Yo Weekly Staff,
how does it feel to be a pawn of the Republican Party in the latest series of money being wasted with the local media? Sucks, don't it...unless you're an ad sales person...
These recommendations are a who's who of what is keeping this metro DOWN.
Thank you Tucson Weekly staff - you are the only local source I truly trust. I don't agree with all your endorsements, but I trust your level-headed advice.
OMG, who started the wars on false premises. G. Bush, a Republican. Who created the biggest debt ever, worst lost of jobs and the depression, G. Bush. So look within your own party first.
truly biased democrat and pro-abortion, its a child not a choice. God will prevail over child killing, watch and see.
Mr. Grayson, if you can't speak about issues intelligently without resorting to name calling such as Right Wing Morons, and Tea Party Creeps, then just keep quite. A person that can't sit down and express their individual views as afforded us by our great constitution without resorting to such tactics just shows their personal intelligence level. I'm sure as a candidate with the Americans Elect Party using that type of English you will receive .0001% of the vote. I'm also sure you would consider me one of thoseTucson right wing morons, and if so then I’m glad to be one !!!
This newspaper is very interesting. I'm currently supporting our American Military heroes as a Security Director in Afghanistan, and I'm a long time resident of Tucson for the past 22 years. The problem I see here is all your endorsements are Democrats, every last one of them. I, as a Republican, support the best leader and canadate. As an example I support Dr. Carmona (Demacrat) for Congress, and Mr. Napier (Republican) for Pima County Sheriff. How can it be that not one (1) Republican is worthy of your support. My suggestion is that you employ a more balanced staff, at least one (1) Republican.
All the voters need to do is look and feel what G. Bush did to our nation and the people. Romney and Ryan would finish us off. They are using ex adviiors of G. Bush. Ryan will take away all entitlements and ban all abortions, he has stated that. Of course Romney is not going moderate, needing votes to win. but once elected he will be a radical conservatives and controlled by the Tea Party. Romney will not give us Specifics since he know they are radical and the will lost votes. Don't TRUST any Republican. We need a Democratic house and senate too.
Indifference to human suffering? I'm outraged by Obama's mass murder -- in Libya and 5 other countries. Libya was not a humanitarian mission. It was about oil and empire, like usual. Why do you think there is so much turmoil in that country right now? Why do you think they attacked the embassy? Because the Obama administration is trying to install some group of wackos to run that country for the benefit of U.S. oil corporations. You people were all against this during Bush. Now you either don't say anything or pound your chest in celebration of Obama's drones and war crimes. And yes, what he did in Libya violates the War Powers Act; and that's clearly impeachable.
My politics are on the far left. I was against Bush policies during Bush. Bush should have been impeached. And I'm still against Bush policies now that Obama has continued and is institutionalizing them.
If Bush had killed two U.S. citizens without due-process, like Obama did, liberals would have been outraged. Obama does it and there is no controversy. If Bush would have wanted to detain US citizens indefinitely, like Obama wants to, liberals would have been outraged.
The only people who are indifferent to human suffering are Obama's liberal apologists. Obama is killing innocent children with drones. He is a lawless war criminal. And it's the hypocrisy and complicity of liberals that allows this to continue without any controversy. Liberals are a bigger problem than the Tea Party. You are worse than indifferent to human suffering; you are complicit.
n, your satisfaction with Obamacare is most curious. Health procedures normally performed on elderly with heart conditions under medicare/medicade (pinched aorta, for example) are excluded if a particular state decides to go with Obamacare in lieu of medicare. I know the patient's son who's going through this dilemma right now.
For the rest of the battered housewives, here again is a rudimentary incomplete list some of the cost of being a tool of the phony left/right paradigm. The core agenda is set by both parties fueled by the same financial backers. It is the reality often ignored by the people obliged to inform the public:
NDAA indefinite detention.
Drone assassinations of American citizens without due process.
Drone attacks of citizens in Yemen, Somolia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Libya.
False statements about the number of civilians killed in drone attacks.
An unprecedented level of whistleblower retaliation.
Forcing citizens to buy health insurance through the IRS.
Making taxpayers bail out insolvent banks.
Prison for water harvesting.
Destruction of small farms.
Monsanto cronyism and the FDA.
TSA gropings and molestation.
Kidnapping of veterans for their "patriotic" facebook posts.
False arrest of occupy activists for their association with "anarchists".
The raid and subsequent destruction of state sanctioned medical marijuana facilities in Oakland and elsewhere.
Restricting gun ownership for veterans.
Allowing wanton destruction of the environment in exchange for paltry fines (BP).
Allowing BP to enforce illegal curfews on public beaches.
Allowing banksters to destroy the economy and commit fraud with impunity.
Allowing a settlement for deficient mortgage contracts.
Engaging the U.S. through NATO in two illegal wars of "humanitarian plunder".
Aiding, abetting, facilitating the very same terrorists to topple wealthy nations that refuse to play ball with the IMF.
Turning a blind eye to Sheriff Joe Arpaio's civil rights abuses.
Turning a blind eye to the Bush administration's war crimes, torture and rendition.
Continued waterboarding in Libya.
Allowing CIA contractors to wantonly assassinate citizens in exchange for blood money in Pakistan
(and lying to the world about Raymond Davis's diplomatic status).
