Holiday filled with gratitude

As a resident of the Canal Senior Apartments, I, and my fellow residents, have gone through an unhappy disaster since Nov. 5 and into the holiday season.

Remembering seniors at Christmas appreciated

We at Gila Aging Services want to thank Chris Walsh and Pat Kolasinsky from the Edward Jones office in Payson for once again having the Christmas tree for our seniors.

Respect educators

The real source of educational problems remains a lack of respect for educators. This is why about 50 percent of all educators currently licensed in Arizona are not in the classroom, and why we have a huge teacher shortage.

Stranger in Safeway makes Christmas the best ever

I would like to take a moment to say a huge thank you and God bless to the stranger who picked up my grocery tab on Christmas Eve at Safeway.

Easy remedy for Arizona’s roadside litter problem

Recently, I participated with the Payson Lions Club in a roadside trash pickup on a one-mile section of Highway 188 near the intersection with Highway 87.

Make a joyful noise

Rim Country knows how to keep Christmas in its heart. You need look no further than the front page story on the effort to raise money to feed the hungry, the tale of the masked Samaritan who gave away $100 bills at the entrance to Walmart ...

Driving in some neighborhoods hazardous

This letter concerns an ongoing problem in the town of Payson. I’ve lived in the area since 1996, but have lived in the town for 4-1/2 years. I live in a very quiet neighborhood north of town behind the bowling alley.

Thanksgiving help appreciated

Payson Living Word and Pastor Mark Henning would like to give a big thanks to “Wolves” motorcycle club here in Payson on Beeline Highway.

Thanks for your support

A huge thank you to all who came and supported the food drive; almost 3,000 pounds were brought in this year alone.

Unexpected kindnesses

It has been said many times before in this spot — the Rim Country is blessed with more generous individuals and organizations — as well as businesses and governmental entities — than can be counted.

Out of touch

What did we ever do without cell phones and Internet?

An answer to state’s legal dilemma re: education

Yesterday at a meeting of our local chapter of Saving Arizona Revenue, Children And State Money — members Pat, Brenda and Shirley (not their real names ... they prefer to work anonymously) came up with a great solution ...

Savor a Payson Christmas

Small town Christmas — special small town Christmas, I think. Here in the mountains high above the big city, warmth has a meaning far beyond temperature.

Argument against thinning

I have visited ponderosa pine forests throughout the West, including in the Coconino National Forest.

Angie bravely battled dragons

We’re all really going to miss Angie Elam.