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Isn’t camping out in nature great? Whistling winds, bird song, pine scent, starry nights, ignoring fire restrictions.
I recently suffered through an incident where I was attacked and severely beaten by a group of emotionally troubled young men and spent a couple of days in the Intensive Care Unit at YRMC East Campus.
On July 4, 1776, the United States of America was born. With our Declaration of Independence, our forefathers revolted against British tyranny and created the freest nation the world has ever known. But this land of liberty is under siege.
President Joe Biden has ordered the amount of ethanol in gasoline be increased from 10% to 15%.
In response to Nancy Scharff’s letter, “Dem has questions for GOP,” why are the Democrats flooding our communities with illegal immigrants and fentanyl?
The news that Putin is the cause of our gas prices at the pump is fallacies.
egarding Mr. Hartman’s column on June 16, 2022. Here are a couple of quotes from George Mason, a delegate from Virginia to the Constitutional Convention in 1787, on why the Second Amendment was added as part of the “Bill of Rights” in 1791.
On June 14, 2022, the Prescott City Council and Mayor Goode listened to input from both a developer and residents of Pinon Oaks regarding the development on the Southwest corner near the intersection of Pinon Oaks and Willow Creek.
Inevitably since the carnage in Uvalde members of the GOP/gun rights supporters have offered condolences, prayers and a multitude of platitudes.
The Chicken Little, do something, knee-jerk reaction to gun violence will not do anything to stop criminals from using guns to kill people!
This is in response to John Courtis’ letter, printed on May 27, in which he poses a few questions to Democrats.
Sandy Hook and now Uvalde. Parents and communities mourn. Republicans (I’m one) dodge action, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas says his “heart is with the parents of the (19) murdered children and (2) teachers,” but he’s keeping the $176,000 that the NRA gave him.
The fact that 19 children were executed by a sick, disturbed kid whose dysfunctional, irresponsible parents abandoned him is horrific!
Government is essential to our lives and it is a very difficult art. One sees how difficult it is when one considers the appalling mistakes that rulers have made throughout the ages, and continue to make today.
I’d like to start off by complimenting you in the printing of the “Talk of the Town” column Tuesday, June 7, by Bruce Newsom and the letter by Sgt. Bob Sherman on making sense of fact from fiction.
If women’s access to safe and legal abortion is taken away, please be clear: women and girls will die. Abortions will not stop.
The Daily Courier column stated there are no absolutes when it comes to what we know about gun violence. Actually, here’s the absolutes...
Ironically in Uvalde, Texas, with their children’s bodies still at the crime scene, residents weren’t talking about the guns or gun control, but rather about the incompetence of the police and the need to further harden the schools.
Americans are known as innovative, able to create new things or find solutions to problems.
The Opinions page is just that; they should be based on fact and research. The opinion by columnist Alexandra Piacenza on May 29 lacks these.
Every time there is a highly publicized school shooting this question is heard in every corner: Why is this happening?
The Steady Spiral Downward; thanks, Fernando Mendigutia, for your letter last week.
“Senate Republicans squash vote on background checks for firearm buys.” No, this would not have helped to prevent the tragedy in Uvalde nor in Sandy Hook nor in Columbine.
Kelli Ward and her faction of the Arizona GOP want a judge to overturn how over 90% of Arizona voters vote, which is by mail.
I had a very pleasant experience on Memorial Day at the Prescott Texas Roadhouse restaurant.
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for mourning the U.S. military personnel who have died while serving in the United States armed forces.
Thank you for the column Wednesday, May 25, by News Editor Aaron Valdez on “How do we stop these mass shootings?” I thoroughly agree that we need to learn from other countries such as Japan and Germany.
I am sick and tired of “thoughts and prayers.” Our elected officials throw this out as if they are doing something that is good, and, yet, are unwilling to fight and to stop taking money from the NRA.
I have many friends who are Democrats. They are intelligent, aware, educated, knowledgeable and open minded. They know what is right and they know what is wrong.
In response to the letter from Fernando Mendigutia that was printed on Thursday, I admit I had different emotions as I read what he wrote. Mostly, I was saddened to hear his perspective.
Every day in the news the internet seems to dredge up ever increasing and ever-more political insanity that not only makes you shake your head, but makes you worried about America’s future.
In a Talk of the Town column in this paper, Arizona Sen. Paul Boyer supports the upcoming ballot measure Arizona Fire District Safety Act (SCR 1049).
In Deborah Thalasitis’s Letter to the Editor (May 19), regarding the city budget, she asks why the cost estimate to widen Highway 89A ...
This is in response to Sunday’s pro-growth column by Prescott City Councilman/business man Steve Sischka titled: “In case you haven’t noticed, it’s the market.”
On Tuesday, the Prescott City Council held its annual budget workshop. If the public has questions we are supposed to call city staff. In the interest transparency, here are my questions.
What is going on at Yavapai College? They have canceled their pickleball program. I don’t understand why. Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the U.S.
Whether or not Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter really was asked for a list of questions for potential school board members or not, his recent Talk of the Town (Sunday, May 15) was refreshing and instructive.
Gas prices are extraordinarily high, as if no one has noticed.
As usual News Editor Aaron’s Valdez’s column, “Public education is vital pillar in our society, democracy,” focuses entirely on “the subpar job of allocating money” and presumes this is the sole reason Arizona is ranked at or near the bottom in U.S. public school rankings.
I would like to thank the various groups as well as the city governments that have built and continue to maintain our wonderful trails in the Prescott area.
May 6-12 is National Nurses Week. I recently experienced surgery at YRMC East Campus and was so impressed by the pre-op and post-op staff.
On behalf of the Granite Dells Preservation Foundation, I want to thank the community for their support for our Spring for the Dells Art Show and Auction on April 24.
Pardon me, but didn’t we fight long and hard to save this land from development?
I will not give an opinion on abortion or any other current hot issue.
In response to Christine Flowers article on free speech warriors, and as someone who also attended law school and practiced under the tutelage of a conservative law expert, I feel qualified to respond to address her false assumptions.
I would like to give a “SHOUT OUT” for Sandy Griffis. This is one amazing individual who exemplifies one of the best people we have in Prescott!
I have a suggestion for the City of Prescott to save some money.
On April 4, 12 residents from Las Fuentes were enjoying a lunch at Casa Sanchez. When it was time to pay the bill, the waitress informed us that two gentlemen sitting in a booth next to us had paid the bill for all 12 of us.
Much of what’s appeared in the Courier supporting outlawing water outside the City limits has been incorrect.
About three weeks ago there was an article in your paper stating that a proposal to demolish a building on Whiskey Row and replace it with a hotel had been rejected. I was sorry to hear that.
How do we decide who gets water outside the city? What is the criteria? Can the city require tiered water rates? No mass grading? Xeriscape? Can the city dictate the size, scale and scope?
After the legislature pushed through the bill that eliminated elections for precinct committeemen without reading it, they found the approach so successful that a few weeks ago they did the same with a major education funding bill.
In reference to the article on April 10, titled “Group seeks to block Rep. Finchem, accused insurrectionists from elections,” thank you to Howard Fisher for writing a balanced article. Well done.
In a few states – Colorado, Montana, Florida, for example – there are lower night-time speed limits on certain highways. Most states do this in order to protect wildlife.
Regarding the letter to the editor by Michael Logan this week on “Insurrection claims” and his claim of illegal, felon and unregistered voters, as well as ballot trafficking and harvesting and the uncontrolled mass-mailing of ballots from the 2020 election.
Michael Logan in his April 13 letter to the editor (“Insurrection claims”) is displeased with a political action group for numerous reasons.
The group “Free Speech for People” (leftist people, that is) wants to strip me of my voting rights.
I was pleased to read the Talk of the Town column by City Councilwoman Cathy Rusing on March 26, entitled “Who says we are confused?” She details 10 key reasons why the City of Prescott should change its water policy and stop giving water away to developers outside the city limits.
