Category Archives: Blue Book

0155_3A and 3B_Mil Levy and Bond Issue_1989 Blumenfeld education letter_John Andrews mentioning too much money, too much union red tape, too much mediocrity – by Donna Jack

Donna Jack
November 3, 2016

                              PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE NOT WHAT THEY PRETEND TO BE

To get a good eye-opening background for understanding what preschool through grade 12 education is like in the Unites States, look at Samel Blumenfeld’s education letter, December 1989 :

Education Issues of the 1990s and New World Synthesis

Note:  Public Education has progressed at an alarming rate since 1989, going far beyond what Mr. Blumenfeld outlined in the above-linked education letter.

The “Lifelong learning” touted by the education establishment, is actually lifelong conditioning (brain-washing).  Public education does not  instill in students a thirst for knowledge, or give them the skills necessary to learn and keep learning for  themselves all their lives.

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John Andrews comments on Amendments and state-wide issues on the ballot.

What John Andrews said about the Douglas County 3A and 3B, applies to the proposed Jefferson County School District, of 3A and 3B in Jefferson county:

“No on Issues 3A & 3B: Mill Levy and Bond Issue, Cherry Creek Schools

“Yet another tax hike for well-heeled Cherry Creek. Sorry, but public education is already awash in too much money and too much union red tape, yielding woeful mediocrity. (editor’s bold and italicized font)

“True reform won’t come until taxpayers stop the gravy train. That’s the tough-love vote for better schools no matter where you live.”

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0153_Proposition 107 and 108 _ Presidential Primary Elections _ Unaffiliated to vote in party primaries without declaring a party _ Don’t mess up the political parties_No on 107 & 108_by Donna Jack

Text of Proposition 107_presidential primary elections_pp. 57-63
Text of Proposition 108_unaffiliated voter participation in primary elections-pp. 67-70
[
Eight things to consider when deciding how to vote.]
[
The 2016 Blue Book]
[The US Constitution Bill of Rights & Later Amendments]

Donna Jack
October 20, 2016

John Andrews always has a way with words – click here to see how John Andrews comments on Amendments and state-wide issues on the ballot.  .
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John Andrew’s comments on 107 and 108

“No on Proposition 107: All-Comers for Presidential Primary Election
“Recipe for endless political mischief. Going back to the presidential primaries we used to have is a good idea, but letting individuals from outside a political party help pick that party’s nominee is an awful idea.

“No on Proposition 108: All-Comers for All Other Primary Elections
“Same reasoning as No on 107.  Everyone at your house works hard getting ready for a family meal, then the government makes you give a seat at the table to the lazy neighbors from next door. Equally absurd for a political party as for a dinner party.”

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IT IS BEST NOT TO VOTE FOR ANYTHING THAT
THE GOVERNMENT WILL “HELP” PAY FOR.

The reason is boldly stated right in Proposition 107:

“BECAUSE A PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION WOULD BE PAID FOR BY ALL TAXPAYERS, ALL ELIGIBLE VOTERS WHO WANT THEIR VOICES TO BE HEARD SHOULD BE ABLE TO VOTE IN THOSE ELECTIONS.”  p. 59 in the Blue Book Continue reading

0152_Doctor-assisted suicide (Prop. 106)_Life is precious–don’t popularize ending life_I’m voting no_from Donna Jack

Donna Jack
October 20, 2016
Resources:

2016-prop-106_physician-assisted-suicide_pp-43-45-47-56-from the Blue Book
[Eight things I try to consider when deciding how to vote.]
[The 2016 Blue Book]
[The US Constitution Bill of Rights & Later Amendments]
An article “Vote No On More Suicide”
The Denver Post Editorial Board:  No on Proposition 106_aid in dying_lacks safeguards
John Andrews comments on Proposition 106 and the other state-wide issues on the ballot
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John Andrews’ comments – No on Proposition 106: Legalize Doctor-Assisted Suicide

Ghoulish though compassionate-sounding measure would endanger elderly and disabled persons, the most vulnerable among us, while subverting the medical profession from its high calling of saving lives, not ending them.
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Denver Post Editorial Board – against Proposition 106

By The Denver Post Editorial Board

After a lot of soul-searching, we are asking voters to reject Proposition 106, a measure that would give patients the legal right to end their life, because we fear the cultural, legal and medical shift that it would create in Colorado.

Those facing their final months are in a vulnerable place, a time when an individual is susceptible to pressures both subtle and overt, susceptible to self-imposed guilt over burdening family and worries about spending hard-earned savings on care. Such patients also are susceptible to depression and its dark influences on decision-making.

