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A clear view through my window reflects behind the scenes activity of elected city officials openly opposing political actions of the citizens. One might think elections should not include so much of current council members actively opposing the citizens they claim to represent.

The fact that Lingenfelter openly reports his part of a group hiring a lawyer to keep the Initiative off the ballot should be well known by the citizens voting in the August 28 primary election. Should he and his cohorts, including mayor hopeful Jen Miles, so actively oppose a citizen action? Over 4,000 voters signed the petitions. Polls indicate two of three Chamber members oppose the taxes the Initiative would stop.

Lingenfelter’s Facebook and city emails are full of slanted positions that polls indicate most citizens he represents oppose. With four other votes in lock step on the City Council, Mayor Monica Gates no longer sets the meeting agenda. It is reported that the city attorney ignores her and supports the five votes that can keep him in his job.

Lingenfelter and others often refer to the Progressive Alliance. A search of the Internet of that group and the international reach of activity is disturbing. Does the Kingman City Council actually agree with and support these far-left groups and their stated mission and objectives?

Check out Kingman Progressive Alliance on the internet and find out about this group where Jan Miles, Lingenfelter, Stewart Yocum and other “progressives” meet to “change Kingman and the world.” “Progressive means to promote progress” according to a quote on their Facebook. Member Lee Ward posted a quote “To chase the good old boys out of Kingman.” The group was active in getting signatures for their candidates for city council.

Speaker Kenneth Gaines at a KPA meeting recommended a Forsenic audit of the Kingman Airport Authority. Who got the idea first, Gaines or Lingenfelter?

Mayor candidate Jen Miles’ speeches at the group meetings can be found on You Tube through the KPA Facebook. In fact, all the meetings and the meetings of the city council with the Kingman Airport Authority are listed.

Before casting a vote in the Kingman mayor and council races, each citizen should review the influence of and stated mission of the Kingman Progressive Alliance (KPA). The five members of the council led by Travis Lingenfelter and Jen Miles are much involved with the KPA. The current publicity about racism in Kingman could have begun with the KPA. An announcement of the most recent meeting at the Episcopal church is advertised and strongly supported on the KPA Facebook page and includes support of getting the NCAAP involved in “needed” changes in this city.

Begin an Internet search of the Progressive Alliance and see its world reach and socialist mission. It may not fit your values for Kingman. Included in that search is the Kingman Progressive Alliance for Positive Change.

Make a second search for Kingman Progressive Alliance. A page of entries includes both web and Facebook entries. Lingenfelter, Miles and Route 66 promoter Jim Hinckley are speakers. Facebook and other entries have a set of videos of the KPA meetings at Calicos and several meetings between the council and the Kingman Airport Authority. At least one article from the Kingman Daily Miner is included.

The listing of friends with Facebook is more than interesting. One list begins with state GOP chair Jonathan Lines. Click on his picture and Dr. Larry Schiff’s name comes up. One entry included a reference to the Kingman Republican District One Precinct members. Does this infer a relationship to this liberal and radical element? Take a look. Some faces will surprise you.

Does local investment business owner Monica Busch know an ad for her business comes up on one of the Internet or Facebook pages?

It is difficult to say the actions of the candidates and elected Kingman council are secretive in what they do. It is a surprise to find all of them at local Republican groups and often registered as Republican party members so involved with a socialist, liberal organization like KPA and the other world-wide parts of the Progressive Alliance.

Take time to check it out for yourselves. This columnist researched this article in unbelief.

Note: Only fully informed voters can make good decisions on candidates. Election mailers are full of biased compliments. Dr. Robertson believes citizens deserve the kind of leaders who win elections, even those citizens who do not bother to vote.

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By Marvin Robertson

Smokey the Bear was seen out my window sitting under a palm tree and crying over the terrible fire season. All his efforts to teach about fire danger seems to be for nothing. It is a shame that, with all the fears of people, so much property, money and lives are lost from carelessness of individuals. The loss of 19 firefighters in the Arizona Yarnell fire was from a fire started by a lightning strike but the conditions were from man’s neglect. No fire in the area for 50 years and the accumulation of dry fuel made conditions ripe for a disaster. Cleaning under growth has been limited by funding and forest practices in U.S. forest management. Environmental groups pressure managers to leave trees unharvested and growth of dry brush to feed fires.

