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Rep. Barton’s odd argument

Rep. Brenda Barton does have a point.

A sickening silence about university plan

A sickening silence has settled over the effort to bring a four-year university campus to Payson.

The existential threat

Lots of problems make headlines.

Don’t slam the door on citizens

We’re shocked and dismayed that one of Sen. Sylvia Allen’s first actions upon her return to the Arizona Legislature is to introduce a bill that could dramatically curtail citizens’ efforts to hold government accountable.

Get the shots. Get them now.

The shocking return of measles as a killer scourge demonstrates the cost of our vulnerability to junk science and professional alarmists.

The still, small voice vs. the crowd’s roar

A simple classroom exercise, unexpectedly revealed a profound truth.

Classroom spending

Payson Unified Schools Superintendent Greg Wyman makes solid points in his critique of Gov. Doug Ducey’s budget proposal.

When heartlong songs fall silent

Sixteen doughty, Rim Country bird lovers braved frigid temperatures recently to participate in the nationwide Christmas Bird Count.

Measles returns

We nearly had it beaten.

Community college faces fresh woes

First the good news: The Gila Community College board seems to have finally set aside years of bickering and inaction to help students instead of protect their own turf.

Feed the hungry

Once more, the beloved community must come to the aid of those who hunger and thirst.

A precious resource

The Blue Ridge Reservoir remains Rim Country’s secret weapon when it comes to economic development and tourism. It’s not just our own little reservoir — it’s one of the most reliable sources of water in the state.

Vital lessons for school district

The search for an armed robbery suspect this week gave the Payson Schools a chance to take a pop quiz on emergency notification and procedures.

Things can change

Oh, skeptics take note: Things can change for the better.

State lawmakers can act after all

Wow. So the Arizona Legislature can address important problems quickly after all. It took about two days for lawmakers to impose a new graduation requirement on the K-12 school system they’ve been systematically looting for the past four years.