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Posted by David Moyer on 09/15/2016 at 5:37 AM

Re: “What's Behind Tucson's International Wildlife Museum?

JoJoHolzel, spin the slaughter any way you want. The fact remains that the killers hold their conventions at the Dead Animal Museum. Predator Masters, for example, held their national convention at the Museum. These are the ass holes, like McElroy, who go out and kill as many animals as they can in one day and give each other prizes for the highest number of kills. This type of activity is extremely detrimental to the biological diversity of the deserts around Tucson. The Museum is a blight on Tucson and on Southern Arizona. I would like to verify your allegation about "natural causes". I do not believe you.

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Posted by Ricardo Small on 09/14/2016 at 7:29 PM

Re: “What's Behind Tucson's International Wildlife Museum?

That is usually the case with these armchair environmentalists and so called do gooders.

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Posted by Rat T on 09/14/2016 at 4:45 PM

Re: “What's Behind Tucson's International Wildlife Museum?

I used to volunteer here, and a lot of the comments are so uneducated. First off, the majority of the animals in this museum are over 100 years old, negating the people saying that people are still killing animals for the sole purpose to put in this museum in this day and age. The majority of dead animals that are now recently coming in and have been in the past 25 years have died of natural causes and they are being sent to the museum by wildlife rehabilitation centers, State agencies, and even locals who have found the animals ALREADY DEAD OF NATURAL CAUSES in their backyard; this is Arizona, people. These animals have died of natural causes and were/are still being sent to the museum. Yes, McElroy did hunt and kill a majority of the animals in that museum today, but I can assure you that NOW in this day and age that the inflow of dead animals to the museum have died of natural causes. Trust me, I've been coming to this museum since I was literally 5 years old and I actually educated myself on where the animals were coming from, unlike the majority of the people who've commented narrow-minded, tree-humper comments.

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Posted by JoJoHolzel on 09/14/2016 at 4:25 PM

Re: “Looking So Long At These Pictures Of You: Remembering Wendy Van Leuveren

Yes, thank you. Wendy was a positive person, always trying to do positive things for people and particularly women in Tucson. She will be greatly missed.

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Posted by Frankie Stein on 09/14/2016 at 3:27 PM

Re: “Sen. Jeff Flake on His Battles With Trump: "Somebody Has To Stand Up and Call Him Out"

Many people thought that Obama would end our country as we know it. he is importing unvetted Syrians and will leave us $20T in debt. Veterans issues have never been resolved. If Trump is successful it may be the end of the democratic party. Either way America is headed towards a dictatorship because they have ignored the Constitution.

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Posted by Love it or leave it on 09/14/2016 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Sen. Jeff Flake on His Battles With Trump: "Somebody Has To Stand Up and Call Him Out"

The GOP should be very afraid. If Trump wins, that will be the end of their party. It may be the end of our nation as well.

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Posted by melania on 09/14/2016 at 2:30 PM

Re: “How AZ Politics Presaged the Rise of Trump

Contrasted to Obama's YES WE CAN acceptance speech in Chicago where onlookers drooled over the security fences at the thought of free everything,...but we soon found that "NO HE CAN'T" should have been exposed 7 years ago. Almost nothing of what he promised came true. He has worsened race relations, and slowed economic recovery.

There is an audience for both styles of vote getting. Problem is America does not know which change to go for. One acts like a coke addict and the other a vigilante.

But I do know that sooner or later we all wind up supporting the coke addict. And it's blowing right through our country. Disguised as liberal college graduates that don't appear smart enough to work at McDonalds.

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Posted by Sometimes The Truth Is The Truth on 09/14/2016 at 2:12 PM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 117. Vox Populi Edition

Well said. It's the only way I would ever give up more of my money to fund them.

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Posted by Debbi L on 09/14/2016 at 2:01 PM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 118. Duck-Dodge-and-Stall Edition

David: one of the comments on your previous post (Next Steps Watch, Day 117) said: "Maybe we should set up a 'accurate reporting on the education scene' watch on David Safier. Wonder how many days would go by before he comes up with a single post that honestly acknowledges the reality of what we're dealing with in Southern Arizona public education: a poverty-stricken public school district 'educating' close to 50,000 students every year that has gone completely off the rails and that is being grossly mismanaged by its current 'leadership.'"

So how about answering this question for us, which YOU refuse to answer as much as any Republican refuses to answer whether they support increased funding to public education:

When do you intend to acknowledge, as a so-called "supporter of public education," that what is going on in TUSD undermines the reputation of our public schools, and, in undermining their reputation, undermines the degree to which the electorate is willing to support them financially? When do you intend to admit what is clear to anyone who has been watching the district closely for the past three years: that the district was not in a position to put desperately needed bonds on the ballot this fall because it is being conspicuously mismanaged, and its leadership has acted repeatedly in ways that undermine public confidence?

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Posted by Safier Honest Reporting Watch: Day 1,001+ on 09/14/2016 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 117. Vox Populi Edition

Maybe we should set up a "accurate reporting on the education scene" watch on David Safier. Wonder how many days would go by before he comes up with a single post that honestly acknowledges the reality of what we're dealing with in Southern Arizona public education: a poverty-stricken public school district "educating" close to 50,000 students every year that has gone completely off the rails and that is being grossly mismanaged by its current "leadership." I've been reading Safier's blogs for three years now and I have yet to see a single piece that accurately reflects that conspicuous and extremely relevant feature of our local "public education" landscape.

