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- 21. Have Arizona Teachers Received Gag Orders to Not Oppose Common Core?
Some time ago, a Wyoming school teacher revealed that she had been told by her school district that she was not allowed to speak out against Common Core.
There are many teachers in Arizona who are afraid to speak against Common Core, fearful of retaliation from their Superintendents, who could target them as first in line for a lay-off, or reassign them to an undesirable teaching position.
I've spoken with teachers who hate Common Core. They talk of children hating school, because of all the testing, testing, testing. Even in the first grade, there is little time for anything resembling fun. Everything is uniform, and schools, more than ever before, are turning into "test prep factories."
These teachers feel like slaves to an insufferable system that deadens the joys of teaching, and they are afraid to speak out publicly! Please send Gilbert Watch your story. I will not reveal your name! Send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is the article titled A Wyoming School's Common Core Gag Order.
The article begins "I received this email from a 6th grade teacher in Wyoming whose school placed a gag order on her regarding her opposition to the Common Core State Standards. I’m withholding her name to protect her privacy (and career)."
Here is the email from the Wyoming teacher:Click here to read more
- 22. The War on Coal
by Patrick O’Malley
Precinct Committeeman (LD12)
The war on coal is not over and writing your Congressman is not enough. Obama’s EPA is fighting this war for him, and so far they’ve managed to keep the issue out of Congress by using new EPA rules and executive orders.
The prime target in Arizona is the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) in Page which generates 90% of the electricity used by the Central Arizona Project (CAP). CAP is the major water supplier for Tucson and all the cities in the Phoenix area, plus all the farms in between. Mohave power plant is already gone; shutting it down made more sense than complying with new EPA regulations. Coronado, Cholla, and Apache power plants are also targeted.
The owners of NGS recently revealed their grand plan to comply with EPA demands without spending a billion dollars. They will shut down part of the plant, so they don’t produce as much pollution. They won’t produce as much electricity either, but that’s somebody else’s problem.Click here to read more
- 23. U.S. Fish & Wildlife to Introduce Wolves into Gila, Navajo, Graham, and Coconino Counties
The following article was written by Donna Daly, a resident of Gila County. If you live in Gila, Navajo, Graham, or Coconino county, or if you have a cabin in any of these areas, or if you have a business in these counties, you need to read every sentence of Ms. Daly's article. The deadline for comments to the U.S. Fish & Game is 10/28/2013. No hearings have been scheduled in areas where these wolves are to be released! All of the animal rights activists from across America know about it. Not us! These members of the Sierra Club and Defenders of Wildlife don't even live in Arizona where these animals will be released. I live within 30 feet of the Tonto National Forest. I know what coyotes can do. I love all wild animals. I love wolves. It is criminal to release them in these areas, where they will be shot and killed by people protecting their families and livelihood. If the animal rights people want to preserve wolves, release them in remote areas, not near people, and especially not near children! Don't release them where they will kill pets and livestock and ruin the economy of the towns that thrive on the recreational trade.
This is what Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and all the Democrats want! They want to grind America into the ground.Click here to read more
- 24. Gilbert Town Council Member Jared Taylor's Opinion about adopting the 2012 ICC Building Codes
This afternoon, July 30, 2013, the Town Council meets in a Study Session at 4 pm to talk about the 2012 ICC building codes. Click here for more information. Your attendance in support of the citizens of Gilbert is appreciated.
A few weeks ago, I asked each Council member for his/her opinion on who has the burden of proof for adopting codes into law? Should individual citizens be expected to prove that each of hundreds of codes should NOT be made law? Or should Town employees be required to prove why they SHOULD be made law?
In response to that question, Council Member Jared Taylor responded by copying me on an email he sent on July 9 to Patrick Banger, Gilbert's Town Manager:
As far as I can tell, the purpose of having building codes is to solve problems. For example, smoke detectors save lives so we mandate them. There is clear data to show this.
As I’ve listened to Kyle’s team, I’m not sure they are focused on solving problems in our community, but more on passing along the recommendations from national/international bodies.
I realize a few state-mandated items were withdrawn, but that didn’t come from our building community. Don’t get me wrong, the IBC’s have some positive things in them.
As you probably know, the 2012 codes will add hundreds of new regulations on our builders. Many builders will profit by the additional work and just pass the cost on to our citizens. The citizens will eventually carry the cost of all the expensive fees, inspections, and hours it takes to design, review, and inspect to the new and existing regulations. This will cost Gilbert families millions of additional dollars very quickly. I wonder about the real value here and can’t support something that isn’t empirically validated to solve problems.
As a result, it seems reasonable that I get hard empirical justification on every new regulation that is being recommended. I would like to see the statistics of how many injuries, deaths, or other harms the lack each regulation has caused in Gilbert and how this new regulation is proven to address the issue.
