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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

Columns: Granddaddyisms
Here is the 17th installment of Granddaddyisms I shared with our grandson when he was a teenager.
Sunday, March 08, 2015

Column: Proud to serve. Not a hero. Not sure what "cushy" means
It hands me a laugh every time I hear about the "cushy" and "lavish" benefits packages of Arizona's "greedy" police and firefighters.
Saturday, March 07, 2015

Column: Big Chino needs less talk, more action
For decades, thirsty local communities have dreamed of harvesting groundwater from the Big Chino Valley.
Friday, March 06, 2015

Column: Is Norman Rockwell's America dead?
On Jan. 6, 1941, at a time when tyrannical governments threatened mankind's freedom and existence, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered an inspired State of the Union address to the 77th United States Congress.
Thursday, March 05, 2015

Column: Candles: some give light long after death
If I had been in Prescott for the past week, I'd probably be writing this column solely about the protests Thursday, March 5, at the Capitol over the severe state school funding cuts.
Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Column: World view and climate change
William James, 19th century noted philosopher and prominent deep-thinker was giving a lecture on the cosmos.
Sunday, March 01, 2015

Column: Kayla's work is an inspiration to us all
The Daily Courier editor blurs any distinction between fighting for "freedom from terrorism" and "war based on vengeance," but she is right that Kayla Mueller would not have supported military force in either case (Editorial, Feb. 12, 2015).
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Column: Democrats dirty little secret behind DHS 'shutdown'
Last week, federal judge Andrew Hanen issued an injunction barring President Obama and his administration from implementing "any and all aspects or phases of" their November 2014 amnesty order.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Columns: Creation vs. evolution - who is right?
Editor's note - David McNabb and Nigel Reynolds have agreed to today's point-counterpoint essays in an effort to put to rest the debate between them.
Monday, February 23, 2015

Column: Big problems in our state
Pay attention, folks. We've got some huge challenges in this wonderful state of ours.
Sunday, February 22, 2015

Column: Tackling the issue of gas prices
To answer a statement from Richard Haasnoot in his Letter to the Editor, "Are Prescott gas retailers taking the decline in gas as an opportunity to make more profit at the expense of Prescott citizens?"
Saturday, February 21, 2015

Column: Finding common ground is necessary
This is the first in a four-part series about the Central Arizona Partnership (CAP) mission, which is to advocate for responsible growth.
Friday, February 20, 2015

Column: Arizona Town Hall plotting the path for prosperity
"It" is reflected in sunrises over Mingus Mountain to the east, and sunsets over Granite Mountain to the west.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Column: Freedoms are being slowly chipped away
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same." - Ronald Reagan
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Column: Keep the will of the people in Clean Elections
Whenever a new year begins, I'm always optimistic that good things will happen in government, our elected officials will do their best to represent us and that the sun will come up tomorrow.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Column: My first Valentine
I hope a day late is better than nothing!
Sunday, February 15, 2015

Column: Former students pained at MV closure
I write this as I am "mad as hell" about the closing of Miller Valley School.

First, I must tell you about your wonderful correspondent Les Bowen who is trying to keep everyone updated on the school closings, Washington and Miller Valley.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Column: Planning key for prosperity, safety
When I read the Feb. 7, 2015 "Talk of the Town" article by David Stringer and John Stevens, what I noticed first were their liberal ideas and false "facts."
Friday, February 13, 2015

Column: Republican politics in Prescott
On Jan. 26, 2015, I had the pleasure of attending the luncheon meeting and panel discussion at the Republican Women of Prescott (RWOP) at the Prescott Resort.
Thursday, February 12, 2015

Column: Kayla's work will continue to inspire
Kayla Mueller was a very good friend of my daughter. They spent almost their entire school years in the same grades at the same schools, and were good friends outside of class as well.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Column: Granddaddyisms
Here is another installment of Granddaddyisms I shared with our eldest grandson when he was teenager.
Sunday, February 08, 2015

Column: Jail push shows contempt for voters
The message of fiscal restraint set by Gov. Doug Ducey's state budget has fallen on deaf ears in Yavapai County.
Saturday, February 07, 2015

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