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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Messina

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I support the law regarding illegal immigrants coming to AZ. Since 1985 I've been visiting your beautiful state and spending loads of money. But I'm not going to spend any money in Tucson or Flagstaff because they are suing their own state over this law. I'll stay and eat outside their city limits. I don't see them doing so well financially, and I don't want to give them any of my money.

Posted by Sharon Lin on 05/23/2010 at 4:23 AM

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Dear Mr. Small:

Since you are unwilling to be part of the solution you are part of the problem.

Boycotts, including yours, are harmful.

Posted by GeorgeC on 05/22/2010 at 7:30 AM

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Please Don't Come To Arizona
It took boycotts to get an MLK day because of the bigots in public office. Now we have another bigot, Russell Pearce, who hates brown skin because his kid was killed by an illegal & wants to paint all browns with the same brush. The only way to insure Mexican Americans are not racially profiled is to hit us where it the pocketbook! If the cops asked EVERYONE for their "papers" regardless of color or accent, this wouldn't be a problem. In a perfect world this bill MIGHT work, but in an imperfect world with our hates and prejudices it isn't going to work.
People sometimes have to suffer to set a wrong to right. The business community courted and hired the illegals and now they cry? Sorry, suffer like the rest.
Besides if people come to Arizona before SB1070 is fixed, who is going to wash the dishes and cook the food and make the beds? Not some of the lazy Americans who would rather stay home and collect unemployment than work for less than they think they are worth! PLEASE BOYCOTT ARIZONA

Posted by SBarrett on 05/20/2010 at 2:27 PM

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Good for you Mr Small! I wish I could move to Oregon but the wages here are so low and the taxes so high, I cannot afford the move. I will have to suffer Anglozona until hell freezes over.

Posted by JerryL on 05/20/2010 at 10:22 AM

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I moved away and will not return to Anglozona until voters remove the cretins in the state legislature, who passed SB1070 and SB2281, and the governor from office.

Patronizing anything to do with Anglozona, while white supremacists are running the show there, helps support the status quo. Change is painful, and I wish the millions in lost gross receipts would not impact people living in Anglozona who oppose the new laws.

Move to Oregon, like I did. No sales tax here. What's Tucson's sales tax rate now? 9.1%? Isn't the City planning to increase that, too?

Boycott Anglozona!

Posted by Ricardo Small on 05/20/2010 at 6:32 AM

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Are you kidding? I'm moving there!

Posted by HisFawn on 05/20/2010 at 4:24 AM

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Posted by RFS_Buck on 05/20/2010 at 2:02 AM

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I dont think wingspan is aggressive enough when it comes to getting things up. We need something like ACT-UP like they have on the east coast.

Posted by SamhainAZ on 05/10/2010 at 10:00 AM

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As usual, Wingspan's leadership is appreciated. Since an uncaring or antagonistic individual can thwart the President's efforts and regulations, demand to see a supervisor and remember to remind recalcitrant hospital personnel that their hospital can lose its access to Federal funds if it refuses access to a partner in time of distress.

Posted by dougtucson on 05/06/2010 at 8:29 AM

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Matthew Bertrand responds to the comment from dg9:

We did overestimate the savings for that specific greywater project. The estimate was also in reference to the removal of a 15'x15' bermuda grass lawn. Because the city of Tucson prices water on a sliding scale, the commenter is correct that a low water user would save very little by conserving water through a greywater system. However, a higher water user has even greater potential to save.

Here is Tucson Water's pricing scale (accessible here:…

Single Family
1 – 15 Ccf $1.39
16 – 30 Ccf $5.13
31 – 45 Ccf $7.25
Over 45 Ccf $9.90

As a sample case, a household using a moderate-high amount of water, averaging 25CCF per month, would spend about $72 on water per month. If that homeowner hit our target 40% reduction in water use (the amount that the average homeowner uses on the landscape) down to 15 CCF/mo, the bill would reduce to $20/mo, for a $52/mo or $615/yr average cost savings. That 40% reduction is not hard to acheive, through recontouring the landscape to retain and infiltrate rainwater to support native plants which survive on rainfall, and. if necessary, watering higher water use plants such as fruit trees using greywater and rainwater stored in cisterns. New developments can achieve this target without significant (if any) added expense by incorporating this approach into the initial plans.

The State of Arizona also offers tax credits to anyone implementing rainwater harvesting or greywater systems, up to $1000 or 25% of the cost of the system. The State has only given out about half of these available funds over the last 3 years - most anyone who would apply would receive the credit.

Posted by imessina on 04/22/2010 at 11:40 AM

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Please check the math. 8000 gallons of water = 10.7 ccf. If you are below 15ccf per month usage (remember to conserve), you are paying $1.39 per ccf for an annual savings of $14.87. This is far less than the assertion in the article.

