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Thanks for helping us get our RV unstuck

Thanks for helping us get our RV unstuck My husband and I are in our 70s. We were out on Control Road in our fifth-wheel RV recently when we got into a very tight spot not far from Geronimo Estates.

Voter vigilance

Editor: A disturbing situation has occurred in our beloved state that necessitates awareness and hopefully action by the electorate. Some years ago we passed Proposition 301 to infuse much-needed cash into our public schools. Payson Unified School District would have been one district among many to benefit from this additional money. All went according to the wishes of we voters until our legislature started to run out of money and then they ignored the mandate from the voters and discontinued funding Prop. 301. When our courts sided with us, the voters, our 'leaders' continued to ignore the findings of the courts concerning the increased funding until our Governor and the legislature 'settled' the lawsuit for 70 percent of the mandated funding. Talk about subverting our wishes!

Make fire codes top priority

Editor: It's great that the town council wants to make Payson a Dark Sky Community. I'm all for that, but don't we have a more pressing issue with the fire danger that threatens our community each summer?

The sleepers have awakened

I’ll tell you why the limo libs and politicians took it in the shorts this last November. No theoretical models, no hyperbole lies from the big media, no manipulated data.

Worthwhile endeavor

Editor: Well, another beautiful and successful Christmas season has passed. We want to thank Alexis Bechman for her fine story to help promote our annual request for donations to benefit the Pine-Strawberry Food Bank. As usual, the community responded generously while enjoying the Christmas lights.

Why sue the police?

Editor: I was reading  with great interest the article reporting the lawsuit filed against the Town of Payson blaming the police department for the death of a young man during a “pursuit.”

Going to the dogs

Editor: Can I ask a question? How can a town have two definitions of “kennel” in town code and use only one against you?

A generous town

Editor: Yet again, the generosity of Payson is astounding! This year, the Angel Tree here at my Edward Jones office had upwards of 80 tags between seniors and children at the Time Out Shelter. The tags were cleared in about a week.

Student protests

Editor: (This letter is in regards to) Mr. Donald Cline’s recent two letters commenting on the recent protests by Payson High School students, apparently on the election of Donald Trump.

Better bags

Editor: Publisher Brian Kramer wants to make the Roundup even better. One item that needs improvement is the plastic bag the paper comes in when it looks like rain.

Why don't they stop it?

Editor: I’m saddened and frustrated by the seeming indifference by voters to the corruption of the political system created by the rush of corporate and special interest money into the political system. The more than $7 million spent on the Arizona Corporation Commission race offers a good example. I’m glad the Roundup has written about this issue.

Bends your mind

Editor: I checked out the photos on your website. Your work is amazing! The first time I saw the moon through a telescope it changed my life. I couldn’t believe how vivid the craters were. I couldn’t even imagine what it would be like to look at a galaxy through a telescope. Knowing that you are looking back in time because of the finite speed of light. It really bends your mind to think about. Keep up the good work! Andrew Staszak

Merchants say thanks

Editor: The Swiss Village Merchants would like to recognize the fabulous businesses, organizations and families who lovingly decorated Charity Christmas trees, which were a part of the 37th annual Lighting of the Swiss Village.

Why that guest column?

Editor: Guest comment rant from Peacevoice called “TrumPutin” seemed out of place for Rim Country. Same old “sour grapes” directed at Mr. Trump and now potential Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The narrative was about losers and CHAOS due to a new administration, but it was a lost cause.

The Koch Brothers are generous

Editor: While I realize that the Payson Roundup is, like the vast majority of media outlets today to varying degrees, left of center, the political cartoon on the opinion page of the 27 Dec 16 edition really left me shaking my head.