Social Security inflation

I recently received my “Retiree Benefit Statement” indicating that I would be receiving a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) next month. The raise would be $0.40 per month.

A wonderful place to live

Last Saturday, I traveled north to Payson for the annual Wildlife Fair at Green Valley Park. It was a great event that both my daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed.

Absurd explanation

Our state Senator Sylvia Allen offered an absurd explanation of why she voted to deny health care coverage for 30,000 children of low-income Arizona families who cannot afford to buy insurance.

Fossil Creek passes at Pine library

The Pine library is available Tuesday-Saturday with six public computers so hikers can obtain their parking passes to Fossil Creek.

Governor vetoes bad water bills

Gov. Doug Ducey showed courage and leadership in vetoing a pair of “bad bills,” which would weaken the state’s efforts to manage its vital water resources.

Officers rescued mother

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the manager of the Sonic Drive-In and the Tonto Apache Tribal Police Department for the exceptional service we received last Saturday evening.

Still fighting health care

“Legislative revolt on behalf of kids” ... Senate President Andy Biggs tried to bury the bill (KidsCare) without a vote.” This would have taken health insurance from 30,000 Arizona children.

Many make event a success

Pine/Strawberry Fuel Reduction Inc. held their first Firewise Day on Saturday, April 30 in Pine.

Re: The system failed

The headline stated that the system failed, however, it was “the people” that failed! If just one person in the past seven years had not looked away, became involved in the issues of that day or the following days then perhaps (Calandra Balas) would have had a chance.

Wallet returned

I stopped at the Pine post office to mail a package on the way to the bank in Payson the other day.

Exchange students need host families

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with your community high school, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Japan, to name a few.

Sen. Allen defends vote

Why I voted against “KidsCare.”

Why pay more for the same sun?

With more than 300 days of sunshine every year, Arizona is a natural for solar power. In fact, the state was recently ranked No. 2 for total solar energy capacity. Some of the benefits of solar energy are clear. This clean, renewable energy source has no carbon emissions and uses no water.

Education in Payson

Editor’s note: The following exchange came in response to a Roundup online poll asking how people think the Payson School District should spend the roughly $480,000 it will receive if voters approve Proposition 123.

Re: ‘Arizona out of whack’

The letter writer argues we should “strike a balance” in Arizona politics by not voting for the party that insists people who work for a living and earn less and less every year because the worthless flat currency has no intrinsic value, should be robbed of their earnings to support those who cannot or will not work to support themselves.