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Editorial: Patriotism is not about self
On Sunday I asked whether you thought patriotism is lacking here and in our country. Is it gone? I explained the concern through the illustration of people and businesses that fly their flags at half-staff, and those who do not, among other examples. Following are some of the responses I received as of Sunday afternoon.
Monday, July 27, 2015

Letter: Firearm deaths
In response to this constant demand to restrict the rights of law abiding U.S. citizens, let's just look at the real facts from the CDC interactive website on firearm involved deaths in the U.S.:
Monday, July 27, 2015

Letter: Nuke deal
The Iran nuclear deal has five other major countries that agreed to it and signed it. The U.S. is not alone in this deal.
Monday, July 27, 2015

Letter: Taxes
If tourism is important to our local economy, why do you tax it (i.e.: the bed tax)?
Monday, July 27, 2015

Editorial: Where has our patriotism gone?
Have you noticed that across town not every home or business that flies a flag lowered it to half-staff this past week in honor of the four Marines and Sailor killed in the shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee?
Sunday, July 26, 2015

Column: Memories
Here I am in my mid-80s staring at our computer reflecting on two authors whose books I read back in the '60s.

Old-timers may recall these two individuals - Harry Golden and Eric Hoffer.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Rants & Raves: July 26
Got something on your mind? Tell us about it in 40 words or less.
Sunday, July 26, 2015

Editorial: Fireworks could burn Mrs. Clinton
We've been hearing a lot from Donald Trump in his quest for the Republican presidential nomination, including his brash comments about U.S. Sen. John McCain's military service and time as a prisoner of war.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Letter: Rights & the Founders
On Memorial Day we solemnly remember our fallen soldiers. But what motivated them to fight? What ideals justify their supreme sacrifice?
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Letter: Seizing guns
In reply to "Sequel to Gun Owners Aren't Criminals," July 18, by Larry Wonderling, I have to ask the writer what specific "common sense" reforms he would enact in order to keep guns away from children?
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Letter: Dog control
Speaking of dogs, maybe dog owners should be reminded of some of the leash laws.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Editorial: Bring fugitives from justice back to U.S.
Everything has cause and effect, including normalizing relations with Cuba.
Friday, July 24, 2015

Letter: Character
I watched the British Open. What struck me the most about the great talents playing the game was not just the players' extraordinary golf skills but their character.
Friday, July 24, 2015

Letter: Switch to 401(k)
It seems to me that to vote "Yes" on question 3 is to tell the bureaucrats who have gotten us into this pension fund mess that they should have absolutely no fear that we voters will ever hold them accountable for their incompetence and fiscal mismanagement.
Friday, July 24, 2015

Letter: Punitive ruling
It seems obvious to me that Mr. Lynne had not heard about the vindictive and punitive IRS ruling removing churches from their tax-exempt status if they do not agree to "marry" homosexuals, despite their religious beliefs that prohibit such action.
Friday, July 24, 2015

Guest Editorial: Sportsmen, sportswomen keep Arizona cash registers humming
Hunting and angling are more than just outdoor sports in Arizona. Their economic impact is downright staggering.
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Column: Defense(Less)
This past weekend my husband and I met friends for breakfast in downtown Prescott.
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Letter: Best of Prescott
Over the Fourth of July weekend, the Sister City Association of Prescott had the pleasure of hosting 30 members from its Sister City in Caborca, Señora, Mexico.
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Letter: Service dogs
Concerning the article on the front page of the Courier, July 17, "No dogs in shopping carts; ADA revision bonus for legitimate service dog owners," as the proud owner of a registered therapy dog that visits long-term care facilities, I can tell you that I would never jeopardize my dog's accreditation by taking her somewhere that she isn't legally allowed.
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Letter: Getting steamed
I fixed steamed vegetables for dinner tonight. I had some heart trouble 60 days ago.
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Editorial: Detours, success for I-10 travelers
First we heard about Interstate 10's Sunday collapse west of the Arizona-California line, and the unlucky fellow who rode the collapsing roadway to the bottom in his truck.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Column: You might be a Good Old Boy...
My father used to love a good joke and was the first to make fun of himself.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Letter: Tax reductions
Like clockwork, with summer monsoons and the cicadas' buzz, the local reactionary anti-tax enthusiasts' "No New Taxes" signs are springing up around town.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Letter: Gun apathy
Articles concerning the murders by a racist gun owner provide insight into the conservative bubble that encapsulates Everybody's Mayberry.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Editorial: Interstate woes and the delays they cause
Oh, the roadways and traffic we depend upon and love to hate.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Column: What do nurses and hospital staff do?
"What do nurses do?" There are many different types of nurses.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Editorial: Did you ask before putting up that sign?
We've been down the campaign sign road, with the city having to reinterpret its ordinance in the wake of U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Reed v. Town of Gilbert. Some pointed fingers at Mayoral candidate Dan Fraijo and his outside attorney, some applauded him for asking the question.
Monday, July 20, 2015

Letter: Drop pension plans
EDITOR:

I'm a retired citizen and live in Prescott. I proudly served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps. As a child and young man, my parents, teachers and other elders guided my future with lessons of knowing right from wrong and taking on the responsibilities of growing up and savoring the accomplishments of life and the hardships in bad times.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Letter: State obligations
EDITOR:

We're being asked to approve higher sales taxes in order to fulfill our commitment to the pension fund for public employees

Monday, July 20, 2015

The guest editorial: The good life
So few of us have it, yet most of us aspire to it.

