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Mayor Greg Mengarelli’s statement on June 2 addressing the killing of George Floyd rings hollow, and is in need of some clarification.
I’m extremely disappointed as to how you all agreed that wearing masks was unnecessary. According to our local newspaper, Mayor Greg Mengarelli said: “The CDC made that suggestion (for masks).
Prescott is still in the 18th year of a serious drought leading to the daily depletion of our only source of water, the Little Chino Aquifer.
Thanks to Alex Piacenza and Tom Cantlon for their opinion pieces on why we should be wearing masks. It makes sense, right?
I previously submitted the following questions to Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally and Congressman Paul Gosar and received no answers...
With the current economic problems, you have decided the government should give away massive sums of money without regards to need or benefit.
There have been many reports in the media of people refusing to wear masks. Screaming and threatening, these people claim their right to go about in stores and other public places without masks.
I would like to express my utter disgust at the person or persons who stole the face masks I ordered out of our mailbox on Indian Wells Drive on Friday, May 15.
I went into science so that I could work, often until I can no longer keep my eyes open, to find cures for diseases that devastate life.
America needs an explanation. How is it that the United States, with a little over 4% of the world’s population, has 33% of the world’s confirmed COVID-19 cases and 28% of the world’s COVID-19 deaths?
I am 70 years old with Asthma and Bronchiectasis. Other than those annoying conditions, I am reasonably healthy and active. I exercise, try to eat right and love to travel.
Here in Sedona, it looks like any other Sunday afternoon; couples and families strolling, shopping and snacking.
Regarding the wearing of protective masks, Prescott Valley’s Mayor Kell Palguta was recently quoted as saying “If a person chooses to do this for their own safety that is entirely up to them.
On Memorial Day let us come together to remember and honor the service and sacrifice of our nation's finest and bravest, our servicemen and women.
Everyone faces difficult life decisions. The COVID-19 virus is forcing Arizona families and businesses to grapple with decisions which will shape our lives for years to come.
In response to the coronavirus, Bob Lynne quotes a John Hopkin’s economist, “a lack of pre-planning is our real downfall.”
Many people complain about the central regime’s COVID-19 clampdown, and want to go back to work and socialization.
Now that there has been a fatality in a traffic accident on Smoke Tree Lane, would you please consider installing traffic calming methods on Smoke Tree.
Some good information and a nice story about a dog, but the part about the javelina stopped abruptly and shifted to the daily hysteria on the virus.
It has been with some interest that I have followed the protests regarding our loss of liberty and freedoms due to the lockdowns in various states across the nation.
In response to Mr. Hayes “Regarding Socialism” on April 7. In Hayes’ respectful citing of my previous letter, he gives us a common Left-wing scolding...
I’ve listened to current reports of the virus from the governor and the mayors of our local communities, and none are really saying what needs to be said, much more “expected”!
There are more compelling reasons every day to lift the Arizona COVID-19 lockdown. A continued lockdown would be unconstitutional, including violating the Right of Free Assembly.
I attended the virtual meeting of the Prescott City Council on April 28, and was disappointed with their approval of intergovernmental agreements, without public attendance.
In regard to Art Saboski’s letter of April 22, Earth Day, here is my perspective on why folks might look to democratic socialist countries like in Scandinavia as a model.
I believe I speak for many of the first responders across the quad-city area as I offer my thanks to the greater Prescott community for the outpouring of support during the current public health emergency.
Richard Cloward and Frances Piven were Sociology professors at Columbia University in the 1960s.
At this moment in history all reasonable people know the IHME model is/was greatly flawed.
Although it might seem like a long way off, Election Day is only six months away.
Art Saboski’s April 22 letter, “Wonderful benefits,” spoke of his experience traveling abroad and seeing socialism first hand. As a Baby Boomer (the younger side of it), I watched socialism and communism in real time. Thank you, Art, for writing that piece.
Regarding the letter to the editor, “The buck stops here,” that deer could have been illegally shot, hit by an unreported car incident or worse died of a rabies infection.
As our local businesses learn to navigate the COVID-19 landscape – instituting more rigorous health and safety standards and utilizing creative ways to stay open and accessible – we ask that you support those businesses.
I am floundering with a concept that I cannot seem to grasp. That concept is canceling all medical/dental appointments and procedures during the COVID-19 crisis.
I just felt compelled to put out a reminder to folks on the courthouse plaza to continue to be kind, grateful and patient with one another during these unusual times.
I have noticed that most people do not know the difference between socialism and communism.
In John Stossel’s recent column, he suggested letting private industry determine our pandemic needs based on supply and demand, the free market system.
