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Column: Paradise may be lost, like it or not
"What's it like living in paradise?" That's what the UPS driver asked me. My husband and I had just bought our place in Skull Valley, Arizona, so I didn't really know yet. Our view across the wash, with volcanic rock spires rising as a backdrop, is breathtaking but I had no idea what it would be like to live here.
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Column: Tackling the issue of wage theft
Last October I read an advice column in the Arizona Republic in which victims of wage theft were in essence told, "tough." It was a syndicated piece by Jeanine O'Donnell and Dale Dauten in the "Jobs" section that gave advice to job seekers and employees.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Column: Public servants no drain on society
This is in response to Ron Gould's diatribe against pensions for "so-called public services" employees. I happen to be a 26-year firefighter who has put my safety, my health and, at times, even my life on the line providing "so-called" services to the public.
Monday, May 18, 2015

Column: Awareness is priceless
Have you ever muttered words like these?

"I wish I knew then what I know now?"

My Beloved had a stroke in early January, 2014.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Column: Sold! - to the highest bidder
In 2007, when the gavel fell on its "Effluent Water Auction," Prescott Valley leaders believed they had accomplished two important goals.
Thursday, May 14, 2015

Column: Unaffordable housing hurts local working people
Optimism ran high at the Bradshaw Mountain High School Scholarship Awards program Monday night. I attended to give one of two scholarships from the Democratic Women of the Prescott Area, this one to graduating senior, Janeth Lopez.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Column: Childhood of the past and present
I may be off-base, but when I observe kids today or hear about what they are doing, I begin to worry.
Sunday, May 10, 2015

Column: Self-regulation does not work for the drug rehab industry
What is foremost necessary to understand about Representative Noel Campbell's bill, dealing with drug rehab homes, is what it attempted to regulate.
Saturday, May 09, 2015

Column: Can technology save us?
Since 1863, Prescott has repeatedly outgrown its water supply. Each water shortage has been "solved" in the same way: by getting water from somewhere else.
Friday, May 08, 2015

Column: Elected officials are who should be held accountable
Too often in government, it's not what you know, it's who you know. Sadly, this may have been the case in Yavapai County.
Thursday, May 07, 2015

Column: Women critical to Prescott's past, present, future
Prescott women have a long, proud tradition of frontier spirit, smarts and self-reliance, starting with the first women settlers in the 1860s and continuing in 2015 with several women who have had a positive impact that will endure for generations.
Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Column: Pearsall doing a very tough job well
Pam Pearsall. One thing no one can ever rightly deny about her, she's got guts.
Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Column: Grandaddyisms-18th installment
Here is the 18th installment of Granddaddyisms I shared with our oldest grandson when he was a teenager.
Sunday, May 03, 2015

Column: A look at what to do with local schools
It has recently been announced that not only will the schools be closed, but there is the possibility that they will be sold.
Saturday, May 02, 2015

Column: Baltimore commissioner following orders
The Police Commissioner of Baltimore, Maryland, is Anthony Batts. He started his law enforcement career in the Long Beach (California) Police Department eight years after I did.
Thursday, April 30, 2015

Column: Romance
Have you ever wondered why "romance" books are such huge sellers?
Sunday, April 26, 2015

Column: Attitude and happiness
Years ago, while taking a class on leadership at the Supervisor Leadership Institute, now called the Sherman Block Leadership Institute, we were required to read several books on diverse subjects. The book that I thought was the most profound was Man's Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl. The title may lead some to think that this is an esoteric, boring book, but they would be wrong. Frankl was a Jewish psychiatrist in Vienna prior to the Nazi takeover of Austria. This book is the story of his survival in a concentration camp and Frankl's insightful thoughts on why some people were able to survive the camps and others didn't.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Column: Taking a moment to look at the positive
Good news. Here are a smattering of pieces of good news here and around the world, just because sometimes it's good to remember that good things are happening too.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Springtime means it's open season on the back roads of the Bradshaws
Every weekend, here they come. A virtual line of four-wheelers buzzes past our old porch beginning just after sunrise.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Column: The value of personal mentorship
Through the years, I have been very fortunate to have had about a half dozen significant mentors in my life.
Sunday, April 19, 2015

Column: Graduation for DUI court participants shows success
On March 25, 2015 Yavapai County held a graduation for Drug and DUI court Participants. Nine young adults walked across the stage in front of their police-booking photo.
Saturday, April 18, 2015

Column: A new way of looking at those in recovery
Many of the people here in Prescott, I'd actually say most, believe that those in recovery for addiction to whatever substance are merely a blight upon our community.
Saturday, April 18, 2015

Column: The tax man cometh - unwelcome or not
While standing in the long line to mail my taxes, I had time to reflect on the tax burdens imposed by our various governments. The resulting thought could best be described as a really bad April fool's joke or a nightmare. How can so many levels of our republic create so much demand for tax dollars? The federal needs and deficits are too large and depressing to discuss, so I will concentrate on our small local Prescott government.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Column: Slogans can distract from the business at hand
Whenever I see a slogan that sounds like a disclaimer, I am suspicious. FOX News, for instance, has to assert that it's "Fair & Balanced," since it's more often the opposite.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A change of seasons in Arizona a refreshing sight
Spring has arrived in Cordes Lakes. It actually arrived a while ago, but recent days has confirmed that it really is here.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Column: 'Tax Freedom Day' too late in year
Arizona's real tax day is April 15, but not for the reasons you think.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Column: Looming water crisis: cry me a river
In case you missed it while washing the car, watering the lawn or taking a long shower, the recent United Nations World Water Development Report extrapolates current trends and predicts that the world's water supply will fall 40 percent short of water needs in a mere 15 years.
Monday, April 13, 2015

Column: Lots to look back on, little to look forward to
I look back a lot these days.

