Column: Remember the unity, patriotism of 9/11
The Friday Catchall:
REMEMBER those who died on Sept. 11, 2001, at the local 9/11 ceremonies tomorrow.
I am sure we can all recall where we were when we first heard about the terrorist attacks that day. I was driving to Prescott on Williamson Valley Road listening to the radio on the way to the Courier. I nearly wrecked my truck when I heard the news.
The rest of that morning we spent a lot of time and effort to put out some of the first news and photos in our then-afternoon edition.
One thing I recall fondly, in the following weeks, was the patriotism and courtesy people showed around town. Sorrowfully, I remember that waned as people ... forgot. If people did not forget, it's because the pain they were feeling turned to anger.
I'm sure being patriotic is the better response.
REDUCTION IN FORCE, if the Prescott school board changes its policy to match new state law, will not be based on tenure. The district must conform to the Legislature's wishes, including:
Qualifications and certification of staff members to accomplish the district's educational program, including certification requirements for specialty categories and designation as a highly qualified teacher.
Overall teaching experience, academic training and ability.
Past contributions to the educational program of the district.
Board member Steve Campbell nailed it when he said, "We can't use tenure to RIF, but it is interesting that one of the bullet points is teacher experience."
Yep - what were you thinking, lawmakers?
LETTERS - I received an e-mail this week from a statewide candidate's campaign seeking letter writers, sign captains and volunteers.
What struck me was the correspondence was clearly meant for supporters, not the newspaper.
I say that because we have known for a long time that campaigns orchestrate letter-writing campaigns, of which we publish only "issue letters" - not vote-for-this-person-because letters.
Here's wondering why they sent the e-mail to media outlets. Must be trying to be more transparent, ya think? Right.
BURNS on the Prescott National Forest are back!
Fire managers plan to continue burning about 1,000 acres next week, Sept. 13-16, weather conditions permitting, west of Thumb Butte and east of Sierra Prieta.
Keep in mind, folks, smoke may be visible in the surrounding areas and the effort is to improve forest health. It is a necessary evil.
MY PICK OF THE WEEK is the 9/11 Memorial Ride and Music Fest on the courthouse plaza Saturday.
The Freedom Ride will roll into downtown at 3 p.m. and raises money for both Buck Up for Wounded Warriors and the children's charities of the Whiskey Row chapter of Wind & Fire MC.
After the procession reaches the plaza, a remembrance ceremony will follow with the honor guard posting the colors, followed by keynote speakers and live music. The event runs from 2 to 10 p.m.
Remember the fallen!