With less than two weeks left to wade through the California ballot, Iím still working on understanding all of the measures weíre voting on. Iím getting there, though. Iíve made half-baked preliminary decisions on most of them. Now I just have to find enough background to bolster my positions (or enough contradictory evidence to overturn them).
Iím pretty sure Iím voting no on Proposition 83. Just because you give it a name like Jessicaís Law doesnít make it a worthwhile or effective way to combat sex criminals. In fact, it seems that most of the hundreds of millions of dollars it will cost will go into keeping track of the offenders least likely to commit another crime. Plus, itís been tried in Iowa and has failed there. Iím not against putting away the bad guys, but I donít think thatís what this measure does, at least not in a way thatís likely to make our children any safer.
Proposition 84 is a bond measure that deals with water resources, and Iím definitely voting yes on that one because it hits me where I live. I mean, my company makes money helping the state keep its waterways safe and available to the general public. This yes vote is part self-interest (that is, job security) and part knowing where the state spends these kinds of funds (and knowing itís a good thing).
It seems to me we voted down something like Proposition 85 in last Novemberís election. This one would require parental notification and a waiting period before a minor can have an abortion. Evil, evil, stuff, and not only because itís a giant step toward making all abortions illegal (which obviously is the real goal of the writers). This isnít going to make children talk to their parents; instead it will drive a wedge between parents and children at a time when the children are most vulnerable. It takes a private decision and makes it the province of doctors, the courts and law enforcement. Thatís just wrong.
And now I only have five mores state measures to wade through. As I said, Iíve already made up my mind. Now I just have to get the facts.