As an independent, I am undecided.
Sustainable retirement benefits for whom? Many voters have no retirement plan whatsoever. Living on social security in Tucson is next to impossible. I have no idea, at this point, how these voters will view this proposal and doubt most understand it. All are aware of cities flipping upside down based on an overcommitment, however.
Please publish a chart showing the past and project future status of the City's debt load (as % of tax revenue) and the past and anticipated future obligations of the taxpayers to the proposed plan + old plan and the current system.
The Weekly has completely misunderstands Proposition 121 since its inception.
It is only a page and a half long...read it rather than accept this spin. It allows you the voters, not the political parties, to decide who represents you. In America, it is one person, one vote, NOT one party one vote.
Its opponents define it - anonymous 1/2 million dollars through Americans for Responsible Leadership, Russell Pearce (who calls it "un-American"), and party bosses from both sides of the aisle. The Courts have ORDER the opponents disclose their donors and, on the eve of the election, THEY REFUSE and have appealed. This means that you will NOT know who sponsored the NO on 121 campaign until AFTER the election.
Might this threaten their strangle hold on your limited, often single, choices on the ballot. You bet!
Let's bury our hero and respect his family, without spin from any direction.
All three candidates are to be commended for running for office.
Whomever is elected looks forward to countless hours of listening to a suffering, largely jobless or underemployed constituency hoping the new mayor can find a solution to the doldrums. Truth is, she or he can't. Under our current City Charter, the Mayor can do little more than listen. But listening helps.
There was a question mark omitted after my comment "It's one of the best hit pieces going around," says Downing. "I've been a professor for 39 years, and now, suddenly, I'm against public education?"
To see further rebuttals of Aboud's nasty hit piece see www.votedowning.com
Prop. 111 is more evidence of the unspoken truth in American politics. The political parties have become special interest groups, just like the corporations and unions they allegedly oppose. Politicians who write and propose laws to protect their turf.
As a proportion of the registered voters, Democrats have been in decline since 1940 and Republicans since 1980 (See the chart using the Sec of State's registration figures at www.votedowning.com).
Prop 111, is unconstitutional. Just as the provisions in the postal code that prevent me, a nonpartisan, from using a nonprofit discount on my mailings - while the parties get this discount. The special interest is so blatant that the US Post office publication 417 even lists the Republican and Democrat parties by NAME!
And did you know that the politicians have written laws that required candidates who are not members of a party to gather almost 6 times the signatures than a Rep. or Dem. to be an independent candidate for governor (there isn't one, of course)?
WIth nearly 1/3 of the state being independent and many Republicans leaning independent and Democrats leaning independent, Arizonans are beginning to figure this out. I did am acting accordingly.
Sam has been one of our strongest local advocates for free speech - walking the walk to let ALL voices be heard. He understands the importance of a free press and media. I enjoyed working with him to protect ACCESS during my time in office and imagine he will find creative ways to serve his community. Thank you, Sam.
Ted Downing, former State legislator.
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