If we are not solving actual problems, we are simply creating a huge amount of waste for our citizens in government jobs, fees, reviews, inspections, etc. This is a simple ROI exercise that should have been part of the original process.
I would like to have someone on your team provide me this analysis. I’m OK to receive it in a spreadsheet. I know this may seem like a tall order, but given the massive imposition on our community these hundreds of new regulations will place, it’s really not that much.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
JaredClick here to read more
- 25. Fines & Jail Time for Keeping Chickens in Gilbert
Let's say you keep 5 chickens in your backyard in Gilbert. Your children consider them pets and have named them Honey-Bun, Suzie, Blondie, Wanda, and Pumpkin. You consider them a source of nutritious food. Let's say you are unfortunate enough to live in a subdivision that is zoned SF-6 or SF-7. Other people in other parts of Gilbert are allowed to have chickens. They have bigger lots. But your lot is only 6,000 or 7,000 square feet. Your chickens are illegal.
Before I go into the details of this story (having changed the names of the chickens to protect their privacy), it's important for you to know that until 2005 when Gilbert's Land Development was "updated," you could have legally kept your five little chickens.Click here to read more
- 26. Jared Taylor: Gilbert missed opportunity to continue course of fiscal responsibility with adoption of $466 million FY14 Budget
On June 3, 2013, the Gilbert Town Council voted 5-2 in favor of a $466 million budget for FY2014. Council Member Jared Taylor voted "NO," which earned him a "PROPER VOTE" rating from Captain Rick Atridim on Atridim News Journal's Gilbert Council Scorecard.
Captain Rick invited Jared to present guest commentary for the ATRIDIM NEWS JOURNAL concerning his vote on this important fiscal event. Here is a quote from Council Member Taylor. Please read all of his remarks on Rick's Guest Commentary:
"The FY14 budget’s rate of growth outpaces inflation and puts us on a path to run a deficit in 1-2 years. Any uptick in sales tax revenues will mask this for a few years, but when another downturn hits, we’ll be forced to make a decision to raise taxes or make drastic cuts again. The recommendation to follow the rate of inflation more effectively controls our spending and is more aligned with other costs hard-working taxpayers are facing day-to-day."
NOTE: Council Member Victor Petersen also voted NO.Click here to read more
- 27. Petition in Support of Limiting Government Week in Arizona
Arizona Representative Steve Montenegro (LD13) and Senator Al Melvin (LD11) have a great idea.
"While the idea of Limited Government is central to conservative philosophy and mentions of it are scattered throughout the Republican Party Platform, there is no determined effort to make the act of limiting government and increasing personal freedoms a central part of the work done by Arizona's State Legislature.
The signers of this petition support the proposition put forward by State Representative Steve Montenegro and State Senator Al Melvin that one full week of business at the Arizona Legislature be set aside for Limiting Government Week and that this week should be reserved to the hearing of bills that would reduce regulations and/or the size of Arizona's government.
The signers of this petition believe that Arizona would set yet another example for legislatures around the country to follow and that Arizona's State Legislature should send a strong message to employers around the country that Arizona is "Open For Business."
The signers of this petition urge all members of Arizona's State Legislature and especially those in leadership positions to place onto the schedule Limiting Government Week beginning with the 2014 Regular Session."
You might also send this to your city and town councils. Ask them: "What have you done lately to limit the size of government and reduce regulations"? I suspect they have been busy growing government and passing new regulations.Click here to read more
- 28. Is Power from the Navajo Generating Station too Costly for CAP?
by Patrick O'Malley
Central Arizona Project (CAP) provides Maricopa, Pinal, and Pima counties with 1.5 million acre feet of water every year. Navajo Generating Station (NGS) is the major source of electrical power to CAP, and electricity is CAP’s biggest operating expense. NGS continues to be one of the biggest problems facing CAP.
The EPA Wants $1.1 Billion in Pollution Controls
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants NGS to add additional pollution controls with a price tag of $1.1 billion. A letter of understanding by the Directors of the EPA, the Department of the Interior, and the Department of Energy in January gave NGS more time to study the issue, but it’s not likely to change the answer. All three of those Directors at the EPA have since resigned, so it’s not up to them anymore.
Recently Rep. Matt Salmon sent a letter to the EPA asking them to take into account the economic impact on Arizona of additional pollution controls at NGS for negligible air quality improvement. The EPA has been known to take economic issues into account in the past. But will they do it for a coal fired power plant?
Navajo Tribal Council Wants 15 Times More in Lease Payments
Plus, there’s a new problem for NGS. The Navajo Generating Station is located on Navajo Nation land, and the coal it burns comes from a mine on Navajo land. Both the lease and the coal mining agreement are up for renegotiation.Click here to read more