Thursday, June 17, 2010

Arizona Boycott

         Sacramento, California City Councilors:
As a long time Arizonan, I take great offense at your decision to boycott the state of Arizona.  It's ironic that you decided to take such a misguided action in the same week that 3,500 acres of our Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge has been closed to us citizens because of the dangers from illegal drug and human smugglers.  Have you actually thought through the point of your actions?  Who will you help: who will you harm and at what cost?  In fact, it is nothing but political grandstanding.
Have you even read the bill before taking this action; or, are you passing judgment as Eric Holder and Janet Napolitano did?  If you want to research it now, there are actually two bills.  You should also boycott the federal government since you cannot violate our state law without also violating the federal law.
Actions do have consequences.  I'm not much for boycotting, however, when I am being boycotted, I will return the favor.  I visit California several times each year and have always enjoyed your city.  I have a cousin who lives there and many friends I visit when in the Napa Valley.  Sacramento and that area will now be off my list.  I also will not buy any wine or any other products from the area while the boycott of our great state is in place.  I have a small business with approximately 120 employees and I will encourage all of them and all others that I know to do the same.
Your actions were irresponsible and no doubt, based on ignorance.  It is difficult to believe there is nothing better for the Sacramento City Council to do than take such foolish action.  Your citizens deserve better.
Ken Hand
Tempe, AZ 

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