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Very thoughtful op ed. If someone can't argue the facts, then they criticize you using non sequiturs. I would add to your article that the median ASRS pension is $15,300. That figure gives a better idea of what most state employees are receiving, prior to money being taken out for health insurance.
By the way, I told the writer of the pension stories at the Republic about state retirees having to pay 80% of their health insurance and he never included that information in his stories. As for the fact that ASRS has a $8-$10 billion liability, even though it's 75-80% funded, that isn't unusual. You have to think of it like a mortgage. That pension liability isn't due anytime soon, just like an entire 30-year mortgage amount isn't due after a few years. Finally, if the state hadn't been giving away the store the last 20 years, the state would have a lot more revenue to deal with any short-term shortfall -- $3 billion in annual revenue has been withdrawn due to continuous tax cuts that have neither increased net employment or revenue. Two-thirds to three-quarters of corporations in Arizona pay only the minimum $50 corporate tax, according to a study of corporate tax returns between 1994 and 2008. And now the state says we have to enact another corporate tax cut starting in 2014, that will take even more revenue out of the General Fund. 9 months ago
I don't believe that Marco was the type of person who would have carried a concealed weapon. And it would be a huge liability for ASU to allow concealed weapons on campus. All it would take is for one killing on campus and ASU would be sued by millions.
I believe the main problem is something you brought up in your post. I went back and found the article you mentioned. It was in late July. There had been a lot of armed robberies near the campus and the question is how much enforcement has Tempe Police done since then and had they caught anyone for those crimes. They still haven't solved the other student's killing, not far from Marco's murder.
This brings up another issue, however. And that deals with walking alone late at night. Since students are living near ASU's campus, there is an incorrect assumption of safety. I drove on University yesterday and some of these apartment complexes are a mile or two from campus. You can't assume it will be safe walking at night on a major street -- even one near ASU. This is a major urban university, which is near a wide variety of populations. And even walking late at night on campus by oneself is not a good idea. There are predators all around us, just waiting for an opportunity to strike. You need to be aware of your surroundings and be alert to any dangerous situations.
What needs to be looked at is how much enforcement are police doing near ASU, including the ASU police. I believe that the ASU police should be given the authority to patrol not only on the campus, but also near the campus. If Tempe police are not patrolling enough, then there needs to be a change made. Oct 20, 2010