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Editorial: To get results, you must act
Improved education. That would be great.

How about job creation, and protection of the environment and water?
(5 comments)

Friday, August 01, 2014

Friday Catchall: Monsoons holding out for a rain dance
The Friday Catchall:

RAINFALL - It is a simple act of nature that, unfortunately, does not happen often enough here in Prescott.
(4 comments)

Friday, August 01, 2014

Letter: US inaction invites immigrant overload
If a citizen breaks the law and no law enforcement action is taken, what message does that send to everyone else?
(23 comments)

Friday, August 01, 2014

Letter: Invest in teachers to improve education
The Arizona teacher shortage, as portrayed in the Courier July 20, begs substantial comment.
(7 comments)

Friday, August 01, 2014

Editorial: Some laws are head-scratchers
Builders build, drivers drive and lawmakers, well, they make laws.


(13 comments)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Column: Chicago-style politics spread worldwide
In the 1987 film "The Untouchables," Kevin Costner plays crimefighter Eliot Ness. Frustrated in his attempts to make a case against Al Capone, Ness is given some advice by one of his detectives, played by Sean Connery: "They pull a knife, you pull a gun.
(26 comments)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Letter: McKinley's family appreciates renaming
On behalf of the family of Dr. Cameron McKinley, I wish to thank the Daily Courier and reporter Patrick Whitehurst for the coverage of changing the name of the Prescott Vet Center to the Dr. Cameron McKinley Veterans Affairs Veterans Center.
(2 comments)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Letter: Band thinks Prescott rocks
Our band, Inexile, was fortunate enough to participate in the summer concert series Saturday, July 19.
(1 comments)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Letter: Granite Mountain, flag welcome sights
Whenever I come around the curve in the road just beyond Costco, especially when I've been gone for a while, I thank God for Granite Mountain and thank Ted Lamb for that beautiful American flag that is always flying there in the air.
(3 comments)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Editorial: Impact fees cut in many ways
The name says it all: impact fees. They are charges a community can impose on a builder for impacts the new construction and its eventual occupancy will have on services a government provides.
(12 comments)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Column: Logic not a factor with warmongers
The Israelis and the Palestinians. To heck with them all.

Well, at least the ones continuing the violence.
(53 comments)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Letter: Best leaders serve the people's will - and God
Our president and his administration, to be successful as leaders, must remember that our government was intended to be "of the people, by the people and for the people."
(25 comments)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Letter: Wallace and Ladmo trigger fond memories
Wallace, Ladmo and Gerald brought back some old, great memories, when times were more relaxed and genial.
(2 comments)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Letter: PV man grateful to honest wallet-finder at Walmart
I wish to thank the person who found my wallet in the Walmart parking lot. Your honesty was greatly appreciated.
(2 comments)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Letter: Guidance Aviation helped benefit screening take flight
I would like to thank Guidance Aviation for their recent support of the private showing of Disney's "Planes: Fire & Rescue" fundraiser.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Editorial: Outlook on pot laws still smoky
A new court ruling says Arizona judges can't order people on probation to not use medical marijuana.
(20 comments)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Letter: Illegal entry strains 'sovereign state'
EDITOR:

What does the term "sovereign nation" mean to you? Well to me it means we are a country with borders, which are guarded and protected from criminals who want to cross illegally for whatever reasons.
(56 comments)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Letter: Gosar for governor - of Wyoming
EDITOR:

Who would have ever thought I would support Gosar for Governor? Pete Gosar, that is.

Pete, Congressman Paul Gosar's younger brother, is running for Governor of Wyoming. He seems to disagree with every political stand that his brother Paul has taken.
(27 comments)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Editorial: Local groups give our kids a break
Two organizations dedicated to children will open their doors to Prescott Unified School District students who may not have a place to go before and after school because the district has to shut down the Kids and Company program.
(1 comments)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Letter: Founders didn't intend a Christian United States
EDITOR:

In her July 14 letter, Holly Schrader repeats a common misconception, that Christianity "was the religion of the founders of the republic." With a little historical research, she might have written something quite different.
(58 comments)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Letter: 'Original Intent' leaves room for adjustment
EDITOR:

A recently published book, Thomas Jefferson - The Art of Power, by Jon Meacham, contains some comments by Jefferson that refute the "original intent" positions on constitutional matters always taken by Justices Scalia, Alito, and Thomas.
(14 comments)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Editorial: Community's future is in voters' hands
Voters and potential voters, you are officially on the clock.

Early ballot voting starts this Thursday for the Aug. 26 primary election. And anyone who isn't registered to vote has only until midnight Monday to do so.
(10 comments)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Column: Obligations first, leisure second
Mea culpa. "Just like a right-brainer to switch the definitions of right- and left-brainers."
(2 comments)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Letter: Church contributes much to community
I recently attended a City Council hearing on the forthcoming construction of a church building of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Rosser and Blooming Hills Drive.
(15 comments)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Rants & Raves: July 27
Got something on your mind? Tell us about it in 40 words or less.