Northern California and Southern Oregon have the most and largest forest fires now burning with smoke across Arizona, Nevada, into the Pacific Northwest and some of Utah. Interstate 5 (I-5) has had some closing and traffic has detoured further east. Motels across the fire region are filled with fire fighters all the way to the California-Nevada border. Oregon traffic has been pushed east of the Cascades. Coastal areas of Southern Oregon are difficult to reach through the fire areas.

The South Umpqua, Sugar Pine and Garner fires along the California-Oregon border include many smaller fires started by lightning. However, of the 618 fires in Oregon since 2000, just 131 were started by lightning. The other 347 were caused by or purposely set by humans. One of the most destructive recent fires in Oregon last year destroyed much of the scenic area along the Columbia River Gorge between Portland and Hood River. Damage in the hundreds of million dollars resulted from fireworks set off by a teenager from Stevenson, Washington who crossed on the bridge at Cascade Locks. He will spend the rest of his life without paying off the fines imposed by the court.

July Fourth is the day of most man started fires. Five percent of all such fires occur on that one day. Much legislation to limit sale and use of fireworks by the public have not been successful in changing that statistic.

One of the worst fires in Oregon this year burned 60 miles up the Deschutes River canyon and across the wheat fields of Sherman County but did not cross Highway 97. It covered 75,000 acres of wheat and grazing land and most of the towns in the area were evacuated. That included the county seat of Moro where this author was once mayor. The disaster during that time was a flood that washed away the railroad. Only one life was lost in the latest fire when a farmer fighting the fire turned over a tractor. The economic cost will be difficult to calculate.

The Rice study reported by a U of A professor emeritus reports causes of man-made fires are 29 percent by burning debris, 21 percent by arson, 11 by equipment and five percent by campfires. Smokey may need to expand his education program beyond campfires. It is sad that so many fires are caused by or made worse by actions of humans.

University of Colorado’s Boulder Earth Lab reports the annual cost of fighting wildfires averages $2 BILLION dollars per year. That does not include losses, only fighting the fires.

Fires have been a problem across the years at many levels. The 9-11 attack resulted in major fires that brought down the two buildings, surprising even the 19 Muslim attackers. The fire that destroyed most of San Francisco was created by an earthquake. Chicago may have the most interesting cause of a major fire. A cow kicked over the lantern while a lady was in the process of milking.

Should fire be banned to save property and lives? Some historians claim the discovery of fire is a key to the progress of civilization. Survival when lost can depend on the ability to start a fire for warmth. Like so many other things in this life, fire has the power to destroy and the power to create better life.

The problem is not fire so much as how humans use and misuse it. Many things in our lives add good or cause issues for which we are accountable.

Note: Check “marvinswindow.com” for over 500 archived articles. Dr. Robertson is available for church, schools, political groups or local clubs for programs. Check the web site for books.

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Miles is right. This election is about the spend-happy tax increases promoted by her and the other members of the 'Lingenfelter Five.'

 

My window’s view of Kingman through the past 19 years does not include the Santa Claus sleigh of freebies presented by mayoral candidate Jen Miles at the Republican Women’s Club meeting.

Miles made it clear that the big spending program of the current Kingman City Council is on the ballot. Her speech was full of jibes at current Mayor Monica Gates for votes against all the sales tax hikes.

 

Miles is right. This election is about the spend-happy tax increases promoted by her and the other members of the “Lingenfelter Five.”

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A look out my window reminds me that my property rights are restricted in many ways. A look at my water bill indicates more restrictions, including the need to pay the bill or have it turned off.

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The window on history of the time between the Pilgrim landing in 1620 and the Declaration of Independence signed in 1776 provides needed review.

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Citizens of Kingman need a clear window on the coming election to select a mayor and three City Council members.

 

This election will choose four of the seven members, a majority of the City Council that will determine the direction of this city of 30,000 citizens. Only two candidates submitted the required number of signatures to get on the ballot for the primary election Aug. 28. Other candidates can file as write-in candidates until July 19.

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The irrigation sprinklers could be seen spewing water on crops from every window of the car as we sped through Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

All the green across the landscape was watered by the ample annual rainfall.

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