build it and they will come".

Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012
Article comment by: Not a chance

Despite actually being the next best place to Flagstaff, Prescott is still a very distant second. The facilities that Flagstaff and NAU can offer are just too far ahead of anything Prescott can muster. It's not even close and any "bid" would be a total waste of time.

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