The current restrictions placed on us in order to fight the spread of coronavirus are, at the very least, a serious inconvenience. But for our local businesses, it verges on the catastrophic.
April 30 is National Therapy Animal Day: a day to celebrate the companion animals in our lives that volunteer in our communities and help make Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, Dewey-Humboldt and Beaver Creek wonderful places to live.
As the “stay at home” order from reasonable governors drags on, I guess it was inevitable that angry protestors would gather at state capitols, including Phoenix, demanding that the economy “reopen.”
Sitting at a stop light I have often thought of how great it would be if, when the light changes from red to green, we all released the brakes and moved forward in unison.
I wish the COVID-19 case counts came with the contact tracing to help explain why the numbers are going up still.
In response to Mr. Hayes letter “Regarding Socialism.” Sir, you need to check your facts. Currently, there exist only four countries around the globe that are recognized as Marxist-Leninist socialist.
I can’t help but think how we are letting our high school seniors down. Spring graduation was to be the culmination of their formative years, it is a “right of passage” time moving from adolescence into adulthood.
From our house we can see Prescott Lakes Parkway and Highway 69. Lots of traffic all the time. When we utilize the pickup service from grocery stores, we observe the parking lots and the people. T
Regarding Charles Rulofson’s April 15 letter to the editor, there are many nice things that one can still do going out safely during this “stay at home time.”
Here in Arizona, the heroic work of our medical professionals and first responders has been remarkable to watch.
In this time of daily doses of doom and gloom let’s remember this is not our country’s first rodeo!
Whenever I read of someone touting the wonderful benefits of socialism I have to wonder where they’ve been their entire lives.
Regarding the letter to the editor from Jon H. Pack, “Cost of crisis” (Tribune, April 15), Mr. Pack suggests the world could balance the economic disaster of the Wuhan virus by canceling their nuclear weapons programs.
As I was waiting in my chiropractor’s office for my cab to come get me for home (it had been 45 min. already), a Walmart employee came in for an adjustment & was done in 10 minutes.
O’ Humanity, there is amongst us a most terrible beast that hungers for souls of all humankind. What manner is this monster as ‘tis not known to us. We cannot describe or define it easily.
The average worker in our country has to work more than a month to make the same amount of money that a CEO makes in an hour. These are the kinds of statements that we read about concerning income inequality. But these are also facts about income inequality that we might not consider.
Arizonans should not be forced to choose between safety and voting. Governor Ducey has the power to protect us and our constitutional right to vote by authorizing mail ballots for all registered voters for the 2020 elections.
As someone who still has to get up and go to work every day, I wish people would take things seriously and limit how much they go out and interact with others until we have this crisis under control.
Did I miss somewhere that the Quad Cities are exempt from the Stay at Home order?
A recent Wall Street Journal article was entitled “Investors are all amateur epidemiologists now.” Indeed, almost everyone is trying to think epidemiologically about the COVID-19 pandemic.
There could be a silver lining in this pandemic. Each country that wastes money on Nuclear Weapons should see by the disruption in daily life due to this Corvid-19 Pandemic that there is no way a nuclear war could be winnable.
“Social Promotion?” Referencing your February article on proposed legislation to require that students meet minimal criteria to advance a grade is long overdue.
It is built into the Arizona Constitution that the citizens of this state be allowed to bring initiatives to the ballot. Our legislators decided they wanted to make it as hard as they could for citizens to do this so they passed a law requiring that all petitions for citizen initiatives must be notarized.
Thanks for Wednesday’s article about the Coalition for Compassion and Justice opening the city’s sole 24-7 emergency shelter for those adults experiencing homelessness at this time.
Trump cannot take credit in good times and then just point the finger to blame everyone else when things fall drastically apart.
With all the panic, fear, loss of jobs, businesses shut down and illness abound.
Coronavirus. It scares me. It scares everyone. I’ve tried to gain as much information as I can about what we can do to combat this killer virus. Here is the main thing I learned: testing is the key to defeating this health crisis.
In response to Glen Helm’s letter, “Fear of History,” regarding socialism, let me just say that not only do most countries have some form of social programs but of the top 10 happiest, healthiest, countries in the world, (according to The United Nations World Happiness Report) eight of them are Socialist: Austria, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, and Finland.
Larry Meads’ letter of March 28 is typical of the left’s attacks on President Donald Trump.
Thank you for the article about the Coalition for Compassion and Justice opening the city’s sole 24-7 emergency shelter for those adults experiencing homelessness at this time.
