Thanks to council for rezoning vote

I was elated to see that the city council voted to deny the request by Texas developers to rezone the old Jeld-Wen property on Butler Avenue to allow for yet another mega student housing project. The proposed project would have been completely out of our community character, and would have created many negative impacts. Additionally, […]

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Limiting early ballots no way to help elections

A bill known as SB 1072 is currently in the State Legislature. It would prevent people from dropping their signed and sealed early ballot in a box at a poling place on Election Day, purportedly to speed up election counts and increase confidence in elections. But would it really do either of these things? This […]

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Help put a stop to proposed minimum wage loophole

I want you to be aware that there is a bill currently going through the state legislature called HB 2523. It is allegedly designed to encourage youth employment and would allow employers to pay students $7.25/hour if they are between ages 18 and 22. Would it actually increase student employment? Many employers would be happy […]

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Council needs more oversight of city manager

I was appalled and disappointed to see the video of last Tuesday’s city council meeting. The discussion centered around the city’s memorandum of understanding (M.O.U.) with a company called High Desert Energy for facilitation of helium and hydrocarbon exploration on the city’s recently acquired Red Gap Ranch east of Flagstaff. Remember, taxpayers paid for that […]

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Appalled by coyote calling contest

As a lover of wildlife and the natural world, I was dismayed to read in Sunday’s paper (02/10/19) about an event planned in this community as highlighted in Letters to the Editor. As per Sally Evans’ article she had seen a flyer advertising a “coyote calling contest” to be held out by Leupp Road in […]

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Arizona voting doesn’t need to be more difficult

Voting in Arizona has been one of the most pleasurable and easy experiences of my life. We also haven’t had any issues with corruption of votes or voter fraud until this last election, it seems. Because the people voted for a politician others in the government didn’t like, suddenly we supposedly have a crisis of […]

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Reintroduced EICDA needs support of O’Halleran

The newly reintroduced Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019 (EICDA) finally provides hope for bending the greenhouse emission curve downward. With bipartisan sponsors, the bill provides a gradually rising price on carbon but doesn’t result in new costs to, or expansion, of the government. The collected funds are returned to Americans. Most of […]

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Hope and optimism for Coconino County inmates

The two-part series by Alexandra Wittenberg on The Literacy Center in Flagstaff that has classes for inmates from the Coconino County Detention Center is an outstanding piece of local journalism that sheds light on a wonderful organization (Teaching empathy through literature, 2/10/19, A1). The volunteer tutors at the Center are helping prisoners gain perspective on […]

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Current voting system beneficial

I believe that all citizens need ready access to vote. Our early voting process is one area in which our state is more advanced than other states — it’s one of the aspects of our state that makes me proud. I was not proud when in multiple elections over the last few years there were […]

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Downtown parking poor system for physically challenged

I am an Alaskan who has been visiting Flagstaff for over 40 years. In my recent experience with your parking kiosks on South San Francisco Street, I found the system to be very unfriendly and may even discourage business. Without individual meters, a visitor could think parking is still free as it used to be. […]

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