College will never open

Editor: In the past several weeks, there have been quite a few comments on Facebook, and other social media, about the college coming to town. There will never be a college in Payson — at least not during my lifetime. There are several reasons why I make this statement.

Chicken vs. egg

Editor: Recently this paper and our community leaders were discussing what Payson needed first, educated workers or quality jobs. The Payson Area Economic Development Strategic Plan indicated we must attract both. I believe that thinking is a little premature. If we want to attract quality jobs and trained workers, we must first get our Payson house in order.

Hold your nose and vote

Editor: I will have to hold my nose and vote for (Senator John) McCain again this year, even though he was a senator during the entire VA debacle, and wants to give citizenship to the illegals.

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New water in Roosevelt contributes to healthy fishery

Rim Country Fishing Report

Congratulations to two of our local professional Bassmaster Elite anglers. Both Clifford Pirch and Brett Hite finished in the top 12 on the Potomac River event recently.

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Meteor shower watch party draws crowd

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek celebrated the Perseid meteor shower with a watch party. It was an impromptu gathering following a single invitation on social media.

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Monsoon storms have started teasing us again

The Village

Mother Nature is sure faking all of us out! One minute the clouds turn dark, and you expect that it will be pouring rain any minute. But it doesn’t! Where does it go?

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Celebrating Lincoln’s birthday

Back When

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 1924 the young Payson schoolteacher, Julia Randall secretly brought her portrait of Abraham Lincoln to her classroom and placed it on an easel in front of the class.

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You really can’t go home again

Your Turn

When my family moved from New York City to New London, Conn., I found myself in a town that suited me perfectly, small enough to know well, but large enough to be worth knowing.

Train the principals

Editor: I hate to use sports analogies, but I think they work for this situation.

He has insurance, votes against mine

Editor: For my friends in Congressman Paul Gosar’s district: More than half of the people in Gila County are on some kind of government-assisted insurance.

Brewer endorses McCain

Editor: Senator John McCain has been and will continue to be the strongest advocate for Arizona.

Cool Mountain Drug Town?

Editor: I thought when the drug shop went in, it was to be theft proof and someone would be there at all times.

Unhappy with changes

Editor: My name is Joelle Vancel and I have been a customer for many years and lately I have been disappointed with it.

We love 'em to death

Editor: Today’s 10 highest grossing box office releases are about animals, including: “Finding Dory,” “The Jungle Book,” “Zootopia,” “The Secret Life of Pets,” and “Kung Fu Panda.”

Leash your dogs, people

Editor: A reply to (a letter) by Ted Paulk: You should go to the west side of the big lake at Green Valley Park.