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Re: “Danehy

I find myself nodding, nearly in agreement, with Danehy. He appears to recognize that Clinton is a seriously deeply flawed candidate who has earned the distrust of a majority of voters. And I can't argue with anyone who sees Trump, not the Republicans or conservatives in general, as a bombastic fool, an indictment of our system of selecting presidential candidates.

"People who want viable third-party candidates should come up with viable third parties." Really? We obviously do not have viable political parties (unless the term refers to sharks and cockroaches). We have two inbred mega-organizations representing the political interests of minorities of voters surviving on the largesse of the most wealthy and powerful.

How about viable (like adaptable and strong) Democrat and Republican parties as a first step? I've been around long enough to say I've never seen a presidential election offering two choices, one worse than the other, to slither from the pit and take the reins of power.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 10/16/2016 at 7:53 AM

Re: “Song of the Day 'Whiskey Woman' by Flamin' Groovies

It's an interesting album. It definitely has its moments and it is similar in certain ways, but I truly believe it isn't "near every bit as good as Sticky Fingers".

Although, when you let it stand on its own, without comparing it to one of the greatest albums made within the last 50 years, it holds its own pretty well.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 10/16/2016 at 7:46 AM

Re: “Creative Community

You're welcome!

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Posted by Ex-Arizonan on 10/15/2016 at 11:33 PM

Re: “Creative Community


I would also like to thank you for your information and your response. It's nice to know that trolls aren't the only type of people that access this site. 😊

Sincerely, DC

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 10/15/2016 at 9:22 PM

Re: “Creative Community


I did a bit more research and found that there was apparently a Brookings Institution study that What, Again may have been referring to. It was cited on CBS news, I think. What you say about rankings for cities over 500,000 makes sense. So, the third worst city on the Brookings Institution list is Philadelphia, and Philadelphia has a completely different set of circumstances, different demographics, a different history, different culture--I actually lived nearby for a while years ago. Could it be that there is a common thread here that may not be a Tucson-specific issue? I would imagine that debt, financial mismanagement and good old-fashioned corruption and graft may be big woes for any large-ish city. Also, there does seem to be a pattern of Sun Belt cities running out of money in recent years due to the fact that many snowbirds dumped their winter homes and seriously cut back on spending following the recession. This holds true for cities in Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, and SoCal as well. So no, I don't think the "anti-growth" card is entirely accurate. Thanks for the added info and fact-checking.

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Posted by Ex-Arizonan on 10/15/2016 at 7:00 PM

Re: “My Picks for the TUSD School Board: Cam Juarez, Kristel Foster, Betts Putnam-Hidalgo

(Reply to) Reply to Stegeman: I always believed, and said at the time, that the $17 million deficit was exaggerated, to create a public case for closing schools. (But my memory was that the $17 million was TUSD's messaging in spring 2012, not 2013, so we may be talking about different situations.) There was a revenue/spending imbalance, but not that large. The board relies substantially on staff for budget analysis, perhaps more than it should, and in 2011 the staff itself provided no warning of that imbalance. This is somewhat similar to what happened with 301. As you say, I am willing to accept my part of the responsibility for the 301 buildup (though I usually voted against the 301 plans), which is more than we have heard from the other board members. I have never claimed to get everything right. Obviously I need to study the district's audits and financial reporting more closely.

I have also never claimed to stay true to a "progressive" agenda. That is one reason I left the Democratic Party. My policy positions do not line up closely with either party (at least as those parties are presently constituted), and I am uncomfortable being accountable to either party's platform.

A well-functioning audit committee can greatly help the board to keep abreast of budget and financial issues and potential problems, but the current majority has eroded or eliminated the audit committee's independence, which I think is a major loss.

Yes, the lurching around in the budget, from which the magnet schools for example have greatly suffered, is absurd. I would like to reform the entire budget process, and that is one reason that I have voted against the budget for years. Reforming that process will take at least one more vote on the board. I think Betts would be a good choice.

Yes, there are many issues where I would like to be reporting more to the public, your point is well taken, but the prolix letters are a lot of work. I should probably write more letters and shorter ones -- many persons have given this advice.

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Posted by Mark Stegeman on 10/15/2016 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Danehy

And lousy presidents.

