Letters to the editor

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At war with one another

With reference to a recent letter from Mark Smith: Sir, you are a victim of your own kangaroo court.

Readers respond to Page 1 eagle photos

Editor’s note: We ran a five-photo sequence on the front and back page recently and asked our beloved readers to let us know what they thought about using so much news space for the photos. Here’s what they had to say:

Thank you to the community

The reality of losing our adored Greg Day is so hard to express in words. The enormous amount of love, support and condolences we have received from our community has been so humbling.

Second Amendment protects all the rest

In reply to the (letter) by Mr. Starr criticizing Congressman Gosar’s stand on the Second Amendment issue. First of all, a congressman’s job is to represent the wishes of his/her constituents in a solidly Second Amendment area.

Thoughts for election year 2016

“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely” — Lord Acton.

Disagree with letter writer

A letter writer asserts “It is Congress’ responsibility and that of the president to protect the citizenry from all enemies foreign and domestic.”

Population of 38,000 is too many people

Payson says Blue Ridge water will allow the city to build up to a population of 38,000.

Presidential progress and problems

I have been honored and proud to have lived through the presidencies of FDR, Truman, Ike, JFK, LBJ, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, RW Bush, Clinton, W Bush, and Obama.

Give me your huddled masses

The following words, penned by Emma Lazarus, are inscribed on a plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The retched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

An angel that shovels snow

I live on McLane in Payson and I was out shoveling my long driveway after our last snow.

Grass attracts elk

The rumors elk roaming about in Chaparral Pines should come as no surprise.

Different times, different values

After retirement, my wife and I moved from Fairbanks, Alaska to Payson to thaw out our frozen bones.

Why did my APS bill jump 50 percent?

I went to the local APS office to pay my bill the other day. There was a line with everyone complaining about their higher bills.

Who objects to more educational options?

OK, the Jan. 15 edition on page 7A has a nearly-full-page article that begins: “Payson students lack basic skills in reading, math: Tests show less than half have adequate reading skills.”

Ban gun-free zones

Why do so many people with Ph.D. after their name seem so clueless? Dr. Starr’s rambling attack on Congressman Gosar and the Second Amendment was pretty pathetic.