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[OPINION] Supporters: Claims against Props 416 & 417 are false, specious

Posted by   /  September 6, 2017  /  1 Comment

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Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussion purposes only.

Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents a coalition of property and business owners

From left: Connie Van Driel, Ed Farrell and Tom Shope

By Connie Van Driel, Tom Shope and Ed Farrell | InMaricopa

When it comes to the huge need for new roads and freeways in Pinal County, who do you trust?

The endorsers of Propositions 416 and 417 that include every mayor in Pinal County, all five of its supervisors, numerous chambers of commerce, our county sheriff and county attorney, community leaders from Saddlebrooke to San Tan and even the current chairpersons of the Pinal County Republican Party and Democratic Party?

Or the most notorious dark-money organization in Arizona, based in Phoenix, known as the “Arizona Free Enterprise Club,” which has even been questioned by the FBI for its smarmy political ways?


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  1. Benjamin says:

    POET LAUREATE: VOTE YES ON 416 AND 417 – Benjamin F. Bird, the Poet Laureate of San Tan Valley, urges fellow citizens to vote yes in tomorrow’s election.


    Since Pinal County resident Benjamin F. Bird became the self-proclaimed Poet Laureate of San Tan Valley in June of 2015, he has remained quiet on political matters. But now, an issue has arisen that has prompted his entrance into the realm of local politics: propositions 416 and 417. On his blog, Poems From San Tan Valley, Mr. Bird recently wrote:

    There really should be some more roads,
    there really should be some more streets,
    for all of the trucks hauling loads,
    driven by men in uncomfortable seats.

    When questioned, Mr. Bird affirms that this recently-posted quatrain is, in fact, a reference to the propositions put before the people of Pinal County on November 7th, 2017.

    Though there has been some pushback by dummy-heads, Mr. Bird’s enthusiasm for Propositions 416 and 417 remains undeterred. “I think they’re fantastic,” Mr. Bird said in a recent interview. “The propositions are fantastic and the new roads will be fantastic. Really fantastic.”

    “What I’m most excited about, though,” continues Mr. Bird, “is the opportunity to write new poems about new roads. I’ve already written a poem about the intersection of Ironwood and Ocotillo. I’ve written a poem about the intersection of Joy and Jackrabbit. And I’ve written a poem about Germann. What’s next? Well, I don’t know yet. I don’t know what the new roads are going to be named! If 416 and 417 pass, I foresee myself writing a cornucopia of new poems inspired by the new roads. But if the propositions don’t pass, well, what does that say about the future of poetry in Pinal County? I think the picture looks pretty grim.”

    Whether Mr. Bird will comment on future political issues in his official role as Poet Laureate remains to be seen, but for now the message is clear: he wants you to vote yes on both propositions.

    Links for further context: https://poemsfromsantanvalley.blogspot.com; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_IkO3weBXE&t=20s;

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