steve bingham

steve bingham 3 weeks, 6 days ago on 459 The Question Is.... Learning about illegals

Exactly, Tom. The human race is over breeding. The rich get richer and the poor immigrate. Soon, there are shortages: work, shelter, food, water, and a happy life. And so, they immigrate. I would! The funny thing is, many social institutions seem to encourage this! Think of the religions that encourage this over breeding!

I hate to be hard-nose, but I think anyone wanting to be a USA citizen should at least speak and read English - at a minimum. This dual language stuff must stop!


steve bingham 2 months, 3 weeks ago on 380 The Question Is.... What are the standards writing people really trying to do?

Another point of view - from an educator of some 33 years. (I taught, or was an administrator, in grades K-12 and college.) I can tell you that education in America is taking a beating because the Federal Government is playing politics with learning! It's that simple.

My goal was always to teach a love for learning. When I was successful, the student would exceed far beyond my expectations. Some charter schools do this. Some just fake it - like the one here in Star Valley that went out of business.

Quality teachers are rare and most are under paid and over worked. After observing the Payson school district for some 23 years I can tell you it is in deep trouble - and getting deeper. Unfortunately, I see very little help coming from either the State or Federal governments. What I see is more mandates and less money.

A few years ago we got a chance to vote on a sales tax increase, with the money allegedly going to education. They lied. The money over the past few years has gone to prop up the failing Arizona economy. None went for education, and, in fact, education budgets were cut - from elementary school to the university system.

Pogo was right. ". . . the enemy is us."


steve bingham 2 months, 3 weeks ago on What is your favorite radio station?

As the person who first brought KRIM to Payson (13 years ago) - Arizona's 1st LPFM station - I am thrilled that we now have so many dedicated supporters. KRIM owes Blain Kimball and Chris Higgins a great deal for continuing to provide Payson with such outstanding programing and generating such community support. KRIM really is a radio station for a community that cares! I am sure they, and their incredible and hard working staff, will continue to provide Payson with all the support this wonderful community deserves. Thank you, people of Payson.


steve bingham 9 months, 1 week ago on Time for Game and Fish to rethink elk management

Well, here is the other side of the story. The elk are simply finding other places to hang out. The Rim Club, and then Chaparral Pines have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars (maybe a million, combined) trying to keep the elk out. Here in the Knolls drivers are having to dodge elk almost daily (or nightly) - except during hunting season. I have had as many as 12 elk bedding down in my front yard. I have had elk in my patio - 3 feet from the front door. I have had elk severely damage 20 beautiful aspen trees and eat every flower plant in my garden. It got so bad I had to spend a small fortune installing a 6' fence to discourage them (and yes, they can jump this if they get frightened).

One neighbor less than 1/2 mile away had his dog killed by an elk - in a fenced back yard for the dog. Another elderly lady was attached in her own front yard. My dog was kicked in the ribs. Now here is the deal in Arizona. It is against the law to harass wildlife! That means elk, javelina, and bobcats (I had one of these in my patio also).

When we moved into the Knolls I saw, and photographed, lots of elk, javelina, and deer. Now all I see is dozens of elk (as many as 25 in a herd).

I don't know what the answer is, but humans sharing with urban wildlife is becoming quite a problem. I just threw money (that I didn't necessarily have) at the problem and sort of solved it. Many more choose to simply not plant things . . . and golfers to watch where they step.

Still, I love it here and it is what it is.


steve bingham 9 months, 2 weeks ago on Amnesty Intl. Propaganda Display in Payson Library Lobby

Wow. I really don't understand this, regardless of whether I agree or disagree with the petitions, this should not be happening in a tax supported public library. Thanks for the heads-up, Don.


steve bingham 9 months, 2 weeks ago on Doctor's leaving Payson. Why?

Sad. Yes, we have lost quite a few excellent doctors this past year. I would question four areas:

1- The huge paper work load required for doctors. Why not a central information center? Every year I am required to fill out paper work for each doctor I visit - regardless of how many times I have seen him/her. Every year! Now, that wouldn't be so bad except every specialist needs his own paper work. Think about what this requires of the doctors.

2- Most patients are on Medicare, which pays a minimum. If you have supplemental, then fine. More paperwork. But many don't and the doctors lose money.

3- Even a a semi-retired doctor still needs a minimum staff of four. A receptionist (phones, appointments, greetings, etc). A billing person. Absolutely necessary. A nurse (good ones are hard to find). And himself. Four - as a minimum. So they quit, retire, or move on to larger pastures.

4- The hospital which requires they be a member. You, know, to have hospital privileges.

Will it get better? Probably not in my lifetime. Any newcomer to Payson will face a serious problem. I am pretty sure it is the same all over small-town America.

By the way, I would normally wonder why the Roundup doesn't take this on? But, gosh, they are struggling too. Advertising revenue is paramount to their very survival. And, the hospital does advertise.

Steve Bingham


steve bingham 9 months, 3 weeks ago on Lashed by the storm

Hi Pete. It's simple. If you write it, I read it. Always. Your writing just seems to get better every year. I wish my photography did the same. Too soon we get too old. And yes I have a metal knee and a metal shoulder - and swollen mush for ankles.


steve bingham 10 months, 2 weeks ago on Gas price update

I wonder why, when gas prices are going down, Payson is behind the curve. Usually by a month. Then, as prices are going up, we still are behind the curve - usually by a month. I suspect it has something to do with gas contracts - maybe 30 day contracts based on a percentage? Usage?

In all fairness, I really don't think the stations are out to rip us off. For the 21 years I have lived here the most expensive gas was always in Flagstaff (and Williams, etc). The least expensive being in Tucson (and surrounding areas).

Even if this were not true, living in Payson is certainly worth it.

PS. My last fill-up was at the Shell station near Home Depot. $2.99 . . . and I love Shell gasoline.


steve bingham 11 months, 3 weeks ago on 398 Wolves must NOT be released in northern Arizona!

"The wolves inhabit the 4.4 million-acre Blue Range Recovery Area, which includes the Apache and Gila national forests. The Fish and Wildlife Service’s rules currently bar releases of captive Mexican wolves anywhere but in the 5,300 square miles of the southern Apache National Forest in Arizona. The agency is reviewing a proposal to expand that reintroduction zone to 12,500 square miles, stretching west to Payson and east into New Mexico."

Good - or bad?