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Sen. Allen defends vote

Why I voted against “KidsCare.”

Why pay more for the same sun?

With more than 300 days of sunshine every year, Arizona is a natural for solar power. In fact, the state was recently ranked No. 2 for total solar energy capacity. Some of the benefits of solar energy are clear. This clean, renewable energy source has no carbon emissions and uses no water.

Budget has first true structural balance in a decade

Finally we are passing the state budget for FY 2016-2017. We are spending a grand total of $9.579 billion. The Democrats started out by proposing an amendment to repeal all tax cuts so that we could better fund the needs of the people.

Prop. 123 is less money for schools; raises property taxes

I wish I could support Proposition 123. I wish it was in the best interest of our schools, teachers and taxpayers. I wish it lived up to the claim of being “more money for schools without raising taxes.” Unfortunately it is none of these things.

Grand Canyon under siege from uranium mining industry

Ha ŧay g’am, Wi:Nyi Gacha, Ongtupqa, Tsékooh Hatsoh, Chimik’yana’kya deya’a. (“Grand Canyon” in Havasupai, Hualapai, Hopi, Navajo, and Zuni languages.)

Vote yes on Prop. 123 at May 17 special election

I am calling on Arizonans to please vote YES on Prop. 123 on May 17. Early ballots are starting to be mailed out and I am very concerned at the opposition that has risen with misinformation.

America needs more than symbolic gestures in the South China Sea

Admiral Harry Harris, the commander of U.S. Pacific Command, was recently asked in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing about China’s strategic goals. “China seeks hegemony in East Asia. Simple as that,” he responded.

Will wolves force cowboys onto welfare?

On Feb. 8, 2016, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) met with ranch permittees at the Black Mesa Ranger Station in Overgaard.

Payson mayor urges residents to vote Yes on Prop. 123

The most recent Payson Roundup endorsement of Prop. 123 is most welcome.

Bill intended to protect privacy; reaffirm parents’ rights

“The fantastic advances in the field of electronic communication constitute a greater danger to the privacy of the individual.” — Earl Warren

SB1516 will make dark money a whole lot darker

SB1516 is nothing short of a pure deregulation of political committees in Arizona. Under the false pretenses of streamlining our system, this proposal abdicates nearly all responsibility for regulating political committees. If you think dark money rules our current system now, buckle up because it’s about to get a whole lot darker.

Nine ways to bring the spirit of heaven home

Springtime renewal is on everyone’s minds with the first day of spring taking place March 20 and Easter fast approaching.

Threat of wildfire in Arizona a top environmental challenge

El Niño or not, the summer of 2016 may prove to be as dry and hazardous as any other.

Payson Christian School prepares students for next phase of life

Payson Community Christian School has multiple, dynamic, hands-on-ways to meet the needs of our graduates, and to equip them with the life skills they need to be successful.

An open letter to members of the Arizona Legislature

As you work on a budget that best serves Arizona families today, we hope you bear in mind the fundamental role higher education and our system of public universities play in shaping the kind of future we all want for Arizona.