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Commentary: Just let boys be boys this summer
Tom PurcellTom Purcell
Ah, summer. What a great time for boys to read "The Dangerous Book for Boys."
Thursday, August 14, 2014

Commentary: What do you actually know about ISIS?
Imagine our government issuing a law requiring women to surgically remove their external genitalia.
Thursday, August 14, 2014

Cartoon: Back into Iraq
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Cartoon: Welcome back students
Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Editorial: School zone rules refresher for back-to-school
Recognize these - big yellow buses, kids with backpacks, busy school playgrounds? Monday was the first day of school for most students around the quad-city area.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Wizard of Oz at 75: memories and might-have-beens
According to the ideas4writers website, August 12 marks the 75th anniversary of the U.S. premiere of MGM's "The Wizard of Oz." Ah, the memories start flowing.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Commentary: Have we lost the 'united' in United States?
As a state and as a country, we must identify the most crucial problems and begin an effective solution.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Blog: Mermaid sightings at Arizona Creeks
With fire restrictions and forest closures, I wasn't able to get out much this summer.
Friday, August 1, 2014

Blog: Does it really take a village to raise a child, or are we a society in collapse?
A Florida woman faces charges of felony child neglect after allowing her 7-year-old son to walk to a park by himself.
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Commentary: Teens not working doesn't work for America
Here's a trend that may not bode well for the future of our country: According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 40 percent of 16- to 19-year-olds have summer jobs - down from 75 percent of teens a generation ago.
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Commentary: No inflation? Another liberal lie
Paul Krugman, liberal New York Times columnist and economist whose erroneous predictions and inflammatory opinions have inspired websites, blogs and columns by others detailing his multitude miscalculations, launched a Buk missile of a column at conservatives warning of inflationary government policies.
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Editorial: Government workers are people, too
People opine that big government is a burden on taxpayers. Often it seems waste and inefficiency abound, and the adage, "the primary mission of bureaucracies is to sustain themselves," is close to the truth.
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Cartoon: Cuckoo
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Blog: Your 2014 GOP Primary Primer Part 2
Welcome to your 2014 GOP Primary Primer, Part 2! Sources utilized for this primer include: the candidate's websites; televised debates; and news stories...
Sunday, July 27, 2014

Cartoon: Gladiator
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Commentary: Government takes teamwork
This November Arizonans will be busy selecting a new governor, attorney general, secretary of state, and a treasurer, as well as filling four other major openings within the state government.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Commentary: World War I turns 100: Time to reflect
Kudos to the nation's newspaper editors for making a valiant effort to prepare us for the upcoming (July 28) 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Editorial: Don't allow scammers to find you an easy mark
Despite our frequent warnings to people, scammers just keep finding easy marks to bilk out of their hard-earned money. In this issue, the Tribune reports about a man who lost more than $8,000.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Blog: Are Marijuana Opponents Smarter Than Mother Nature or Smarter than God?
The government has absolutely no moral, ethical, or philosophical right to outlaw a species of life.
Friday, July 18, 2014

Blog: Your 2014 GOP Primary Primer: Part 1
In this post: Secretary of State; Arizona Corporate Commission; Clerk of the Superior Court; and a brief mention of candidates running unopposed.
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Cartoon: Pioneering spirit
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Editorial: Judge wisely heeds education budget law
Our legislators always have been tasked with providing adequate state money for education, according to the Arizona Constitution, Title 11, Section 10.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Commentary: Remembering a man who championed freedom
Freedom of Speech has lost one of its most eloquent voices.

Freedom of Religion is today without one of its truest believers.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Commentary: America suddenly dreaming small
Another Fourth of July has come and gone. Now that the fireworks have ended and the barbecue is long gone, what remains of the holiday? For most, the answer is probably "not much".
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Cartoon: July 4th leftovers
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Editorial: Officials need to pay close attention as college evolves
We all are aware that Yavapai College has its detractors and its challenges.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Commentary: The right to paid vacation
Ah, summer is here. We all know what that means: The rights crowd will demand that our politicians pass new federal laws to make paid vacation mandatory.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Commentary: Babe Ruth's MLB Centennial
Where were you on April 8, 1974?

