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Column: Reflecting on the Kayla Mueller story
Today, Feb. 6, 2016, marks the first year since the violent death of ISIS hostage Kayla Jean Mueller, Prescott, Arizona native.
Saturday, February 06, 2016

Column: The anti-establishment uprising
A large number of voters, both the Democrat and Republican, seem to be rebelling against the establishments of their respective parties.
Thursday, February 04, 2016

Column: Support by Gosar led to Occupation in Oregon
As a student of American history, I'm familiar with some of the armed uprisings and rebellions in our young country's past, from the Boston Tea Party to Abolitionist John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry to the Civil Rights movement of the1960s.
Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Column: Voices and choices
For most of us when we were young, the primary voices in our lives were likely parents, grandparents, teachers and friends.
Sunday, January 31, 2016

Column: The need for a city business license
Next month the City Council will discuss the need to implement a city business license.
Sunday, January 31, 2016

Column: 'Brown outs' mean increased danger for Prescott residents
Prescott residents and business owners concerned about the safety of our families and our property have a new phrase to worry about in 2016 - "brown outs."
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Column: Voter wake-up call
The voters of America, and Arizona in particular, need a serious wake up call.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Column: An alternative to draining the swamp
First, a little history. In 1790, George Washington selected an area along the Potomac River as the site of a national government for the newly independent United States of America.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Column: Training of law enforcement (VIDEO)
The topic is police training. First a brief note on my previous column: About the White House and sanctions against Iran for ballistic missile development, sure enough it was connected with the prisoner exchange and it made sense to delay the sanctions, but it was so uncoordinated that they first said they would enact them, then had to step back in embarrassing fashion till the deal was done.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Column: Children's stories
Last week one of my friends, Peter Morrall, shared with me five beautiful books he had written for his five grandchildren.
Sunday, January 24, 2016

Giving a special thanks to strangers
Around 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 24, my husband dropped me off at the Super Center off Miller Valley Road and that is where a Christmas miracle happened. Christmas angels came to the rescue of strangers.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Column: Political correctness can kill
Freedoms of speech and the press are gifts our Founders gave us to help preserve our other rights.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Column: Sacrifices support our political ideals
Rising before the sun, I boarded a 6 a.m. bus from my hotel on Waikiki Beach to Pearl Harbor for a tour of the museum and the sunken U.S.S. Arizona during my vacation in Hawaii that ended yesterday.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Column: Our future hinges on Election 2016
Welcome to election year 2016!
Monday, January 18, 2016

Column: Reflecting on MLK Jr.
Tomorrow we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.

On April 12, 1963, Dr. King was arrested for leading a march in Birmingham, Alabama.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Column: Generous donations help local vets
U.S.VETS - Prescott would like to thank the community, agencies and organizations for their continued support through the holiday season.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Tell lawmakers to support transparency in government
There are efforts by the Legislature in play to remove notices printed in newspapers, allowing them to be buried in many obscure, seldom-visited government websites.
Friday, January 15, 2016

Column: People in glass houses
Why would any sane person want to run for public office? It's bad enough listening to the non-stop anger directed at national politicians, but why do we have to continually attack our local elected officials?
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Column: Obama: Good reasons but horrible move
Obama made a horrible move internationally two weeks ago. One that didn't get a lot of coverage.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Column: Making the argument for creation
The Arizona Origin Science Association (AzOSA) currently has seven venues in which they put on speakers that give scientific evidences that show that the world and universe is young and that evolution could not have happened.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Column: Group seeks nominees for people of the year
Each year Prescott Area Leadership asks citizens of the greater Prescott Area to nominate a man and woman and two of our young people for the honor of being selected Man, Woman of the Year and Male and Female Youths of the Year.
Sunday, January 10, 2016

Column: Setting the record straight on America's founders
On December 6, the Courier published a Talk of the Town by David McNabb titled "America's Christian Heritage."
Saturday, January 09, 2016

Column: Will vegetation management boost our water supply?
Vegetation management (thinning) has gotten a lot of press lately.
Friday, January 08, 2016

Column: And we're the bad guys?
Many on the left, particularly in academia, have a particular animus against this country, its founders, its history, its Constitution and its culture.
Thursday, January 07, 2016

Column: Aftermath of crash raises warnings, challenges for Prescott man
"I am awake! I am alive! I am blessed! I am so dang lucky!"

