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Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

Dr. Stegeman, isn't financially supporting another sitting member on the board, and someone who could potentially be sitting on the board, a serious conflict of interest? Were there any discussions with the candidates you have chosen to support financially before you donated to their campaigns and what kind of support you would receive in return? Aren't you basically attempting to purchase votes from your fellow board members?

For someone who has been so concerned about addressing conflicts of interest and disclosing them to the public, this seems hypocritical. You never made a single mention of it in your constituent newsletter (something your constituents might want to know in case they want to choose to no longer be your constituents). If Safier hadn't written anything about it this probably would have never become public information. That's pretty suspect.

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Posted by John Dewey on 09/12/2014 at 12:26 AM

Re: “US Fries Poutine Restaurant Opens Saturday, Offers Free Food

It's pretty gosh-darned amusing to see a Canadian marketing a throughly Canadian food item to Americans under the name "US Fries". Would that be related to "Freedom Fries"? Is this a cynical marketing tactic? Is poutine Canadian? Is Stephen Harper a right-wing a-hole? All these questions have the same answer. Actually, in Canada poutine is heavily identified with Quebec, its province of origin. As any loyal Canuck knows, especially those from the lower socioeconomic orders, the true national dish of Canada is and always has been Kraft Dinner, salvation of that country's poor (especially single male university students). Compared to KD (traditionally eaten straight from the saucepan with a spoon while reclining on the couch watching TV), poutine's just a jumped-up johnny-come-lately.

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Posted by JadedFaded on 09/11/2014 at 11:56 PM

Re: “Media Watch

"Pickering left the industry altogether to pursue other opportunities after completing his MBA from the UA."

I'm sure the fact the he didn't get Chuck George's position at KOLD or Rob Guarino's position at KVOA had NOTHING to do with Pickering's decision to leave.

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Posted by InMyOpinion on 09/11/2014 at 9:57 PM

Re: “A Slow Motion Implosion At K12 Inc.

California has a K12 school named CAVA. The teachers got together kast year to form a union. PERB the public relations board confirmed that they had a majority support. Now the k12 managed school has hired high profile union busting legal firm to work against the formal recognition. Teachers concern have been validated. You should look into this. It is illegal for a for profit organization to run a public charter school. more than 50% of the ADA funds they receive from the state of california are going to k12 for profit in Virgina.

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Posted by luvallmykids on 09/11/2014 at 6:02 PM

Re: “Those French Guys Are Seemingly Going to Get Away With Their Squirrel-Kicking Crimes

choose to do stupid and nasty things like this,, you waste EVERY ONES time

Posted by Ivan Robles on 09/11/2014 at 5:35 PM

Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

To Francis Saitta and Betts Putnam Hidalgo: I know and appreciate that you are both candidates running in this election, but it would be more transparent if you said you were a candidate at least once in each thread where you are commenting. People need to know you are not a completely disinterested party when they read your comments. I don't know how anyone else feels about this, but I respect candidates who go the extra mile to be transparent.

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Posted by Marty on 09/11/2014 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Forever on Fourth

It's been a long time since I last ate at La Indita. After reading this reviewer's complementary review it won't be long before I try it again. Well prepared guacamole, flan and chili rellenos aren't too common, despite the abundance of Mexican restaurants in Tucson.

Posted by JCC on 09/11/2014 at 5:02 PM

Re: “The Skinny

President Obama believes that those who violate our laws on a daily basis should feel comfortable and safe, rather be fearful of being detained and deported. Who does he represent, the criminal or the taxpayer victims? Outside of breaking the law in the first place, large numbers commit crimes once arriving here. A multitude of illegal alien drunk drivers, mow down innocent Americans on our highways. The hundreds of thousands incarcerated within our prison system, which I suggest should be isolated on an island, not dissimilar to Australia’s Christmas Island compound? Why shouldn’t foreign nationals breaking our laws be looking over their shoulder, staying in the shadows, NOT admit they are criminals by applying for driver’s licenses. What happens in the future when honest government is back and those DMV records are used to prove they are here illegally—and they signed a document to admit it.

Once the Senate and House is back in the hands of an ethical and I hope a less corrupted government, taxpayers should demand that ALL illegal aliens legitimized by Obamas inept associates that ALL his executive orders are reversed and the data bases for illegally-sponsored drivers licensing, federal IRS special ITIN tax refund numbers are checked and state agencies, who conspired against the Rule of Law held accountable. Even Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) who refused to investigate Child Tax Credits, given the parents illegal aliens of over a. 4 Billion of dollars in reimbursements

“Obama said that in the “absence of congressional action,” he intends to “take action” to increase resources on the border, upgrade “how we process these cases and that we find a way to encourage legal immigration and give people some path so they can start paying taxes, pay a fine, and learn English.” He asserted that it is important that they not have to “look over their shoulder but be legal since they’ve been living here for quite some time.” If these so called penalties are anything like the lax processing after the 1986 Amnesty, then we really in serious trouble.

