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Help democracy flourish

Thomas Jefferson said the only way we can have a democracy is to have an educated public. To have an educated public we have to support our public school system.

Fed up with attack ads

I wonder how many other people are fed up with political attack ads on TV.

Vote for Younker

Recently, the Roundup featured an article about three candidates for the school board. The responses by some candidates when asked about Common Core they responded that they were in favor of standardized tests.

No qualified candidates

If we are supposed to believe all the ads on television, it appears that no current candidate is qualified for the office he or she is seeking.

Setting high-end average

Payson wins again.

‘Extended pay’ program more like expanded pay

If you are considering going on an “Extended Pay” plan you might want to consider our experience and judge for yourself.

Event support appreciated

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library Board of Trustees and staff want to thank everyone who came to our first “Wine Around the Library” event Saturday, Oct. 11. What a show of support from our community!

Many thanks to supporters

Mountain Village Foundation held its annual Steak Fry on Sept. 28 at the StrawBEARy Bear in Strawberry. This is an important fundraiser for the group whose mission is to help children in need and provide emergency help for seniors in Pine and Strawberry.

STEMfest a huge success

Gila County School Superintendent Linda O’Dell would like to express her sincere appreciation to everyone who participated in the second annual Gila County STEMFest on Saturday, Oct. 4 in Payson.

Time for a change

In the years that representatives Brenda Barton and Bob Thorpe have been at the Arizona Legislature, they have never championed the issues that are so important to the people of Rim Country ...

Job competition is from around the world

School board candidate Darlene Younker was quoted in the Payson Roundup as saying “national standards would set kids in lower socio-economic school districts up for failure by comparing them ... to children from richer areas.”

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Do you know that every 3 seconds someone is affected by domestic violence?

Humans need the arts

Every fall, voters think they have to make a tough decision — vote for a tax increase and/or pass an override to keep music and other arts programs in the school curriculum.

Letter writer mistaken about Democrats

This is directed at a recent letter claiming Democrats are a growing class of parasites? I thought we had gotten beyond the name calling a while back, but obviously not.

Elect those with reasonable approach

Americans pretty much agree on the importance of the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms. Americans also agree (70 percent at the last survey) there must be a reasonable approach which will support that right while providing common sense protection.