Every issue of the Roundup has a special little feature on the front page paying tribute to the Good Guys of Payson and the Rim country.
It speaks to the fact that everyday ordinary people -- your friends and neighbors -- do extraordinary things.
They don't do it for the glory. They are not seeking to become celebrities or politicians. They do it because they care about their fellow residents and believe in doing the right thing at the right time.
Hundreds of men and women who volunteer their time, day in and day out, are just like those Good Guys.
They operate food banks to feed the hungry; they spearhead fund-raising projects to raise money for school band, drama and wrestling programs. These quiet, persistent heroes mentor underprivileged children, organize church pageants, new community events and keep the established ones running smoothly.
They take the reins of leadership in service groups, carrying the torch of community activism of their predecessors and reinvigorate the groups that are faltering. They help battered women; build homes; care for the sick and dying; provide assistance to the new town library, youth sports and veterans who may find themselves alone and in need of care, shelter and comfort.
Think about it and you will realize you probably know one of these hometown heroes, or have at least heard of them.
This is the time to honor them with public appreciation -- nominate them for Payson's Man and Woman of the Year.
You'll find a nomination form on page 2B of today's issue of the Roundup. Fill it out --se a separate piece of paper, if you need more room to expound on your favorite hero. Then drop it by the Roundup office at 708 N. Beeline Highway, or mail it to: Man/Woman of the Year, P.O. Box 2520, Payson, AZ 85547, by 5 p.m., Feb. 14.
Then watch for the announcement of this year's Man and Woman of the Year in the Roundup's annual Progress edition, on newsstands March 28.