In his Facts from the Chief column on Wednesday, Dec. 7, Sedona Fire District Fire Chief Kris Kazian discussed digital civility, i.e., behaving online with respect for others.

Kazian revealed in his column that a fire captain, who recently suffered a terrible injury in a propane accident, has been the subject of online attacks indirectly aimed at SFD.

Criticizing elected government officials for their public decisions is a cornerstone of democracy. If people want to criticize SFD, its operations, its board, its policies or its spending of public money, do so to your heart’s content. Like the city, the state or the federal government, SFD is a public agency and taxpayers are obliged to make sure it is serving the public good as chartered.

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This Wednesday, Dec. 7, marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on the U.S. naval station at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and several air fields around the island.

The attack on Pearl Harbor pulled the United States into World War II, which our nation had remained out of for more than two years while fascist dictatorships rolled through Europe and Imperial Japanese forces claimed islands and territory in the Pacific.

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Most Arizonans are not typically used to frigid winters, especially ones were the temperatures regularly drop below freezing.

This winter came along swiftly — two weeks ago, temperatures were in the 70s, sometimes 80s, as an above-average autumn kept us unusually warm far later into the season than expected.

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On Tuesday, Nov. 29, Yavapai County Schools Superintendent Tim Carter released the names of five candidates to fill the Yavapai College Governing Board District seat recently vacated by Al Filardo.

Hal Alford, Mary Beth Barr, Connie Harris, Thomas Yager and former Sedona City Councilwoman Jessica Williamson.

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I received a phone call last Wednesday from a former Sedona City Council member giving me a tip about a peace march planned for Saturday.

The “pro-love, peace, joy, beauty” “dance march and rally” began at an Uptown coffee shop and ended at a West Sedona health food store.

Based on the urgency of the call, I assumed that this former elected public servant was organizing or at least participating in this march and was requesting coverage from one of our reporters or photojournalists.

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Americans will spend more than $650 billion on gifts, entertaining and food for the holidays.

Buy Local Month, sponsored by Local First Arizona, runs from Black Friday, Nov. 25, through Sunday, Jan. 1.

Check your list twice and think critically about where you might spend your money. While some rare items on your list might only be found through specialty stores halfway across the country, many of the items can likely be purchased from local stores in Sedona or the Verde Valley, or at least in nearby communities of Northern Arizona.

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