We spoke too soon. No sooner had we taken comfort from the apparent decision of APS to sit out the current election than the giant utility company decided to spend $1 million to elect three Republicans to the Arizona Corporation Commission. Clearly, they want commissioners who will grant them an 8 percent rate increase — and maybe snuff out solar in Arizona.
Terrifying. And a sign of these sad times. This week, Payson Unified School District officials got a cryptic warning from police about potential dangers in the neighborhood. The police suggested officials lockdown Julia Randall Elementary School, just as kids were heading for the school buses.
Who’s buying the election? Who will own the politicians when the smoke clears? Who will the government work for when the campaign’s over? We don’t know.
We have terrorists in our midst. But you won’t hear a word about it in the presidential campaign. You won’t hear a word about it in the town council campaign.
The Pine Strawberry Fire Department is pleading with voters to approve a 25 cent per $100 increase in the property tax to prevent a crippling decline in services.
I raised three sons. I have five grandchildren. For me, this seems deeply personal. So we put the story about the Payson High School assemblies on dating on the front page — and we focused as much on what the speaker failed to say as on what he did say.
Once upon a time, people elected state lawmakers to serve them — and the schools, counties and towns in which they live. But lately, our state lawmakers seem to think we voted them in to rule us — and ride roughshod over local government.
Hard to believe in our own Rim Country neighborhoods, people sleep out in the open because they have no home. Some lost a job. Some have a mental illness and struggle to function. Some have addictions. Some just have bad luck.
Well intentioned. But dreadfully misguided. Payson High School sent the wrong message to teenagers during several school assemblies to talk about dating and relationships.
Half joy, half relief, a dash of sorrow.
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.
Where’s the outrage? It’s time for voters to rise up. It’s time for a grassroots revolt.
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.
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.
Here’s one frail hope for the political season. Could we please focus on fact-based disagreements?