AZTALK : DO YOU WANT ARIZONA TO FOLLOW NEBRASKA’S LEAD AND ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY?
Yes. While some inmates are likely beyond reform and should never again see the light of day, killing as just punishment for killing isn’t the solution. Additionally, new techniques and evidence can surface that may change the outcome of previous convictions. Not allowing those to play out could unduly condemn an innocent life.
AZTALK: SHOULD ASU HAVE PAID THE CLINTON FOUNDATION $500,000 LAST YEAR FOR A 3-DAY EDUCATION AND PROMOTIONAL EVENT?
The event was probably excellent for the students in attendance. Certainly the Clinton’s should be compensated for their appearance. However, $500,000 seems like an awful heavy price tag for a 3 day event affecting a small portion of the student body. Verdict “buyers remorse”.
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AZTALK: WHO IS MOST RESPONSIBLE FOR EDUCATION INFIGHTING: DOUG DUCEY OR DIANE DOUGLAS? WHY?
Educational institutions should be spending more time revamping their approach to education and less time playing victim. Ducey is doing exactly what he said he would do if he were elected. Douglas is doing what she said she would do while adding a fair amount of drama. In that sense, I suspect Douglas is pushing more infighting than Ducey. Ultimately, the focus is in the wrong place.
AZTALK : IS EDWARD SNOWDEN A HERO, A CRIMINAL OR OTHER FOR EXPOSING NSA PHONE RECORD COLLECTIONS?
Hero: Snowden is a man with conscience. Someone who exposed an unpopular truth to the American people. Suffering greatly to do so. The court system is starting to show why he was right to leak this information. The NSA’s surveillance operations are starting to show up as unconstitutional.
AZTALK: DO YOUR AGREE WITH BARACK OBAMA THAT THE BALTIMORE RIOTS SHOULD LEAD TO NATIONAL SOUL-SEARCHING?
The Nation has to admit that there is something going on that isn’t right. The number of instances of police work gone wrong is escalating. It tends to be exceptionally bad in communities where poverty is present. If something (including the dialog) doesn’t change soon, it will only continue to escalate.
AZTALK : DO YOU LIKE THE IDEA OF REGULATING MARIJUANA THE WAY WE DO ALCOHOL?
Yes. It is a less dangerous drug than alcohol. It is resulting in incarceration of non-violent criminals. It would be a nice boost in tax revenue. Ultimately, it gets dangerous when government gets in the business of regulating morals.
AZTALK : Should the U.S. government do more to discourage American aid workers from going to the most dangerous places in the world?
No. It isn’t the governments place to dictate, incentivize, etc where or who it’s citizens choose to give their time / resources to. Unless doing so would constitute some treasonous behavior. Ex: funding weapons for our enemies. However, the government shouldn’t make exceptions for those that choose to make decisions that put them in danger. Going to a region and catching a disease (think Ebola) or being taken as a hostage (think Middle East) might put you in a position where the United States government can’t (and shouldn’t) put itself at harm in helping.
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Should the South Mountain Freeway be built along Pecos Road, on tribal land or not at all?
It should be built, sooner than later. The more time delaying it only escalates costs. See my prior opinions on the South Mountain Freeway .
What is your New Year’s resolution?
I am not a fan of resolutions per say. I do like the concept of Personal Alignment from the Core Protocols. When looking through that lens, I want to believe in myself this year. How do I know if I am achieving that? It will be evident in new found mental and physical strength and fitness. My wife will radiate with a new fondness for me. My children will be supported in unlocking their greatness potential by me in every way. The cities and organizations I work with will be radically transformed and set on a path towards magnificence. Will you help me by reminding me in my weakest moments that not only “can” I do, but I “will” do it.
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Did the Gila River Indian Community and the state err in not working out a deal to build the South Mountain Freeway on tribal land?
Arizona Department of Transportation (and the voters) believe there should be a South Mountain freeway. Certainly there are a number of people that believe more vehicular traffic is bad and that air quality will suffer and that NO freeway should be built. However, they seem to have cutoff their nose to spite their proverbial faces. By not having the freeway go through tribal land, if it goes through it will now have to take out some of South Mountain. Which seems tragic. I get worried about more freeway propagation, but if we build we shouldn’t be running through our public open spaces to do so.