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Re: “A 'Debt-Free College' Resolution Was Introduced in Congress Today

This is as 'progressive' as the Pelosi/Reid/Obama ideas that were passed in 09-10. at least $ 17 Trillion more in debt! It will transfer the debt of students to pay the fattened benefits of administrators, teachers, and students on to taxpayers as more debt is piled onto everyone else beyond the tens of trillions already printed under the Obama watch.
Who is going to pay for this? If students want lower education costs, let them work for it! Go to community college first, limit non-educational costs, no frats, spring break, dumb extracurricular pursuits, and no tuition assistance for non-employable majors--look it up! Also, not everyone should go to college either!
In the end we'll all be better off if these communists, open borders and free entitlements fools like Grijalva are sent to the ash bin of history as with the supreme soviet and Cuban/Bolivarian Revolutions.

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Posted by Joe Bloom on 04/22/2015 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Best Nifty. Thrifty Duds

Very bad results in clothes.Spend70.00 for dissapointment stiore located college and bay. Black jeans stains top socks rubs off on my legs.the naterial still continue to run for3 months.wash how many times an soak. The top the material becomes old and peely.the stretch tights threading is not si secure. Not happy customer very poor quality..

Posted by lisa on 04/22/2015 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Fed Up

You can have a GED, a High School diploma, an Associate Degree, an Baccalaureate Degree, A Masters Degree, A PhD. Do you know what the best Degree to have is?

A JOB..................... You should ask yourself this question? Will this class or training help me get the best Degree of all, a JOB. Many of the classes you take are not worth the time or trouble and are basically worthless in the real world. School/College is a protected environment and NOT the world of work.

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Posted by Eye of the Sparrow on 04/22/2015 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Show Us the Money: Tucson City Council Set To Debate $1.3 Billion Budget

The only way to effectively fight these thieves is to ballotize a property tax rollback proposition that reimburses property tax and sales tax payers for the theft of Rio Nuevo money.


By the way did you hear the County is closing libraries? No money.


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Posted by David W on 04/22/2015 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Fight the “Fight for Fifteen”

Jonathan, you are biased against the minimum wage and you are just cherry-picking your facts. First of all, you neglect to mention that these low wages very often are supplemented by public assistance [1]. That means large employers are heavily subsidized, even while they hand out large dividends to shareholders and huge bonuses to their executives. Second, you say that consumption *will go down* (because prices will go up) but somehow you forget the very first premise: We are increasing wages, so people will have more to spend. (Just on this latter point, we can say your article is irresponsibly naive; I really don't know how it got past the editor.) If prices go up, that just means the people actually using those products/services (instead of the public) are paying closer to the true cost. But I'm skeptical that they will go up very much since they can readily absorb the cost (corporations have been doing quite well, even through the recession).

Furthermore, it may very well be true that the transition to livable wages for everybody won't be accomplished by this single action that is the minimum wage increase. But guess what? There's a ton of other things we can do to react to adverse consequences--you know, like write more legislation. Or we can raise taxes on the wealthy and close loopholes that let corporations hide income from the IRS. Wouldn't it be great if we could have education, roads, *and* a working class all at the same time? It's pitiful how much you cry when the poor ask for the dignity of a livable income from a job *they are already doing*.


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Posted by Mark on 04/22/2015 at 9:19 AM

Re: “End Violence, Eat Good Food

There is nothing more harmful that a Sexual Assault. The effects last a lifetime. These are very serious crimes and should be dealt with as such. Attention sexual predators: Tucson is not New York. Many citizens in Tucson are armed and will ventilate you carcus with ball and powder. My suggestion to you is get out of Tucson and get out now before you end up lying flat on you back gazing up at the church ceiling with eyes like pitted dates.....................

