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I am not sure what I expected our country to look like in 2021, but I certainly did not expect it to be so fractured. My oldest son was a year old on Sept. 11, 2001. The wave of patriotism following that day gave me hope for the America that my kids would inherit.
When it comes to saving local newspapers, the solutions won’t be found in web metrics, ad rates or shrinking news holes. The solution, seemingly simple yet terrifying complicated, is for newspapers to reconnect with the people they’re supposed to be serving.
Regarding the Courier column by Editor Tim Wiederaenders, “Trust sprouts wings with Yavapai Ranch development,” and the PAD zoning extension, all citizens have skin in this game because it involves and impacts United States Forest Service land — which is owned by all citizens.
Judging from recently published letters, airport noise and noise complaints are surfacing as a community issue.
Five years of community advocacy, education, negotiation and dialogue to save Prescott’s Granite Dells from development culminated in July with the Prescott City Council’s historic 7-0 vote to pass Arizona Eco Development (AED)’s proposed Development Agreement and Annexation.
I come from a family of fighting men.
One of the best parts of 2021 has been the return of so many of our great special events here in Prescott. As we’ve begun to return to a sense of normalcy, and venturing out to enjoy local restaurants and shops, we’ve also starting seeing many more friendly faces at events in the community.
There is an emergency at our southern border.
I was recently contacted by several constituents expressing great concern over the increasing lack of civility in our country, state, and an alarming increase within Yavapai County.
So how does a young man from the railroad towns of Hyannis and Ashby, Nebraska (population 287) go from being the son of a rancher to a rodeo cowboy and later a tennis professional?
What happened on Tuesday, Aug. 3? The voters spoke and they spoke definitively. By nearly a 2-to-1 margin, Prescott elected a new mayor and two new councilmembers.
Dear neighbor, thanks for keeping your yard clean, your dog from barking and the kind calls of concern when my husband fell off the ladder from our roof.
On June 26, The Daily Courier published my Talk of the Town on the disastrous rodeo lease proposal. Council members subsequently had a meeting where several citizens and Council members Goode and Rusing argued against the proposal.
Watson Lake is one of two reservoirs at the Granite Dells formed in the early 1900s when the Chino Valley Irrigation District built a dam on Granite Creek.
One late June morning, the day after Prescott came within one degree of its all-time 105°F temperature record, my 82-year-old neighbor called to me as I was watering my garden. Her swamp cooler had failed, it had been 98°F inside her house, and would I install the air conditioner she planned to buy?
This past Saturday the inductions for the International Tennis Hall of Fame took place in Newport, Rhode Island, and in some ways they were kind of the same, and in another kind of different.
I imagine few people would say that Yosemite or Yellowstone national parks should have instead been sold to private developers, and that those great parks should never have come to be.
Over the past few weeks, we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of positive COVID-19 test results in Yavapai County. We knew there would be an increase after the events that took place around our Fourth of July celebrations, but these numbers have me concerned.
Many of us have fleeting moments of thinking, “Wouldn’t it be fun to get back out and start playing some tennis”, and then the thought passes and we go on with what life takes us through on a daily basis.
The trouble with living in the same place for too long is you just see too much. First, there’s water.
In a unanimous landmark decision last week, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a long overdue death knell to the NCAA’s sham argument that college athletes are amateurs.
Prescott City Attorney Jon Paladini recently posted a legal opinion on the City of Prescott’s website asserting citizens’ initiative Proposition 401 does not apply to the development agreement (DA) between the city and Arizona Eco Development (AED).
Suppose you owned the Prescott Rodeo Grounds on Fair Street, including land and several buildings. If I came to you and said I’d like a 50-year lease under the terms that I keep at least 95% of year-round receipts and you get 5%, what would you say? And what would you say if the lease had no cost-of-living increase for 50 years?
Last year the game of tennis’ normal inductions and professional lawn tennis tournament was cancelled at the Newport R.I. International Tennis Hall of Fame due to COVID, but this year are excited and ready for a large, fun crowd to attend — Sunday, July 11, to Sunday, July 18, 2021, for the men’s singles and doubles tournament and induction ceremony and special festivities to enjoy!
