Our View


Who really deserves credit?

Half joy, half relief, a dash of sorrow.

Heartening sign of fire progress

The Payson Town Council took a welcome step this week by approving a $19,000 thinning project in Rumsey Park — hopefully paid for at least in part with state and federal grants.

Outrageous system

Where’s the outrage? It’s time for voters to rise up. It’s time for a grassroots revolt.

How do we encourage the best teachers?

Schools look a little like Lake Woebegone these days — where “all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average,” to quote Garrison Keillor.

Is it the feds fault?

Lawmakers like Sen. Sylvia Allen say Arizona will remain 48th in per-student funding as long as the federal government owns so much land in the state.

Base battles on the facts

Here’s one frail hope for the political season. Could we please focus on fact-based disagreements?

Alarming test results

The latest AzMERIT test results for Payson students offer a confusing mixture of hope and dismay.

We added to her anguish

Vera Eccles came by the office this week, very upset. She’d suffered a terrible trauma — and we made it worse.

Tell candidates you support public schools

A heartening three-quarters of Arizona voters say our public schools need more support. We hope every candidate for the Legislature pays close attention to the results of the poll, conducted by The Arizona Republic and the Morrison Institute at Arizona State University.

Sterile debate about a still flawed reform

Struggling families got some help from the Arizona Legislature this year, with the long overdue decision to accept federal money to extend medical coverage to an estimated 30,000 children.

The great service of Kenny Evans

Payson Mayor Kenny Evans suffered a woefully undeserved setback in his effort to win the Republican nomination for the District 3 Gila County supervisor’s seat.

Democracy at stake

Let us pause a moment to read the fine print on the results of Election Day: The rich and the special interests are making a hostile takeover of our democracy.

Pine water district awash in problems

The storm clouds have gathered. The water’s on the rise all around. And the Pine Water board needs to find something that floats.

Dark money insanity

This is getting crazy. We’ve got to do something about dark money.

Maybe it’s time to dump ASU

We’ve kind of lost track of the glittering dream of an Arizona State University Campus in Payson that has sustained our hopes for the last four or five years.