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Rants&Raves: April 22, 2018

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Micek: No, I don’t hate conservatives; I disagree with them

Not too long ago, an anonymous commenter on one of my columns concluded that I took my stance on a particular issue because I “hate conservatives.”

Steele: Federal abuse of the Constitution

I was recently reminded that 25 years ago, our federal government under President Bill Clinton conducted a raid on a religious sect outside of Waco, Texas.

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Friday Catchall: Homeless effort without teeth?

The latest effort by the City of Prescott to strike a balance — between the homeless and the people they come in contact with — took two steps forward and at least one step back this week.

Stossel: Hidden taxes

The cable bill was the last straw, says Kristin Tate. “That’s the one that really made me mad.”

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Washington: The past was prologue

With news published in The Daily Courier this week about one of the 11 remaining Navajo Code Talkers, Peter MacDonald — getting fitted for a hearing aid, with the assistance of a local business — it seems like a good time to consider, again, even though we are somewhat south of the Navajo Nation, its remarkable language.

Carman: Comradery, purpose abounds at school district

Education is everyone’s business. It certainly has been in the news a lot lately and Arizonans are engaging in discussions of how to remedy years of underfunded public education.

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Cantlon: Syria, yes, but consult Congress

Trump’s bombing of Syria was good, but how he used the military in this case was bad.

Talk of the town: Speed is the new normal

What has happened to our respect for the posted speed limit signs?

Reagan: Getting Assad’s attention, Reagan style

To strike Syria or not to strike Syria.

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Bergner: Teachers working a second job is common, unfortunately

Column: Raising Prescott

On Page 3A in today’s Courier, we published a story about teachers struggling with second jobs due to their financial circumstances.

Polman: The GOP’s ‘Hollow Men,’ spineless in the face of crisis

Whenever I ponder the despicable impotence of the congressional Republicans - especially now, as we lurch toward a national crisis long in the making - I am reminded of a famous poem by T. S. Eliot: We are the hollow men

Barnes: Are memories our most important possession?

What do each of us possess that may well be our most important possession? How about our memories?

Lassen: Schools housing teachers?

In response to the article about schools looking to build housing for teachers, whoever is promoting this – especially school administrators – are perpetuating an environment that is counter-productive to excellent teaching, NOT facilitating it.

Wilcox: Unfinished business with the Dells

My last day on the Prescott City Council was Nov. 28, 2017.

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Friday Catchall: Give me … a home, news & a 20% raise!

The homeless issue is one that everyone should understand.

Stossel: War on science

We’ve been told conservatives don’t believe in science, and that there’s a “Republican war on science.”

Column: Proposition 443 is working!

One of the primary Strategic Plan goals for the Prescott City Council has been to stabilize our General Fund, despite what I have called a “dark cloud” of a $78 million Unfunded Liability debt created by the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS).

Williams: Shouldn't we learn from history?

Political factions on the left and right have created a cottage industry of debate in this country.

Tyree: Help! We need these apps for spring

“In spring a young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of wearing out his thumbs on the keyboard.” – with apologies to Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

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Talk of the town: The need for gun regulations in this country

Having read countless articles regarding the elimination of senseless killings of strangers by gun-toting individuals, I agree with most of their alternative suggestions.

Reagan: To opioid hell and back

I’m feeling human again, thanks.

Micek: Sinclair’s pro-Trump bent deserves scorn; its anchors do not

There’s been a lot of talk this week about the script that news anchors, at stations owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, have been forced to read decrying “fake stories” and “biased reporting,” by their corporate overlords in Baltimore County, Md.

Funt: Giving up coins is penny foolish

Now that the nation has a $1.3 trillion budget, lawmakers can resume debate about whether to pinch pennies.

Piacenza: See you on the internet

When I was a kid in New York City and rode the subway, there was one thing I could count on no matter which station I got on or off.