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Kids know the great teachers

Payson has some great teachers.

Where do they get people like that?

Easy enough to get discouraged.

Ben Carson believes in America

I attended Ben Carson’s event in Phoenix on Aug. 18. With all the Republican candidates for president in 2016, I believe it is important to Rim Country residents to become informed voters.

Have pride in our teenagers

It was an honor to serve the Bike and Build group that came through Payson last week.

How to fix Social Security

It was interesting (and alarming) to read the recent article by Kevin Dick and your editorial. Social Security is celebrating its 80th birthday this year and no one can dispute that its benefits have transformed our country and kept our elderly and disabled from falling into the poverty and ruin that would have happened without it.

They’re against everything

I’ve just read yesterday’s paper and several things stood out.

Lawmaker’s lawsuit is simply reckless

Reckless. Simply reckless. Lawmakers on the losing end of the vote to add 300,000 people to the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System continue to try to overturn the vote in court. The 36 lawmakers who have filed suit include Rim Country’s representatives in the House — Bob Thorpe (R-Flagstaff) and Brenda Barton (R-Payson).

Senator Flake opposes Iran agreement

When the administration announced that an agreement had been reached between the P5+1 and Iran, I said that I would take the time to do due diligence on the deal. I have tried to do so. I am grateful for a comprehensive series of briefings and hearings conducted by Chairman Corker and Ranking Member Cardin of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and for members of the Obama administration for making themselves available for numerous briefings and one-on-one discussions.

EPA standards expensive

We now have more than 20 candidates running for president. Wouldn’t you think that one of them would bring up the fact that the EPA is getting ready to impose new ozone standards in the fall that will probably put most coal-powered plants out of business? Wouldn’t you think they could get beyond their social issues talking points and tell us their position on something that is coming that really could hurt us?

Mogollon Sporting Association elects new officers and directors

The Mogollon Sporting Association (MSA) recently elected new officers and directors for the current year, which will run from August 2015 through July 2016.

Enjoyed miniature golf experience

Just a note to state how pleased my wife and I were to visit Pirate’s Hideaway Mini Golf and Entertainment Center last week.

Payson schools off to a good start

Payson parents got some great news this week.

Progress problems

Progress. Humph.

Shooting at military recruiting office was a terrorist attack

“The process of settlement is a ‘Civilization-Jihadist Process’ with all the word means. The Muslim Brotherhood must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions ...

Happy with Voden sentence

As a 20-year Payson resident who has followed this story, I am very grateful that this judge gave him the maximum. Of course, I wish it would have been even more.