Signs stolen

Editor: Recently at the Payson Democratic Headquarters two expensive “Clinton for President” banners were damaged and stolen, we assume by some mean-spirited Republican(s). When reported to the police department, we were advised that signs were being stolen all over town. It’s unfortunate that we Democrats are not allowed to display or express our political values without such harassment and destruction.

A dose of Xenophobia

Editor: Ms. Hetrick, who is running for the Payson School Board, is grossly misusing “patriotism” when she truly means “xenophobia.”

Sending sexist message

Editor: I am not going to waste my time and look into every statement that Henning makes in his lectures to young adults regarding sexual relations, because one statement in the paper stands out and shows his misogynist views of woman; that being “Boys cannot control their sexual appetites.”

Editor should be ashamed

Editor: I would like to address two points in this letter. But first, I have never seen a newspaper anywhere where not only does the editor reply to letters to the editor, but then actually belittles the writer of the letter especially with false claims.

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Some very handy Internet links

Your Turn

There are a lot of things we complain about these days — and with good reason. That even includes the Internet, but there are some things on the Internet that are just great — if you know where to find them!

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Rim holiday – Old-Time Fiddle Fest

Back When

Across America, towns like Payson celebrate the holidays established by federal and state governments, but these special days do not occur often enough to satisfy the appetite of local folks. People find additional reasons to get together for fun and meeting friends, and one of these occasions is the annual Old-Time Fiddle Festival.

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Acknowledging a milestone of service to Tonto Village residents, visitors

The Village

Believe it or not, this month marks 15 years since I started to write this column. Where has the time gone? The years have simply flown away.

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Special celebrations for a couple of the Creek’s seniors

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek friends and neighbors came out to LR Foreman’s housewarming last Saturday afternoon. You may recall the spectacular house fire back in January that left LR homeless. Seven months later he was in his new home on Coffee Lane.

High water mark for arrogance

Once upon a time, people elected state lawmakers to serve them — and the schools, counties and towns in which they live. But lately, our state lawmakers seem to think we voted them in to rule us — and ride roughshod over local government.

Churches lead the way in beloved community

Hard to believe in our own Rim Country neighborhoods, people sleep out in the open because they have no home. Some lost a job. Some have a mental illness and struggle to function. Some have addictions. Some just have bad luck.

Typical misdirection

Editor: I’m not surprised the proponents of Prop. 205 are shouting about how much they’re going to help the public schools in Arizona. It’s typical political misdirection: “look over here; pay no attention to the men behind the curtain pulling all the levers.”

Thanks to public safety personnel

Editor: We, Soroptimist International of Zane Grey Country, a women’s service organization in Payson, wish to thank all of the area’s police officers, sheriff officers, highway patrol and others who put your lives on the line every day when you dress in your uniform and go to work.

'Adventure where we live' reactions

Editor’s note: Here are some comments from our blog on the story about a meeting to unveil a new marketing plan for Payson. To join the discussion, go to payson.com and comment on some of the stories.

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School’s talk on dating sends wrong message

Well intentioned. But dreadfully misguided. Payson High School sent the wrong message to teenagers during several school assemblies to talk about dating and relationships.

Thank you

Editor: My daughter Ashley VanBuskirk passed away Aug. 16 and I have received so much love and support.