What part of illegal does this former attorney not understand? Is this corrupt administration going to secretly use the reorganization of ACORN to register--alive or dead people—felons, illegal aliens to vote in the midterms. Are the Liberal progressives going to bus their crowds from another county or a close state to vote illegally?

According to Texas rancher Cuban “Rusty” Monsees, Mexican drug cartel members are wreaking havoc on the ranches near the border and using death threats and textbook intimidation to drive ranchers off their land. Read the whole story on

In an interview with Oathkeepers, Monsees revealed:
“We get kids. We get adults. The cartel is bringing across, importing people from as far away as the Mediterranean. I’ve talked to agents and they picked up some characters from Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Syria… anything that you can think of these agents has to deal with.”
It gets worse: in the same in interview, Rob, an Oathkeeper who has come to help protect Rusty and his ranch from the invaders, claimed that Border Patrol has captured wanted terrorists, but have been unable to release that information to the vulnerable public. Rob explained,
“[They] had six Middle Eastern males on Rusty’s property [which Border Patrol was able to catch] … all I know is they were Muslim. I wasn’t told a whole lot of information about it. I do know they had told me they had caught eleven of the same group, the week prior to that, that had been on our United States terrorist wanted list [for acts against the United States] – not watch, but wanted list. And this is the kind of stuff that they are not releasing to the public; they’re not allowed to release it.”
Rob continued,
“They were caught and they were turned over to Homeland Security, and everything pretty much disappeared like what Rusty was saying. None of that is any public information or anything like that, so they don’t want it to be public. [The BP is not allowed to tell anyone that known terrorists are coming across the border]. They aren’t allowed to speak about it. The only thing we [the American public] hear about is women and kids… and when they make huge drug busts, which are what we hear about. We don’t hear about the gang-bangers coming across, we don’t hear about the terrorists coming across. We don’t hear about the violence going down on the border. I had a rancher call me last week, and begging for help on 15,000 acres. He had been moved off his ranch because he doesn’t feel safe with his family there. He’s been shot at and threatened. We don’t hear that [on the news].”

MOST DOMINANT ISSUE BEING AVOIDED: Refresh the 700 mile, 2006 Secure Fence Act and build the double layer fencing, complete with concertina razor wire. Hundreds of miles are vacant of any barrier. It was killed by prior Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas by adding a non-escapable amendment to the 2006 bill. Whereas giving complete control to Homeland Security, ruling out any funds to deliver the 700 miles of two fences, separated by an all weather track way. An in between no-mans land where illegal aliens would be caught and detained for immediate deportation. No wonder we are being invaded, without little or no deterrent. Enforcement Laws of US Border Patrol has been restrained by Obamas orders.

1) Secure our borders.
2) End amnesties.
3) Mandate E-Verify Or a National ID card
4) Abolish rewards for illegal aliens.
5) Toughen interior enforcement.
6) Amend birthright citizenship.
7) Conclude chain migration.
8) Purge refugee and visa fraud.
9) Eliminate unnecessary worker visas.
10) Remove visa lottery.
11) End visa overstays

All we have seen from this present Administration is laws being intentionally disregarded, undermined that have been the identified with the Rule of Law, our sovereignty and the US. What we have suffered under Obama is Constitution upheaval. Comprehensive Reform--Amnesty...IRS borders...deliberate bypassing of and furious weapons to Mexico—cutting back on our military and the failure of National Security. America is a free country and we must fight back against these overreaching agencies. In California Governor Jerry Brown stated nearly 30% of CA Kids Illegal or ‘Don’t Speak English’

IF YOU ARE ANXIOUS ABOUT YOUR COUNTRY UNDER OBAMA IMPERIAL RULE AND HIS PAWNS check this site that has the phone Numbers and Mailing Addresses of Members of Congress at: www.contactingthecongress/ to stipulate an end to illegal immigration, the dismantling of our laws, sovereignty, citizen rights and even our military is being cut back, which we frantically need for protection against our enemies foreign an domestic. Illegal Immigration is rapidly becoming the top precedence for Americans, because they see its impact on the barren economy and lost jobs. Large corporations and big business are laying-off birthright, naturalized citizens and green card holders, making an avenue for lower paid illegal aliens. This is the number for the central switchboard for every member of Congress to address your objections at 800-224-3121.

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Posted by Dave Francis 1 on 09/11/2014 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Danehy

Don't know where to comment. Has Tucson done anything lately about the awful condition of the city streets? So many need repaving and there is no money? Don't you know the home values go up when the streets look nice? And there is less crime. Keep it neat, people.

