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The agreement about the development of the Dells is finally out, and, oh, are there issues.
There seems to be a lot going on at City Hall these days that raises an eyebrow, calling for a closer look.
The current council issue in the news is the details of the replacement for Billie Orr, who is moving. We wish her well with her health issues.
For years it’s been wonderful that people demonstrated on the courthouse plaza in peaceable ways.
When you see factual claims in media you have to look at whether there are references to where they come from and whether that’s credible. I’ve touched on this before but a few recent examples show it’s an ongoing problem.
It’s Veterans Day and I have a mix of positive feelings and concerns for how they are treated.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have a problem with sending cash payments to help with Covid-19, but not for conservative reasons.
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.
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.
As noted, the typical monthly budget, with a big car payment and all, doesn't have to be the norm.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
In the endless debate about whether Democratic candidates should go boldly progressive or stick to middle ground, there’s another dimension that’s missing.
There has been moral decline.
We are watching our ability to be civilized getting hollowed out before our eyes. It is amazing how fragile it is.
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.
As I like to remind each year about this time, the holidays are a time that pull us many ways.
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.
Want to read something positive? There’s a quote I’ll share with you but let me mention where it comes from.
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.
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.