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Current status and issues and problems with saving the Dells and with water generally.

By Tom Cantlon November 24, 2020
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It’s Veterans Day and I have a mix of positive feelings and concerns for how they are treated.

By Tom Cantlon November 10, 2020
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A kind thought toward the Trump supporters who I'm normally critical of.

By Tom Cantlon October 27, 2020
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We can’t allow those who create endless outrages in the news to own every part of our minds. For one, there’s also art. I got fascinated with artistic empathy recently. What’s that? It’s the term I use to describe when an artist has a special and deep understanding of other people and can share some insight into that with us.

By Tom Cantlon October 13, 2020
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This is a petition for all of us in the Prescott area to take a breath. With concern about violence in some big cities and talking heads saying it's a plot to destroy the country we could easily push ourselves needlessly into violence, or at the least break from constructive disagreement to thinking fellow locals are enemies intent on doing each other harm, physically or otherwise.

By Tom Cantlon October 6, 2020
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This had to be written and turned in before last night's debate but here's a description of what a dignified debate might have been. I'll assume both candidates won depending on your criteria.

By Tom Cantlon September 29, 2020
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Friends around Prescott anticipate the election because we think things will suddenly change. Not as fast as we think. Following are reasons why it’s going to be a dangerous year. But since so much commentary, including my own, tends to be dark these days, I promise to try to find a lighter topic sometime before the election, news at all permitting.

By Tom Cantlon September 15, 2020
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Are we close? To maybe, finally acknowledging that modern conservatism is empty? That there's no there, there?

By Tom Cantlon September 1, 2020
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There are a thousand things it would be profitable for Washington to spend money on right now if they cared and if they were smart. Things that would create jobs, stimulate the economy, help people without being a giveaway, and yield more-than-worthwhile returns.

By Tom Cantlon August 18, 2020
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I’ve published a new book, US, Everything is done by US. We can make it for US. It’s a short book in plain language that gives three ideas.

By Tom Cantlon August 4, 2020
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A sad situation but a clear way to fix it. There’s a truly unfortunate phenomenon going on. It showed up recently right here on this page. It was a letter to the editor earlier this month. In it the writer was complaining about Gov. Ducey’s attempts to control the pandemic.

By Tom Cantlon July 21, 2020
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There's a reason “cancel culture” is awkward, and a reason we've brought it on ourselves.

By Tom Cantlon July 7, 2020
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We’ve had well over 115,000 people die in a very short time and we should be grieving for them, but I really don’t know how.

By Tom Cantlon June 23, 2020
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What’s true of black people is true of all of us. Black people are rebelling against police brutality, and who can blame them?

By Tom Cantlon June 9, 2020
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A recent bit of news reminded me of an idea I’ve knocked around with politicians (remember dear John Hays?) and others for years for a way to improve how politics works.

By Tom Cantlon May 26, 2020
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The tri-city mayors say they won’t require face masks during the trial coronavirus reopening. That doesn’t make sense in so many ways I can hardly fit them all in.

By Tom Cantlon May 12, 2020
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An observation, some inspiration from the past, and a way to feel better in this time.

By Tom Cantlon April 28, 2020
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Companies that are now asking for bailouts were just recently intentionally giving away all of their cash till they were nearly broke or even deep in debt like a soon-to-be-divorcee trying to hide it all so they don’t have to split it with the ex.

By Tom Cantlon April 14, 2020
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I have a problem with sending cash payments to help with Covid-19, but not for conservative reasons.

By Tom Cantlon March 31, 2020
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You’re already overwhelmed with COVID-19 coverage, so I’ll make only one point and then find a little humor, because we could use some.

By Tom Cantlon March 17, 2020
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The Yavapai County Democratic Presidential Preference Election is coming up March 17, and John Lutes, chairman of the Yavapai Democrats and candidate for county supervisor, says they are pulling out all the stops to encourage a big turnout.

By Tom Cantlon March 3, 2020
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I’ve followed recent news and articles about local water issues, some of which paint a rosy picture with good news about rates of use, and about possibly getting more credits for recharge.

By Tom Cantlon February 18, 2020
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The typical monthly budget that people fall into, with a big car payment, a big cable bill, extra expenses if you live in the city or within an HOA, doesn’t have to be the norm.

By Tom Cantlon February 4, 2020
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As noted, the typical monthly budget, with a big car payment and all, doesn't have to be the norm.

