In response to Mr. Aleshire’s March 27 article that indicated the Payson Police Department is doing its job in arresting people but “the large problem remain[s] in seeming reluctance of Gila County prosecutors to file the cases submitted by police, resulting in officers returning to the same address over and over again ....” We agree that the Payson Police Department is working hard to combat all crimes occurring in Payson and particularly domestic violence (DV) offenses. The comment directed at prosecutors is, however, inaccurate and there is no “reluctance” to file DV offenses when charges are supported by sufficient facts to result in a conviction. Our 2011 annual report indicated just shy of 300 DV cases were prosecuted by this office and we take pride in ensuring these cases are handled appropriately.
Normally I avoid prolonged exposure to rightwing talking points lest they addle my brain, as has happened to so many over the years. But in the case of Rep. Paul Gosar’s guest column in the Payson Roundup I gave it a shot. After making my way all the way through, I had to admit it: this kind of writing is exactly why guys like Gosar, State Senator Ron Gould, and all their ilk must be defeated: even the Grandest of Canyons can only hold so much BS.
In the March 20 Roundup Sam Schwalm listed four points as evidence the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District (PSWID) is not operating in the best interests of their customers. Most of the evidence Mr. Schwalm used was incorrect or misleading. As district engineer for the PSWID, I feel compelled to respond to Mr. Schwalm’s letter. This letter responds to Mr. Schwalm’s first two points.
After the heated Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District (PSWID) meetings, it’s unfortunate that the focus has shifted away from the actions in question of the PSWID, toward the outrageous verbal attacks on Sam Schwalm. The truth about angry outbursts is that they provide a good smoke screen for unethical behavior. I hear from other Pine residents that belong to town-oriented groups that the tempers of Calderon and Lovetro (board members with uncontrolled outbursts) are not exclusive to only water meetings. The only moral thing to do is a public apology made directly to Sam Schwalm — not a generalized apology for an outburst! Public people with these types of anger issues should not be allowed to continue in any public forum.
My fellow Star Valley residents, We have a very important issue to address with the upcoming election. The extension of the alternative expenditure limitation for the Town of Star Valley (Home Rule).
The Jan. 27 front page article written about the upcoming closure of the Roosevelt Lakeview Park is very disturbing. I appreciate Pete Aleshire’s in depth summary of what is going on with the U.S. Forest Service and Roosevelt Lakeview Park, but I have to tell you, it made me upset with the way the Forest Service is planning to treat these residents on Tonto National Forest land. This little community of 167 mobile homes in Roosevelt has been at this location for almost 40 years. Yes, while there are some permanent residents, it is also the summer vacation home for many from throughout Arizona. These owners come from all over the state of Arizona to spend their time and money in Gila County. Yet, the Forest Service wants to remove them as this use does not fit with their plans for the Tonto National Forest.
Sustainability of the athletic program for Payson High School was the prime concern of the Payson School District Governing Board in the spring of 2010 when they reluctantly voted to implement sports fees and to use Credit For Kids to fund all athletic programs. The intent was certainly not to require coaches to raise funds to pay their own salaries. As a parent and as an administrator, I fully support all extracurricular and co-curricular programs, as I have experienced first hand the impact these programs have on student success. Athletics are the hook connecting many students to school in a positive passionate manner, as well as impacting the need for student academic achievement and positive behavior choices.
What is designer cocaine? Simply put, they are drugs that manufacturers design around laws created to stop their use. A designer drug that simulates cocaine is marketed as “Glass Cleaner” and also as “Bath Salts.” Glass Cleaner, specifically, has rendered all but useless an emergency federal ban enacted in October 2011, to stem the sale and use of the potentially lethal Bath Salts. The chemically tweaked designer Glass Cleaners hit the shelves as soon as the federal ban took effect. The ban targets three synthetic stimulants the federal Drug Enforcement Administration will study for a year and determine whether to permanently put them in the same category as heroin, meth and cocaine.
recently to see two politicians from very different political perspectives —Democratic Senator Ron Wyden and Republican Congressman Paul Ryan — come together and propose bold ideas for how to solve one of our nation’s most intractable challenges: the preservation and protection of Medicare. Their plan would introduce some much-needed competition into the Medicare program, which would drive costs down while also ensuring seniors continued access to the Medicare program they know and like. The Wyden-Ryan plan is not perfect — I, for one, have some concerns — but at least it is a sober step in the right direction and a genuine attempt to spark serious cross-party conversation on the topic.
It has been proven by researchers that any kind of distraction while driving, walking or biking poses a major safety issue on our roadways. The nature and intensity of distractions vary from situation to situation. Driver distractions come in many forms, such as texting, using cell phones, children in the vehicle, passionate conversations with other passengers, and eating or drinking while driving. Some people have also been guilty of putting on makeup or doing other “interesting” tasks when they should be concentrating on the road in front of them. Driving is the only task one should be doing when behind the wheel.
On my first morning home from a wonderful relaxing cruise on the Pacific Princess to the Middle East including Israel, Greece, Croatia, Turkey, Italy and Egypt. I had mixed emotions as I pondered the complicated Israel-Palestinian governance, land and recognition of Israel as a state. I was amazed at the 2400 years old marble structures built and destroyed and now in the process of excavation especially in Israel, Ephesus, Egypt and Greece. I marveled at the war memorial in Croatia and the ongoing struggle for freedom in Egypt. My guide in Israel recounted the 1948, 1967 and 1983 struggles plus the ongoing assault on the democracy trying to survive the problems involving its neighbors including Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Iran. My guide in Egypt described her feelings about being able to vote this 11/21/11 for the first time in over 30 years. In my discussion with her she was outraged about the oppression of women, the schools, the garbage pick up and the extreme difference between the rich and the poor!
The tree is up, the candles are lit, and the extension cords are plugged in. With all of the traditional touches comes the most dangerous month of the year. The items I list below are of special concern for us and your safety over the next few weeks and from all of us here at the department, we wish you all the best for the holiday season. Christmas trees: More than one-third (36 percent) of home Christmas tree structure fires were reported on the 10 days between Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) and the day after New Year’s Day (Jan. 2). The top day was Christmas with 6 percent of the fires.
(Note: The following article was guest-written be an employee of the Gila County Sheriff’s Office who has experienced firsthand the pain of having a child addicted to drugs.) Meth (Street Drug) I have experienced firsthand what it is like to be around a drug addicted daughter. It was not easy having a daughter nor a son-in-law on meth. At the time, I did not know what they were on, but did know the grandchildren were in harm’s way. They were abused and neglected at times. My daughter states she used because she felt rejected and abused by her husband and friends. When she was using, she was very paranoid, skinny (losing approximately 50 pounds), delusional, and immature at times. She felt the need to hide her drug abuse, but everyone knew what she was doing. She even got to the point of threatening to kill my mother-in-law and that is when I stepped in and admitted her into a rehab center. I knew this was not my daughter at all.
With all the information available on television and through the social networking media outlets, one would think the entertainment/sports world would get the drug message. It never ceases to amaze how often news programs report yet another celebrity overdose or DUI arrest.
In conjunction with this years’ Fire Prevention Week (FPW) the Payson Fire Department would like to invite all residents and visitors to join them in an open house. The theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign (Oct. 9 through 15), “Protect Your Family from Fire,” sends a reminder of the importance of preparing and protecting your family from the dangers of home fires.