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Pierce: Shining a light on Prop 127

There are a lot of claims being made about Proposition 127, a proposed amendment to the Arizona Constitution to require that utilities get at least 50 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2030.

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Micek: Trump Jr. rallies the MAGA faithful in Pennsylvania

Donald Trump Jr. had a pretty simple message for the Republican faithful who filled a hotel ballroom here on the final night of summer 2018.

Guzzardi: Fed chair calls slow wage growth ‘a puzzle’

In its new study, “Tapping the Skills of Highly Skilled Immigrants in the United States,” the Migration Policy Institute stated that, according to economists, by the end of this decade, the nation will have a 5 million shortage of job-qualified persons with post-secondary educations.

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Guzzardi: Qualified Americans shut out by influx of foreign doctors

Last month, the American Medical Association issued a press release that urged U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to process more H-1B visas, thereby allowing more nonresident physicians to come to the United States to practice medicine.

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Funt: President Trump continues to be good business for TV

Les Moonves, the CBS chief toppled by a sexual harassment scandal, will probably be best remembered for what he said in 2016 about Donald Trump’s candidacy: “It may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS.”

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Wiederaenders: It takes work to ride down the middle

The Daily Courier over the decades has swung right, far right, middle, left, and middle again.

Piacenza: Balancing act

What makes a great team athlete? Physical strength, speed and ball-handling skills for sure.

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Reagan: ​Media ignores Trump’s economy

It’s surprising that a White House incapable of organizing a two-car funeral — if you believe the mainstream liberal media — is presiding over the most robust economy the U.S. has had in years.

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Shannon: The left’s do-it-yourself authoritarianism

There is a new meme circulating that Trumpistas have found very pertinent. It’s a stark black-and-white photo of a seated Trump. One elbow is on his left knee and his other hand is gesturing toward the viewer as he leans forward.

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Friday Catchall: Got gas? Ethanol not that great; car wash Saturday

The federal government is looking to extend or increase subsidies to farmers, and raise the ethanol content in gasoline to 15 percent — possibly year-round. I am not a fan.

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Stossel: Prices should rise

Officials in states hit by Hurricane Florence are on the lookout for “price gouging.” These are “bad people,” said Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi angrily during a previous storm. Bad people?

Tyree: Ready to visit a rage room?

The imperishable words “Hulk smash!” aren’t just for green super-heroes anymore.

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Cantlon: How to improve the city’s hotel deal process

The new hotel deal the city just made (see the Aug. 24 paper) has some good points but had some bad process. Here are some suggestions for improving it.

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Purcell: Government jobs depend on gobbledygook

Despite a 2010 law that requires federal agencies to describe rules and regulations in plain language, most government writing is STILL unintelligible. I met with my federal-bureaucrat mole, Deep Gib-berish — and his interpreter — for answers.

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Bergner: Don’t hate on the Packers; and an exciting opportunity

Raising Prescott

As many of you undoubtedly saw in Sunday’s business section of The Daily Courier, I was recently promoted to news/sports editor for the Prescott News Network, which includes the Courier, the Prescott Valley Tribune and the Chino Valley Review.

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Funt: My dad deserved an Emmy

In the history of television, during which thousands of network entertainment programs have come and gone, only one show has produced new episodes in each of the last eight decades: “Candid Camera.” What a remarkable feat.

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Micek: All talk, no action: A Republican metaphor

Congressional Republicans continue to abet and excuse Donald Trump’s relentless assaults on democratic norms and the rule of law. But if we were to focus on one particular guy who best embodies that spinelessness, someone who is a veritable metaphor for a party in moral eclipse, I strongly nominate Ben Sasse.

Tyree: Do you hate shaving?

“Stubble” is my middle name. No, not really. But I do find myself occupying that No Man’s Land…er, LOTS of Men’s Land… of not wanting a beard but not enjoying the whisker-removal process, either.

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Barnes: The rise and fall of blatherers

Tucked somewhere between nosiness and meanness is what Miss Manners aptly called “blather.” It’s when people say thoughtless things because they aren’t thinking.

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Mechanic: Hotel project is off the tracks

Talk of the Town

Prescott City Council was in a real rush late last month when it approved the contract for construction of a Hilton Garden Hotel on city park property.

Reagan: Resistance in the White House

The stories of chaos, craziness and betrayal going on inside the Trump White House are nothing to worry much about.

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Friday Catchall: Ban cellphone, texting; great month of September

The county supervisors are considering a cellphone and texting ban while driving. A public hearing is set for Wednesday, Sept. 19. It is ironic.

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Column: Scooters outrun the law

I just zipped down a city street on an electric scooter. It cost me 15 cents a minute.

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Guzzardi: ‘Sissified’ baseball turning off fans

After a recent Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates matchup, a reporter asked Bucs manager Clint Hurdle if he worried that the game had become “too sissified.”

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Williams: Defending the reputation of iceberg lettuce

For many years, I have been hearing that iceberg lettuce is a worthless form of green leaves that should be shunned and even banned from the kitchen. I don’t have any evidence of it, but there’s probably an organization out there somewhere carrying signs blaspheming iceberg lettuce and demonstrating against all it stands for.