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Eating right starts at home
Editor's note: When this column was submitted to us, I'd been toying with the idea of writing an editorial on this topic.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Editorial: Don't forget, education is about the children
While I was writing this editorial on the spat between Arizona's governor and the Superintendent of Public Instruction, I received an email from the Chino Valley Police Department that made me rethink what I was going to say.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Unemployment
The unemployment rate has steadily declined the past several years, but the economy is still weak.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Sweeping of funds
We have put our faith in our state representatives to seriously look after the prosperity of our state and we have always appreciated their hard work and understanding the importance of building a strong foundation not only for the state, but also for the citizens and businesses that love Arizona.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Letter to the editor: Creationism
I attended a seminar recently sponsored by the Arizona Origin Science Association to see if I could learn why a large percentage of our college students do not believe in a "young earth."
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Letter to the editor: Acts of kindness
On the morning of Feb. 4, while my wife was ordering some breakfast food at our local Burger King in Prescott Valley, something not very ordinary occurred.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Jail Controversy
I think the County Supervisors are misinterpreting the public vote when after the recent sales tax increase was voted down, they propose to go ahead and build the jail with other funds.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

One Man's Rant: Too much of a good thing?
An all- too-common formula for success in Hollywood is to keep telling the same cinematic story line until no one cares anymore.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Police thank you
Dear editor, My wife and I walk by Prescott Valley Police Dept everyday with our little dogs, and I must say the statue of the officer shielding the child with his own body really moves us in a profound way.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Letter to Editor: Askew incident
Dear Editor, Much ado has been made of P.V police officer Art Askew putting his hand in the medicine jar.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Editorial: Hotshots memorial should not be rushed
Putting the survivor benefits debate behind us, front and center now is building a memorial to Prescott's fallen 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Town spending
I just received a water bill from the Town of Prescott Valley. Along with the bill comes a Town News.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Hit-and-run victim's family speaks out
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Letter to the editor: Toys For Tots thank you
The Copper State Detachment of the Marine Corps League would like to thank the cities of Dewey-Humbolt, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, Mayer and all of the surrounding areas for your support in the 2014 Toys for Tots Campaign.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Editorial: AZ is to Super Bowl as lightning rod to monsoon
It seems when the big game comes to Arizona, it's not without controversy. As we sat watching NFL divisional playoffs Sunday, rumors emerged that Phoenix bus and airport shuttle drivers may strike during Super Bowl XLIX.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Letter to the editor: Town priorities
I applaud the Town Council for their efforts to improve pedestrian access on Windsong. And the industrial park improvements will be nice, but are they really needed at the moment or is that a political/money move?
Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Letter to the editor: Value vs. money
As I sit here reading the Dec. 31 article about the area dog owner convicted of animal cruelty charges, I cannot help thinking about the fact that you folks appear to be more interested in the wellbeing of animals than the elderly and poor in this country.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Letter to the editor: PV lights
I know that the courthouse in Prescott is recognized for its holiday lights and deservedly so, but I also want to acknowledge the fine job of holiday lighting that Prescott Valley does at the library/civic center. I really like the tree formation of lights "flowing" from the civic building. I also look forward every year to having the trees on Lake Valley decorated with lights. Keep up the good work!
Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Letter to the editor: Holiday dinner
The annual "Don't Spend Christmas Alone" (DSCA) dinner, St. Luke's Episcopal Church's largest outreach project to the local community, completed its 34th annual dinner on Christmas day. It has not only become a true blessing to the church but to the entire quad-city area.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Council hears D-1 Rep issues, water and gas tax concerns
Newly elected District One Representative Noel Campbell attended the Prescott Valley work study meeting earlier this month, along with D-1 Representative Karen Fann, to recap his latest points of concern.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Letter to the Editor: Mail person thanks
EDITOR: Darcee. A name know by nearly all to whom this lady delivers mail. Darci is such a loving generous person who goes far beyond delivering mail to those on her route. If she sees a need, she is there to help in whatever
Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Column: Helping young kids beat the holiday blues
The holidays are crowded with activity and excitement, which all can be fun for young children, but could result in some behavior changes.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Letter to the editor: Dewey
EDITOR:Once again we have a California transplant complaining about the workings of the Town Council in Prescott Valley.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Letter to the editor: Soccer tourney
EDITOR:I apologize for the delay in this letter, but I simply wanted to write to say thank you to Yavapai College, the City of Prescott and the town of Prescott Valley for their tremendous hospitality during the NJCAA D1 Men's Soccer National Tournament.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Letter to the editor: Garage issue
Editor:In response to Ron Hansen's letter about the garage that Mike and his wife Paula want to build on their property that they bought next to the Prescott Golf & Country Club.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Editorial: Time to meet the people of my town
I'm still getting to know my new surroundings. Part of my job is to meet the folks who work in the community.

