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.

If you lose the debate

Editor: It is clear from Dale Oestmann’s short letter to the editor on Sept. 30, that he, like Donald Trump, is aware of the debater’s axiom: If you lose the debate — obfuscate. Robert Hershberger

Where's the quality control?

Editor: During the last few weeks, a contractor for the city of Payson applied an asphalt slurry coating on East Underwood Lane and on most of the adjacent side streets. The lack of quality control and safety was remarkable.

Bring back logging

Editor: Dear Tonto National Forest Service leaders, It has now been two weeks since the “Managed” Fulton Fire began choking the folks in Northern Gila County. We can’t see the Rim or the Mazatzals along with difficulty in breathing.

Rim Country helping Rim Country is real

Editor: Once again, Rim Country proved it pulls together to help each other. New Beginnings would like to say a big thank you to Swiss Village Social for choosing New Beginnings for their nonprofit organization of choice for September.

About opinions

Editor: This scribe and is wife enjoy reading newspaper editorial pages because those opinions often provide new and unique perspectives.

Is there life before death?

Editor: It seems like there is always some special observance around the corner. There is even a World Day for Farmed Animals. It’s observed, fittingly, on Oct. 2 (Gandhi’s birthday). It’s intended to memorialize the tens of billions of animals abused and killed for food around the world.

Who really deserves credit?

Half joy, half relief, a dash of sorrow.

Sign of the times

In 1986 when my wife, Lisa, and I first set eyes on the small town of Strawberry, there was a restaurant on Ralls Drive called “The Black Bear.” At one point they had a 23-foot-tall business sign at the cattle guard near Highway 87.