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Defends Free Press

Sedona, AZ – By Bonnie Blew… With all due respect to Mr. Hinkley’s opinion and, in fact, one with which I agree, I must take exception to his attacks on SVVT for having printed it. For many years another local paper has been rightfully criticized for biased reporting and failure to publish beliefs other than their own.  We now have a refreshing voice willing to conscientiously live... 

Saving Oak Creek

Sedona, AZ – By Tommy Acosta … Former Environmental Protection Agency Engineer and Consultant Ron Vernesoni, a Sedona resident, is on a mission – to educate the community on the environmental dangers posed to Oak Creek by the winter flooding and current-bridge construction at the “Y.” For the last two days he has been standing in the cold at the “Y” holding a sign reading “Save Oak... 

Looking Into Our Crystal Ball

Tommy Acosta, Sedona Times Publishing guest writer Sedona AZ (December 26, 2008) – The real deal, the number one issue and story in Sedona for 2009 will be the devastating effect our global economy is going to have on our local businesses and what our local government is going to do about it.   The Ochser trial aftermath; the 76 lights or more for 89A battle; an NSA designation for Sedona... 

Bad Santa Kills Christmas

Tommy Acosta Sedona AZ (December 26, 2008) – What a nightmare. Santa comes knocking on the door on Christmas Eve, whips out a gun, shoots the eight-year old girl who answered in the face, walks into a family Christmas party, blows away a bunch of other innocent people, sprays them and the house with a flammable liquid, sets the place on fire, escapes and kills himself later with a single shot... 

The Gift of Rita

Sedona, AZ — By Tommy Acosta… Where’s the snow!!! Haven’t much to say save Merry Christmas and thank you all for the gift of your support and readership through our first year of the paper’s existence. It’s been quite a ride and it was my extreme pleasure to print the work of some of Sedona’s finest writers. I promise a lot more of the same over the coming year and look very... 

Monday Morning Quarterback IV

Sedona, AZ – By Tommy Acosta … Last night I went to the movies and saw a commercial titled “Citizen Soldier” played on the big screen prior to the start of the feature film. It was a commercial encouraging youth to join the National Guard. I watched with curious, detached interest marveling how far the military has come in producing really slick propaganda designed to get the minds, hearts... 

Weak or Strong Mayor

Tommy Acosta, Sedona Times Publishing guest writer Sedona AZ (December 20, 2008) – There’s a lot of talk going on whether a strong or weak mayor is the best form of local government, especially for Sedona. Unfortunately, these opinions don’t quite grasp the reality of political science or what constitutes a weak or strong mayor. It is not about whether the mayor has executive powers or not. It... 

Thursday’s Tirade III

Sedona, AZ – By Tommy Acosta… So the news is out. The Sedona City Attorney has moved to dismiss the charges against Cliff Ochser stemming from an alleged-threatening letter sent to former-Sedona mayoral candidate Matthew Turner. Like who didn’t see this coming? Like I said in my previous article on the case, Mr. Turner and the city attorney would have positioned themselves and the city for... 

Fear and Hunger in Sedona

Sedona AZ (December 17, 2008) – They are hungry. They are broke. They are scared. We see them but we don’t see them. Tommy Acosta They could be your neighbor, a grocery clerk you no longer see working where you shop, your favorite server or retail clerk who is no longer there. They are the victims of a merciless economy bankrupting our nation. They are Sedonans living at the edge of, or in,... 

Walk In His Shoes

Sedona AZ (December 16, 2008) — I just can’t resist putting in my two cents on the recent shoe-throwing incident in Baghdad where our President was subject to a degrading attack no head of state has ever had to endure. What impressed me was not the “cojones” of the journalist who threw the shoes and made a statement heard and seen round the world concerning the war in Iraq, seen by many... 
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