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City & community require engagement to function properly

On Tuesday, a majority of voters who cast ballots passed the Sedona Community Plan.

The caveat “who cast ballots” is a necessary one because despite three years of community involvement, big displays, forums and work groups, only 38.26 percent of Sedona’s 6,495 registered voters returned…

College needs to listen to taxpayers who filled meeting

Last Tuesday, the Yavapai College District Governing Board brought its regularly scheduled meeting to the Sedona campus.

Typically these meetings are lightly attended with maybe one or two speakers from the public addressing the board before its members turn to their regular agenda.…

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One of the films recently screened during the recent Sedona International Film Festival was the documentary “The Joe Show,” by a Phoenix area film crew who followed Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for eight years. See the story on Page 11A.…

College refuses to defend its 10-year plan with hard data

On Feb. 7, I wrote an editorial “Yavapai College’s 10-year plan aims to rob Verde Valley” detailing how the college planned to take revenues from Sedona and Verde Valley taxpayers over the next 10 years to invest in capital projects for buildings in Prescott and Prescott Valley. The capital improvements total more than $103 million.

Sedona and Verde Valley taxpayers give Yavapai College $12.2 million per year. We will give $122 million over 10 years and receive $2.7 million back — 2.2 percent. Excluding $2 million for the viticulture program, we get back $700,000, or 0.57 percent, about one half-penny per dollar. If we pay $12.2 million per year, some of those revenues should come back to us but the college is moving the established nursing program away from the Verde Valley to Prescott, the Sedona Film School is closing in May and the building where the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute holds classes will be sold.…

The public notices in newspapers keep government in check

A person’s No. 1 source of local news is still the newspaper.…

City Council members can’t ignore office when it suits them

Imagine you get a knock at the door and open it to find Barack Obama, asking to talk to you as just a private citizen.

Do you talk about the series finale of “Breaking Bad” or do you discuss National Security Agency spying, Obamacare and Congressional gridlock? More importantly, at any point, do you believe you’re not talking to the president of the United States?…

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