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Re: “Hell Yes! The 2016 Tucson Weekly Endorsements

I was a strong supporter of Sharon Bronson for the dozen-plus years I have lived in Picture Rocks. I supported her because without her active support we probably would not have the pool, BMX/Skate Park, various grants, and other amenities that have enhanced our community. But that was then.

Now she has lined up with forces that see the Avra Valley as a dumping ground for their money-making schemes. Look at:
-Her support of County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry and silence about his proposed Interstate 11 route through the Avra Valley that will hurt our communities, including the Tohono Oodham Nation, impede wildlife, and destroy ancient archaeological sites, while enriching millionaire real estate speculators like Wil Cardon and Don Diamond;
-Tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from fat cat developers and corporate PACs;
-Her continued vocal support for the Sonoran Corridor leg of I-11 despite its rejection by the voters in the bond election; whatever happened to respecting the will of the people?
-With transportation logistics essential to connection with Mexico she ignores the job losses that Interstate 11 planners of integrative manufacturing expect with R&D in the US and manufacture and assembly in Mexico where ADOT expects wages to be lower than China; with stealing good American shipping jobs from the West Coast to the expanding Port of Guaymas; to crippling tourism at Saguaro Park, Desert Museum, Kitt Peak, etc.; to destroying existing jobs that serve the I-10 corridor;
-Her support for doubling a regressive county sales tax on us and increasing the state gas tax while lavishing tens of millions in tax breaks and subsidies on crony corporations.

Twenty years is long enough; its time for a change.

Posted by AVL on 10/26/2016 at 4:56 PM

Re: “In the Flesh: Howe Gelb's 60th B-day Bash at the Rialto Theater

"The Worms" were a favorite for decades at the Chicago Bar on Speedway. Happy birthday Howe!

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Posted by Rat T on 10/26/2016 at 3:17 PM

Re: “Justice Denied: McCain Says He'll Block Any and All of Clinton's Supreme Court Nominees

Obamacare would work if we adjusted the levels of penalty for no insurance. $50,000 per violation would make the program solvent. We would probably save $2500 per year and we could all keep our doctors if we like them.

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Posted by Hillary 2016..... for Prison on 10/26/2016 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Justice Denied: McCain Says He'll Block Any and All of Clinton's Supreme Court Nominees

This is just another case of the pot calling the kettle black. Democrats have so politicized the Supreme Court that it is now virtually a second legislative body. The Left wing members of the Court vote in lock step. They bent over backwards to push through Obamacare despite serious and major flaws with the act.

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Posted by Frank Stagg on 10/26/2016 at 2:01 PM

Re: “Hell Yes! The 2016 Tucson Weekly Endorsements

I support Cyndi Tuell for county attorney, she demonstrates a strong ethic to our community and important issues. I appreciate her dedication to environmental concerns pertaining to Pima county and the state of Arizona. Take a moment to learn about her campaign at

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Posted by azriverguide on 10/26/2016 at 1:51 PM

Re: “For Buckmaster Show Listeners (and Others), My TUSD Board Picks, Once Again

I hope any Buckmaster listeners who follow the link to your 2/3 ludicrous endorsements will also read the comment stream on the piece. (For those who may be wondering, Safier's endorsements of and excuses for the unbelievably dishonest and low-functioning Board members Foster and Juarez were the ludicrous portion of the endorsement piece he links above.)

For the past three years, David, some of the comments on your TUSD blogs have consistently been better (more informative, more honest, more persuasively argued) than your blog itself.

It's stunning that you remark on how the TUSD Board race is getting "uglier by the minute": you are one of the principal parties that has made it ugly with your smear pieces on TUSD Kids First, which were beneath contempt.

And in your most recent blog on TUSD you had the gall to call the opposite side's signs "dishonest." Your commentary on TUSD has been consistently, relentlessly dishonest or misleadingly selective for three solid years.

I hope Bill Buckmaster, who seems a pretty solid citizen, realizes what a scammer you are, talking in your elevated tone about how a race you have made ugly is "getting uglier by the minute" as though you've had no role in this.

You can take your irrelevant and dishonest commentary on this sick district where other people's children are suffering and...well, I think you know what you can do with it.

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Posted by Your elevated tone is not fooling anyone, Safier. on 10/26/2016 at 1:08 PM

Re: “For Buckmaster Show Listeners (and Others), My TUSD Board Picks, Once Again

At this point I would rather do my own research. There, I'm done.

Replace Foster and Juarez. Nothing ugly about it. Except for the lies that have been tossed around.