By Tom Cantlon February 4, 2020
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We just passed MLK day, with celebrations everywhere including the Prescott area.

By Tom Cantlon January 21, 2020
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We have to make it illegal to lie. To lie in ways that affect us publicly. Our current national dilemmas are largely the result of our allowing lies in public information.

By Tom Cantlon January 7, 2020
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My traditional holiday message. The holidays are a time that pull us many ways. They draw us into the spiritual meaning of the season at the same time they turn us into super-consumers. We buy “stuff” for others and we get more “stuff” from others. The giving and receiving is good, but all that stuff eats up a lot of time, so it’s good to think about how important time is.

By Tom Cantlon December 24, 2019
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Lots of news besides impeachment is happening, and lots getting done in D.C. and elsewhere, but much of it is not reported, or the House has done its job but in most of those cases the Senate has blocked it.

By Tom Cantlon December 10, 2019
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Here’s a Thanksgiving thought for, and about, Prescott. It is both melancholy and thankful. It’s about all of the good things of living anywhere in this area. About some things disappearing, and some new, and gratefulness for the time had with those things that are going.

By Tom Cantlon November 26, 2019
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One of the reasons unions arose a century ago was because working people were being conned with piecework. Unions didn’t just battle for decent pay, for time-and-a-half for overtime and for safe workplaces, they also had to battle the scourge of piecework.

By Tom Cantlon November 12, 2019
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Tom Steele had a letter in the paper last week about how much of what we see and read is not true and how we have to be carefully “paying attention” or our emotions will cause our “basic held beliefs to override the cognitive process.”

By Tom Cantlon October 29, 2019
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The city has really dropped the ball on communicating. There’s a big decision they simply overlooked, and they headed off in a given direction without asking the public. There might be a good reason, but they haven’t really explained it.

By Tom Cantlon October 15, 2019
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There are right ways and wrong ways to do social programs and other government policies intended to help people. Here is a wrong one and what could make it right, a proposal that, if enacted, would affect YRMC.

October 1, 2019
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In the endless debate about whether Democratic candidates should go boldly progressive or stick to middle ground, there’s another dimension that’s missing.

By Tom Cantlon September 17, 2019
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Despite a recent poll I am not at all concerned about whether young people are going to have enough commitment, or will be up to the work of being the next impressive generation.

By Tom Cantlon September 3, 2019
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With recent violence, and the political talk that creates fertile ground for it, a column came to mind that I wrote 15 years ago worrying this very thing would happen.

By Tom Cantlon August 21, 2019
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Want a good laugh? Here’s a crazy idea that will have you laughing at “that crazy Cantlon”. Something I’ve talked about for 30 years. The solution to a lot of problems? End advertising.

By Tom Cantlon July 23, 2019
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There has been moral decline.

By Tom Cantlon July 9, 2019
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There’s a lot of talk about socialism and questioning of capitalism, and it’s almost all wrong.

By Tom Cantlon May 14, 2019
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We are watching our ability to be civilized getting hollowed out before our eyes. It is amazing how fragile it is.

By Tom Cantlon April 17, 2019
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It’s our fault. The fact that Russian internet trolls were able to influence the election, the fact that those who spread political divisiveness can use stories that are made up or exaggerated and get them seen far and wide, the fact that violent groups can get their message across to so many more susceptible minds than in the past, all of that is because we use social media so much.

By Tom Cantlon March 19, 2019
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Ha, ha, that’s almost a joke, isn’t it? There hardly is any coverage of labor issues in most U.S. news.

By Tom Cantlon February 19, 2019
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As I like to remind each year about this time, the holidays are a time that pull us many ways.

By Tom Cantlon December 25, 2018
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In a Talk of the Town a little while back, Councilman Jim Lamerson made the case that the developer who wants to put houses and condos in the middle of the Granite Dells should be able to do what they want, and any suggestions of special limitations are out of line, because of private property rights.

By Tom Cantlon November 13, 2018
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Want to read something positive? There’s a quote I’ll share with you but let me mention where it comes from.

By Tom Cantlon October 16, 2018
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Would you like a very simple, clear explanation of what led to the financial crash of 2008? I have one I can link you to.

By Tom Cantlon October 2, 2018
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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.

By Tom Cantlon September 18, 2018
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