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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Feature

Re: “Etch-a-Sketch Election

Ms McSally "held a roundtable with various local education officials to discuss the issues. The press was not allowed to observe the roundtable conversation to "encourage an open and engaging discussion."
That's encouraging. I wonder what 47% comments came out of that discussion.

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Posted by Pima Mujer on 09/22/2014 at 6:37 AM

Re: “Etch-a-Sketch Election

McSally is scary, she is being funded by some radicals and she must believe in their ads they run for her. Barber seems to be telling it straight and truthful, unlike McSally. Voters really need to evaluate who they elect. McSally says she can fix DC , Really, The Tea Party has done nothing in Congress, Vote smart people in and around Tucson. Barber is the most honest and straight forward.

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Posted by Sam Smith on 09/21/2014 at 5:58 AM

Re: “Etch-a-Sketch Election

They (both parties) think we are stupid. No one in congress is going to do anything about the border. The political ads claiming that candidate X will "defend" / "enforce" / "save us" are all BS. Like I said, they think we are stupid. Write snarky notes to the TV stations regarding false advertising.

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Posted by Gandalf the White on 09/20/2014 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Etch-a-Sketch Election

So AZ ranchers are uniting against Barber for his lack of enforcement at the border. How quickly you forget that we are a nation of laws.

Not just marijuana laws.

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Posted by Rat T on 09/19/2014 at 6:45 AM

Re: “Etch-a-Sketch Election

McSally is not only a fighter pilot (retired) but also a bicyclist; she soft pedals and she back pedals. I'd prefer to be represented in the Congress by someone who knows Tucson and southern Arizona. Ron Barber has lived, gone to school, married and raised a family, and worked here since he was 10. Martha McSally came here on USAF assignment, retired and went to Germany to work; came back here in a nano-second when the opportunity to run for Congress occurred. I'd prefer to be represented by someone who knows the issues and knows how government works. Ron worked for a Member of Congress, ran her district office, provided excellent constituent service, has now had experience working in the Congress, has done a competent job and retained his independence. Martha begs off answering questions because she doesn't have a staff to tell her what she thinks.

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Posted by franklymydears on 09/18/2014 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Etch-a-Sketch Election

It means, Henry, that McSally will be very good at following the talking points and voting orders passed down from Republican leadership.

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Posted by Ldonyo on 09/18/2014 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Etch-a-Sketch Election

and Barber?

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Posted by Rat T on 09/18/2014 at 8:31 AM

Re: “Etch-a-Sketch Election

As in the case of the sainted John McCain, maybe it is worth looking at the assessment of their superiors in the military-neither left their careers with the stars of flag rank on their uniforms. That seems to be a pretty good indication that they didn't have the leadership ability to make the decisions expected from the upper echelons of the military. Why expect them to be any more capable in the U.S. Congress?

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Posted by Henry J. on 09/18/2014 at 8:09 AM

Re: “Etch-a-Sketch Election

McSally needs to gain some experience in government. At least before Barber ran for Congress he worked in the field gaining knowledge as a staff member in Congresswoman Gifford's office.

Why do all these people think we should vote for them when they have absolutely no experience or record of government service, nothing to judge them by?
If McSally uses her military experience and "qualifications" in the state legislature or other public office for a couple years maybe we could see what she would be like in office. Right now all we can judge her on is who supports her election, that's a negative, we don't even know who is putting up the money for her campaign.

Who and where does all that money come for the TV ads, and huge campaign McSally is running for Congress? When do we get an accounting of the money?
We want to follow the money, McSally has no record except someone some where likes her enough to spend money to try to buy our votes.

What she says she supports, is different from what her campaign said two years ago. We can look at who she lines herself up with in Congress now, and that's a massive negative for regular folks, seniors, veterans, and working people in Southern Arizona.

The proof is we need to see the real McSally, not just she supports the A-10, not just negative ads about Congressman Barber. We need to see the real McSally stand up and tell us, does she really support doing away with Social Security, is she really in favor of vouchers for medicare?

What else haven't we found out about McSally except she wants to be in Congress, what's in it for us?

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Posted by hakeson on 09/18/2014 at 7:03 AM

Re: “Who Wants to Be a Teacher?

There are plenty of teachers out there, empirically. We've just left the classroom, and we read the news--there's nothing enticing about the idea of going back. I beat the odds and made it 7 years before I quit. I got a 25% raise when I went into the private sector, and 10 years later, I made money working in ed tech that I couldn't have gotten with 25 years and a doctorate in the classroom. We've all got our stories about the problems, and what made us leave finally. But I suppose they can all be covered by the idea that if you're not going to be rewarded financially for your work, you have to be rewarded psychologically. And there is very little of that left to be had in the profession, either. When business owners, and legislators, and parents, and even your own administrators, are actively working against you and attacking you, it makes it hard to keep at it.

