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For anyone anticipating the return of baseball next month, here’s a bit of advice: Don’t hold your breath. After three months of excruciating back and forth failed to result in an agreement between owners and players, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred mandated a 60-game season beginning on July 23.

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Social media has given everyone with an opinion the power of both anonymity and number.

By CHRISTINE FLOWERS, Syndicated Columnist June 28, 2020
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In our known universe, there is no such thing as a perfect vacuum. Wikipedia states that even outer space is not technically as vastly empty as it appears:

By ALEXANDRA PIACENZA, Courier Columnist June 27, 2020
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When 200,000 wounded WWI veterans came home a century ago our nation gasped at the horror of injuries caused by mechanized and chemical warfare. Veterans returned missing arms and legs. They were blind, deaf, or mentally injured.

By Glenn P. Coopey, Special to the Courier June 17, 2020
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I’ve never considered myself biased against people of color. But the protest marches that have lately swept the country (and the world) have made me realize that a friendly neutrality toward people is not the same as standing with them in solidarity.

By ALEXANDRA PIACENZA, Courier Columnist June 13, 2020
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As reported in The Daily Courier on May 23, the three parties to the Arizona Eco Development (AED) negotiations are close to finalizing a preliminary agreement on a deal that would protect 475 acres in the Granite Dells as public open space.

By AMBER FIELDS, Special to the Courier June 6, 2020
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Our community has a tremendous opportunity to add to the 1,350 acres of open space preservation in the Dells through a possible annexation agreement with Arizona Eco Development (AED).

By GREG MENGARELLI and BILLIE ORR, Special to the Courier June 6, 2020
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Beautiful vistas from hiking trails were a big part of how my husband and I wound up in Prescott.

By ALEXANDRA PIACENZA, Courier Columnist May 30, 2020
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Arizona has a historical legacy of the adventurous, the desperate, the risk-tolerant and the misfit drifting into her early untamed landscapes.

By ALEXANDRA PIACENZA, Courier Columnist May 16, 2020
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My mother texted me a photograph on Sunday. That doesn’t sound like a newsworthy occasion, but mom had never texted anything to me or anyone else, ever. It was a photo of the flowers I sent her for Mother’s Day. The picture was a little grainy and out of focus, but that’s what a 15-year-old flip phone will get you.

By RICH MANIERI, Special to the Courier May 15, 2020
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I have been trying to do my civic duty. I stay more than 6 feet away from most people. I live alone, so my trips to the store are surgical strikes. I have social distanced from vulnerable friends and relatives, mastered the art of Zoom and Facetime, and learned to make my own damn coffee.

By Christine Flowers May 10, 2020
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My brother Jon was an exceptional human being. He had a sense of the world and life that alternated between skepticism, passionate embrace, disappointment, and hope that things would always move toward improvement, toward the light.

By Christine Flowers May 4, 2020
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Even the most Pollyanna-ish among us probably have a hard time seeing any silver linings in the pandemic cloud that hangs over the country.

By ALEXANDRA PIACENZA, Courier Columnist May 2, 2020
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Americans have a tendency to think we react well in emergencies. There is this sense we rise to the occasion, without whining and with that strength of character vouchsafed us from our immigrant ancestors.

By Christine Flowers April 26, 2020
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Sitting on a deck looking out over the City of Prescott, I can see Yavapai Regional Medical Center, the white dome of the Prescott High School, the tips of the taller Granite Dells formations, a large green water tank perched on a nearby hill and farther on, the Prescott Resort.

By ALEXANDRA PIACENZA, Courier Columnist April 18, 2020
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This week Yavapai County suffered its first death to the coronavirus. As a husband, father and resident of Yavapai County, my heart goes out to the families most affected by this tragic loss. The reality of this heartbreaking event has made the seriousness of COVID-19 exceedingly clear to everyone in our community.

By CRAIG L. BROWN, Special to the Courier April 7, 2020
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Like most people, and especially in my younger years, I’ve generally focused on my own triumphs and tragedies, successes and failures, with national and worldwide events serving as a somewhat fuzzy backdrop.

By ALEXANDRA PIACENZA, Courier Columnist April 4, 2020
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You’re stuck home with your kids and feeling sorry for yourself. How are you going to keep them busy? What about their school work? I’ve got a better story - stuck at home with 16-year old triplets.

By RICH MANIERI, Special to the Courier April 3, 2020
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Gov. Doug Ducey has no plans to order all Arizonans to stay at home in the fight against the coronavirus, and that’s a good thing.

By Jim Wright March 24, 2020
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The primary mission of the Yavapai County Attorney is public safety.

By Sheila Polk, Special to the Courier March 24, 2020
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What a predicament! As of this writing, there are no documented cases of COVID-19 in Yavapai County.

