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Editorial: Not all comments pass quality test
I get quite a chuckle out of readers sharing their opinions of my political leanings. I've been called a righty, a lefty, a commie and a radical.
Thursday, March 26, 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

Letter: Devil Pups thanks
The following sponsors in our community made it financially possible to send five local youths -
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Letter: Animal treatment
I was shocked to learn that the Arizona Senate is actually voting on a bill (HB 2150) to further degrade the status of farm animals and to reduce penalties for their mistreatment.
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Letter: HUSD choice
I have to agree with Humboldt Educational Consultant Michael Aylstock that it is indeed impressive so many applications (23) were submitted for the position of Superintendent of the Humboldt Unified School District.
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Editorial: Vet Center to be named for veteran and advocate
The Vietnam Traveling Wall has come and gone for Prescott and sacrifices by veterans are fresh in our minds.
Wednesday, March 25, 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

Letter: Actions versus constitution
I agree with the letter on March 8, "Nite Passage." The budget ship that passed in the night was truly a garbage scow.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Letter: Growing and water
Here's an idea worth considering: When a group of free, independent individuals act in their own self interest, their collective behavior inevitably depletes a vital common resource.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Editorial: Obamacare 'change' on the ropes again
Monday marked five years since President Obama signed into law what has become known as Obamacare (aka the Affordability Care Act).
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Letter: Jury duty
I have served on jury panels in multiple states and counties over the years and have never felt as appreciated and welcome as when I recently served here in Prescott in Tina Ainley's Division 3 Superior Court.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Letter: Orr the reporter
I'm sure you already know of the excellent writing skills of Courier reporter Scott Orr, but I felt it was time to let you hear it from a subscriber.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Letter: 'Jump start' economy
Much has been written about education in our state recently, but given the importance of education to our kids, our teachers, our public schools and our future as a community, not enough.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Editorial: Education formula does not add up
The logic of Arizona's higher-education debacle:
Monday, March 23, 2015

Letter: Animal care
Prescott Animal Hospital is one of the most compassionate animal hospitals.
Monday, March 23, 2015

Letter: Beware of scams
I would like to make the public aware of a scam that might affect our local citizens.
Monday, March 23, 2015

Letter: Group home bill
Regarding Arizona Rep. Noel Campbell's proposal to regulate group homes, I oppose the bill that has been pushed through the state House of Representatives because it is not the Christian thing to do.
Monday, March 23, 2015

Letter: Letter to Iran
Regarding the letter 47 U.S. senators sent to Iran, trying to expand Iran's understanding of American politics, the president and his negotiating staff have been working this agreement for years.
Monday, March 23, 2015

Letter: Thanks for lunch
I am a member of a small group of retired men who go to lunch together every Friday.
Monday, March 23, 2015

VOICES in the News: Gas Prices
Gas prices have fallen just a couple cents in the past week. How do you feel about that?
Monday, March 23, 2015

Editorial: Sharing a community's happiness & grief
This week has been a tough one - and a joyous one - for Prescott residents.
Sunday, March 22, 2015

Letter to the editor: Taxes aren't all bad
EDITOR:

Thank you for asking the question "what is with this state refusing to accept small hikes here and there in order to get funding for their schools - or for anything for that matter?"

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Reply to Gosar
EDITOR:

Rep. Paul Gosar wrote a special Editorial in the Courier today.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Rants & Raves: Grammar and thanks
Sunday, March 22, 2015

Column: Directions
Good stories are sometimes worth their weight in gold.

Here is an example.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Editorial: The madness of illegal sports betting bewilders
You're hardly alone if you filled out a March Madness bracket this week. Or two. About 40 million Americans have filled out more than 70 million brackets.
Saturday, March 21, 2015

Letter: Laws
I'm increasingly concerned about the direction our Legislature is trying to take us.
Saturday, March 21, 2015

Letter: Community
We are all familiar with the phrase "Busy as a Bee" and the basis for this original statement, which is diligence and hard work pays off. Welcome to the "Honey Bee Colony!"
Saturday, March 21, 2015

Letter: Bad priorities
I have lived in Arizona a long time. When I came here our utilities were municipally owned and utilities were inexpensive; immigrants were welcomed; healthcare was affordable; living costs were low; and crime was not a problem.
Saturday, March 21, 2015

Editorial: Vote this, ballot that, but don't make it mandatory
This past November, many of us breathed a sigh of relief. Election season had ended.
Friday, March 20, 2015

Letter: Water dilemma
Gary Beverly's recent Talk of the Town contribution summed up our present water dilemma quite nicely: There's plenty of talk but very little action.
Friday, March 20, 2015

Letter: New jail?
This is an open letter to Yavapai County Supervisor Rowle Simmons, regarding his Talk of the Town dated Feb. 13.
Friday, March 20, 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

Editorial: It's our job and we are proud to do it for you
I was ready last evening to sum up Sunshine Week in this editorial when I glanced through my Associated Press wire feed.
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Letter: No nukes
One topic that I believe is very important is that of nuclear weaponry. Over the past 50 years, the human race has made many advances in the world of nuclear warfare.
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

Letter: Nuke debate
During the last two months, my 8th grade class has been studying World War II. During this period in our world's history, nuclear weapons were first experimented with and used.
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Letter: Pro nukes
What would you do with a weapon that could destroy entire cities and kill generations of people just from the aftermath?
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Editorial: Transparency is always necessary
No one likes to have their faults pointed out to them, and definitely not printed in a newspaper.
Wednesday, March 18, 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

Editorial: School changes are not all good
To the astute observer, the following is obvious: Arizona's education landscape is undergoing changes. While the changes are not what I would call "reform," we have witnessed many tweaks and twists over the years:
Tuesday, March 17, 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

Letter: Common sense
Guns! Guns! Guns! With all of the problems this state has, you'd think the politician who proposed that we legalize sawed-off shotguns and silencers would find a more productive use of her time.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Letter: Raising children
A column by Dr. Ron Barnes published in the Courier on Feb. 22, disclosed a disconcerting statistic, revealing Arizona holds the lowest ranking in the country relative to mental health.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Letter: Helping families
I am writing on behalf of Agape House of Prescott. We would like to thank the quad-city community for its kind support.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Letter: Water advisory
In his Talk of the Town commentary on the Big Chino, Gary Beverly cites groundwater pumping - past, present and future - the greatest threat to the Verde River.
Monday, March 16, 2015

Editorial: Background truths matter for everyone
For some time now, here at The Daily Courier, we've been familiar with the issue of "stolen valor" - when people put themselves out there as medal winners, former soldiers of a certain rank or even simply calling themselves a veteran - when they actually were none of the above.
Monday, March 16, 2015

Letter: Homeland Security
Representative Paul Gosar, R-Arizona District 4, voted to defund the Department of Homeland Security.
Monday, March 16, 2015

Letter: JTED
It is laughable that any of the funding for JTED (Joint Technical Education District), a high school/higher education collaboration that moves students to careers and college through tuition-free career and technical education courses, is on the chopping block in Arizona as part of the budgeting process.
Monday, March 16, 2015


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