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Comment Archives: stories: Currents: Feature

Re: “Rebalancing Nature

I missed the part where it's described why relocating these sheep to the Catalinas is important or even necessary.

The article clearly states that there is no known reason why previous herds have died out, and relies on pure speculation. Meanwhile, fingers are crossed and offending mountain lions are slaughtered. There's something wrong with the picture - these lions are successful residents of the Catalinas, and are doing exactly what is expected. Killing them because they are doing what nature dictates is antithetical to the concept of wildlife preservation. Robbing Peter to pay Paul just seems plain wrong.

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Posted by Paul Emmert on 01/09/2014 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Rebalancing Nature

After reading the article, my husband and I both feel that the front cover does not reflect the article inside.   The article was very well written, well researched and quite informative.  We both felt that it was a very unbiased article and left us both feeling we have a better understanding of the issue.  Thank you for writing it.

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Posted by Nancy Strong on 01/09/2014 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Rebalancing Nature

That first comment is exactly right - the subheadline "Why hasn't the reintrodution of bighorn sheep ... worked" is wildly off the mark, and completely unsupported by the rest of the article, which I think is otherwise very good and useful. It is nonsense to say that the reintroduction hasn't worked when it is just beginning, and the facts are that the reintroduction appears to be proceeding more or less along the lines anticipated when it was planned and started. There is no guarantee that the reintroduction will be successful, but neither is there reason to think that it must fail.

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Posted by Scot Stirling on 01/09/2014 at 9:44 AM

Re: “Rebalancing Nature

Misleading headline. Had very little to do with the article.

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Posted by lc69hunter on 01/09/2014 at 6:46 AM

Re: “2013: The Year in Review

the death cafe people are all wound up (watch out that can hasten topic's arrival). also a bit self rightous I guess they think they are the only ones who ever think about death. or maybe some know its out there and dwelling on it only takes away from living instead.

Posted by living still on 01/08/2014 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Get Out of Town!

The Cart Abandoners is definitely my favorite. I can't stand when people do that! Then the poor employees have to go out in the cold and round all the carts up.

Posted by Kat Brennan on 01/08/2014 at 11:40 AM

Re: “2013: The Year in Review

Hey TW, No need to sit @ home and wait for the black hand of death all alone. You can dare to break a cultural taboo at the Death Cafe. (Legal and Free) Get your fearless, curious, and grassroots- loving Mojo back. Pretty Please.

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Posted by Tina M. Hurley on 01/07/2014 at 8:37 PM

Re: “2013: The Year in Review

Why would the Weekly poke fun at or put down a forum that simply seeks to offer a safe place for folks to talk about death? The way in which Death Cafe was included in this article reflects anxiety that is so common around the subject.

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Posted by traveler on 01/06/2014 at 10:43 PM

Re: “Death By Misadventure

What were you thinking going on base to challenge a father. Your car was armed with knives. LSD ? Perhaps?

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Posted by jetlagg on 01/05/2014 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Death By Misadventure

Your whacked

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Posted by jetlagg on 01/05/2014 at 8:43 AM

Re: “Separate but Equal?

The billing was for MORE than one a year period. TUSD paid for their own external legal fees, their experts/consultants and for their internal legal salaries for attorneys and support staff. In civil rights cases such as these, as the article states, it is standard practice for the plaintiffs' attorneys to bill for legal fees. The District has never made such a big deal over it; which is unprofessional and right in line with everything else they are doing to go against desegregation. Mr. Salter does live in Tucson. He has practiced law in Tucson for decades. You may be referring to the Mendoza legal counsel who are located in L.A.. I have attended meetings with them and they are in ongoing contact with the plaintiffs and representatives.

The District has taken in about 1 billion dollars for desegregation. There has been little accounting for the money until now. The current court order includes accountability over this area and as well as all others outlined in the Unitary Status Plan. Let's stick to the facts.

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Posted by Clairification on 01/04/2014 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Separate but Equal?

