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Boy, we are getting to the point that we are losing our rights to anything. We will have to write an essay to get anything. [sad]
Makes one wonder what an “appropriate” business would be. It is a strip mall for heavens sake it's not like thy want to open the shop in their garage. Even the police couldn't see where there would be a problem with it After all if you dont want a tatoo they are not going to drag any one in kicking and screaming to give them one.
Why do they not mention that the shop owners started construction without a permit?? That right there is enough to deny them an operating permit.
District 4's coucilmember wasn't a member of the council at the time that the rest of the city council voted to force their warped opinions down the throat of the couple wanting to open the tattoo shop. At the time of the vote, the only one who voted in favor of the shop was the mayor. He gave a very good reason as to why he did and was fearful that legal action would be taken against the city if they refused to allow that shop to open. Dennis Kavanaugh, a practicing attorney and councilmember for the area where Dobson Ranch is located, apparently was asleep during his classes at law school that covered freedom of expression. Just like the expensive litigation brought against the city over the Bailey Brake Shop debacle, which Dennis Kananaugh was a part of, he has once again helped to bring another costly legal fight against the city.
Maybe Dennis Kavanaugh can explain why it was okay with the Dobson Ranch snobs to let a massage parlor open up at the same shopping center. The police department can tell you that have had many problems with this type of business, but have had no problems with tattoo shops. How nice that Dennis Kavanaugh, the elected Gestapo leader for the Dobson Ranch Nazi Party, knows more than I do about what's best for me. Dennis, when does Mesa police department's new thought police unit start up?
Freedom of any kind of expression is never free. And people have to be willing to do it, fight for it and generally accept it from others they totally disagree with. When you disagree with someone, you can be part of the solution, when you need to gag them, that is the first indication that you are wrong. Freedom is never 'appropriate' if it has any value. 'Appropriate' we hear all the time, everywhere. The sad thing is that all progress is made by speaking, doing the 'inappropriate.'
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