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Posted by CW13 on 10/15/2016 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Creative Community


When Wrong, Again mentions that Tucson is the 6th poorest city, he, much like the rest of his trolling ilk, is only mentioning part of the facts.

The whole truth is that Tucson is currently rated as the 6th for U.S cities with populations over 500,000. He always fails to include that part.

Although I do understand why he does this. What he has to say doesn't hold as much weight when you reveal the whole truth. This is also typical of his trolling ilk.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 10/15/2016 at 7:49 AM

Re: “My Picks for the TUSD School Board: Cam Juarez, Kristel Foster, Betts Putnam-Hidalgo

No, TUSD Parent #101, it's people who excuse the conspicuously malfeasant Board majority and CEO who are destroying our kids's schools, and the community is very well aware of it, thanks to the "political IEC" you mention and other persistent members of the community who are working hard to get this district cleaned up.

It's typical of your crowd to disparage and insult anyone who speaks the truth about what is going on in this district. "TUSD Parent #101" is a good screen name: it seems you have mastered TUSD-politics 101: justify and excuse the ongoing malfeasance in the district by blaming and deriding the messenger, as both "Disappointed Parent" and "Another Disappointed Parent" pointed out.

Are you perhaps one of the people who has been given a TUSD job you didn't qualify for by the Grijalva network? Or someone whose company has been awarded a bid because of a relationship you have or in exchange for donations or kick-backs of some sort? (Cf. The hiring of Grijalva's mother-in-law as a principal over candidates ranked more highly by the selection committee; the awarding of the strategic plan consulting contract to friends of Sanchez's; or the large donations from ESI, the company with a $21 million contract for managing outsourced subs, to the campaigns of the two incumbent candidates who had voted for the contract, Kristel Foster and Cam Juarez.) Or are you a parent with a kid enrolled in University High School, Fruchthendler or Sam Hughes, one of the TUSD schools which benefits from the current Superintendent's patronage while schools on the south and west sides go begging? Or a friend of Ann-Eve Pedersen's? There are plenty of explanations for people taking the kind of positions you take -- none of them worthy of respect.

There are problems with the Arizona legislature and governor, but those of us who are HONEST admit that there are problems with TUSD Board and Administration as well. Underfunding does not excuse malfeasance, nor does it mean that constituents do not have a right to expect honesty and proper management from those running our public institutions. All of our public school districts in Arizona are underfunded and there are many that do much, much better than TUSD does. It's well past time for TUSD to accept responsibility and clean up its act, and it starts with the Board and CEO.

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Posted by Let's be HONEST, shall we? on 10/15/2016 at 7:22 AM

Re: “Creative Community

10 Poorest Cities in America of 2015
5. Tucson

Take your pick. More socialism/communism/liberalism isn't going to fix it.

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Posted by What, Again on 10/15/2016 at 6:49 AM

Re: “Creative Community

Census: Tucson sixth-poorest large city

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Posted by What, Again on 10/15/2016 at 4:38 AM

Re: “Creative Community

According to 24/7 Wall St., these are the 25 poorest towns in America. There isn't a single mention of Arizona anywhere on the list.

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Posted by Ex-Arizonan on 10/15/2016 at 2:26 AM

Re: “ACLU: "Widespread Problems" With Health Care Inside Arizona Prison

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Posted by BENSON TANAKA on 10/15/2016 at 1:46 AM

Re: “My Picks for the TUSD School Board: Cam Juarez, Kristel Foster, Betts Putnam-Hidalgo

I just wanted to say what a lovely well thought out piece this is David and I agree with so many of your sentiments.

As a TUSD parent I am horrified daily by what I read and hear being said by these 24-7 TUSD rock throwers about our kids' school district and especially about those working hard every single day to make our schools better, AND amidst the most egregious circumstances imaginable given how our state legislature and GOVERNOR sets the table for them! (Throw your rocks at them, rather than HT Sanchez or the school board!)

It's as if the district is being stalked by some pretty crazy dysfunctional people, (well evidenced by the comments above I might add). However, what is truely scary to me is that we have a current sitting board member who engages in this same destructive rock throwing behavior. I too find his incessant attacks to be all for not. I can't imagine what on earth motivates him, but ultimately he just exacerbates the situation and further harms our school district. Every day. Every single day.

