Support in protest of water rates vital

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who worked to make our water rate-payers meeting in Gisela this past week so successful.

Thanks for getting Blattner Pit reopened

On behalf of the Kohl’s Tonto Creek Subdivision Homeowners Association (KRHOA), thank you so much to District 1 Gila County Supervisor Tommie Cline Martin for all your efforts to reopen the Blattner Pit in Preacher Canyon.

Support of Frugal Formal event appreciated

The Animal Welfare Thrift Shop and the local animal rescue groups we support would like to thank all of our amazing volunteers and everyone who came and helped make our first Frugal Formal a success!

Thank you doctors

March 30 is National Doctor Recognition Day.

There is proof that guns are a deterrent to violence in schools

Arizona State Representative Andrew Sherwood, D-Tempe, says teachers should not be armed in defense of the children in their care because “there is no proof guns in schools make it safer” (Payson Roundup, March 4).

Politics done right

Now, we know “politician” is one of those 10-letter words that have a four-letter feel. But then again, watching a skilled politician operate with an eye to the public good can also prove very close to inspiring.

A foolish hope

Here’s what we wish — although we know it’s foolish.

Why no jail time?

I can’t understand why Michelle Tina Petitte was not kept in jail or sent to prison ...

EPA questionable

Do we really need the EPA?

Crandell commended

This is in response to Pete Aleshire’s March 12 article “Senator fights wolf reintroduction.” (http://www.paysonroundup.com/news/2014/mar/13/senator-fights-wolf-reintroduction/). First, it is the local government’s responsibility to protect the health, safety and welfare of its citizens. This includes protecting local citizens from the adverse societal and economic impacts of federal actions.

Couple really steps up to help fire department

The Houston Mesa Fire Department has been struggling the last few years budget-wise, as have all the fire departments in the region.

Crandell out of touch

Republican Senator Chester Crandell recently declared that the findings of 97 percent of all scientists and a host of professional scientific organizations to be invalid.

North Rim not part of 4FRI

After trying unsuccessfully several times to establish an account and provide a Web comment on the “Forest thinning tangles in dispute over tree size” article, I decided to send it via mail service.

Judge won’t run

Wise decision. He tries to bring justice to the criminal system and “Plea Deal” County Attorney Beauchamp and his prosecutors want to work out plea deals that amount to minimum sentences.

Do not block wildfire reforms

Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain are principled conservatives — with distinguished records when it comes to the uphill battle to bring order and discipline to federal budgeting.