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Re: “Backers of Higher Minimum Wage File Petitions To Ask Voters To Boost Wages

Shouldn't the minimum wage be a livable wage? The current minimum wage equals less than 17K a year before taxes at 40 hours a week. That may be fine for a teenager living at home with minimal bills, but how do we expect adults with bills and family responsibilities to make a living on that? Maybe we need to change how we define a "living."
And how exactly would this be any form of socialism? The form of socialism I believe you are referring to would mean everyone gets the same wage regardless. That is not the case here.
I've also heard the argument about people in certain jobs to be not deserving of a higher wage, particularly fast food workers. Then why have these jobs? If there are jobs we deem meaningless, then get rid of them. I agree, there are bigger and better things we could be doing as workers. But these jobs do exist, and someone needs to do them. And I don't think working in fast food is as easy and mindless as you may think. The crap these people take from the general public should be reason enough.
Large corporations and businesses in general may say raising the minimum wage will cause a massive loss of jobs, but I simply do not believe that. How can companies posting record profits with CEOs making millions say that with a straight face? That profit is coming off the backs of the people doing the actual labor.
We seem too concerned with someone taking a piece of our pie just to get an even slice. That's exactly what they want us to think, and we keep falling right into their trap. This election don't forget to vote for Coke or Pepsi.

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Posted by stalecloud on 07/11/2016 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Backers of Higher Minimum Wage File Petitions To Ask Voters To Boost Wages

Fair share is now a fraudulent term. Spending levels are unfair to wage earners so they have eliminated taxes on half the country. Nobody wants to fund waste., Balance the budget, and then reduce taxes making it more affordable for all. Major companies didn't leave the country for taxes that were too low. They left because wages, combined with taxes drove them to seek cheaper operating costs.

Our government drove them out. Corporate tax rates are 39%. That is the third highest in the world.

http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2014/sep/09/eric-bolling/does-us-have-highest-corporate-tax-rate-free-world/

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Posted by Dan Hyde on 07/11/2016 at 12:11 PM

Re: “Tucson, I Am You. You Are Me. What Are WE Going To Do?

I remember when I was a kid there was something called the United Negro College Fund. I often wondered what would people say if there was a United White Kids College Fund. I can't explain the double standard, but I know it's been around a while.

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Posted by CW13 on 07/11/2016 at 8:30 AM

Re: “Danehy

Liberals definition of 'compromise' is the wiilful and intentional erosion of the constitution and individual rights. That's not compromise, it's subversion of our country. And their ideas and actions should be treated for what they are, anti-american.

Will there ever be a day again when liberals stand up for our country instead of our enemies?

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Posted by What, Again on 07/11/2016 at 8:07 AM

Re: “Letter to the Editor

The big boys are snatching up craft brewers all over the country because they know what a growing segment of the population is demanding. Is this really a war between the big brewers and the craft brewers? Maybe, but I know who is winning! ME!,the consumer! Goose Island and Lagunitas are as good as ever after being bought out, and their prices have dropped. On the flip side we have 7 or 8 local brewers in Tucson now. From the buy outs to the start ups, this is a great time to be a beer drinker!

I think it is silly to bitch about the big boys buying out smaller craft brewers, it just means that they get it and are responding to consumer demand!

Posted by HumanBean on 07/11/2016 at 6:59 AM

Re: “Tucson, I Am You. You Are Me. What Are WE Going To Do?

Hey 13.

I don't fret over the dislikes. I fret over the double standards.

If anyone dared to start a WHITE lives matter movement, it would be considered racist. Idiots like Al Sharpton would be having a field day. Yet, I make the simple mention of leaving race out of it completely and the dislikes pile up.

I really don't get why there are two sets of rules.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 07/11/2016 at 6:33 AM

Re: “Cinema Clips: Independence Day: Resurgence

You really raved about the movie Swiss Army Man because it had lots of farts and hard-ons. This movie did not have farts and hard-ons so understandably you didn't like it, (although you did manage to squeeze a fart comment out in this review). I have to agree with Jimmy Z. above. It's not Academy Award material but it was a decent action-packed summer get-out-of-the-heat-for-two-hours sorta film. And sometimes that's what I want to watch.

