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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch

Re: “Teacher Shortages: Things Are Bad All Over (Only More So In Arizona)

This publication is becoming so negative and depressing I may start skipping Thursdays.

11 likes, 25 dislikes
Posted by Rat T on 09/15/2016 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 118. Duck-Dodge-and-Stall Edition

Don't waste our money trying to float another bond proposition. Learn from the County.

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by Rat T on 09/15/2016 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Sen. Jeff Flake on His Battles With Trump: "Somebody Has To Stand Up and Call Him Out"

I recently wrote Flake and told him I'd vote for freaking Raul the fool if he decided to run for the Senate before I'd vote for him. The man is an outrage.

1 like, 4 dislikes
Posted by CW13 on 09/15/2016 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Trump's Childcare Plan Is As Phony as the Rest of His Proposals

If you cared about working families you would be screaming to seal the border and lower corporate taxes. Stop with blaming everybody else and the childish name calling. The people you support have caused this, as we watch Ford move more jobs out of the country.

17 likes, 34 dislikes
Posted by Rat T on 09/15/2016 at 3:26 PM

Re: “How AZ Politics Presaged the Rise of Trump

386 success stories? I didn't make it to #10 when I suffered a laughing fit:

Banned anyone from working in an agency they had lobbied in previous years and placed strict limits on lobbyists’ access to the White House (see also Bill and Hillary Clinton)

Banned gifts from lobbyists to anyone in the Executive Branch. (same as above)

Signed bill to provide extra training for local police forces, especially with regard to active shooter situations. (Unless shooter was representative of Black Lives Matters)

Thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, inflation in the healthcare sector dropped to its lowest point in 50 years. (But many of us now have $10,000 deductibles which is what actually slowed rate increases. We have to pay premiums and then self insure)

Signs an Executive Order to strengthen cooperation with regard to global entrepreneurship. (More commonly referred to as "America Last")

Provided a $20 billion increase for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps). (Really? I thought wages were up and unemployment were down. Why would you expand welfare?) Was it for illegals and unvetted Syrians?

Increased protections for the unemployed who are seeking a government job. (There's an oxymoron if I ever saw one.)

Under Obama, the bottom 95% of taxpayers pay lower federal income taxes than at any time in the last 50 years, including under Reagan, or either Bush. (I thought you guys said tax cuts don't work. They worked for Obama.)

Formed a commission to examine and make recommendations for fixing the broken voting system. (But wait until you see the mess on Nov 8)

Changed fair housing rules to make more affordable housing available to more people. (Last time they did this home values collapsed. It caused an economic recession. So he's doing it again?)

Created a Policing Task Force to deal with the problems that led to the #BlackLivesMatter movement. (Almost 100% of the problems started with a crime. Problem solved.)

Oversaw and implemented the repeal of the reprehensible “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy. (But Bill and Hill worked so hard on it.)

Appointed more openly gay officials than anyone in history. (That could only be accomplished by disriminating against more qualified applicants.)

Oversaw the first drop in the federal prison population in 32 years. (He let them go. What a novel idea. See alkso killings in Chicago at record levels from multiple offenders.)

Keep your progressive list. It is an absolute joke.

8 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Rat T on 09/15/2016 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Trump's Childcare Plan Is As Phony as the Rest of His Proposals

"(Let's leave aside the challenge of getting such an expensive program through Congress for a moment.) "

Let's not! Because failure to get any program through Congress, expensive or not, lies at the heart of our national malaise. Here we have candidates ostensibly in favor or supporting working families by assisting with the high costs of childcare. Does anyone seriously believe a bipartisan solution will be hammered out in congress and then signed into law by President Trump or President Clinton? Seriously?

When the pandering is over in early November, political promises will forgotten and platforms burned in bonfires. Then, business as usual under the leadership of either party.

24 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Rick Spanier on 09/15/2016 at 12:11 PM

Re: “How AZ Politics Presaged the Rise of Trump

Jobs are up, wages are up, taxes are the same, saved the auto industry yet republicans say Obama destroyed America. What? Oh heck, lets just put the whole list out there. 386 Obama success's while every one fought against by virtually every republican in the country. BTW, a raise in the minimum wage is not "wanting everything free" it's wanting to get paid for your labor.…

11 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Kenneth Groves on 09/15/2016 at 11:45 AM

Re: “How AZ Politics Presaged the Rise of Trump

Drumpf caters to the worst instincts of Americans: bigotry, xenophobia, idolatry, etc. His message that traditional politicians aren't listening/helping middle class Americans is "right on", but he is a deeply flawed person who is unqualified to lead the country. Unfortunately, Hillary is not much better. When are we as educated voters going to start supporting politicians that truthfully "tell it like it is" e.g deficits matter, social security and medicare are going broke, our infrastructure is dated, etc.,?

10 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Jay Boisseau on 09/15/2016 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 118. Duck-Dodge-and-Stall Edition

Managing the management of TUSD is the TUSD Governing Board's job, and they are not doing it.

No one said there is any excuse for the state's illegal withholding of 301 monies.