To effectively cope with the needs of terminally ill people all over the world, hospice is called in.
News Editor Aaron Valdez writes: “I vehemently oppose using the term ‘illegal’ to describe a person as it is completely dehumanizing.” Sorry, Mr. Valdez, but when someone breaks our laws, it’s illegal.
In response to David Eagle’s letter concerning the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the SPR was created under the Conservation Act of 1975 in response to energy shortages created by the 1973-74 Arab oil embargo.
The original purpose of the Strategic Oil Reserve was to guard against being cut off from imported oil in case of war.
We attended the opening game of the Northern Arizona Wranglers, the indoor football team playing at the Findlay Toyota Center in Prescott Valley. It was a fun and lively experience.
Regarding Sandy Griffis’ Talk of the Town column about how Prescott will quickly become a ghost town without continued development, I have some thoughts:
Congratulations to the libertarian syndicated columnist, John Stossel, on standing up to widespread fears about immigrants in his column, “Let Them In.”
Here is something I feel passionate about. A friend came up with the name “Freedom to Choose.” Love, joy and happiness are sure to follow. Eighteen starts our age to take care of ourselves. No longer is anybody the boss of you.
On the often reoccurring subject of more development, we are constantly hearing the adjectives responsible, managed, smart, planned, inevitable, etc. These words sound very thoughtful and responsible.
In response to Sandy Griffis’ Talk of the Town, “Water policy changes, call to halt growth misguided,” (March 31). Her column touted the heroic efforts of the developers who save our city from ruin.
Sandy Griffis’ Talk of the Town attempts to portray Prescott as community rife with dissension about the absolute question of growth versus no growth. Nothing could be further from the truth.
House Bill 2674 was originally titled ‘Municipal Zoning, By Right Housing.’ It is now in the State Senate as H2674 titled ‘Housing Supply Study Committee.’
Reply to Nicholas J. Dosky’s letter to the editor about Proposition 208. It was seen to be unconstitutional — not because it was only going to tax a certain group of people, but because it would give education more money than the law allows.
Last year, Rep. John Kavanagh from Fountain Hills said, “Everybody shouldn’t be voting.” Rep. John Fillmore from Apache Junction wants to take us back to 1958.
As I walked my dog recently in Granite Creek Park, I noticed a most heartening sight.
On Tuesday, March 22, the Prescott City Council voted 4-3 to name the Centennial Center after a mayor who saved the building, not the man who was the Man of the Century for our actual Centennial in 1964.
In his recent Letter to the Editor titled “What Happened?” Lloyd Miller decried the fact that Proposition 208, a tax increase on the wealthy in support of schools, passed by a vote of the people was “shot down” by elected officials.
I understand there is a discussion to see whose name will go on the Centennial building in Prescott.
I feel very fortunate that I live in a nation that was established and is governed “of the people, for the people, and by the people.”
Worried about our fresh water supply? Here is a wild and crazy idea: Run your irrigation system less frequently.
As a resident in an historic district of Prescott, I received a letter from the City of Prescott announcing the March meeting of the Prescott Preservation Commission.
What’s going on in the Ukraine reminds me of the battle of the Alamo. Readers of a certain age will remember either the historical story or the John Wayne movie of the same name.
Taxpayers like myself are dumfounded by the wide-open border policy of the Biden Administration and their further plans to cover the costs of bringing thousands of immigrants into the United States.
If you believe in democracy, you may soon have a local way to prove it by doing your part to actively support freedom.
Xenophobia definition: dislike or prejudice against people from other countries.
Prescott cannot become “the premier community in the Southwest” without fully funded public schools.
A Courier reader wrote a rant called “Stop Your Bellyaching.” Suggesting we should shut up and accept higher fuel prices. Why?
With the fast pace, leaps and steps going on with construction, a huge shout out to Peri & Everett Sharp of Sharp Safety Consulting for teaching and certifying many Yavapai County Contractors Association members in OSHA 10 and OSHA 30.
This is in response to the Talk of the Town column by Robert Pike on March 9.
Most reasonable people agree that we should be responsible stewards of our planet and the abundant resources God has provided.
Recent television advertisements by political candidates that focus on challenges with unlawful immigration and violence at our border have prompted me to ask concerned citizens to consider three questions.
Interesting article in Thursday’s paper about the 18 traffic stops for speeding on Iron Springs Road.
Thank you, Daily Courier, for warning us (Sunday, March 6) about the proposed new, six-story hotel right in the middle of historic downtown Whiskey Row.
As an architectural student, a long-time critic of so-called progressive development, and a historian who’s written 70 books, most with historical research at their heart, to my surprise I have to be in favor of the proposed hotel on Whiskey Row.
I wish to respond to the article “Stringfield Ranch get Yavapai County Board of Supervisors approval.”
We appreciated the editorial acknowledgment of the work that the Prescott Litter Lifters do for the community. (Daily Courier 3/3/22)
Regarding Dick Polman’s column, “Republicans aiding the enemy.” Apparently, Polman has selective memory loss when it comes to “rallying around a sitting president during a time of international crisis.”
I am astounded daily by the rude, irresponsible, dangerous way people in this city drive!
This could or may have already happened in your neighborhood. Zoning changes made without factual, moral consideration of the residential area in question.
On Feb. 27, while traveling with my daughter, who is from Hawaii, with her driving, we encountered the closure of Highway 89 at Pioneer Parkway; we found it completely closed.
Following some very tense months, we wish to express our appreciation to the more than two thirds of the Arizona legislators who voted to allow public district schools to exceed the Aggregate Expenditure Limit for this year.
I’d like to extend a great big country THANKS to all the great folks in and around Prescott for the wonderful attendance and reception of the premiere of my film “Eye For Eye,” the concert by Shane Clouse, and the costume contest.
The Harvard study showing that people on a plant-based diet are 41% less likely to develop severe COVID-19 did not surprise me.
So much local history can get overlooked and then lost to time. One of the ways to honor the people of Prescott who made a difference in our world is to name a building after them.
Prescription drugs are an expense that Arizona residents already struggle to afford. Now, as Congress debates how to lower the cost of medications for people, the FDA is moving in the opposite direction and proposing a new policy (GFI #256) that could raise the cost of many medications for pets by more than 300%!
I am writing in regards to the Kelly Paradis column, “Love is patient; love is kind,” published on Feb. 13.
A few days ago, I read the “COVID-19 Update” in The Daily Courier that reported a Harvard study has concluded that those who report eating more “fruits, vegetables and legumes” have a 9% lower risk of getting COVID and those who eat the most fruits, vegetables have a 41% lower risk of developing severe COVID.
Editor: On behalf of Prescott Valley American Legion Post 140 and Earnest A. Love Post 6 in Prescott, we would like to publicly thank Prescott Valley Vice Mayor Lori Hunt for taking her personal time, away from town business, to train for and become a judge at the American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program.
So, I read in Tuesday’s Courier that the West is in the worst mega-drought in 1,200 years, and it’s being blamed on human-caused climate change.
Joe Zarnoch responded to my Feb. 8 Talk of the Town column on water outside the city limits.
This past week The Daily Courier published a letter, “Ides of March” by Richard Shoemaker, which offended some readers.
Concerning the article about pre-construction work underway for I-17 major improvement project, we drive back and forth from Prescott to Glendale often...
Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Anna Young (Feb. 12 article) is an inspiring and valuable account of leadership helping to turn lives around for the positive benefit of youth and community.
The right to work is a fundamental right here in Arizona, but it’s truly sad to see some lawmakers in Washington angling to tilt the scales in favor of unions and against the local Prescott businesses that keep our community strong.