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Posted by TUSD needs to rid itself of on 10/26/2016 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Which TUSD Board Candidates Favor Closing More Schools?

You ought to be reality based if you expect to get the best outcomes for your children. The reality is, other commenters have mentioned, no favors closing schools. However, the bleeding hasn't stopped for TUSD, it has only slowed. TUSD is still shrinking about a school a year with no end in sight. Carefully synchronizing school closures with retirements at the principal level to keep the trauma of leadership changes to a minimum is the way to go. The only way to end the bleeding is getting those excellent ratings up from the low 30's into the 70's - then, you could open some of these closed schools and help make Tucson an economic magnet.

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Posted by on 10/26/2016 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Cinema Clips: A Man Called Ove

The book of the same title is also a delight. I look forward to seeing this.

Posted by Da Coach on 10/26/2016 at 7:59 AM

Re: “In the Flesh: Howe Gelb's 60th B-day Bash at the Rialto Theater

Fucking awesome. I wanted so much to go to this show, but Blofeld foiled my plans...again.

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Posted by Gonzo Sorcrachi on 10/26/2016 at 7:45 AM

Re: “Cinema Clips: A Man Called Ove

I really want to see this.

Posted by Gonzo Sorcrachi on 10/26/2016 at 7:40 AM

Re: “Which TUSD Board Candidates Favor Closing More Schools?

Betts' Jewish Problem remains. While has done many good things, she has also:

1. Publically endorsed a campaign with Holocaust-denier/Holocaust-minimizer Norman Finkelstein, the author who used his parent's survival in the Nazi Holocaust to develop the idea of a Jewish-controlled "Holocaust Industry", which David Duke regularly promotes.

"Whereas hard-core deniers posit that the Holocaust is fiction...Finkelstein accepts that the mass murders did occur, but then joins the deniers in claims that Jews are collectively abusing this history for evil purposes." - Jewish Virtual Library

2. Participated in an event using the IPMN "Steadfast Hope" curriculum. Dexter Van Zile from Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) reported extensively on the "Steadfast Hope Curriculum" as full of lies, and supportive of terror. The JCPA (nationwide umbrella organization for bi-partisan Jewish Community Relations Councils) condemned the IPMN as antisemitic. The JCPA's Ethan Felson conducted a training in Tucson showing the IPMN to regularly invoke racist, antisemitic, tropes, including attacks on President Obama as a "tool of the Jews".

3. Publically expressed solidarity with John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, authors who allege that the US government is controlled by pro-Israel lobbyists.

4. Picketed The Jewish Festival at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, demonizing Jews and Israel and frightening preschool children. (I was the staff photographer who took photos of her picketing.)

5. Self-identified as a member of Women In Black, an organization that is viewed by many as crossing the line between being anti-occupation and demonizing Israel and holding Israel disproportionately responsible for the conflict.


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Posted by MJ on 10/26/2016 at 7:21 AM

Re: “Which TUSD Board Candidates Favor Closing More Schools?

I hope after Foster and Juarez are defeated in the upcoming elections "Guardians" will hang up her dream catcher and retire from these comment streams.

It is astounding the persistence, over the course of three years, of such a naive understanding of the district. Juarez, Foster, and Sanchez could do ANYTHING and she would not stop promoting them.

Bulletin from the real world, Guardians: they lied about enrollment figures in 2014. They are no doubt lying about enrollment figures in 2016. That's the sort of thing people who do not believe they have any obligation to tell the public the truth do: when it benefits them, they give false information.

There is NO WAY that the enrollment declines have stopped. Anyone who has lived in the reality of what has ACTUALLY been going on in TUSD schools for the last three years (instead of in Dream Catcher Land) knows that the message that enrollment declines have finally stopped under Sanchez's leadership is a bold-faced LIE.

We need leaders on this Board who are willing to accept responsibility for telling the public and parents with children enrolled in these schools the TRUTH. It is a necessary pre-condition for any kind of constructive improvement in the district's operations, and a necessary pre-condition for running a successful bond campaign. The electorate is not stupid: it will not vote more funding into the hands of chronic liars.

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Posted by TUSD needs HONEST leadership. on 10/26/2016 at 6:40 AM

Re: “Which TUSD Board Candidates Favor Closing More Schools?

Thank you David. I am so glad TUSD has stopped the trend of students' leaving and are holding steady in their enrollment. We need candidates who look forward to continual improvement of TUSD for the students benefit rather than those who really want to see TUSD closed. That is the bottom line. Vote for Cam Juarez and Kristel Foster.

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Posted by Guardians on 10/26/2016 at 5:22 AM

Re: “Which TUSD Board Candidates Favor Closing More Schools?

