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1/8/2013 6:01:00 AM
Three speak as Mohave supervisors restore call to the public
BUTCH MERIWETHER/CourtesyMac McCarty was the first resident in Mohave County to take advantage of the Board of Supervisors’ decision to add an open comment period to their meetings.

Mac McCarty was the first resident in Mohave County to take advantage of the Board of Supervisors’ decision to add an open comment period to their meetings.

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - For the first time in many years, the Mohave County Board of Supervisors restored the call to the public to its meetings and heard from residents about guns, former employees and the county website.

The first person to take the microphone was Golden Valley resident Mac McCarty, who wanted the Board to remove some of the security features added to the County Administration Building in the last four years and allow guns in the building.

"It is a pleasure to address you," McCarty said. "I've been trying for 30 years to try and get people to allow weapons in buildings like these."

It's so sad that there have been so many shootings in the last few years, he said, adding that in many cases the damage from those shootings could have been mitigated if someone had been allowed to carry a gun on the property.

"Please consider doing away with all this expensive security stuff and allow weapons," McCarty said.

Golden Valley resident Steven Robinson stepped up to the microphone next.

Robinson is representing former county employee Jerry Sides in appealing his firing from his county job.

Sides was fired in May after two county employees accused him of campaigning while on the job.

At the time, Sides was running for the District 1 Supervisors' seat.

Robinson asked the Board to look into whether the Mohave County Merit Commission, which hears the appeals from employees who are disciplined or fired by the county, was following the county's merit rules.

Robinson claimed the commission wasn't following the rules and failed to appoint a hearing officer to investigate Sides' case.

The third and last person to take advantage of the call to the public was Golden Valley resident Jim Consolato.

He requested the Board update the county's website to remove former County Manager Ron Walker's profile, update the link to the county's merit rules and add the profiles of the new Board members.

The Board approved adding a call to the public at the beginning of its meeting on Jan. 2. It was an issue in last year's election, with many voters calling for it to be reinstated.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013
Article comment by: az mac

I have been to many meeting when people were allowed to carry guns. Almost everyone I knew and they are very well trained and would only use their gun in self defense or to protect someone else. In fact the more guns the safer it is. No one wants to start shooting when there are many guns to shoot back. Guns in honest people hands stop over 2 million crimes a year. The only place mass shootings take place is where guns are not allowed.
If you do not stand up for your rights you will lose them all. Right not the first amendment is almost gone and the fourth amendment is gone. They are now working to take the second amendment away.
This is no longer the free country our founders founded. It is very close to being more like Nazi Germany. This country is now like what our founders went to war with the British for, only it is our government is doing the very same things the British did to the founders.
You have two choices stand up for your rights and be free or submit and be a slave.
About ten years ago a business article said that 50% of our wages went to some form of tax. It is much higher now and getting higher every year. Prices continue to rise on everything as more jobs continue to disappear. Wages are getting lower. This year many companies have said they will no longer have full time employes only part time which means no benefits and lower wages. This is due to the new taxes.

Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Article comment by: say what

I do not know if concealed not concealed in any business state, county or otherwise, unless you are going to put a metal detector in every office people are going to carry,but if you think that you can tell who is carrying you are nuts, retail stores grocery stores movies, even if there is a sign no concealed weapons sign do you really think they claim it.

Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Article comment by: Guess What

@ Guess Who
Who says concealed carry didn't work? There have been reports of where it HAS worked by saving additional lives! Come on out from under the rock you're living under and do the research!

Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Article comment by: Mohave County v Sides

In attending the Mohave County Merit Commission hearing this morning on the termination of Jerry Sides, my first impression of the Merit Commission itself is that it IS about the termination of Jerry Sides, rather than WHETHER or not to terminate him based on the evidence. The only evidence they appeared to want to hear about this morning was the testimony of the County's investigator. They refused to hear from Side's witnesses. Although it was the Chairwoman who most vividly gave me this impression by her actions, I believe that her two co-Commissioners are equally at fault by their support. Although Robinson may have checkmated many of Baker's contentions, he somewhat strayed from his presenting Side's more effectively. The hearing resumes at 12:30 pm today for those who are interested in justice.

Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Article comment by: Guess Who

We had "concealed carry" and that didn't work. We had "open carry" and that didn't work. How about "open point"? Everyone is permitted to keep their weapon drawn and pointed at anybody else. Anybody flinches, we're on!

Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Article comment by: Where Is My Right To Enter MY

Well said, Floyd.

First of all did I ask Joe, 6-shooter to act in my defense? I would much rather take my chances diving under a desk and acting dead or taking assertive action on my own until our legally appointed law enforcement officers with extensive firearms training shows up than have every moron who failed to become a cop act like Dirty Harry.

Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Article comment by: Where Is My Right To Enter MY

Glad the BOS restored the CTP however I think they would have been wise to put it at the end only to discourage some of the clowns (not the 3 mentioned here) that like to grandstand.

Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Article comment by: Where Is My Right To Enter MY

What the good Mr. McCarty fails to consider in his push to allow anyone to tot a gun into his AND MY public building is I do not wish to have my life at risk by some of the characters in this area that I have seen with guns.

I demand my RIGHT to life...

Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Article comment by: Martye Darbey

Your tax dollars are going down the drain for the county to persecute one particular person, Jerry Sides. It's guaranteed that if you will be in the Administration Building's auditorium, at 9:00 am tomorrow (the 9th), you will get an advanced education as to how far the county will go to oust a person who crosses them. Yep! They will be using your money to perpetrate their venomous shenanigans.

Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Article comment by: Floyd Turbo

This gun fetish a public meetings is a delusion. I have been thoroughly entertained by Mac's protests through the years, but the thought that a bunch of armed citizens is going to keep everyone safe in a public meeting is a delusion. The scenario is a bad guy pulls a gun and 10 good guys respond in kind, in a enclosed public meeting room. The SWAT team shows up. Chaos ensues. They don't know who is who. Who do they shoot first? The logic is Colonel Flagg logic. I await the inevitable huffing and puffing.

Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Article comment by: Golden Valley Kid

Are you kidding another platform for Steve Robinson will this guy ever go away? He will appear at every Call to the Public. I hope they pass out ear plugs for this guy.

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