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Posted: Friday, October 3, 2008 8:26 pm | Updated: 8:59 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

I urge all Arizona voters to carefully consider casting a “no” vote on the state propositions offered on the Nov. 4 ballot that will require an amendment to the Arizona Constitution.

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Reject all amendments

I urge all Arizona voters to carefully consider casting a “no” vote on the state propositions offered on the Nov. 4 ballot that will require an amendment to the Arizona Constitution.

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Constitutional amendments are basically permanent statements which require great expense to initiate, and that are nearly impossible to reverse if problems arise. In times of financial crisis and political stress, such as we are currently experiencing, I would feel more assured if the governor and Legislature would have the flexibility to make budgetary decisions without being hamstrung into satisfying the amendment requirements before the emergent needs of our fluid society.

Propositions 100, 101, 102, and 105 are amendments to the Arizona Constitution.

Our obligation as voters is to hold our state officials accountable and demand transparency of their actions. I think we should be very careful in our decisions before etching them in stone. Let’s err on the voice of caution and reason.

MARTHA MCCOY

MESA

Marriage must be focus of family

On Nov. 4, registered voters all across Arizona will vote on a plethora of ballot issues, one of those being Proposition 102, or the gay marriage initiative. When I fill out my absentee ballot, I will vote a hearty “yes” in favor of Prop. 102, to keep marriage solely between a man and a women. A marriage between a man and a women is sanctified by a holy God and also is the center point of the traditional family unit. Gay marriage destroys the very essentials of your traditional family unit of a father, mother and children. I plead with voters all over Arizona, vote “yes” on Prop. 102.

WADE SCHLOSSER

CHANDLER

Prop. 105 stops initiative efforts

Proposition 105 is not about taxes or fiscal responsibility — it’s about voting. There are nearly 500,000 registered voters in Arizona who never vote, either because they’re dead, have moved out of state or simply never vote. If Prop. 105 passes, each of those people will count as a “no” vote, making it nearly impossible for any initiative to pass.

Abraham Lincoln said in the Gettysburg Address, “Government of the people, by the people, for the people.” If Prop. 105 passes, Arizona will be “government of the legislators, by the legislators, for the legislators.” If Prop. 105 passes, it will be the end of initiatives in Arizona. How ironic that proponents of Prop. 105 are using the initiative process to try to kill the initiative process.

PHYLLIS D. CHELGREN

PHOENIX

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