Annette Auxier is a member of the Chandler Unified School District governing board.
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"... the outcome must surely be better when we all participate."
Not necessarily. I'd rather have thinking, concerned people vote who have actually spent some time knowing what's going on. I do not want people to vote for the sake of voting, or people who get their news only from Saturday Night Live, or The Daily Show, or the View.
"I would love to tell you how to vote, but of course I won’t."
In fact, you can't. That's illegal.
"..this amazing privilege to vote."
Silly me, I thought it was right.
Thinking and concerned people will be voting. I get my news from various sites and none of those are SNL etc.
I think the fact the thinking and concerned folks are slowly turning AZ purple is a very good thing. It had nothing to do with comedy or talk shows. It had to do with the wrong image the rightwing state Government worked very hard to make it look loony---guns on campuses, heads i the desert etc.
Many of us know a different Arizona because we moved here to take a great job and stayed. We will vote and it IS a right and a privilege.
Heywood, why the fear of more voting? It is more a concern they are not voting for the issues or candidates you wish to win?
When the stupid people vote, the GOP wins.
StottheizzE, that's why the Arizona Republican dominated Legislature keeps cutting the Education budget year after year.
Republicans hate public education. They believe the riff-raff should be content with some elementary reading and arithmetic.
That's all they need to flip burgers and make change.
But, of course, THEIR kids are different and get sent to private / charter schools.
When have you EVER seen the Republican Party call for an INCREASE in education funding for public schools?
When Liberals vote, America loses.
There's a difference between patriotism and nationalism.
I'm sure, from your letter, that you'd love to tell me how to vote...but, you need not bother...at least, you realise that is something that is up to each of us to decide.
That's more than I can say, for the partisans and the shills, who'd like nothing better than to silence all dissent, merely to make it easier to feed the masses their own party's line, which alternates between Love it or Leave It, and I Did It All By Myself, even though I know it's really God that's doing it all...
Let's all have a nice "bumper sticker" election!
Once again, I'll be voting for Pat Paulson (yes, I know he's dead)...
Here's my bumper sticker--Protect Freedom-Lock Your Mind
Voting is a right, privilege and responsibility of citizenship. It is your "right" because you are a citizen of a democratic republic. It is your "privilege" because of a constitutional system that allows you to vote. It is your "responsibility" to be informed about the issues, the candidates and provide the required documents needed to vote. When you do not vote you are failing as a citizen.
Ah, another feel good column encouraging everyone to do your "civic duty". Here's a secret. Want to know what your real civic duty is? Inform yourself before you vote. If you aren't informed, don't vote. It's really that simple.
I saw a comment here attempting to perpetuate the myth that Arizona is turning Purple. Sorry to burst your bubble, but that's not the case. Flake and Romney will each win by ten points. Parker will win by 5 points. This state is as red or even redder than it has been in the past.
I have always thought of myself as patriotic too. I vote as many times as I can each election cycle. Deddzone, it is good to see you. Shinger, I would not be so sure about Flake. Richard Carmona has a very good chance to win his district. In fact AZCentral has Richard Carmona up in the polls 44- 39%
You can learn more about Richard Carmona here: http://www.carmonaforarizona.com/
The democrat party slogan "Vote early and vote often". LOL
Carmona is running in the Senate race against Flake. Sinema is running is CD9 (I think) against Parker. Sinema is a "kook" in the purest sense of the word, that's why Parker wins there. Rasmussen has Flake up 6 or 7 over Carmona. Don't get me wrong, Carmona is the most formidable Senate candidate the Dems have trotted out in some time, but the Mormon thing will just be too much for him to overcome. The Mormons may never have a shot at voting for one of their own for President and Senator on the same ballot again.
The Democrats have conceived a very clever game plan, the carrot on a stick. Promise the people enough free handouts that they become dependent on you for their very survival, then give them just enough to keep their votes so you can stay in a Government office where the money and power are. Problem is what happens when there are more people with their hands out, then there are people that are working to fill those lazy hands? It's going to be like a steep mountain road that collapse while you are driving over it . You know it's not going to end well, and you wish you could go back in time and taken a different road!
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