I was in the upstairs bedroom I shared with younger brother Dwight, listening to the radio as Hank Aaron broke the career home run record set by George Herman "Babe" Ruth.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Cartoon: IRS
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Commentary: Eddie & the Fourth of July
When I drove by Eddie Gabor's old house, I was transported back more than 20 years - back to the wonderful Fourth of July outings my family once enjoyed there.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Commentary: Family friendly workplaces: be careful what you wish for
A few years ago, my wife and I changed propane companies solely because the friendly receptionist had been fired for taking an extended medical leave.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Commentary: This is how we learn patriotism
Our daughter was working and attending college when my grandson, Ryan, was born in 1990. Since her classes started early in the morning, I took Ryan with me to the Kiwanis meeting on Wednesday mornings and then to my office where my daughter would pick him up on her way to the babysitter and then to work.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Blog: Lucky 7 Percent! Congress approval hits an historic low
According to a new Gallup poll, just 7 percent of Americans have faith in how Congress is doing.
Monday, June 30, 2014

Cartoon: The 3rd World Cup
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Letter: Government needs to stay out of the Internet
Editor:

My Grandfather lost his job because the government wouldn't protect the "little-guy."

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Should grizzlies be returned to Arizona?
The Grand Canyon already is one of the wonders of the world, and could become even more wondrous - and possibly dangerous - if one of two critters making headlines is reintroduced to Arizona.
(2 comments)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

How to watch the World Cup
The refrain has echoed across the globe our entire lives. "The World Cup is the most exciting sporting event on the face of the planet. Bigger than the Super Bowl, Stanley Cup and World Series combined and go ahead, throw in the next Star Wars movie especially with Carrie Fischer and Harrison Ford dragging their walkers through it."
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Cartoon: Cell phone sheep
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Zombified raging moderates
You see them staggering down our streets, heads bowed as if in prayer, making the occasional grunting noise. Mindless drooling de-animated human husks walking blindly into fountains, crosswalks and lamp posts. Wake up people. We are in the middle of a science fiction movie here. Welcome to the Invasion of the Phone Zombies.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Life, heroism have no monetary limits
Some of the printed and spoken comments regarding the Granite Mountain Hotshots are disturbing. Specifically, for some time over the past 11 months and again as the one-year anniversary of the 19 men's deaths on June 30 approaches, people are leveling complaints that the widows and their families are getting too much attention and money.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Letter: Online-only retailers have unfair advantage over local businesses
Editor:

While I understand that things move slowly in Washington, D.C., I simply don't understand why it's taken more than 20 years for Congress to take action to help America's local businesses.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Cartoon: June 11, 2014
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Letter: Cartoon adds only to fear of real problem - we created this mess!
EDITOR:

Your June 4 Opinion page cartoon by Bill Day, depicting a charred planet earth, adds to the fear campaign by those who try to distract us from our real problem - human nature.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Why dads are essential to kids
Get this: Dads are essential to kids.

According to the National Fatherhood Initiative, kids who grow up without dads are more likely to grow up poor, drop out of school, end up in jail and encounter numerous other struggles in life than kids who grow up with dads do.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Editorial: Feds dumping on AZ, making us an immigrant waystation
News over the past few weeks that the federal government is sending immigrants who are in the country illegally from Texas to Arizona has the state up in arms.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Imprinting of Elliot Rodger and Us
When the news first hit that 22-year-old Elliot Rodger killed six students in Santa Barbara, it didn't foreshadow the horrific details yet to come.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Letter: New residents should bring their own water
Editor:

Today I read your article about the Glassford Heights Subdivision, a 3,500-unit Masterplanned Community.
(1 comments)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Cartoon: June 4, 2014
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Editorial: Child Safety Dept. gets boost from lawmakers
We give a big nod to Arizona's state lawmakers who made children a priority in this past week's special session of the Legislature.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Letter: Ethanol is not good for car engines
Editor:

We have all been using gasoline with 10 percent ethanol (by volume) in our gasoline engines for years.
(4 comments)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Cartoon: May 28, 2014

