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These programs are not ‘extras’

The Payson School Board may soon face a painful choice.

Payson at last starts to grapple with the fire code

The Chinese philosopher Lau Tzu reportedly said: “The journey of 1,000 miles begins beneath one’s feet.”

Gush of opportunity

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” — Winston Churchill

Fiddle until we burn

Guess we’re not quite as bad as the Emperor Nero: He fiddled while Rome burned. We’re fiddling before Payson actually burns.

These kids have given us hope

Feeling low? Think the country’s in a muddle? The schools have lost their way? Families are faltering? And no one really cares?

Fooling us or real imbeciles?

“Those that respect the law and love sausage should watch neither being made.” Mark Twain (1835-1910)

GCC still crucial to Rim Country future

Gila Community College continues to flop about on the deck of indecision.

Not a drop, not a drop

Not a drop in January. No more brush pits in operation. No more money to pick up brush in Pine.

Don’t go back

Not again.

Another muddle

The long, confusing battle over whether to let 300 cows wander across 42,000 acres that drain into Fossil Creek offers a small, vivid illustration of why the U.S. Forest Service has become all but paralyzed in contending with conflicting demands on public lands.

State schools on life support

We’re not out of the hospital. But at least we’re off life support.

Pine water conundrum

The Gila County Board of Supervisors ceremoniously washed their hands of the troubles of the Pine/Strawberry Water Improvement District and called a May election.

Enough already

Gov. Jan Brewer had it exactly right when she turned to the smoldering, shameful crisis confronting Child Protective Services.

Burn baby burn

Crews from the Payson Ranger District went traipsing through the woods this week — setting fire to everything in sight. We’re so glad.

Political parties: The real enemy?

We’ve got a bad feeling about this, Poncho. Increasingly, the political parties intended to make democracy work have come to represent a threat to the public interest.