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By Tommy Acosta

Sedona AZ (February 14, 2016) – In a world where so many know only suffering as their daily staple, one wonders how those better off can simply ignore the fate of their fellow man and go on with their lives oblivious to their needs, while others are moved to do something to alleviate the misery the poor, the sick and the disenfranchised live their entire lives in.

Wings of The Dharma, to be shown at this year’s Sedona International Film Festival, is a documentary that explores the phenomena of those who devote their lives to helping and providing care for the forgotten, the innocent and the struggling masses that comprise most of the third-world populations.

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“Wings of The Dharma” screens at the Sedona Film Festival
on Saturday, February 20 and Thursday, February 23.

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Richardson Re-Elected School Board President

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

By Tommy Acosta

Sedona AZ (January 13, 2016) – Sedona Oak Creek Unified School District Governing Board member Zach Richardson was re-elected as school board president at the governing board’s first meeting of 2016 held January 12 at the district office. 

SOCUSD Governing Board President Zach Richardson.

SOCUSD Governing Board President Zach Richardson.

A standing room only crowd witnessed the vote, three in favor and two against, much to the chagrin of many Richardson critics who last year launched a recall effort against the board member because of an alleged abuse of power during his first presidency and their perception he orchestrated the elimination of former West Sedona School Principal Lisa Hirsch.

Despite strong support from the local print media calling for his recall and a well organized campaign against him that at times sunk so low that dog feces was put into Richardson’s home mailbox, the effort was unsuccessful, with the recallers failing to garner significant votes to achieve ballot status.

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Sedona AZ (November 15, 2015) –  If you poured a droplet of mercury on the floor and attempted to obliterate it by force, let’s say by hitting it hard with a hammer, the mercury would splatter into a thousand droplets, each rScreen Shot 2015-08-23 at 7.54.20 AMeforming into a smaller and perfect replica of the original one, as if it had never been hit.

Strike each of these new globs of mercury with the hammer and they will eventually spread to poison your entire house.

An idea is like a droplet of mercury. The harder and more times you hit it, the farther it spreads. Such it is with ISIS. ISIS is an idea. Read More→

Categories : Sedona, Tommy Acosta

Schools Superintendent Addresses Salary Rumor

Friday, November 6th, 2015

logo_sedonaoakcreekschoolSedona AZ (November 6, 2015)  – For more than a year the Sedona Oak Creek Unified School District has suffered through a barrage of negative publicity, bitter divisions between parents, teachers, administrators and strife within the SOCUSD Governing Board itself.

Sedona Schools

Dave Lykins

State-budget cuts in education combined with declining enrollment and a rapidly changing student demographic to create an almost perfect storm for the Sedona school district that must be weathered to preserve the viability of the district’s schools.

In the eye of the storm stands SOCUSD Superintendent Dave Lykins, navigating the troubled waters of the district and keeping schools on course. Read More→

Sedona AZ (August 8, 2015) The first Fox News debate wasn’t about Trump vs. the other nine debaters. It was Trump vs. the Republican establishment and the Conservative talking heads it controls – Fox anchors Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace. 

Right from Jump Street they launched the attack when Fox moderator Bret Baier asked the debaters to raise their hand if they would not pledge to Donald Trumpsupport and not run against the chosen candidate.

There was an audible gasp in the audience when the loaded question was asked. Read More→

Sedona, AZ (July 20, 2015) — Like the trumpet blasts that took down the walls of Jericho in Biblical times, 

Donald TrumpRepublican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s clarion call for a reborn America may very well do the same to the Republican party establishment.

His brash entry into a race presently over-populated by standard-issue candidates has left the field of hopefuls staggering like boxer George Foreman did after being clocked by Ali in their legendary “Rumble In The Jungle” bout; stunned and bewildered by his sudden and unexpected rise to the number one contender spot. Read More→

By Tommy Acosta
Associate Editor

20150705_AG-SymbolSedona AZ (July 6, 2015) – The drama deepens in the Sedona Oak Creek Unified School District with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office launching a preliminary investigation into apparent violations of conflict of interest statutes by two present and one former school board member after citing the school board for three open meeting law violations.

The potential criminal investigation is a result of a complaint filed with the AG’s office May 26, 2015 by a group calling itself Concerned Citizens of Sedona (CCS) alleging present school board members Bobbi Surber and Karen McClelland, and former board member Carol Huggins, used their influence as SOCUSD board members to award contracts that were in conflict of interest. Read More→

Categories : Education, Tommy Acosta

By Tommy Acosta
Associate Editor

Sedona AZ (May 6, 2015) – The effort to recall Sedona Oak Creek Unified School District Governing Board member Zach Richardson, has failed.

Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter notified Mr. Richardson of the failure in an email dated Wednesday, May 6, 2015.

SOCUSD Governing Board Member Zach Richardson

SOCUSD Governing Board Member Zach Richardson

“The recall effort against you was NOT successful,” Mr. Carter stated in his email. “The committee did not turn in the requisite petitions by deadline yesterday [May 5, 2015]. This concludes the matter.”

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By Tommy Acosta
Associate Editor

Dr. Lisa Hirsch

Dr. Lisa Hirsch

Sedona AZ (March 19, 2015) – West Sedona School Principal Dr. Lisa Hirsch will not seek a new contract for WSS for the next school year, according to an email reportedly sent by her to the Sedona Oak Creek Unified School District Governing Board and the district superintendent dated March 18, 2015.

In her letter Hirsch wrote that she voluntarily made her decision not to seek the new contract after having 21 “magnificent” years serving the district as a founding teacher, sports coach, curriculum coordinator and principal.

“It has also been an honor to work with a terrific staff district wide and to work with amazing students and their parents in all of my roles for this district,” she wrote in her letter. “I have developed deep connections to this community and I will continue to serve as a citizen of Sedona.” Read More→

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Fifty Shades Deeper

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

By Tommy Acosta
(February 22, 2015)

photo_tommyacostaI am one of the 32 percent of males that saw Fifty Shades of Grey.

This movie is not about a man dominating a woman through pain or a woman accepting anything for the love and protection of a man. It is about a contest of will between two people falling in love. Read More→