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Williams: I’m blowing the top off a major story right here, right now

It all started in 1896. It ends now in 2019. Here in downtown Chino Valley.

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Purcell: Resolutions our politicians won’t keep

“Celebrating the holidays with friends and family the past few weeks was great, but I’m tired, bloated and crabby.”

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Mengarelli: Happy New Year, a look ahead

All indicators point to another productive and prosperous year in 2019, in our city and region.

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Bess: The ‘fix’ is in

“I alone can fix it.”

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Tyree: Celebrities we’ll lose in 2019

Okay, maybe it’s a little misleading for me to headline a column “Celebrities We’ll Lose In 2019.”

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Column: The airing of grievances

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.

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Shannon: Bipartisanship is another word for ignoring the base

Here’s how the Opposition Media’s beloved “bipartisan cooperation” works among the residents of Incumbentstan here in Washington, DC.

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Guzzardi: Lackluster November jobs report bodes poorly for 2019

An unspectacular Bureau of Labor Statistics November report casts doubt on the health of the job market in 2019.

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Tucker: Coyotes vs. antelope, which do we want?

I read with interest the article on coyote hunts or control and the opposition to them from local citizens.

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Tyree: Christmas gifts for bosses: Let the stress begin!

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?

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Hon: My dreams are within reach

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.

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Manieri: From the ashes, a lesson in love and empathy

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.

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Guzzardi: California’s worst wildfires bring more death, destruction

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.

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Lamerson: Is it time for residents of Prescott to purchase portion of Dells?

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.’”

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Esson: Here’s why we oppose a multi-family rezone at Pronghorn Ranch

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.

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Beverly: Water for development often only on paper

Annexation applications by the Deep Well Ranch and Arizona Eco developments have awakened public concern about growth.

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Tyree: What if comic strip characters aged normally?

Did you realize that November 24 marks the 100th birthday of the venerable (and still-published) comic strip “Gasoline Alley?”

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Purcell: Smaller American towns connect in ways those in Washington don’t

After living in Washington, D.C., for nearly eight years, I love being back home in Pittsburgh.

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Piacenza: The eye of the needle

There’s no doubt that our society, along with the rest of the developed world, admires wealth.

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Manieri: Democrats rediscover a losing formula

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.

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Funt: How many newsletters do you receive?

I read the news today, oh boy. And by “read” I mean skimmed. And by “news” I mean aggregates.

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Williams: My recovery from coke

This column is a painful one. I’ve decided to lay bare the love affair, then the estrangement from my favorite beverage of all time, Coca-Cola.

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Trudeau: Peavine and Iron King trails: not for sale

In a free market, you don’t get something for nothing, but that’s what Arizona Eco Development (AED) is asking for.

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Purcell: Dietary scientists, make up your minds!

Say it ain’t so: Alcohol in moderation is bad for us again!

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Alex Rodriquez: Please go away

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.

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Reagan: The true party of evil

The Democrats and their parrots and lapdogs in the liberal media never stop accusing people on the right of being racists, sexists and homophobes.

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Williams: Saving a reputation

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.

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Flowers: When we officially abandon civil discourse

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.

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Zweifel: Journalism matters because democracy matters

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.

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Guzzardi: Anatomy of a flip-flopper’s re-election campaign

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.

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Beverly: Arizona water law destroys rivers

Arizona water laws fundamentally threaten the upper Verde River.

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Jackson: The importance of detecting early vision problems in children

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.

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Reagan: Assaulting Kavanaugh

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.

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Guzzardi: Doubters challenge report about illegal immigration

“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.

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Jensen: Kavanaugh hearing: hypocrisy on both sides

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.

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Purcell: Spendthrift idioms define congress

“Republicans like to talk about fiscal discipline, but when they have control of Congress they spend like drunken sailors!”

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Reagan: ​The Democrats’ sad circus

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.

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Guzzardi: GOP swamp alligators busy subverting workers

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.

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Jensen: Do you really want democratic socialism?

Heading into the midterms, it’s a good idea to take stock of what you really want and don’t want from “your” government.

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Williams: Remembering my uncle

I am of an age that I lose things. Car keys. An occasional train of thought. Family members.

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West: Democrats - Don’t root for crazy

I used to root for crazy. In fact, as a lifelong Democrat, I was thrilled when President Trump announced he was running for president.

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Purcell: Americans too worried to vacation

“Here we are in peak vacation season, but I’m afraid to take my paid vacation time off!”

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Jensen: A Philly man’s detention in Africa should not be ignored

When good people fight for freedom and peace, the rest of us should fight for them.

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Guzzardi: Trump’s wall is the wrong priority

Once, August was a tranquil time on Capitol Hill. But that’s no longer the case.

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Social Security: If you are young and lose a parent

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.

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Annexations are based in General Plan for our beloved city

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.