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Posted by Wise-Guy on 07/11/2016 at 6:20 AM

Re: “Cinema Clips: Independence Day: Resurgence

I thought it was not nearly as bad as most reviews, including this one. But I saw it in a half-empty, far-end theater at a multiplex outside DC, so it's an easy call that the teased sequel is delusory.

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Posted by Jimmy Zuma on 07/11/2016 at 5:55 AM

Re: “Backers of Higher Minimum Wage File Petitions To Ask Voters To Boost Wages

Since I entered the labor market back in 1968, when the minimum was around 12.$ in today's money, the game has changed. While production per hour of labor has gone up (more than double), the remuneration for it has gone down. The percentages of company income that went to the employees has gone down while the percentage to the top executives and the owner's has risen sharply. Employees in general today are making less than they have in 60 years while the owners and executives of the major corporations are making more than at any time in US history. The wealthy individuals and the largest corporations are also paying the lowest amount of taxes in over 80 years. You want to go back to the good old days? Then go back to the days when employees got properly paid for their labor and the wealthy paid their fair share of taxes.

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Posted by Kenneth Groves on 07/11/2016 at 5:55 AM

Re: “Backers of Higher Minimum Wage File Petitions To Ask Voters To Boost Wages

Wrong, Again is so ignorant that he doesn't realize raising the minimum wage wouldn't even effect the pay of an undocumented immigrant. But, then again, maybe he does and he posted that because he was going through withdrawals since he hasn't posted either one of those stupid statements in the last few comments he has posted.

Please, please, please go away Wrong, Again. Far away.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 07/11/2016 at 3:47 AM

Re: “Media Watch

Maybe it's time to report on the OTHER huge story floating around the Tucson media that NOBODY is willing to report on. About someone named Plliott Eitts. Y'all have had THAT story since December.

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Posted by anonman on 07/11/2016 at 2:15 AM

Re: “Marijuana Legalization Group Submits Initiative to Secretary of State's Office with More Than 250K Signatures

This whole discussion reminds me of one quote from Abe Lincoln
" You can argue points, however you can't argue against right"

MLK ; " Injustice anywhere is an attack on justice everywhere"

To allow municipalities and counties to decide if they want to allow rights ? Remindes me of one state slave one state free.

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Posted by Carpet baggers on 07/10/2016 at 8:20 PM

Re: “Marijuana Legalization Group Submits Initiative to Secretary of State's Office with More Than 250K Signatures

I am not going to go for personal testimonies or character questions. One undeniable fact is MPP's proposal is still prohibition. Prohibition that in one form or another has not worked for close to 80 years now. Prohibition that was always focused to keep the youth and protect society from perils. Again this has not worked again we are asked for a new brand of prohibition. A brand where it's use and distribution manufacture will be controlled and that will be arbitrary.

While it is true MPP wrote the initiative that passed by 51% what was it's intention ? All the board of Directors of MPP have been replaced since then and the previous president has defaming comments about the currents board. It appears the current board is also sits on so many industry boards and councils hardly relates to good faith IMHO. I dont believe a patient hold tribute to any before those, that have been convicted differently just between counties. Those that have had multiple felonies attached for just having papers and a pipe.

While I thank You Kathy Inman for your patronage in this evil. One we call prohibition. It is not matter what the face and between repealing of 13-3401 and this ridiculous industry based initiative.

For the record I am elderly and family has been here since before it was a territory. I have lost family in every war and that too of the war on drugs. I am not associated with part of this industry and would proudly meet you for a public town hall forum for the good of the people. Lets chat?

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 07/10/2016 at 7:58 PM

Re: “Marijuana Legalization Group Submits Initiative to Secretary of State's Office with More Than 250K Signatures

I have lived in Arizona since 1992 and I know the harms of alcohol. It is time for a safer alternative to be legal and available to Everyone.

