From Sedona to Arizona and across America
The city of Sedona with Coffee Pot Rock in the background
October 21, 2007
Published in Sedona, Ariz., The Sedona Observer strives to serve all of Arizona and beyond by addressing the social, political, environmental, labor and other vital issues of our time that remain largely censored or improperly reported by most today's press.
From the mystical red rocks emerges a new form of media designed to “peel the onion” by encouraging all people to question; probing the inner mechanics of our political, business and social systems; exposing the multifaceted layers behind today’s issues; presenting thought-provoking, narrative style, literary journalism that opens minds and hearts to new ideas; and offering out-of-the-box perspectives for the problems that plague our modern society.
Why should someone in Phoenix, San Francisco or even New York bother to read a paper from small-town Sedona? Because it addressed the "big picture" aspect of issues affecting everyone on the national level. And, this site was funded by an 86-year-old woman in New York who can't wait to read it - and who has never stepped foot in Sedona.
A common thread
While the issues of northern Arizona may not interest people in other parts of the country, The Sedona Observer dissects them in a broader light to reveal the common thread that connects us all.
A public outcry over preserving some trees, whether in northern California or Sedona, offers principles about the environment, corporations, government agencies and the collective consciousness that everyone needs to consider as the planet faces a global warming crisis.
The paper also strives to position the issues in a compelling new way to emphasize the higher-purpose principle underlying them so that everyone can glean some morsel of wisdom – no matter where they live.
As a city known around the globe for both its spectacular natural beauty and spiritually conscious inhabitants, Sedona possesses a unique opportunity to set an innovative precedent for other communities – leading by example as it tackles issues such as water, roads, development, open space, environment, undocumented immigrant workers, housing, economic development and so forth.
Sedona's diminishing workforce and growing disparity between a have-more population of affluent retirees and a have-not influx of undocumented and green-card immigrant workers serves as a microcosm for what’s happening across America.
How this community – as “the most beautiful place in America” and as a "spiritual Mecca" – addresses these issues will either serve as role model for others or as a reflection of the disintegration of our nation’s social, political and economic systems.
Certainly, at the very least, it offers the perfect place to begin a long-overdue media revolution.