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Posted by Linda Sartori on 09/11/2014 at 4:24 PM

Re: “The Skinny

obama will do what's best for obama when it's time for obama. And, the decision will come down when he's ready, not before. The prez is tone deaf. Once you realize that, the rest is easy, then you will stop yelling at your TVs

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Posted by frank McLaury on 09/11/2014 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Remembering Chuck Bowden

When I worked at Evergreen Air Center at Marana in the late 70's and early 80's, I gained a lot of inside knowledge about the connections of that national company and their sub-contracting work for the CIA. I approached Chuck Bowden's City Magazine and contributed a story on my experience there. The two of us, plus another man from his magazine, who has since died of cancer all lunched, ran through the piece and discussed publishing it. I was in awe of his writing, reputation and lack of guile. I learned a lot from that experience. It published and they got a lot of feedback. Later, I wrote a 5 part series for the Star, and brushed up against Chuck who was in the building. His writing was so inspiring his columns were collectible. I still have a lot of them in my files. His television appearances were brave, when talking about drugs and the Mexican police being interconnected. His early piece on a Mafia chieftain's funeral here in Tucson I thought was a watershed experience in his writing.

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Posted by frank McLaury on 09/11/2014 at 4:02 PM

Re: “The Skinny

I remember when legislators legislated, long, long ago

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Posted by NJYD on 09/11/2014 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

I like the new "thin" Weekly, folds easily and fits in the back pocket. Perfect for carrying to the galleries, restaurants, etc.

When the new owners bought TW, the buzz was they would fire people, thin down the news and try to sell more ad space, which they did; we all thought it was to make it more attractive to a potential buyer or some other sinister motive, but turns out they just don't know any better

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Posted by NJYD on 09/11/2014 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Forever on Fourth

Long Live La Indita! It was one of my first Tucson restaurants, and every restaurant following is compared to the amazing food La Indita prepares. If you've not experienced this Tucson classic it is time you get moving on it!

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Posted by Scott Fouts on 09/11/2014 at 3:13 PM

Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

Fed Up-You and many others may be surprised to find that I agree that if at all possible AND WORKABLE we should be trying to retain superintendents. I have been at school sites when we are changing superintendents, and it is a nightmare. While there are some people truly grounded in school sites that disagree with me about this re this superintendent, I remain firm. My experience is that purchasing, planning, H.R. and everything else goes absolutely on hold while the Board is looking for a new superintendent and its hard to believe that its worth it. This is a particular nightmare if the superintendent has been centralizing leadership, obviously. Talk about damaging to the kids! But I do think that a superintendent needs to be willing to work with an independent auditor who answers to the Board, and willing to deal with a proactive and constructive Board in a respectful and constructive way. I think that Board questions and suggestions should be met with an open mind, especially since, (as HT himself pointed out at a Board workshop held as a Special Board meeting 2 weeks ago) the Board is the Boss, and they are supposed to make policy. I was shocked to hear during this latest meeting the implication that calling for an independent auditor might push this superintendent out-fear tactics? Reality? Lack of understanding what was said on my part? All possible. But I didn't call for the expulsion of Pedicone, despite the very deep disagreements I had with him over MAS--I said then and I'll say it again--I think when people blithely call for a switch in superintendents, they are not aware of how profoundly that disturbs and sets back the schools. And that level of chaos cannot help but affect our kids.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 09/11/2014 at 2:37 PM

Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

So many intelligent and passionate comments on this board. The tempest in a teapot brewed by Safier is the least important and the least commented on. Whether Dr. Stegeman is a Democrat true believer is irrelevant, what is relevant are the positions he holds on the important issues confronting TUSD.

Welcome to the ranks of the Independents, Mark. You are not alone in the largest block of registered voters. Glad you represent me.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 09/11/2014 at 2:33 PM

Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

I am going to say this as often as I can. TUSD needs to be split up. Organizations tend to try to grow even when their growth have caused ineffectiveness and inefficiencies. It can be a good thing to downsize. I have always been a staunch supporter of public education. Right now I have a student in a charter school. TUSD is a sinking ship.

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Posted by Bob Rodriguez on 09/11/2014 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Media Watch

I'll miss Kayla. I like her style.

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Posted by Gonzo Sorcrachi on 09/11/2014 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Danehy

I dunno, Tom. "The School" has sort of a nice ring to it. You might have given them an idea.

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Posted by Gonzo Sorcrachi on 09/11/2014 at 1:43 PM

Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

Mr. Safier: Dr. Mark Stegeman is NOT the issue in this campaign unless he has information that he must share with the Voters of TUSD; that can effect the possible outcome of the election!!! The Pima County Board of Elections will determine if Dr. Stegeman is in violation of Election Law.

We need to focus on this upcoming election, the replacement of the two incumbents, and with that, a reorganization of Central Administration/Policies so as to move TUSD in a positive Academic direction.

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 09/11/2014 at 1:20 PM

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