If anyone thinks they can actually improve anything - an organization, an educational environment, a society, TUSD ...whatever, by engaging in these kinds of lizard-brain accusations and constant high drama criticisms....or the best one yet - by starting a political IEC (to supposedly solve bullying in your kid's school?!!)... Well I don't even know where to begin other than to say you are SO sadly mistaken and just making the situation worse by your behanvior. I wish you all would just stop and go focus your time, money and energy on something positive and productive. It's so troubling to watch. These are our kids schools you are destroying.

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Posted by TUSD Parent #101 on 10/14/2016 at 10:26 PM

Re: “Song of the Day: 'See Saw' by Don Covay

Love Covay, have looked at youtube forever hoping to find footage of live shows. Never anything to see. :(

Posted by Kip Dean on 10/14/2016 at 6:51 PM

Re: “Carmona Takes The Gloves Off

Three weeks to the election. let's hope they don't force Nanos out and force Carmona in before the election. He would not be on the ballot.

What would happen then, special election?

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Posted by Dale Jensen on 10/14/2016 at 3:08 PM

Re: “My Picks for the TUSD School Board: Cam Juarez, Kristel Foster, Betts Putnam-Hidalgo

Wouldn't it be more appropriate to call it Biden like behavior?

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Posted by Dan Hyde on 10/14/2016 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Tempest DuJour And Other Queens Channel The Donald

This is a must see!!!

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Posted by Sandra Engoron-March on 10/14/2016 at 12:33 PM

Re: “My Picks for the TUSD School Board: Cam Juarez, Kristel Foster, Betts Putnam-Hidalgo

Some within our group of TUSD Whistleblowers have received Kristel Foster's latest bottom of the barrel attempt to gain support for Cam Juarez and herself through her claim that David Morales and Mike Hicks were making fun of Cam's physical disability. She provided a link to the radio program during which she claims the behavior became Trump-like. She says it is upsetting. Those of us who are professionals in the area of special education or who are disabled listened to the radio show that she referenced in her condemning email. Mike Hicks poked fun at himself for his partial loss fingers from an accident. There was nothing that was said that was discriminatory or offensive about Cam's physical disability. What we all found offensive is Foster's blatant need to rescue her peer, Cam Juarez, because he is disabled. Once again she has exposed her condescending treatment of those who she believes she must rescue. Foster is no Mother Theresa and she needs to get mental health support for her constant need to claim she is a savior of sorts. Certainly Cam does not need to be rescued. We may not agree with him on many issues but we view Cam as someone who does not play "poor me/probesito" as Kristel has wickedly attempted to do in her email.

Kristel Foster is not genuinely an advocate for anyone or any cause. She is an opportunist. Foster is a walking scam and an embarrassment to herself; to women; and to TUSD. Don’t be fooled!

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Posted by Kristel Foster is Pathetic on 10/14/2016 at 11:04 AM

Re: “My Picks for the TUSD School Board: Cam Juarez, Kristel Foster, Betts Putnam-Hidalgo

Stegeman: you can make as many assertions as you like excusing your behavior, but there are plenty of votes you have made which do not align with anything resembling progressive or integrationist priorities. Your roles in the MAS controversies and your advocacy for UHS-separate-site are well known.

You constantly insert your opinions into comment streams, spread them in your prolix "Constituent Updates," publish them in editorials in the Star, promote them in "community forums" you organize, and get them aired in media outlets like KGUN-9 with whom you build relationships, yet there are many issues that could have used advocacy and increased public awareness on which you have no documented history of communicating with the public. You are apologizing now for not having spoken up on the need to get 301 funds to teachers. That's more than a day late and millions of dollars short.

If you can provide evidence that you played some role in encouraging the district to do advance planning prior to the disastrous $17 million deficit falling on the schools, I'll be happy to examine it. Why don't you do a "Constituent Update - Special Edition" and give us all the facts? In spring of 2013 I sat in a Parents' Association meeting in a TUSD school and heard the principal tell the community that our school had received a phone call from central saying hundreds of thousands of dollars had to be cut from our school's budget within 24-48 hours. That is no way to manage an entirely predictable funding shortfall, and the "Cut positions - quick!" way it was handled had disastrous consequences in our school during the 2013-2014 school year.

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Posted by Reply to Stegeman on 10/14/2016 at 9:54 AM

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