Mayor Mengarelli has several conflicts of interest with his new job with the rodeo. That’s unfortunate because as far as him having the job, that’s good for him. As far as it helping the rodeo, which is an important part of Prescott culture, that’s good too. But it’s all tangled up with that other job, being mayor.
On Tuesday, June 8, I was contacted by the senior editorial staff at The Daily Courier and informed that Tom Cantlon had written an opinion piece concerning my new position with Prescott Frontier Days (PFD). “In the name of fairness,” the Courier offered me an opportunity to write a counterpoint piece.
Recognizing the important role fathers play in their children’s lives, and inspired by a Mother’s Day sermon over 100 years ago, Sonora Louis Smart Dodd wondered why there was no similar holiday for fathers.
A recent column by contributor Ted Williams about predator hunting contests (“Killing wildlife to see who wins,” May 24) was a review of long-past discussions that took place in Arizona during 2017, and again in 2019.
With rising temperatures and dry conditions ahead in Prescott and throughout Arizona, the state faces a heightened wildfire threat.
Imagine my surprise when my husband brought me The Daily Courier with the Good Samaritan Society — Marley House on the front page. After reading the article, I understand this is an unexpected juncture, although I fail to see how this changes the “community” focus of the Marley House.
The game of tennis, like many things during COVID, took a hit.
Would you like to earn money and prizes by killing coyotes, foxes, cougars, bobcats, wolves, raccoons, squirrels, crows, rattlesnakes, rabbits, prairie dogs, woodchucks or skunks?
What could be the most expensive project ever in Prescott has been moving ahead.
Children love learning, and it’s undeniable that great ideas and principles shared at a young age can impact the path of a child for a lifetime.
In the Quad Cities region we are pumping over 4 billion gallons a year more than is being returned to our water supply.
Many of you know I’m in the middle of a bike ride across the country, promoting tennis and biking, going from San Diego, California, to St. Augustine, Florida.
For those who are criticizing and those who are being criticized, I wanted you to all know that our community is losing yet another tremendous person and leader.
The Daily Courier’s April 11 story, “Prescott strategizes to secure COVID-related federal funds for variety of city projects,” illustrates the need for transparency and public involvement in spending these funds.
It’s not easy to deal inwardly when the ball and your racquet become out of sync, or your opponent isn’t cooperating with what you’re trying tactically against them.
I have gathered some quotes from some famous and some infamous persons. I trust you will enjoy these quotes, maybe identify with some, get a chuckle or two and learn that we have a lot in common with many others that share our quest in playing this fabulous game.
Over the past few months, I’ve seen more people on the trails than ever. A May 7 article in the Courier reported that use of city trails has doubled as people have ventured out for socially distant exercise.
The accusations of pedophilia in the Catholic church have never faded from the public eye.
President Trump has presided over a booming economy and stock market, and trillion-dollar tech companies are leading the way.
We need to maintain our roads to protect our families and the people we care about.
David Bowie released a single of his song “Changes” the day before his 25th birthday.
When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced that they were “stepping back” from their duties as senior royals, it triggered a number of interesting reactions on this side of the pond.
As a Legislative District 1 resident, I am concerned about the current movement to try to make Yavapai County a Second Amendment Sanctuary County.
As you may or may not be aware, I have served on the City of Prescott’s Water Subcommittee for a couple of decades; and, I am so very proud of our water track record. Moreover, I am convinced that what we are discussing regarding the geographical expansion of both our water and wastewater service provisions in the future are really the right things to do.
I never said I was going away, simply because I didn’t win an election.
The coming new year is not only the end of 2019 but also the end of a decade. What better time to let go of old stresses and strains and grab a fresh start with gusto!
From our inception, Save the Dells has worked to secure a fair deal in which Arizona Eco Development (AED) protects approximately 500 beloved acres in the Granite Dells as public open space in exchange for the tremendously valuable benefits of annexation.
If you observe politics the way I do – as one stares at a five-car pileup on the freeway – your gaping will always be rewarded.
The entertainment world has offered us an endless selection of singers over the years, but few have endured like the young fellow from Tupelo, Mississippi, who blended country, blues and rock ‘n roll genres into his own unique brand of music.
There are basically two types of people in the Quad Cities area, those that are on city or town water and those that are have wells.