(6 comments)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Editorial: Kids' show host was an Arizona treasure
Long-time Arizonans were saddened this week by the death of Bill Thompson, the genius who created "Wallace and Ladmo," probably the longest-running television show for children in the nation's history.
(6 comments)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Letter: Immigration foes profoundly selfish
I really appreciated Barbara Kodimer's July 16 letter to the editor, "Churches can find homes for migrants."
(79 comments)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Vets should be able to go to any hospital
Having VA hospitals for our veterans at first seems like a good idea, but it's no different than the City of Prescott owning and running a golf course.
(14 comments)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Letter: New tax not needed to fund Prescott jail
Courier columnist Buz Williams tells us all the reasons Yavapai County needs a new jail in Prescott. And they certainly appear to be good reasons.
(13 comments)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Editorial: Inhumane executions erode civilized society
Taking a closer look at our state's capital punishment methods is by no means a way of prioritizing any perceived justice for convicted killers.
(69 comments)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Column: Assessor's job is to assure fairness
As the Yavapai County Assessor since 2009, I'm not used to making headlines. I'm not much of a "politician" and I'm certainly not used to taking on powerful political interests or armies of lawyers.
(20 comments)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Letter: Saving water can be easy
Thank you Chris Hoy, of CWAG for your article in the Daily Courier about how to deal with the coming water shortage.
(8 comments)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Letter: Climate argument is out of this world
Another example of how Republicans just do not understand climate change.
(69 comments)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Editorial: Feds hatch yet another fish story
Folks often talk about big government, and what a burden it is on us taxpayers. And it's true to some extent that waste and inefficiency abound in government systems, and the adage that the primary mission of bureaucracies is to sustain themselves is not far from the truth.
(14 comments)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Column: Meet Phil Weliky, a hometown hero
If you spend much time in the downtown area of Prescott, you've probably seen him with one of his dogs, either a beautiful golden retriever named Avery or the equally attractive yellow lab, Simba.
(6 comments)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Letter: Drought is hard on local wildlife
Several weeks ago, a friend added a birdbath to his small backyard garden. Expecting to see birds using it, he was surprised that every morning since, he sees one or more deer drinking the water.
(8 comments)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Letter: Drug industry pills are hard to swallow
My recent experience in refilling a drug prescription emphasizes the dysfunctional nature of the American medical system and the unconstrained greed of the pharmaceutical industry.
(10 comments)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Letter: Name-calling shows GOP desperation
Republicans in Congress, along with heavy right-wing media support, have launched an all-out name-calling campaign against President Obama.
(56 comments)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Editorial: Budget bloodletting must be stanched
Issues whose time has come: recession-ravished state budgets. Where is the recovery?
(7 comments)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Column: Poor education triggers downward spiral
Many Prescott residents moved here to seek a low-cost haven for a comfortable retirement.
(37 comments)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Letter: Let people choose how to use their share of water
Since the total amount of water is limited, debates are about how to use the water. The definition of conserve depends on the definition of wasteful.
(19 comments)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Letter: Where would we be without animals?
In response the murder of the innocent small bear in Sedona, animals referred to by John Muir as our horizontal brothers, have long been recognized as essential to our development and wellbeing.
(19 comments)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Editorial: Gaza, Ukraine lead to thoughts of war
Watching television and reading news accounts in recent days about Russia-backed rebels shooting down a passenger plane in Ukraine and, the same day, Israel sending troops into Gaza, makes it easy to fear we're heading toward World War III.
(27 comments)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Letter: Side-effects are the body's cry for help
EDITOR:

I am concerned about the July 29 article entitled "The role side-effects play in medication adherence." The idea that mental illness is a chronic condition that can only be treated through psychiatric medication is a dangerous lie.
(11 comments)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Letter: Many honored Art Espitia's passing
EDITOR:

The sons and daughters of Arthur H. Espitia Sr. would like to express our deepest gratitude to our extended family and to our father's many friends in the Prescott Community for all the warm and heartfelt condolences at the time of our loss.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Letter: Angry talk won't solve border problem
EDITOR:

Our current crisis with immigrant children streaming into the country was generated by a 2008 bipartisan-sponsored law, signed by President Bush, intended to reduce the use of Central American children as child prostitutes here in the US.
(72 comments)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Editorial: Kids & Co. should get a very close look
While all sorts of programs and services for people seem to stay afloat, albeit often with financial strains on government budgets, those for kids seem to constantly take it on the chin in Arizona.
(15 comments)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Letter: Organizers good only at redistribution
EDITOR:

The July 12 letter from my friend Bob Fiske criticizes Bob Weiss for his "lack of understanding what community organizing is all about" and then continues by saying that "the primary aim of community organizers is to enable and empower ordinary people to take charge of their own lives."
(29 comments)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Letter: G&F must use care in killing animals
EDITOR:

I was disturbed by a July 5 article that described the Arizona Game and Fish Department's rationale for euthanizing a second bear in Yavapai County near Sedona in the last 60 days.
(6 comments)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Letter: Alinsky defense was way off target
EDITOR:

Bob Fiske (Daily Courier, July 12) may have intended to challenge Alinsky's "rules of dirty politics" -- as presented by Bill Weiss -- but unfortunately he totally failed to refute even one of Mr. Alinsky's published (and well-known) strategies for undermining our republic.
(5 comments)

Monday, July 21, 2014


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