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Sen. McCain speaks out against U.S. use of torture

I rise in support of the release — the long-delayed release — of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s summarized, unclassified review of the so-called ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ that were employed by the previous administration to extract information from captured terrorists.

Stabilize water rates for low/fixed income residents

Recently, the Town of Payson laid out a plan to increase our water rates, in order for the town to show an ability to pay for bonds that would finance the completion of the Blue Ridge water project.

Are we a Republic or a Democracy?

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Simple toys best for young kids’ learning

When it comes to promoting learning for children 5 and younger, basic toys and quality time with adults are the best gifts an infant, toddler or preschooler can receive.

Holiday traditions build skills in young kids

Holiday traditions offer more than fun during this festive season; for young kids, they are a chance to develop skills that will make them successful in kindergarten and beyond.

Tribes should pursue energy development as they see fit

Today, America is in the middle of an energy revolution, which will create millions of new jobs and generate billions of dollars in revenue over the next decade.

So very much for which to be thankful

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to thank the Lord for all the blessings we have been given in Rim Country.

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Book tells how to do background checks

There was this quote about “nice guys’’ I couldn’t use in my newspaper stories.

Arizona’s voluntary lead-free ammo program is a national example

Up to five California condors — among the rarest bird species on Earth — were released at Vermillion Cliffs National Monument in northern Arizona earlier this fall.

Acceptance speech by Arizona governor-elect Doug Ducey

Thank you all very much. And thank you, Arizona. I’m grateful for the privilege you have given me, the trust you have placed in me and I pledge my best efforts as governor of this great state.

Apparently, the sky isn’t falling after all

The 19th century story Chicken Little is about a chicken, who after being hit by either a falling leaf or an acorn, sounds the alarm that “the sky is falling.”

Campaign marketing – distortion or fact?

Hi, I’m Tom O’Halleran, a candidate for Arizona Senate, Legislative District 6. Wait, wait. I’m not THAT Tom O’Halleran.

Republican lawmakers to sponsor bill seeking additional classroom time for kindergartners

As staunch advocates for a strong public education system and Republican members of the Arizona State Legislature, we read the recent Arizona Republic My Turn piece “It’s time for additional classroom time for all of Arizona’s youngest students” with great excitement.

ACT bill is typical election year posturing to deflect attention from incumbent’s abysmal record on education

As a candidate for Arizona’s House of Repre­sentatives my priority is public education. It is my priority because public education powers Arizona’s economy by developing a high-quality workforce, bringing in investors, and creating entrepreneurs. Quality public education is the surest path to higher paying jobs and is vital to Arizona’s future

The role of public education and the economy

With less than a month to go before the election, a dominant theme in campaigns is the economy.

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