Letters to the editor


Climate change

Editor: While a recent commenter supported President-elect Trump’s skepticism of climate change, you wrote recently about the increasing dangers of wildfires and decreasing water supplies, more evidence that climate change and global warming is real.

Teens waste taxpayers’ money demonstrating during school hours

Editor: Like the editor of the Roundup, I too am “excited when teenagers care enough about their country and their fellow citizens to demonstrate about anything.” (Editor’s note following my letter “Get back to school” Nov. 18.)

Investigations show double standard

Editor: We’re all glad the presidential race is over. It will go down as one of the most divisive and disturbing elections in history. And the really disappointing factor is how some have chosen to make unsubstantiated attacks on the candidates.

Don’t privatize Medicare

Editor: U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, Rep. Kevin Brady, chairman, Ways and Means Committee, and Rep. Tom Price, chairman, Budget Committee, who is President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, are among Republican leaders in the U.S. House who support legislation to privatize Medicare by converting it to a “premium support” system. I urge your newspaper to editorialize against their efforts to change Medicare to a “voucher” plan that will raise the cost of health care for seniors.

Christmas lights return

Editor: After having to skip a year of Christmas lights and Food Bank collection due to shoulder surgery, the lights at the top of Tonto Rim Drive and Rim Wood Drive in Strawberry will be shining brightly to welcome in the Christmas season. As in previous years, they will be lit on Thanksgiving eve and turned on every night between 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. through Jan. 15, 2017.

Disappointing policy

Editor: The president-elect’s announcement that he intends to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, though anticipated, is still a disappointment to those of us who still believe in free trade and the importance of America’s strategic role in the Asia-Pacific region.

Get those letters off to Santa

Editor: Ho ho ho Rim Country. Even though this is a very busy time for Santa, he really enjoys receiving your letters. Santa is working hard in his workshop, but every evening he tries to respond to all the letters that he receives.

Is this a cover-up?

Editor: On Nov 7, 2016 The Payson HS Principal Mr. Brian Mabb thought the threat was serious enough to send out a message to students parents warning them. Some 160 students remained at home due to concerns and fear.

Thanks for support after explosion

Editor: We want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers and for the overwhelming generosity in support of the gas explosion victims.

A reason for thanks

Editor: As we give thanks at this special time of the year, we wish to thank everyone who participated and attended the Veterans Day program at the PHS Auditorium on Veterans Day.

St. Vincent de Paul volunteers say thanks

Editor: With gratitude to all Rim Country residents, Bashas’ Channel 12 News, the Payson Roundup, KPIH-98.9 Catholic Radio and Sgt. Newman of the Gila County Sheriff’s Office and his Explorer Scouts for their hands-on distribution, we thank you.

Storytellers draw a crowd in Pine

Editor: A quirky band of storytellers on Saturday, Nov. 19 delighted a crowd in the Pine Community Center during the fundraising Tellabration event produced by Don Doyle and sponsored by the Senior Citizen Affairs Foundation (SCAF).

Stand with our president

Editor: A children’s story about a Little Red Hen who decided to plant some wheat and make some bread from it. All the farm animals refused to help her, plow, plant, harvest.

Blaming Obama

Editor: It’s amazing how you frequently work in little digs about President-elect Trump like you did in today’s editorial entitled “hot times” (climate change).

Guess I shouldn't vote

Editor: I’m 60 years old and I’ve only done nine out of Donald Cline’s 21 things I must accomplish in order to have a voice. I guess I shouldn’t even be writing this. Ann Adams