I think it’s about time to drop John Micek’s syndicated column. He never writes about anything but how bad of a job President Donald Trump is doing.
John Stossel’s column of March 27 was so bizarre. The reason South Korea handled the virus so well was simply the fact that the government was prepared for it with strict containment measures early on and stockpiling of supplies. Healthcare professionals made recommendations that were heeded by the government leaders who then took action.
I was just reading an article in which a group of epidemiologists from around the world claim that this pandemic seems to be being transferred in clusters (family groups, senior care homes, work colleagues) more than in any other way.
Editor: I can only imagine how difficult it can be with “ . . . the creation of a multi-agency coordination system (MACS) to cope with the arrival of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Yavapai County,” let alone just staying on top of the virus status itself.
Editor: In 2018 when the President gave a substantial tax-cut — from 35% to 21% — to corporations it was expected that they would use this money to improve infrastructure and create more jobs.
Recently, Ron Tatar submitted a response to the March 17 letter from Linda Lutes. Ms. Lutes’ letter gave some reasons for the people who protested against Trump at the courthouse plaza, notably his petty jealousies, his ignorance regarding governance, and how he spreads hate around liberally.
Arlene Newman’s letter on March 22 was interesting to say the least. I tend to agree with her on the “price gouging” issue.
Editor:I have been out getting takeout to help keep businesses open and people employed.
Editor: In this crazy time when we are wrecking our economy, our children’s educations, the plans that may have been in the works for a year (think family weddings, vacations and even March Madness) please don’t let your support falter.
The column “Price Gouging...”by John (my latest video) Stossel is the most disgusting opinion piece I have read since his column “Prices Should Rise” on Sept. 19, 2018.
I was very disappointed in Dick Polman’s column in the Courier on Monday, March 16.
Gotta love the gaps being built into the “contain the virus” system.
It is with fear that I write this letter; fear because at age 85 and with many underlying physical conditions I received a call from my doctor’s office (today) that from now on I will only be able to get either a pain medication or an anti-anxiety medication.
In response to the March 17 letter from Linda Lutes, “Time For Restoration,” she accuses the current occupant of the White House of ignorance, jealously and hatred.
This country was founded on the principle that all men are created equal and thus should be treated equally.
As a former resident of Prescott, I would suggest in these trying times that you stop hate-mongering of our President Donald Trump.
The coronavirus is a good example of how our world and nation need to be better prepared for the future.
Editor: I was hoping the experienced and mature population of Prescott, Arizona would be a model for community concern, caring, sharing and common well-being as the rest of the nation moves closer to complete panic.
Letter writer Roger Fairfield references an 8-year-old survey from a poorly-rated, liberal New Jersey university to suggest that Fox News viewers are uninformed.
There must be a feasible alternative to tearing down the iconic historic Prescott Valley Motel sign.
Editor: Hal Bray recently characterized Prescott Indivisible as simply the Trump Resistance.
These predatory users of our phone networks seem not to be regulated at the source.
I am appalled that Tom Cantlon would say in his column of March 4 that Hillary Clinton actually won the presidential election last time.
Editor: Wow! Is it true? NO CRIMINAL PENALITIES FOR SPEEEDING, just a $15 fine for using too much gas.
Regarding your article in Saturday’s paper, “Sun shines later except in Arizona, as daylight savings time returns,” the Uniform Time Act went into effect in 1967 and it was the only time Arizona did recognize DST.
On Feb. 29, Andy Koller did some spouting of his own, referring to Ellis Island’s entry point for immigrants.
Political awareness entered my brain about 50 or 60 years ago. It took a while to notice that politics often included deception.
After reading the front page of the Courier on March 3 (“Law Could Change Criminal Penalties for Speeders”), I was sure that I had been punked or that April Fool’s Day had come earlier than normal.
So whether you are a ‘political activist’ that has stood on the north side, or the opposing south side, of the corner of Gurley and Cortez
The squishy, blah-blah response of the Prescott City Council to requests for enactment of Second Amendment sanctuary is another condescending proof of ...
Donald Trump is seasoned and motivated to rig the system any way he can.
Editor: Nancy Scharff’s letter on Feb. 23 is disingenuous from her first word to her last letter.
Editor: I knew the end was coming when I walked by the front door of the Men’s department one morning at Sears.
Editor: I have read with great interest the last few articles about the Prescott airport and our local air service.
Re: Mavis L. Brauer on Feb. 1: As a (ret) USAF Major, you should know that the United States of America is not a Democracy. We are a Constitutional Republic.
