Guest Comment


Litter season draws near once again

The Tonto National Forest beneath the Mogollon Rim has among the most visitors in the entire USA! When springtime comes, the interest in camping, fishing and other water sports brings thousands of visitors to the lakes, streams and campgrounds.

Educational Alliance answers questions about university site

There continues to be much interest and discussion in our towns about the proposed university coming to Payson, the purchase of the Forest Service land, and a proposed charter school to be built by the American Leadership Academy, Inc. (ALA) in Payson.

Legislature needs to address crisis in fire districts

Arizona’s fire districts today find themselves facing a serious public safety crisis, one that impacts more than 1.5 million Arizona residents who rely on fire districts for 911 services.

Gosar takes on president and Bill Cosby

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) recently released the following statement after President Obama announced further details of his executive action on gun control at a White House press conference:

Game & Fish restructuring consolidates departments

In a world where the only constant is change, it is sometimes tempting to dig in, hunker down and fight to keep things the same.

Sylvia Allen sets priorities for education committee

I am grateful for the trust President Biggs has shown in me by appointing me to this chairmanship. I believe in our education system in Arizona and it is time we brag about what we are accomplishing.

Common sense is needed in relocating refugees

These are dangerous times in Arizona and across the world. The terror in Paris and San Bernardino are reminders that evil can appear anywhere, and anytime.

If president won’t lead, Congress should

The horrifying events that took place over the past few weeks, including the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, have shaken our country to its very core.

This is not a zoo

I am a resident of Chaparral Pines and wish to present another side in response to the letter to the editor by Ms. Abbot arguing against a fence in our community. I believe hers is a minority view.

A climate change policy that pays for itself

This week, government officials from 190 nations are meeting in Paris to forge a plan for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. Among the most difficult issues they’ll face? How to finance the transition to a clean-energy infrastructure, particularly in developing countries.

Aiming at economic opportunity through education

For the past two decades, Arizona has consistently ranked as one of the fastest growing states in the nation.

Homeowners must do their part to avert disaster

On June 24, 2004, John Johnsen from his Portal IV home in Pine watched a lightning strike 22 miles distant on the top of a peak in the Mazatzal Wilderness Area. Visible fire prompted the 911 call.

Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee will continue

We feel the need to clarify what’s going on with our brush removal program since we’ve all had people come to us worried that the organization itself, not the brush removal program, may not be able to continue.

Domestic violence a crime that doesn’t always get punished

“I’m sure she did something to provoke him. And anyway, it’s a family matter. Why on earth would we call the police?”

American Leadership Academy to be a community school

Hope and opportunity.