Thanks. I choose to regard the two posts you refer to as participating in the give and take of expression in the comment section of a local press organ which appears to be a well-managed paper encouraging lively debate on subjects of interest and one that does not discourage opposing views. One option that appears available is that when you see my name attached to a comment, you could just skip on by and read the next one?
It appears as the link to volunteer to assist in stopping the John Morse recall did not 'take'. My apologies. One can email the coordinator at: email@example.com Thank you!
Our system of government was created in such fashion that laws could be changed as the norms, values and mores of society change. Also, to adapt to changing physical conditions or situations that could pose a threat to human life.
Being shot at close range by an automatic weapon with a 30 round clip often results in multiple grief for victims and families. Equally often, in death. Asking people, some of whom may not be mentally stabl,e to submit to a background check - - and limiting clip capacity to 15 rounds (or 10 or 7) seems prudent in an increasingly violent society. Yes, the argument is often made there are already 250 million guns in private hands. But you cannot make corn flakes without first planting the seeds. If we do not begin now to curtail violent individuals from owning these weapons, when will we? Is that really a violation of our rights? We do have the 'right' to live and the right to alter conditions which will keep us from living!
Our system of government also is one that creates spirited debate on many issues, which is healthy. Our side of the current gun control legislation, and the resultant recall effort against Senator John Morse is that this is not an appropriate action to take, it is quite expensive to field special elections, there are fewer than 14 months to a term limit and it is likely this seat cannot be taken over by a member of the opposite party in a special election. Therefore, is it prudent to spend perhaps a quarter of a million dollars to recall what has been a good public servant to date, with 14 months to go?
If you feel as we do - please sign up to volunteer with us to halt this recall effort. Everybody has rights!
About 85 % of what transpires in the political arena is image and perception. Regardless of what side of the fence you are on, the notion that there is friction, adversarial relations, competing agendas is pervasive in the region.
To have a fresh team of non-aligned, professionals with a combined range of talents from engineering, savvy business leadership and a lot of the disciplined thinking that comes from a military background, a team is waiting in the wings to bring logic and long-term planning so greatly lacking in the region:
#1 Don Knight #2 Joel Miller #3 Bob Kinsey
#4 Dennis Moore #5 Jill Gaebler #6 Andres Pico
A strong team not influenced by past political involvement and none of them career politicians.
Let's go for the "A" Team and start putting some points for progress on the board.
It would be hard to estimate the dollar amount of damage this Mayor has done in lost business for the region, particularly from high-tech firms. 85 new call center jobs a year is a plus.
" Bob Greene and I were warned by an organization leader who works closely with the Mayor that, "you don't want to upset the Mayor or he will take you out at the knees." We were trying to find a safe way for our employees to participate in the political process without fear of retribution."
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