Guest Comment


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.

Empowerment scholarships: The best use of taxpayer dollars?

Recently, Senate Bill 1279 was passed in the Senate and House Bill 2482 is being voted on soon. What are these two bills and why are they so important? These two bills would expand a program that would allow parents to use public taxpayer money to take their children to private schools.

Grandfather comments on the tragic death of Tanner Conway

This weekend, we buried my 20-year-old grandson, Tanner Conway. I would like to thank all who turned out for his service. The comfort and support you brought to our family demonstrated the outpouring of love in our community. Thank you all for your many words of comfort.

McCain urges Forest Service to accelerate industry-led forest restoration and prevent catastrophic wildfires

I write concerning the request by the Eastern Arizona Counties Organization (EACO) that you increase the supply of Forest Service lands for industry-driven forest restoration.

Arizona’s official chance to influence the nomination process

Arizona voters have an opportunity to vote in our state’s presidential preference election on March 22.

Senator backs bill limiting superintendent’s authority

I know that there has been a lot of conversation, and many of you are very upset and confused about why I heard SB 1416 in the Senate Education Committee.