Guest Comment


Taking Clinton's health agenda from good to great

Hillary Clinton wants to change the way we treat mental illness and drug addiction. As she put it at a recent campaign stop, too many American lives “are either being totally undermined or shortened” by these devastating conditions.

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PUSD Students - Congratulations on a job well done

Dear Payson Unified School District High School Students: With social media, the blogs, the current election cycle and the media in general it is easy to succumb to the negativity that seems to surround us on a constant basis.

Veterans should know this well-kept secret

If you ask an elderly veteran if they are aware that they may be able to qualify for an additional pension from the VA, they will probably tell you, “I’m not eligible because I wasn’t injured in the war.”

Voting: A right and a duty

In the Aug 30, 2016 primary election in Gila County there were 28,310 registered voters, only 11,920 voted — less than half. This does not include eligible voters who are not registered. Why did so many people choose not to vote?

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Immigration, work force development reform needed

After Congress passed the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the United States gave citizenship to approximately 3 million undocumented immigrants but did little to address why we had 3 million in the first place.

Obamacare one of the great misnomers in American legislation

For years, Obamacare supporters have been telling critics of the law to shut up and fall in line. Now, they are urging them to come to its rescue.

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Christopher Creek LDS branch has long area history

Christopher Creek is blessed to have two churches. One, the Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship, stands on a hill beside the fire station, and another, the Christopher Creek branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, stands in a vale to the west.

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Arizona wants principled leadership on immigration

Here are some truths Arizonans know about our border all too well: • Arizona has suffered from federal inaction to fix our broken immigration system. • To build the strong, diverse economy for the 21st century that Arizona deserves, we must pass comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level that keeps families together and secures our border.

ACC should seek impartial cost-benefit analysis of solar

For the past three years, the rooftop solar debate in Arizona has been a “he said/she said” between utilities and rooftop solar companies regarding the value and benefits net-metered rooftop solar provides to ratepayers.

Broadband gap becoming serious economic and safety concern

The White Mountains and Rim Country have experienced four major Internet and cell service outages over the last two years that have affected public safety, health services, merchant services and small businesses, as well as caused widespread inconvenience and frustration.

Trout Unlimited cheers House approval of bill to help fund abandoned mine cleanup

We applaud the leadership of Representatives Hice and Lowenthal, and Chairman Lamborn, for working to find legislative solutions to increase the pace and scale of cleanup at abandoned mines across the nation. HR 3844 is a positive step. 

Grand Canyon as national monument a good thing

As a wildlife biologist, former Arizona Game and Fish commissioner, and lifelong hunter conservationist, I support the establishment of the Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument. National monuments are those special, publicly-owned lands where conservation, preservation, and restoration of wildlife and wild lands are the overriding objectives.

Heed Trump’s warning on immigration

One of Donald Trump’s political skills is giving widely condemned speeches.

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Rim Country residents: It’s time to review where we live

Sally and I have lived full time in Pine since 2004 and owned a cabin here for four years prior.

Payson Mayor Kenny Evans: ‘a pleasure to have served’

It has been such a pleasure to serve you as mayor.