QUID HAS HEARD that the Aurora Public Schools Board of Education should submit an entry to the folks over at Guinness for the quickest meeting held by an elected body. Approximately no one attended the meeting, which occurred at 6 p.m. and was over roughly at 6:10 p.m., and even staff bolted for the doors merely minutes in. There are two schools of thought here: The first is that an elected body, with the ability to tax its citizens, surely has something to talk about for longer than 30 seconds. The second thought, is that this prescription for governance should spread like wildfire. The Aurora City Council could sure use a dose.
QUID HAS HEARD that Aurora’s own elected representative in Washington, D.C., is pushing an effort to withhold congressional pay until a longer-term deal is done to avert the “fiscal cliff de jour,” coming in April. Then likely again in June. And likely again in December. And so on. It’s a commendable idea. The salary for congressional reps is $174,000 a year, so it’s a sizeable chunk. But considering that the median net worth of a typical rep is nearly $1 million, it’s likely that most don’t get into congress for the pay anyway. If the notion moves forward, might we suggest that Quid accepts checks from declined daily pay?
QUID HAS HEARD enough quotes from the Founding Fathers in recent weeks to ponder if the geezers are actually still alive today? Among the favorites posted by commenters on this rag’s site include (mostly incorrect) references to George Washington’s view on guns, Thomas Jefferson’s view on tyranny and John McClain’s view on the Russians and blowing up Stapleton Airport. (The latter is from Die Hard Something-or-other. Not a Founding Father, but should be.) Considering that everyone these days is an expert on constitutional law, Quid wonders where all you folks were in his undergraduate days when he had to write countless history papers.
QUID HAS SEEN that Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson has restored faith in law enforcement agencies by injecting sense back into gun control arguments by saying he’ll enforce the law of the land, and whatever laws the land adopts. The comments came after a handful of sheriffs around the country forgot that they weren’t law-doggin’ it in Wild West days and wouldn’t put up with any Obamas and gumma’ment tellin’ their fine folks what to do with their lawfully purchased tanks. Grayson’s letter stated plainly: Stubborn sheriffs don’t get to enforce their interpretation of the Constitution. That’s a measure of good sense that is shockingly lacking in some law enforcement communities around the country (see “Utah, Sheriffs of Counties in”) and it’s helpful to hear it from an official who sees first hand the devastation from gun violence.