Let me begin by respectfully acknowledging that Howard Mechanic has probably forgotten more information about Prescott water usage and history than I’ll ever know. And, yet, I couldn’t help but be taken aback by something he acknowledged deep in his recent column in this newspaper, essentially that our active management area is in “huge overdraft.”
I was so happy to see the law enforcement agencies article, "Multi-agency speed detail nets 123 citations on Prescott-area highways, roads."
I am always impressed with Howard Mechanic’s columns. His latest, Feb. 8, on water serves to emphasize the need for future planning for water and development.
There has been a lot of hoopla recently about our rights as Americans, mostly about not getting vaccinated or wearing masks.
Howard Mechanic’s Talk of the Town column in The Daily Courier on Tuesday, Feb. 8, regarding the City of Prescott providing water outside city limits is based on erroneous assumptions.
Conversations about the preservation of wildlife in proposed and existing developments has become a concern for many in this region of Northern Arizona.
John Lutes and David Frazer both provided recent accomplishments of the Biden Administration. However, I believe they left a few off their lists.
“We have met the enemy and he is us,” quoted by Michael Ellegood, president of the Yavapai County Education Foundation’s board. He is stating the truth...
Certainly Wednesday’s letter from John Lutes deserves a rebuttal. The Biden administration that he praises so glowingly has failed miserably.
Over the past year, President Joe Biden has delivered for families right here in Yavapai County and across Arizona. Just weeks after taking office and inheriting a disaster of a country, the Biden administration has worked tirelessly to pass the American Rescue Plan.
Regarding Mr. Gus Scott’s question in “Our Readers Speak” published Jan. 28 about Dr. Charles Leib’s grave site at Prescott’s Masonic Cemetery.
Noted in The Daily Courier, Sunday, Jan. 30, page 1A, above the fold: “County commemorates ‘topping out’ of new Justice Center jail.”
RE: “County commemorates ‘topping out’ of new Justice Center jail” – Former County Supervisor Randy Garrison in the photo is the supervisor who said the jail couldn’t be placed downtown because “the criminals are too dangerous to release downtown.”
It is with interest that I read Howard Fischer’s article published Jan. 19 about “HB2112.”
Regarding Worcester P. Bong’s article in Days Past published Jan. 16, 2022, the online site for the Masonic Cemetery does not have a listing for Dr. Leib Lane or his wife, Mary!
I read Mr. Roy H. Smith’s piece on Winners and Losers, re: the Sundog Connector.
I write to congratulate the Humboldt Unified School District on undertaking personalized instruction.
I hope that Rick Terry’s beautiful equestrian statue in front of City Hall will be moved to a prominent position in town, where it can be enjoyed by all.
Just wondering, if the 2020 census reports that 83% of the Prescott respondents are “white” alone, how does that make Prescott “Everybody’s Hometown”? The United States is less than 60% — at 58% white; the state of Arizona, 54%.
How to solve the need for adequate ambulance and fire service in Prescott and Prescott Valley? While city leaders are wringing their hands over how to fix this, the answer partially lies with the developers ...
I want to inform Yavapai County residents of the national blood crisis recently issued by the American Red Cross. This is different from a blood shortage, seasonal blood shortages are not uncommon in the U.S.
Today (Tuesday), I saw two wildly differing opinion pieces regarding the pandemic. Statements such as, “It seems now to be fairly well established...,” are meaningless with no evidence.
Just want to clarify for Ms. Linda Lutes, RN, that annual TB vaccines are NOT routinely administered in this country.
At Sky Harbor Airport, I asked a police officer at the information booth if so many of the inside businesses were closed because it was after 5 p.m., or due to COVID or staffing.
OK, what now? We have tried education, scientific facts, statistics, common sense and logic in fighting the rapid rise in COVID cases.
It is time for practically every jurisdiction in the western world to acknowledge that they have dismally failed to manage the COVID crisis.
Government officials recently conceded that their hospitalization figures for COVID-19 were overstated substantially due to including those hospitalized for other conditions who tested positive for COVID-19.
This past Sunday’s production of ¡Andalusia! in our own Yavapai College Performing Arts Center may have been the best Arizona Philharmonic concert yet — judging by audience reaction: Frequent bravo’s, olé’s, and maybe the longest standing ovation for a classical concert in Prescott, ever.
Here we are, again. The world in yet another pandemic tailspin. The future uncertain and not guaranteed. We created this mess.
Political fighting often brings out the worst in people. Today, the tide of hate and division threatens all of us.
Why do Republicans keep harping on having the election stolen?
A plea to dog owners; this morning our hiking group covered about five miles on the Peavine Trail.
People across the country are asking themselves if 2022 will be a better year. The answer is doubtful, because the impact of Russia’s and China’s global ambitions are yet to be seen. Numerous bumps lay in the road ahead for the Biden Administration to negotiate.
Thank you from Miss Kitty’s Cat House! Miss Kitty’s would like to thank the following local businesses for their generous donations to us during the holiday season...
Thank you for the new format, with a lot more info, at the weather forecast section on page 2.
Enough with the denial about COVID. The vaccines work and work well. It is practically a miracle that they were developed so quickly to combat a deadly virus that has killed more than 800,000 Americans.
Sen. Chuck Schumer wants to vote on “voting rights” (HR.1 & S1, Sen. Mark Kelly’s bill) right away. Why? It allows the federal government to take over state elections.
Coronavirus mRNA vaccines are very safe with a severe side-effect incidence rate of under 0.0025%.
This is in response to Rants & Raves: In response to all who are using the unvaccinated as a scapegoat:
Hello to the cyclists of Prescott area! I walk and hike for fitness but I used to ride a mountain bike too. I have been on both sides of the issue.
The Dec. 22 Prescott Valley Tribune’s “Our Readers Speak,” and the Courier before that, included a letter from Harvey Shaw of Prescott and addressed his views on the alleged COVID-19 pandemic.
While the medical community sees the effects of the COVID pandemic up close and personal, it would seem a shame that Dr. Tom Rusing’s Talk of the Town column (Dec. 28), though factually “preached,” likely fell on the ears of only the choir.
The House recently passed a $770 billion military budget for 2022. It was approved with a truly bi-partisan vote of 363 to 70. Why is it that each year the Congress has no problem passing bills to fund the Pentagon, but when it comes to funding for the needs of our citizens, it is too expensive?
First off, a drought as long as 20 years isn’t a drought. It’s a change in climate.
At last week’s Prescott City Council meeting, citizens spoke on behalf of the PROTECT campaign, which urges the city to prepare for the effects of climate change in our area.
Sunday you published a rant that said, “Recent data from the UK shows 63.5% of all COVID deaths were vaccinated.” While it may have said this in part of the UK report, the writer fails to point out that because the older population is so highly vaccinated the percentage numbers alone are a distortion of what is happening.
Many Prescott and Prescott Valley residents and elected officials talk about the Big Chino as if it’s this huge amount of water sitting up north waiting for someone to turn on the hose to quench the thirst of the residents.
One comment in Ann Sawyer’s letter about the Build Back Better Act caught my attention. She mentions the healing of the ozone hole and the ban against refrigerants.
We’ve been down this road before and haven’t learned anything. COVID kills. Period.
I was at the Prescott High School basketball game this past Friday night (12/16/2021) and saw one of the greatest performances by a PHS basketball player.
Pandemic: A disease across the planet, not something created by any political party. No one — left, right nor from outer space — wants lockdowns, people losing jobs, schools closing. That being said, everyone not willing to do a few simple things will cause everything to happen we don't want.
I am both anxious and hopeful about the inclusion of solar energy development in the Build Back Better Act. Considering Arizona’s vast capacity for generation plus our developing technology for storage, this will be a great boon to our economy, hence my hope for enactment.
We have three major hospitals in this area – the Prescott VA, YRMC West and YRMC East. All take care of COVID patients while attempting to manage those who need care for elective surgeries and other illnesses.
