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Editorial: Budget 101 classes a win for all of us
The Prescott Unified School District scored an A+ this week for their Budget 101 class idea.
Friday, April 17, 2015

Editorial: Remain vigilant against drug abuse
It sounds like a scene from the now-defunct "Breaking Bad" television show. A man walks into a hospital, bearing the lifeless body of his wife. She is beyond medical care, dead from an apparent heroin overdose. In the next scene, the husband is arrested on drug charges.
Thursday, April 16, 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

Letter: Discussion needed
Yes, budget cuts and tax increases are looming and there seems to be a consistent cry "we are losing revenue" that is being heard throughout cities and towns. If Yavapai College has their way, property owners will notice a bump in their next tax bill - just a slight 2 percent increase because they can without voter approval.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Letter: Alzheimer's bill
A certain colored ribbon or month on a calendar is great for remembering something important, but voting on a bill to change the way we deal with serious diseases means so much more. Alzheimer's is a debilitating disease that affects an estimated 2.3 million people in the United States. Most individuals will witness someone dealing with Alzheimer's in the lifetime.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Editorial: Guns, politics, taxes on this April 15 tax day!
Cleaning out an editor's mind (or better known as, you just never know):
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: 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

Editorial: Development today not your 1990s PAD
In Monday's Courier we told you about developer Jason Gisi's project and his desire to add nearly 2,500 acres to the City of Prescott's General Plan.
Tuesday, April 14, 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

Letter: Education help
When will folks realize that a good economic base for a community, is a community that values education. One that pays teachers, classified personal and administrators a respectable salary.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Letter: Vet center thanks
Thank you for the coverage you have given to the naming of the Dr. Cameron K. McKinley Vet Center over the last months. Especially, my family and I want to thank you for the coverage of the day of the dedication, March 28, 2015.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Editorial: Bee a good neighbor; don't kill honey bees
Tough choice: override that self-preserving desire to swat a bee hovering near us - or help preserve the bee population by leaving it alone.
Monday, April 13, 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

VOICES in the News: Celtic Crossings
How do you feel the closure of Celtic Crossings Irish Pub?
Sunday, April 12, 2015

Editorial: Sign this, veto that
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has been quite busy this past week, signing and vetoing bills right and left.
Sunday, April 12, 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

Letter: Gratitude
I had open heart surgery to replace the valve and repair an aneurysm in my ascending artery at YRMC West campus.
Sunday, April 12, 2015

Letter: Citation
The Daily Courier ran a story, on April 10, regarding the speed limit change on Prescott Lakes Parkway, near the BASIS school ("35 to 20 mph.").
Sunday, April 12, 2015

Letter: Prayer
I am concerned about the government call to prayer on the so-called National Day of Prayer, May 7, 2015.
Sunday, April 12, 2015

Letter: Tribute
Thank you for this beautiful tribute to Father Daryl Olds.
Sunday, April 12, 2015

Editorial: A game for the ages fires first pitch today
There won't be any fireworks at this Opening Day. No ESPN coverage. Odds are against it going viral.
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Letter: Tea sales
I was dismayed to read the article of April 2, entitled "Annual tea raises cash for Prescott Area Shelter Services." As an animal rescue volunteer for over 20 years, I have sought to protect animals from abuse, neglect and exploitation.
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Letter: Tax increase
Once again, Prescott voters are being asked to trust the arguments for a sales tax increase and how the additional revenue will be dedicated to street improvements, open space and natural resources.
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Letter: Editorials
What a delight to read Robin Layton's editorials.
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Editorial: Airport security should be same inside, outside
Just in case you needed something new to worry about, a recent investigation revealed numerous security breaches at airports across the country.
Friday, April 10, 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

Letter: Civics exam
Here is a sample test question for an up-to-date Arizona civics exam.

"A form of government in which absolute power is concentrated in a dictator or small clique: autocratic rule, control, or leadership."

