The Big Lie

If you are not a student of history, you may not understand the reference.  Via Wikipedia:  The expression was coined by Adolf Hitler, about the use of a lie so “colossal” that no one would believe that someone “could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.”   Not for a moment would we suggest or infer that the issues of today even remotely come close to The Holocaust.  The technique unfortunately lives on in the political arena.

Our opposition has indicated that “No other municipality in Arizona has passed anything like these propositions….”  Or a variation of that theme.  It is unfortunate that they are engaged in half-truths.  Most recently a letter to the Editor was penned to the local paper, The Roundup, by Mr. Lloyd.  Mr. Lloyd argues against the propositions.  That is a good and healthy thing.  Transparent Payson encourages debate, and we would welcome the chance to engage Mr. Lloyd.  Mr. Lloyd asserts:

No other municipality in Arizona has passed anything like these propositions and for good reason.

The full letter may be found here.

Our response?

Dear Mr. Aleshire and Ms. Bechman:

I can respect that political advertisement is the purview and burden of the advertiser.  I cannot respect that the Roundup prints a letter to the Editor without basic fact checking of the material.  The August 14th letter from Mr. Lloyd stated: “No other municipality in Arizona has passed anything like these propositions and for good reason.”   Mr. Lloyd would be incorrect.

We have previously discussed prior similar initiatives.  A link to that discussion is here:

You will note that Phoenix had the same issues and resolved them via, you guessed it, a proposition.  The matters were very similar to ours; involving the use of public lands and funding for special interests.

It is unfortunate the Roundup elects to accept and disseminate misinformation.  Parenthetically I note that if “prior success” were a pre requisite for the propositions, or for the project, neither CCP, an entity in existence from late 2017, nor Varxity Development, an entity with no track record of any project, would be qualified to undertake a project of the proposed scope and cost.  Finally, there is just a touch of irony that “carpet baggers” or other than life long citizens should be silenced while gleefully embracing “outsiders” for development of publicly owned lands backed by public funds.

Continued success in your journalistic efforts.

Thank you,

Jeffrey S. Aal
Chairman, Transparent Payson
A section 527 Political Acton Committee

As always, we encourage people to conduct their own research.  Investigate their own truth, as it appears “truth” is somewhat perception based?  Well, at least for those in opposition to our efforts.  A significant amount of research went into the underlying issues.

Stick it to ‘Em!  Save Payson from the same fate!


  • Support the effort

    Donate HERE!

     The committee is legally obligated to collect demographic and employment information.

  • Recent Updates

    • An Award for Affordable Housing
      We recently discussed the need for affordable housing in Payson.  Three proposals were made for federal tax credits to enable housing.  The Arizona Department of Housing award was made to Green Valley II of Payson, LLC, headed by Jacob Swartwood. […]
    • The Initial Verdict Is In
      We are not surprised at the outcome. The Court Order/ verdict is attached in its entirety below as a PDF. The potential next step is an appeal. The Board will meet with Counsel to discuss this. Any potential appeal relies on donations.  It cannot be […]
    • Private gain at the public trough – you decide.
      There has been significant discussion of late about affordable housing in Payson.  On April 10th, the Town of Payson declared a housing emergency via Resolution 3376.  There was also a housing proclamation on that date.  The issue is not unique to […]
    • Trial update and appearance on KMOG
      The trial was completed last Friday, the 19th.  Transparent Payson has always viewed the matter as a question of law, which results in a slightly different trial than many may be familiar with in a civil setting. There was no discovery, no experts, […]
    • Trial is scheduled for April 19th at 1:30
      We can use your continued support.  Please donate. To finance the Town’s list of projects Town Council increased the TPT/Sales tax.  That tax becomes effective on May 1st.  The rate will be 10.48%.  Some people tithe.  The TPT/ Sales tax rate […]
    • A Court Date Has Been Set With the Town of Payson.
      Despite reports in “newspapers” and statements from pundits, including local elected officials, asserting otherwise, the case of Transparent Payson vs. The Town of Payson has not been resolved.  A court date has been set for a bench […]
  • A Healthy Government Does NOT Suppress Free Speech.



    Click the picture or here to learn more.

  • A History of Transparent Payson


    Where it started, and where we are now. 

     A history of Transparent Payson


    We have been involved in voters' rights since 2018.

    Click the picture or here to learn more.

  • Join us on Facebook:

    Facebook Logo

    Click the icon or here.

  • Learn why these issues are important.



    Act Up!

    Click the picture or here to learn more.

  • Contact Us.


    Questions or comments, please feel free to contact us.  Stay informed on upcoming meetings, events, and progress. No worries, we never sell or distribute your information. About one email a week, sometimes more, but always on point. Please visit our "Contact Us" or click the icon below to send us an email.

    Email Us.

    Thank you!