Our View


Slack the rope, slack the rope

“When a man knows he is to be hanged, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.” — Samuel Johnson

A shout out to the supervisors

A big wet kiss.

Bury the vouchers

We’re delighted to report that the private school voucher bill a reckless state Senate adopted appears to have stalled in the House.

The wolf sits down to dinner

The wolf’s dressed up nice, ever so polite, sitting at the dinner table.

Fixing education

Want to know how to fix education?

Beware the Jabberwocky

Oh, frabjous day! Calloh! Callay!

Responsible hunting

Lots of people make silly arguments against hunting.

An argument in a nut house

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas makes a great case for doing away with her toothless and obscure office entirely.

You came through

You did it again.

Shun prejudice

We have published part two of a four-part series concerning the pros and cons of a charter school, American Leadership Academy, coming to Payson.

Police, fire pension reform essential

In a rare show of skillful, bipartisan compromise, the Arizona Senate last week approved a complicated and potentially controversial plan to reform the state’s underfunded pension system for police officers and firefighters.

Gym floor mercury poses painful puzzle

The discovery of minute amounts of mercury off-gassing from the rubberized floors in the Pine school gym and cafeteria represent one of those nerve-wracking intersections of science and public policy.

Job training classes vital

We’re delighted that Senator Sylvia Allen and Rep. Bob Thorpe have signed on as co-sponsors for a bill that will restore foolishly cut vocational education funding.

Disaster averted

When the call came in, the two Christopher-Kohl’s firefighters rushed to their truck and charged out into the freezing night.

No means no means no

The terrible, dismaying, tragic Payson rape case now heading into the tangles of the legal system illustrates just how far we still have to go to give women the freedom, security and respect they deserve.