Dear Speaker Pelosi: It’s with a heavy heart that I write to you based on your reluctance to embrace impeachment proceedings against President Trump, as his actions tear at the very heart of our nation’s constitutional fabric.
It is Democratic opposition leaders who are frantically searching for an individual they can persuade to enter the contest, pledging money, organization, unity and an unobstructed path to the party nomination.
As the colors of the leaves begin to change and fall all around Prescott, we begin feeling the holiday season coming on quickly.
Hard working, team building, disciplined, dedicated, goal oriented and driven to lead are all characteristics we have come to know from veterans of our military services.
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, “he said, she said,” is quickly becoming, “she said, he cringed and remained silent.” Another variation is, “she said, he apologized profusely and then resigned.”
Sure, I could write about impeachment again this week, and probably for countless weeks to come.
Let me explain in simple terms why the City of Prescott’s proposed new water policy is a sham.
I recently read an article whose author was convinced a certain event was inevitable. T
I never met my great-grandfather, although I’ve seen pictures of him.
We live in seemingly divisive times. Politicians are at each other’s throats. Talking heads on the network news explain to us all the reasons we should hate and mistrust each other. Confidence in public institutions is at an all-time low. There seems to be nothing but bad news.
In case you haven’t heard, our lawmakers have returned from their six-week, summer sabbatical, ready to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty.
The City of Prescott has spent the summer discussing complex municipal water policy that ensures long-term viability of our city’s water supply.
New water policies proposed by the City of Prescott leadership will speed growth, provide water outside of the city without annexation, and increase the overdraft. These new policies depend on “paper water” created by diverting the Groundwater Allowance to new development.
My wife and I developed a habit several years ago of reading before we drop off to sleep each night.
The results of the municipal election should have been a wake-up call for the Prescott mayor and council. Instead Greg Mengarelli, Billie Orr and others are using the results and the winning tactic (single-shot for Cathey Rusing) to excuse their comparatively poor showings.
Last week, I got an email from my friend Chris Casazza, a partner with the immigration firm Solow, Isbell and Palladino in Philadelphia. He reached out to tell me about something that had happened to a former client, and he hoped that I could tell the story.
He was hit hard enough to lacerate his kidney. He woke up the next day urinating blood. That’s neither a common experience nor an occupational hazard for most of us. It is if you play professional football.
For the past dozen summers, my family has made the drive of nine or more hours (depending on the number of putrid gas station restrooms we visit) from East Texas to Orange Beach, Alabama.
You’ve probably noticed lately that the horizon behind Thumb Butte and Granite Mountain has been smudged with smoke, the visible evidence of still smoldering fires in the area.
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo was caught in a video screaming expletives when someone made the mistake of calling him “Fredo,” referring to the fictional character Fredo Corleone from “The Godfather films.”
“The issue is patents,” Nobel-prize winning economist Milton Friedman explained when asked in 2004 why he opposed drug reimportation, the practice of bring back prescription drugs originally manufactured in the U.S. and exported to other countries to sale.
“Fredo has a good heart but he is weak...and stupid.” - Michael Corleone.
What is the difference between “yard art” and junk? This question has pitted neighbor against neighbor and has evidently caused quite a few heated debates.
In every election campaign, there comes a point when cruel reality intrudes, forcing candidate and staff to confront the growing likelihood that victory is out of reach and further expenditure of time, money and dedication to a cause is futile.
Becoming a fireman, police officer, pilot, or joining the military is often a dream of so many young boys and girls. While many of my friends went through the stages of following their dreams to become a police officer or firefighter, I found my passion of flying airplanes – and it took off.
If the circumstances weren’t so awful, the predictability of the response would almost be laughable.
It’s been a week since 31 people were murdered in two mass shootings within 24 hours. Despite numerous differences between the two horrific incidents in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, there was a crucial common denominator: hysterical public reaction.
You’ve probably heard the parable of the good dog and the bad dog. Some attribute it to Lakota leader Sitting Bull, some to a Cherokee traditional tale.
I’m a big softie when it comes to children’s books.
This past week, my parents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, and I stood in front of the greeting card rack for a very long time.
When faced with two women who each claimed to be the mother of the same child, King Solomon announced that he would slice the child in two and give half to each claimant. One woman was pleased. The other wailed in sorrow, and begged the king to give the child to her opponent.