Posted by dg9 on 04/14/2010 at 9:41 AM

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faitsjasmin uses an ad hominem attact to distract the public attention away form the real issue. Ann Marie Clock is a fraud and is unlawfully representing herself as someone knowledgeable in indigenous spiritual practices. A person of character would be concerned about that. An intelligent person would not construct ad hominem attacks to distract attention away from the issue at hand. The Tucson Weekly negligently promoted a fraud and a liar who swindles people out of their money by misrepresenting herself as a person entitled to conduct Native American sweat lodges. The public has been harmed by Irene Messina's ignorance and lack of journalistic integrity. Again, a retraction of the initial story and an apology to the LEGITIMATE Native American community is long overdue!

Posted by swskeptic on 03/11/2010 at 9:29 PM

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“Should we be ashamed of presenting different practices, viewpoints and ways of life? Absolutely not; exposing various sides of a community and its members is our job.”

Irene Messina, who doesn’t possess the character to admit that she is so ignorant about all things indigenous, creates a straw man argument to prevent the public from discovering the real issue here. Irene Messina lacks all journalistic integrity promoted the SHAMELESS WELL-KNOWN FRAUD ‘Reverend’ Ann Marie Clock who is as fake and phony as James Arthur Ray. She should not be writing for the Tucson Weekly or any other publication until she learns the meaning of journalistic integrity.

Journalistic integrity consists of truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness and PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY. Irene Messina demonstrates none of these virtues. This pathetic attempt to confuse the issue is not fooling anyone with even minimal critical thinking skills. I suggest you develop your own character, Irene, and stop constructing logical fallacies to justify your ineptitude. A RETRACTION for that cheesy advertisement for the FRAUD Ann Marie Clock is LONG OVERDUE.

Grow up.

Posted by swskeptic on 03/11/2010 at 9:24 PM

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Oh shut up, "Oh Please", if you don't like it, don't read it. Simple as that. You don't have to be a douche about it.

Posted by faithsjasmine on 03/11/2010 at 9:36 AM

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You should be ashamed of your lack of journalistic INTEGRITY, your refusal to fact check and this pathetic attempt to justify your gross incompetence. Grow up, Irene. Learn about the profession and stop whining.

Posted by Oh Please! on 03/10/2010 at 7:37 PM

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An artist? He makes patches and sells them at craft shows in the summer and the rest of the time lives off the state, friends who have electricity and houses and showers he can mooch off of. if he considers what he does to qualify him as an artist, he is delusional. He does seem to be mentally deficient and delusional.

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Posted by Garret on 02/28/2010 at 8:47 AM

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This is a joke, you've been conned by this guy. Yes he lives in a bus, but unlike genuine "off grid" people, he is NOT self-sufficient. This guy is a drain on the state of Arizona. He puts up this smoke and mirrors of a "Green" life, while he: takes Food Stamps, ACCHS health care — the AZ version of Medicaid, — welfare in other words. He brags about this lifestyle and yet runs over to the University to use THEIR showers, THEIR electricity. He doesn't really want to live a green, off grid life. He just doesn't want to have to pay bills like a grown up. Living green means self-sufficiency, not draining the state welfare system, showering at the university and taking anybody else's electricity! The guy is mooching off the system. And you fell right into his con. And you see how lazy he is — he's too lazy to set up and take down his drums. Have you ever met a drummer who felt that way, was that lazy? Only an amateur would say such a thing. Immature comes to mind. Living off the state. Way to go green.

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Posted by Garret on 02/28/2010 at 8:43 AM

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Of course it is real Ray MORON 506. The profession has been around since time began - they need to support themselves somehow. They are not bugs nor are they inhuman! The fact that a person (Human Being) died in prison out of neglect is cause for ire no matter what their profession is!

Posted by JerryL on 02/26/2010 at 3:17 PM

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International sex workers right day?!?!?!?! Are you kidding me?!?! A prisoner died. I say good! One less bug that we have to house and feed. I mean really is this for real???

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Posted by RayM0506 on 02/26/2010 at 12:51 AM

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to my dearest jessica cox,i am really touched with your life story.i am a whole person but sometimes i cant even do simple task on my have motivated me to continue living in this world.....i have had so many frustrations in life,downfalls,depressions name it i got it but look at you--you never complained instead you made your weakness your strenght.and your faith is unbelievable,amazing....and your parents,too i praise them for bringing up a child so confident----you are truly a blessing to the whole christian world....keep it up and may you touch more lives as much as you have touched mine.

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Posted by glowzone723 on 02/23/2010 at 3:07 PM

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