(1 comments)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Editorial: All must be extra vigilant about preventing fire
By a long shot, fire season is not our favorite. Sadly, residents and visitors continue to make news by sparking fires in Prescott, Yavapai County, across Arizona and beyond.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Letter: Writer clarifies position on First Amendment letter
I apparently touched a nerve with Mr. Desmond and Ms. Weber as I posed the question: does political correctness trump the first amendment's protection of freedom of speech.
(1 comments)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Letter: Auxiliary thanks businesses for poppy distribution
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 108 of Prescott Valley would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Fry's Food Store, Safeway Food Store, Ace Hardware and Walmart for their support in allowing our members to distribute Crepe Paper Poppies made by our local VA veterans.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Blog: Westminster cancel the show for weather? You've gotta be kidding
As a whopper snowstorm bore down on the East Coast this past weekend, the Westminster Kennel Club issued forth with an edict, that after more than 38 years showing dogs, I would no less expect.
(4 comments)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Editorial Cartoon: June 2, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Editorial Cartoon: May 26, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Commentary: Ed Seder made great impact with his life
I'm so glad to have had a good visit with former Prescott Valley Police Chief and Councilman Ed Seder a couple of weeks before he passed away last Tuesday.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Commentary: Taking 'national' out of Day of Prayer
Last month U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb dared go where no judge has gone before and declared the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional. Don't look for her name on the short list of Supreme Court nominees anytime soon.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Letter: School Supt. says 'yes' vote on Prop. 100 is crucial
Editor:

Several people have asked my office for factual information about the "general dollar amount" of losses to Yavapai County School Districts if the one cent sales tax referral, Proposition 100, does not pass.
(1 comments)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Letter: Taxpayers foot bill for violence
Editor:

Arizona tax payers are being asked to raise taxes, much of which will pay the "graduate school in violence" in Arizona prisons.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Editorial Cartoon: May 5, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Commentary: Arizona takes off its 'Rainbow Shades'
Arizona has decided that if the federal government will not live up to its responsibility to control the border, it will.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Editorial Cartoon: April 28, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Commentary: Some hopeful signs for journalism
Headlines - ironically, given this subject - have proclaimed for some time that newspapers in the United States are dying, have documented bankruptcy filings by companies that own large news groups, and have noted thousands of lost newsroom jobs.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Editorial Cartoon: April 21, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Commentary: Peaceful protest is American staple
"I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration, somehow you're not patriotic, and we should stand up and say, 'We are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration.'"
(1 comments)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Editorial Cartoon: April 14, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Editorial: Volunteers are crucial to these local events
Prescott Valley and Dewey-Humboldt residents had a lot for which to be proud this week with Little League opening ceremonies, made possible by volunteers, and the Special Olympics Regional Games, also largely made possible by volunteers.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Commentary: Schools are not religion-free zones
Just when I think religious liberty is alive and well in public schools, a school district does something bizarre to give the First Amendment a bad name.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Commentary: Moderate Supreme Court nominee unlikely
Wouldn't it be nice (as the Beach Boys sang in a completely different context) if once, just once, a liberal Democrat president nominated to the Supreme Court someone he believed reflected his views of the Constitution only to see that justice swing to the right after he was confirmed?
Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Editorial: Community may say goodbye, but it won't forget Norm Pariseau
Prescott Valley says goodbye this week to one of its most generous boosters.

If it benefitted his community, it was a pretty good bet we would see Norm Pariseau there, never to grandstand, but always pitching in to make sure everything went smoothly.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Editorial Cartoon: April 7, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Commentary: Proms can be speech battlegrounds
High school prom season is upon us - generally a pleasant mix of music and memories for teens, with maybe a bit of angst over getting the right date or dress.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Editorial: Sales tax increase may become truly necessary
The Humboldt Unified School District faced up to more bad news this week as it grappled with a $1.8 million budget deficit, exacerbated by the State legislature's requirement that the district increase its retirement contribution by about $88,000, and its removal of payment for all-day kindergarten classes, a loss of $1,150,000 for the district.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Editorial Cartoon: March 31, 2010
Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Commentary: Patriotic or religious, 'under God' here to stay
The long, bitter and emotional legal battle over "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance may have come to a quiet end on March 11.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Commentary: Why would anyone want to serve now?
"Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;

Or close the wall up with our English dead.

