April 25, 2016
Fifth Sunday of Easter, 2016
I have so much to do and do so little of it that I am weeks or even months behind where I should be with all the projects and other things I need to do. I have perhaps a dozen books that I have started and not finished, all the books that I am writing and want to write, all the DVDs I need to categorize and all the cleaning I need to do. I forget who it was that said the there is no fun in doing nothing unless you have a lot to do; but, I need to stop doing nothing and get this work done.
The Pima County Board of Supervisors is doing their budget hearings for the next fiscal year. The last hearing covered just the court system and it took far too long. It would have taken even longer but the BOS had to leave their hearing room to make way for the Tucson City Council. The BOS had promised to let the TCC borrow the BOS hearing room for a City Council meeting. What took so long was all those lawyers just loved the sound of their own voices. One guy even spent a long time complaining about the conditions of a building that the County Court system no longer used.
This next budget hearing will cover the law enforcement, public defender, environmental quality, behavioral health, community services and economic development. That last is going to be full of crony politics. Government at any level cannot make economic development decisions except to benefit the politically powerful. Government should just get out of the way and let real people make the decisions that spark economic development.
Tuesday evening, and I hope that the budget hearing lets out in time, there will be a Grassroots Leadership Academy class. I attended one two weeks ago, I missed last week because of the Libertarian party meeting, and found it very interesting. I even passed out several World’s Smallest Political Quiz cards and had two people reregister as Libertarians.
It looks like I will not be attending the Libertarian Party National Convention because I have not been able to raise / save the money necessary. So, I will start saving up for 2020 and attend then.
If you wish to do so, please pray for: Michael the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Kirk the Bishop for Arizona, Steve and the other clergy of Grace-St Paul’s Episcopal Church; for those in the military especially those in combat zones, especially Ronald Berryhill, Owen Chandler, Christopher Gallo, Michael Hannan, Andrew Harris, Donna Heath, Frederick Jenning, Jordan S. Marks, Eric Osche, Mark Pundt, Terrence Robinson, Laramie Struble, Brian; for those in need especially Mark Bigglestone, Catherine Brown, Anagrethe Christensen, Jill Clements, Alysha Collins, Walter Collins, Jim & Rosemary DeCook, Jay Elliston, Peter Foley & Pia Cuneo, Phyllis Garver, Ann Grisel, Oma “Sam” Guard, Brenda & Gus Gustafson, Brother Chuck Hannan, Joyce Henderson, Francesca Jarvis, Kent & Molly Johnson, Cricket Kelbaugh, Rita Magdaleno, Sheri McManus, Anagrace & Dan Misenhimer, Nancy Moritz, Brenda Pentland, Bill & Heather Pentland, Danielle Phillips, Jane Pundt, Doree Ramey, Robert Rosenberg, Susan Southwick, Ann M. Stephens, Marilyn Thompson, Sister Carol Willans, Ed, Georgie, Lee, Melea, Jacob Ameris, Joy Bannerman, Forrest “Duffy” Bledsoe, William Brown, Flora Chen, Stephen Chipman, Karen Gordon, Mildred Gregory, Tony Jones, Cesar Leyva, June Moritz, Maribel Ortiz, Bridget Piech, Peggy Southwick, Stan Toburen, Amy, Bill, CJ, Jerry & Rondy, Jim, Joel, Karl, Larry, Marilyn, Mark, Mary, Monica & Danitza, Nick & Emily, Penny, Phil, Sam, Shauna, Shelly, Yong, Yvonne & Ty; for animal companions in need especially Pop-Up; for those who have died especially Mary Elizabeth Richards, Mary Theresa Velez; for animal companions who have died. I also ask that you pray for the millions who have been killed, driven from their homes or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world.