Recently, I found myself standing in front of my old house in Philadelphia. From 1966, when I was 4, until 1969, when we moved to Delaware County, I lived in the two-story quasi-Victorian on the 5400 block of North 12th Street.
Howzabout a little three-part treatise on unrelated matters? Since you have no choice, then here goes:
The Citizens Water Advocacy Group (CWAG) believes that citizens in the Quad-City area must tell their elected officials they want them to begin now to create a water management plan that will produce long-term water security.
Just when I think I’m doing something really important and feeling indispensable, I’m jolted back to reality.
The clock has run out.
This time of year, it is easy to see why Prescott is such a wonderful place to live, learn, work and play.
Just a few brief weeks into the 2019 Major League Baseball season, incontrovertible evidence has surfaced that computerized balls and strike calls cannot be far away.
After hundreds of Roman Catholics were killed in an Islamist terror attack last Sunday, Hillary Clinton tweeted out the following:
Accelerated depletion of groundwater in the Prescott Active Management Area (PrAMA) — as well as above the headwaters of the upper Verde River — began in the mid-1990s.
Fifty years ago, in 1969 when astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon, the world’s population was 3.6 billion; in 2019, it’s 7.7 billion.
About the time that the #MeToo movement really started to get traction in 2017, I compared it to the Salem witch trials.
There was a time when, if I was thinking of buying a pair of new shoes, my only consideration was how they looked on me. If they pinched or pained me, I was willing to put up with it until they were “broken in”.
Are you a baseball fanatic? Do you look forward to the smell of freshly cut infield grass and the whiff of leather from a glove? Do you love the sound of a pitch pounding the catcher’s mitt, or the crack of the bat when the ball is squared up?
Prescott recently announced the collapse of negotiations to protect the Granite Dells from the destructive private “South Annexation” development proposed by Arizona Eco Development (AED).
Spring training is underway, and fans whose passion for baseball dates back decades brace themselves for more game-altering, useless and annoying changes. Major League Baseball commissioner Rob “Meddling” Manfred is back at it with more dumb ideas that will, if implemented, distract from the game on the field.
Since tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, many people throughout the country and the world over have been preparing for the event for quite some time.
The British are coming! Yes, it is that time of year again! Would you like some chips?
This headline in Tuesday’s Courier jumped out at me; “Lawmakers vote to allow parents dropping kids off at school to carry loaded guns.”
I’m a native Californian who grew up in the 1950s when the state was truly Golden.
America has a bunch of foundational myths - George Washington and his famed cherry tree, the belief that anyone can get ahead if they just work hard enough and the stubborn belief that our occasionally sputtering constitutional republic is still more exceptional than any other nation on Earth.
Robert Kraft is being charged with soliciting prostitutes. That’s not news, sadly, since a lot of people - including high-profile people - pay for sex.
If Prescott and its surrounding towns continue with their rapid, rabid growth, population explosion, instant housing developments, and demolition derby traffic – problems mostly attributed to Californians migrating here – we will have to change the areas name from Quad Cities, and begin calling it “Calicott.”
New York Yankees’ great Joe DiMaggio is widely considered one of the top 10 players in Major League Baseball history.
I assume every American no matter their religious or political beliefs, is interested in having secure borders.
It all started in 1896. It ends now in 2019. Here in downtown Chino Valley.
“Celebrating the holidays with friends and family the past few weeks was great, but I’m tired, bloated and crabby.”
All indicators point to another productive and prosperous year in 2019, in our city and region.
Okay, maybe it’s a little misleading for me to headline a column “Celebrities We’ll Lose In 2019.”
I am on record as a staunch supporter of Christmas. However, this time of year, I like to borrow just one component from another tradition - Festivus.
Here’s how the Opposition Media’s beloved “bipartisan cooperation” works among the residents of Incumbentstan here in Washington, DC.
An unspectacular Bureau of Labor Statistics November report casts doubt on the health of the job market in 2019.
I read with interest the article on coyote hunts or control and the opposition to them from local citizens.
Does your workplace have a tradition of employees giving a Christmas gift (er, holiday gift ... um, scrupulously secular seasonal transfer of goods) to the boss?
