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Jonathan Hoffman 

Jonathan Hoffman moved to Tucson from Connecticut in 1977 and never looked back. He attended the UA, ran for City Council Ward III in 2001, and made regular contributions to the Guest Commentary section of the Tucson Weekly for over five years. He helped launch the Southern Arizona News Examiner. He is a former... more


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Re: “Kirkpatrick vs. McCain on Iran Nuclear Deal; Sinema Joins GOP in Opposing Agreement

President Obama has said that we have negotiated deals with enemies before, like the Soviet Union. Well, yeah, but when we negotiated with the Soviets it was a two way street. We would give up something in return for something from the Soviets. Remember, Iran is a signatory of the original Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. If you follow the news, you know that Iran, sometimes with the help of the IAEA, has been thwarting those inspections for decades. So, if you know the history, why would you allow any installations designated by Iran as "military" be off limits? Is that not a sufficiently unacceptable as to be a deal breaker? We know that Iran is a supporter of Hamas and that Hezbollah is run by Iran. Those are Iranian rockets that are fired at Israel. Why is the ban of conventional weapons sales to Iran lifted on day one, and an estimated $140 billion (that's a "b") in frozen assets freed? Saudi Arabia is pumping oil as fast as it can to keep oil prices low because virtually all of Iran's income comes from oil sales - they wanted to starve the nuke program or crash the economy, so much for that. Our Arab state allies have figured out we changed sides. Egypt and Saudi Arabia are teaming up to fight the Iran proxies in Yemen leaving the U.S. out. Saudi Arabia is informally establishing lines of communication with Israel now that they seem to be on one side while the U.S. and Iran are on the other. Whether you see the deal as good or bad depends on your perspective.

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Posted by jonathan.l.hoffman on 09/15/2015 at 2:55 PM

Re: “Fight the “Fight for Fifteen”

Mark, allow me to clarify something. The Law of Demand as it applies here refers to the workers, not the goods they buy. As prices go up - as in the cost of employing low-skilled workers - the demand for those workers goes down resulting in fewer opportunities for those workers to get a start and move beyond the entry level wage, as two thirds do within the first year. Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment

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Posted by jonathan.l.hoffman on 04/22/2015 at 7:48 PM

Re: “Claim Jumper

Gee, do you think that Cuffari's patronage job with the county might have something to do with his change of heart?

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Posted by jonathan.l.hoffman on 11/29/2014 at 10:24 PM

Re: “Danehy

Tom, You forgot Mumia. Better watch that, people might suspect that you are actually a white Republican. BTW- Have you ever heard of Ray Robinson?

Posted by jonathan.l.hoffman on 05/01/2014 at 7:23 AM

Re: “Guest Commentary

In this case, I used the term "professional educators" to refer to admin level policy makers, not teachers who actually do the work of educating.

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Posted by jonathan.l.hoffman on 10/11/2013 at 9:42 PM

Re: “NRA Plans to Sue Tucson Police Department Over Destroying Bought-Back Guns

According to the letter of the law, the city must check to see of any are stolen, then transfer them to dealers. If the City is successful in exploiting a weakness in the law, then it makes sense to fix the wording - that is what Rathner was talking about. Talk about spin, I'm surprised that your heads don't fly off. They knew before they did the event that it was illegal to destroy them. BTW - where is the BATF? The people working the event don't have a dealers license, yet they are transferring a large number of weapons. I guess if you're PC, you're above the law. I have an idea! Think of all the children's lives that could be saved if we get bicycles off the streets! How about a bike buyback? Bring us any bicycle, and we'll give you $50.00, no questions you know where your U-bolts are?

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Posted by jonathan.l.hoffman on 01/09/2013 at 5:47 PM

Re: “Danehy

Please, Tom, Bush a dolt? There are many ways to disprove this but let's take one fact that might impress you. He read a lot, almost all non-fiction, mostly history. He averaged 60-80 books a year. The defense rests.

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Posted by jonathan.l.hoffman on 09/21/2012 at 10:08 AM

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