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NAMI offers support for mentally ill in Payson

Thank you to Vera Eccols, for courageously coming forward to share her story in the Jan. 6, 2017 Roundup and to reporter Michele Nelson for her coverage of the tragic story of Vera’s son Jeff.

Fire in My Forest: A 50-year perspective

My first real experience with fire in my woods, the pinelands of New Jersey, was at the age of 12. That year, southern New Jersey experienced “Black Saturday” on April 20, 1963, when wildfires burned 183,000 acres of woodland, with loss of life and property across the landscape.

Colleges are failing to prepare students for work; here’s the solution

Job prospects for today’s college seniors are looking up. The hiring of bachelor’s degree holders is expected to jump by 19 percent this year. But few are actually prepared for employment. Even though nine in 10 recent college grads believe they’re ready for the workforce, only half the nation’s employers agree.

This winter a time of change and hope

by Chris Bertone Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce

Can you feel the wind blowing? The cold blustery wind that swoops into Rim Country this time of year and brings with it our version of “winter weather.” This time in Rim Country it brings with it much more. This time it brings with it change and hope.

The scandal of vast inequality in retirement pay

Cato the Elder, a Roman senator and historian, once remarked: “Cessation of work is not accompanied by cessation of expenses.”

Statement by McCain and Graham on the slaughter in Aleppo

U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) released the following statement on the slaughter in Aleppo:

A look at the National Popular Vote movement

I am getting a lot of email about the National Popular Vote asking me to change the way the Electoral College works in our state.

TrumPutin: Jobs, security, and buyer’s remorse

Donald Trump is bringing jobs back! Well, OK, he is saving jobs! Um, well, he only lost 1,200 jobs, when 2,000 were threatened. So much better than Obama!

Americans are right to worry about insurance quality

Of all their concerns about health care, Americans are most worried about whether they can afford their insurance. That’s the key finding from a new Morning Consult survey of over 20,000 people.

Plan falls short of solving ongoing problems

All eyes seem to be focused on the Corporation commissioners and their supposed sell out to APS or its parent Pinnacle West. At the same time, taking a back seat with the media is another huge water/wastewater issue.

Congressmen root out and eliminate wasteful defense spending

Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, released the following statement today on the Washington Post’s report on the Defense Business Board’s findings concerning Pentagon bureaucracy:

Arizonans agree: No new national monument

During President Obama’s two terms in office, we have undoubtedly witnessed the rise of the greatest threat to our republic: the unprecedented abuse of executive overreach.

Overwhelming support for national monument

A bipartisan nationwide poll released today finds the overwhelming majority of Americans (82 percent) support establishing a Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument.

Compromise could solve Electoral College problem

The framers of the U.S. Constitution created the Electoral College as a result of a compromise for the presidential election process.

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Importance of Affordable Care Act for rural America

National Rural Health Day brings attention to the unique challenges and opportunities for health and well-being in rural communities.