Saturday, May 21, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
It appears that Citizens for a Better Arizona and Chad Snow might be in a bit of trouble when it comes to their recall effort against Russell Pearce the Arizona Republic is Reporting.
It seems that they got some misinformation about filling deadlines. I find it even more interesting that people are calling for the firing of people at the Sectary of States Office over this. These are obviously people who have never read the Arizona Revised Statues or had to interpret them, if they had nothing is ever cut and dry. The group had hoped for a November election, that is if they got enough signatures.
What I find more interesting is that the group said they needed more time to gather signatures. That tells me that they are running into trouble now and that people are getting wise to them and the groups racial and open border ties.
It has come to my attention that many of the people signing the petitions are doing so just to get the pushy signature gathers off their porches.
Randy Parraz, Chad Snow and their group are also using the race card in an attempt to get people to sign petitions. In one instance they told a woman that she needed to sign the petition because she was Latino. The women told them I'm sorry but I support Russell Pearce and SB1070.
I also read through the comments and find it very interesting that most if not all the comments are from anonymous posters, so for all anybody knows it could be the same person posting.
I also found it very interesting that Jim Walsh would be the one credited for the article when it was Gary Nelson who called and talked with me. Does Jim Walsh think he is to big to give me a call?
As I stated before this recall is wrong and is only an attempt to quite a man for standing up for the rule of law and if people really want Russell Pearce out then the time to do it is during the primary or general elections. These people don't care that those in LD18 elected Russell. All this recall effort will do it show those who don't support immigration laws and the rule of law. People will not be anonymous when it comes to the petitions, everybody will know.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Is a recall of Russell Pearce the best thing for Mesa and Legislative District 18? I think NOT!
This recall isn’t about a moral or ethical issue as a recall is intended, but is simply an attempt to punish a man for standing up for the rule of law, and the constitution. It is also intended to send a message to others who support immigration issues, and that is watch out or you are next.
In fact many of those supporting the recall effort by providing funding and those gathering signatures don’t even reside in LD18 or have an interest in seeing that we have a voice in the Senate, they are only interested in shutting up Russell Pearce.
Now I know that there are those who disagree with me and will say that I’m just carrying Russell Pearce's water; people have actually said that to me. People will also say that because I support the rule of law that I'm insensitive to the illegals and their plight. The the fact of the matter is, I probably understand their plight better than those pushing the recall.
As a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I served a mission in Uruguay, and prior to that I lived in Sao Paulo Brazil and witnessed first-hand people coming to the door seeking food. Now as property manager I see the struggle the illegals go through to support their family. I don’t lay any blame on them or their desire for a better life for their family and neither does Russell. If anything, my heart goes out to them and their struggles, but there is a right way and a wrong way to help them. We don't help anybody by ignoring the law.
There are those that say Russell Pearce’s stand on immigration has hurt the LDS church of which he is member and that is why some members of the church including attorney Chad Snow, chairman for the recall effort, have come out against Russell. That is also why they are attempting to recruit an LDS West Mesa Republican to run against him, someone who can be seen as being supportive and sympathetic to the cause and plight of the illegals.
Mr. Snow has said that Mr. Pearce doesn’t represent the values of LDS people or their faith. There is one problem with this; one of The Articles of Faith of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints say: We believe is being subject to Kings, presidents, rulers and magistrates, in obeying, honoring and sustaining the law. Right now the law of the land makes it illegal to be here with out the proper documentation.
Mr. Snow has also said that Mr. Pearce and SB1070 have hurt the state’s economy. But I beg to ask the question is it the passage of SB1070 that has sent the state’s economy upside down or was it years of mismanagement of state funds by Janet Napalitano, the national debt, the housing bubble or the Federal Reserve? I would say that it is the latter not SB1070.
Mr. Snow says that Russell doesn’t represent the values of Republicans, I would ask Mr. Snow to take a look at the Republican plat form and then ask the question again. Russell Pearce represents the values of the Republican Party better than most elected official do.
Mr. Pearce does represent my values and those of my family and neighbors, he does represent less government, personal freedom, personal responsibility, free enterprise and the rule of law. Are those values yours? If so then he also represents you.
You may not agree with Russell Pearce on every issue and I wouldn't expect you too and maybe you would do things differently if you had the spot light on immigration but you are don't. To go after a man and his family for standing up for what he or she believes to be right, is wrong. Just because you disagree with him or her DOES NOT RISE TO THE LEVEL OF A RECALL.
If you don't want or like the way some is representing you then you have the option of voting against them in the next election. The election is the place to vote somebody in or out or office not at a recall.
Nothing good can come from this recall effort. In fact it will do more to hurt than to heal the division with in LD18 and the City of Mesa over illegal immigration. Just look at the last elections in LD18 and the other legislative district and you can see what happened and the division they cause. You think it is bad now just wait.
Friday, May 6, 2011
I want to say congratulations to Mesa fire captain Bryan Jeffiers for having been selected to replace Peggy Neely on the City of Phoenix council for the next 4 months.
Bryan is a great guy and will do his best to represent those in his district.
The City of Mesa is moving in reserve with private business in the city adding cost while providing no way for business to pay for improvements.
After coming so far to streamline and work with business, the majority of the council voted to put new requirements on convenience stores doing business in the City of Mesa. The new requirements may just put some businesses right out of business or cost them to spend a substantial amount money to come into compliance.
I personally don't believe that it is fair to change the rules in the middle of the games and make ordinances retroactive. I also don't think that it is fair to require a mom and pop store to choice between food on the table and a citation or the potential of being put out of business.
The three council members who voted against the tougher measures and whom showed a desire work with businesses owner and implement the regulations agreed to by the police and public are Mayor Scott Smith, Dave Richins, and Alex Finter.
I read with interest the article in the East Valley Tribune titled "Union newsletter claims Mesa police understaffed by 400 officers".
This caught my attentions and so asked a couple of Mesa police officers I know what they thought and if they thought the information was accurate.
Every officer I talked with agreed for the most part with the feelings expressed. They also gave me some additional insights.
- They confirmed that police officers are loosing their homes to foreclosures but not because of anything the City of Mesa has done but because they purchased homes based upon overtime. When the City of Mesa changed and said basically no more overtime, officers fell into trouble. Which means they just got caught up the same as every other home owner who over extended did.
- Yes the police department is understaffed and because of it many police officers feel overwhelmed tired and frustrated. The officers said that leads to a higher turnover rate or officers transferring to other agencies.
- They also said that they feared speaking up because of potential fears of being retaliated against. They have been told to be quite.