Crandell, Barton Have My Vote



Knowing full well that in a recent response to Pete Aleshire’s article, “Pending bills could undo local officials’ budget plans” (April 4), his question as to how State Senator Chester Crandell and State Representative Brenda Barton keep getting re-elected were rhetorical, I simply cannot ignore his implication that the bills he mentioned, which both the senator and the representative support, do not enjoy enormous public backing.

SB 1227, the energy efficient standards legislation, takes nothing away from anyone. To the contrary, it returns to the home owner/builder the choice of which features to include in the home, without piling on any additional unfunded local government mandates. Decreased construction costs translate into lower purchase prices, and I’ll vote for that every time!

HB 2517, the bill clarifying firearms pre-emption penalties, simply extends the respect and presumption of innocence that all legally-permitted, gun-owning American citizens deserve. If a local elected public official is afraid of an armed citizen for no other reason than the fact that he is armed, that citizen should not be deprived of his rights nor bear any costs whatsoever in deference to that official’s fear. And possibly, that official should run from office rather than for it. That’s another yes vote in my book!

And lastly, HB 2448, the property rights bill, puts local government on notice that if a regulation can be shown to be arbitrary, burdensome, and has negatively impacted the market value of a property, the town can be held liable for the loss. If any lawmaker, like the two mentioned above, approaches his job with the understanding that the actions he takes have real consequences to his constituents, then there is someone who has my vote!

Michael Alexander

Editor’s Note: The article didn’t question why the lawmakers get re-elected, it merely conveyed the concerns of local officials about the bills in question.


Mel Mevis 2 years, 9 months ago

Both Crandell and Barton are people looking for solutions to non existent problems. I will vote for anyone other than these individuals.


Donald Cline 2 years, 8 months ago

Your call. But the rest of us will choose representatives and senators who work for liberty rather than tyranny.


Scherry Duncan 2 years, 9 months ago

I agree with Mel Mevis. Both Crandell and Barton serve special interests (energy and ranchers) and there has to be someone representing the people that elect them other than lobbyists.


Donald Cline 2 years, 8 months ago

"Energy and ranchers" are not people? Who do you think does the work for those entities, and who benefits when jobs become available because the industry expands, and who benefits when the prices of their products come down because of greater efficiency, reduced costs, and greater competition?

Or do you regard "people" as those who aren't interested in contributing to the economy and would rather live on the taxpayer's dime?


don evans 2 years, 9 months ago

Why, just look at Senator from Nevada Harry Reid. He is representing the interests of his son wanting to develop a large commercial solar project on BLM land. To hell with the surrounding ranchers like Mr. Bundy. What hypocrisy.


Donald Cline 2 years, 8 months ago

I agree with you, Don. And he is just as willing to cut his son's financial throat as anyone else's; his main objective is advancing the cause of extreme authoritarianism. He is using a Marxist playbook because it is what the ignorami will buy, but he doesn't care what political ideology it is as long as he runs it without accountability. And he has to call his opposition "domestic terrorists" to achieve it.


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