“The Dells.” At the risk of being the voice of reason I would merely like to point out that reasonable concessions have been made on both sides of this issue.
Re: Our line in the sand (Save the Dells). I just have to ask, who is the “Our” to whom Ms. Fields refers?
The article in the Dec. 28, 2019, Courier concerning above normal precipitation in 2019 quoted Dr. Nancy Selover, state climatologist, as saying:
Yes, there can be “over-regulation,” just look at the miserable state of California.
What kind of country are we anyway? We give huge tax cuts to the wealthy who, instead of using them to create jobs or, let alone, train people to do the jobs, they hire already trained people from other countries. And Wall Street is thriving — unlike so many lower-wage U.S. citizens.
I was impressed this past Sunday with a phrase my pastor used in his homily; “Our journey here is much too short.”
I couldn’t believe the misinformation and half-truths about gun deaths on New Year’s Day from Harry Haff.
Democrats have now impeached the President. Is this a unique behavior on their part or does it follow a prescribed course of action?
Editor: There has been a lot of complaining by some Republicans and threats of “if you impeach our tribal leader we will impeach when a Democrat is president.”
Editor: In the recent past Starbucks locations have refused service to our wonderful law enforcement across the U.S.
Humans are a tribal species. And although blind tribal loyalty may have assured food and safety to our ancestors on the African savannah, it’s a huge liability in today’s crowded world.
Editor: We must applaud the efforts of the City of Prescott and Save the Dells in their efforts to save the magnificent 500 acres within AED’s proposed annexations.
People, what are we arguing about? AED wants 1,082 acre feet of water.
When our nation was founded, only landowning white men could vote.
In the Courier’s Thanksgiving edition, columnist John Stossel re-told the story of the Pilgrims’ failed attempt at growing corn communally.
This is a note of deep thank you to Lydia S. who found my purse at Sprouts Prescott parking lot.
Editor: Letter writer George Hedge did us all a favor by pointing out that Congress “rarely accomplishes anything because of partisanship,” but erred when delineating his two classes of officials, heroes and cowards.
This fall I enjoyed Tom Purcell’s column about the movie, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”
I find it rather duplicitous if not outright hypocritical how so many of us who live in the Southwest celebrate the Latino culture, i.e. the food, customs, art, architecture, history... De Colores
If Mr. Trump is as “honest” as he repeatedly claims, why can’t we see his tax returns? If Mr. Trump has “nothing to hide” and “done nothing wrong” why is he obstructing Congress by ordering his minions not to testify? By the way, if you or I defied a subpoena, we would be in jail for contempt.
Does it seem to anyone else that there is a definite “Cult” surrounding Donald Trump?
Editor: The other day, a reporter asked Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi whether she hates President Trump.
I want to draw attention to a remarkable document on climate change and national security.
For all who knew Gary Edelbrock, you know what a wonderful man he was!
Editor: We’ve seen and heard the impeachment hearings; next, probably, comes a trial in the Senate.
George Hedge, in his letter of Nov. 27 must think that Courier readers are blind.
Regarding Mr. Roger Fairfield’s letter Conservatives and Trump flaws. He pretty well puts supporters of the duly elected president as uneducated and non-thinking. I have one question.
Editor: Prescott City Council is irresponsibly dooming our aquifer with water policies that cater to developers and pay no attention to citizen priorities.
The irony of even saying “religion and Trump” in the same breath seems to be lost on many Americans.
I would like to respond to the writer who called those of us who disapprove of the current administration “Trump haters.”
Many of us Republicans who cannot support Trump may feel a sense of unwarranted guilt.
Kayla Mueller was a precious soul who spent her entire life in the service of others. All Americans grieved at her tragic death. But from news accounts her parents had to politicize her death by blaming President Obama for not rescuing her in time.
Editor: Although Congress rarely accomplishes anything because of partisanship, a House committee has now done something significant by delineating two distinct classes of government officials, heroes and cowards. This has nothing to do with being Republicans or Democrats, but has everything to do with being courageous and ethical.
I’ve been forgetting to submit this, but a huge wonderful thank you the person who found my wallet in the Sportsman’s parking lot and took it into the store where people there/manager put it into the safe.
Editor: The 4th Annual SAL American Legion Post 6 Golf Tournament at Prescott Country Club was a huge success.
Editor: For a century the U.S. has treated the Kurds as means rather than ends.
Editor: It’s not surprising that a Courier letter exposing Trumps many flaws would stir up trouble with “the base.”
So here we are again, being subjected to another John Micek hate fest against our current president.
I recently had the privilege to participate in the six-week Prescott Citizen Police Academy.