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0151_Amendment 72_Increase Cigarette and Tobacco Taxes_Don’t be a Bully_Martin Niemoler_Laura Carno_Vote no on 72_by Donna Jack

Donna Jack
October 20, 2016

[Eight things I try to consider when deciding how to vote.]
[The 2016 Blue Book--Amendment 72 info on amendment-72_pp-35-41_cigarette-tax]
[2016 General Election TABOR notices]
[The Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) in the
Colorado Constitution.]
[The US Constitution Bill of Rights & Later Amendments]

John Andrews always has a way with words – click here to see how John Andrews comments on Amendment 72 and the other state-wide issues on the ballot.  He has the same recommendation that I have:  Vote no on all of them.
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John Andrews’ statement on Amendment 72:
“No on Amendment 72: Raise Cigarette and Tobacco Taxes  — Sin taxes to modify behavior are the wrong use of government power, not to mention this would create a black market and worsen an already over-large state government.”
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Seriously, if you support punishing people with the strong arm of government for behaviors that you don’t approve of — what behaviors will be the next target.  Will YOU be the next target? This reminds me of a quote I learned of as a child:

Quote from Martin Niemoller
http://veni.com/articles/firsttheycameforme.html

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out –
because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out –
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0149_ Amendment 70 (2016 ballot) – increasing minimum wage up to $12 by 2020 and continue to increase every year_this is government control over businesses_Creeping socialism_VOTE NO

Donna Jack
October 20, 2016

[Eight things I try to consider when deciding how to vote.]
[The 2016 Blue Book--Amendment 70 info is on pp. 27-29]
[2016 General Election TABOR notices]
[The Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) text from CO Constitution]
[The Bill of Rights in the Colorado Constitution.]
[The US Constitution Bill of Rights & Later Amendments]

The public made a disastrous mistake in the past
when they voted to put the first budget item into the state Constitution.

Several years ago, the voters in Colorado passed a Constitutional Amendment that they were told would let each school decide how to spend education dollars.  It was a lie.  The public had no idea that they were voting to place permanent, specific, growing, mandatory dollar amounts of money, into our state budget — for for public education.

That deceptive, bad idea has tied the hands of our legislators, forcing a growing percentage of our state budget to go toward public education.  Those receiving this windfall have been adamant that they get all of “their” growing percentage of the state budge.  Public school unions and others in education feel “entitled” and “owed” the huge growing percentage of the state budget, even when there is a shortage of tax revenue — and they insist on being “paid back” in the future to “make up for” years when there was less tax revenue collected.

Even if public schools were graduating responsible, capable, successful citizens (which increasingly they are NOT), the funding of public schools should never preempt all other budget items.  No budget item should ever be put into our state constitution.  It is a recipe for the destruction of our economy and our state.

AMENDMENT 70 IMPOSES THIS SHACKLE ON BUSINESSES Continue reading

0148_Amendment 69 is a fundamental transformation move_Colorado Care would make Colorado unrecognizable_eliminates our TABOR protections from government– Notes from County Assessor explaining ColoradoCare_links to many Amendment 69 posts_Donna Jack is voting NO

Donna Jack
October 20, 2016

Following are links to documents, for your convenience.
Each document is “word searchable” and can be printed.

Here is the actual wording of all 12 pages of Amendment 69.
On p. 9 of Amendment 69 it exempts ColoradoCare from The Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights.
[The Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) text from CO Constitution]
0129_Analysis of Amendment 69_by Senator Kevin Lundberg_trifold
[Eight things I try to consider when deciding how to vote.]
[The 2016 Blue Book--Amendment 69 info on pp. 9-26]
[2016 General Election TABOR notices online or on my site]

[The Bill of Rights in the Colorado Constitution.]
[The US Constitution Bill of Rights & Later Amendments]
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All previous blog posts that have been published on this website about Amendment 69, are linked at the end of this post – or “search” for “Amendment 69” in the Table of Contents to this website.
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DR. JILL VECCHIO HAS AMENTMENT 69 VIDEOS

I encourage you to look at Dr. Jill Vecchio’s videos explaining dangers of Amendment 69.
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DISASTER

Amendment 69 (Single-payer healthcare) is a disastrous centralized-government approach, stripping all citizens of any freedom of choice, and freedom of association.  It compels all of us to finance things against our will and against our conscience.  It it totally opposite of the freedoms we enjoy in the United States.  It will destroy the quality of our health care — destroy the livelihood of our great doctors and other medical care providers — steal from us our hard-earned money — and will cost lives.

THERE WILL BE A MASS EXODUS OF PEOPLE FROM COLORADO —
AND A MASS INFLUX OF PEOPLE WANTING “FREE STUFF”

Doctors are preparing to leave the state.  Many people on fixed incomes will be forced out of their homes because of the increase in taxes.  If people are are able to move out of Colorado, many will.  Non-citizens and those wanting “free healthcare” will be rushing into Colorado.  Many will not contribute financially to fund ColoradoCare.

