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What would a camera tell you? What would the same camera outside the local Walgreens tell you? In both cases you would just see people picking up their medicine. Care to guess how many people commiting another crime either have or are under the influence of prescription medicines from the local drug store?1 month ago
Another thing Tempe government could do and in my opinion, should do is stop giving out alcohol licenses to businesses on downtown Tempe. There are enough already!2 months ago
There are a number of alcohol related problems in Tempe. Some can be solved easily, some not. With 80,000 students at ASU there will always be large numbers of underage students in search of alcohol on a nightly basis. This was true ten, twenty, or thirty years ago and will probably be true for the foreseeable future. What can be done is make all of the businesses who make a living from alcohol follow the law. With today's available technology, every ID can be checked in seconds and almost every fake one detected.
The real problem is that the bars and clubs have no financial incentive to stop this. When the politicians are beholding to the money behind the bars and clubs, and the people electing them don't hold them responsible, this is what you get. If there were a fair chance that a place would lose their license to sell, you can bet there would be nobody underage being served. Of course, then, the underage people will just move back to house parties...Maybe we need to move the drinking age to 18 and let Darwin and DUI checkpoints sort it out. Welcome the responsible drinkers to adulthood, and fine and jail the irresponsible. Then enforce the existing alcohol laws on overserving. 2 months ago
This light sentence is an insult to every citizen of Tempe. We have a right to
have honest representatives who represent their districts, not whoever bribes them. We need to hold our elected politicians to a higher standard of conduct, and the penalty for betraying the public's trust should be severe. How about a citizen referendum for the next
election calling for mandatory minimums of 25 years and fines 5 times what they took.
And while we are at it, let them lose their pension benefits as well. If they don't have anything to lose, why should they stop? 5 months ago
Its still cheaper to fly to Vegas than drive at today's gas prices isn't it? Besides, who would get the benefits of this highway? Are Nevada tourists making a big call to visit Phoenix? It sounds like the Nevada gaming industry would win and the Arizona gaming revenues would lose. And let's not even start thinking about the funding the Mexican toll road idea again. Someone must be waving a lot of money in the politicians faces again.8 months ago
Maybe its time for a voter proposition raising the penalty for elected officials
taking bribes to something that would outweigh the greed. How about twenty to life?
Maybe another option would be huge fines per instance with a percentage paid to the whistle blower. Basically, putting a bounty on them.
How about yearly polygraphs they have to take and pass? Though, on second thought, most of the politicians don't know the difference between truth and lies anymore.8 months ago
It seems to me that our city council, and former mayor have been on a mission
for the last few years of promoting growth through higher density. It seems that the downtown merchants and developers get anything that they want without any thought to how the development would effect quality of life. Some good examples would be the boondoggle streetcar project, and the section 8 housing high-rise on Apache. Neither project took the concerns of the neighborhood residents seriously. The city government is only interested in growth, not quality of life. Since Tempe is land locked, the only way it can grow is increased density. This increase in density is almost always followed by an increase in crime. Its the city government that has been promoting downtown Tempe as the party center of the valley. Is it any surprise that the police are unable to control the party atmosphere downtown? If the police were to crack down or even slow down the party, all the downtown merchants are going to go crying to the city council that its hurting business. In my opinion, its the city council and mayor(s) that need to be held accountable.8 months ago
Why write a story about a report which is, according to the story's own author, made up of questionable statistics? If you want to report on the effects of illegals on the economy do the work yourself to get accurate statistics and write a story. If you want to support someone else's story or discredit their story, you should make your position clear. From your article I can't tell if you are supporting or discrediting the report.
If the report and the statistics behind it are questionable, why are you and the folks at Cronkite News giving credence to it at all? Is this what journalism has come to now? Someone writes a biased and flawed report, and then the media makes lots of noise quoting the report? 9 months ago
This article shows what Bill Montgomery, Tom Horne, and Jan Brewer really
think about the will of the people, democracy, and providing medical treatment to people who need it. Apparently, they believe their opinion trumps the will of the people who voted for medical marijuana. If you don't like the law, change the law. Until you do, you are required to follow the law and the will of the voters. As the attorney general, and county attorney, and the governor, I shouldn't have to point this out to you people.10 months ago
How about some tougher laws on the businesses buying this copper? How about
requiring an ID, and pictures of every seller, and what they are selling. These
businesses are the ones making the money from these thefts so it should be their responsibility to stop buying stolen property.10 months ago