Once more into the breach — dear friends. In short: Those political bullies down in Maricopa County are up to it again. In this case, they’re lobbying the Arizona Department of Transportation to adopt a new five-year plan that spends all the highway money in the highway-stuffed Valley at the expense of struggling rural areas like Gila County.
I need some help, folks, figuring out to what to do with your letters to the editor page. I’ve been having a great time, reading the letters, eavesdropping, baiting bears. But I’m also a little unsure whether you’re all having as much fun as I am absorbing the wild diversity and sometimes unsettling intensity of Rim Country letter writers.
Don’t let the perfect become the enemy of the good. The Rim Country Educational Alliance continues to struggle heroically with the fierce, hydra-headed bureaucracy of the U.S. Forest Service in its quest to buy a 260-acre parcel on which it wants to build a university that will bring an enormous benefit to the very taxpayers the federal government ought to serve.
What’s the right metaphor here? Growing pains? Crawl before you walk?
You may have missed the big news. The news that guarantees our future. The news that proves you can’t sell us short.
Speak softly. Carry a big stick. Wonder if Payson Schools Superintendent Ron Hitchcock is a big fan of Teddy Roosevelt.
It’s good to be a Longhorn — especially this week.
He’s a man of passion — and conviction, who has served his community with great dedication. So we’re sorry that Star Valley Mayor Bill Rappaport’s decision to conclude that selfless service has come packaged with pain and conflict.
Bacteria in the water. That’s scary.
Signs of the times. Time for some signs. Must be a timely sign.
Advocates for an urgently needed expansion of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System continue to offer sensible improvements — and critics continue to balk.
No one’s got much money. Folks are leaving town. Tax revenues are falling. Where’s the silver lining? How about this: Overall, crimes are down.
Dear reformers: Here’s a thought. Don’t reject an idea just because it’s cheap and easy.
Did you hear the joke about the drunk who lost his keys? Poor fool drops his keys in the dark of the night on a long block with a single street light.
Bigotry: Narrow-mindedness, bias, discrimination.