I suppose that's because I'm in my 84th year and it beats the heck out of looking forward.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Column: Do your homework on solar power
I am very disturbed by the anti-solar article written by David Williams in a recent "Talk of the Town" entitled "Using Gloom and Doom to Sell Solar."
Friday, April 10, 2015

Column: Truth and political correctness
For the second year in a row, my wife, Judi and I have had the pleasure of attending the Stations of the Cross at noon on Good Friday, as they were conducted around the Prescott Courthouse. It is truly a great feeling to freely exercise our First Amendment right that the Constitution guarantees.
Thursday, April 09, 2015

Column: In all problems, find cause of effect
There was an article the other day about Chino Valley Fire possibly closing some firehouses. It had a key claim in it: cause.
Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Column: Tired of partisan politics? Try Good Governance
Running for a non-partisan public office on any level, from city or town council to any of the many district boards can be a rewarding civic experience. Town or city, college, fire, hospital, school districts - all have regular elections and are always seeking informed voters to serve in the governing bodies closest to the individual voter.
Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Column: How do hospitals compare?
How many of you faithful readers have spent time in hospitals and then wondered how that hospital compares with others?
Sunday, April 05, 2015

Column: It makes all the difference in the world
Someone once said: "We have to uphold a free press and freedom of speech - because, in the end, lies and misinformation are no match for the truth."

This sentiment rings true only if the press is independent, unbiased and vigorous in its pursuit of the truth, no matter where that truth leads.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Toni Denis: Looking at the circus of Arizona legislation
Last year I compared the Arizona legislature to a carnival.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Column: Is desalination solution to water woes?
"If we could ever competitively, at a cheap rate, get fresh water from salt water," observed President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago, "that ... would really dwarf any other scientific accomplishment."
Monday, March 30, 2015

Column: The 18th installment of Granddaddyisms
Here is the 18th installment of Granddaddyisms I shared with our oldest grandson when he was a teenager.
Sunday, March 29, 2015

Column: Has the Democratic Party left you?
President Ronald Reagan once said, "I didn't leave the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party left me." Both of my parents were registered Democrats most of their lives, but agreed with Reagan, when the Democratic Party went to the radical left.
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Column: Becoming color blind in a prejudiced world
Because some people are prejudiced, it traps us all in a prejudiced world. That's enormous harm to inflict on the world. It makes me angry that they prevent us from even approaching a colorblind world.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Column: Directions
Good stories are sometimes worth their weight in gold.

Here is an example.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Talk of the Town: Save public education from politicians
Prescott is my hometown. Generations of my family have called Arizona home since it was a territory.
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Column: 'March Madness' takes over Washington
'March Madness' came early to Washington, D.C. when Democratic members of Congress began jumping through 'hoops' to come up with an excuse to skip Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to a joint session of Congress.
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Column: Time to create a new county jail district board
A recent editorial in The Daily Courier stated that an editor "cringed" at putting readers' comments in print or on the website concerning the proposed second county jail.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Column: Rep's email gaffe latest in technology use gone wrong
A friend of mine with connections in Washington emailed me last week about how an army of tech guys are scurrying around Congress replacing private servers and migrate representative's emails to their official .gov addresses.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Column: Less prison spending leaves more for education
Would our state rather send our kids to prison than educate them? Governor Doug Ducey's budget confirms this with his intention to cut education spending while budgeting for thousands more private prison beds at a cost of $52 million to house nonviolent offenders.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Column: The shopkeeper and a lesson
There are lessons, and then there are LESSONS.
Sunday, March 15, 2015

Column: Land bill would burden other taxpayers
A bill proposed by the Arizona Cattle Growers Association and headed for legislative consideration in the near future would drastically decrease the tax burden of one particular industry at the expense of all other businesses and individuals.
Saturday, March 14, 2015

Column: Local heroes honored by Prescott Elks
On Tuesday, March 3, 2015, Prescott Elks Lodge #330 recognized law enforcement officers from Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, Prescott Police Department, Prescott Valley Police Department and our local office of the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
Thursday, March 12, 2015

Column: You chose this governor; here are your results
A brief reminder that we cut state taxes twice in the last couple of years. How does that square with our having just cut the budget for education by $123 million?
Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Column: Using gloom and doom to sell solar
Can gloom and doom be used to sell something as seemingly perky and positive as solar energy?
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

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