I wonder if the owners of two pickup trucks tooling around Prescott these days and sporting out-sized flags that encourage a vulgar act be performed on President Biden understand the difference between the words can and should.
As an annual expression of their love for the young people of our Yavapai County communities, the Prescott Sunrise Lions Club, has again donated a truck load of toys to the Yavapai County Education Service Agency.
Free American 0704 is a pro liberty grassroots organization located in Prescott, Arizona, led by Shauntá Underwood and a handful of volunteers.
Many American parents believe they own their children. They do not.
Letter-writer Rand Lane (Dec. 7) presents himself as a “centrist” champion of objective journalism, but then praises CNN and condemns Fox News. Why?
I saw the inquiry about a lack of beautiful trails, paved and accessible to those who may be using a wheelchair or walker.
I moved to Prescott in 1999 and built a house with views of 50 to 100 miles.
As a citizen concerned about our region’s water supply, I noted that, in a recent Talk of the Town, a Prescott Valley representative highlighted actions the town is taking with respect to its water management policies.
This letter comes as a response to the letter from Doug Ruhland of Nov. 25, 2021.
Please thank Don Ostendorf for his sage advice. Moving on, it’s a shame he never got to read my original correspondence to the board and the superintendent.
After an almost two-year hiatus from symphony concerts due to COVID, we have just returned from an inspired performance of Handel’s Messiah, performed by the Yavapai Choral Union and the Messiah Festival Orchestra at Yavapai College.
I admire the “Prescott Courier” for offering both sides of the political equation. And yes, it’s correct, in writing that the left and right, “both can be true.”
I work in downtown Prescott. A recent morning one of our customers was verbally threatened by another man. We called the police and Officer Crawford soon arrived.
I strongly disagree with letter writer Steve Roczniak’s main points in his letter published Nov. 24. First, he compares vaccine mandates to drunk driving laws because, he says, drunk driving laws limit your ability to drink when you want.
I believe it is fantastic that the Prescott area has many wonderful trails and opportunities to get outside and see what nature has to offer. There are many trails to enjoy and recently has been reported areas to go and see the leaves and the changing of the season. I believe one group has been left out.
RE: teaching “the brutality of communism in schools” (Courier, Nov. 25), it would be much more useful to teach something like the history of modern Russia, in which Stalin’s starvation of millions of Ukranians, the infamous Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, the repression of freedom movements in Hungary and Czechoslovakia, etc.
I too was disappointed and puzzled by the “Raise the Bar” letter to the editor in June. My husband and I absolutely love the restaurants here in the Prescott area.
I do not necessarily agree with Rep. Quang Nguyen that it should be a state law to teach about the brutality of Communism in schools, but I do believe that to teach and have discussions about the meaning and consequences of communism, at least at high school level, is extremely important.
It has been some time since the letter to the editor, “Raise the bar,” was published (June 2021). It stuck as a thorn in my side, as I suspect it did for others...
City Council heading to Prescott, California? So claimed a recent Courier reader in the newspaper’s “Rants and Raves,” but if not true why is new Mayor Phil Goode’s top priority to construct the $20-plus million Sundog Corridor Connector road ...
Congrats to Prescott’s new mayor and the new faces on our City Council as they begin their terms.
Time for Prescott taxpayers to wake up. For more than a year I’ve tried to read a statement (letter) to the Prescott school board. “No, you’re not on the agenda!” I’ve been told.
From birth to age 5, a child’s brain grows faster than any other time in life! Arizona’s early childhood agency, First Things First, is committed to fostering the healthy development of every child in the state. 90% of brain growth happens before a child reaches kindergarten.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! We have so much to be grateful for in the Prescott area; beautiful weather, friendly people, great shops and restaurants. We have the ability to celebrate safely with family and friends if we choose wisely and follow the dictates of the CDC in limiting the spread of the COVID virus. A few precautions can keep us all safe and healthy.
ANSWER: A spine and A brain QUESTION: What two organs are crucial for an effective government official?
Many Americans are against vaccine and mask mandates because they consider the mandates as government intrusions on their personal freedom. Laws that prohibit driving while drunk should be viewed as similarly intrusive.
Upon reading the article about Northpoint Expeditionary Academy’s closing for two days due to COVID infections, I am amazed at the statement the director, Melissa Wagoner, makes about the degree to which our county has been vaccinated.
With the new re-districting of Arizona Congressional Districts, it appears Prescott has shifted away from the heavily Republican 4th Congressional District to the Democrat leaning 2nd Congressional District for the up-coming midterm election.
In response to Martha Ferreira’s “Clean up after your horses” letter of Nov. 18...
As you may or may not know, Prescott sewer charges are based on winter average water consumption (November through April bills).
People do not clean up after their horses. One day there were two large piles right at the start of the Peavine Trailhead. It is often a challenge to walk on the trails and avoid all the manure.
Marxism, which is a synonym for communism, has slowly become the world view for many Americans.
I love it when I turn on the faucet in my home and water comes out. But there’s serious concern our future water supply is inadequate.
Cartoon editing is a waste of taxpayer dollars and frivolous publicity stunts disgrace our legislative branch of government.
On Oct. 5, a letter was published from William X. Waldrom with a complaint that his “life” and his “days would change forever” due to his new “money hungry investor” neighbors. We’re those neighbors.
This year marked the 14th annual Prescott Area Artist Studio Tour.
Prescott isn’t exactly the type of town where employees have ever felt the need to unionize. We are a small town with small businesses and good people.
In response to Judy Carver's letter: Those of us who are vaccinated know we can still get COVID. We know we can still transmit it to others. In my family's case, our son is immunocompromised. We felt we had no choice but to get vaccinated.
Covid-19 UPDATE, Tim Wiederaenders, Courier Editor “It is a myth that if you are vaccinated for COVID-19, you won’t get sick.” I guess all of the Mandate Now, Risk death over protecting yourself, etc. letter writers didn’t read your little blip about getting Covid and spreading it even if your vaccinated.
Thankfully Michael Reagan’s Nov. 4 column was on the Opinions page; as a piece of factual journalism it was sorely lacking.
It's been over a year now since Arizona passed Proposition 207, also known as the Smart and Safe Act, which legalizes the adult recreational use of marijuana by adults 21 and older.
Yes, it’s true. People are living longer. And even before the pandemic, each day more and more individuals are needing additional, if not 24-hour care.
Halloween day there was a protest on Willow Creek Road and Whipple Street by the hospital.
Concerning Mr. Cygan's letter published Nov. 3 in the Courier, relating data from the U.K. Health Security Agency, I just checked their information online, a detailed report on COVID-19 vaccinations/or not and their results. Nowhere could I find the dire picture made by Mr. Cygan.
John Micek’s article in the 11/2/2021 Courier outlines his belief that Mr. Biden and Congress had a progressive “mandate” (his word) and while the bill on the floor fell far short of this mandate it was essential the “seize the moment.”
In response to the letter from Judy Carver, scientific reasoning has most of us playing the odds. The odds of dying of COVID are reduced 11-fold when vaccinated.
On October 13 the United Kingdom Health Security Agency published the following study: “ALARMING:"
On Sunday, 31 Oct. 21, Alexandra Piacenza, talks about the phases of life and how Life’s Later Stages May be the Best.
It has been documented and widely reported that even if you are fully vaccinated you: 1) can still come down with COVID, 2) can still spread COVID, 3) can still die from COVID, 4) risk serious or fatal side effects from the vaccine, 5) still have to wear masks and social distance in many stores, restaurants, etc., 6) have to provide proof of negative test results from the previous 72 hours if you wish to board an airplane, travel out of country, take a cruise, attend a concert or other community event, attend college, or in some cases even report to work at your own job.
What an honor, what a pleasure, what a thrill to have held our YCCA Annual Gathering at the stunning and charming Phippen Museum. For the readers who have never ventured into this gem, you must take the time to do so.
