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Re: “Phoenix's Strip Mall Signs Are Going to Ruin Our Dark Skies

I don't believe that Tucson has not gotten lighter. I moved into my house 20 years ago and could see the Milky Way at night. Now it is hardly visible. I wonder if it has anything to do with the two very well lit Walmart parking lots that have been built within one mile of each other (a Neighborhood Market and Super Walmart)? Having high velocity lights on tall poles spreads too much light and allows it to escape upward. Having shorter poles - 8 to 10 feet - closer together prevents light from escaping upward and lights the parking lot better. Kudos to Lowes, which is right next to Walmart, because they turn off their lights at 11 p.m.

Posted by PlanetLynjo on 09/15/2014 at 5:34 PM

Re: “Best Restaurant for Gluten-Free Pizza

Ok....how about gluten free pizza for those with Celiac who have never liked thin crust pizza? OR....an inexpensive gluten free pizza joint for those who have to be gluten free and aren't choosing to go granola on all of the rest of their diet? I am so tired of places that offer gluten free foods also getting great reviews for their "organic" offerings. I want pizza, not a salad. I want sausage and pepperoni and I am not willing to pay double or triple because the cow or pig ate grass instead of feed grain. Let me find that gluten free restaurant PLEASE!!

Posted by Eric Jones on 09/15/2014 at 5:21 PM

Re: “McSally Ad Demonstrates the Challenge of Fewer vs. Less

I also cringe at phrasing of "We can choose different" (:09). Unless the ad is saying "We can choose (something) different," I believe it should say "We can choose differently."

Posted by Julie on 09/15/2014 at 5:08 PM

Re: “McSally Ad Demonstrates the Challenge of Fewer vs. Less

Too bad about the No Muslim Garb thing, if there were ever a candidate for the Burka ...

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Posted by NJYD on 09/15/2014 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Phoenix's Strip Mall Signs Are Going to Ruin Our Dark Skies

Never mind that our dark skies are adding to pedestrian/bicyclist fatalities. You tend to hit what you can't see.

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Posted by Rat T on 09/15/2014 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Danehy

Poor The Smokey Bear.

Posted by Not a Rancho Snob on 09/15/2014 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Phoenix's Strip Mall Signs Are Going to Ruin Our Dark Skies

So my questions are as follows:
1. Can we sue Phoenix for that eventual "lost" revenue, eventually?
2. Can we scrap the Dark Skies Initiative and start lighting stuff up? Maybe we can become Phoenix and have jobs/companies magically appear overnight?

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Posted by Not a Rancho Snob on 09/15/2014 at 4:23 PM

Re: “The Power of Social Media Is Giving Us a Soda Back We Didn't Want

Moxie is also available online from Amazon! That's the good news. The bad news is Moxie tastes the same as when it was introduced as an elixir good for curing softening of the brain - really awful.

Posted by Rick Spanier on 09/15/2014 at 4:17 PM

Re: “McSally Ad Demonstrates the Challenge of Fewer vs. Less

There is one candidate for the TUSD board holding a Ph.D. who apparently does not understand the difference between "loose - my pants feel loose" and "lose -it would be a shame to lose your iPhone." Another candidate uses idiosyncratic and bizarre capitalization in published comments . Neither is running as a Republican.

As with McSally, I don't mind and won't be voting on the basis of their mastery of grammar and spelling. If you nitpick each candidate's misuse of grammar, you could "loose" your mind - and Dear Reader's confidence.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 09/15/2014 at 2:26 PM

Re: “McSally Ad Demonstrates the Challenge of Fewer vs. Less

In the same ad, you must have also noticed the adjective/adverb mistake "choose different" instead of the correct choose differently.

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Posted by Jon Hemmeter on 09/15/2014 at 2:20 PM

Re: “McSally Ad Demonstrates the Challenge of Fewer vs. Less

Voting is worthless anyway.

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Posted by Know what I mean Vern? on 09/15/2014 at 2:11 PM

Re: “McSally Ad Demonstrates the Challenge of Fewer vs. Less

Regardless of the camouflage, the real story is there are fewer jobs than Obama/Barber promised. Many fewer. Minimum wage pushes upward and the rich get richer but Democrats have somehow forgotten the middle class.

Except when they formulate tax increase plans.

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Posted by Rat T on 09/15/2014 at 1:50 PM

Re: “McSally Ad Demonstrates the Challenge of Fewer vs. Less

Dan, you get a week's pass for your own (if any) grammatical errors for writing this piece.

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 09/15/2014 at 1:39 PM

Re: “McSally Ad Demonstrates the Challenge of Fewer vs. Less

actually, to me it seemed like she was advocating less jobs.

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Posted by Robert Kuhn on 09/15/2014 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Want to See William Shatner as a Defrocked Priest Fighting a Demonic Force on a Plane?

Ldonyo: I'm aware of that, just didn't necessarily think his name alone would resonate with most of the audience in 2014.

Posted by Dan Gibson on 09/15/2014 at 12:51 PM

Re: “High Stakes Testing And The Atlanta Cheating Scandal

The New Yorker article is excellent and should be read by everyone who cares about education policy.

Good idea to discontinue, at least temporarily, coverage of the TUSD board elections -- no hearts and minds were being won in that misguided campaign.

After the dubious quality of the TUSD board candidate coverage, I'll continue to read Safier's columns and watch the Pedersen & Safier videos, but always with an eye on what the real motive may be. This is what happens when members of the press / blog-o-sphere get caught using their voices in highly selective and transparently partisan ways in election campaigns: trust is damaged and a permanent measure of doubt is introduced in the minds of readers who pay close attention and want coverage that can help them make fully (not partially) informed choices when they vote.

An example of how this damaged trust operates: a month ago I would have watched this piece and thought, "How fortunate it is that we have well-informed commentators like Ann-Eve and David keeping an eye on education policy and helping the public understand where students' best interests really lie." Now I am much more inclined to shrug the content off and guess that the motive in presenting the piece is to change the subject and regain some lost credibility. Is making the liberal portion of the electorate more disillusioned and more cynical a good thing to have achieved?

It will be interesting to see what decision is made this evening by the Pima County Democratic leadership. If they endorse candidates, they will, in this Democrat's opinion, be seriously undermining the local party's credibility and its legitimate policy interests.

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Posted by Disillusioned on 09/15/2014 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Streetcar Driver Disciplined for Passing Bicyclist too Closely

JCC said: "Note also, if this is the cyclist involved, he's obviously a very experience rider!"

He's not THAT experienced if he can't see that a train on rails can't swerve, and that he ought to take a little extra time and care around such things, racer that he is.

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Posted by PVK on 09/15/2014 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Danehy

Same thing happened to Smokey Bear. His "The" was surgically removed.

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Posted by Rat T on 09/15/2014 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Streetcar Driver Disciplined for Passing Bicyclist too Closely

Rather than piling on the cyclist in this occurrence, it might be appropriate to consider any mitigating circumstances. Was there also a parked car that was too far from the curb at this time? The operator of the streetcar is still required to use common sense when passing a cyclist.

Note also, if this is the cyclist involved, he's obviously a very experience rider!
http://www.usacycling.org/results/?compid=…

Posted by JCC on 09/15/2014 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Want to See William Shatner as a Defrocked Priest Fighting a Demonic Force on a Plane?

Chuck Connors is the actor who played Lucas McCain, AKA "The Rifleman".

Posted by Ldonyo on 09/15/2014 at 11:25 AM

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