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Bill is an assault on transparency and people’s right to know

Here we go again. For the eighth year in a row, the Legislature has once again introduced a bill to eliminate public notices in newspapers.

Tying statehood and education funding together

Why do I tie statehood and education funding together? Because Arizona used to have plenty of money for education, but the federal government overreach has led to a decline in tax proceeds for education funding. By acquiring the public lands that were supposed to be transferred to us in 1912 at statehood, Arizona would have a lot more land under production. Taxes could fund our schools.

Pension systems recovering, still best value for taxpayers

Glaring headlines about Arizona’s public worker retirement system suggest that your typical retired teacher, firefighter or police officer is sipping margaritas on a beach somewhere enjoying a six-figure pension. Meanwhile the state’s pension funds are running out of money, leaving you, the taxpayer, stuck with the bill.

Ways to know you might be feelin’ the love

My college roommate and I dreaded Feb. 14. Only “cool girls” were called to the lobby for beautiful bouquets of Valentine’s flowers and brightly colored boxes of rich chocolates. Susie and I hated that day.

Incident Command System provides framework to build safer schools

On Tuesday morning the entire Payson High School/Rim Country Middle School complex, including Payson Center for Success, transportation, maintenance, the warehouse and IT, locked down due to a potential threat. Thankfully, the incident ended with no harm done and none intended.

What’s going on with the frigid weather?

As America gets slammed each succeeding winter with increasingly snowy and frigid weather, the question naturally arises, “What’s going on? What happened to global warming?”

How the corporation commission approves utility rates

There has been much discussion in recent articles on the rate request from Payson Water now pending before the commission.

Judge’s sentencings indicate money more important than people

Once again, I am outraged by Judge Peter Cahill.

How can there be governance when there is no trust?

In any democratic political system, large or small, you can only govern so long as you have the trust of the people you were elected to serve.

Forest official responds to letter from Senator McCain

Dear Senator McCain: Thank you for your letter of November 8, 2013, expressing concern about a press release regarding abandoned trailers on the Coconino, Kaibab and Prescott national forests in northern Arizona.

CPS crisis can lead us to a stronger, safer Arizona

When children are at risk, we all have two basic responsibilities. We’ve got to strengthen families, so we can prevent abuse or neglect whenever possible.

Northern Arizona forests welcome hunters

We are concerned that hunters may have recently been given the impression that they are at risk of having their trailers or other vehicles towed while visiting the Kaibab and Coconino National Forests in northern Arizona. This is simply not true, and we want to set the record straight in the hopes of reducing any residual anxieties that our forest visitors might have.

EPA’s war on coal could destroy Arizona’s energy future

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced alarming new plans to set carbon standards for existing power plants as the agency simultaneously pursues a reckless agenda of taking reliable, affordable power offline in Arizona and across the country.

Little time left to review, compare Medicare coverage

AARP is reminding and encouraging people on Medicare to consider their options and choose the coverage that best fits their needs during Medicare Open Enrollment which runs through Dec. 7, 2013.

Merritt Center helps returning combat veterans

The Merritt Center and Lodge is a non-profit retreat center in Star Valley founded in 1987 by Betty Merritt for individual or group renewal and empowerment. Even though Betty has been at the same location for more than 25 years, and has retreats for people from all parts of the country, many folks in Rim Country are unfamiliar with her work.