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Proposition 206 would raise the state minimum wage to $10 in 2017, then incrementally increasing the minimum wage to $12 per hour by the year 2020. It also entitles employees to earn an hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours they work.Election 2016

While we are in favor of raising wages and wish all our state’s workers earned gobs of money for their labor, 206 has some major flaws that make it an ill-advised proposition.

Firstly, the sudden rise in salaries would likely decrease overall employment. A full-time minimum wage worker earns $16,744 per year, which would jump to $24,960, an increase in $8,216 per employee.

Imagine waking up in a world without information provided by newspapers. Not merely the printed newspaper that appears in your driveway or you pick up in a rack at your coffeeshop, gas station or grocery store, but all the news online, the news links on your social media feed, the newsletter in your email inbox, the source an anchor cites in the evening television broadcast or the push notification that pops up on your smartphone. Newspapers like this will continue to be an important information resource.

Senate Bill 1487, introduced by Senate President Andy Biggs and signed into law by Gov. Doug Ducey, represents a fiscal and political threat to every town and city in the state.File photo/Larson Newspapers

In his State of the State Address in January, Ducey threatened to withhold legally collected tax revenue from cities and towns that enact their own wage and employment laws “to put the brakes on ill-advised plans to create a patchwork of different wage and employment laws,” aimed at municipalities that were considering raising their local minimum wages.

Monday, Oct. 10, was the last day to register to vote for the 2016 general election on Tuesday, Nov. 4. We hope everyone took the time to register.

The presidential election is a four-way race between Democrat Hillary Clinton, Republican Donald Trump, Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Jill Stein, just on the off-chance you haven’t picked up a newspaper, watched television, checked your smartphone, listened to the radio, visited neighbors or heard people screaming in the street over the last six months.

The keynote speaker at last weekend’s Arizona Newspapers Association conference was Kevin Slimp, a consultant known in the industry as the News Guru. File photo/Larson Newspapers

Slimp’s notoriety outside the newspaper world was his creation of the Portable Document Format file. The innovative pdf made it possible for the newspapers Slimp worked for to electronically transfer documents from one site to another for color printing. Twenty years later, Slimp’s pdfs are a standard format throughout the world, used in thousands of different ways including court and legal documents, page proofs, graphic designs, architectural plans as well as still serving as the primary means by which newspapers transmit pages to their presses.

This weekend, Cottonwood resident George Skoblin was laid to rest in a service Saturday, Sept. 24, at Westcott Funeral Home.George Skoblin

On Feb. 10, we published in all three of our newspapers a letter to the editor Skoblin sent us about his life suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, aka Lou Gehrig’s disease, an incurable progressive neurodegenerative disease in which the mind remains intact, but the body’s functions systematically begin to shut down. Given treatment like feeding tubes and breathing machines, ALS sufferers can survive for years before the body simply fails leading to death, most likely from asphyxiation.

Former Cottonwood City Councilman Randy Garrison handily defeated by almost 2-to-1 current Cottonwood Mayor Diane Joens for the Yavapai County District 3 seat being vacated by longtime Supervisor Chip Davis.File image/Larson Newspapers

Both candidates ran solid campaigns and either would have made an excellent advocate for the Verde Valley at the county level. We thank Joens for her service to Cottonwood and congratulate Garrison on his win.

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, wrapped up on Sunday, Aug. 21. Some 11,551 athletes from 207 nations participated in 306 events in 28 sports.

In ancient Greece, athletes from the various kingdoms and city-states would meet at the Temple of Zeus in Olympia on the Peloponnese to compete in honor of the gods.

The so-called Olympic Truce did not halt wars between these states as many people believe — human warfare is perhaps our one unifying constant — but it did permit athletes and pilgrims to travel freely from their home cities to the games and back under the protection of Zeus.

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