Guest Comment


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.

New Health Insurance Marketplace offers discounts to many

Starting Oct. 1, Arizonans who lack health insurance, or who buy their own insurance, will have a whole new way to shop for coverage. It’s called the Health Insurance Marketplace, and you can learn more about it at

At the end of the day, all they wanted to do was play ball

While hard to believe, there was a time when you could not play major or minor league baseball in America if you were black. For me, this revelation came to light after reading former Boston Celtic great Bill Russell’s autobiography “Go Up for Glory.”

Solutions needed for child abuse in military

We share your deep concern for the health and safety of military children. So we write today to pledge our commitment to stand with you to successfully address the issue of rising incidents of child abuse and neglect within the military.

Memories of Labor Day weekend 1970 come flooding back

Over Labor Day in 1970, we went to the cabin with friends Garry and Marey Beth McKracken. It started raining as soon as we arrived and didn’t let up for the whole three-day holiday.

Putting the P/S water rate increase in perspective

When I was about 8 years old, I unknowingly learned about inflation.