Is This The Payson I Moved To?

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Editor:

Payson's election continues to have some of us shaking our heads in disbelief. Can this really be the Payson we chose to relocate to?

I've seen a lot of acrimonious local campaigns, some in Payson, but mostly in other communities that I left for one reason or another. Even in those campaigns, the heat and the energy was usually about the issues that were the basis of the difference among candidates.

There were always the good guys and the bad guys, though they might be defined differently by the opposing candidates.

Trouble is, here in Payson I haven't seen much about issues for several weeks -- at least, not as far as the mayor's contest goes. That's not exactly correct. Issues seem to be a focus for the Edwards group but the undefined "mystery group" has managed to divert some of the Edwards energy.

I wish it were otherwise for the "mystery group," but it just seems to be the sound and the fury, allegation, obfuscation and dissembling. And it's all about personalities, not about the issues.

Even their attempt to be open by listing their names overlooked those who come to Payson to work, but can't cast a vote in Payson. And who claim to speak for the Citizens for Payson's Future, but have a Scottsdale post office box, and a toll-free telephone number that gets answered in Nevada. Not exactly open. What else can they dredge up?

Fortunately, the negativity seems to be limited to the contest for mayor. The other council candidates are keeping more of a low profile while appealing to those who can appreciate their values.

But the sum total of all their advertising space doesn't compare to the mayor's contest.

Negative campaigns have been the vogue at the national level for a number of years. Long enough that many younger voters must think that's the way it is supposed to be.

It's not.

It should come back to basics. Get to know the candidate, not the hoopla. Then use your God-given common sense and intelligence to decide who will bring the town's affairs back to benefit all of us in general, not just a favored few, and return Payson to being a place where we want to continue to live.

Lew Levenson, Payson

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