Monthly Archives: August 2011

Guns to Salute the Fallen Project

Few could argue that the events of December 7, 1941 had a dramatic effect on our nation.  The attack on Pearl Harbor propelled the United States to declare war on Japan, whose allies in turn, declared war on the United States.  Four years later, Japanese capitulation brought an end to World War II.

At the center of these momentous events were the USS Arizona and USS Missouri.  And now, the historic guns from these battleships are at risk of being destroyed and sold for scrap metal. 

Is that the way we want to recognize the sacrifice of our WWII veterans who fought for our liberty and freedom?

The Arizona Capitol Museum and I don’t think so either.  Our solution?  Bring the guns from the Arizona and Missouri to Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza and display them as a part of a WWII exhibit representing the beginning and end of the war.

These two guns will be two visual reminders of what “peace through strength” really means.

The unprovoked attack on Hawaii changed the course of World War II.  But it also shaped Arizona’s future.  Without doubt, the military presence in Arizona during the war helps explain the state’s post-war explosion of population and economic activity.  By respectfully displaying these artifacts, we honor the sacrifice of our WWII veterans and recognize the impact returning GI’s had on Arizona building it into the great state it is.

That’s why a our special project is so important to veterans, their families, active military personnel and generations of future Arizonans. 

While several local companies have expressed interest helping us with the project, the biggest hurdle we face is getting the guns from Virginia to Arizona.  Due to their weight, length and location on the east coast, the guns will require special transportation logistics.  Once the guns arrive, volunteers will build concrete mounts and restore the guns for permanent display.

The estimated costs of handling nearly 200 tons of US Navy steel could approach $500,000, and we will be funding the project with private contributions, not taxpayer dollars.  But we cannot “Salute the Fallen” without your generous contribution to the project.

Will you make a tax deductible contribution of $5, $10, $50 or whatever you can afford to bring these historic military artifacts for display in Arizona?

It’s our hope that you will “Salute the Fallen” and help bring these historic military artifacts to Arizona by the 70th anniversary of the “Day of Infamy” this December.

Adding these two visible bookends from the war will encourage people to reflect and admire the strength and courage it takes to defend a nation.

Can’t afford a contribution, but still wish to help?  Sign our Guestbook, “Like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or simply forward a link of this email to your list of contacts.

 

 

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Joining the “Modern Whig Party?”

For some, choosing a political party is a straight forward process.  But what happens when someone indicates their political party preference as the Flying Spaghetti Monster Party, or Zombie Hunters of America Party?

As most of us are aware, Arizona has five officially recognized state parties.  Americans Elect, Green, Democratic, Libertarian and Republican.  And out of the 3.2 million voters in Arizona, these parties encompass 2.1 million voters.  That leaves 1.1 million unaffiliated voters who have chosen not to indicate a party preference, or listed a party which isn’t one of the five recognized parties. 

Since 2002, the state’s online voter registration system (EZ Voter) has processed hundreds of thousands of registrations.  The web application verifies your eligibility to vote by comparing your driver license number to that of your residential address in real time.  To complete the process, the system requires you to designate a recognized political party, or list a party preference in the “Other Party” field.  If the registrant lists something other than one of the state’s recognized parties in that particular field, they are placed into the “Other” category of active registered voters.

In addition to reports on voter registration figures, EZ Voter provides our office with a listing of “Other Party” preferences where a few people have taken the opportunity to express themselves in humorous ways, which brings us back to the Flying Spaghetti Monster Party.

In a recent report spanning nearly a year’s worth of EZ Voter registrations, we had several entries which captured our attention.  The Awesome Party, Charles Barkleyism Party, Dance Party Party, Democrasaurus Rex Party, Galactic Empire Party, Pants Party, Jethronomics Party and several listings of the Pirate Party to name but a few.

While many of these party preferences are funny, they offer us a glimpse of how people view their participation in the process.  As we’ve seen, some view it lightheartedly.  Others view the opportunity to list a party preference as a chance to make political or ideological statement by declaring themselves a member of the Constitutionalist, Conservation or Tea Party.  Some voters quite clearly indicate their discontent by calling themselves Apathatarians, or members of the Disaffected Party.  

Whatever the reason, these voters do not feel compelled to designate a party preference or align themselves with formally recognized parties.  Regardless, the responsibility to perform our civic duty remains.  And that’s why we must continue to encourage Independent voters to participate in the process.    

Many parts of Arizona have an election on August 30th.  So whether you are a member of the Klingon Party, Coffee Party, the Honest and Competent Party, Awesome Party, or the Good Decision Maker Party, exercise your most basic of rights.  Vote!

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Storms Knock Out EZ Voter

Due to last night’s storms in Phoenix, EZ Voter — the state’s online voter registration system — is currently unavailable. The Arizona Department of Administration (ADOA) has not indicated when the mainframe will be operational.

Today is the last day for people to register for local elections held on August 30, 2011. (Phoenix, Yuma, Tucson, etc.) Those seeking to register to vote should contact their local county recorder’s office to obtain a paper registration form they can submit directly to the recorder’s office by the end of the day. They may also mail it in, but it must be postmarked with today’s date.

Click the link below for county recorder contact information.

http://www.azsos.gov/election/county.htm

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