"But there's a fundamental problem with the proposal that Zimmerman wasn't prepared to discuss last week: If current employees are no longer contributing to the underfunded pension plan, there won't be enough money in the long run to make payments to the people who are receiving pensions." Tens of millions of dollars worth of tax money in fact. The Council has a legal duty to properly fund the retirement system. Right now the City payment to the retirement fund is about $23 million. It would increase exponentially if future employees weren't contributing. And how much is the Council paying into the public safety (ie-police and fire)? $46 million a year! Why not go after that? Its hypocrisy writ large.
Would that satisfy the inmates, or do they think they need the whole asylum?
I've got an idea, that so far, nobody has surfaced. Let's all admit, the connstituents in the El Rio neighborhood will never, ever want a change for the course, except for what THEY want, ok? And, I think - ultimately - Kozachek is right, the Chicago way, maybe, but his conclusion is right. Why not just tear down the fence and gates, open the course, and give it to the neighborhood as a park? Let 'em in. That's what they want. Just do it. End of arguement and bitch session. How many golf courses do we have in town? Let's go somewhere else. Somewhere else could use the revenue. I think we're just trying to prop up this lame horse. ITEM 2 The College: I heard they want to go to Oro Valley. GREAT! They could use the money, if they're smart, they will cut them a tax deal and 500 mill in revenue goes with them. What? $60k jobs, too? So be it. Boats float where the water is calm.
Cap'n Al for got to mention that the trees keep sucking up all the CO2... how the hell are we supposed to make carbonated water if their aint no more CO2?? The trees are conspiring with Mayor Bloomberg to limit the amount of soda we can drink.
"So instead of properly harvesting the forest and having like 60 trees per acre we have 600 and it's sucking all of the water out of the water table adding to draught conditions. "
Uh, it was "harvesting the forest" along with timer-company supported fire suppression that turned it from 60 (large) trees per acre into 600 (teeny) ones.
Regarding shallow-rooted pine trees lowering the water table and somehow lower tables contributing to drought, well, Melvin lives in an alternative, fact-free conservative universe of his own much of the time. He and the reps from Fountain Hills, Kingman, and Skull Valley must meet for drinks. A lot.
Al Melvin was a merchant marine captain? More like the captain of the S.S. Minnow.
Steve K says some incredibly intelligent things. Referring to Grand Canyon College as 'these guys', in it's context, is not one of them. They aren't the Wild Boys Strip Club for God's sake.
Regarding Al - "Now he wants you to know there are too many trees and the trees are stealing our water"? It would be laugh out loud funny if is wasn't for the fact that it's true. Hell, it's still laugh out loud funny!
For more funny see Brian's missive on water parks!
Bless this paper. Laughing out loud early on Thursday mornings because of the Weekly's diverse and insight full prose reminds me that I'm more human than that angry cynical bitch I see in my mirror each morning. Except Thursday mornings.
Al Melvin is just jockeying for time on The Daily Show again. Or turning on the charm for fellow Sen. Sylvia Allen? http://harpers.org/archive/2010/07/tea-par…
I want to encourage everyone to support this City Council Candidate and send him $10 ... so that he can get his matching funds!
Kate's family name is spelled Brophy. She's a UA grad.
If Tobin thinks it's a good idea to put Medicaid expansion on the ballot, he's wrong. I predict it will pass overwhelmingly, especially in the rural areas and southern Arizona, where people actually have a heart. Then there's Maricopa, which loves the then then, outgoing Brewer...so don't count them out, either. It's a winner, in any case. Bring it on, Tobin. I see you trying to overturn it after the next election...unsuccessfully, because me thinks there will be a Democratic Governor who will veto your butt, even if you did get the votes.
I'll bet if they did a background check on Flake we would find out that he was a cereal.
Hey at this point the ONLY person we have any hope with on the BOS is Ms.Miller! The rest of them are on the "county payroll" for the long haul and follow blindly what the county administrator wants.
JCC how civil of you. Have you even seen the supervisor meetings? Mrs. MIller has been asking questions at every meeting, asking about where funds are going if there is a way some here or there, to put thse savings into the roads. I have sent emails and her staff has helped in many more ways than Ann Day ever did. Anyways what was the big deal even just one study session (all other counties in AZ have them for budgets) was it really such a bother to the other Board Members?
Hardly surprising that Ray Carroll and Ally Miller have some conflicts. I'm a Democrat, but I also believe that Carroll has been a fair and responsible Supervisor. Ally Miller, on the other hand, is a divisive and unpleasant human being - much like many of her Tea Party supporters.
Time will tell whether the Sandy Hook shootings were a transforming moment for the country—or if some future, horrific mass shooting has a similar effect. Bill says: How dare you and those pushing their gunophobia use the emotions of tragedy to push your snake-oil! What part of the proposed Bill would have done NOTHING to stop a Sandy Hook don't you understand? This type of dishonest reporting has the Medias popularity just below "pond scum." The lies used to garner support for this Bill have been over the top! Thank's for Jeff Flake’s being honest and not a part of the scam Bill mob, the Bill that admittedly by those who supported it did not one thing to prevent a Sandy Hook, not one thing! Let’s focus on the real issue and that is how to keep the mentally ill from killing us with whatever weapon they conjure up to use! Stop with the lies to push your Gunophobic platform. Democrat voting areas have a 650% higher gun murder rate, they also have the strictest gun laws, the answer any sane person can see isn’t more of the same, another law especially one that only focused on 1.9% of the guns used in crime! It is a NEW approach one based on profiling mental health for those who would kill! Jeff Flake called that Bill what it is, a scam politicians were using to placate a ginned up gunophobic mob who wanted anything to be done even if what was done didn’t do anything! Thanks Jeff for daring to bring that fact to light, to bad most of those who are involved are too emotional to see clearly what they are trying to do is foolish!
There are over 20,000 gun laws on the books across the USA. The Justice Department under Eric Holder has told federal prosecutors to ignore "low level firearms crime." This includes answering questions on form 4473 with a lie, like Mark Kelly did when he purchased an AR-15 recently. These paper violations are felonies and are prosecutable if the feds had any real intent to do their jobs. Remember Columbine? The assault weapons ban was in effect at that time, didn't prevent any killings. New laws are only going to be followed by law abiding citizens, criminals do not care. New laws will have no affect and in this instance, maybe, just maybe, Flake is correct.
What I am hearing from Flakes "No" vote comment is the another life lost due to another gun related death is not worth additional paper work?
Why should we have to wait six years to have another vote?
Flake also needs to acknowledge his total failure as part of the Gang of 8 on immigration reform. Again, he sucked up to the Nativists and ignored the will of the majority.
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