Thanks for responding. While I objected to the Loft being on the County Bond. I am glad that you use grants etc.
This is Peggy Johnson, the Executive Director, and The Loft withdrew its request to be on the bond election ballot. While we are tax exempt, we do pay sales tax and we receive no funding from the city, county or state except in the form of competitive grants for the arts from TPAC and the Arizona Commission on the Arts.
Although I'm a raving, left wing liberal, this guy doesn't sound bad at all. Is he hiding anything? Eh! He's too sane to win the primary.
"Raising money" for improvements? I thought that's what your profits go to make those improvements. I realize that the Loft is a "non-profit" but for the taxpayers to foot your bills with inclusion in the next Bond Package is not right. With so many more valid needs of the Bond to have the Loft in the mix is a waste of taxpayers money. I will vote against the Loft on that and will encourage my friends to do the same.
Go scam someone else for your improvements.
There's a word for that. Extortion.
Much better at answering the question that Doug Ducey whose eyes glaze over every time he is asked an important question that is not about him.
A little dicey on education. Isn't choice grand, is not an education policy or a commitment to full funding. Plus he's ok with vouchers. I don't know why any educator would vote for a Republican in this state.
He speaks like a leader.
The plant is only used intermittently. I think the power plant would get priority on natural gas deliveries in a situation like the other winter.
It makes sense to me that Veterans and others who care about and value "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" would support Ron Barber over Martha McSally.
So when all the inventory of coal is burned up and there isn't a speck of that dirty evil rotten coal to be found on the TEP property for backup purposes, do we all site in the dark for a week or more when we have another fluke outage from El Paso natural gas like we had a couple years ago in the winter time. I personally would like to see a mountain of coal in the ready just in case
According to a reliable source, the reason these folks were fired was because they were not doing their jobs and taking unauthorized time off. Some have even been instrumental in attempting to sabotage programs that the Executive Director was trying to implement. I have observed that they are splinter groups within our community that are at odds with one another and do not always cooperate for the community good. I feel that the decision to close Wingspan was a hasty decision and not giving the community the opportunity to respond in Wingspan's support is appalling.
Barber said the decision "allows the beliefs of corporations to trample the rights of employees, especially the rights of women. All employees—men and women—must be free to make their own health care choices with their doctors and without interference from their employer. I will continue fighting to protect the right of all women to make their own health care decisions."
How is this LIE still being passed around? The SCOTUS decision on the Hobby Lobby case does NOT prevent women from making health choices at all; the decision simply allows corporations to decide not to pay for abortion-inducing drugs. That's it. Women still have access to whatever contraceptions they want. It's just that they will have to pay for certain ones out of their own pocket. That's not restricting access; that's personal responsibility. BTW, Mr. Barber, if employees really could make health-care decisions without interference from the employer, we wouldn't be concerned about what the insurance company would pay for and what the co-pay is and what the deductible is.
I gotta say, finding a story that has a link to somewhere else to get the 'rest of the story' is rather disappointing; "For more on Williams and her perspective on her conviction, go to..."
Even more disappointing is getting there and not finding the promised 'rest'.
What, are we running short of electrons? Can I buy you a hard drive? Finish what you started, and if you have to put content in both places, do so.
Seriously, I kinda get it when a story is continued on another page in print media, but that is so oughties. Get with the times. (no, not 'The Times')
Great, glad you read community conundrum and I hope you read this follow-up as well --
Thanks Tasha -- we may have to disagree on this one, and that's fine. Look forward to seeing what the community does next to save Wingspan.
Mari, I have read every article ever written about WS. This one from May of last year was by far your most transparent, although many of us still found it tamed, especially in its lack of reporting the brutality and carelessness with which these people were fired: http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/community-conundrum/Content?oid=3755137
You are absolutely right--most of these people did and do still care about WS; it was not the organization nor the mission they had problems with, it was the leadership.
Actually Tasha -- you need to do some research and actually read our past stories. No boot licking here. We've been the only media to report on past firings and how that continued method hasn't necessarily been good for the organization. What we did here was report on different community members' and leaders' and former directors' POV. It's not easy getting past employers to discuss the issues, at least on record, because, well many of those people have done exactly what you mention--they are working for SAAF. Which is why, we can't think of a better group to help Wingspan through this crisis--they have staff who understand those programs, understand the grants and care about the community, in fact many have always cared about Wingspan and its mission.
I am extremely disappointed with how The Weekly is consistently choosing to report on this with an obvious bias against the disillusioned former staff. The slant and interviews portray these folks as insidious conspirators, when in reality they were then AND REMAIN some of the most effective, invested, and well-respected members of the Tucson queer community. In an article from a few days ago they even quote a board member saying these people were "bad for WS;" this is not only a lie (they were essential and firing them is a large part of the reason why WS couldn't keep up with its grants), but it is also pretty ironic considering most of these folks got snatched up immediately into leadership positions by other social services agencies around town, including SAAF, because they recognized the value of these people in our community. So where are the other perspectives in this story? Reporting only the point of view of those in power is shameless bootlicking, not reliable reporting.
Obama was fact checked on Obamacare and he turned out to be a filthy liar. Seniors scared out of Obamacare? They have Medicare already and free advantage plans.
Truth? You want to talk truth?
Congratulations to Joe and to CODAC for making the bold move and investing in the health of the LGBTQ community. LOL will be the first LGBTQ health clinic in this part of the country! Once again, Tucson proves itself to be the state's leader in equality. It can't open soon enough!
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