Friday, April 10, 2015

Letter: Jail tax
I voted "no" for a new jail tax, along with the majority of the Prescott, Yavapai County taxpayers, sending a message to the Board of Supervisors whom we elected to represent us.
Friday, April 10, 2015

Letter: Animal bill
I totally agree with Paul Finler and his shock that the Arizona Senate is actually voting on a bill to further degrade the statute and reduce the penalties for abuse to farm animals.
Friday, April 10, 2015

Letter: Holiday event thank you
Hope you were able to enjoy the "Christmas Court House Lighting" this past season.
Friday, April 10, 2015

Editorial: Reform is necessary for Public Safety retirement
Arizona has a serious problem with its Public Safety Personnel Retirement System.

It rears its head whenever an entity (fire departments, police departments, etc.) announces financial shortages.

Thursday, April 09, 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

Letter: Think twice about tattoos
Having served in the Navy on active duty at sea and ashore during WWII and Korea, the number of men wearing tattoos was relatively small, and so were the tattoos. Also, I never saw any female member of the armed forces with a tattoo during that whole period.
Thursday, April 09, 2015

Letter: Bus service provides nice touch
I want to write about my experience on a recent trip to Phoenix on Master's Touch Bus Service.

I was part of a group from Yavapai College taking a field trip to the Museum of Fine Arts in Phoenix on Thursday.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Editorial: Spring winds blow danger ever closer
It happens every year: Fire season creeps up on us.

The prospect of wildfire risks varies. In past years, with lackluster winters, fire season came early. Last year, fire restrictions were ordered earlier than ever before.

Wednesday, April 08, 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

Editorial: Shining a spotlight on Parkinson's
Did you know that April is Parkinson's Awareness Month? An entire month of recognition raises awareness so that a community can become better educated in a particular disease, situation or historic event. Hopefully that month will also see an influx in fundraising.
Tuesday, April 07, 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

Letter: Rumors of Elks' demise are false
I would like to inform the disgruntled person or persons that have been rumoring that Prescott Elks Lodge No. 330 is closing that is absolutely false. This Lodge has proudly served the communities of Prescott and Prescott Valley and their surrounding areas for over 119 year.
Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Letter: Effort appreciated
Thanks to Austin, NAU student and kayaker, my border collie mix Luke was likely saved from drowning at Watson Lake on Sunday.
Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Our freedom to celebrate a precious thing
As I looked through the Associated Press wire on Sunday, I was struck by the various Easter Sunday photos from around the world: the Pope addressing a large Vatican crowd, Spanish children celebrating Holy Week, Kenyan families in church, mourning their dead from last week's college massacre.

Religious freedom is a special thing that I think, at times, we as Americans take for granted.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Letter: ISIS repeating Nazi history
In 1935, Germany's economy was in shambles. Soon there emerged a man who pledged that he would restore the country.
Monday, April 06, 2015

Letter: Criticism does not compute
Your March 26 editor's article about requiring "fair and constructive comments" was especially interesting to me in appearing on the same Opinion Page with the lengthy article "Has the Democratic Party Left You?"
Monday, April 06, 2015

Editorial: A community can change their world
Buying a raffle ticket is easy. Just like that, you have already improved a Quad City student's school life.
Sunday, April 05, 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

Letter: Forest volunteers
Community Forest Trust under contract with the Prescott National Forest used to have volunteers go out to Doce Pit weekly to clean up the target shooting sites.
Sunday, April 05, 2015

Letter: Arizona Education
I have been perusing recent letters to the editor on PUSD with great interest. I just want to say, I did some research, and found that, of the 50 states, Arizona currently rates at #45 in mathematics and reading.
Sunday, April 05, 2015

Letter: Fear
A friend of mine said she'd recently watched "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller -- a play/movie about the Salem witch trials in the 1700s.
Sunday, April 05, 2015

Editorial: Starting Sunday, take us out to the ballgame
The great Ozzie Smith last year started an effort to make Major League Baseball's Opening Day a national holiday.
Saturday, April 04, 2015

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