Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right

Because of a significant amount of ignorant backlash against Scottsdale city bond opponents from folks who don’t understand that the bonds are not the same as the Scottsdale Unified School District override election, I’m reproducing below a column I published last year.

No one from KSS or anyone affiliated with us campaigned against the SUSD override. We took great pains to explain the difference between the bonds and the override. I even communicated with several people associated with the override to help them improve their messaging. Unfortunately, many voters didn’t take time to study the issues or even read the ballot.

Conversely, no one from the pro-bond campaign lifted a finger to assist the Yes to Children group. The Scottsdale Realtors spent over $100,000 illegally campaigning in favor of the city bonds, and didn’t spend a penny in support of the override.

So here’s the column from August 7, 2012:

Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right,
Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.

Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan of the band Stealers Wheel

Yesterday was a strange one. In the morning I was accused of being a “big global warming guy,” and in the afternoon I was “against public transit.”

Neither statement is even close to accurate, yet these folks broadcast to a wide distribution without bothering to confirm the information independently or check with me first. It makes me wonder about a) the intelligence of the senders, and b) whether they have ulterior motives.

On the global warming comment, I wrote an article yesterday about this mis-characterization. Please take a moment to read it.

With regard to public transit and light rail, I just posted yet another article (one of many I’ve written) in which I’ve included content from several damage control emails I sent yesterday in response to the original electronic assassination attempt.

It’s looking more and more like there is no middle road in politics, not even in Scottsdale. It’s more like a no-man’s-land. Am I stuck there with you? The music is very faint. I’m hoping for more intelligent dialog soon.

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