This is in response to the Letter to the Editor entitled, “Statues to War” by Mr. Summit.
Regarding letters from those of you who think all employees of various hospitals/medical facilities must be vaccinated, try to come off of your righteous thrones and think about this.
I’ve seen it suggested that Colin Powell didn’t die of COVID complications because well, he did have cancer. Nobody other than his doctors and inner circle can know the particulars of his situation, and I don’t pretend to either. But I am a cancer survivor.
In Sunday’s (24 Oct) OpEd the Courier seemed to be likening Sinema to McCain. Though somewhat qualified, the statement still made me cringe.
What is the orientation (capitalism, socialism, or communism) and intent of the Biden administration regarding the economics of the country and the financial well-being of its citizens?
I would like to thank the greater Prescott community to include our citizens, elected officials, various civic organizations, the vast array of first responder agencies/partners, and most importantly the men and women of the Prescott Fire Department.
The Associated Press (America’s Pravda) lied to us for three years about Russian collusion when they knew it was Hillary Clinton collusion with the FBI.
As our supply chain is more and more broken and our grocery store shelves empty, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is home bottle-feeding his adopted kids with his husband.
Common sense steps for voting No on Prop 454: Learn to take cold showers. They are more invigorating, and much shorter which also saves water. Within a year your body will develop immunity to the microbes that reside on dishes washed in cold water.
There’s nothing like a provocative opinion piece about water to raise one’s hackles. And Howard Mechanic’s Oct. 19 Talk of the Town did exactly that for me.
Looking about the Yavapai County Courthouse plaza we witness an attempt at historic revisionism. Statues to "wars" of no national interest.
While I agree that UniSource Energy is a fine and reputable company, I do not believe the City of Prescott should sign a franchise agreement with any contractor for 25 years.
The current city ballot measure — to support or not a franchise agreement for a natural gas pipeline system citywide — should receive a No vote.
It probably cost over three quarters of a million dollars to imprison serial rapist (50) and killer (10) Bobby Joe Long for 34 years.
In her Oct. 12 letter to the editor, Dorothy Cora Moore states her opposition to vaccines (not just the COVID vaccine).
It’s easy to get caught up in the back-and-forth of Congress and forget about the fact that there are real-world consequences to some of these issue.
Remember when dissent was patriotic, and it was popular to question authority? Try that today and you’ll be labeled a domestic terrorist.
Most of us could benefit from a more balanced diet rich in fruits and veggies and, according to the dietary guidelines for Americans, there’s also room in our diets to choose lean beef more often.
When I was in school George Orwell’s book “1984” was still mandatory reading.
Is anyone watching the coast? There are far too many cargo tankers being moored just off the coast, be east or west.
I am an older American, and I am fed up with paying the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs.
In response to the reader who submitted that “change for the good” in our readers speak segment supporting the reconciliation/infrastructure bill do you really know what is included in this bill.
Regarding Mr. Wiederaenders’ friend “Tom” and his concern over transit costs -
This morning [Sunday] I open the paper to see a Rant & Rave from someone claiming that the hiking trails in Prescott bring in no revenue or tourists. Seriously? Clearly this person has never visited the Peavine Trail, Goldwater Lake, Watson Lake or Willow Lake and dropped his/her $3.00 in the pay station.
This past Sunday morning I opened the newspaper to see a Rant & Rave from someone claiming that the hiking trails in Prescott bring in no revenue or tourists. Seriously?
In regard to the Sept. 25 article on the monsoon and the state of Prescott’s lakes: “The recharged water results in water credits for the city, which can then be allocated to new development as ‘alternative water.’”
I hope that the talks between President Joe Biden, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and Sen. Joe Manchin go in the direction of supporting both the infrastructure bill and the budget bill.
If only 50% of people got the Polio and Small Pox vaccinations years ago, we wouldn’t have been able to eradicate these horrible viruses ...
As the outgoing Chair of the Prescott Valley Healing Field for the past eight years, I want to thank the people that made each year more successful than the last.
I appreciated the Editor’s Opinion piece “What is growth? Can you combat it?” Although it doesn’t answer its own question, asking if we can combat it is a very good start in the process.
A request has come to Blankets 4 Kids from our neighbors to the South, New Orleans, LA to support them on the disaster that Hurricane Ida leveled on them!
Prescott Valley Mayor Palguta, and council members Hunt, Hepperle, and Schumacher recently voted in favor to buy the old, dilapidated Coors property, off Highway 89A, for $3.2 million from Yavapai County.
Our community has rallied together to protect our natural resources when it came to Saving the Dells. This not only affected the residents and visitors who enjoy the great outdoors but it also affected our towns government leaders.
The city’s survey of the public over how to utilize the old city hall building is over. The results show a majority of citizens want to see it developed into retail stores and/or restaurants.
In light of the Yavapai County hospitals mandating vaccinations for all their healthcare staff, or else be fired, here are some important questions for all Yavapai County residents to ask:
I write to encourage “patriots” to fly the American flag. Our Founding Fathers were in toto governmental geniuses, though by no means perfect. By flying our flag we honor them and the potential of our democratic efforts.
At Saturday’s rally in Washington DC on Sept. 18th titled “Justice For J6” my favorite comment by a rally speaker was...”We support our law enforcement”...
To the multitude of Prescott residents that have helped the Disabled American Veterans organization over the years; we thank you so very much. With your help we have been able to help thousands of local veterans lead better, high quality lives.
As a retired hospital administrator from an adjacent state, all staff were required annual vaccinations to prevent diseases/viruses from spreading to all staff so that they could care for patients and avoid closing our doors.
The Marine Corps League, Copper State Detachment 906, conducts the “Toys For Tots” Campaign in the Prescott area to collect toys for deserving children for distribution as Christmas gifts.
A big “Thank You’ to Esteban, Teresa and their band for a terrific concert Sept. 10.
In reference to “Listen to the Health Experts” of Sept. 7. Richard Slatin writes that he was at the HUSD public meeting pertaining to COVID restrictions and attended by “unruly” parents.
The nation’s health is in severe decline. This is largely because of the losing trifecta of blunders over the past two months that began at the southern border then moved to Afghanistan, where the strategy was clearly and fatally flawed.
Why is everything these days considered “political correctness?” Time has come for changes. The “Smoki People” were not a “people,” as in Native American people.
Water being recharged to the aquifer at Prescott airport should be used solely to offset some of the overdraft condition that has existed for years.
A thought on one way to mitigate development to preserve our natural beauty and conserve our precious water.
In the early ’80s, I had a good job, but was the low seniority guy in a union house, and nothing could keep me from being laid off. So, I took a chance in food sales and had a successful career. Fast forward to catering the past 15 years...
I am shocked by the massive amount of housing growth that has occurred in our tri-city area. Thousands of houses continue to be built daily. Some would assert or argue that this housing is needed due to our population growth. I say, “Houston or Prescott, we have a problem.”
This Sunday will be the opening of regular football season and that is a lot to be excited about. We have a home team and other favorites to root for.
I would like to add to Patti Sheaffer’s excellent letter published Sept. 7.
Arizona schools face a lot of unknowns as students return to the classroom.
The Bureau of Land Management is giving away Arizona’s public lands.
We will not reach herd immunity until more than 80% of our population is vaccinated. As long as anti-COVID vaxers continue to resist, COVID will stay, increase and mutate.
Just an update on my previous (rant) — Just this week, a possible update to the idea of boosters, although boosters were not directly tested at all.
I was at the Humboldt school board public “meeting” at which the board listened to the public; mostly parents, a representative from Yavapai County Community Health Services and a licensed medical practitioner.
Below is a partial list of military equipment left in Afghanistan as we surrendered to the Taliban in the worst foreign debacle in our history, according to multiple websites.