By Alexandra Piacenza, Courier Columnist March 21, 2020
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Voters may get a third chance in November to approve Arizona gubernatorial candidates choosing a running mate, who would serve as lieutenant governor.

By Jim Wright March 10, 2020
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You may have noticed that essays written during the holiday season often begin with gratitude for a familiar litany of material things, relationships with family and friends and the freedoms we enjoy in our country.

By Alexandra Piacenza, Courier Columnist November 30, 2019
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Arizona’s Christmas City.

By Greg Mengarelli, Special to the Courier November 29, 2019
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As most of us have noticed, Prescott is in the midst of a building frenzy.

By Matt Lavoire, Special to the Courier November 22, 2019
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My father turns 96 this month. We’re blessed by the fact that, while his body has grown frail, he is mentally as clear and aware as ever.

By Alexandra Piacenza November 16, 2019
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The Central Arizona Partnership (CAP) has been watching attentively as the City of Prescott has developed proposed changes to the city’s water policy. As CAP has studied the issues, several noteworthy factors have become apparent.

By RODNEY JENKINS, Special to the Courier November 14, 2019
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It has been an extreme honor serving you as a Prescott City Councilman for the past 16 years.

By Jim Lamerson, Special to the Courier November 13, 2019
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Over the past few years, I’ve noticed that people from around the world — and from some of the most unexpected places — find a new home in Prescott and its surrounding towns.

By Wil Williams November 6, 2019
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The World Series is over, and so ends the noise pollution barrage that Fox Sports’ announcers besieged their viewers with.

By Joe Guzzardi November 4, 2019
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There came a point when no one took Fred Sanford seriously when he clutched his chest, looked toward the heavens and cried out, “This is the big one! I’m coming Elizabeth!” But we are now to believe, according Democrats and even some Republicans, that President Donald Trump’s phone call with the president of Ukraine is the “Big One.”

By Rich Manieri, Syndicated columnist September 29, 2019
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I started following the stories about the proposed widening of Highway 69, roughly between Frontier Village and Prescott Lakes Parkway, as they were printed in The Daily Courier.

By Ruth Ann Norris, Special to the Courier September 25, 2019
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That magic time has finally arrived with the imminent arrival of fall and the beginning of the NFL season for 2019.

By Wil Williams September 25, 2019
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Got an embarrassing admission here. I was scheduled to summarize the Democratic candidates debate last week, but also had a deadline about the opening of the football season, and they kind of got mixed up together. Don’t you hate it when two things vie for your attention at the same time? Must be what’s making Donald Trump so irascible.

By Will Durst September 22, 2019
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I think it’s safe to say that most of us like to present ourselves to others in the best light possible.

September 21, 2019
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Harry Reid is starting to make sense.

By Rich Manieri, Syndicated Columnist August 24, 2019
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As former Vice President Joe Biden has embarked on his latest campaign for the presidency, I’ve been reminded about why I left the Democratic Party three years ago, after having been a member since 1980.

By Christine Flowers June 24, 2019
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The first time I saw it, I could barely breathe. It was so beautiful against the cerulean sky. Our Lady of Paris.

By Christine Flowers April 22, 2019
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Have you ever read a story from a year ago and thought, “Whoa! Why didn’t I hear of this before?”

February 4, 2019
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Nearly three years ago, back when President Trump was a candidate, voters were clear on his illegal immigration stance.

January 21, 2019
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Few Americans have lived such a blessed life as George H.W. Bush.

December 3, 2018
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I acknowledge that I am old.

By Dr. Ron Barnes October 13, 2018
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“If younger generations don’t know why and how America is such a great nation, we are doomed!”

By Tom Purcell October 12, 2018
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Call me a nuanced curmudgeon.

By Danny Tyree August 31, 2018
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In my experience, one of the greatest social challenges is remembering the names of folks I’ve just been introduced to, especially at a party or at a subversive underground gathering bent on overthrowing…something.

By Wil Williams August 21, 2018
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Trump is still being Trump.

By Michael Reagan August 7, 2018
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The Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is an independent, bipartisan body responsible for key aspects of voter registration, election administration, and technical guidelines for voting systems.

By Graham West August 6, 2018
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In the business sales world of today, pursuit of the almighty dollar is the over-riding consideration aimed at maximum profit, which is fine.

By Jerry Jackson August 6, 2018
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FiveThirtyEight.com is an Opposition Media website that assures us of its superiority and authority: “FiveThirtyEight, uses statistical analysis — hard numbers — to tell compelling stories about elections, politics, sports, science, economics and, culture.”

By Michael Shannon August 5, 2018
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Summer is half over, which means that many people have taken their traditional driving vacation, and likely encountered oppressive traffic.

July 30, 2018
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Here are a handful of notable news pieces that might indicate more than they look like on the surface, which I’ll expound on below.

By Tom Cantlon July 24, 2018
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