Voters Should Reject Proposition 120

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Editor:

Proposition 120 would amend the Arizona Constitution to declare Arizona’s sovereign and exclusive authority and jurisdiction over the air, water, public lands, minerals, wildlife and other natural resources within the Arizona’s boundaries. All three Republican candidates for Legislative District 6 — Chester Crandell, Bob Thorpe and Brenda Barton — are chief proponents of Proposition 120.

The Republican-controlled Legislature not only wants to grab “exclusive authority” over all parks, forests and public lands — millions of acres that Arizonans cherish and enjoy — it has indicated that once it has them, it will sell them off to private interests.

Our public lands are Arizona’s heritage. They provide us with clean water, clean air, wildlife habitat and unsurpassed recreation opportunities.

The Legislature wants to sell our freedom to hike, camp, hunt, fish, view wildlife and enjoy unsurpassed scenery to whomever they wish, for whatever reason.

Our public lands are essential to the quality of life we enjoy.

Proposition 120 is a budget disaster. The Legislature cannot even manage our state parks and rest areas.

With so many important issues facing Arizona, we need to elect candidates who will work together to move our state forward.

It is critical that the voters reject politics and policies of division and extremism. Voters should overwhelmingly reject Proposition 120. And voters in LD6 should soundly repudiate Chester Crandell, Bob Thorpe and Brenda Barton and their immoderate ideology and uncompromising policies.

James Kimes

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