Guest Comment


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.

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.