Politics in its honorable/best form is the science of government. When the mayoral and council campaigns for office in Payson government began, we were well aware of First Baron Acton's words, "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
Nearly 2000 voters (taxpayers) appealed for redress of grievances, via petitions, and not only were they ignored but our misnamed servants in power took our petitions to court, even hiring a Valley attorney.
The Town prevailed and we ended up paying the bill for the lawsuit and the Town's hired attorney's fees. What an arrogant display of utter contempt has been shown to We The People of Payson by the present mayor and some of the council. Mayoral candidate Bob Edwards had his three minutes at the microphone, interrupted by the mayor -- seemingly a ploy to interfere and debate with candidate Edwards.
In the meantime, there was an attempt to assail the character and integrity of Mr. Edwards. That attempt failed but the ominous signs are evident that this campaign is about to become much nastier before Election Day on May 16.
It is to Mr. Edwards' everlasting credit that he has abided with the issues at hand, not engaging in personalities, nor belittling anyone's character. Bob Edwards is a uniter, not a divider. Let others sow the wind, and then reap the whirlwind.
Bob and Shirley Colin, Payson