Jan Denison was sipping a cup of Starbucks coffee – bold, just black, she said – and reading the Valley section of The Desert Sun outside the Washington Street and Varner Road Starbucks in Palm Desert.
“My kids got me a Kindle, but I have to learn to use it. I still carry around the paper.”
The Sun City Palm Desert resident and longtime Realtor – she works for Windemere Real Estate on Highway 111 in Palm Desert – votes by absentee ballot.
“Prop 29,” she said when asked about what issue she thought was most important this election go-around. “The tax on cigarettes. I was really put off by seeing who voted no on this.”
Although the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers group votes against every tax increase, she thought they should have given this proposition some extra consideration. “Why didn’t they rethink this one?” she wondered.
She also voted yes on Prop. 28. ”Term limits. I agree with that. Too many people have been feathering their nests and their nests are getting big and fat.”
As for the judges, “I just did ‘eenie meenie miney moe,’ she said. “I try to always vote for women,” she added.
Denison, a registered Republican, said the first president she voted for was Dwight Eisenhower.
She got to see the president up close when she was an assistant to the person in charge of hiring stewardesses at an airline company. She was already married, which disqualified her from stewardess duty.
“I was working at Pan Am in San Francisco and they pulled his plane up to a hangar in the back so we all got time off to go out to wave at him so he got to have a little audience.”
Denison on the 2012 presidential election: “I think Obama’s unqualified for the job. He’s never run a business. Goverment is big business.”
She said she’ll vote for Romney, although she opposes his position on a woman’s right to choose.
“It’s our body, leave us alone.”
She thinks women will band together and fight back any attempt by Romney or others to overturn Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court’s decision giving women the legal right to have abortions.
“They keep knocking at that door, but it’s mostly men,” she said.