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The housing visible out my window in Kingman is a bargain compared to California and Lake Havasu City.

According to rankings by Sperling, a data company comparing cost of living, Lake Havasu City has the highest cost of living in Arizona. It was a surprise to see Havasu ranked more expensive than Phoenix, Paradise Valley and Scottsdale. Kingman and Bullhead City are both ranked among the 10 lowest cost of living in Arizona.

Different numbers on the cost of housing in the two cities cause them to flip-flop positions.

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Looking out my window at the desert we live in makes we wonder why growth is on the minds of so many area leaders.

Water is the limiting factor all through the Mountain West and California. Arizona and Nevada are at the bottom of the water rights priority list. The Colorado River water was over committed many years ago. All the talk of how some long ago Kingman politicians were so stupid as to sell their rights to a Colorado River allotment is pure hogwash. It denies the reality of the longstanding and historic truth of the fights over that primary and limited water source.

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Sometimes the view from my window surprises even me. Who would believe an accomplished, internationally known classical pianist nearing his 3,000th concert would appear in a Kingman church more than once?

Sam Rotman did just that this month. He also played in a Presbyterian church in Lake Havasu City with a selection of Beethoven pieces. Rotman is preparing for a May appearance in Vienna where he will play his 3,000th concert at the anniversary celebration featuring the music of Beethoven.

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This fascinating bird so often seen in backyards all over the United States, into Mexico and most of North America, is usually seen fluttering around a flower collecting nectar and pollen.

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‘Is it possible the city council that has hijacked the authority of Mayor Monica Gates with the open support of questionable rulings of the city attorney had Jim Bacon 'waiting in the wings' when the previous city manager was blind-sided and let go?’

Dear Editor,

Sometimes the truth is in the eye of the beholder.

If only I could get interim Kingman City Manager Jim Bacon and the out of control city council that hired him to see my city through Marvin’s Window. A friend took me on a drive though the city to look at the current boom in residential housing. Mr. Bacon is invited to take the same tour and get a close up view of the building boom now in progress.

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Ground Hog Day is here again Friday.

Among other things, that critter will indicate how soon winter will be gone and spring arrives. Some churches hold a pork sausage and pancake breakfast on that date, not to eat the furry animal, but with a play on words. Pork sausage is made by grinding pork from a hog so it becomes a day to eat a “ground up hog.”

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The conservative peeking in my window reminds me that he believes in lower taxes, limited government and personal responsibility. Then a look at local news indicates the county, the community college, several school districts, cities and the library district are considering higher taxes. The same news reports that Mohave County has a top three ranking as the reddest in the country.

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