What was referenced in the above post is the fact that TUSD said it was going out for bonds in November of 2016, and then chose not to do so. The credible reports of various kinds of mismanagement and lack of transparency in the district have been constant during the past four years that the current board majority (Grijalva-Foster-Juarez) has been in the driver's seat on the Board. The excuses given by the district for not putting bonds on the ballot this fall (including the recent failure of Pima County bonds) have nothing to do with what many believe to be the real reason: They do not have the public confidence needed to pass bonds. They have not built the kinds of sound relationships in the community needed to run a successful bond campaign. They continue to depend on state level across-the-board funding increases (including the bad-deal-never-should-have-been-passed Prop 123 ) that Safier and others beg for them because when it comes to the kinds of district-focused funding supplements (bonds and overrides) responsibly managed districts can obtain, they cannot win enough public support to pass them.

Safier continues to pretend expertise in education policy and concern for the wellbeing of the disadvantaged students in our schools while refusing to touch the most important issues in Southern Arizona with a ten-foot pole. He is a manipulative, highly selective propagandist, not a reliable guide for those honestly trying to understand how to ensure that the needs of the poor in our schools are met.

7 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Safier Honest Reporting Watch: Day 1,002+ on 09/15/2016 at 10:24 AM

Re: “How AZ Politics Presaged the Rise of Trump

How can anyone be surprised by the support behind Trump after the manifest failures, indeed tragedies that the Obama administration have vested on the once great country. Is Trump the answer, I don' know, but I am certain that Hillary and her ilk are not, nor is the traditional Republican establishment.

Thus, I see no alternative to forcing change on the horrible path the Democrats have led us on. Vote conservative, as much as possible, every time.

6 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Bisbee boy on 09/15/2016 at 10:14 AM

Re: “John McCain Is Crushing Ann Kirkpatrick. Or They're Neck and Neck. Who Knows?

Since both McCain and Kirkpatrick worked together to give billions of dollars of copper away to a foreign corporation in exchange for some worthless land nearby, I see their race as a tossup, much like the presidential race. Why can't we just vote on which mining corporation we want to run Arizona?

Posted by Cascabel on 09/15/2016 at 9:58 AM

Re: “How AZ Politics Presaged the Rise of Trump

Seems to me like they want us to be afraid, man
Or maybe we just like being afraid
Maybe we just so used to it at this point that it's just a part of us
Part of our culture
Security alert on orange
It's been on orange since '01 G,
I mean what's up man
Can't a brother get yellow man
Just for like two months or something
God damn
Sick o' that

Culture of Fear -Thievery Corporation

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Gandalf the White on 09/15/2016 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 118. Duck-Dodge-and-Stall Edition

Mismanagement and honoring the will of the voters are two entirely different issues. Mismanagement is no excuse for illegally withholding money from a school system that needs it. Managing the management. Whose job is that?

2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Anne Dalton 1 on 09/15/2016 at 9:29 AM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 118. Duck-Dodge-and-Stall Edition

"Shooter sent House lawmakers a letter last week describing what a Shooter speakership would look like, and promising that, if elected to the post, he would cut back on the booze and the jokes. "…


2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Pima Mujer on 09/15/2016 at 6:22 AM
Posted by David Moyer on 09/15/2016 at 5:37 AM

Re: “What's Behind Tucson's International Wildlife Museum?

JoJoHolzel, spin the slaughter any way you want. The fact remains that the killers hold their conventions at the Dead Animal Museum. Predator Masters, for example, held their national convention at the Museum. These are the ass holes, like McElroy, who go out and kill as many animals as they can in one day and give each other prizes for the highest number of kills. This type of activity is extremely detrimental to the biological diversity of the deserts around Tucson. The Museum is a blight on Tucson and on Southern Arizona. I would like to verify your allegation about "natural causes". I do not believe you.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Ricardo Small on 09/14/2016 at 7:29 PM

Re: “What's Behind Tucson's International Wildlife Museum?

That is usually the case with these armchair environmentalists and so called do gooders.

1 like, 3 dislikes
Posted by Rat T on 09/14/2016 at 4:45 PM

Re: “What's Behind Tucson's International Wildlife Museum?

I used to volunteer here, and a lot of the comments are so uneducated. First off, the majority of the animals in this museum are over 100 years old, negating the people saying that people are still killing animals for the sole purpose to put in this museum in this day and age. The majority of dead animals that are now recently coming in and have been in the past 25 years have died of natural causes and they are being sent to the museum by wildlife rehabilitation centers, State agencies, and even locals who have found the animals ALREADY DEAD OF NATURAL CAUSES in their backyard; this is Arizona, people. These animals have died of natural causes and were/are still being sent to the museum. Yes, McElroy did hunt and kill a majority of the animals in that museum today, but I can assure you that NOW in this day and age that the inflow of dead animals to the museum have died of natural causes. Trust me, I've been coming to this museum since I was literally 5 years old and I actually educated myself on where the animals were coming from, unlike the majority of the people who've commented narrow-minded, tree-humper comments.

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by JoJoHolzel on 09/14/2016 at 4:25 PM

Re: “Looking So Long At These Pictures Of You: Remembering Wendy Van Leuveren

Yes, thank you. Wendy was a positive person, always trying to do positive things for people and particularly women in Tucson. She will be greatly missed.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Frankie Stein on 09/14/2016 at 3:27 PM

Re: “Sen. Jeff Flake on His Battles With Trump: "Somebody Has To Stand Up and Call Him Out"

Many people thought that Obama would end our country as we know it. he is importing unvetted Syrians and will leave us $20T in debt. Veterans issues have never been resolved. If Trump is successful it may be the end of the democratic party. Either way America is headed towards a dictatorship because they have ignored the Constitution.

4 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Love it or leave it on 09/14/2016 at 3:10 PM

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