Prescott would benefit enormously with an emboldened town planner with responsibilities delineated and assigned by the council that would stretch far beyond the rubber-stamping of a developer’s plans.
Jourdan Wheeler’s “Immigration policies sinking our ship of state” (Aug 31) is partially correct.
In the past few years, initiatives designed to lower labor standards, weaken unions and erode workplace protections have been launched. Such far-reaching and mean-spirited structural changes weaken the bargaining power and political influence of organized labor.
As an old pilot with no connection to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, please let me respond to letters regarding its training flights.
Our house is located on one of the highest points beneath the constant Embry Riddle training flight pattern, so I join the chorus of complaints.
After reading Britt Flores recent column about self-care, I would like to add a caution about the use if essential oils.
RE: Mr. Schnell’s letter – I whole heartedly agree regarding the airport noise. But, I do not blame the airport.
I was reminded about another kind of meeting while reading the Aug. 22 editorial about the recent, unruly Humboldt school board meeting.
Reading the Courier’s vaccine coverage, you’d think there was no debate, but there is and it needs to be heard.
I am sick and tired of government infringing on our God-given freedoms. It should be my decision if I choose to wear a seatbelt. I also question speed limits. I should have the freedom to choose how fast I drive.
Regarding Mike Schnell‘s letter about Embry-Riddle’s noisy aircraft flying over homes minutes apart. I agree wholeheartedly with his complaints. The airport isn’t a problem, Embry-Riddle is the problem.
This is a letter to commend and say our utmost thanks to the Prescott Fire Stations 74 and 75 for their help in rescuing our rodent-hunting dachshund Camie.
I am tired of people complaining about the noise at Ernest A. Love Field. Last week, there were two letters to the editor. After reading Mike Schnell’s complaint, I felt I had to respond.
Recently, libraries of the Yavapai County Free Library District imposed access restrictions, causing a friend in a book discussion group to exclaim, “Thanks for sending me back into the Dark Ages.”
The spread of COVID-19 has taken the life of over 600,000 people in the U.S. Additionally, our hospitals, doctors and nurses have been pushed in many cases beyond the breaking point.
While I wholeheartedly agree with County Recorder Leslie Hoffman that requiring identification for mail-in ballots is not necessary (why fix something that is not broken)...
In regard to Mike Schnell’s letter (Aug. 19) about airport noise, specifically from ERAU trainer aircraft. Perhaps, as funds become available, the school should consider ...
People often say they’re tired of endless wars, so can’t we stop fighting the weather?
Now that Love Field has been named the fifth busiest airport in America, I wholeheartedly believe it. Today, my neighborhood, and others around the airport, were subjected to around six hours of continuous flyovers from small aircraft.
Senate Bill 1452 is a good bill needing two changes: the voucher must be used for another academic school parents choose and include a time limit. This bill had a loophole that some people abused.
Thank you to Jim Lamerson (former Councilman and recent candidate) for his gracious letter congratulating the winners of the recent election.
Unless you have access to Walker Road, there is only one way for a Costco Shopper to reach the Highway 69 store, and that is via Highway 69.
Failure of the governor to require masks in schools is creating another health crisis.
We are in two camps. Unvaccinated and vaccinated. Be prepared to think about who the unvaccinated are.
Earlier this week, I was honored to present a gift from the Greater Prescott Outdoors Fund for $5,000 to the Yavapai Search and Rescue Squadron. They are all volunteers who help save lives and find those who have lost their lives.
The perfect storm (Hurricane COVID) is sinking this ship of state. The unprecedented economic decline and ineffective Democrat-Republican response shows fatal flaws in the Dem/Rep system.
RE: National Column by Dick Polman, Aug. 9, “Words from the MAGA cult.” The Daily Courier is doing a disservice to its readers by publishing Dick Polman, a “national political columnist,” who injects personal opinion and exaggeration.
The election, for me, is over but the results are not. I am confident those elected want to be the best public servants they can be and will do the best job they can.
The former Prescott City Hall, at the corner of Cortez and Goodwin streets, would make an ideal, permanent location for the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew (GMIHC) Learning and Tribute Center, currently housed at the Prescott Gateway Mall.
Senator Karen Fann told us she wanted to make sure voters could trust our election process, so to do so she should have hired a credible organization actually nationally accredited and experienced in doing such audits.
Many people who have student loan debt are looking for President Joe Biden to get them off the hook and forgive any outstanding debt.
I would like to know who made the dumb decision to send a letter to the drivers who break the law by not stopping for a bus when there sign is out to let students on & off the bus.
Canceling student loan debt, which President Joe Biden has the power to do, will relieve this great burden from millions of Americans.
Our national leadership needs to treat COVID-19 as an invading army.
These days when people exhibit so much divisiveness, bitterness and anger toward one another, I would like to acknowledge an unexpected act of kindness and generosity.
The malarkey meter was pegged with Matthew Lanning’s letter that tries to justify teaching racism and diversity (Critical Race Theory) in classroom English classes.
If our country ever faced a disaster we need to sustain ourselves on this beautiful plateau, where cattle graze and crops can be grown.
As an old Goldwater Republican whose party has moved me to the center, I was delighted to find and read in the Courier the views of John Stossel on “Woke Language” (July 23) next to Matt LaVoire’s acknowledgement of the West’s megadrought.
In a recent speech, a candidate for Prescott council said this: “Can any of you name a city in the last 100 years that has ran (sic) out of water in the western United States?”
People must understand that vaccination is critical to prevent the virus from mutating from one that threatens us all, to one that kills you.
Being quite dismayed about the smear campaign waged against three of our candidates for office here in Prescott, I decided to research the source of the mailings, Arizona Residents Council (ARC).
A recent editorial claims voter-approved Props 400 and 401 were weaponized by the public as “leverage” in the AED Development Agreement and Annexation review process.
USAF Space and Missile Systems Center Research Scientist here... One of my jobs was helping the USAF and Department of Defense understand climate change. Unlike us, the Pentagon takes climate change “very” seriously.
The historical, and probable continued overuse of the water from the Prescott Active Management Area (AMA) clearly points to an ultimate disaster for its users.
The 6-3 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court concluded the provisions in Arizona’s 2016 law do not violate the Voting Rights Act.
I was stunned seeing Paul Gosar signs displayed in the two Yavapai Republican Party Prescott parade entries on July 3. A further shock was seeing Senate President Karen Fann riding in a vehicle with Gosar.
Thank you, Howard Mechanic, for another great Talk of the Town. Basically, we are looking at the Hilton deal redux. We are lucky to have individuals like you who keep an eye on the shenanigans of the Prescott City Council and its agents.
How do we learn from our challenging experiences? We are in this planet to discover where we belong. Each of us live our life differently yet are made up of the same human biology. How confusing to live in the same neighborhood and view our community with disconnection and conflict.
In our country, the price of many prescription drugs is exorbitant. I have been taking a life-saving blood thinner for over nine years to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism. This drug retails for $17.46 per dose.
This letter is in response to Patrick Leyden’s recent letter in which he claimed “reading an article listing the 10 states having the highest life expectancy as well as the 10 states with the lowest life expectancy.”
I truly hope that our city’s elected leaders denounce and publicly show sincere distain for any and all political flyers that impugn the character of individuals running for Prescott city government. Silence on such heinous political attacks is agreement and/or complicity.
According to a Courier article, the development agreement between the City of Prescott and AED regarding saving the Dells does not include the Dells parcel that contains the ancient Indian ruins.
On the June 17 opinions page, Susan Wathier stated she is “anti-firearms” and prefers local citizens to open carry so she can practice avoidance or “shelter in place.”
All those lazy bums won’t work because they’re getting $300 more each week in unemployment, right? Wrong!
The Sun Dog road from Prescott Parkway to the intersection near Sprouts on Highway 69 should be constructed.
