Mike White

Mike White 4 days, 6 hours ago on Gila County plans public forum on budget next week

We need to make sure we elect someone from the Payson area in the upcoming GC Board of Supervisors election in lieu of the incumbent supervisor (John Marcanti) from Globe. The latter town has 2 out of the 3 supervisor positions, so it is no wonder they get a lion's share of the spending, even though Payson pays more in taxes. So we need either Kenny Evans or Woody Cline, and we need to show up at the polls as the voters in Globe do en masse for their candidates.

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Mike White 4 days, 22 hours ago on Fierce struggle

Bless the fire fighters. I must say I am a bit surprised that we don't have the technology or means to shoot down the drones that get in the way of public safety. Something has to change to get these voyeurs out of the way and let the first responders do their jobs and protect us.

I do know that certain portions of our airspace are well marked as Restricted on aeronautical charts, and even temporarily designated areas are marked as such in NOTAMs (notice to airmen) and in more modern methods (e.g., aircraft-based, satellite/internet-connected GPS systems). Civilian pilots can receive harsh punishment for such airspace violations, so why can't drone pilots? If the flight path and/or pilot communication stream of a drone cannot be traced (which it should be), then is there not a method to trace the ownership of a drone that is shot down? Much more terrestrial-based detective work than space-based rocket science, it would seem.

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Mike White 5 days, 2 hours ago on AIA realignment designed to fix disparities

What the heck was the 'number of students eligible for the free and reduced lunch program' doing in the calculation for team sports conference placement, and how did that impact Payson High negatively?

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Mike White 1 week ago on Ban on cross-country, off-road travel spurs furor

P.S. I should note that, having recently commented that some of Mr. Aleshire's articles have a political slant, this article does not. It fairly presents both sides without an obvious bent toward either one. Keep up the good journalism!

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Mike White 1 week ago on Ban on cross-country, off-road travel spurs furor

The vast majority of small roads in the forest are not marked in any way. How in the heck will an ATVer know if the road has been approved or disapproved by the FS? The FS maps show very few OHV-type roads. Will ATVers receive large fines when they don't even know they are on roads that were disallowed by the environmentalists? Will that stand up in court when the law breaker has no way of knowing? It's like getting a parking ticket for parking on a street without any no parking signs, or receiving a trespassing violation on remote land that has no fences or posted signs.

These over-reaching activist groups should put their efforts into going after the irresponsible riders traveling cross country rather than ruining it for the responsible riders who stay on the existing trails.

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Mike White 1 week ago on Greetings from the publisher

I wasn't referring to the good balance we have between Liberal and Conservative commenters/responders to articles, but to the bias to the left of the editorial and many, but not all, of the news articles, particularly those that have no reporter named, or have Pete Aleshire listed as the author. I can recognize a Conservative viewpoint when I see one, but I seldom see it from Mr. Aleshire (or Mr. Naughton) or from whoever pens the articles and commentaries with no names credited.

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Mike White 1 week ago on How to save a house from wildfire

I'm a big believer in individual freedom, but there are clear exceptions, for example, including law and order protecting us from criminals and fraudsters and our being in jeopardy from fires because a neighbor does not maintain his property and/or uses it as a junk or flammables storage area. Destroying property values from junk yard neighbors is bad enough, but providing a fuel source for fires is at another level altogether. Individual rights go hand in hand with individual responsibilities.

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Mike White 1 week, 1 day ago on Greetings from the publisher

It is an excellent paper that I enjoy reading daily, usually looking for new articles several times during the day since I look at the online version. My only suggestion would be to provide more political balance from the management. I understand almost all the editorials being slanted to the left, but many are published as informational articles with no disclaimer of the strong Liberal perspective, making them defacto editorials.

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