Guest Comment


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.

Arizonans who support wildlife conservation urged to support SB 1361

Anyone who owns a home recognizes the need to set aside money for ongoing maintenance and repairs to protect their most important investment. Without money to operate and maintain a home, a reasonable person certainly wouldn’t buy another. Yet that’s what the Arizona Game and Fish Commission is forced to do under the current stipulations of the Arizona Heritage Fund.

Successful businessmen invested in the future of news media

If you want to know who still believes in a future for news media, just turn to some of our most respected businessmen: Warren Buffett. Jeff Bezos. John Henry. Glen Taylor.

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.