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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: The Skinny

Re: “The Skinny

Colonel Retired McSally, she who served in USAF 22 years and calls it 26, does something good -- the mental health legislation and has to try to add something not so good at all at all: letting people who should probably not be allowed near firearms to possess them more easily than they can presently. There's a commonality here: not letting well enough alone. And all this while, after crushing her opponent in the election, she's whining about her desperate need for more money to fend off her next opponent.

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Posted by franklymydears on 12/16/2016 at 9:27 AM

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No they don't Ray.

Nice try though.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 12/16/2016 at 7:28 AM

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Mark's friends call him Jim.

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Posted by Ray Kelly on 12/16/2016 at 6:04 AM

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Who said anything about Jim Kelly?

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 12/15/2016 at 11:25 AM

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Jim Kelly, Has nothing to do with the 21st Centuries Cure Act. Might as well ask Buzz Aldrin why firearms didn't make it into a mental health act DUH.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 12/15/2016 at 7:55 AM

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When I was a U of A student in the 90s I wanted a Metropolitan Transit Authority for Tucson. I came from the Bay Area where that's commonplace. People looked at me like an "ugly Californian." Don't shoot the messenger. Especially during the next Sun Tran drivers' strike.

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Posted by micmac99 on 12/12/2016 at 1:43 PM

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And the COT is funding it with 27% of pay additional per year to the fund because of losses dating back to 2013. Find another employer that would contribute that much to a retirement account.

Only for public "servants."

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Posted by Debbi L on 12/09/2016 at 7:26 PM

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Debbie L. Police and Fire are covered by the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System. Its a state wide plan and is run by the State-not the City. So, no, that is not exactly what Tucson is doing.

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Posted by retrorv on 12/09/2016 at 5:11 PM

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Dallas has frozen Police and Fire pensions because they have over promised and over spent. Dangerous combination, but it is exactly what Tucson is doing.

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Posted by Debbi L on 12/08/2016 at 9:35 PM

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I agree the roads in Tucson are beyond bad and it doesn't help that for decades many have been used for storm drainage, but have you watched road repair projects in Tucson over the years?

They usually take place along the same stretches of roadway and involve using the cheapest means possible to cosmetically repair what is in essence a sprayed-on surface that couldn't standup to golf cart traffic. Then in six months, when the new paint has faded and the same pot holes appear, they start it all over again.

People want good roads but until someone has a plan that actually builds roadways to last stop with the new taxes, which is the point of my original post that local politicians have no new solutions or ideas beyond throwing money -- other people's money -- at the problem.

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Posted by sgsmith on 12/08/2016 at 2:10 PM

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It's been 25 years since the gas tax has been raised. It certainly has not kept pace with inflation, meanwhile mileage has improved greatly and we have a huge pent up demand for more roads, better roads, more lanes and "wheninhell is ADOT going to fix SR whatever". To add insult to injury, our circumspect legislature has raided HURF dollars (money from the feds) to fund DPS. IMHO, we need to do two things; (1) increase the gas tax, the time has never been better, (2) pass legislation that will keep the legislators sticky fingers out of highway construction funds.
Let's quit with "No taxes at all cost mantra" and do what needs to be done.

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Posted by Michael S. Ellegood on 12/08/2016 at 9:50 AM

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So gas prices are our economy of scale? No taxes increased for this wasteful bunch if I can help it. Cut spending, reduce bloated pensions and fix the roads.

Hey why not rob RICO funds again? Maybe build a restaurant for all of us.

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Posted by Charter a Course For All on 12/08/2016 at 9:19 AM

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So let me see if I got this right...

If Huckelberry gets his way property taxes in Pima County would go down, but if a metropolitan public transit authority is created property taxes would go up, right?

For all the hype we hear about individual politicians and political bodies getting paid to make the tough decisions and navigate the ins and outs of government, how come the only solution we ever end up with is more taxes?

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Posted by sgsmith on 12/08/2016 at 9:01 AM

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The bus system suffers because ridership is concentrated among the poor and the young. I suggest closing city and county employee parking lots and offering discounted bus passes. Pressure school districts, the University and hospitals to follow suit and we'd transform Tucson. Time to become a city instead of a swarm of gas-guzzling roadbugs.

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Posted by Mike N on 12/08/2016 at 8:31 AM

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Try reading your comment again, and this time try doing some deep thinking analysis of what you said. Come on, give it a go man, it's the only way you will learn.

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Posted by sgsmithisgettingwarmer on 12/02/2016 at 2:14 PM

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The Twitterer-in-chief only saved 1,100 out of approximately 2,000 jobs on the line with a special incentive paid to Carrier of $700,000 a year for the next 10 years, which will come out of Indianas state budget, to keep the factory open. No wonder his casinos went bankrupt.

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Posted by sgsmith on 12/01/2016 at 9:15 PM

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And jobs he delivered...today.

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Posted by Susan Hirsh on 12/01/2016 at 7:44 PM

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Don't worry about the Grand Canyon. I'm sure it and every other National Park are under consideration for new Trump hotels and resorts. The Twitterer-in-chief promised jobs and thanks to America's untapped natural resources and treasures just lying there for the taking, well let's just say you better see them sooner than later.

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Posted by sgsmith on 12/01/2016 at 9:16 AM

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Nitzel is just a tool of Huckleberry.

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Posted by T on 11/30/2016 at 1:36 PM

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Please dont try to explain Medicare when it is painfully obvious that you know nothing about it.

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Posted by John Smith on 11/27/2016 at 4:56 PM

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