While we prepare to welcome family members to our homes for the holidays, or prepare to travel across the state or the country, packing presents into our luggage or the trunks of cars, remember the less fortunate who may not have the money to buy their own gifts or have anyone from whom they will receive a gift.

Every year, local nonprofits, organizations, clubs and government agencies step up to the challenge to provide gifts and well-wishes to poor children and seniors who are in need of a little holiday cheer.

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Some 76 years ago tomorrow, the United States’ naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii was attacked without warning by aircraft launched by the Imperial Japanese Navy.

The unprovoked attack pulled the country into World War II, which Americans had watched with trepidation for more than two years, offering finan­cial and materiel assistance to the Allies, but largely remaining neutral in the conflict as Nazi Germany and fascist Italy conquered European states and the Empire of Japan rolled across the Far East.

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As the complaints about traffic rise, so do the same tired arguments that abolishing the Sedona Chamber of Commerce or somehow banning tourists will fix all our problems. 

So let’s imagine the first scenario, that the chamber suddenly dissolved tomorrow. 

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Big Park Community School sixth-grade teacher Laurie Altringer said she brought up her concern about her unaccounted-for decade of teaching experience before signing her employment contract, but was told to file an official grievance to amend her salary, the administrative equivalent of “we don’t have any actual rule about this, but a formal complaint will guarantee we’ll do what we just told you we’re supposed to do.”

So either Sedona-Oak Creek School District Superintendent David Lykins, or the district’s human resources staff directly under his command, assured Altringer that she would have the opportunity to defend her experience if she filed a formal grievance.

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Today’s dominant front page story by Assistant Managing Editor Ron Eland explores Sedona’s perennial housing shortage.

“Affordable housing,” and the lack thereof, has been a recurring nightmare for residents. In Sedona, “affordable housing” doesn’t necessarily mean Section 8 federally subsidized housing, but rather, housing options that don’t require a sixfigure income or six roommates just to make rent.

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