simplee 
Member since Feb 18, 2011

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Re: “The Skinny

What Tucson needs is not more power or more money for its Mayor and Council. What's needed is more transparency regarding the actions of the Mayor and Council, and all its elected officials.... more pressure on elected officials to act in the interest of ALL residents of Tucson, not just those with lots of money and power. But to achieve that, we will have to have elections that are fully publicly funded only..... elections where private spending on campaigns is prohibited.... elections where the local TV news networks are required to provide the public with real debates among all candidates during primetime viewing, and where all candidates are provided the exact same amount of money for ads that address only the issues and voting records of candidates.... not mudslinging about personal issues.

Until we have that, things are not going to get better for Tucson. The only thing that will continue to improve is the growth of short-term profits by the already wealthiest corporations and individuals in and around Tucson.

Unfortunately, the Supreme Court has completely blocked any city or town or state from being able to pass publicly funded elections, by claiming that a corporations is a person, and therefore has all the rights of a person, including freedom of speech, and that same Supreme Court defined money as speech. So any attempt to regulate or prohibit money buying our elections is against the law!

This means that the only chance Tucson and any other city in our nation has, for improving the lives of average citizens, is passage of an amendment to the US Constitution, which entirely eliminates corporate personhood and the false definition of money as speech, and makes it clear that campaign funding and spending can be regulated and even prohibited by government of the people. So far only one of the amendments proposed will do this.... the Move To Amend amendment.... the "We the People Amendment". for more details and to sign the petition for passage of this amendment go to movetoamend.org.
Lee

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Posted by simplee on 01/01/2015 at 10:56 AM

Re: “Noise Fight

Well, "Bless your heart", you can resort to name-calling, and making insulting guesses about people and their lifestyles, but I prefer to stick to facts. As for me, I am 71, and haven't lived with my parents since 1962. I worked all my adult life until retirement. The TFI survey covered 17 of Tucson's 20 residential zip codes. The majority of the respondents support the base, but oppose the plan which would bring in louder, riskier planes, and increase the number of overflights. If the F-18 and F-22 are allowed to fly over Tucson regularly, as the AF plan proposes, there will be a whole lot more "backyards" effected by the noise. By the way, I don't live under the flight path, but I really don't like to see those who do live there, bullied and treated unfairly, esp. those who cannot afford to sell their homes because the homes have been so devalued by the unrelenting increase in overflights over the past 3 plus decades.

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Posted by simplee on 11/22/2014 at 9:43 PM

Re: “Noise Fight

Please BEFORE THIS MONDAY NOV. 24TH, SEND YOUR CONCERNS ABOUT THIS PLAN FOR EXPANDING THE NUMBER OF OVERFLIGHTS AND BRINGING IN LOUDER AND RISKIER PLANES, AND YOUR CRITICISM OF THIS HIGHLY FLAWED ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT, WHICH FALSELY CLAIMS THERE WILL BE NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON RESIDENTS, TO:
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355fw.pa.comment@us.af.mil

PLEASE INSIST THAT A MORE IN-DEPTH ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STUDY (EIS) BE DONE.

If the Air Force gets by with the false claim of this EA, which says it has a "Finding of No Significant Impact", then they will not be required by NEPA to do the more in-depth EIS. So it is imperative to take them to task for the contradictions in their own statements within the EA itself. They admit that there will be more impact on the minorities and low income residents living near the bases, and their own noise charts for the planes they want to bring here, show them to be clearly much louder than anything currently flying over Tucson, yet they claim this ridiculous "Finding Of No Significant Impact".!!!???

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Posted by simplee on 11/20/2014 at 9:18 AM

Re: “Political Roundtable: Gabby Giffords, Redistricting, Occupy Tucson & More

In Paton's illogical tirade about Romero's proposal, he displays his ignorance of the difference between a RIGHT and a PRIVILEGE.

Freedom of speech and assembly are RIGHTS authorized under the Constitution.

PERMITS deal only with PRIVILEGES.... in this case the privilege of holding a commercial or celebratory event in a park. But, Occupy Tucson is not holding a commercial or celebratory event. The occupiers are there for purposes of redress of grievances against our now corporate-owned government. That is clearly and unambiguously exactly what the first amendment right was created for.... freedom of speech and assembly for redress of grievances against the government!

CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS always trump laws regarding privileges!

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by simplee on 11/20/2011 at 6:52 PM

Re: “Downing

What a sad, and shamefully true example of the plight of everyone except the ultra-rich in our state. However (I hate to add more insult to injury) but Medicaid will not accept her either, if our conscienceless governor Brewer and the Az. state legislature have their way!!!

Posted by simplee on 05/26/2011 at 8:31 AM

Re: “Guest Commentary

Ahhhhh..... Arizona!!! the home of:
* the Grand Canyon (which still is not large enough to contain all the egos and
paranoid ideations of our state legislature and governor/dictator)
* over 286 days of annual sunshine (which still isn't enough to shed light on just
why the majority of this state's citizens elected its current set of "legislayers" and
dictator)
* the first U.S. citizens about to be completely divested of all democratic rights and
process, in favor of the establishment of a"corporate feudalism" form of government

Posted by simplee on 03/03/2011 at 9:07 AM

Re: “More Planes!

If you fired a shotgun twice every 2 or 3 hours, & used the "24-hour averaging" that the Air Force is using in determining the noise impact of the Harrier & F-35 aircraft, the shotgun noise would likely be determined to be "insignificant".

But I can guarantee you that it would NOT seem insignificant to your neighbors.... & in fact would probably result in Tucson Police citing you for disturbing the peace.

Davis Monthan needs to return to being the good neighbor that they were in the 80s & 90s.... before they began greatly expanding Operation Snowbird without an Environmental Assessment or any concern for safety & quality of life of Tucson residents & Tucson's key industry.... tourism!

Tourists don't come here to hear noisey jets.... they come here for the peace & serenity of our natural setting! For DM to negatively impact tourism, is to negatively impact the largest component of Tucson's economy!!!

Posted by simplee on 02/18/2011 at 2:01 PM

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