This is in response to a Feb. 9, opinion regarding the proposed ASU campus. Mayor Evans was accused of “hatching a scheme” to make Payson a college town and the commentary ended by asking “Would you rather have a stable population of retired people, most of whom are pretty well off financially, or a transient population of starving students?”
I represent the working people of this town who provide the support and services to the community including the retirees. I am strongly in support of ASU coming to this community. (And my retired friends I have spoken with are in support of an ASU campus, too.)
A “college town” offers vitality, diversity, job opportunities, and growth in businesses and tax revenues. It also offers an educational opportunity to our local students who may not be able to afford to go elsewhere to attend a four-year college. Let’s think beyond our own self interests and focus on what is best for the whole community and the future of our youth.