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Posted by Kristie Cunningham on 09/17/2014 at 11:10 PM

Re: “Etch-a-Sketch Election

It doesn't matter who wins.

That's how bad it's gotten.

You want choice? Move to Scotland.

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Posted by Rat T on 09/17/2014 at 7:33 PM

Re: “Etch-a-Sketch Election

McSally is a one-issue candidate: Save the A-10.

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 09/17/2014 at 6:54 PM

Re: “Etch-a-Sketch Election

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/20/sam-stone-martha-mcsally-spokesman-resigns-arizona_n_1613412.html

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Posted by Albert V. Turk on 09/17/2014 at 6:11 PM

Re: “Etch-a-Sketch Election

Background about McSally's campaign working for the defeat of Jesse Kelly two years ago ... she didn't want a Republican incumbent in CD 2 to compete against.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/06/18/1100994/-Daily-Kos-Elections-Live-Digest-6-18#

9:16 AM PT: AZ-08: Martha McSally was never going to be cheering loudest for Jesse Kelly, her fellow Republican, to win the special election against Ron Barber; after all, a Kelly victory would all but end her chances of running again in November. Now with Kelly out of the picture (he dropped out of the regular election after losing last week), McSally is the probable GOP nominee. But did she go so far as to try and help this situation come about? Barber's camp is claiming that she did—that an aide of hers, Sam Stone, tried to offer unsolictied advice to a Barber staffer about how to beat Kelly. Stone denied doing so, byt Barber's campaign showed Politico a business card Stone allegedly handed one of their folks, with some tips (supposedly based on polling data) scrawled on the back. Just a very strange story... and if Stone really did do this, what a ham-handed way to go about things.

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Posted by Albert V. Turk on 09/17/2014 at 6:07 PM

Re: “Remembering Chuck Bowden

Thank you Tucson Weekly for a wonderful tribute to a great writer and fascinating person.
His influence on writers and others is well reflected in these sentiments.
Well done.

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Posted by Bog Mann on 09/16/2014 at 8:30 AM

Re: “The Return of Wyatt Earp

Actually, even by your own research, the "bad guys" couldn't be brought to justice legally, because they were let go every time they were brought to trial or arrested. But they were still determined to kill the Earp brothers. So how was Wyatt a murderer by hunting down the men who were trying to not only murder him and his family, but were trying to ambush them like cowards? In my own opinion, if you knew your family and yourself was being hunted, and you knew who the murderers were, I think taking them down before they take me down would be not only the right thing, but makes a little bit more sense that sitting around waiting to be murdered. I think Wyatt and the others were brave men who wasn't scared to take out the trash......and they did. In my book he and his brothers earned recognition for bravery in the face of overwhelming odds!!!!

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Posted by The Truth on 09/15/2014 at 10:10 PM

Re: “Body Revolution

@fattiefeminist

> To all the fat chics suffering it out in Tucson: maybe you should just move?

Not just move, but move MORE and eat LESS.

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Posted by TurdBurglar on 09/14/2014 at 2:05 AM

Re: “Remembering Chuck Bowden

When I worked at Evergreen Air Center at Marana in the late 70's and early 80's, I gained a lot of inside knowledge about the connections of that national company and their sub-contracting work for the CIA. I approached Chuck Bowden's City Magazine and contributed a story on my experience there. The two of us, plus another man from his magazine, who has since died of cancer all lunched, ran through the piece and discussed publishing it. I was in awe of his writing, reputation and lack of guile. I learned a lot from that experience. It published and they got a lot of feedback. Later, I wrote a 5 part series for the Star, and brushed up against Chuck who was in the building. His writing was so inspiring his columns were collectible. I still have a lot of them in my files. His television appearances were brave, when talking about drugs and the Mexican police being interconnected. His early piece on a Mafia chieftain's funeral here in Tucson I thought was a watershed experience in his writing.

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Posted by frank McLaury on 09/11/2014 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Portraits in Biodiesel

Crumbs I have a biodiesel run benz and can't find the stuff here now! Michelle at Atomic tucson.

Posted by Michelle Hotchkiss on 09/03/2014 at 3:21 PM

Re: “GRILL 1994-2011

Well its time for a repost. The red room is still there, but its in very bad shape, and nobody should go in there because, well tresspassing is a valid statement. There is a good video here about the grill
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S259m_5-g4I
and I have set of pictures that I took when patronizing the establishment.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/18171509@N00/sets/72157628136085501/

Posted by John F on 09/02/2014 at 9:11 AM

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