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Re: “The Big Spank!

I am a lesbian who practices the Domestic Discipline lifestyle and from my experiences i can safely say that we are not an "anomoly" as such (considering every partner i've had has been into that lifestyle and none were found on any BDSM websites before anyone assumes) but are definitely a minority. I find that most lesbian couples who partake in this lifestyle are more shy about sharing this with others, especially if you consider the whole "which ones the guy" question that pops up constantly. Whether or not im just a fluke remains to be seen but in my opinion i think it's not that gay/les DD couples don't exist but rather none of us want to be the first to admit it.

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Posted by bec1991 on 01/29/2014 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Why Linda Ronstadt Still Matters to Tucson

Art and music is subjective. From a Canadian who has enjoyed Ms. Ronstadts' collective and storied canon of work since the 70's, I would suggest stop your twenty year struggle to understand and move on already. It doesn't have to be for you~shake another tree

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Posted by Lindsay Clifford on 01/29/2014 at 12:49 PM

Re: “The Reaper's Line

I grew up in Douglas and know and knew all of the Douglas people in your book. You captured the events so well with the TRUTH AND NITHING BUT THE TRUTH!

Posted by Veronica Lopez on 01/25/2014 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Preseason Preview

As an independent who in the past has donated to campaigns of Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians and independents, I have received multiple campaign solicitations from candidates of all stripes already this season.

In response, I have sent emails or letters to all, expressing my concerns and asking their positions on issues relevant to the office they seek. Ron Barber and Martha McSally are the only two who have responded. Ducey, DuVal, and Christine Jones have not.

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Posted by lc69hunter on 01/23/2014 at 7:48 AM

Re: “Preseason Preview

Nice article although writing it and reading it are probably a huge waste of time.

You see, I've lived in Arizona long enough (28 yrs) to be able to accurately predict the outcome of the Nov. election. The lemmings who populate Arizona will do as they've always done and they will get what they've always got.............a dangerous place to be a child.

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Posted by Bob Regan on 01/23/2014 at 6:39 AM

Re: “Death By Misadventure

Palacios absolutely got away with murdering two kids. I hope everybody on that jury has to answer to the Big Guy upstairs someday (if they haven't already) for allowing it. And the same to this Palacios guy. I wonder if his daughter ever came close to forgiving him for it.

Posted by kofarizona on 01/22/2014 at 6:52 AM

Re: “Separate but Equal?

Betts, If you want to hold public office as a TUSD board member, then you must recognize that the court may have improperly usurped the authority of the board and therefore of the constituents of TUSD. That is a most serious issue. If elected, your duty would be to protect your office so that your constituents have the voice that the state gives to us. If you are elected to the TUSD governing board, what would you do to ensure that our popularly elected officials do not have their authority to speak for us stripped by the court? Apparently, nothing.

Your comment dodges the critical issues raised by TUSD parents and reverts to platitudes. Why don’t you address the issues? By not directly addressing the issues, you trivialize them. That is not an attractive posture for a candidate. You could be a decent candidate. We expect more from you.

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Posted by Jana Happel on 01/20/2014 at 11:32 PM

Re: “The Man in the Middle of the Billboard Battle

Well done, Mark Mayer!

Posted by Sally on 01/20/2014 at 10:39 PM

Re: “Separate but Equal?

To me, the idea that the very entity that has been discriminating for almost 40 years is taking the whole thing back to the courts is very simplistic too. It is a simple diversionary tactic. After this many years of challenging what needs to be done to desegregate the district, TUSD is very expert at lawyers and lawsuits. In fact, you might say, MORE expert at lawyers and lawsuits than at actually giving all kids equal access to an excellent education. Was it TUSD's change of lawyers that has resulted in a new spate of lawsuits and objections to a plan that was written by TUSD itself as one of the players? Why aren't we just getting down to what has needed to happen for the entire time--stop fighting and move forward on not just the rhetoric but the reality of desegregation!

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 01/20/2014 at 9:19 PM

Re: “Rebalancing Nature

I witnessed the Nov. release of the sheep but have not seen them in the last two months because they indeed have gone to higher altitudes - and places that the authorities at CSR and Putsch Ridge have placed off limits. I agree with nearly all the above poster: a clear case of an editor bootlegging the author's intentions. Not to gang up on Mr. Small, and respecting his personal experience, but he should really brush up on his sloppy usage of the word "exponential." Likewise, he can not extrapolate linearly
from the post-release mortality rates. Conditions have already changed = the sheep have moved on to higher altitudes. A safe prediction is that the mortality rate will not remain constant, and indeed will likely go down. Finally, I am surprised at his comment that hunting the offending lions is injurious to the ecosystem. Their numbers have been expanding, a condition that will threaten equilibrium. Let's give the wildlife folks their due. As the article demonstrates, they are aware of the problem and responding to threats to all the specieis discussed (lions, sheep, and us) quite well. It would be nice only if the mortality in capturing the sheep, a point not raised in the article, could be decreased.

