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Editor:

I first became interested in transportation seven years ago during extended hospital stays. Minimum wage employees and shift workers often had to wait for hours for spouses. These young people are already struggling with rent and child care. It's difficult to keep a car running, let alone buy a new one. Ultimately, it hurts the employers because their workers, through no fault of their own, need to get around this spread-out town. We encourage businesses to move to Payson.

Payson has a large retired population, that wants the services they have been use to. Of course, they can afford several cars or can take a taxi.

Let us have compassion for our struggling workforce. This wonderful town has thankfully built some low income housing. A transit feasibility study is being done. A meeting on the topic was held on the subject on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at the Town Hall. I could not attend due to lack of transportation.

The Senior Center's program is excellent until 4 p.m., five days a week, but no transportation if offered weekends or evenings.

We read of all the wonderful events put on weekends. Church services are Sundays. Organizations meet on weekends and evenings, so does our council.

Talking with nursing assistants, I found they had worries about their children. If the middle school students have extracurricular activities, they have to miss the bus. You see them walking to their parents' places of work to visit until the parent gets off work.

It must be a real headache for managers of fast food restaurants and convenience stores to keep a complete staff on all shifts.

We need a bus service running between all medical facilities. Low income families cannot pay $90 for ambulances. I know, because I am low income. Schools and shopping centers need bus service. Many are arrested for driving with no license, but these people still need an income and must to go to work every day. The congestion on Beeline Highway during weekends could be avoided by educating people to ride busses.

I urge all people with needs -- employers, workers, and low income people to make their voices heard. You are the life blood of Payson. Write letters.

Mary Gibson, Powell House-Payson

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