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Column: McCutcheon ruling subverts democracy
It's ironic that Arizona originally led the nation in a plan to limit campaign money through Clean Elections law, but now is heading in the opposite direction, thanks to the Supreme Court.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Column: Local attraction is magical, life-changing
When I was a young nipper, maybe five or six, my mother told me that she was going to take me to a magical place. That's all she said to me. But it was enough to persuade me to give up my usual Saturday morning frolic with friends in the nearby park.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Friday Catchall: ERAU dedication couldn't be more apt
On Thursday the Prescott campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University had about 150 visitors who witnessed a touching ceremony.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Column: Disagree, but please keep it civil
I have many liberal friends. They tolerate my conservative Constitutional views and I tolerate their more progressive views.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Column: Tax credits discredit public schools
The Arizona legislature sure seems to hate public schools. Actually it runs much deeper than that.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Column: Words of wisdom smooth life's roads
Here is the sixth installment of Granddaddyisms I shared with our grandson a few years ago when he was a teenager.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Talk of the Town: We can't miss chance to save the Dells
In the last couple of months, several things have happened in the effort to protect the heart of the Granite Dells, the gem of Prescott.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Talk of the Town: Take steps to reduce outdoor water use
April is Water Awareness Month (WAM), officially designated via Executive Order by Arizona's Governor in 2008.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Friday Catchall: Help solve mystery of Baby Bell
The Friday Catchall:

MYSTERY BABY - Susan Wernett of Phoenix emailed me to say she was doing some genealogy research online and, while checking some California newspapers, she came across an interesting article in the Los Angeles Herald related to Prescott dated Jan. 18, 1898.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Column: Obamacare mandates vs. religious freedom
Last week the Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases that have been combined, Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Column: Molly Ivins would've loved this bunch
I had the distinct pleasure of being acquainted with the hell-raising political columnist Molly Ivins as a cub reporter at the Dallas Times Herald in the early '80s.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Column: Historic documents as relevant as ever
There are three sacred scriptures in this nation.

And not many people have read them.

Fewer seem to understand them.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Friday Catchall: How far will 'walking man' get?
The Friday Catchall:

WALKABOUT - Have you heard about Thomas Arnold? He's that guy from Prescott who's walking to, wait for it ... Mexico.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Column: Get up, get out and go to a game
We are so lucky to live in a state that is so diverse in its geography and topography.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Talk of the Town: Let's get to the truth about pot
I believe in an America that promotes opportunity, not addiction. "War Against Weed is Lost" by Toni Denis points out the void in public education about the realities of legalized marijuana.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Column: Collective bargaining key to free market
You know that thing that labor unions do that some people hate so much? That is supposed to be so contrary to the free market?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Column: Road to success is memorably bumpy
Remember your first job? No, not your real grown-up job. I mean when you were a kid.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Talk of the Town: For jobs' sake, don't raise minimum wage
Arizona's labor market is struggling. There are 7.1 percent fewer private sector jobs today than before the Great Recession began six years ago. This loss is almost seven times larger than average for the rest of the country. Wage growth remains meager, contributing to rising income inequality.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Friday Catchall: Yo Feds: Quit the cherry-picking
CHOICE - Paul Smith, pharmacy director for West Yavapai Guidance Clinic, wrote in recently in response to Kirk Muse's letter (March 15) that said: "Pot (and) alcohol should get same treatment."

Friday, March 21, 2014

Column: War against weed is lost; all that's left is shouting
The federal government recently introduced new rules allowing banks to take cash deposits from marijuana dispensaries-the first real step toward national legalization.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Column: Showing weakness gave Putin strength
An international news item has dominated the media recently. It is usually a political mistake to compare any action or leader to the Nazis or Hitler.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Guest Column: Don't let our tax dollars go for weed
A Fox31 Denver investigation recently revealed that thousands of dollars have been pulled out of ATMs in Colorado using Electronic Benefit Transfer cards - used for accessing welfare benefits - to purchase marijuana.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Column: Coolness, 'lex talionis' are social traps
Here is the fifth installment of Granddaddyisms I shared with my grandson, Dylan, a few years ago when he was a teenager.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Talk of the Town: Marijuana facts need substantiating
While others will take up the call for legalization of marijuana in Arizona, I did want to pose a couple of queries to county attorney Sheila Polk, who seems to be in the forefront of the local anti-legalization forces.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday Catchall: Topping lists not always good
The Friday Catchall:

• SCAMS - I am sure you've seen the Courier stories about scams and fraud warnings. A look at Courier archives shows an average of two stories per month over the past 15 months.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Column: Young Marines group builds character
As hard as it is to raise children with all of the distractions today, we need to celebrate organizations and activities that help them prioritize and focus on what is significant in their lives and in our communities.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Column: Putin's pride is his Achilles' heel
Wouldn't life be simple if situations like Ukraine would play out like movies? We would ride in, point our guns, grit our teeth, and a smaller Putin, head down, wishing he was invisible, would shuffle away, his imperial ambitions permanently neutered

