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You attempted to confuse constituents by asserting, “I don’t think we (City Council) could stop this prison project even if we wanted to.” You knew then, as you know now, that your statement was false. Since then, you have done everything in your power to bring a big private prison to Globe, no matter how many residents voice opposition.

Mr. Mayor, It’s Not a Game

Dear Mr. Mayor:

This is an open letter to Globe’s Mayor which was recently published in the SilverBelt, Copper Country News and – here.

The purpose of this letter is to set the record straight about your statements quoted in the June 15,
2011 issue of Copper Country News. You stated, “I think it is sufficient to say that Mr. Moss was notified
that his initiatives as written pose several concerns and he was advised to review them with his legal
counsel.”

Your remarks to CCN validate why I do not have confidence in your credibility. Now, here is the truth of
the matter.

On Thursday, June 2, we filed our official Ballot Initiative paperwork with Globe’s City Clerk. That same
afternoon, I received an e-mail from the City Clerk that reads as follows: “We have concerns regarding
the proposed text for your initiative petitions, please consult your legal counsel.” May I assume
the “We” to be you and the City Attorney?

Friday morning, June 3, I visited with the City Clerk. I asked for an explanation of the cryptic e-mail
message. The Clerk revealed the nature of your concerns by explaining that the texts of the Initiatives
far exceeded the 100-word limit specified by law. I informed the Clerk that we were aware of the
100-word rule, and that the rule applies specifically to the number of words permitted on the Petition
Form itself. I explained that the full-page documents we submitted were ‘attachments’ to the Official
Petition, and that only the summary language of 100 words or less, would appear on the front of the
Official Petition. The City Clerk did not raise any other “concerns”.

Several days after I had confirmed with the City Clerk the subject of your misplaced “concerns”,
you decided to play games by tossing out words to local media that insinuate the Ballot Initiatives
have “deficiencies”. And, you referred to the e-mail quoted above as your official communication to
inform me that “deficiencies” were inherent in the Ballot Initiatives. Yet, you refused to identify the
nature of the supposed deficiencies to me or the Copper Country News. So what was your purpose for
making such claims? Could it be that you were trying to create public confusion and thereby interfere
with our Ballot Initiatives Campaign?

This is reminiscent of your remarks on September 13, 2010 at the conclusion of our Citizens
Presentation to City Council. You attempted to confuse constituents by asserting, “I don’t think we (City
Council) could stop this prison project even if we wanted to.” You knew then, as you know now, that
your statement was false. Since then, you have done everything in your power to bring a big private
prison to Globe, no matter how many residents voice opposition.

It should also be noted, Mr. Mayor, that I have met, spoken, or corresponded with you and City
Attorney, Mr. Graves, on several occasions during the past nine months with the specific intent of
working together to put the private prison issue on the ballot — so that the people could decide. During

this entire time, you have done nothing to facilitate such discussions, or to find a cooperative remedy.
Instead, you have engaged in political gamesmanship to try to score a ‘WIN’ for your personal agenda —
– rather than seek common ground by working with citizens to create a Ballot Referendum. Apparently,
Mr. Mayor, you fail to appreciate the fact that the good citizens of Globe do not consider this important
public policy issue to be a mere political game.

To a certain extent, our town’s year-long ‘private prison debate’ has become a secondary issue. Now,
an even more serious concern is about ‘good government’. Good government requires elected officials
to genuinely listen to the voice of their constituents, demonstrate integrity, and respect the democratic
process. Regrettably, Mr. Mayor, your words and actions during this long private prison debate have
not measured up to these basic principles of good government.

Jim Moss

Globe Resident & Business Owner

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