In peace there's nothing so becomes a man

As modest stillness and humility:

But when the blast of war blows in our ears,

Then imitate the action of the tiger..." (Henry V)

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Editorial: Ban on texting and driving a necessity
The Arizona Senate Monday approved a bill that would make it illegal to text while driving. If the bill wins House approval and Gov. Jan Brewer's signature, Associated Press news reports state, drivers caught texting while on the road will face a $50 fine that would increase to $200 if they are involved in an accident.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Editorial Cartoon: March 24, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Letter: State spending cuts affect all Arizonans
Editor:

For the longest time, I've watched the state erode health and human services. Leading my busy life, I rationalized my disinterest. I don't have time to attend meetings, to get political.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Commentary: Examples aplenty of 'watchdog journalism'
If Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I, wants to find the news media at work, he should look past the confines of Capitol Hill, and not just upward to the House of Representatives' press gallery.

Kennedy vented his frustration at the news media recently when he turned from the podium on the House floor.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Letter: Bible is handbook for navigating life
Editor:

With a wide array of conflicting ideas in the world, can you know the truth?

News stories, TV shows, movies, natural disasters, community developments, governmental policies, school classes, books to read and even church sermons represent many opposing opinions and beliefs.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Editorial: Learn your rights to public access
This week is National Sunshine Week, but it's not about getting a good suntan or appreciating the potential of solar energy. It's about every American's fundamental right to know what the government is doing with his or her freedom.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Editorial Cartoon: March 17, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Commentary: Privatization could be answer to budget woes
New Jersey's new Republican governor, Chris Christie, is creating a commission that will recommend what state government functions could be done better and cheaper by the private sector. The commission will examine hundreds of regulatory bodies to see which might be closed or privatized as part of the governor's plan to reduce an $11 billion deficit left by his Democratic predecessor, Jon Corzine.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Editorial - For this week: A little good news
After a bad couple of weeks of stabbings, a murder-suicide probe, a mother in jail on charges she sold meth, and more, it's truly refreshing to have a little bit of good news.

This week's Tribune, thankfully, can offer some of that all too rare commodity.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Editorial Cartoon: March 10, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Commentary - Privacy: not at expense of other freedoms
Beliefs about the right to privacy are colliding ever more frequently with claims of free expression in a Web-wired world.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Editorial: Dr. Seuss helped kids get excited about reading
Local schools this week celebrate the 106th birthday of the ever popular creator of the Dr. Seuss books - Theodor Geisel - through the Read Across America program.

"Dr. Seuss" was undoubtedly singlehandedly responsible for coaxing a lot of children to happily read through his colorful, crazy and delightfully rhyming books such as Green Eggs and Ham, Horton Hatched the Egg, Heard the Who, and the Cat in the Hat.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Editorial Cartoon: March 3, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Commentary: When freedoms conflict, which would you pick?
Balancing - or pitting - First Amendment freedoms against each other is tough work.

Akin to asking a parent which child is the favorite, seeking to favor one or two of the five freedoms - religion, speech, press, assembly or petition - over the others creates an inherent contradiction.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Commentary: America needs revival of principles that made us great
When Republicans regain a majority in the House and Senate -either this fall, as seems increasingly likely, or in the election following - they must learn from their previous mistakes. In addition to focusing on overturning whatever health insurance "reform" proposal this Congress eventually passes (by a veto override, or a lawsuit challenging the measure's constitutionality), a Republican congressional majority must help large numbers of the public unlearn the factual errors they have been taught to accept.
(1 comments)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Editorial: Join in dedication of auditorium Thursday
One of the amenities a growing community often most needs is a gathering place for community meetings, performances and other events. Prescott Valley now has such a place in the new library's auditorium, which the town will dedicate Thursday evening.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Editorial Cartoon: February 24, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Commentary: Ag Dept. plays big part in food safety
Desperate for a balanced state budget, some have recently suggested that we waive a wand and make the Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA) disappear. These same people suggest that ADA subsidizes Arizona farmers and ranchers and that it's done out of general fund monies.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Letter: Town should focus on energy, light rail, technology
Editor:

We moved here 20 years ago and we are well aware of the generosity of the Fain family donating several acres of land for various projects in our town of Prescott Valley.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Letter: Attacks on PV leaders misguided
Editor:

Recently at the Prescott Valley Council meeting remarks were made against our own Prescott Valley Police Department. I would like to say loud and clear that we have one of the BEST Police Departments in the country.
(6 comments)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Editorial: Vote on prison proposal could help to put divisive issue to rest
The debate over whether or not Prescott Valley should allow a prison has continued, despite four council members going on record as opposing such a project.
(2 comments)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Editorial Cartoon: February 17, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010


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