Letters to the editor


Good care from the VA

Editor: I am writing this in defense of VA hospitals in general. The VA hospital in Phoenix is the exception not the rule based on my experience.

Who protects us from legislators?

Editor: As the election approaches, consider your vote very carefully.

Don’t scrap standards

Editor: I read with interest the article, “School candidate wants students better prepared” on Oct. 4, 2016. Shane Keith believes that raising student expectations will help students succeed outside of PUSD.

Is knowledge elitism?

Editor: Instead of  spewing  vitriolic irrationality and name-calling I will submit the words of columnist Michael Gerson from The Arizona Republic, Sept. 30.

Mosquito breeding ground next door

Editor: I live on Oak Street, the property behind me — 817 W. Cherry St. — is overgrown (with) weeds 3 feet tall, (and has a) 1958 trailer condemned by (the) city. No one has lived there (for the) last eight-plus months.

A big thank you

Editor: The 10th annual Pioneer Dinner and Dance held Saturday, Sept. 24 was a great success. Approximately 700 people were in attendance. The auction was great and a big hit again due to the homemade pies, cakes and bread. There were many hugs, lots of laughter and of course great stories.

Pot leads to other drugs

Editor: Recreational pot will bring more problems than it can solve. People who need it to erase pain, should have it free, if they can’t afford it. But for the general public, it’s a disaster waiting to happen, it’s an introductory drug and that is the truth.

Lopsided arguments on marijuana

Editor: Today I received the 2016 General Election Publicity Pamphlet. In this “unbiased” document, printed by tax dollars, there are eight arguments for legalization of marijuana and forty arguments against the proposed bill, Prop. 205. The usual Attorney’s General, Law Enforcement suits, and “former” school officials have come out as opposed. What is interesting, and new, is the list of 17 detrimental side effects  presented by two self-proclaimed “scientific and medical experts” from Sedona.

Wonderful place

Editor: I had a very positive experience with the professionals that are responsible for running and managing the activities and projects that make Payson what it is for both visitors and residents. My husband and I have been residents of Happy Jack and Pine for five years.

Fighting hunger

Editor: The Community Presbyterian Church would like to thank the people from the community garden for their generosity. They have shared their harvest with the food bank operated by the church.

Don't teach dating

Editor; Your article on Payson High School inviting a speaker to talk about dating began with the words “well intentioned.” There was nothing “well” about what this speaker said. Is this whom we are selecting to speak to our children? Who is responsible for this? For starters, where does this school get off trying to teach about dating? That responsibility belongs to the parents and God’s word. All this speaker did was invite more trouble.

The Bible as a textbook

Editor: The proposal to introduce the Bible into the curriculum of public schools seems archaic and impracticable for several reasons. First, which translation is to be used? There are several; of varying degrees of fidelity to the original Hebrew and Greek documents, which are not entirely uniform among themselves.

Thanks for the support

Editor: The Mogollon Sporting Association would like to extend our grateful thanks to everyone who contributed to the first annual Jack Koon Memorial Golf Tournament. Thanks to our generous community, over $7,000 will be equally divided between youth projects and wildlife conservation efforts within Rim Country. Many thanks to each of the golf teams, and community businesses who contributed to the overall success.

Someone's tearing down signs

Editor: Do you wonder why there are more Trump signs in Payson than Hillary Clinton signs? Well, for several weeks now the Hillary signs have been disappearing. I have put up several signs, as have other friends, for various candidates around town. Most stay put, but the Hillary signs are gone!

Some thoughts on our future

Editor: It’s a fact that if Mrs. Clinton is elected the country’s chance to have a Supreme Court that values the Constitution and genuine liberty and self government for which millions have died is gone. Not for four years or eight, but forever.