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NO, a Prop13 is NOT the answer. Look at California - amongst their many other problems they are also about at the point to need to file BANKRUPTCY. Prop13 is like saying "My growing son is eating so much that he's eating me out of house and home - so I'm going to sew his jaw shut such that he can only open it far enough to get basic sustinence." Then, as his body really starts to NEED the food, its too late...
A Prop13 makes it so that your local and State governments simply CANNOT react to changing needs. And in the end, you may have tax bills just a bit higher than when started, but your communities and State have totally fallen apart... And you find yourself paying taxes for a location that you no longer find worth living in...Sep 19, 2011
Mainstream environmental groups have long held to overly romanticized ideas of what is "An Old Growth Forest". Their target seems to have been the Pacific Northwest Rainforests, where due to both the amount of rain and the the subsequent infrequency of wildfires that there were grove after grove of massive and ancient trees. They pushed for a policy of nearly complete fire suppression, even though ecologists and forestry experts and even historians told them that such was not "natural" for the majority of our National Forests. And they pushed for a mode of whole landscape preservation - Wilderness Areas - which only allows access on terms last applicable at the time of Lewis and Clark.
This has resulted in their using their considerable political and financial might to "enforce" policies on publicly owned forest lands which allowed - forced - our forests to become terribly overgrown and wildfire-prone. And its an irony that the relative prosperity and growing population able to access the natural environments of our National Forests and Parks during the 40s-60s spawned and bolstered the Environmental Movement is now the very bane of their and the forests existence - growing population and usage pressure and the inevitable human-caused forest fires.Jul 6, 2011
While it is great to see Livestock and Rodeo as activities and outlets for local youth, they can no longer do so locally - the Gilbert Rodeo Grounds are No More.
Earlier this Spring all the permanent fixtures - Stands, Lighting, Concession Stand, Office, Corrals, Arena - were removed at the County's insistence (but not because they are to be replaced). It remains to be seen whether the Gilbert Rodeo Days will include an actual Rodeo this year, and if so, which non-Gilbert location will host it.Jun 24, 2011
Great - Tempe Police overreacted to 4 students who were unable to take their backpacks into the Concert !!
Will their profs accept a "The Police Blew Up My Homework" excuse on Monday ??Sep 18, 2010