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Posted by Myron Smith on 01/20/2014 at 5:07 PM

Re: “Separate but Equal?

The idea that these desegregation lawsuits are being used to give school's like Davis a hard time is very disingenuous to the original spirit of the legal challenge. I think the issue here is the use of antiquated blood quotient definitions of race.

If the school district allowed parents to check multiple boxes when enrolling students then we wouldn't be arguing over whether TUSD is diverse enough. The idea that more "white" students need to be integrated into our magnet school is very simplistic. Allow parents to choose boxes that actually reflect the multi-racial and cultural realities of our families and we won't have to spend money and time on this specific issue.

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Posted by concerned parent on 01/19/2014 at 8:32 PM

Re: “Rebalancing Nature

Who dreamed up that title? Fascinating article though. The gentleman who learned to live with elk should be reminded that each species is different. Bighorn sheep obviously have some of the same characteristics as domestic sheep: easily spooked especially by dogs and dying from fright.

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Posted by Frank Rittman on 01/14/2014 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Rebalancing Nature

What a brilliant article. Bravo:)

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Posted by Debra Meltzer on 01/12/2014 at 6:38 PM

Re: “Rebalancing Nature

God, so much conjecture, opinionation, gadzooks! Oregon environmentalism run amok here in AZ. Agh! My experience...while living high atop the Rockys I witnessed the pleasant integration of humans (lots of us) with herds of elk. Big ones. Lots of 'em. Clogged the roads, stood on the golf course greens, blocked my shots, my late wife and I wandered happily in the midst of herds of 25 to 35 of them as they lazily munched away on any/everything. One day on the way to work on a high mountain two lane, traffic backed up b'cuz a herd was crossing the road in spurts. As I got my turn to cross, a woman on the opposite side motioned to a bull elk (with her hand through her window) to "go ahead" and cross the road. He did. Then, she moved on passed me and I her, on the way to work. The elk began to cross the road behind us. We all worked out a system to get along. Worked fine.

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Posted by frank McLaury on 01/11/2014 at 10:03 PM

Re: “Getting the Ax

Target is now getting paid back for all their mis-deeds with this 110 Million card data breach. See Tarbutt! God is now punishing you for all the crap you do to your employees. See: and

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Posted by Wm Inkennesaw on 01/10/2014 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Rebalancing Nature

The sub-heading does not match the article and is a bit of editorializing on a news story. Poor form by the paper, obviously not the author's intent.

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Posted by concerned on 01/10/2014 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Rebalancing Nature

Earlier this week, I read a flyer titled: Become a Project Sponsor, meaning the Catalina Bighorn Sheep Relocation in the Catalina Mountains. I have a history involving desert bighorn sheep in the Catalina Mountains.

In the mid 1960s, when I was a student at the University of Arizona Wildlife Research Unit, Bob Hernbrode Sr, who was the Arizona Game & Fish Department manager for Unit 33 that includes the Catalina Mountains, instigated placement of a 750 gallon metal cylindrical tank on Pusch Ridge by military helicopters. The intent was to provide a water source for the bighorn sheep herd at a high elevation, so the number of trips the sheep made to lower elevations for water would be reduced. Mr. Hernbrode Sr said interaction with humans, domestic dogs and resulting deaths of sheep were a problem for the bighorn sheep herd’s survival.

Another student and I accompanied Mr. Hernbrode Sr to the metal tank on Pusch Ridge in 1965 or 1966 and helped construct a concrete and rock catchment with a float valve connected to the lower end of the water tank. My cousin and I returned a year later to check on the condition of the float valve and catchment.

Decades later in the 1990s, my wife and I hiked to the metal tank on Pusch Ridge and observed extensive pornographic graffiti sprayed on the tank and surroundings. This demonstrated a considerable amount of human activity at the higher elevation that Mr. Hernbrode Sr expected bighorn sheep would avoid humans.

