You are worried about the election in November. You are undecided about who you want to be our next President. You fear one, then the other. Another media sound byte beams across the broadcast terrain. You are really feeling overloaded. Then, there’s the debate. That dreaded fear comes over you again.
Yes, dear registered voter, you are being attacked by the voter monster, that evil presence that should only come around every two years. Now, however, it is with you day and night, seven days a week, 52 weeks out of the year, and it only takes a six-month break every two years.
Do you get the feeling that politicians are out to get you? They follow you wherever you go. The signs on the streets, the streets that might otherwise hold just regular litter and garbage, are now a blur of names in different sizes and colors, but all with the same message: Vote for me.
And, it is not just the streets. It is in the front yards of some residents.
But, where it is most prevalent is on your TV screen and radio. God could not have created a worse hell. From one insult to another, one bragging incumbent to one bragging challenger, it is mind-boggling what these politicians come up with. And the money they spend? It is 10 to 200 times more than their salaries as elected officials.
Is it then not surprising that voters believe politicians are in the pockets of lobbyists and special interests?
It seems the only elective office that spends little or no money on campaigns is the state mine inspector. And, who is that, you ask?
His name at this point in time is Joe Hart. He’s been there 10 years, and it appears he could stay there another 10. He’s a former state legislator from Kingman, where there are lots of mines, so he is familiar with the industry.
There are few scandals in the state mine inspector’s office, but occasionally, as there was a few years ago, a terrible tragedy, where a young girl fell into a mine.
Questions always arise about the competency of a department when tragedy hits. But, according to the state mine inspector website, there are about 100,000 abandoned mines in Arizona, and thus far, only 10,000 mines have been inventoried and mapped. According to the state mine inspector’s website, many of the mines are shallow prospects, “but many others are dangerous shafts and tunnels.”
This is serious stuff. Staff inspectors visit all unprotected mines once they are reported to their office. Warning signs are posted and dangerous openings are taped off. Then, it is up to the mine owner to put up a fence to protect the public.
Some people don’t believe Hart is qualified to be state mine inspector, and that he caters to those in the mining industry rather than the public. Still, how many times have you seen his name in print or heard it on radio, or watched a newscast about him on television?
So, here we are to tell you about the annual fall mine safety conference.
It is taking place 7 a.m. Oct. 13 at the Falls Event Center, 4635 E. Baseline Road in Gilbert. Nowhere near Glendale. But, one never knows; there may be some residents of Glendale planning a trip to one mountainside or another over the next few months, and it could be educational to learn how to find an abandoned mine … and avoid it.
As for the presidential election, you could do worse than flip a coin.