I've had a great time getting to know police officers, college officials, hospital administrators, education leaders, politicians, planners, entrepreneurs ... you name them.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Letter to the editor: Prescott Country Club
The Prescott Country Club Owner's Association is elected by and represents 1,300 members.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Editorial: Holiday traveling shouldn't be so hard
Traveling during the holidays, whether by plane, train or automobile can be a headache - well beyond the 1987 movie of the same name starring John Candy.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Editorial cartoon: Scratch the F.A.A.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Letter to the editor: Country club
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Cartoon: Just my backup
Wednesday, December 3, 2014

You Did This, Bill Cosby
Rape.

My favorite Bill Cosby comedy routine was a tie between "Go Carts" and "Chicken Heart" from his 1960's album, "Wonderfulness."

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Cartoon: New Secretary of Defense
Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Editorial: It's just shopping...
Take a deep breath. We survived another Black Friday relatively unscathed. And even though we've seen Christmas holiday shopping updates since before Halloween, buckle up because we still have about three weeks of sales.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Letter to the Editor: Can't find local radio station that plays all Christmas music
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

We survived another Black Friday
Tuesday, December 2, 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

Commentary: East campus supports students, organizations
Humboldt Unified School District often receives questions about the Bradshaw Mountain High School East campus and its current educational purpose.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Letter: Check the facts on Chino, Calif. prison
Editor:

Perhaps Pam Mastronardo should "check the facts" about Chino Prison. She says the prison, "never negatively affected the local citizens." Never?

The fact is Chino prison was built in a very isolated area gradually surrounded by dairy farms and fields in the general vicinity of the economically depressed town of Chino.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Letter: Town should support prison
Editor:

Reading Tribune letters of citizens' concerns and fears about a prison in Prescott Valley filled me with both sympathy and memories. Everyone wants the best development possible for the city; my personal experience supports prisons in community dvelopment.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Editorial: This H.E.A.R.T. needs a home now
Last Wednesday, the Yavapai County Planning and Zoning Commission told Horses with H.E.A.R.T. leaders that they have another 30 days to convince property owners surrounding their proposed new home at Windmill Acres and Coyote Springs roads that they will be good neighbors.

The organization is asking for a zoning change for 9.5 acres to provide a permanent home for the program that provides equine therapy to disabled individuals of all ages.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Letter: Town should revisit missed opportunity
Editor:

It was a shame that the people of Prescott Valley were not allowed to vote and make their own decision on whether or not to have a prison built on the outskirts of the community.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Letter: Let's build two
Editor:

Show the world. If a prison is such a good idea, let's build two and show the world what we can do.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Letter: Prison never got 'honest debate'
Editor:

Mr. Steele has made his case on why he so vehemently opposes a private correction facility in Prescott Valley. It's too bad his facts don't ring true to me.

Has Mr. Steele read anything else on this subject beside the one book he quotes from?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Letter: Students express appreciation for Granville
Dear Mrs. Green:

Granville is my school of choice because everyone demonstrates the six pillars of character. The students love to learn and love to play.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Editorial: We must learn to listen to each other with respect
Now that four members of the Prescott Valley Town Council have voiced their opposition, if not to a prison in the county, at least one in urban Prescott Valley, the name calling has begun.

Accusations from those against a prison here have put the council members and businesspeople who support a prison in the "pocket of developers," and have painted them as people who would wreck the community.
(3 comments)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Commentary: Private prison statistics raise alarm
Think a prison in Prescott Valley is a good idea? Think again.

While privatization of government services has proven successful in many areas, correctional facilities have not. Private prisons are often involved in profiteering, inmate and guard abuse and assaults, poverty wages for many employees and political scandals.

And that's all in Arizona!
(2 comments)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Letter: Council has shut door of opportunity
Editor:

Open letter to the Prescott Valley Town Council.

The door of opportunity was open. You shut it. The onus is on you. Some of you have turned against those who have indeed built this community, those who have been in the trenches, and those who have financed, toiled, and fought for this community, a community that was blowing dust just a few decades ago.
(18 comments)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Letter: Prison was boon for California town
Editor:

I have been reading articles and letters to the editor in your paper, regarding the possibility of a new private prison coming to Prescott Valley.
(4 comments)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Letter: Stop prison in PV
Editor:

We are 100 percent against a prison facility in Prescott Valley. Our main concerns are safety and property values. Also who wants to live near and go shopping in Prison Valley?
(1 comments)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Letter: Thanks to Military Monument donors
Editor:

The Prescott Valley Military Service Committee held a groundbreaking ceremony on Nov. 11, 2009 at the monument site at the Civic Center in Prescott Valley. The event was a huge success and a great time was had by all.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Please, drivers, stop for school buses
Editor:

We have a problem in this community with individuals failing to stop for school buses. In some cases, parents dropping off children at school become angry when they have to stop for a school bus with lights flashing.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Editorial: Public agencies deserve our thanks in aftermath of historic series of storms
While most of us this past week heeded the advice of weather and law enforcement agencies and stayed inside, warm and safe, many public workers were outside for days on end, with little rest, working to keep us that way.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Editorial Cartoon: January 27, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Letter: Prescott Valley should consider prison
Editor:

I have been wondering who is so strenuously opposed to putting a private correction facility in Prescott Valley.

Your photograph on page one said a lot even before I read the article.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


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