The desegregation budget included $1 million for plaintiff legal fees. The plaintiffs filed for $2 million in fees. Is somebody getting rich over their lifetime?? It's not the kids or the plaintiffs, or even TUSD. With this kind of money out there the lawyers will keep this case going for their entire lifetimes. Oh, and BTW, Mr. Salter does not even live in Tucson. He lives and works in LA.

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Posted by Sonia on 01/03/2014 at 5:58 PM

Re: “Separate but Equal?

The paragraph on "white flight" says it all. The 'whites are heading for the Catalina Foothill, Vail, Marana where they will get a better education and not have to deal with the "cultural" issues of a mainly Hispanic school system.

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Posted by fraser007 on 01/03/2014 at 12:49 PM

Re: “Apocalypse Soon?

It is 2014, so we should be hit anytime now. Amen, LOL.

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Posted by environmentalists don't care about the people on 01/03/2014 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Separate but Equal?

Whether TUSD is taking adequate steps to integrate magnet schools is one issue. How integration is assessed is a different and critical one. They must be analyzed separately, but most frequently are not. 65% of TUSD's elementary students are Hispanic, but an elementary magnet school cannot have more than 70% Hispanic students, a mere 5% more than the average. On the other hand, an elementary school that has more than the district average of 21% white students can be up to 15% over the average, or 36% white, and still be in compliance with the plan. Next year the percentage of Hispanics will probably move up to 66 or 67%, yet the outer limit will remain fixed at 70%. But if the percentage of whites drops to 19%, the plan goal will accordingly drop to 34% for compliance. H.T. immediately understood that calling magnet programs that are popular with Hispanics "unsuccessful" when they are held to a much stricter measure of integration is unfair. He said that the emperor has no clothes and that makes some people upset. The parties just say that this is what they negotiated. They should defend it by explaining why they believe it to be fair. We have yet to hear it.

If 100% of students at a school have one white parent and one parent who is Asian American, Native American or African American, the plan would consider the school to be 100% integrated. That makes sense. But if 100% of the students in a school have one Hispanic parent and one non-Hispanic parent, the plan would consider the school to be 100% racially concentrated with Hispanics and wholly lacking in diversity. How can this be defended? Magnet school communities realize that the plan does not measure the true level of diversity at the schools. The plan does not give most Hispanic students the same opportunity to identify themselves as contributing to diversity that other students are given. The parties did negotiate an exception for Hispanic African American students, who are given the opportunity to identify themselves as multiracial. The parties could have applied the same rule to all Hispanics, and thus, to all students, but did not.

Pointing out these issues is not playing a "numbers game." Achieving integration is one of the main goals and, therefore the method of assessing integration is EVERYTHING. Yes, TUSD must provide more assistance to magnet schools to attract diverse students and yes, the plan provides many other positive steps that TUSD must execute. But the magnet program is the centerpiece of the integration effort and the assessment is flawed. Why is it still the elephant in the room?

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Posted by Jana Happel on 01/03/2014 at 12:59 AM

Re: “2013: The Year in Review

I wonder if Jim Nintzel and Leo W. Banks have considered that the black hand of death may not smack them in the kisser while they’re watching TV. The Grim Reaper may slowly slap them out, cell by cell, sucking away at their finances while they’re hooked up to life supports, trapped in vegetative states. If we all died a “natural” death like creatures in the wild, we would have no need for conversations about death. I feel fortunate that Tucson is hosting the Death Café. We’re already known nationally for our incredible All Souls Procession. The Death Café is just another expression of our city’s unique and fearless character.

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Posted by PRA on 01/02/2014 at 10:25 PM

Re: “Local Heroes 2012

For the real story on who were the hero's of the DeAnza/Cactus Drive-In Theater project, take a look at this article:…

While Charlie and I spent thousands of hours and thousands of my dollars to try to move the project forward, Someone else took all of the credit.

We created the corporation that wanted to save the drive-in and left in disgust when it became apparent that we were being used to further someone elses political agenda and career.

This is not the first time that some hero's have used others to further their agenda and won't be the last. Just be careful of who you deal with and get it all in writing before agreeing to anything.