Executive power grabs through orders claiming federal ownership of everyone's resources whenever the fed's declare a circumstance to be a national emergency.
Allowing increased surveillance of U.S. citizens via trapwire, which includes extraneous use of red light cameras.
Restricting visa's for citizens behind on their taxes.
Escalation and continued presence in two illegal wars: Afghanistan and Iraq.
Setting up an unconstitutional database of citizens through the biometric retina scans, fingerprints and photographs with no justification or probable cause. (HIIDE database system).
This is what the Tucson Weekly endorses.
I agree with most of your choices. I disagree about the TUSD School Board in that I will add Kristel Foster to my ballot. She is an educator, dedicated to the students, has lots of impressive endorsements, including the Teacher's Association. Has she made some missteps, maybe, but this is her first political run and she is learning the ropes. She is a strong supporter of Mexican-American studies and has been from the beginning of the struggle the last couple of years. But make no mistake, she understands that she needs to represent all students in the TUSD system and will be fiscally responsible. Please go to her website and read about her qualifications and positions. Kristel Foster has no ulterior motive in running, just a love of education and students!
The only good thing about these endorsements is that almost no voters pay any attention to them. If you like the way Democrats have mismanaged Pima County, and Tucson in particular, you will love them. If you think we deserve better, you won't.
Why would you endorse someone who has done nothing?
Beth Ford has done nothing for Pima County. But that is what you say, isn't it?
Pretty low bar, TW.
What about local investment of 3 billion dollars of county funds? Not a big deal.
What about responsiveness to citizens losing their homes? Who cares.
What about modernizing the office? Oh no - who would want to pay property tax electronically? Let's just keep writing the nice lady checks.
Oh, I forgot, you needed to endorse a republican to look balanced. Congratulations.
I'm very satisfied with Barack Obama's performance. As a no-party-affiliation voter, I'll be voting for him again in November. He has been exactly what I expected him to be: a competent administrator, who carefully weighs the consequences of his decisions.
I actually like so-called Obamacare. I don't see why insurance companies should be able to refuse to treat pre-existing conditions, or drop you when you get sick. I don't find the individual mandate troubling. The "public option" could be a better solution, but Obamacare is acceptable. The previous insurance and health care payment system was horribly broken. If you never tried to obtain commercial health insurance as an individual under that system, you have no idea how bad it was.
Libya was an impeachable offense? Hm... The tens of thousands of not-dead people in Benghazi, whom Gaddafi didn't slaughter in the streets as he promised, those people might not understand why you would feel that way.
It's one thing for conservatives to be indifferent human suffering. That's basically their brand. But for liberals and progressives to take the same stance... I question what is left of those ideologies when you drain out the compassion. Not all military intervention is inherently wrong.
"why would I vote for three Democrats--who are little better than Republicans when it comes to their willingness to sell the country to big business"
Excellent question. Here's another:
What are advertisers' influence over editorial policy?
This entire piece reads as if only two parties exist. No wonder we're in such a mess. I won't vote for Obama. I will vote for Stein. On the corporation commission, why would I vote for three Democrats--who are little better than Republicans when it comes to their willingness to sell the country to big business--when there are two Greens running? You claim to care about clean energy, then ignore the party who is most aligned with such initiatives. What a bunch of nonsense, but I guess I shouldn't be surprised. After all, you're all for cutting more taxes on business (who've been given a sweetheart deal in this state), while keeping higher regressive taxes on the working classes. Yes, I will be voting for the sales tax, but I'll be voting against yet another tax break for business.
Obama? The beating we've taken so far wasn't enough for you? It's like you have battered wife syndrome. Better to stay with the demon you know?
Neither of these phonies gives a damn about you or me. Both will enable the continued and accelerating destruction of our freedoms. Both have been promoted, groomed, trained and put forward as candidates by unseen unaccountable groups that Churchill called the "High Cabal". If you can't grasp that reality, you should read J. Fletcher Prouty's book, 'The Secret Team'. Dems and Repubs are two wings of the same bird of prey.
I guess you guys haven't been alert or interested enough to realize what's going on around you, right now, in America. It seems like you've been sucking on the teat of the ole mainstream media. Show a little initiative and get out there and find the facts. Don't be scared to face reality. You can do it. Just wake up.
This was under the Obama heading:
"He did bring the nation back from the brink of an economic disaster.
Nearly all of the troops are home from Iraq, and the Afghanistan conflict is winding down.
He crippled the leadership of al-Qaida,
including the gutsy call to take out Osama bin Laden. "
Imagine. Your own special reality. Tools for the phony left/right paradigm emerge to create two different worlds. Those with the capacity for critical thought have one reality. Those "painting by numbers" have another. Weekly watercolors.
I would encourage Francisco Alatorre and anyone who feels the same to vote for Jill Stein the Green Party candidate for President. Barack Obama has no chance of winning Arizona and because of the electoral college any vote for Barack Obama will be a wasted vote, since the popular vote doesn't matter. A vote for Jill Stein however will help build the Green Party, the nation's only true progressive party.
Truly amazing how "Freedom for Arizona" and "Native Tucsonan" not only think alike, they write alike. I wonder if they should meet sometime.
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