The Struggles For Progress

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"Without a struggle, there can be no progress." --rederick Douglass, abolitionist/editor.

Based on the words of Mr. Douglass, the Rim country has definitely seen signs of progress this year.

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Alissa Roessler holds the official Hashknife bandanna during the annual Pony Express re-enactment in Payson. The struggle for progress is written in the history of Arizona. Today, there is a new generation of pioneers who dare to dream.

From struggles over which town projects should be considered for a bond election, to the financial crisis that befell the Payson Senior Center, 2003 will go down in the record books as one of turmoil and triumph for local residents.

But defining progress is an elusive proposition when there's no real consensus on the final goal. Based on discussions in local coffee shops and on website bulletin boards, one man's definition of progress is another man's view of regress.

Webster's defines progress as: 1) a royal journey marked by pomp and pageant; a state procession; a tour or circuit made by an official (as a judge); an expedition, journey, or march through a region; 2) a forward or onward movement (as to an objective or to a goal); 3) gradual betterment; especially the progressive development of mankind.

Was there progressive development this year?

Turn the pages of our annual Progress edition, and read about the advances made by the water department to help conserve our water supply. Learn about the latest technology that is being used at Payson Regional Medical Center. Discover the progress made by the Tonto Apaches in 2003, and what's in store for 2004.

If you define progress as forward movement, read the Business section for a list of some of the new businesses that have set up shop in Payson.

In the Education and Neighbors sections, you'll learn of the progress being made in our schools with improved test scores, and in our forest communities in the ongoing battle against drought and the bark beetle.

Turn to our Living section, and discover which programs, services and organizations are working for the betterment of our community.

If it's the royal journey you're looking for, turn to our People section and read about Payson's Man and Woman of the Year, Dan Hill and Marci Rogers. Their separate journeys have made for the betterment of dozens of Rim country children.

A wise man once said, "All progress occurs because people dare to be different."

The Rim country is fortunate to be populated by such daring individuals -- the folks who lay the foundation for Payson's progress.

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