The town of Oro Valley is considering a substantial change in development impact fees. These are fees paid by new construction to the town. The fee changes are required by Senate Bill 1525. This bill mandates that fees be set in a specified manner based on certain projections; and that a new fee structure be implemented by August 1, 2014. Oro Valley plans to implement the new fees on July 1.
This is what arbitrary bureaucratic tyranny looks like.
David Petrich owns the Farm Boat, a floating farmers market in Seattle. He faced losing this business when the City of Seattle came after him for $8,000 in parking ticket debt that did not belong to him. The Freedom Foundation’s intern, Conner Edwards, stepped in to help Dave save this beloved enterprise. With our help, Dave was able to fight City Hall…and win.
First our schools were targeted to be used as a well, where our legislators could go to, when there was a drought of money.
Children don’t vote.
And parents are too busy holding down two jobs to notice that their youngster is in a class of 30 plus students.
Then suddenly Mr. Parraz became curious and subsequently discovered that the sheriff and his gang, oops, I mean his deputies, let a somewhat large number of child molestation complaints go unnoticed. &n...
We all know someone whose life has been made just a little bit better by the ACA - maybe those of us who just can't afford a decent policy on the private market, maybe a child who is able to be part of their parents' insurance until age 26, maybe a neighbor or friend with a preexisting condition - and those people shouldn't be sacrificed on the altar of frustration with a website that wasn't perfect from the start.
The right to defend oneself from harm is ensconced in the 2nd Amendment, but it is even older than that. It preexists government; it is as old as life itself.
by Alan Korwin
“Contemporary images of a gun-free America may envision an entirely disarmed public, but do not go so far as to imagine an entirely disarmed state — the police, the military and officials remain armed in such scenarios. Even in the hoplophobic fantasies of the most ardent anti-gun-rights advocates, police are armed to protect us from criminals who do not disappear with an imaginary gun evaporation.
“Somewhere deep inside, the idea of solving problems of peace and...
By Karl Reiner
China has come a long way since Mao Zedong and the Communists came to power in 1949. China's recent successful development has not come easy, its architects had learned from watching the consequences of failing policies. After the chaos of the Great Leap Forward, Mao launched the Cultural Revolution to control the reformist tendencies he disliked. The situation spiraled out of control because the turmoil of the Cultural Revolution led to a 12% decline in industrial production, inc...
By Richard Bledsoe
Take a look at these monuments from vanished totalitarian regimes.
A modern-art take on Shelley’s poem Ozymandias: My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Human nature so easily believes whatever the current mindset and circumstances are is the pinnacle of achievement, and will be permanent. Evidence that this is a delusion are everywhere, like in these crumbling, graffiti-covered ruins. We are waking up from a particularly presump...
Editor’s note: We have posted on the McMinn County War before, but the video we posted was only an excerpt. Here is the full made-for-TV movie, as part of a Hot Spot submission to WFP:
The Battle of Athens (sometimes called the McMinn County War) was a rebellion led by citizens in Athens and Etowah, Tennessee, United States, against the local government in August 1946.
The citizens, including some World War II veterans, accused the local officials of political corruption and voter i...
Townhall’s Katie Pavlich has written a disturbing exposé regarding the radical Obama comrades brought on as new hires to oversee and manage immigration litigation as amnesty is front-burnered by the administration and its enthusiasts in the U.S. House and Senate.
Former DOJ attorney J. Christian Adams writing for PJ Media has also done a masterful job researching ...
Recently, a friend, Mel Calvert, suggested that in light of the fact that I respond to comments from my readers, it would be a good idea if I shared some of the exchanges with others. It seemed like a swell idea. The best thing about it is that, for once, I wouldn’t have to start from scratch.
(Inasmuch as I didn’t bother getting anyone’s permission to reprint their messages, I will either make up names or use their own designated tags.)
Ragweed wrote to say I should have included John...
by David Safier
Who said this?
"The biggest criticism is that China's education has sacrificed everything else for test scores, such as life skills, character building, mental health, and physical health."
It wasn't some anti-test radical educator in the U.S. The speaker was Xiong Bingqi, a Shanghai-based scholar on education. Shanghai's students got the highest scores in the world on the recent international PISA test. Xiong also said,
"This should not be considered a pride for us, because over...
by David Safier
On Friday, Ann-Eve Pedersen and I recorded a story about the latest charter school funding controversy for our cable TV show, Education: The Rest of the Story. It hasn't aired yet, but in the meanwhile, Tim Steller has done a first rate job of covering similar material. He's got most of the information -- and got it right -- in his Sunday column, More money for charter schools should mean higher expectations.
Steller isn't a charter school basher. He has kids in a charter, a cho...
Parker’s got some interesting ideas on how to effect a transition in a way that would be harder for the media-Democrat axis to defeat. They don’t seem entirely fair, in that they give only a certain cohort the ability to opt out, but if that could effect a transition to a place where all of us one day could . . . .
Announcement from Why Marriage Matters Arizona:
Why Marriage Matters Arizona, Open Community Meeting
Thursday, December 12, 6pm - 8pm
Himmel Park Library
1035 N. Treat Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85716
Why Marriage Matters Arizona (WMMAz) will host an open community meeting to discuss the campaign's progress in Arizona. WMMAz is a grassroots public education campaign to build support for the freedom to marry in Arizona. This campaign is about sharing stories and fostering conversation – ...
Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
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Political Calendar For The Week of December 8, 2013:
Monday, December 9, Noon: Democrats of Greater Tucson luncheon, Dragon's View Restaurant (400 N. Bonita, South of St. Mary's Road between the Freeway and Grande Ave...