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Posted by gcohn on 01/02/2014 at 6:14 PM

Re: “Separate but Equal?

This piece represents a refreshing change in attitude from Ms. Herreras. Better late than never. Anyone who wants to understand what has happened within TUSD needs to follow the money.

The main result of the desegregation lawsuit has been giving TUSD almost two billion dollars over the past thirty plus years to either integrate the schools or, at the least, bring the academic performance of African-American and Hispanic-American students up to the same level as white and Asian students. TUSD has failed in both efforts. The money...all of which comes from TUSD's taxpayers...has been spent on everything but the education of ethnic minority students. Superintendent Sanchez has been more interested in perpetuating magnet programs that neither improved student learning or integrated schools than in spending more money on the programs that actually benefit student performance, i.e. the back to basics programs such as the one at Dodge Middle School. Additionally, Superintendent Sanchez has done nothing to take money away from administration (about 10% of TUSD's budget) and spend it in TUSD classrooms where research says it would make a difference in improved student performance. TUSD only spent 50.6% of its budget in its classrooms in 2012 and only 50.4% of its budget in the classroom in 2011. It is interesting to note that the only Board member who has shown any interest in actually putting more money in TUSD classrooms is Ms. Herreras's least favorite board member, Mark Stegeman. Sadly, his motion to develop a plan to raise the percent of the budget going into the classroom to 55% did not pass. It was opposed by Ms. Grijalva and her allies on Board.

BTW, TUSD gets a whole lot more money than any other local district. In 2012 it got almost $8,900 per pupil...about $2,500 more per student than Vail got and almost $2,000 more per student than Sunnyside got. While the state has significantly underfunded public schools, TUSD's loss of enrollment and consequent school closures are much more the direct result of the way TUSD's leadership has chosen to misspend the very substantial amount of money they get.

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Posted by Marty on 01/02/2014 at 5:30 PM

Re: “2013: The Year in Review

Tucson Death Cafe is part of an important global movement of "Death Cafe"s which facilitate openly & socially acknowledging THE REALITY that Everything Dies. Thanks for the publicity. May our speech be liberated to include openly discussing - without fear-based mockery or disdain - The Essentials Of Life, of which Death is most certainly an obvious aspect. Denial of Death is extremely widespread in this culture, and that denial is unhealthy - and insane. Tucson Death Cafe is helping to address that in a relaxed, welcoming, informal way.

~ de Vie

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Posted by yourdeVie on 01/02/2014 at 2:20 PM

Re: “2013: The Year in Review

I was a bit shocked to see your post "Twerks, Jerks and Pieces of Work" would include The Tucson Death Cafe. This is not a unique group. It is part of a forward looking trend that is taking route across this country and around the world. In general as a society, we have gotten to limiting our "celebrations of life" to equal graduation drunk parties and over-consumerism at Christmas. We have forgotten that death is ultimately a part of life and that there are many milestones along the path toward this end which are worthy of celebrating. There are also practical issues around death such as end-of-life decisions and dealing with the funeral industry. Your comment of just laying around ready to have death "be smacked in the kisser" speaks clearly of our society's attitude of fearing death. The whole idea of the Death Cafes are to deal head-on with topics and fears surrounding death. Not only is there the act of dying to be considered, but the life the person has lived and should be honored. You may be surprised to learn (if you bothered to do any research) that there is a growing Green Funerals movement that seeks to establish burials without embalming, never-rot coffins, or the high costs. There is a growing number of folks who are honoring their loved ones by taking care of the body at home and transporting to their cremations or burials with dignity and grace. Yes, there are rules and regulations and one place to ask and learn about it is at a Death Cafe. When we can again think of honoring death instead of horrifying it with Zombies, we will have reconnected with our humanness, just as our ancestors did. This coming Tuesday, the Tucson Death Cafe moves its gathering to a new location. Check the Tucson Death Cafe events page on Facebook - or better yet, come show up to learn what it really is all about.

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Posted by Susie T on 01/02/2014 at 1:16 PM

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