I am writing in response to what I perceive as an onslaught of negative letters to your paper. I just finished reading five letters to the editor in the Oct. 23 issue of the Payson Roundup and felt the need to add my voice to change the tone, should anyone be forming their opinion of our town by reading the editorials.
This is a wonderful place to live. My family has been here for 22 years and I wouldn't move if you paid me. The people are friendly and loving and giving. We were warmly welcomed when we moved here all those years ago and I have always felt it my obligation to extend the same warm welcome to any others who showed the good sense to move here after me.
Granted, we have a water problem, but it is not unique to Payson. It has been a problem for most of the western United States for the past six years or so. We are all trying our best to make it through till the cycle changes again.
Ducks? They definitely add to the atmosphere of the park, but we need to learn to trust the town employees to do their job and manage the lakes and the parks for all of our enjoyment, and drivers need to slow down for the ducks and the people (like the school zone too?).
Rude people at council meetings? There are rude people there and on the street too, but they don't determine my response I think everyone is just overwhelmed by the stress of what's going on in our country and the world and we wonder and worry how each of our lives will be affected beyond how they have already.
Lastly, I don't consider myself a Paysonian or a Paysonite, by definition given in the last letter I found that description the most negative of all the letters. I don't know what has happened to this poor man to give him such a negative attitude regarding his neighbors here in Payson, but I sure hope he mellows out because I know a totally different Payson resident from what he describes and I'm glad I live here.