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Since the 2015-16 fiscal year, the Camp Verde United School District budget has increased from $8.1 million to $9.1 million.

One would logically think this increase in budget would equate to a correlated increase in teacher salaries. After all, teachers are the men and women on the low end of the financial totem pole, spend the most time directly with our children and are most responsible for the success or failure of our schools.

The Cottonwood City Council recently renewed the contract of Magistrate A. Douglas Lasota, despite a reported review from one council member that the court could be more efficiently run without him, by contracting for services with another local court.

Who knew John Lennon’s “Imagine” would apply to municipal finance?

“You may say I’m a dreamer. But I’m not the only one.”

In looking at local municipal budgets over the last few years it would appear that financial departments dream big, plan for half and settle for one-third.

Early morning last Friday, a Cottonwood user started posting a series of comments on a story about the Sedona Fire District on our Facebook page.

There were numerous factual errors in the user’s comments, all easily verifiable, and none related to the story nor to SFD, but rather in the user’s comments about an elected official who had coin­cidently defeated the commenting user in the last election cycle.

We replied with several “editor’s notes,” correcting the errors so readers could still read the user’s relevant comments but see corrections to the erroneous comments directed sideways at the user’s former campaign opponent.

We ran a front page story last week in both the Cottonwood Journal Extra and The Camp Verde Journal about threats made by a student to another at Mountain View Preparatory, a kindergarten to eighth-grade school in the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District.

The specific threat could have been made at any school, which should serve as a warning to parents to make sure their children are safe but also make sure they teach their own children right from wrong and to not say things in anger they may later regret. Sticks and stones can break bones but words can lead to suspension, expulsion or police involvement.

The Arizona Supreme Court held session at the Sedona Performing Arts Center on April 25. This was a rare opportunity for residents to witness Arizona’s senior justices hear oral arguments in two cases pending before the court and ask ques­tions of the justices afterward.
The state Supreme Court has original jurisdic­tion over a limited list of writs and dispute types — most of what the court hears are appeals from lower courts, such as the two cases April 25.

While these particular cases themselves are seemingly insignificant, their arguments before the court are the cornerstone of American democracy and perhaps the only reason our Great Experiment has endured.

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