Guest Comment


Kenny Evans wants to continue as Payson’s mayor

Once again Payson has an opportunity to discuss the issues we face and direction the community would like to go as we hold our 2014 elections. I welcome that opportunity for voter direction.

Reinvestment in education crucial for Arizona’s future

Education is the bedrock of a functioning democracy and a civil society, and provides the engine of economic growth in a modern economy. For generations, the U.S. public education system has driven our nation’s leadership in the world, and will remain the foundation of our leadership and success in the future.

Proposal offers balance needed for successful wolf reintroduction

A historic proposal was recently developed by four counties and 25 critical stakeholders that supports a self-sustaining Mexican wolf population in Arizona and New Mexico.

From Bunker Hill to Bunkerville, struggles continue

In early April, hundreds of heavily-armed federal agents descended like a swarm of locusts upon the remote, rural Bunkerville ranchlands near Mesquite, Nev.

Lawmaker embraces a racist and violent movement

Arizona State Rep. Bob Thorpe issued a statement supporting disgraced, racist rancher Cliven Bundy in which he compared the armed militia movement to America’s founding fathers.

School superintendents: An open letter to Arizona

“An enlightened citizenry is indispensable for the proper functioning of a republic. Self-government is not possible unless the citizens are educated sufficiently to enable them to exercise oversight. It is therefore imperative that the nation see to it that a suitable education be provided for all its citizens.” — Thomas Jefferson

Making a profit from climate change

As a full-time investor and trader, I’ve learned to be agnostic about ideology. Not that I don’t have one, on the contrary, I’m passionate about my opinions.

Access to contraception is good for public health

Before the Supreme Court hears oral arguments based on two lawsuits challenging the Affordable Care Act provision requiring employers to provide contraceptive coverage as part of their health-care plans, it might be worthwhile to take a look back before moving forward.

Hijacked bills would punish whistleblowers seeking to expose animal cruelty

Legislation originally meant to help pets in hoarding situations has been hijacked by the state’s agribusiness industry.

Payson councilor responds to fire code editorial

Perhaps you should read the proposed international code and Firewise codes more closely.

Begging the GOP to care about Americans

A group of Prescott activists met at the office of Congressman Paul Gosar on Jan. 9. We were there to plead for mercy for our fellow Americans.

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.