Joan Chamonix Bell 
Member since Sep 30, 2011


I'm smart. I write. I vote. I always say what I think.

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Re: “Where in the World is Jan Brewer? Apparently, Washington, D.C.—For Now

While the governor's visit with the injured soldier is laudable, I wonder how often she's gone to see other wounded soldiers during her tenure. Given her proclivities for kissing up to the 1% and corporations, her trip to Washington while all the jockeying and finagling to avoid the 'fiscal cliff is raging seems more than a bit coincidental. Is she perhaps trying to position herself for a 2016 presidential run or vice-presidential bid?

The state would be far better served if she stayed home and figured out how to pull Arizona's educational system out of the basement.

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Posted by Joan Chamonix Bell on 12/05/2012 at 7:45 AM

Re: “Political Roundtable: Brewer's Rejection of Health-Insurance Exchanges, McCain vs. Rice, TUSD School Closures & More!

My grandson is only in 4th grade, and he has attended two schools, both of which were closed by the TUSD school board. How can we expect children to do well when every school they attend is either closed down or over-crowded?

Posted by Joan Chamonix Bell on 12/04/2012 at 3:24 PM

Re: “Pedicone: 'The Budget Situation is Real and We Must Act Assertively'

My grandson attended Jefferson Park for kindergarden and first grade and then it closed. He transferred to Cragin for second and third grade, and now they are considering closing that school also. When are we going to elect officials who can finally get the budget under control without closing more schools and parking children in overcrowded classrooms?

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Posted by Joan Chamonix Bell on 11/20/2012 at 8:31 PM

Re: “'New York Times' Food Review Straight-Up Eviscerates Guy Fieri Restaurant

While this review was a direct, honest piece about the reviewer's opinion, it's snide tone was completely unnecessary for making his point. It was written in such an insulting way that it reads more like a personal or professional attack against Fieri than an objective review of his newest venture, calling into question the reviewer's true motivations for his scathing criticisms. "Quality writing" would have gotten the points across without sinking to the level of this review.

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Posted by Joan Chamonix Bell on 11/15/2012 at 10:33 AM

Re: “American Teen To Move To Australia For Its Male, Christian President; Unaware Their Leader Is Literally None of Those Things

I think she should move to Australia and have children there, to keep from mixing her genes with those of the already cognitely challenged 'white' Georgia gene pool.

Posted by Joan Chamonix Bell on 11/11/2012 at 9:53 AM

Re: “A New Study Tries To Scare Us Into Sleeping More

A few months ago, I read that the lack of enough sleep causes adrenal distress, which can make losing weight more difficult. After reading that, I increased the number of hours I sleep each night, and it really sped up my weight loss.

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Posted by Joan Chamonix Bell on 10/18/2012 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Paul Cunningham Wants More MMJ Dispensary Restrictions

There is a HUGE difference between legalizing marijuana and legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes, so as the mother of a son who died from cancer, I take umbrage with Cunningham's position against legalizing marijuana for any reason. Without marijuana, my son would have died of malnutrition and starvation long before he succumbed to his cancer.

Both heroin and morphine are derived from opium/poppies, yet one (morphine) is legal and used for medicinal purposes, while the other (heroin) is neither. Following Cunningham's absurd assertion, does that then mean that no pharmacies should be allowed to be located near schools?

Legitimizing marijuana for medicinal purposes in no way sanctions it's use as a recreational drug with which to get 'high', any more than legalizing morphine sanctioned the use of heroin for non-medicinal purposes.

People can get high on practically any and every thing, including the canned air used for cleaning/dusting electronics - so following Cunningham's ridiculous thought process, wouldn't that necessitate putting distance restrictions between office supply stores and schools as well?

Cunningham should stop focusing his time and effort on this 'non problem', and direct them towards the many serious issues currently facing the city. His taking a hard position on medical marijuana dispensaries will NOT erase anyone's memory of his drunken fiasco in California.

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Posted by Joan Chamonix Bell on 10/08/2012 at 12:50 PM

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