Guest Comment


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.

Residents deeply involved in water concerns

Ray Pugel’s latest guest commentary was titled, “Community members must become involved” ... We are involved Mr. Pugel. More than 400 individuals signed our recall petitions for you and Mr. Lovetro and Mr. Calderon and Mr. Dickinson in only 21 days.

Community members must become involved

Eighteen years is enough. For 18 years an effort has been made to eradicate the water woes in Pine-Strawberry. That effort has been successful but there is more work to be done.

Education is key to strengthening rural Arizona

Providing a world-class education should be a top priority for rural Arizona communities.

Fairness at all levels necessary in solar energy debate

The net metering issue before the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) is being framed as an issue of “fairness.” This policy, adopted in 2006 by the ACC as part of the state’s Renewable Energy Standard, was devised to encourage Arizonans to spend large amounts of money out-of-pocket to inject clean electrons into our electrical system — benefiting the grid, the economy, our air, our health.

Questions to remember in Arizona’s Medicaid restoration

It shouldn’t be hard to forget why so many worked so hard to see that Arizona’s Medicaid program, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), was restored.

Government shutdown a worthless strategy

Recently I held town-hall meetings in Phoenix and Tucson, where I heard directly from Arizonans frustrated with Washington’s lack of respect for the impact that the dysfunction in Congress has had on the lives of ordinary people.

Net metering reform important for Arizona’s solar future

At APS, our goal is to make Arizona the solar capital of America. We believe we’re well on the way with a plan to shape our state’s solar identity and create a sustainable energy future.

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Barton issues statement on recent Facebook post

As many are aware, some recent comments of mine on Facebook have touched a sensitive nerve with many people. Additionally, many have simply taken my posting out of its contextual environment. Had I chosen my words differently, or had the president offered to use the power of his office to lessen or mute the public impacts of this impasse in Washington, we might not be having this discussion.

Is Boulder-like flooding in Payson’s future?


With the recent onslaught of natural disasters around the world, and increasingly dire predictions coming from climate scientists, I thought it would serve Payson area residents to present a regular column that assays to answer their questions on climate change, and how it might affect us in coming years.

Common sense forest bill passes House of Representatives

After the tragic deaths of the fallen heroes in Yarnell, I joined Vice-President Biden and thousands in Prescott, Arizona at a memorial service for the 19 elite firefighters, known as the Granite Mountain Hotshots.