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Every single vote matters, especially in local elections

In previous years, Sedona City Council elections would kick off in March and conclude in May. The council election was also divorced from other ballots, meaning Sedona voters had one campaign on which to decide.

This year, thanks to changes implemented by Arizona state legislators,…

Response to flood warnings seems to outweigh real risk

Some 2,600 years ago, a Greek author penned short moral tales, making it easier for his mainly illiterate nation of sailors, farmers and herders to pass along common sense wisdom to their children.

We still know his name — Aesop — because after all those centuries, the universal wisdom of his stories is still relevant and worth reciting.…

The experiment in freedom is why we celebrate July 4th

While the Declaration of Independence established our nation in 1776, it did not immaculately conceive the country we know today. The formation of our founding documents were the product of fervent debate, petty squabbles and grand compromises.…

Republic’s question convolutes two very different wildfires

Last week, The Arizona Republic featured a front page story asking “Has Yarnell Hill Fire changed way crews fight fires?” with a file photo of the recent Slide Fire burning in Oak Creek Canyon.

As an editor who spends most of my time designing the pages in our publications, my initial thought was someone at The Arizona Republic had screwed up and picked a file photo from the wrong fire.…

Privacy comes at a cost, but that price is not negotiable

The Supreme Court of the United States entered the 21st century on Wednesday, June 25, with a unanimous ruling on two cases involving cellular phones and privacy.

The court essentially ruled that the information stored on a cell phone or other portable electronic device is protected by the Fourth Amendment, which forbids unreasonable searches and seizures and requires police to obtain a search warrant from a judge before searching private property for criminal activity.…

Educators should be able to pass exams our students take

The history of the world is not always an easy topic of study — memorizing the dates of famous battles, the territorial changes from wars and names of kings in chronological order can be cumbersome.

In one of my college history classes, the professor brilliantly elucidated in less than 10 minutes how the Rashidun Caliphate’s conquest of Jerusalem in A.D. 637 led directly to the Renaissance and Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the New World in A.D. 1492, primarily involving the naval arms race between Venetian and Spanish fleets shuttling pilgrims and crusaders to retake the Holy Land.…

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