Thursday, June 16, 2011

TAKE ACTION! Inform your neighbors with new palm flyers

How do we alert our neighbors about the threat to Palm Beach County's voter-initiated and -approved term limits law?

Well, to put the proposal on the ballot back in 2002, we distributed petitions to our friends, neighbors and business associates -- not to mention strangers in the streets! -- and the recipients reacted with enthusiasm. Taking a page from that successful playbook, we've created a simple palm flyer to print out and distribute.

Click on the picture above to see a larger, clearer image. To download and print (four flyers per 8.5x11 page), click here.

The flyer's message is short and clear. It tells the basics of the story, names the two commissioners (Burt Aaronson and Karen Marcus) who have announced they will defy the voters and urges our neighbors to learn more by going to this website. It also suggests they print out and distribute more palm flyers.

This is much easier than petitioning, and is nonetheless an effective way to get the word out. All you need to do is click here and print. Then pass them out at work and other places you go. Keep them at your desk and include when paying all local bills. We'll be organizing group distribution at post offices and other public places too. If you'd like to volunteer, please contact me at

Thank you for your efforts to defend this citizen-initiated law from politicians who place their own self-interest above that of their community.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Palm Beach Post on Aaronson's defiance of voters

In an outstanding May 20 editorial, Randy Schultz tells the unfolding story of Commissioner Burt Aaronson's undignified grasping for power in his final days of his legal term. Please read the entire editorial, but here's some highlights:

"Even if the courts allow Commissioner Aaronson to run, should he? Moreover, Palm Beach County's single-member districts mean that Commissioner Aaronson - and Commissioner Karen Marcus, if she ran - would have to persuade only one-seventh of the electorate. Term-limit advocates elsewhere only could fume.

"In many ways, Commissioner Aaronson has become the example of why people support term limits. As we saw during last year's Democratic Senate primary, Commissioner Aaronson fancies himself a political kingmaker. Commissioner Aaronson quietly retired 'on paper' and made himself a double-dipper, drawing a pension while still serving on the commission. Blame the Legislature, he said, for passing the law.

"If Commissioner Aaronson had been so worried about filling his days as an octogenarian, he could have led a campaign to repeal term limits. For now, though, whatever the courts say, the voters have spoken."

Aaronson seeks to evade primary as well as term limit

Commissioner Burt Aaronson, who is legally barred from running for reelection due to Palm Beach County's voter-initiated and -approved term limits law, is trying to bully a legal candidate out of the race to preserve "party unity."

That's right. According to a Palm Beach Post editorial on June 13, Aaronson is arguing that he should not be bound by the term limits law nor face an opponent.

As the Post notes, "The danger point comes when an elected official takes himself more seriously than the job. Commissioner Aaronson is way past that point."

This is one reason why the people passed term limits. Commissioner Aaronson, please respect the law, the electoral system and the citizens of this county and retire with dignity.