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Letter to the editor: CLCA
We need members for the C.L.C A. Let's take back our amenities.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Editorial: Drunk drivers' tears don't undo the damage
The good news from anti-drunk-driving group The Century Council is that between 1998 and 2008, drunk-driving fatalities in Arizona dropped 38.2 percent in all age brackets, and a whopping 54 percent among youths younger than 21.

The bad news is that in 2008, 266 people died in alcohol-related accidents in Arizona. In 71 percent of these fatalities, drivers had blood alcohol levels exceeding 0.15.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Editorial Cartoon: July 14, 2007
Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Commentary: Small acts of kindness go a long way
I noticed a letter to the editor in the Daily Courier this past week in which a family thanked the gentleman who paid for their meals at the Cracker Barrel restaurant in Prescott Valley. He didn't want to be known, he was just engaging in one of those random acts of kindness.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Bobby's plaque in place, a bit out of the way
July the 8th was Bobby's birthday, and a most appropriate day for Chris to place the plaque by his memorial tree. When we walked out with Skye Graham to see the trees available for adoption, he seemed a bit taken aback by the location we chose.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Editorial: Battling politics first, immigration second
President Barack Obama met with activists and labor leaders on June 28 to push for comprehensive immigration legislation. We have problems with this; let's count the ways:

• At the forefront they have said the effort will showcase Republican opposition. "We're going to make absolutely crystal clear who's at fault here," said Eliseo Medina, a leader of the Service Employees International Union. Latino leaders, the Associated Press reported, will work to pressure Republicans to give way and support an immigration bill - and make opponents pay at the ballot box if they don't. Party politics at its finest.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Editorial Cartoon: July 7, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Commentary: The court, clubs and discrimination
"I wouldn't want to belong to any club that would have me as a member."

That familiar one-liner has been attributed over the years to the late Groucho Marx, but in light of the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision this week in the case of Christian Legal Society vs. Martinez (UC Hastings), the sentiment it contains may have some contemporary legal relevance.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

'City girl' conquers Cordes Lakes lizard
Many of my best columns never get written. This is mainly because I will not betray a confidence, but also because I try not to write about anything that might bring embarrassment to innocent involvees.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Editorial: Children and pets most vulnerable in summer heat
All of Yavapai County is under fire restrictions, which includes the national forests. Campfires currently are allowed only in designated fee campsites, and burn permits, smoking outside and other fire-related activities are severely restricted or illegal, as is the case with fireworks.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Editorial Cartoon: June 30, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Commentary: Loose lips sink generals - and wars
The World War II slogan "Loose Lips Sink Ships," which was intended to encourage Americans to keep quiet about any information pertaining to that war, could also apply to modern generals and their staffs.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Crystal Lake, and a plethora of 'surveys'
I really enjoyed Heidi's column last week, about the great variety of birds she and Randy have spotted by our little lake. It got me to thinking back to the good old days, when we could sit under the shade of the great cottonwoods and just enjoy what nature offered.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Emergency response team on tap for Cordes area
Josie Garcia is starting a CERT program here. CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team, and is just what it sounds like - a group of local residents trained and ready to respond when needed by law enforcement or fire department personnel.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Commentary: Schools' actions undermine civil rights classes
To find out how the First Amendment is supposed to work in public schools, don't ask school officials. Ask the kids. Strange as it may seem, many students actually believe what they're taught in civics class about their constitutional rights.

Consider Raymond Hosier, a seventh-grader in Schenectady, N.Y. He doesn't buy his school's argument that his rosary beads are a "gang symbol" that should be banned.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Cordes Lakes has treasure in little lake
I always enjoy spending time with our readers from Mayer to Black Canyon City. Saturday, my husband and I had the opportunity to join the gang at the Cordes Lakes Community Center for their annual cookout.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Editorial Cartoon: June 23, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Editorial: Cañon issue highlights need for more open, civil discussion
In conflicts such as the one over Black Canyon City's Cañon School board vote on a phased teacher retirement program, it's easy to lose perspective as tempers flare and misinformation abounds.

In today's economic climate, in which every agency, including schools, is trying to cut costs and still provide essential services, those who must make the decisions often find themselves in a very uncomfortable position and subject to a lot of abuse.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Editorial Cartoon: June 16, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Commentary: Why licensing journalists is a bad idea
Licensing journalists is an idea that surfaces from time to time. But it's always a bad idea.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010


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