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Sunday, October 21 2012

Oct 21 2012 - 10:39pm
By Karen Justice We have all heard it by now, the next Tsunami of Financial Woe is the default of student loans. (A recent article “A Generation Hobbled by College Debt,” New York Times May 13, 2012). I have counseled students, usually after the loans were granted.  I find students taking out loans so they may continue a certain lifestyle in addition to paying tuition and other education expenses. Whatever happened to...
Oct 21 2012 - 10:37pm
By Mignonne Hollis and Mark Schmitt Dear M & M: What is the difference between a strategic plan and a business plan? —Larry Dear Larry: A major difference between a strategic plan and a business plan is the intent. A Strategic Plan is focused on improving a company’s performance, exploiting opportunities and building market share.  A Business Plan is most often used at the beginning of a company’s...
Oct 21 2012 - 10:36pm
 In August, inflation-adjusted retail sales in Cochise County were up, while accommodation and restaurant and bar sales were down, compared to August last year. Countywide retail sales were up 3.2 percent after the inflation adjustment. Retail sales were up 2 percent in the first eight months of 2012, compared to the same period last year. Sales have been up in four of the past six months.   Countywide restaurant and bar...
Oct 21 2012 - 6:22pm
A man was arrested on second-degree murder charges on Sunday after police responding to a disturbance in the Garden Canyon Mobile Home Park found another man that had sustained fatal injuries. Sierra Vista resident K.C. Paul Southard, 18, was treated by members of the Sierra Vista Fire Department, but was later pronounced deceased at the scene. Detectives from the police Special Operations Bureau and members of the Special Response...
Oct 21 2012 - 6:03pm
The Thunder Mountain Marine Corp League Detachment 1283 will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the old Cochise County Complex at Foothills and Highway 92. All Marines or interested parties may attend. For details, call 803-0968. The Thunder Mountain Republican Women’s Club monthly luncheon meeting will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 23 at Pueblo del Sol Country Club, 2770 St Andrews Drive.  Featured speakers are: Kim Owens, Executive Director...
Oct 21 2012 - 4:50pm
TOMBSTONE — With so many people packing downtown Tombstone over the weekend, the Helldorado Days celebration was so successful that organizers began to get concerned about where everybody was going to park. And though many people were forced to park miles from all the excitement, nothing could put a damper on the 83rd annual event. “It was huge. You couldn’t walk on the boardwalk and you could barely walk in the...
Oct 21 2012 - 12:10am
In both my academic career and my work as a political analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency, I always ruthlessly pursued the truth, no matter where it led.  I believe the truth can be brutal but that, if you don’t face it straight on and deal with what it tells you, sooner rather than later, the alternative could be more brutal, even deadly. My quest for the truth stems in part from the fact that I’ve had quadraplegia...
Oct 21 2012 - 12:10am
This month, I couldn’t make up my mind what plant I want to feature in my article. As this series of articles is about my garden, a garden in the high desert, I would like to write about plants native to the area or at least well adapted. This month I like to write about a plant family that is at home all over the world and can take different soils and weather conditions as long as it doesn’t get over-watered. The Sedums...
Oct 21 2012 - 12:10am
Over the years, I have gained the impression that the preponderance of literary inaccuracies appear in the first paragraph of newspaper and newsmagazine articles. At the same time, this appears surprising because traditionally the first paragraph (the lead) of a news story briefly touches on the key points of the story and so requires greater preparation. Somehow, one might expect errors to arise late in the story as deadline fast approaches....
Oct 21 2012 - 12:10am
Bisbee school forum a success To the Editor: On behalf of the Bisbee High School Alumni Association, we would like to thank everyone who helped make the recent educational forum on JTED and the budget override successful. The stellar panel of Trudy Berry — Cochise County Superintendent of Schools, Lisa Holland — BHS Principal,  Phillip Leiendecker — Cochise County Assessor, Penelope Levario —...
Oct 21 2012 - 12:10am
The campaign for Sierra Vista City Council started early.   Radio interviews and public appearances started about the time you were remembering to buy something special for your Valentine’s Day sweetheart.   From the beginning, the campaign platform of three candidates among the original field of six, sought to draw voters based almost completely on political philosophy. Sierra Vista constituents were warned of the city...
Oct 21 2012 - 12:10am
FORT HUACHUCA — When it comes to the military budgeting process, especially garrison funds, the decisions as to how much is provided, as the GI saying goes is “above my pay grade.” What is not  above a person’s pay grade, especially for garrison commanders, is ensuring missions, as well as soldiers and their families, are supported. With nearly four months in command, Col. Dan McFarland knows while there...
Oct 21 2012 - 12:10am
To the Editor: It’s hard to be a Democrat these days. Why? Because: • You can’t believe that workers have the right to join or not join a union as they choose; no, you have to believe that workers must be forced to join a union in order to hold a job, whether they want to or not. • You have to fundamentally change your definition of commonly understood words, like “fair”. If you say that the fact...
Oct 21 2012 - 12:10am
To the Editor: I can’t stress enough how I support Mark Dannels for county sheriff. I have known Mark personally and professionally for 14 years now and there is nobody more qualified. I first met Mark when I was the Sierra Vista Little League American League Player Agent. He was one of my many coaches and one who always did the right thing for the all the kids, not just for his team. Two years later, as president, I convinced...
Oct 21 2012 - 12:10am
To the Editor: As a younger resident of Douglas, Ariz., it is with honor and humility that I would like to share my endorsement of Benjamin Mostyn for sheriff in Cochise County.  I met Benjamin when I worked for the City of Douglas administration office while working on my bachelor’s degree at the University of Arizona. I would have to thank Benjamin for leading me in the direction as he served as one of the most valued...
Oct 21 2012 - 12:10am
Pull together for Rothrock To the Editor: Our county and our community have suffered unbelievable tragedy over the past few weeks. We have shed rivers of tears and bid our final farewells. Now it is time to pull back together as the friends and neighbors we have been for generations and set a path for a solid future. None of us can pick the day that we leave this Earth, but we all do our best to make sure that if today is that day...
Oct 21 2012 - 12:10am
Rothrock stands alone To the Editor: Shortly after the tragic death of Sheriff Dever, a clique of politicians gathered to determine who the next sheriff of Cochise County would be. They knew the process and started contacting Republican party precinct chairmen on behalf of their choice. The county sheriff is the only elected law enforcement official — he is accountable not to politicians, but the citizens of the county...
Oct 21 2012 - 12:10am
If I hear any student express an interest in a career related to science, technology, engineering or math (STEM), I sound a trumpet and start a serious conversation. Here’s why. My last column described the job opportunities and stability in STEM career fields. Demand for STEM-capable workers has increased even in traditionally non-STEM fields due to the diffusion of technology across industries and occupations. Jobs are there, and the U.S...
Oct 21 2012 - 12:06am
BISBEE — In recent years, Bisbee 1000 Stair Climb champions have included skyscraper racers, trail runners, ultra-marathoners and Ironman triathletes from all over the country. But on Saturday, the top spot in the podium was reserved for a runner as Bisbee as the race itself. Eric Meyer, who commutes to his job as an integrated sciences and biology teacher at Buena High School in Sierra Vista took the top prize, finishing in 31:...

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