Thank you David. I am so glad TUSD has stopped the trend of student's leaving and are holding steady in their enrollment. We need candidates who look forward to continual improvement rather than those who really want to see TUSD closed. That is the bottom line. Vote for Cam Juarez and Kristel Foster.

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Posted by Guardians on 10/26/2016 at 5:22 AM

Re: “Which TUSD Board Candidates Favor Closing More Schools?

The Superintendent is responsible for implementation, and implementation was fundamentally flawed when it came to closing schools in TUSD. The Gibson Operational Efficiency Audit makes sense--it also makes more than 60 different recommendations, most of which have nothing to do with closing schools. Yes, the Audit makes a very persuasive argument that there are too many old buildings in TUSD that do not serve the students well--but that is largely because there are not enough students to fill the buildings. As such, the Audit makes clear that declining enrollment is the single biggest issue facing TUSD. The second biggest problem in TUSD, according to the Audit, is poor management, which of course results in lower enrollment.

Supt. Sanchez and his team are responsible for management. The board is only responsible as far as it has allowed the Superintendent to manage TUSD as he has, unchecked. Any member of the school board who is not alarmed by the community's cries, who does not heed our calls to better govern the Supt., needs to go. It is clear to the entire community that there are three members on the TUSD governing board who allow the Supt. to do as he pleases. They praise him for the job he has done. Now it is up to us, the community, to stand together and let them know that we disagree. We don't have to yell at them anymore--they don't seem to have been listening anyway. Note to self: They get it. Now it's time to vote.

This article, the street signs calling for the ousting of our school board members, the bad blood, its all just making TUSD worse. This comments section is evidence--this war is making people want to leave. It has to stop. Whoever is putting out the signs may claim that they care about TUSD, but their actions are hurting this district. If they really want to help the schools, they should invest their money toward spreading goodwill for a bond election so that we can increase the budget to pay for the buildings that everyone wants so badly to keep open.

No one wants to close schools. But if we don't stop this fight, families will just keep leaving, and there will be no choice. We can make this district great. But we have to work together. Tucson is a wonderful city, and TUSD has some great schools. They can all be great. We have to have faith, vote for school board candidates who will not blindly support the Superintendent, and smile! We got this.

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Posted by Rachael Sedgwick on 10/25/2016 at 8:47 PM

Re: “Which TUSD Board Candidates Favor Closing More Schools?

A letter written at leisure can obviously provide more detail than a one-minute timed response at a forum, especially on an issue as complicated as school closures. It does not seem reasonable to characterize those differences as a contradiction. I have stated my views on this issue many times over the last several years, and neither the forum nor the letter contained any changes.

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Posted by Mark Stegeman on 10/25/2016 at 8:37 PM

Re: “Which TUSD Board Candidates Favor Closing More Schools?

David Safier,

Perhaps you should have remained a retired English teacher. Your coverage is so compromised by your web of alliances and undisclosed biases that I honestly no longer bother to read you. I just read the comments. At least they're sincere. And it wouldn't even matter, except that in this space the Weekly could actually post real reporting on these critical issues. Instead, we get, well, whatever it is that you do, on behalf of whomever you do it for.

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Posted by Off Ox on 10/25/2016 at 8:36 PM

Re: “Which TUSD Board Candidates Favor Closing More Schools?

Stegeman? Wouldn't vote for him if he was the only candidate running. The district needs him to be voted out together with Juarez and Foster.

The slate with the greatest likelihood of changing the configuration of the board in a constructive way is Putnam-Hidalgo, Sedgwick -- and Rustand for lack of a better alternative. Perhaps Rustand's SALC connections will be helpful in some respects, but we certainly don't want him forming a threesome with Hicks and Stegeman on some of the issues that will come before this Board. He is a "prevent white flight by giving parents in affluent schools what they want" sort of thinker, a Fruchthendler parent, and someone who wants the Fruchthendler-Sabino direct feed created in spite of the fact that the plan has been twice rejected (and rightly so) by the desegregation authority.

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Posted by You lose credibility in promoting Stegeman. on 10/25/2016 at 8:30 PM

Re: “Hell Yes! The 2016 Tucson Weekly Endorsements

In the year 2016, no one under the age of 75 should oppose marijuana legalization. Baby boomers, Generation X-ers, and the Millennials have no excuse to believe in the reefer madness propaganda used to keep marijuana illegal, in part of a war on drugs that is authoritarian, racist, and waged unevenly against poor and working class Americans. It is overdue to end!

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Posted by Joseph Benjamin on 10/25/2016 at 7:39 PM

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