What a gem we have here in the quad-city area, Arizona Downs. After hearing about it, I finally took an afternoon and “went to the track!”
Prescott seniors have a hard enough time accessing high-quality, affordable health care in a timely manner.
Prescott’s wonderful hiring of Amy Bonney as police chief is long-deserved, and a pattern other regional departments should follow in replacing chiefs: Look first within your own ranks.
Juneteenth. Think about what your life would have been if you had been enslaved. Every aspect of your life would have been different.
I read Richard Haddad’s parting message to us with interest in knowing what next he intends to tackle; with my best wishes to him in his next endeavor.
I submitted comments expressing my concerns about AED to the mayor and others in city government through the city website.
Just finished reading an article listing the 10 states having the highest life expectancy as well as the 10 states with the lowest life expectancy.
An article in Sunday’s paper was about an English teacher in Nashville Tennessee that was worried about how to teach her students in light of recent legislation.
They call it “optics” for a reason. It just plain doesn’t look good. Or it looks really good. The city council is considering changes to the Prescott Frontier Days lease. Helping a popular local nonprofit is good optics for the city. But the story doesn’t end there.
Well, I find it sadly amusing that “Help Wanted” signs throughout Prescott has not changed the number of people asking for handouts throughout Prescott.
Let’s crunch the numbers. Granite Dells will add 2,400 new homes.
Several years ago when I was on one of the mayor’s committees, the topic of Watson Lake came up and the inability for anyone to go into the water to swim because of the solution.
As the pandemic seems to be coming under control, cruise lines are preparing to begin sailing again, and passenger volume is increasing on the airlines.
The majority on our city council seems to be in late-stage denial regarding the short and long-term problems associated with gifting our Chino Aquifer water to whichever developer requests it.
Kudos to the hero firefighters that are fighting wild fires in Arizona and across the nation in intense, sometimes record-breaking, heat.
“YES!” Gov. Doug Ducey is right on to spend $100 million for wildfire prevention; June 15th article by Howard Fischer. We need to reach Ducey to show that utilizing large goat herds would be a brilliant investment.
After 30 years in Minneapolis, my husband and I returned to Arizona to be close to family and enjoy more moderate weather year round. We chose Prescott because of its proximity to the Phoenix metro area and for its small town charm and friendly people.
This morning we needed the services of the fire department to get help for Alan.
What is a retired person to do to get hearing aids when you can’t afford them?
For a year, big tech information controllers and Democratic party operatives (the media) silenced discussion of COVID’s true origin.
First, I want to thank the candidates running for Prescott City Council and, for that matter, to thank all candidates running for office, locally, state and nation-ally....
Please help me understand this. The police enforce the traffic laws, when they get special grants, such as the checkpoints and saturation patrols.
Tim Wiederaenders’ column, “Words can bully, but don’t cheapen them,” is an accurate assessment of a major societal problem: the cheapening of words like “racist” and “Nazi.”
In Chino Valley, a “public notice” sign appeared recently on 2 North (just southwest of 2 North and 1 West). This was to change 41 acres from single-family residential, 1-acre minimum to single-family residential 5.05 houses per acre. The result on 41 acres would be a development of 207 high-density lots.
To the inconsiderate dog owners in Eagle Ridge Subdivision: Pick up your dog poop! Many of your neighbors walk throughout our subdivision and are confronted by your dog’s droppings, not only alongside the walk but also right on the sidewalk.
The real story of the tax cuts: As is typical of Republican “tax cuts” let’s see who really benefits.
The terrorist group Hamas attacks Israel with over 3,000 rockets and kills some people.
Syndicated columnist John Micek’s “Commentary on the fight over critical race theory,” June 2, needs a response. What Micek wrote about critical race theory reveals either a lack of understanding of the threat or he is part of a move to totally reform our society.
Great job Yavapai Regional Medical Center employees, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the nursing staff of the YRMC CVICU, for their excellent care during my brief stay.
Whatever you think of the 2020 elections, it seems prudent to be concerned about the quality and integrity of the process.
A rant from April 25, saying “if you really wanted to vote, you would find a way,” shows a lack of knowledge and understanding for those who have challenges or unforeseen circumstances that keep them from making it to the polls.
Richard Haddad’s (May 25) insightful use of the behavior of geese to explain looking out for one another and the benefit thus acquired, reminds me why zero sum thinking is a detriment to our community.
Alarmed by scientific reports of a dwindling aquifer beneath our feet and a huge decline in Del Rio Springs, headwaters of the Verde River, which has already resulted in the drying up of six miles of precious riparian habitat, many of us have taken measures to conserve.
As a member of the anti-firearms population, I prefer those who carry a gun to openly carry it.
My father’s side of my family came to Arizona in 1921. Mother’s side 1935. I was driving in Arizona before I-10 and I-17 and there were just over one million residents statewide.
We are all so grateful! Today in Lynx Mountain View Estates we had a fire that was out of control.
Gov. Doug Ducey’s flat tax that was added to his state budget is despicable.
Are you vaccinated or fully vaccinated against COVID-19? Is there a difference?
Was it a breeze? Was it a gale? Was it a squall? One thing for sure there were gusts of wind! To all of you that visited the YCCA Open Air Home Show Fair, Saturday May 22, at the Findlay Toyota Center, thank you from the bottom of my heart! Yes, it was a beautiful sunny windy, squally, gusty day, but delightful.
I just wanted to say that when you are going through something as serious as cancer I never knew just how devoted and comforting the people from the cancer centers are.
While at the Prescott library on June 3, 2019, a very pleasant woman — with a weathered face and dark graying hair —came and stood very near me; just looking at me. I eventually said, “Hi.” She asked me — softly in a very sincere and hopeful voice —“Are you my dad?”
Courier headlines “Yavapai County receives more than $22M in first round of American Rescue Plan money.” WOW! Great. But, let’s think a minute. Where did this money come from?
Letter writer Sandy Farrel, in the May 20 Courier, makes a very good point, that we are a nation of individuals, and that it is wrong, therefore, to say we are a racist nation.
I want to thank Richard Haddad for his column on May 11, making us aware of how the owners and employees of some local businesses have been mistreated by customers.
I am getting sick and tired of hearing about how all of the problems being experienced in Prescott, such as drivers who are inconsiderate and do nothing but speed and generally rude people, are the result of Californians.
My husband and I purchased an existing home in Chino Valley in 2013. We chose this area because it was a rural community with hometown values. Unfortunately, we have been watching this change.
To comply with The Daily Courier’s general policy that a letter to the editor be signed by only one person or a couple, I submit this letter on behalf of myself and 25 other concurring concerned citizens.
Numbers don’t lie but public officials use them to deceive the home town public.
It was disappointing to read the May 26, Courier Editorial supporting the flat tax. The editorial contended that the low taxes would lure top-quality firms and jobs.
Saturday May 22, the Chino Valley Lions Club and also members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints did a great job cleaning the Chino Valley Cemetery. Ella Officer provided U.S. Flags for many of the graves.
What does a political party have to do with the Lion's Club sponsored Prescott Valley Days parade? Yeah, beats me too.
I’m curious as to why Prescott would want to spend the money, which is in very short supply and getting shorter, to switch to sewer?
I would like to respond to the letter, “Classic driving,” from Stacey Petska
In response to Stacey Petska’s letter of May 5, although I certainly agree with her assessment of the “awful driving” habits in Prescott, I must question her placing blame on the “...influx of Californians invading this city...”
Regarding David Littlehale’s consequences for the rape of a teenage girl in Prescott, the taxpayer costs for his imprisonment and care with an expected lifespan will be almost a million dollars.
We were saddened and appalled to see the attempt of 20 people to throw out elected officials and arbitrarily take their elective positions in our state.
I want to thank Joe Howard at the Prescott school district for standing up for what is right. For the health and wellness of students, parents, teachers.
