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Play it Safe, Yes on Shafe 
by Knight Allen, Director of Legislation
Originally published on March 13, 2014 - reprinted with permission

    Our good friend, NSC Member and County Assessor Michele Shafe gave me a heads up about a meeting that was held 2/13/14 by something called the "Local Government Fiscal Working Group."

    This group exists for one purpose and one purpose only and that is to cripple or kill the property tax caps. It is a completely under-the-radar local government operation not subject to the Open Meeting Law. No "Notice of Meeting & Agenda," no public comments and as near as I can tell, no media presence.

    Michele and her staff were not invited which tells us all we need to know. The "Group" is fully aware Michele supports the caps and they don't want her around reporting to the people the strategies being planned for the 2015 legislative session. Michele is up for re-election this year and it is up to each of us as individuals to talk her up to everyone we know. Do your part.. We don't want anymore Bobby "G"/Bonaventura fiascos.

    Is it just me or have you also noticed we seem to be in an odd period of time when it comes to the medical vs the legal profession? It used to be a drug or medical device would hit the market, go along for several years and then you'd start hearing about lawsuits.

    A case in point was the metal on metal hip implants. They were a multi billion dollar business for years and seemed to do the job just fine until all of a sudden all kinds of problems cropped up and now the TV airwaves are filled with ads about class action lawsuits and huge pools of money waiting to be claimed with, of course, nice percentages to be raked off by the law firms doing the advertising.

    When I fell and broke my hip I only wanted to know two things: 1. Could the break be repaired and 2. if not would the replacement unit not be metal on metal. As it turned out I got by with a repair. I hope any of you who have had a replacement have had no problems and that the devices continue to do the job for you, "To Infinity and Beyond!" (Toy Story)

    The new wrinkle seems to be the lawsuits are coming at the same time the products are being sold. The one I admit I'm getting a kick out of is the testosterone therapy. Every day on the radio, both talk and sports, there's a steady drumbeat of ads for "Low T" cures and every evening on TV are the law firms' "Low T" ads: "Have you suffered a heart attack? Stroke? Died? Call now!" Died?? I know everything is on fast forward these days but some of this stuff is getting "Twilight Zoney."

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