Hi, I’m Kyle Hon. I’m a 10-year-old boy. I’m just a regular-looking kid on the outside, but I was born with high functioning autism.
We’ve been taught a lesson which we would do well to commit to memory. It’s a lesson about love, respect and what is possible when, as one of my academic colleagues said, we see those on the opposite side as rivals rather than enemies.
For California natives like me, the wildfires are a real gut punch. The wildfires are the deadliest in the state’s history with at least 76 fatalities, and hundreds unaccounted for. More than 10,000 buildings are gone, and more than 230,000 acres have burned.
During a July 25, 1961, speech, John F. Kennedy said, “The freedom of the city is not negotiable. We cannot negotiate with those who say, ‘What is mine is mine and what’s yours is negotiable.’”
Imagine you moved to your dream home, thinking that the town’s plan for the front door of your neighborhood was reasonable—only to learn it may be changed in a most unwelcome way.
Annexation applications by the Deep Well Ranch and Arizona Eco developments have awakened public concern about growth.
Did you realize that November 24 marks the 100th birthday of the venerable (and still-published) comic strip “Gasoline Alley?”
After living in Washington, D.C., for nearly eight years, I love being back home in Pittsburgh.
There’s no doubt that our society, along with the rest of the developed world, admires wealth.
To all of my friends who happen to be Democrats -- and I do have many — I offer the following: If you’re enjoying the presidential stylings of Donald J.
In a free market, you don’t get something for nothing, but that’s what Arizona Eco Development (AED) is asking for.
For baseball bugs, to use the 1900’s word for fans, October is the sweetest month – play in, play off, and eventually World Series games.
Hoping that a child will be raped is the vilest thought that can be formed in the civilized brain. There is no “larger picture,” no justification, no explanatory context. Unfortunately, it’s no longer out of bounds in social discourse.
An in-depth newspaper investigation revealed that a state-operated home for aged military veterans was providing sub-standard care and that taxpayer money that was to go to improve the home was spent elsewhere. The result was the replacement of the state’s veterans secretary and numerous corrections at the home.
According to the latest Gallup poll, the congressional approval rate is currently just 19 percent, with 76 percent disapproving. Congress’ miserable showing surprises no one. After Election Day, campaign promises abruptly vanish, and are replaced by an agenda that voters would never have supported.
Arizona water laws fundamentally threaten the upper Verde River.
Children seldom complain about vision problems. Rather, according to the Eyes on Learning Vision Coalition, “they believe everyone sees the world the way they do.” But the coalition notes that “80 percent of children’s learning is through their eyes.
It was a long, embarrassing day of drama, tears and ugly partisan bickering. But by the end of last week’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, I came to the conclusion that both Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford had told the truth.
“The number of undocumented immigrants in the United States: Estimates based on demographic modeling with data from 1990 to 2016,” a new study published in the peer-reviewed science journal, PLOS ONE, found that the illegal immigration population in the United States has been, for years, dramatically underestimated.
Hurricane Florence tearing up the south Atlantic coast is nothing compared to the hypocrisies tearing up our country over Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation that Brett Kavanaugh tried to pull off her clothes at an alcohol-fueled house party when they were teenage minors.
I love Lindsay Graham. The witty South Carolina senator, who’s usually more entertaining than most comedians, has been one of the highlights of the otherwise depressing televised Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
From an unlikely place — deep red Kansas — comes a plot to add to the cheap labor workforce. In 2016, President Trump carried Kansas by more than 20 points. Nevertheless, Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, from Kansas’ 3rd District, joined up with other cheap labor addicts to subvert American workers.
I used to root for crazy. In fact, as a lifelong Democrat, I was thrilled when President Trump announced he was running for president.
When good people fight for freedom and peace, the rest of us should fight for them.
Once, August was a tranquil time on Capitol Hill. But that’s no longer the case.
Social Security is here for young people when a parent passes away. We know that the loss of a parent isn’t just emotionally painful; it can be devastating to a family’s finances. In the same way that Social Security helps to lift up the disabled and elderly when they need it, we support families when an income-earning parent dies.
As I was filling out my early ballot this morning, I looked out across the street and saw the rolling hillsides laden with Ponderosa pine and scrub. The same hillsides were also speckled with houses in Timber Ridge and beyond.