Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for political candidates to file their nominating petitions to run for public office in Payson. Sometimes it's helpful to look back as we consider the future:
"The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?" David Sarnoff's associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s.
"This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us." Western Union internal memo, 1876.
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.' Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.
"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977.
"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?" H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927.
"Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible." Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895.
"Everything that can be invented has been invented." Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, US Office of Patents, 1899.
"Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction." Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872.
Progress is often viewed through eyes of skepticism and doubt. As the Payson candidates step into the political arena, let's keep our minds and votes open to progress and the good ideas that will help our community grow healthy and strong for us and future generations.