Just because we can, should we…?

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Speaks of a contemptible mindset

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I do not disagree with Mr. Montini, and your column in the Sunday issue of the Arizona Republic. While you and I and some others find the manner in which Ms. Powell’s life ended to be tragic, in the hands of the 90 mental midgets masquerading as our State Legislature they just might be able to incorporate this form of prisoner treatment into gaming “cage fighting” event they voted to permit in Arizona for entertainment.

View Through a Different Lens . . . For many, those incarcerated should expect to be treated inhumanely and if such treatment results in death, too bad. Hey, they’re criminals and prisoners and not like us, so why should we treat them as if they are human…?

Hey, maybe the State Legislators can add this form of prisoner exhibition as part of our state lotto offering prize $$$ to the one who guesses the amount of time one of these prisoners can last “raging-in-the-cage” in direct heat in summer sun. I’ll bet it could generate millions which the legislature could u$e to send its members to seminars and other neat places so they can be even better legislators. And on top of that, in the process, we are reducing the cost to operate the prisons. Hey, if we’re really good at it, maybe just, maybe we won’t need privately operated prisons…? Hey, how about contest between the various prisons around our state to see whose prisoners last the longest…? There is virtually unlimited gaming potential.

To expect a full unbiased investigation into Ms. Powell’s death at the hands of our state prison correction employees, acting in our stead, is quite unrealistic. After all we got a “white-wash” version of Carol Gotbaum’s death at the hands of City of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport employees, acting in our stead, and to date … “we” said nothing.

Is this truly the value and dignity we in Arizona place on any human life, if so, it is indeed a most contemptible commentary.

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… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …

…“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world…indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” … Margaret Mead

… “they must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority” … G. Massey, Egyptologist

… “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances” …
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And let me be even a bit bolder, I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue with any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted.

Respectfully submitted,

Just follow the money $$$

jon kylJon Kly aligns with credit-card predators … says 5-24-09 – Arizona Repubic … and that’s suppose to come as a surprise…?

Through a Different Lens . . . While the Obama initiated legislation respecting credit-card protection for consumers may not meet all my personal expectations, I salute it as a positive first step. The degree to which credit-card institutions currently strangle our US economy did not occur over night and therefore it seems reasonable removing their predatory hands from around our neck may not happen in one fell swoop.

That Jon Kyl, junior US Senator from Arizona and up for re-election to that office in 2012 should align himself with the banking & credit card cartel should not come as any surprise to any voter in Arizona. One only need to … “follow the $$$” … as Deep Throat so poignantly noted to the Washington Post reporters searching for the truth about Watergate. Follow Jon Kyl’s financial contributions, see where they come from then remove your head from its current ostrich position, ask him to provide to you and me full, open, honest, timely transparent disclosure and accept nothing less.

It’s really that simple…

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… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …

…“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world…indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” … Margaret Mead

… “they must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority” … G. Massey, Egyptologist

… “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances” …
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And let me be even a bit bolder, I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue with any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted.

Respectfully submitted,

Searching for that “free lunch”

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With the passing of another day the depth and degree to which “we” allowed our state to follow that slippery – “put-it-on-our-tab” – slope becomes increasingly clearer and more transparent along with the relevant consequences.

To ease our culpability “we” point our finger – today – at Gov Brewer with the same ferocity with which – yesterday – “we” pointed our finger at Gov Napolitano. While convenient and in the moment quite possibly providing us temporary absolution from our choices, “we” need remember “we” elected both of them as well as all those serving in our State Legislature.

The economic dilemma Arizona faces today was not created over night. It is the result of years and years and years and years of attachment to the belief – I don’t have time for public service, let someone else do it, I have a family so I don’t have time, I’m so damn busy. Each of us need answer solely to ourselves whether this attitude honestly applies to us…? I know it applies to me.

Then history seems to suggest “we” compound this attitude with one wherein “we” don’t even make the time to vote, let alone become aware of what those who are elected are doing in our stead. When economic and social conditions suddenly appear, “we” act as … “deer in headlights” totally bewildered, perplexed caught unaware, when in all honesty “we” chose.

December 23, 1776 … Thomas Paine wrote … The Crisis … which began with these words … These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.

Each of us searches in his/her own way for the proverbial … “free lunch” … and that pursuit in Arizona has caught up with us and its consequence is – today – “we” face difficult choices. I sincerely question whether we will be able to put off making significant course correcting choices much longer, what do you think…?

Respectfully,

EXTERNALITIES DISCLOSED

EXTERNALITIES DISCLOSED … Now that Sonia Sotomayor has gone from presumptive front-runner to official nominee for the Supreme Court, what’s that mean for environmental issues…? … ENN .. from Keith Johnson .. The Wall Street Journal … http://www.enn.com/business/article/39976 … 5/27/09 … excerpt … Much of the fireworks surrounding Ms. Sotomayor’s work on the Second Court of Appeals centers on the controversial affirmative-action ruling in Connecticut. But she also wrote the opinion in one big environmental case—one the Supreme Court just overturned. …In 2007, Ms. Sotomayor sided with the fishes and against power companies and the Environmental Protection Agency. That is, in Riverkeeper vs. EPA, she argued that the EPA can’t weigh costs and benefits in deciding what the “best technology” is for protecting fish that get sucked into power plants. ……In a nutshell, there’s no point in tallying up the marginal costs of extra environmental protections when Congress has already decided they’re worth it. ……From her 2007 decision: …The Agency is therefore precluded from undertaking such cost-benefit analysis because the [best technology available] standard represents Congress’s conclusion that the costs imposed on industry in adopting the best cooling water intake structure technology available (i.e., the best-performing technology that can be reasonably borne by the industry) are worth the benefits in reducing adverse environmental impacts

Through a Different Lens . . . There’s that ugly word again – externalities – the one which most for-profit business wants to keep encapsulated not to be revealed at any cost. Externalities – is the passing on in stealth mode to others (ie you and me) cost$ which justifiably should be borne exclusively by the manufacturers, producers, suppliers and users under fully transparent conditions. Hey, let’s be honest, we all want the benefits of being able to utilize externalities to feather our own nest, don’t we…? Come on, be honest, if we can pass on part or all of the cost to others to pay, wouldn’t we most likely be inclined to do just that…?