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Column: Real life trumps movies for thrills
We watched the Academy Awards last Sunday. We had only seen one of the nominated movies, but enjoyed the show regardless - primarily because it transported us back to the "old days" when movies were a large part of our lives.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Friday Catchall: Concerned citizens should lead 'grass'roots effort
The Friday Catchall:

• 'GRASS'-ROOTS EFFORT - Usually we see few precursors to state legislation or ballot actions, particularly from municipal and county governments, until the measure is in committee or actually slated for the ballot.

Friday, March 07, 2014

Talk of the Town: Cowboy values could serve us well
I am saddened by the frequent number of letters the Courier has published from those who show little respect for opposing points of view.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Column: Senate Bill 1062 was not about gays
Last Thursday, Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the so-called religious freedom bill, Senate Bill 1062.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Column: Arizona legislators need a raise - really!
I believe Arizona legislators should get a raise. Really. Before you get out the lynching rope, let me explain.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Column: Help yourself to happiness - literally
"Happiness is having all the money I want."

"Happiness is winning the lottery."

"Happiness is living a life of comfort."

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Friday Catchall: Are gas stations toying with us?
The Friday Catchall:

• EXPERIMENT? - A reader emailed in something that concerned him recently: gas stations conducting a price "experiment."

Friday, February 28, 2014

Column: Legalizing recreational drugs is a bad idea
The libertarian side of me thinks we should legalize all drugs. There would have to be some adjustments in our criminal procedures and additional laws dealing with punishments for those who commit crimes while under the influence of drugs.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Column: Proposal would degrade quality of life
Ken Bennett has made a proposal that would either be of benefit strictly to the top, or would drive Arizona into a race to the bottom.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Talk of the Town: Pipeline dangers justify arrest risk
Prescott protesters now have a definite plan for civil disobedience to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. Prescott held one of 280 protest vigils in 49 states on Feb. 3 when 25 people spoke out against the tar sands pipeline after a State Department report on Jan. 31 minimized concerns over the environment.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Column: Inner child keeps your spark alive
There is a little boy or little girl in each of us.

Even within those of us who regard ourselves as mature adults.


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Friday Catchall: Voters may get to reassert their will
The Friday Catchall:

RE-VOTE - A proposal making its way through the Legislature could send a series of voter-approved initiatives passed since 1998 back to voters for re-authorization.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Column: US should stay out of others' wars
At the end of his book "American Heroes on the Homefront," Oliver North describes going back to Vietnam in 2006. There, he met a former enemy, a North Vietnamese Army officer.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Talk of the Town: Abe Lincoln, progressive tax collector
Many historians acknowledge Abraham Lincoln as the greatest American president and a superb leader. We also remember him as the quintessential American.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Talk of the Town: Learn to conserve now, before it's too late
You can taste it, smell it, hear it, see it and touch it. You can freeze it, you can thaw it and it is still the same. You can't live without it. Even Benjamin Franklin said, "When the well is dry, we learn the worth of water."

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Column: Humor, perspective go a long way in life
Here is the fourth installment of Granddaddyisms I shared with my teenage grandson a few years back.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Talk of the Town: Tea Party wants viable financial model
In a rebuttal to letter-writer Bob Lynne's argument against the Tea Party, I'd like to clarify the group's values of fiscal responsibility, free market economy, and limited government.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Friday Catchall: Park a great way to honor Hotshots
The Friday Catchall:

• MEMORIAL PARK - House Speaker Andy Tobin, R-Paulden, is proposing a state park where the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots died June 30 near Yarnell.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Column: GOP needs to fight false accusations
In the realm of political rhetoric, there has always been a war of words. While all sides engage in this war in varying degrees, it seems that progressives win a lot more of these battles than conservatives do.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Column: Free market a boon, but not perfect
The free market does an amazing job at getting some things right, but you might be surprised at how much it doesn't.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Column: Penny valentine heartbreak still stings
Next Friday is special.

Remember those Valentine's Days when you were young?

How come they always occurred on a school day?

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Talk of the Town: Speak up to retain PILT funding
The acronym "PILT" stands for Payment In Lieu of Taxes, a program created by Congress in 1976.

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Friday Catchall: Drivers' bad behavior returns to Prescott Valley
The Friday Catchall:

• PHOTO RADAR - The kids will play when Mom and Dad are away.

That's how I see it when considering the Prescott Valley Police Department's findings in the wake of deactivating photo-enforcement cameras this past October.

Friday, February 07, 2014

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