Your news on water shortage is timely. Here in The Ranch at Prescott, which is quite woody, we are seeing the start of dying off of evergreens. Often, the beginning of dying for an evergreen, especially pines, is their end. That tree will be unable to send sap to eject a bark beetle from the tree.
Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) was on CBS Sunday, May 2, about racism and Senate legislation, and afterward the CBS anchor had a panel of people talking about what he said, agreeing or disagreeing, that the U.S. is a racist nation.
It is great news that the city of Prescott will buy the National Bank building on Montezuma to replace the old and aged city hall at Cortez Street.
A new Maverick station and store that’s coming to the southwest corner of Highway 69 and Fain Road is about to shatter the peacefulness – and the property values – of everyone living in the Prescott Country Club.
In response to the recent letter entitled “Neighborhood watch questionable affiliation.”
Oversized pickups, SUVs, etc. also don’t fit inside the parking spaces in the parking garage.
Thank you, Tim Wiederaenders for your “Water, a deep issue” column.
This is my reaction to the (May 5, front page) Courier article on the draft proposal for changing septic systems in Prescott to the city sewer system.
The seizure of the AZ ballots by Karen Fann and other Trump supporters in the state legislature is a ploy to declare them fraudulent.
Out of curiosity, I attended a meeting of the Oath Keepers.
The Prescott Valley Police Foundation announced that Congressman Gosar will be a guest speaker at the upcoming “Thank the Blue” event.
In response to Nigel Reynold's April 8 letter...and my letter on March 26, he is correct that I am a creationist, and believe the Bible to be God's word.
The recounting of the ballots for the fourth time is not only a waste of money, it is childish, a waste of time, labor and a group of people acting out like spoiled brats.
Funny how the right wing in Arizona claims to want less government and interference into our lives, but insists on telling HOAs and their members across our state what flags they deem appropriate, as they see it.
During all this controversy about our police, I saw a T-shirt that carried the best message I have yet to see on the subject.
While some great press has been given the fine work being done by a group called PANT, it makes me feel very proud to see the local law enforcement agencies working together to help stem the flow of those vicious drugs into our area.
I'm an honorably discharged Marine Corps veteran who served this country over 40 years ago.
Auntie Em! Auntie Em! Did I wake up in Oz? No, I woke up in California!
In response to your April 7 Neighborhood Watch questionable affiliation from Ralph Scott, we all know you are talking about Oathkeepers.
I want to thank Bob Baker for writing about Joe Aw Jew, the first Chinese-American in Prescott (Days Past, April 11 Courier).
On Lakeshore Drive in Prescott Valley, there are three left turn lanes to … nothing. Even "No Left Turn" signs on the left turn lanes! ...
What an absolutely brilliant, and spot on assessment of our current state of affairs.
WOW! In what can only be called a slam-bam-thank you beleaguered taxpayers the Prescott City Council voted to spend $7.75 million of your tax dollars to purchase an aging building to satisfy their egos for new digs.
Ralph Scott, as it’s true firearm sales are up, have you ever considered the fact that firearm ownership is one of the reasons we live in safer tri-city area compared to other cities?
Offering a different perspective on Nadine Vaught’s letter published April 14, 2021.
There is an assault by the Legislature on our voting rights, our citizens’ initiative rights, and the independence of the Secretary of State and the Corporation Commission.
Nancy Scharff’s letter in the April 1 Daily Courier was appropriate for April Fool’s Day.
With the advent of electric vehicles coming from many car/truck manufacturers in the near future, I wonder when the states and or the federal government will impose a road use fee/tax to make up for the lost revenue caused by the lack of the electric vehicles owners not paying a road use tax per gallon of gasoline or diesel fuel?
I just read the Haddad/Prescott Valley mayor’s editorial in today’s paper.
Republican Legislators — instead of trying to rid people of the right to vote, try changing what you stand for.
David McNabb’s letter about “Christianity in history,” has inaccuracies.
As a retiree who loves the great outdoors and now has more time to visit our beautiful public lands, I am much more aware of the need and duty for all of us to protect and preserve these irreplaceable areas for current and future generations.
Mr. Bray makes some rather extreme observations concerning HR1, recently passed by the House.
I recently moved to Arizona for school after living on the East Coast for most of my life.
I read in the Courier about the new splash pad at Granite Creek Park that the will include 12,000 square feet of grass.
Years ago, before the advent of political correctness, my 4-year-old son and his 2-year-old sister were watching a cowboys and Indians movie on TV, when my 2-year-old asked, “What will we do if Indians come to our house?”
I am dismayed, but not surprised to see the one-sided reporting in your April 7, 2021 article on the election.
Mental illness is such a diverse topic, and very often goes into substance abuse and offenses leading to incarceration.
I’m writing in response to Eileen Sherill’s April 6 letter to the editor regarding the topic of whether or not it is acceptable to ask someone if they have received the COVID-19 vaccine.
Perhaps it is time to create a new win-win solution for our recent local conditions.
I wish to commend Congressman Paul Gosar for all that he has done, and is doing, for his constituents.
David McNabb’s (March 26) letter gives readers a narrow religious outlook.
The Democrat Party is opposed to strict voter registration and voting laws, especially Voter ID.
The article entitled, “Bill could allow Arizona to ignore some future federal gun laws” is incorrectly titled.
I am writing in response to Tim Wiederaenders' editorial suggesting that we should not ask a person if they have had their COVID vaccines...saying that is personal.
Congressman Paul Gosar has stepped far over the line.
An article in the March 3, Courier tells of a dramatic increase in gun sales recently.
This is in response to the letter from Congressman Paul Gosar, in which he criticized the H.R.1 bill that passed the House and is on its way to the Senate.
Recently the pedestrian/bike tunnel under Willow Creek road at Embry/Riddle trail was covered in graffiti.
Editor: Despite an urgent need to reduce the Arizona prison population, state senators failed to pass criminal justice reform this year.
Kudos to Sandy Griffis, executive director of the Yavapai County Contractors Association, and the ladies behind the counter at the City of Prescott Building/Permit Department who worked their magic to pull a permit and schedule an inspection for us in record time.
The person ranting in a March 14 edition of the Courier wanted an explanation on how the COVID relief bill could be a Democratic wish list.
In response to Andrew Seidel's column opposing the proposed bill in the Arizona Senate to expand the voucher program for K-12 education, I'd first like to point out that he is with the Freedom FROM Religion Foundation, a well-known group of atheist activists who fight to exclude anything religious from the public sphere.
Like Congressman Paul Gosar, I’m a Republican, having first registered to vote during the Richard Nixon era, and yes, I voted for him.
“We are writing an ordinance that protects our citizens from the negative impacts of cell towers,” are words you’ve never heard from your city officials.
I appreciate the dual editorials on Arizona education. Andrew L. Seidel, a director of the Freedom “from” Religion Foundation made several comments I consider false.
Regarding the (March 12 point-counterpoint) piece by Andrew Seidel advocating for the abolition of school vouchers:
If Republican lawmakers are attempting to pass voter suppression legislation with a disparate effect on minorities' constitutional right to vote, then yes, they are racist.
Here is my take on voter laws: The changing of voting laws, by Republican states due to their losses in the 2020 general elections, reminds me of when I was a young lad playing baseball.
Why are younger people getting the vaccine? Also how are seniors going to get signed up for the vaccine when they don't have internet?
Your Sunday Rants&Raves are often an interesting cross-section of opinions, thank-yous and tributes from our neighbors. They are usually well-considered ...
I am extremely disappointed in the Sunday Courier's point (Paul Gosar)/counterpoint (Christine Todd Whitman) discussion of H.R.1. Gosar did not get into any fine points on why it is such bad piece of legislation, and Whitman talked only about the last election.
Karen Fann, President of the AZ Legislature, cannot take the heat.