We will lose more control over our own health care decisions.  We will find our personal finances shrinking.

Please go to links on this site about Amendment 69.  See links at end of this post.

Below are some recent notes on Amendment 69 given to me
by Ron Sandstrom (our county assessor).
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AMENDMENT 69 – ARTICLE XXX
NOTE:  ColoradoCare will not be subject to TABOR.
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0145_Index to 2016 Amendment, Proposition and Initiative blog posts (being updated) – by Donna Jack

Donna Jack
October 20, 2016 — Links to posts concerning the 2016 ballot are made live when blog posts are posted.

Following is an index to the things on the 2016 Ballot in the part of Jefferson County Colorado, where I live.  Note:  all Amendments to our Constitution and Propositions are state-wide.  The same philosophical approach of voting NO (against retention) applies across the state for judges (if you do not know whether their performance has demonstrated that they respect and follow the US and State Constitutions).

TO FIND BLOG POSTS ON SPECIFIC THINGS ON THE BALLOT
(see below or search the
Table of Contents page of this website.

With your cursor hovering over the Table of Contents, left click, and then you can do a “word search”   (Ctrl/f – and type in the text your are searching).  Type in anything you wish to find that would be in titles of blog posts:  “Amendment T” “Amendment 69” or anything else  you are looking for.  It will highlight those words or numbers throughout Table of Contents.  Each blog post title links you to the specific blog post.

This blog post (0145) is being published now.  More will be added to it as I launch posts about Amendments, Propositions, and Ballot Issues.  So please check back later today or tomorrow.  The plan is to have everything on the ballot where I live, represented in posts.

As new posts are published, links to each post connected with something on the ballot will be added below, for your convenience.
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0144_ John Andrews’ take on the 2016 Colorado ballot_voting straight ticket NO for good reasons (my position as well)_Donna Jack

[The 2016 Blue Book]
2016-10-02_how-im-voting-on-colorado-ballot-issues_by-john-andrews

Donna Jack
October 18, 2016, updated 10/20/16

Don’t rely on advertisements supporting things on ballots–
They want you to vote yes–and a vote yes changes
our Constitution, laws and policies.

I am presenting the report that former Colorado Senator John Andrews emailed October 2, 2016.  His piece gives some reasons behind why he believes it is right to vote NO on all Initiatives, Constitutional Amendments, and other proposed changes in the way we are governed.

In my blog posts that follow, I will give my reasons for voting NO, and sometimes quote from his statement below, and reference articles and statements of others.

You can read John’s rationale below, and his comments on all state-wide things on the ballot here.
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John Andrews’ article sharing how he is voting, and his rationale.
“Because friends often ask how I’m voting and why, here’s my take on this year’s measures.  Keen observers will see I am voting a straight-ticket “No,” and for good reasons.”
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For Election 2016, Coloradans will decide nine ballot issues across the state, and others in local jurisdictions, as we vote by mail beginning the third week in October or in person on November 8.

Consent of the governed, a key principle in America’s free society, is stronger in our state than in many others because “we the people” exercise direct lawmaking power on proposals to either change the state constitution (called amendments) or state laws (called propositions). Continue reading

0143_Eight things I consider when voting_My opinion: vote NO on everything on the ballot in Jefferson County CO_Following posts explain this position_Donna Jack

[The 2016 Blue Book]
[2016 General Election TABOR notices online or on my site]
[The Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) text from CO Constitution]
[The Bill of Rights in the Colorado Constitution.]
[The US Constitution Bill of Rights & Later Amendments]

Donna Jack
October 11, 2016, updated Oct. 12 and 13, revised October 19

I attempt to present rationale  [basic or underlying reasons or explanations] behind my positions, and present you with information so you can become more informed.  Then you can make your own decisions, based on the information that you have.

HOW WE VOTE TOUCHES THE LIVES OF PEOPLE ACROSS COLORADO —
IN SOME CASES, FOREVER.  OUR VOTES ARE IMPORTANT.

DON’T HURRY TO VOTE
Hand-carry your ballot if you can

Don’t cast your vote too soon — you may regret an early vote, after you learn more.  Your vote DOES matter.  The mail is not always reliable or prompt, so hand-carry your ballot to a ballot drop-off location  if you can.  If you decide to mail it, you MUST put a postage stamp (or 2) on the envelope.  It needs postage to be delivered.  Mail it several days before the deadline (don’t count weekends).

Don’t vote for laws simply because you don’t want to be inconvenienced,
or want to feel better about yourself — if it will not help us keep liberty or you don’t understand it — vote NO.
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