That was the Facebook posting on Monday by the survivor of a Nov. 17 head-on collision that killed the driver who hit him.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Column: We all need to help each other thrive
Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters would like to thank The Daily Courier for focusing on the plight of children and families in our community on New Year's Day and for challenging our already generous community with the reality that we all need to do more to help the over 1,400 homeless children living among us.
Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Column: Keep on 'playing' in life
Travel back to me to those glorious days when the world was our playground.
Sunday, January 03, 2016

Column: Wishful New Year's resolutions
Now that the holidays are over, I am writing my New Year's resolutions.
Thursday, December 31, 2015

Column: Happiness depends on relationships
I didn't get my usual Christmas column in, what with various news pressing, so here is a variation for the start of a new year.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Column: What will your story be for the new year?
Next Friday each of us will write the first words in a new journal.
Sunday, December 27, 2015

Column: Setting the record straight on public services
In reading the Editorial by Jim Painter, News Editor for the Courier, published in the newspaper on Dec. 15, Mr. Painter missed the mark and the readers were misinformed.
Saturday, December 26, 2015

Column: Christmas in Prescott: It's a Wonderful Life II
Since my wife, Judi and I are going to California to visit our relatives for Christmas, I wrote my column for Dec. 24, a week early and sent it to the Daily Courier.
Thursday, December 24, 2015

Column: County Assesor gets present; supervisors deserve coal
It's the time of year when people are singing carols, celebrating and planning for the new year.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Column: Lunacy of GOP lawmakers, NRA paradigm
While all of us should be outraged over the recent mass murder attacks in San Bernardino, Colorado, Oregon, South Carolina and Connecticut (and many more), some of that anger should be directed at Republican lawmakers and the NRA for placing a higher priority on the monetary profits of the gun industry than on the true safety of Americans.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Column: Climate-change science is flawed
In 1992, the United Nation's International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its report suggesting a future requiring international intervention to avoid catastrophic temperature increases.
Monday, December 21, 2015

Column: More Granddaddyisms
Here is another set of Granddaddyisms I shared with our oldest grandson when he was in high school.
Sunday, December 20, 2015

Column: Prescott Sunrise Lions serve youth, community
Central Yavapai County is blessed with outstanding service organizations that provide significant assistance to our residents. A shining example is the Prescott Sunrise Lions Club.
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Column: Healthy vegan diet is the way to go
Humorist Tom Purcell asks: "What's the beef with meat?"

The short answer is cancer, cholesterol, contamination, inflammation and obesity.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Letter: Column thoughts
In response to Buz Williams' Dec. 10 column (Progressive means never being accountable), he doesn't mention that DDT is still used for malaria, although it possibly could cause cancer.
Thursday, December 17, 2015

Column: In Prescott, 'It's A Wonderful Life'
For the past 25 years, it has been a tradition in our house to watch the heartwarming Christmas movie "It's A Wonderful Life."
Thursday, December 17, 2015

Column: More discussion about Syrian refugees
My recent column on Syrian refugees, and an editorial on that topic, brought many comments, for and against, leading to a key question we all have to ask ourselves.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Column: Creating community
In 1971, I was invited to join a staff of adventurers who had the glorious assignment of planning and developing what was to be the first experimental city in the world.
Sunday, December 13, 2015

Column: Who are we?
Having been exposed to 24/7 coverage of the carnage in Paris we might want to look at how France is dealing with acts of terrorism as a useful model for how we might respond.
Friday, December 11, 2015

Column: Progressive means never having to be accountable
During my career, in leadership and management training classes, we learned many problem-solving formulas.
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Column: Register to vote, support your party
I recently had the opportunity to talk to several high school seniors in the quad-city area about their plans and their political points of view.
Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Column: Every day is a good day to thank our cops
Recently, in a town here in Yavapai County, a traffic stop by a police officer revealed a driver who was fidgeting, picking at her hands and grinding her teeth, with dried saliva in the corners of her mouth.
Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Column: America's Christian heritage
Some people are claiming that America's founding fathers were Deists and even non-religious.
Sunday, December 06, 2015

Column: The way forward
As Prescott's new Mayor and city council assume their duties, they face the daunting task of maintaining city services in the face of higher pension costs for public safety employees.
Saturday, December 05, 2015

Column: Can you hear me now?
On March 10, 1876 Alexander Graham Bell proved that sound could successfully be transmitted by electrical currents when he spoke into the first telephone.
Thursday, December 03, 2015

Column: Local groups participate in climate rally
On Saturday 325 people gathered on the square in support of action on climate change.
Wednesday, December 02, 2015


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