It kills me how at the first suggestion of any kind of added regulation of an industry, some people immediately run to the hyperbole and start likening it to communism. "Lenin's way," uh-huh.
Well Mr. Hightower, if you like to pay more for your goods, you're more than welcome. It's your choice. I'm one happy Amazon customer and I like the fact that there are no taxes on Internet purchased goods in my state. Heck, there are few states that don't have any sales tax. Why not pick on them? No one is stopping you form paying more by purchasing from local, independent booksellers/ merchants. But it should stay a choice. If you are trying to enforce "equality" Lenin's way, than "no way Jose". No one is stopping small merchants from becoming another Amazon. It's their choice.
UPS was exactly like this in the 1980s. High pressure warehouse work is the norm, not an exception. And it predates online shopping.
I know, we should pass comprehensive immigration reform to import even more cheap labor to compete against the warehouse workers.
Ahhhh, you guys!
These have been rocky years for Pima Community College as well. As Tucson's alternative paper, I wish that the Tucson Weekly would give some thought to the two candidates who are competing for the open seat on the PCC governing Board and endorse one of them. Our community college is too vital to the health of our community to be left out of these endorsements.
So, how long ago did the Lib/Progs switch from the hammer and sickle bandera to enrobing themselves in the American Flag? Maybe the fall of 2008, maybe?
I covered thé strike as a reporter for a Phoenix t.v. station. I broke this story. This guy is an inspiration.
As a liberal, masters-level, secondary mathematics and English teacher with a decade and a half of experience in multiple districts in southern Arizona (sorry, not a troll here), I'm going to have a hard time voting for either Duval or Garcia based on their beliefs about Common Core. Common Core is a giant corporate lie. If you think we can fix poverty by "raising standards," adding more high-stakes tests, and then holding everyone "accountable," then you're living in a dream world. I'm embarrassed that both of these Democratic candidates have somehow embraced it.
Write-In Candidate for Governor J Johnson was interviewed on ASU PBS (Ch 8-3)TV News this week,and said he will be the next Governor!!!!
Questions and comments RE your endorsement for the TUSD board:
• You say Darland "has worked tirelessly as a volunteer on so many campaigns to try to improve the schools that we can't even count them." This statement is not helpful to voters. What were the specific campaigns, and what has the net effect for TUSD been? Darland worked tirelessly on Prop 204. How did Prop 204 improve the district? It channelled a lot of the volunteer energy available in the district into a campaign for an increased funding proposition that did not pass. Darland exposed one of the abusers of the charter system in the state legislature. Well done – but how does this qualify her to be on the TUSD board, rather than in the state legislature? It is important to note that TUSD board members do not significantly influence the Arizona legislature’s law and policy. If Darland and her supporters really believe that the source of TUSD’s problems lies in the legislature’s funding and policy decisions, as so much of Darland’s campaign messaging suggests, isn't she running for the wrong position?
• Darland is part of the political network behind the current TUSD board majority. She has been endorsed by Adelita Grijalva and is closely connected with Ann-Eve Pedersen. So how would a Darland-Foster-Juarez controlled board be significantly different from a Grijalva-Foster-Juarez controlled board, which has been dysfunctional?
• Finally, forgive me for directly addressing the elephant in the room that everyone is supposed to politely ignore, but how does being an Anglo PTA member, site council member and mom at Fruchthendler (an east-side school that does not have the same racial or socio-economic demographics most TUSD schools do) qualify a person to assume a leadership position in a district where most schools bear more resemblance to Warren, Pueblo and McCorkle than they do to Fruchthendler?
I would be happy to support a Darland campaign for the state legislature, but I don't think electing her to the TUSD board will help the district. We need people who will be capable of getting on top of a very dysfunctional institutional culture in the district's bureaucracy and reforming it. Darland's relentless focus on the legislature's funding failures, which would be helpful to us in a state legislator, will be misplaced and wasted in a leadership position on the TUSD board.
For the TUSD school board, I support the campaigns of Betts Putnam-Hidalgo (because of her educational background in political science and Mexican American Studies, her commitment to social justice, her advocacy experience within the Hispanic community, her complex understanding of the history of the desegregation case, her support of financial transparency and accountability, and her depth of experience at the "ground level" in the schools and in the district). I also support Debe Campos-Fleenor (because of her educational background in communication, her experience as a successful leader in the business community, her experience raising supplementary funding for our schools, her knowledge of best practices in non-profit board governance, her work as a Community Representative and bilingual volunteer in TUSD, and her support of financial transparency and accountability).
