Focus on Old Town Payson

Editor: This letter is about Old Town Payson. When pioneers moved here in the 1880s, they mined, ranched and logged the huge trees.

Why oppose health care?

Editor: Once again, I have been wrongly accused of wanting the public to pay for my wife’s insurance by someone apparently unable to comprehend my simple message.

Seems autumn is edging its way into Rim Country already

The Village

August is behind us and now on to September and autumn, my favorite time of year. I love the colors of the season — the reds, oranges, all shades of brown and maybe a bit of green now and then.

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Rim holidays - April Fool's Day

Back When

Practical jokes were a regular part of the Rim Country settler’s daily life. Laughter was a necessity amid the dangers of the frontier and the hardships of survival.

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Christopher Creek LDS branch has long area history

Christopher Creek is blessed to have two churches. One, the Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship, stands on a hill beside the fire station, and another, the Christopher Creek branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, stands in a vale to the west.

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What’s in a nickname? Often more than you’d like to know

Your Turn

I was reading a book by Winston Churchill where he mentioned that he and President Roosevelt privately referred to Joseph Stalin, the murderous dictator of the Soviet Union, as “Uncle Joe.”

The great service of Kenny Evans

Payson Mayor Kenny Evans suffered a woefully undeserved setback in his effort to win the Republican nomination for the District 3 Gila County supervisor’s seat.

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Arizona wants principled leadership on immigration

Here are some truths Arizonans know about our border all too well: • Arizona has suffered from federal inaction to fix our broken immigration system. • To build the strong, diverse economy for the 21st century that Arizona deserves, we must pass comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level that keeps families together and secures our border.

Democracy at stake

Let us pause a moment to read the fine print on the results of Election Day: The rich and the special interests are making a hostile takeover of our democracy.

Stand up for workers

Editor: Since its earliest days the labor movement has sought to improve the quality of work life, create workplace democracy and participate in employer/employee decision-making.

Back to school food

Editor: With the new school year starting, parents’ to-do lists are now filled with shopping for school clothes, school supplies and school food. That’s right — school food!

Political truths

Editor: The election is over and the winning candidates gather their supporters for a post election speech. The winning candidate steps up to the podium, clears his/her throat and starts to address the crowd. His/her speech might go something like this:

Gosar represents the people

Editor: It’s now the political scary season! We were out of town for a week, and I am looking at six large, full-color cards lying about Paul Gosar’s record that were in my mailbox when I got home!

Ideas for Main Street

Editor: Developing the full length of Main Street would require buying a multitude of small business and lots and then finding owners to develop new businesses.

Vicious campaign

Editor: In response to the letter of Marilyn Decker — I, too, am wondering how this election campaign and current events are affecting our children.