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The bottleneck at 13th and Lincoln has only gotten worse in the years since S700 was rejected as residents continue to move further west to find "affordable" housing. There is nothing in this current plan that seems to indicate anything affordable about it. What happened to the "in-fill" plan for development first. I still see lots of vacant land in the exiting city limits where the city has already paid for infrastructure? What about our failing storm drainage that at one time had a $10 mil. price tag on it for replacement? Why do city councils continue to ignore what expenses and opportunities we have in the existing city limits and make it less stressful on the developers? If they are going to ignore building codes and allow a monster apt building across the street from Little Toots, seems to me they could make it easier and less costly to allow building in all areas of the existing boundaries of the city. I agree with Steve, a city without a rudder!!
Also, a complete background check data base would have the mentally incompetent as adjudicated by a court or mental health care professional as well as felons in the data search.
You mistake registration with background checks, which everyone I know supports. As Ken mentioned above, he is required to keep background check form 4473 for 20 years to be made available upon law enforcement request. The paperwork trail, based on serial # is as follows:
1) manufacturer to distributor, 2)distributor to retailer, 3)retailer to gun purchaser. So in essence a gun crime is traceable to the original purchaser by law enforcement. Does not mean we need a registry at the federal level for ALL gun purchases. Gee, our govt is so competent at keeping good records and keeping our personal data secure---NOT. However what has happened to Ken and I am sure for many other retailers, is once the original gun purchaser is identified, there is a record with law enforcement that the gun was reported stolen 8 years prior, for instance. And again how can a criminal's gun be traced if the serial number has been filed off?
Harry Reid, one of the most liberal Congressman, is a lifelong member of the NRA (guess that is what it takes to get elected in Nevada.) He also has one of the highest approval "grades" from the NRA protecting 2nd amendment rights. Background checks--absolutely, except perhaps in the case of gifts between family member. But what does registration solve? Newtown, Aurora and Oregon criminals all bought guns legally and knew they were going to be "taken out" by law enforcement or lifetime in prison. But for the criminals that use a gun illegally to cause mayhem in their daily lives, what does registration solve when these individuals file off the serial number as soon as they take possession of the gun making it untraceable. . . . . curious minds want to know?
Lucky for Dan and Pat that you live in the valley, probably near them, so you can defend THEIR lives if Rhys is right about the OK Corral . . . . .
My point was, Scott, that I think parents are the most important factor to listen to for this vote. Again, this is current while demographics are a future expectation and probably neither side will be 100% accurate in their expectations. For the maybe 2 undecided voters on this issue, I would also suggest they talk to the parents in their neighborhoods to get a read. My youngest graduated from SSHS 10 years ago so I really do not have "skin in the game." Don't mind paying higher property taxes for the right plan.
Right on, Michael! In the past I have always voted for school funding. While I agree both sides have points I believe listening to parents is the right strategy---not the school board, superintendent, teachers, demographers, Steamboat Pilot, etc. I live on a block with many young families with a total of 15 kids under the age of 10. To a family, they are voting NO as they all feel a better plan is possible. Therefore, I too will be voting NO.
Thank you for your years of service to our Nation, Russell. Your granddaughters are lucky to have such a caring and engaged grandpa in their lives. And I can relate to your "middle-age-no-sleeping" disease . . . . . .War and Peace is definitely worth a re-read!
Hi Russell--While I respect your passion on this issue, I do not think re-writing "War and Peace" is going to generate any more votes for this bond issue.
Maybe families with more than 3 children should pay a surcharge to the school district for program/facility funds. 14 children . . . . . . just WOW
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