Guest Comment


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.

Clarifying school district budgets and overrides

Over the past few weeks people have asked me various questions about school district budgets and overrides. I wanted to take this opportunity to clarify concerns in this area.

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Smokey Bear’s message still relevant 70 years later

The Payson Ranger District, along with the U.S. Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters, and the Ad Council joined together to celebrate Smokey Bear’s 70th birthday on Aug. 9, 2014, to provide critical information to Americans about wildfire prevention.

Significant step forward for America’s veterans

This spring, as tragic reports surfaced of veterans dying while waiting for care at the Phoenix VA, I hosted a town hall forum at Burton Barr Central Library where the families of four veterans who passed away stood before a packed room to tell their stories.

This could be last chance to weigh-in on wolves

Just to be explicit on how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service “... did respond to pleas to loosen restrictions on killing or harassing wolves to protect pets and cattle.”

Ammunition plant hopes to remain in Rim Country

In the summer of 2009 I was encouraged by a family member and longtime highly respected resident of Payson, to bring my vision for a small arms ammunition manufacturing company to Payson. My initial code enforcement official was discouraging.

Preventive care for our wildfire crisis: Trust me, I’m a doctor

As we embark on another dangerous wildfire season, it is of the utmost urgency that we adopt a forward-thinking, active management strategy that combats dangerous wildfires before they get started.

Partnerships to thin forests vital to protecting communities and resources

There has been a lot of discussion in the media lately on the national forest treatment activities associated with the management of the San Juan Fire on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. I hope to at least set the record straight on what has occurred, and dispel some inaccurate information as it relates to vegetation management activities on the local level.

Representative rebuts letter writer’s claims

Again Raymond Spatti displays his ignorance of the facts, his willful deception of the public, and vitriol towards me for the world to view. After more than a month, perhaps your readers have forgotten what I wrote?

State must cut wildfire risk, save lives

As I campaign to be your next governor, I’ve traversed the state discussing how Arizona is known as a place of opportunity for people who work hard and want a chance to get ahead. In some of our more rural areas, however, I’m concerned about the danger inflicted by forest fires — some of the most destructive in the country — and how their effects can limit our opportunities.