A precious resource

The Blue Ridge Reservoir remains Rim Country’s secret weapon when it comes to economic development and tourism. It’s not just our own little reservoir — it’s one of the most reliable sources of water in the state.

Vital lessons for school district

The search for an armed robbery suspect this week gave the Payson Schools a chance to take a pop quiz on emergency notification and procedures.

President Obama’s speech a disappointment

We are pleased that President Obama addressed a number of issues on which Republicans and Democrats can work together in the coming year.

No more big government

Despite being responsible for the slowest recovery since the Great Depression, the president has made it clear that he intends to double down on his tax and spend policies that continue to grow Washington, D.C. while crippling our economy.

Why so many police officers?

Why does it take so many policemen to arrest or stop someone?

With much thanks to so many

The students, teachers and staff at Payson Elementary School would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to members of the Payson Elks Lodge No. 2154, Sy Harrison Masonic Lodge No. 70 F. & A., N-PCT program, Expedition Church, Mogollon Motorcycle Association – Safeway Inc., and numerous anonymous Rim Country residents for their contributions.

Things can change

Oh, skeptics take note: Things can change for the better.

Thanks for a fun experience

I just wanted to personally thank Jeremy at Rue21.

Asking for help

Payson has always come to the help of their neighbors, so I am writing this in hopes to be able to buy a used portable oxygen concentrator.

Help with Clothe-A-Child appreciated

Sy Harrison Lodge #70 would like to express their gratitude to the businesses and citizens of Payson for their generosity during our Clothe-A-Child campaign last year.

America’s longest war

Some people say that America’s longest war has been the war in Afghanistan.

Cutting university funding shortsighted

Our new governor, Doug Ducey, has proposed his budget and he asks for a $75 million cut to our state universities’ budget.

A pox on both of the political extremes

I have nothing but disdain for the progressive/socialist ideology as I think it is anathema to everything this nation was built upon.

State lawmakers can act after all

Wow. So the Arizona Legislature can address important problems quickly after all. It took about two days for lawmakers to impose a new graduation requirement on the K-12 school system they’ve been systematically looting for the past four years.

Reforms a case of political malpractice?

So, let’s say you’ve got a bunion on a leg that’s developed gangrene. The doctor frowns seriously, says you’ve got a problem with your leg, deftly removes the bunion and sends you home with an affable smile.