Paul Jacob

Adding insult to injury, Proposition 109 is a sneaky, back-door power grab by legislators. Most folks, like my friend, have only heard that this constitutional amendment will protect hunting and fishing. Barely a word has been uttered about Prop 109 carving the public out of any decision process.

And that matters. To me. To Citizens in Charge. To the good people of Arizona.

Thankfully, the negatives aspects of the measure have received some public attention. An Arizona Republic editorial pointed out that the “proposed constitutional amendment, which goes far beyond its advertised purpose of establishing the right to hunt and fish, is a minefield of potential problems.”

Those problems include the likelihood of non-stop litigation that could hit Arizona taxpayers dearly. “This proposed amendment — with broad, undefined terms — is ripe for legal battles,” the newspaper concluded.

But the most important reason to vote against Arizona’s Proposition 109 is that it rips power from voters and gives it to politicians.

Hooray for hunting and fishing. But a flat NO to a power grab against the democratic rights of Arizonans.

Paul Jacob

Paul Jacob is President of Citizens in Charge Foundation and Citizens in Charge. His daily Common Sense commentary appears on the Web and via e-mail.