Tha flyer states today that the sheep “… were extirpated in the 1990s for reasons that are not fully understood. Urban encroachment, human disturbance and changes in habitat resulting from fire suppression were likely factors. Disease and increased predation may have played a part.”

That includes five suspected causes for the die off of the previous herd of bighorn sheep over twenty years ago. Since then, urban encroachment increased exponentially and is a more severe limitation on bighorn sheep survival. Human disturbance also increased exponentially and is more of a hazard to bighorn survival. Fire suppression is diminished and is an improvement to bighorn survival, according to the Game and Fish Department. The present level of disease is an unknown, but bighorn sheep in the Silverbell Mtns died off from exposure to domestic sheep diseases. Given the increases in human population around the Catalina Mtns, it is more likely that exposure to diseases borne by domestic animals, such as goats and sheep, has a greater chance of happening than in the past. The current policy of killing mountain lions that kill bighorn sheep will apparently reduce predation.

This anecdotal analysis, which is as accurate as the Game & Fish Department’s “… for reasons not fully understood …” indicates that two of the five suspected factors that may have caused the demise of the Catalina Mtns bighorn sheep herd in the 1990s are improved, while three of those factors are worse.

The current policy of killing mountain lions that prey on the relocated bighorn sheep is questionable, because evidence from other areas shows that removing apex predators from an ecosystem has long term detrimental results to the whole ecosystem.

The three deteriorated factors (urban encroachment, human disturbance and higher possibility of exposure to disease) are strong indications that the relocated bighorn sheep are unlikely to survive in the Catalina Mtns.

Since 31 desert bighorn sheep were relocated to the Catalina Mtns in mid November 2013, four individuals died. That's between 10% and 20% mortality in less than 60 days. If that rate does not slow down, the initial 31 sheep relocation will last less than two years.

I am not optimistic about the success of this relocation program.

The flyer also says “… state and federal agencies are partnering with private organizations to restore a healthy and self-sustaining population of bighorn sheep …” The most obvious federal agency is the U.S. Forest Service, and this agency’s involvement with the relocation program requires issuance of an Environmental Impact Statement with legal review and comment periods for all of the public, not just the stake holders who are participating on the Advisory Committee. The public at large should have been able to submit input and recommendations regarding the reintroduction program. Most important is what alternative areas of Arizona located more remotely from a large urban area (Tucson) were considered as alternative locations for introduction of bighorn sheep? The Catalina Mtns were NOT the Game & Fish Dept's top priority site for relocation of sheep.

Until the Forest Service complies with the statutes that require issuance of an environmental impact statement with adequate public notice of the plan on U.S. Forest Service land, with full review and comment by the public and compliance with all applicable laws, the reintroduction program should be halted.

The TW cover page is right on. The program is NOT working, because the death rate of the relocated sheep indicates failure.

One more thing ... the individual bighorn shown on pages 12 and 13 is a ram, not a ewe. The horns curl more than ewes' horns and you can see the ram's penis.

Ricardo Small

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Posted by Ricardo Small on 01/10/2014 at 8:06 AM

Re: “Rebalancing Nature

Very intriguing and well written article by Cathy Rosenberg. However I agree with others that the title of this unbiased piece was not appropriate.

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Posted by nancy goodman on 01/09/2014 at 8:34 PM

Re: “Rebalancing Nature

The subtitle / question "Why hasn't the reintroduction of bighorn sheep to the Catalina Mountains worked?" is misleading. That is not a question that Cathy Rosenberg addresses in her well-written, balanced story on the ongoing effort to reintroduce desert bighorn sheep into the Santa Catalina Mountains. Arizona Game and Fish Department has conducted numerous successful translocations of desert bighorns into Arizona mountain ranges. If the present project does prove unsuccessful, the department hopefully will gain insight into the reasons why. It might simply be that too-frequent encounters with humans and their activities may prevent reestablishment of the species in the Catalinas, an opinion expressed by Linwood Smith in his recent piece in the Arizona Daily Star (Dec. 17), but it is sad to see the Tucson Weekly's cover subvert prematurely its own well-researched article on the latest effort. Cecil Schwalbe

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Posted by Cecil Schwalbe on 01/09/2014 at 4:35 PM

Re: “Rebalancing Nature

Good article but it has nothing to do with the headline. Actually, from the article it seemed like it is working. Given some of the negative reactions I read in the press following the killing of the lions I figured there would be something reflecting that controversy but there was nothing.

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Posted by retrorv on 01/09/2014 at 2:16 PM

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