In recent years, the citizens of Prescott and surrounding communities have spoken up through the media, community meetings, marches and their votes to express the value they place on open spaces and natural habitats.
Editor: Why is the Prescott City Council “rushing” to approve a new “Water Allocation Policy”?
Editor: Recently I gave thought to the current leadership and past leadership of the City of Prescott.
Editor: Regarding the article that appeared in The Daily Courier on Sept. 24, “Abandoned building catches fire.”
We need to commission a Yavapai Indian statue—to honor them (Prescott’s first residents)!
Editor: James Kimes’ response (Sept. 17) to Mr. Kilbourne’s letter to the editor is a perfect example of what Mr. Kilbourne was stating originally.
Capital Punishment (also known as the Death Penalty) is not a “crime deterrent.”
Regarding the article that appeared in the Daily Courier on September 21, titled Lawmakers.
Editor: Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to the USA.
Editor: In his recent Talk of the Town, Mayor Greg Mengarelli attempted to reassure Prescott citizens that our water supply was secure.
I guess I was naive when I first read in the Courier that Prescott City Council was exploring ways to get water to areas outside the city limits.
Editor: I have to take issue with the editorial by John Micek on O’Rourke’s call for a ban on AR- and AK-style rifles.
Editor: I read two articles in the Courier regarding growth and requested zoning changes in Prescott Valley. The article regarding “The Crossing” mentions zoning changes to allow 197 “bungalows” to be built near the 169/69 intersection.
Editor: I had high hopes for Mr. Trump during his campaign. I watched as political appointees became Agency Directors and Cabinet Post Heads; then left almost as quickly as they had been appointed.
I have read the Courier for many years, including “The readers always write…”. It is with great disappointment that I watch this newspaper joining the ranks of the national news media in advancing divisiveness in our nation, and now in our community.
Editor: It is quite ironic that Trump refers to anyone in government who is against him as the Deep State. Recently he has inferred that the whistleblower and anyone in the administration who spoke to him/her is a traitor and/or spy. Trump even made a reference about how we used to deal with spies and traitors in the past.
Dr. Beverly of the local water advisory group has written on Prescott water usage.
Editor: Now that the Arizona Supreme court has given the green light for businesses to deny services based on their religious convictions, will the court approve of similar situations?
It is the habit of many to throw around the boogeyman of the Second Amendment as a coverall for the unlimited purchase and use of guns.
I want to thank the editor for publishing letters that express the truth that most of us who disapprove of Trump do not hate him.
Editor: I did not receive the recent survey about the need for a YMCA in Prescott Valley, so I am voicing my support here along with what I believe are the top reasons.
Editor:Went to the Town Hall meeting Sept. 10 at the Adult Center to learn about the proposed water policy.
The Courier has recently printed letters on the issue of children being separated from their parents.
Climate change is real and has been since the beginning of time. Climate hysteria is also real as evidence by the letter from Patrick Grady.
Editor: So, we have Mayor Greg Mengarelli telling us “All is well with Yavapai County’s and Prescott’s water.”
Editor: I guess I was naive when I first read in the Courier that Prescott City Council was exploring ways to get water to areas outside the city limits.
Editor:The mayor and council tell us that the city is growing at a controlled rate of 2% per year.
In response to “Stock Market Woes,” you are correct that President Trump is largely responsible for the stock market as it stands today.
Editor: Jim Kilbourne (letter, Aug. 22) tells us that he does not “understand the hatred those on the far left have for our president.” For starters, Mr. Kilbourne, there are a great many of us who believe that your president is a man who disparages and dehumanizes his opponents and anyone who disagrees with him.
Editor: Recent market volatility has caused much angst among some of us. Down days of 500 and then up days of 250 are making some of us silly. Yet, this is simply the market doing its thing.
Editor: The guest editorial by Joe Guzzardi discusses Trump administration reinstatement of rules about immigrants not becoming “public charges”, and the resulting “... critics high pitched objections...”
Editor: Whatever became of phone etiquette? It used to be when someone called, especially a business, they identified themselves. “This is Esmeralda from ABC Screen Door Company. Is this Mary?” But today the caller just says, “Is this Mary?”
I think United Express Airlines would experience even more passengers if it offered service from Prescott to John Wayne in Orange County, California.
It is so disappointing that our city, county, country is so polarized that no one can state an opinion without being demonized.
Michael Reagan’s recent column was outrageous and demeaning.
A recent article mentioned a Catholic nun driving a bus and being against the federal tax cuts. She believes taxes should be raised so the federal government could give better care for individuals in need.