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Posted by Kathy Inman on 07/10/2016 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Marijuana Legalization Group Submits Initiative to Secretary of State's Office with More Than 250K Signatures

Ive never made a dime -and stand to make no money. I am here because this plant heals and saves lives -and I know hemp will save the planet.
I want to grow six plants. I want people to stop having penalties for possession. This CRMLA would have protected me and the majority of Arizonans all of their lives.
MPP did not do Washington's initiative.
MPP did legalize Colorado.
MPP did give 90,000 Arizonans their medical rights.
I trust MPP. I am VOTING YES.

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Posted by Kathy Inman on 07/10/2016 at 6:33 PM

Re: “Confessions of an eBay opium addict

To the person with the name "A Real Addict"... are you fucking retarded? Have you even ever took poppy tea? Just fyi- some are stronger than others. A small dose is like 10 mg of fucking morphine. In the past, I have tooken enough to fucking nod out on. The withdrawal is real. No, it is not just some psychology bullshit. I've felt withdrawal after 24 hrs without it. My fiance has felt the same but even worse. OF COURSE, IT'S NOT AS BAD AS METHADONE. Methadone is worse than Heroin! NO. NO doctor would ever tell you to quit cold turkey if you're on a high amount. Stop being a condescending asshole just because you're a real drug addict. That doesnt make you fucking cool or give you the right to bully people.

Posted by Anne Thompson on 07/10/2016 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Marijuana Legalization Group Submits Initiative to Secretary of State's Office with More Than 250K Signatures

Kathy Inman ; If the CRLMA passes it will be the end of MMJ. It will immediately be transferred into the Department of Marijuana License and Controls. It will then be up to the board on how they will relinquish certain medical considerations to AZDHS for medical purposes.

Everything you have stated is false. The creation of the DMLC will maintain a high level of price. Thus giving margin for the black market to flourish.

To not take this as fact; Let's look At Washington State Univ. The "Consequences and Cost of Marijuana Prohibition "
https://aclu-wa.org/library_files/MarijuanaProhibition.pdf

These undeniable results of the type of prohibition the MPP's CRLMA will have. It is not true anything because nothing trueful has been said yet. Just who is are the backers of the initiative why are they hiding? Not the supporters but the money backers?

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 07/10/2016 at 6:00 PM

Re: “Marijuana Legalization Group Submits Initiative to Secretary of State's Office with More Than 250K Signatures

To Ex-Arizonan:
Medical Patients may still possess up to 2.5 ounces, and there is no tally of product purchased within the adult use parameters.

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Posted by Kathy Inman on 07/10/2016 at 5:27 PM

Re: “Marijuana Legalization Group Submits Initiative to Secretary of State's Office with More Than 250K Signatures

What sort of reporting is this? The good non profit that brought us this opportunity to be free from the prohibition that has poisoned our people for decades is the same that legalized Colorado. The man who is quoted at the end of this article is standing up for the black market when he calls the Marijuana Policy Project greedy. He works for an operation out of California that ruined their legalization a few years ago. I have been an unpaid volunteer for cannabis for eight years in our state, and I am appalled to see such reporting from a news source I once trusted. Jason Madar is nothing but a bafoon who is mad because he will no longer be able to sell bags of weed after regulation. Get a real job, Jason Medar, and stop standing in the way of our freedom.
When this passes we will be able to carry one ounce of marijuana, grow six of our plants that can produce as much as we like as long as it stays at home, and we will legalize hemp production.
Any red blooded American Arizonan who doesn't want to see that is either uneducated about cannabis, a prohibitionist, or a criminal trying to save the Black Market.

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Posted by Kathy Inman on 07/10/2016 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Letter to the Editor

The supremacy of British sea power is undisputed, but the Spanish armada was sunk by a fortuitous combination of bad weather, disease, poor tactics and bigger guns. Dodgy analogies aside, I shall hoist a few local craft beers the day the industrial brewers join those unfortunate Spaniards in Davy Jones's locker.

Posted by Peter Brown on 07/10/2016 at 4:31 PM

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