Posted by Eye of the Sparrow on 04/22/2015 at 9:17 AM

Re: “A 'Debt-Free College' Resolution Was Introduced in Congress Today

I continue to insist that higher tuition remains a Wall Street scam. Look up Professor Wolff's analysis on
That said, in California (and I suspect the rest of the nation) Wall Street bond-rating extortionists told the chancellors if they wanted attractive construction bonds ratings for potential investors they would have to put up as *collateral* something else besides ever-tighter state revenues. Student tuitions would do just fine, thank you very much.
If students wished to attend college, well, heck, they could always get a student loan...
That sent tuitions into the stratosphere. States no longer felt the need to fully fund colleges, as tuition fees--paid with student loans--would pick up the slack. College construction bond ratings soared on the backs of impoverished students.
In addition, and to add injury to injury, college loan-industry IOU's have become a trillion dollar, bankruptcy-proof cash cow, for the investment class--that pays little or no income on this revenue source.
Overall, that's what happens when the investment class gets major tax breaks. They get to keep more of their money to *lend with interest* to folks who desire an education. Whereas, previously, (pre-Reagan, pre-Clinton) those same investment class folks actually paid their fair share of taxes in proportion to the benefits they received under our economic system and colleges were fully funded...
By the way, the scarcity of MD's across the land is America's gift to the AMA. Decades ago doctors lobbied for "birth control" on the profession by limiting the number of med schools and med school graduates in the U.S. Tinkering with the law of supply and demand thus gave us a constantly growing demand for doctors as the population grows--with a supply number frozen in place... Doctors can now charge what the market will bear.
Each state needs at a minimum 4 to 5 more med schools. And public policies that make parasites of the investment class should cease. They, too, should pay taxes toward our civilization. Where's FDR when you really need him?
Be well.

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Posted by socrates2 on 04/22/2015 at 9:11 AM

Re: “A 'Debt-Free College' Resolution Was Introduced in Congress Today

Its not free. The government has to get the money somewhere and it come from the citizens. They also have long waiting lists that can go months if you need surgery. I have known people to come to the US to have surgery because of the wait time.

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Posted by trainmanswife on 04/22/2015 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Show Us the Money: Tucson City Council Set To Debate $1.3 Billion Budget

What happened to the 200 million dollars that evaporated in the Rio Nuevo project? It all disappeared into thin air and no one knows what happened to it? Some one got it. It's somewhere.

It seems like a severe case of embezzlement to me. The problem in this issue is the Police do not want to investigate white collar crime as it is to complex and they do not want to spend the time looking through complex documents to discover who the thieves are. Meanwhile, the taxpayers take it on the chin.

There should be no new budget till the City of Tucson finds out where the money went and who or what received it. This loss was a serious one that know one seems to care about.................. You won't care till you receive the new tax statement. You and your family will make up the shortfall as the embezzlers will be in Europe enjoying their new found wealth.

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Posted by Eye of the Sparrow on 04/22/2015 at 9:02 AM

Re: “420 Happenings

I attended the 420 celebration. The barbecued pork was excellent and the celebration fun. This event should become a Tucson staple. It's a great event to dispel the "Marijuana Myth". Everyone was polite and there were no problems.

Posted by Eye of the Sparrow on 04/22/2015 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Smoke and Mirrors

Tobacco is a poison and a carcinogen; most people who smoke or chew tobacco die from their habit, as it is with Alcohol. Most drinkers end up dead from a failed liver, or an accident. Many end up dead from lead poisoning, a gunshot wound during a quarrel or from the police.

Pima County is correct is increasing the insurance payment from nicotine addicts and drunks. These employees are the center of the web when it comes to insurance costs If you are a drunk or a nicotine addict you should pay more as the insurance risks are greater for you and your addiction. No one cares if you are a nicotine addict or a drunk but the rest of us should not have to pay for your suicide.

Posted by Eye of the Sparrow on 04/22/2015 at 8:40 AM

Re: “Fight the “Fight for Fifteen”

Just read the MIT chart. In the real world, people wear clothing and get an education/training. Yet the category, "Other," only lists $71. for a single adult. One is spartan, not ignorant and naked. Please, if we must use data, let's be intellectually honest about how we use it, what we include and what we omit.
Be well.

