Author: Tommy Acosta

50 Shades of Jodi By Tommy Acosta(February 25, 2013) Sometimes we are like surfers waiting for the right wave to ride. Bobbing up and down in an ocean of news, we hope a big one will come along. We finally got one. A really big one and it’s time to ride again. No. It’s not the stupid sequester scare because just like the fiscal cliff hoopla, it will never come to be. No, it’s not the gun ban fight because it has degraded into trench warfare now and it will drag on and become boring as more and more people…

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Why does a person need an AR15 Anyway? By Tommy Acosta(January 25, 2013) This is the question CNN’s Piers Morgan keeps asking over and over again but no one gives him a satisfactory answer. The reason for this is the question requires two distinct answers because it’s really two questions in one. There is the “need” a person has to possess such a weapon; the desire to own one that is. And there is the question of whether an automatic weapon is “needed” to defend oneself.

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Guns Don’t Kill: Bullets Do! By Tommy Acosta(January 12, 2013)  Let’s talk about guns. For those who grew up in the Bronx, other high-crime areas or states like Arizona, guns are no big deal, legal or not. You just got to assume everyone else is packing heat and that’s just the way it is. Be careful who you mess with. Be alert at all times. You understand there is no way anyone can stop anyone from getting a gun if they want it. If the bad guys can illegally get guns anytime they want to then the good guys should…

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‘Rope a Dope’: How Obama Won the Debates By Tommy Acosta For aficionados who love a good fight in the political or the boxing ring this article is a treat. Wrapping up last year’s political highlights, cable-network talking heads spent a lot of time over the holiday dissecting the three presidential debates in the election. The battle between Romney and Obama was a study in tenacity, technique, timing and delivery. It was a great fight and one that will be analyzed for years to come.

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Entitlements: Six of These – Half a Dozen of the Other – The Business of Welfare By Tommy Acosta(December 29, 2012) Fiscal conservatives rile against entitlements, wailing our tax dollars are keeping a welfare state in business; people receiving “gifts” from the public-treasure trove don’t deserve it; are on the dole; need to find jobs and contribute rather than take. They say our Medicare and Social Security entitlement programs must be overhauled and trimmed in order to survive.

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Fiscal Cliff or Fiscal Stoop? By Tommy Acosta(December 23, 2012) The media frenzy over the looming Fiscal Cliff and panic over its consequences has nothing to do with reality. Get over it. Nothing worse than raised taxes on everyone can happen! Does anyone really think Washington is going to let that occur? Perhaps we’ll suffer a scraped economic knee but no 300-foot straight-down-drop to a waiting shoreline of jagged rocks as the media keeps threatening and predicting.

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By Tommy Acosta Sedona AZ (September 15, 2012) – For those suffering from disease-related symptoms that have not responded to conventional medical treatment, hope for relief is on the way. A doctor-staffed medical marijuana evaluation clinic and wellness center has opened for business at 1370 West State Route 89A, Ste. 13, directly across from the Martini Bar Patio stage in West Sedona.  Arizona Voters approved the use and distribution of medical marijuana through Proposition 203 in the November 2010 elections by a small margin. What this means for those with certain medical conditions, is that individuals diagnosed with Cancer, Glaucoma,…

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Seeing the Lights By Tommy AcostaSedona AZ (September 7, 2012)   One of the things I hate the most doing is admitting I was wrong. Ugh! Such a distasteful thing to do for us journalists who believe we are always right to have to do… But I was wrong about the lights for 89A in West Sedona and it is time to admit it. I believed like so many others that putting those lights in during the Spring, Summer and Fall seasons would wreak havoc with our local businesses.

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By Joey BestVideo by Tommy Acosta  Sedona AZ (August 2, 2012) – Sedona, a land of timeless beauty, is surrounded by magnificent, natural red rock sculptures and pristine National Forests. Standing about 4,300 feet above sea level, Sedona is centrally located less than two hours north of Phoenix and just two hours south of the Grand Canyon. Perhaps one of the most spectacular secrets of the world, Sedona enchants millions of visitors and native Arizonans each year.

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By Tommy Acosta Sedona AZ (July 26, 2012) – With the Batman Massacre firmly at the forefront of our country’s consciousness we have to look back at our own childhood to understand the root of the violence we have all so grown accustomed to and the why of that latest tragedy holding our national attention. From the moment we are old enough to process sight and sound we are “breast fed” on violence. It begins with the cartoons we watch as a child, the hitting, smashing, chasing, punching;  the harm they do to each other, physical and psychological, from which…

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Opinion by Tommy Acosta Sedona AZ (February 14, 2012) – The die is cast. The fight was won. The lights are on. The deed is done. There are always unintended consequences to every conquest and in the aftermath of the ADOT victory in the S.R. 89A lighting battle it will be the businesses in West Sedona that will pay the price. Sales tax receipts don’t lie and in the recent dismal showing of sales-tax collections, a sad tale is told. This is one of woe and hardship for the small-business people that make their living in stores along the 89A…

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 There Are No Guarantees in Life or in Sedona By Tommy Acosta Sedona, AZ (October 30, 2011) – This editorial is not for those who have made up their minds and voted early on the 89A referendum but for those who are against the lights but fear the cost of assuming responsibility over the scenic route will be too much for Sedona; for those who have yet to cast their vote. Sometimes knowing what to do can be harder than finding a snowflake of truth in a blizzard of lies, especially when facts are turned inside out and deception rules…

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Dedicated Her life and Her Resources to Protecting and Enhancing Sedona By Tommy Acosta Sedona, AZ (October 18, 2011) – Sedona is home for many people who give selflessly and are driven by a sense of community responsibility so profound that they go way beyond the call of duty and give everything they have towards making the world a better place. One such individual is Sedona’s own Rita Livingston, who dedicated her life and her resources to protecting and enhancing Sedona and maintaining the quality of life we all enjoy.

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