When it's within our grasp, it skitters away.

When we court it, it turns seductive.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Letter to the Editor: America's leftward surge
EDITOR:

Ever wonder what's behind America's hard leftward surge?

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Rants: Parade, signs and more
I am enraged that the Prescott Parade Committee moved the American Legion and other military units in the 4th of July parade. The "purpose" of the holiday is to commemorate the Deceleration of Independence and our revolution with England NOT a moneymaker for the City of Prescott.


Sunday, July 19, 2015

Editorial: Safety comes first when outdoors - don't be a statistic
Listening to the police scanner is second nature to newsroom staff. Too often we hear of a hiker in distress on a trail around one of the Prescott lakes.
Saturday, July 18, 2015

Column: Sequel to 'Gun Owners Aren't Criminals'
I imagine anyone casually acquainted with our five thousand year recorded history will no doubt agree that humans are the most potentially violent predators on our planet.
Saturday, July 18, 2015

Letter: Pension crisis
Outstanding job on the column from Tom Cantlon on July 1!

I am retired from LAPD and when I was a young police officer (about 1977/78) the City of Los Angeles (which has its own pension system for it employees) tried to break the contracts and get out of the promises made.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Letter: Gay marriage
In the July 7 letter, "Gay Marriages, Christians," the writer claims that his religious freedom will be taken away because of the recent Supreme Court ruling allowing gay marriage. Nonsense!
Saturday, July 18, 2015

Letter: Great tradition
It was so much fun to return to my childhood town of Prescott for the 4th of July weekend celebrations.
Saturday, July 18, 2015

Editorial: 70 years after bomb: what have we learned?
It changed the world, and it also has killed many people.

The "it" is nuclear testing, and I have to wonder if we have learned anything.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Column: Candidates should know essential water facts
With the Prescott City Council election rapidly approaching, I've heard candidates say they are hearing from various "sides" about our water issues.
Friday, July 17, 2015

Editorial: Make sure your pet doesn't become a meal
We recently received a note from a concerned reader wanting us to spread the word about bobcat sightings in the Woodlands Apartments and Gail Gardner area of Prescott.
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Column: The mix of illegal immigration, voters
Conventional wisdom is not always wise. Common knowledge is not always correct. Political correctness stifles free speech.
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Letter: Plutocracy
John Hoy's July 6 letter, "Greece vs. U.S." seems so preoccupied with Social Darwinist political biases he has forsaken compassion for the needy and objective common sense reasoning.
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Letter: Helping youth
I read your editorial on "Homeless Youth can use a hand" of June 18, with great surprise.
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Letter: War on Patients?
When did the War on Drugs turn into the War on Patients?
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Editorial: Nothing truly common about education today
Could things get more out of whack with education?

While you're mulling over the local bond and override requests, things in Phoenix are moving to the next level - call them like the Homeland Security levels, now "Elevated," rather than "Guarded."

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Column: Retaliation is a matter of the 'leviathan'
"Nature gave a right to every man to secure himself by his own strength...but the civil law takes away that liberty, in all cases where the protection of the law may be safely stayed for." Hobbes
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Letter: Thank you, Prescottonians
Many years ago when I attended the University of Colorado, I chose Margaret Curtis Horsley to be my roommate.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Letter: Posse thanks
Recently the Yavapai County Mounted Sheriff's Posse held its 61st annual May Roping with proceeds going to scholarships to deserving students throughout Yavapai County.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Editorial: Shuttering VA hospitals is simply not an option
Prescott is home to a Veterans Administration hospital that serves 25,000 men and women who served their country. The organization is an integral part of Prescott and the surrounding communities. It has five outpatient clinics and four tele-health outpatient clinics, and a mobile clinic in Cottonwood, Flagstaff, Anthem, Kingman and Lake Havasu City. It also serves Chinle, Second Mesa, Holbrook, Polena and more ... in a 60,000-square-mile area.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Letter: Volunteers matter
Yavapai County is a great place to live and we are afforded a quality of life that we all can enjoy. Volunteers at the Sheriff's Office help ensure our public safety and maintain that quality of life.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015


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