A newspaper is a business unlike any other. I can say unequivocally that managing editor is the most meaningful and enjoyable job I’ve ever had and one I look forward to every morning.

As a news outlet, we can only cover or publish so many news stories in our print paper, on our website or on our Facebook page.

We give to our readers as much as we can fit in the hopes that our readers and subscribers are as informed about what’s happening in Sedona as we are.

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This week, University of Kansas communications professor emeritus Paul Friedman and I split the stage at the Sedona Public Library to discuss free speech for Banned Books Week.

As both a newspaper editor and a performance poet, I enjoy any opportunity to speak on the topics of journalism and poetry. Groups that have invited me to lecture usually ask me to speak on the dual topics, which collectively serve as prime examples of the First Amendment’s protection of free speech and expression.

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This weekend, the annual Sedona Winefest comes to Posse Grounds Park. While Winefest is great fun for the community, it underscores the long-term changes that will affect the economy of the Verde Valley in the years to come.

Prior to the Information Age, Sedona, Camp Verde and the tri-cities of Cottonwood, Clarkdale and Jerome, and their dependent incorporated communities were effectively economic islands along a quiet detour off Interstate 17.

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During Constitution Week, Americans are encouraged to learn about our nation’s guiding legal document.

The Constitution lays out the structure of the federal government. By no means did the founders assume the document would be perfect in 1787, so they established a route for amendments. Many of these 27 amendments give us the everyday rights we enjoy:

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This week we received a press release in which an elected official was misidentified as “Sedona resident Jon Thompson” and not as “Sedona City Councilman Jon Thompson.”

In an email, Thompson stated that the omission of his title was made because “I don’t want there to be any confusion that my involvement ... has anything to do with City Council.” 

Council may not officially endorse the activity he promotes, which can be clarified with an appropriate disclaimer, but Thompson cannot simply not be a councilman.

Elected office doesn’t work like a light switch.

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The Constitution has power because people still believe.

Sunday, Sept. 17, is Constitution Day, the 230th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. The event kicks off Constitution Week, enacted by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956.

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