Posted by socrates2 on 04/22/2015 at 8:31 AM

Re: “A 'Debt-Free College' Resolution Was Introduced in Congress Today

I have often said, the solution to our medical crisis is a free education set up on a military style system of get the education for doctor, nurse free with a 4 hear obligation to work at a set salary in government run medical system, use current hospitals, imagine doctors/nurses who for 4 years got free education, degrees then paid a reasonable living salary, then once they complete the obligatory 4 years can go into private practice, if its good enough for our service men/women why not for a medical system that would drastically reduce hospital costs, medical costs! Do away with the insurance companies by setting up a optional "free to every citizen" medical card as they have in Canada, UK, see how quickly the leeches on society the insurance companies go the way of the dinosaur!

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Posted by Ralph Hill 1 on 04/22/2015 at 8:11 AM

Re: “Fight the “Fight for Fifteen”

There is a lot of arguing here about a "living wage" which is an arbitrary number, since what is a "living wage" depends on where you are. Fifteen dollars an hour seems to be the number being discussed the most. Here is the simple fact - if the minimum wage is raised to $15 an hour, it will no longer be a living wage. Prices will increase. Those people whom have spent years in school and gaining skills that are currently making a decent salary at $20-25 an hour will effectively get a massive pay cut, since their wages aren't going to go up. I really am not sure why unskilled labor feels that $15 an hour is somehow "fair".

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Posted by Chris Staley on 04/22/2015 at 6:44 AM

Re: “Earth Day: When Endangered Species Awareness & Sustainable Condoms Meet

It's hard to believe there are people who believe we can continue the current rate of population growth without severe consequences (or that we haven't already severely affected populations of other species).
Good for the Center for talking about population. Most environmental groups won't touch the subject, but it's the key and I'm still optimistic people will get the message.

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Posted by bslap on 04/22/2015 at 6:33 AM

Re: “Show Us the Money: Tucson City Council Set To Debate $1.3 Billion Budget

8% increase in government spending for the 5th poorest city in America where growth, jobs and future prosperity are met with a resounding "NO". There's never enough money that can be taken from the fruits of others labor.

But no worries, the floods of illegals filling the seats in our public schools will solve everything.

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Posted by What, Again on 04/22/2015 at 6:31 AM

Re: “Fight the “Fight for Fifteen”

15$ to Flip a burger? Really? Most people in the medical field don't make 15$. Stop complaining, buck up and make yourself more valuable and get educated. If the minimum wage was increased to 15$ the entire system would be effected and all across the board the wages would go up. Then the economy would adjust and things would cost even more and then collapse. Thats when the cycle starts all over.

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Posted by Jason Britt on 04/22/2015 at 6:11 AM

Re: “A 'Debt-Free College' Resolution Was Introduced in Congress Today

While I'm of the opinion that, especially at state universities, tuition is much higher than at should be (mostly due to high administrative costs), what the Democrats' proposal will do is actually lower the value of higher education. I guarantee that it will also lower the quality to where people just won't go to a university unless they want a degree in highly theoretical sciences or mathematics.

If it doesn't cost you something, chances are it's not worth anything.

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Posted by Troy James Martin on 04/22/2015 at 5:29 AM

Re: “Fight the “Fight for Fifteen”

Why do the prices of goods/services have to automatically increase if minimum wage increases?
Why can't the billionaire CEOs absorb the difference?
Why is it automatically the general public that have to account for everything? I'm sure the higher ups at fast food burger joints would survive on 1 billion a year instead of 5 billion. Period.

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Posted by No time, always working. on 04/22/2015 at 1:21 AM

Re: “Fight the “Fight for Fifteen”

The last 30 years has seen the middle class all but disappear. For the great majority, their mobility was not upward. Now the rich are whining because poor people are picking on them. It's their own fault for destroying the only buffer between the two.

An economy only works when money moves. Once it stops moving, it isn't really even money anymore. Now it only serves to ensure that there is absolutely no possibility that an incredibly small number of people will ever want for anything ever again. Or for political leverage to outright buy elections. This was done on purpose. After all, the 1% does pretty well in third world countries.

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Posted by LouisWu on 04/21/2015 at 10:28 PM

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