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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.

What do we do about Tia’s terrible fall?

She nearly beat it — the addiction, the despair, the spiral of destruction. Tia Cheri Nottingham went to prison in 2004 for selling drugs.

United States facing a health care emergency

The politicians squabble. The people suffer. We can’t think of a better example than the debilitating and dangerous partisan deadlock when it comes to health care reform.

Fight against dark money corruption

Dark money has corrupted our system. The U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision destroyed the never completely effective restrictions on the outright purchase of politicians that existed in the good old days of contribution limits and full disclosure.

Praying for progress on Four Forest Restoration Initiation thinning plan

How does the prayer go? “Dear Lord: Give me patience. “Now would be good.”

United States facing a health care emergency

The politicians squabble. The people suffer. We can’t think of a better example than the debilitating and dangerous partisan deadlock when it comes to health care reform.

We must never accept this violence

Another tragedy of domestic violence played out in a Gila County courtroom recently. We put it on the front page because domestic violence remains the great scourge of this — and every other — community.

Star Valley haggles

Gotta give Star Valley credit: They know how to haggle.