Every day we give sanction to incorporating and fostering externalities by virtue of passing forward to generations as yet unborn the cost to correct the devastation of our single biosphere and environment we share. Oh, yes, we choose to see it differently…?

What do you call it…?

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… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …

…“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world…indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” … Margaret Mead

… “they must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority” … G. Massey, Egyptologist

… “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances” …
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And let me be even a bit bolder, I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue with any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted.

Respectfully submitted,

We love Joe’s “show” of force

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This Arizona Republic headline – 5-25-09 – would have us believe we should be surprised that “Sheriff Joe” doesn’t place a priority on making sure those incarcerated under his care, custody and control are afforded the rights granted to them under our US Constitution…?

View Through a Different Lens . . . I suspect for a substantial number this article might even have brought a chuckle and a smile. Let’s face it, “Sheriff Joe” is largely a caricature of our creation. We like his defiance of authority, a linking to Arizona’s ‘wild west’ roots. We like his swagger and oversized stars displayed on his shoulder a sure and overt sign he doesn’t take any crap from anyone. We relish as it gives us ammunition for discussion to tout how he feeds his prisoners green bologna and makes them wear pink underwear. We are captivated by his “show-boat” prime time made for TV raids of prostitutes, drug dealers and especially illegal aliens.

So “Joe’s” personnel are a bit negligent in getting these damn criminals to court, so what, they’re in jail and jail should not be like a vacation at the Arizona Biltmore, should it…? And besides Joe’s personnel have a lot on their minds and schedules as Joe’s calendar is packed with events requiring his attention along with an overwhelming contingent of his personnel for a show of force.

And, “we”, especially in Sun City just love Joe’s show of force.

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… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …

…“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world…indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” … Margaret Mead

… “they must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority” … G. Massey, Egyptologist

… “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances” …
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And let me be even a bit bolder, I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue with any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted.

Respectfully submitted,

Education … Arizona’s moving target

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Sunday … 24 May 09 … one newspaper – Arizona Republic … single topic – “education” – two columnists – two quite divergent perspectives … does either one provide full, open, honest, timely disclosure…?

Through a Different Lens . . . First, I welcome input from both Linda Valdez and Robert Robb on the topic of education or any other topic. And I afford them the right to express whatever opinion they choose, reserving for me and you the right to express ours.

Making time to read and hopefully respectfully contemplate each of offerings I find I quite quickly lean in the direction of supporting Ms. Valdez’s perspective about education in Arizona.

Mr. Robb’s column notes comparisons between the economies in Portland, Oregon and Phoenix, Arizona noting there is greater job opportunity in Phoenix then ends his column praising the speed at which the late L. William Seidman handled the S&L debacle in the 90’s and with an oblique shot that Obama’s economic policies do not appear to follow Seidman’s get-out-quick mentality.

Mr. Robb, you note finding employment is Portland is more difficult than finding employment in Phoenix for college graduates. Notably absent is what type of employment the college graduates are finding in the respective area or their starting wages, benefits, etc. Without such disclosures what conclusion are you suggesting we make…?

Moreover, Mr. Robb are you suggesting the path which our State Legislators are choosing will produce an “educated” college graduate, given their proclivity along with our total silence, to essentially “gut” education funding from K through 12…? Is this NOT a political path based solely on conventional wisdom and old dogmas, the very thing which Obama in his words to the graduating class of 2009 at ASU noted they need be extremely circumspect endorsing…?

Ms. Valdez, I believe makes an extremely valid point in that education has become, whether intended or not, an almost daily target for legislators and other public officials to take a shot at cutting their budgets. What I find most interesting is in the main the budget cuts these officials seek to reduce rarely include upper management, administration or thamahals build for selected use and enjoyment…? Morgan Quitno Press in their assessment of education ranks Arizona number 50 – bottom of the barrel – and many though certainly not all of those ranking education place Arizona’s commitment to education near the bottom. Might there be a message we choose to continually overlook…? Arizona appears to have an attachment to the belief that quality education can be achieved on the cheap. And we appear bound and determined to prove that attachment to this belief is valid.

Arizona and every one voluntarily choosing to reside in Arizona need be aware that we face choices with very long term implications. Belief in short term solutions will only produce more vexing long term dilemmas requiring our attention. There are solutions, unfortunately many of them are not sweetly coated making them easily palatable. We reached this point in time, quite slowly though within the last 50 years it appears the pace has accelerated. Solutions once chosen and implement will not immediately correct a path mankind has mutually walked for many centuries.

Education is but one of several long term dilemmas we in Arizona need face squarely and head-on with full transparency and disclosure to all.

Quality education does not happen by decree …we need to make it happen, if that is what we clearly choose.

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… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …

…“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world…indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” … Margaret Mead

… “they must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority” … G. Massey, Egyptologist

… “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances” …
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And let me be even a bit bolder, I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue with any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted.

Respectfully submitted,

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