(David: That's well more than 1,000 days of highly selective and misleading "journalism" or "blogging" or whatever you call what you do. In terms of amount of time spent failing to do what you have given people the impression you will do (in your case, you try to give the impression that you will cover education policy responsibly and honestly), I think you've got Ducey beat.)

Public schools in Arizona do need more funding. But it's difficult to rally the electorate behind getting that accomplished when there are hundreds of thousands of people in this region (students enrolled, their extended families, their neighbors, their friends, graduates of TUSD, their extended families, their neighbors, their friends, everyone who has taught or worked in the district in recent years, their neighbors, their friends) who get their primary impression of what "public schooling" means from the educational and fiscal malfeasance we've been looking at in this district, which is an embarrassment and a scandal in the field of "public education."

Public education can be great, when it is well managed. Let's put a stop to the mismanagement of this district so we can have some chance of moving the cause of increased funding to our public schools forward in this state.

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Posted by Safier Honest Reporting Watch: Day 1,000+ on 09/14/2016 at 1:02 PM

Re: “Apple's iPhone 7: Has it Gone Too Far?

As far as wires go, wireless headphones, while not up to audiophile standards, are the future. Overtime, the sound quality will improve. Most folks that use a mobile device for music are not downloading high resolution music files anyway. I think Apple is going in the right direction. If you need outstanding sound quality there are other devices at various price points (up to 4K$ - ouch) for your listening enjoyment.

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Posted by Gandalf the White on 09/14/2016 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Sen. Jeff Flake on His Battles With Trump: "Somebody Has To Stand Up and Call Him Out"

Mexico builds a wall on their border (and pays for it)

https://www.ft.com/content/c316294a-7915-11e6-97ae-647294649b28

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Posted by Rat T on 09/14/2016 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Sen. Jeff Flake on His Battles With Trump: "Somebody Has To Stand Up and Call Him Out"

Trump isn't the best pick, but you should back your party candidate, unless you want Hillary to get in and continue four more years of failed issues. Supreme Court appointees are on the table, as well as the economy & security to our country. What is it with you and Romney? Any Republican that does not support his party should be held responsible if Clinton Corruption takes down this country. Shame on you!

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Posted by sonono on 09/14/2016 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Looking So Long At These Pictures Of You: Remembering Wendy Van Leuveren

This is lovely. Thank you

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Posted by Kate Ramlow Meyer on 09/14/2016 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 117. Vox Populi Edition

When taxes are cut revenues increase and jobs are created. The flipside is, raise taxes at the corporate level and jobs go to China. Just look at Apple. Education will always whine for more money. It's what they do. maybe they should take a closer look at spending and efficiency.

If you study this it looks like government pensions are robbing education.

http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/us_education_spending_20.html

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Posted by Art Chapman on 09/14/2016 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Sen. Jeff Flake on His Battles With Trump: "Somebody Has To Stand Up and Call Him Out"

At last, a politician who is not afraid to call it like it is. Trump's own words brand him as a racist, a bigot, anti woman and just plain reprehensible. He is not the person who should represent the United States. Sen. Flake calls it like it is. To this I say' "Bravo!!"
Sen. Flake puts country over party. To this I say, "Bravo!!"

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Posted by Michael S. Ellegood on 09/14/2016 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 117. Vox Populi Edition

Sad but reality, I'm afraid. We were promised in the '90's that "Cut taxes and the jobs will come". Well we have, at the cost to education thus disenfranchising our children, and our economy still is in the tank, new jobs come in at a trickle and most are low-paying service jobs. In fact, Governing Magazine, ranked the Arizona economic outlook as 41st among the States and, yes, education funding played a part in this. Time to wake up and restore the funding.

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Posted by Michael S. Ellegood on 09/14/2016 at 9:15 AM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 117. Vox Populi Edition

If you want to put real money into education, repeal Prop. 108. Prop. 108, you may recall, was the initiative passed in 1992 that says that it takes a 2/3 vote of both houses of the Legislature to raise state revenue -- while existing law allows tax cuts to go into effect with a simple majority. Prop. 108 is the reason that the Legislature only spends real money on education by referral to the ballot. Prop. 108 is anti-democratic and should be repealed.

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Posted by Chris on 09/14/2016 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Sen. Jeff Flake on His Battles With Trump: "Somebody Has To Stand Up and Call Him Out"

@emptynester:

Just because Senator Flake points out the obvious about Trump, it doesn't make him a Clinton supporter. That's akin to saying if you don't enjoy Pepsi, you're automatically a Coca-Cola drinker. I realize that everything which he said about Trump are FACTS, not beliefs, and I am NOT a Clinton supporter.

Trump has made some very damaging statements against several groups of people. If you're one of his supporters that refuses to acknowledge these FACTS, then you belong in that basket that Clinton made reference to.

You should feel stupid that you have been deceived...by Trump.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 09/14/2016 at 8:18 AM

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