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Robin Layton

Stories by Robin

Editorial: Poll says we are optimistic for 2017

The Associated Press-Times Square Alliance poll claims we are mostly optimistic for a better year.

Middle-aged Musings: Pepto, chocolate and a new friend

The store manager ringing up my purchases laughed heartily, and then she laughed some more.

Editorial: A wall won’t help

A story making big news this week is about a Mexican man accused of raping a girl on a Kansas bus.

Editorial: Learn from 2016 to enjoy a better 2017

Wherever you look this week, you’ll most likely see some sort of year-end list: Top Stories of 2016, Top Movies of 2016, Top Things We Hate of 2016.

Middle-aged Musings: Remembering Christmas in a simpler time

Life was simpler when Frosty came to life, the Grinch’s heart grew, Rudolph showed off his nose and Herbie wanted to be a dentist.

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Editorial: True meaning of the season

How about we all stop bickering about politics, stop being selfish, and try something new ... let’s think about someone else for a change.

Editorial: Football player’s DUI and new job doesn’t send good message

Arizona Cardinal Michael Floyd’s blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit when he was arrested in Scottsdale earlier this month.

Editorial: Teaching cursive writing is not a priority

Arizona schools are now required to teach students cursive handwriting.

Editorial: Violence is never the answer

Being a parent is the hardest thing most of us will ever undertake.

Middle-aged Musings: The Force is still strong in this old chick

The intense excitement of my first science fiction movie has never left me – I can still remember being in the old downtown movie theater in 1977, sitting in the first row, head tilted up to the enormous screen, mesmerized by my first glimpse of Star Wars.

Editorial: Do we need a child/pet rescue law?

If a police officer or other trained emergency personnel break out a car window to reach a stranded child or dog in a hot car, that’s one thing.

Editorial: Safe in your home(town)

Polls and surveys, as we saw this election cycle, can be interesting, but also misleading.

Middle-aged Musings: I need an adult snow day … or four

I looked at a coworker the other day and said, “I’m going home for naptime.

Editorial: Caution on the rapid growth

Affordable rentals are sorely lacking in most of Yavapai County. It’s good news that a development company is going to try for a tax-credit application to offer workforce rentals at $450 to $600 a month.

Editorial: Dime a gallon? Too much, too fast

Apparently someone in Arizona has been asleep since the 1990s.

Editorial: A glimpse of what it’ll be like

Congress rushed through a spending bill this week, which is rare in itself.

Editorial: Don’t let this group die!

It’s easy to fall into complacency when someone else is taking care of things. Take for example the group of dedicated folks who run the Prescott Area Wildland Urban Interface Commission.

Editorial: Standing Rock Sioux get a win

The fight to keep a water source free from contamination, and to protect sacred sites, has apparently paid off.

Editorial: It’s time to grow up and move on

This past week a swastika showed up in the dirt on part of the Peavine Trail. It alarmed some local hikers.

Middle-aged Musings: Memories of a child’s Christmas last a lifetime

There’s a place near Reading, Pennsylvania, that still holds tight to my 8-year-old self’s sense of holiday wonder.

Editorial: Millions rely on Medicaid expansion

Everyone agrees the Affordable Care Act needs help. Whether you want it scuttled or revamped, it’s clear something needs to happen.

Editorial: Don’t let holidays bring you down

There’s a bridge in stunning Sedona that has an ominous reputation.

Editorial: Indeed, ‘Why not all of Prescott?’

Doris Theriault came to me with an intriguing idea of making Prescott known as “Everybody’s Compassionate Hometown.”

Middle-aged Musings: Creeping up on 50

Next Saturday is the first day of my last year as a 40-something.

Editorial: Did the Russians get Trump elected?

The era of the Cold War spawned deep paranoia in the world, along with an extensive network of spies.

Editorial: Compromise needed for national monument designation plans

Designating more land around Grand Canyon National Park as a national monument has sparked controversy across Arizona.

Editorial: A court had to tell us how to be human?

In a country where even our most hardened criminals have clean clothes, cells with beds and a toilet, hot meals and other amenities, it boggles the mind that our own Border Patrol holds detainees in Third World conditions.

Middle-aged Musings: The evolution of friendships

Girlfriends aren’t something I have a lot of. There’s the no-time issue and the still-new-to-Arizona issue.

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Editorial: Facebook users: Where have you been?

There’s suddenly a lot of hoopla about fake news on Facebook.

Editorial: Don’t dismiss those anonymous tips

Anonymous tips are a grab bag for police, government officials and newspapers.

Middle-aged Musings: Seashell dolls and powdered sugar date balls

Looking for seashells along a Maryland beach, just out of the reach of breaking waves, is one of my more vivid childhood memories.

Editorial: Polls gone wild

Survey, opinion poll, straw poll, canvass, market research, census ... whatever you call them, they should not be used to lull a voter, or a candidate, into complacency.

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Editorial: Every veteran’s story should be shared

Putting together our annual Veterans Day special section always touches my heart.

Editorial: We need to ‘add some depth to the bench’

That catchy sports reference to having enough players to keep putting in the game is an excellent way to explain the need for more police officers on Prescott streets.

Editorial: A good sign for our country

For once, standing in a line was a good thing.

Middle-aged Musings: Real romance has a few pitfalls

A lot of people ask me if I’ve written a book or plan to do so in the future.

Editorial: A recipe for disaster

What do you get when you mix a gun with a suicidal person or powerful pain killers in a house with teens?

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Editorial: That’s the way it was…

Journalists and fans celebrated newsman Walter Cronkite’s 100th birthday Friday.

Editorial: Stay healthy for those around you

As community members, we all bear the responsibility of not spreading sickness.

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Editorial: Public service is supposed to be for the public

Today’s editorial cartoon makes a good point: Who do public officials really work for?

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Editorial: Our nation fails our veterans, again

Once again our nation is failing its veterans.

Middle-aged Musings ‘She Came From Behind The Couch!’

Scary movies aren’t my thing.

Editorial: Put back the fun in football

The National Football League has a new name these days, the No Fun League.

Editorial: Prescott needs ‘managed transformation’

The phrase “smart growth” is tossed around quite a bit, but what does it really mean?

Editorial: Some drastic changes needed

Whether you are in a health insurance plan provided by your employer or in the Affordable Care Act marketplace, most of you have probably seen your health insurance premiums increase this year.

Editorial: Veterans keep getting raw deal

Once again our nation is failing its veterans.

Editorial: Where did you hear that?

We received three phone calls from concerned parents Friday afternoon.

Middle-aged Musings: Have you seen my shoe?

It’s bad enough that I can’t keep track of my car keys, sunglasses, purse or anything else. Now, my shoes are walking away. Literally.

Editorial: Do your part to keep Yarnell trail sacred

A trail leading to the ridge overlooking the site of the Granite Mountain Hotshots tragedy in Yarnell is nearing completion.

Editorial: Picking lesser of two evils

This election season no longer rests on party loyalty or affiliation.