Gym floor mercury poses painful puzzle

The discovery of minute amounts of mercury off-gassing from the rubberized floors in the Pine school gym and cafeteria represent one of those nerve-wracking intersections of science and public policy.

Successful businessmen invested in the future of news media

If you want to know who still believes in a future for news media, just turn to some of our most respected businessmen: Warren Buffett. Jeff Bezos. John Henry. Glen Taylor.

Thank you to the community

The reality of losing our adored Greg Day is so hard to express in words. The enormous amount of love, support and condolences we have received from our community has been so humbling.

Second Amendment protects all the rest

In reply to the (letter) by Mr. Starr criticizing Congressman Gosar’s stand on the Second Amendment issue. First of all, a congressman’s job is to represent the wishes of his/her constituents in a solidly Second Amendment area.

Thoughts for election year 2016

“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely” — Lord Acton.

Litter season draws near once again

The Tonto National Forest beneath the Mogollon Rim has among the most visitors in the entire USA! When springtime comes, the interest in camping, fishing and other water sports brings thousands of visitors to the lakes, streams and campgrounds.

Disagree with letter writer

A letter writer asserts “It is Congress’ responsibility and that of the president to protect the citizenry from all enemies foreign and domestic.”

Population of 38,000 is too many people

Payson says Blue Ridge water will allow the city to build up to a population of 38,000.

Presidential progress and problems

I have been honored and proud to have lived through the presidencies of FDR, Truman, Ike, JFK, LBJ, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, RW Bush, Clinton, W Bush, and Obama.

Give me your huddled masses

The following words, penned by Emma Lazarus, are inscribed on a plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The retched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

An angel that shovels snow

I live on McLane in Payson and I was out shoveling my long driveway after our last snow.

Job training classes vital

We’re delighted that Senator Sylvia Allen and Rep. Bob Thorpe have signed on as co-sponsors for a bill that will restore foolishly cut vocational education funding.

Disaster averted

When the call came in, the two Christopher-Kohl’s firefighters rushed to their truck and charged out into the freezing night.

Grass attracts elk

The rumors elk roaming about in Chaparral Pines should come as no surprise.

Different times, different values

After retirement, my wife and I moved from Fairbanks, Alaska to Payson to thaw out our frozen bones.