This Too Shall Pass

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Editor:

Hardly anyone remembers the mayor of Payson from over a decade or so ago. He was bellicose, controversial, divisive, loved publicity and generally people either loved or hated him with equal fervor. However, we the people and voters, survived such mercurial “leadership” and we will undoubtedly survive our current crop of elected state officials. We’ve had to endure politicians like Sam Steiger, Evan Mecham, Fife Symington, Rick Renzi, et al., and we’ll continue to strive and thrive in spite of the leaders we elect.

My point is that we have a very dysfunctional group of state lawmakers that are representing us in Phoenix right now. They can’t or won’t agree on much, they can’t pass a budget, and they avoid making many decisions that should easily be made by people of goodwill and intelligence. These lawmakers, thank goodness, will be but footnotes in the annals of our Arizona history in the not too distant future.

This too shall pass is a good way to look at our present solons and we’d do well in up and coming elections to put a premium on candidate intelligence and work ethic as opposed to any party label.

Richard K. Meszar

Comments

Ronald Hamric 10 months, 1 week ago

Mr. Meszar, As an "Un-affiliated" voter, I sense you goals are admirable, but pretty much wishful thinking. It is the leadership of the two entrenched parties that determine who the voters get to either vote for or choose not to vote for. I wholeheartedly concur with your views that we need folks that have a sense of service to the oath they take and people who elect them and not to their party power brokers. But low, in my 70+ years I have come to the conclusion that in order for a person with the abilities most of us see as required attributes, have to literally "sell their soul's to the party and special interest groups to even be able to finance a campaign at the state or Federal level. I won't hold my breath while the forces of change make the necessary adjustments to the "system" so that we can have at least some hope for better representation in the future.

I am of the view that the "system" of representation has been so corrupted and distorted that it simply cannot be changed by inserting a few dedicated individuals into it piecemeal. We need to "drain the swamp and refill it completely with fresh water'! Barring that drastic and unsettling approach, I fear we are destined for more of the same each election cycle.

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