Gina Byrd 
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Re: “2016 Indy endorsements cheat sheet

I am disappointed in your endorsement of Amendment 71, the "Raise the Bar" amendment that will make it more difficult to place constitutional amendments on the ballot. If 71 passes, only wealthy organizations, corporations, and well-funded campaigns will be able to successfully affect our constitution. Grassroots organizations run by volunteers simply won't have the manpower to get important issues on the ballot. This amendment could take government out of the control of the people of this state and into the hands of multi-national corporations. If we just leave everything as it is now, the amendment process works pretty well and gives lots of people a say in our government, regardless of their money or power. Democracy is messy and inconvenient. We need to embrace these traits.

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Posted by Gina Byrd on 10/19/2016 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Cyclists say their lives are at risk from road-raging motorists

Or cyclists could resort to self help, like they do down South: openly carry a firearm. If the laws don't protect you, protect yourself.

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Posted by Gina Byrd on 09/09/2016 at 8:54 AM

Re: “An inside look at Strawberry Fields

The main argument in favor of the land swap is that Strawberry Fields has not been maintained by the city, and the Broadmoor would do a better job. Maybe so, but in the swap, the city receives 208 acres behind Mt. Muscoco. This parcel is difficult to access and will be even more difficult to maintain than Strawberry Fields. Why would the city think this is a good idea? Doesn't this swap set the city up for even more failure in maintaining the Mt. Muscoco property? Will this same argument be used years from now when a private developer wants the Muscoco property?

Also, no one has mentioned another little parcel the Broadmoor receives in the swap-the parking lot below the Incline. As someone who tries to park there on a weekly basis, I know that parking fees for this lot is like an annuity for the city. Why on earth would we want to give this away?

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Posted by Gina Byrd on 03/15/2016 at 8:06 AM

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