Destruction of wildlife habitat continues

Turtle, frog, water fowl, and fish habitat continues to be destroyed for no good reason in Green Valley’s largest lake. The Payson Water Department and Parks Department reasoning for their actions doesn’t hold water (pun intended).

Educational myopia?

Regarding Senator Sylvia Allen’s Guest Comment in the Payson Roundup on July 24, 2015, here are some suggestions for her and her legislative cronies to really help our public schools in their time of financial distress.

Take care of yourself, buddy

If you are going to read or listen to political talk these days, it helps to have a working knowledge of their vocabulary since many words and phrases mean exactly the opposite of what one would normally expect.

How do you eat an elephant?

You know the old joke: How do you eat an elephant?

New funding model not necessarily the answer

There is increasing popularity in the Arizona state government for the concept of “backpack” funding for public education.

Too barbaric to imagine

I’m a little squeamish when it comes to certain medical procedures that involve cutting, blood, and oozing body parts.

Thanks to all who supported KRIM grand opening

We would like to thank everybody in Rim Country for the wonderful show of support at our July 10th grand opening celebration and chamber ribbon-cutting at our new location in Western Village at 1104 S. Beeline Hwy.

Hope cracks stone of indifference

Hope can sometimes break through the hardest stone — just witness the pines that sprout from cracks in the cliff face.

New era begins

Community leaders greeted Banner Health’s takeover of the Payson Regional Medical Center with appropriate jubilation.

The impact of drugs

Thank you so much for your dogged determination to make us all aware of the evil around us; an evil that we would rather ignore unless and until it impacts us up close and personal. How sickeningly painful are the pictures you’ve painted.

Prison spending plan wrong

Gov. Ducey’s plan to spend over $50 million over the next two years to fund 2,000 more beds in the prison system is not well advised. What ought first to be considered is a reform of the corrections system so that it actually accomplishes benefits beyond putting people in prisons where they can acquire an “advanced degree” in criminality.

The Pope and climate change

Our Pope should pay more attention to our religion instead of being sold by Obama and his great fraud of about climate change.

First book festival a success

Payson can be proud of its first major book festival held July 25, 2015. About a year ago, a handful of local writers embraced the dream of a book festival and followed Emily Dickinson’s advice to “dwell in possibilities.” The people of Payson turned that dream into a reality.

Payson losing good jobs

In Tuesday’s letters to the editor, Ken Boone addressed the front-page story regarding the sad decision made by the ammunition manufacturing company to back out of the plans to build an industrial park on East Granite Dells.

Banning dogs from park

Let’s ban all dogs from the park because some dog owners don’t pick up after them?