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Posted: Sunday, January 18, 2009 7:23 pm | Updated: 2:03 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

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VOTING

Don’t ignore outcome on payday loans

I had to laugh when I read state Sen. Russell Pearce’s column “In defense of Arizona’s elections (Opinion 2, Dec. 30).” What was particularly laugh out loud funny is this nugget from Pearce: “It would be difficult to exaggerate the importance of one’s vote.”

Apparently, Pearce has no problem doing the opposite, diminishing the importance of 60 percent of our votes. At least that’s what he seems to want to do. Because while Pearce says he wants to protect the importance of our votes, he also wants to overturn the results of one vote he disagrees with: the payday loan proposition vote from the last election. The one where 60 percent of us voted against extending the life of payday loans stores beyond 2010. The one that Pearce now says should be overturned legislatively, because Pearce doesn’t like the results of our vote.

So I guess you could conclude Pearce believes in the importance of one’s vote — if the vote goes the way he wants it to. And if it doesn’t? He’ll find a way to get his way anyway. Democracy in action. Brilliant!

MIKE MCCLELLAN

GILBERT

GUNS

Lawmaker opposes marking ammo

I would like to put rumors to rest about the Ammunition Accountability Act proposed last legislative session and let the gun owning community know that it is my intention to make sure this bill never sees the light of day.

Many within the gun-owning community are nervous about this legislation, and rightly so. But I want you to know this bill was never put on an agenda in its originating chamber, which means it died and never had a chance of passing last session.

For background, last year’s proposed legislation required the manufacturer to code all ammunition in a database on every ammunition sale. Doing so would track how much ammunition was purchased, by whom and in what calibers. All ammunition that is not coded must be destroyed. The provisions of this bill would also charge gun owners an additional half-cent tax on every round.

If this same legislation is introduced again this session, I will work to ensure the bill dies once again. Let me be clear about my position on this issue — every single one of those provisions is totally unacceptable. I will work to ensure this bill goes nowhere again so gun owners can rest easy. Opposing this legislation is at the top of my agenda.

The gun owning community has nothing to fear regarding this issue in Arizona. This issue received no support in the Legislature and given the new make-up of the body this year; this bill will have absolutely no support again.

REP. BILL KONOPNICKI

SAFFORD

PHOTO ENFORCEMENT

Shouldn’t be privatized

As a recent out-of-town visitor to the Mesa area, I feel compelled to weigh in with some comments on the issue of photo enforcement. The system works, as I am led to believe it works, by private companies equipping municipalities with hardware and system monitoring for free. They then split the revenues.

I am not sure what all the definitions of bribery are, but this certainly seems to fit many of them. If this is such a vital contribution to public safety, the governing units should be purchasing these things. At the very least, this would remove the odor that surrounds the issue now.

I would also question the conclusion that photo enforcement is responsible for the reductions in crashes. It is well known that the nationally “driving” is down as evidenced by the reduction in overall fuel consumption. I doubt that is factored into the reduction. Government agencies have a bad habit of claiming positive results that suit their agenda and ignoring other, more germane reasons.

Finally, your license plate cover up fine is ludicrous. Your city/state must really need the money badly to punish drivers that severely for such a minor reason. I wouldn’t even consider it an infraction.

ARTHUR PLUIM

DEPOE BAY, ORE.

MESA LIBRARIES

Look at county-funded options

Mesa residents, look at your county property tax statement. It has a tax labeled “county library.” The Maricopa County library district operates libraries like the Southeast Regional Library in Gilbert, but it also contributes money towards existing libraries in Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Scottsdale, Phoenix and other cities in the county.

This makes it so that anyone living in Maricopa County can obtain a free card from any of these libraries, not just residents of the individual city.

As residents of Mesa, we are paying this property tax to support our libraries while the hours are cut, the fees and fines are raised and the service is lousy. Perhaps Mesa should consider turning operation of the city libraries over to the county library district, so they could be operated like the Southeast Regional Library.

In the meantime, find out how far you are from a non-Mesa library, you might already pass one every day. The county tax you pay allows you to use any library. Currently, my family uses a Scottsdale library that my husband passes every day to and from work. The hours are long, the service and selection are great, and the policies are friendly and lenient.

E.E. POLL

MESA

PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA

CIA needs outsider to lead

Anyone who thinks Leon Panetta should be bypassed for CIA director in favor of some “experienced professional” from inside the agency (“Obama stumbled on CIA choice,” Our View, Jan. 10) is dead wrong.

Let’s see, the insiders from the CIA are the same ones who were asleep at the switch on Sept. 11, 2001, who discovered fictitious weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, who can think of nothing better to occupy their time than unwarranted spying on U.S. citizens for political advantage, and who have been mostly wrong about every external geopolitical situation for the last 45 years. It’s well past time to put an outsider in charge, and Panetta is an excellent choice.

NEIL THEX

MESA

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