As for Campos-Fleenor following Stegeman: on some issues, perhaps -- but I doubt we'll see her behaving like Foster and Juarez have with Grijalva, following in lock step and showing little discernible capacity for independent thought and action. TUSD will suffer if the new board has another three-person majority cut from that mold.
We can put up $4 per year for an animal shelter, why can't we put up $40 a year and fix the abysmal streets? I can always tell when I'm back in Tucson by the feel of ruts and potholes under my wheels.
Glad to see the Weekly NOT endorsing Adelita Grijalva. It's time for her to go do something else with her life.
The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices does not allow for prolongation lines used in Red Light Camera Intersections in Tucson. The line is usually more than 20 feet pass the crosswalk and according to that same manual the crosswalk is part of the intersection. It is also stated in the manual and in Arizona Revised Statutes that if you have entered the intersection on the green light or yellow light, you have the right of way to finish your exit in that intersection even after the light turns red. In addition most of the signs at these intersections are incorrectly posted. The ARS state clearly that if any one of the signs is incorrectly posted a person should not be held accountable for the violation. The FHWA has put out an official letter declaring the prolongation line specifically in Tucson to be illegal. With all that evidence if you go to court on a red light camera ticket they will find you culpable regardless of what you have to say and regardless the fact that the law alone wins the case for the defense. It took me a year to get my ticket dismissed after I appealed an illegal culpable finding by a corrupt Judge.
Thanks to The Weekly for NOT joining the movement being touted by establishment Democrats on behalf of TUSD Board incumbent Adelita Grijalva, unlike one of your prominent bloggers. It's a shame, however, that you overlooked the knowledge, expertise and caring that Betts Putnam-Hidalgo brings to this campaign. She has not lessened her involvement since narrowly losing the last race for the Board. She is also the candidate least likely to join up with either of the two factions on the Board. TUSD needs shrewd, inquisitive and experienced Board members.
Sorry but I want progress not progressives. You have solved nothing.
Jobs were 31. Where did they go?
Steve says: "Republican trolls. Weekly always has great recommendations for progressively-minded Arizonans."
You must define "progressive-minded" as someone who is in lockstep with the Pima County Democratic Party. If that is the case tell us why absolute Democratic control of Pima County for decades has left this area the 8th poorest metropolitan area in the entire country. How progressive-minded is that? And please don't try to blame this on the state legislature. They are no better than the Pima County Democrats, but the problems in this county (terrible roads, lousy schools, not enough decent paying jobs) are by and large self-inflicted wounds.
There may be a one or two endorsements that reflect actual thought (and I don't mean the nod to Ethan Orr,) but most of these are about as lock step with the Pima County Democratic machine as you can get.
What makes Jen Darling, who has rarely put in an appearance at a TUSD Governing Board meeting, more qualified than Betts Putnam Hidalgo, who has been actively involved with TUSD for a long time? Is it because Putnam Hidalgo would support Mark Stegeman's proposal to hire an internal auditor who would report to the TUSD Board. Such an action might eliminate the chronic misuse of funds appropriated for education, and we can't have that because the idea came from Stegeman. Why isn't Darling out front on any issues related to TUSD's misuse of funds?
Why is the Sunnyside School Board race not included on this list? Isn't it important enough for y'all to consider? Do you actually want Eva Dong re-elected and know you'd discredit all the rest of your endorsements by actually saying so?
Ethan Orr is in the NRA's back pocket. He needs to be replaced by Dr. Randy Friese, someone who sees first hand the devastating effects of our current gun laws. Dr. Friese will fight for responsible gun safety legislation. Mr. Orr votes AGAINST background checks for guns, and votes FOR ‘guns everywhere’ bills. It's time for a big change: Vote for Friese AND Steele for Southern Arizona!
I have to add my dismay to the many here about your nutty call on LD9. Reward Ethan Orr with your vote? What do you think my vote is? A carnival prize? Victoria Steele has been an outstanding freshman legislator in a difficult minority position. You seem to have also missed the fact that the GOP ran NO ONE against her, clearly considering her unbeatable. We need to keep the person that scares the pants off the right-wing extremists!
And the lockstep continues...
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