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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: The Skinny

Re: “The Skinny

This city has far too many government employees for a Republican to win. Funny thing is that our roads are proof of it.

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Posted by Pothole Heaven on 05/25/2017 at 10:56 AM

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DHIM: Thanks for the correction on the year Steve K. first won the Ward 6 seat. I've fixed it. I miss Dan Huff, too.

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Posted by Nintz on 05/25/2017 at 9:12 AM

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Kozachik beat Nina Trasoff in 2009 not 2011. The third contest this year is in Ward 5, which the Weekly failed to even reference again in an article. Nintzel should get an F in his journalism class at the U of A for such errors.

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Posted by Dan Huff is Missed on 05/25/2017 at 7:28 AM

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What a bunch of clowns. Mariano Rodriguez is too busy to talk to the Tucson Weekly and doesn't call them back. Republican Party chairman David Eppihimer says Watson isn't a true "Republican" because he supported a sales tax hike to pay for cops, fire and road repair. So much for the large tent the republicans keep saying they have. I guess keeping Tucson shitty and cheap is more important than protecting its citizens. For some people I guess $3/month per person is too much for proper police and fire protection. But hey, if the bonds had passed last year all this would be moot.

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Posted by RobG on 05/25/2017 at 6:53 AM

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BSLAP, aren't you that Russian troll that I advised to drink large amounts of prune juice and to take fistfulls of sleeping pills?
How did that work out for you? Or was that CW13?
But I digress. Tell me all about Vladivostok.

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Posted by JoelFriday on 05/18/2017 at 8:05 PM

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Her days as our congressperson are numbered. Tucson, it's time to take out the trash, vote her 'the fuck' out!

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Posted by HumanBean on 05/18/2017 at 4:53 PM

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Not one mention of mental health issues in your abysmal journalistic attempt. Maybe you'll get 'em next time, Jim. Oh, and thanks for the embarrassingly pointless polling information.

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Posted by RevSPB on 05/18/2017 at 8:19 AM

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McSally has an F- on immigration - same grade as Raul Grijalva. She votes for increasing immigration and against enforcing immigration laws at virtually every opportunity.

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Posted by bslap on 05/18/2017 at 6:01 AM

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The media has fanned the flames of hatred and bears responsibility for pushing people to say and do stupid stuff. Tone it down.

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Posted by Dave N on 05/18/2017 at 5:28 AM

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I think the pressure of trying to run the failing Tucson Weekly is too much for Jimbo, this article is pretty unhinged.

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Posted by Chill out, Jimbo on 05/13/2017 at 11:28 PM

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Nobody wants to hear about about your little jimmie W.A.

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Posted by What, Again is trying to compensate for his lack of manhood on 05/12/2017 at 11:14 AM

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Little Jimmie - do you have to resort to deleting comments that are FACTS.

Such as:

1) Tucson is the 5th poorest in the country.

2) It has been run without opposition for the last three decades by liberals.

3) That "Keep Tucson Shitty", your line, is absolutely accurate because liberals have made Tucson Shitty?

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Posted by What, Again on 05/12/2017 at 10:36 AM

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" the Pima County Green Party, the Tucson Bus Riders Union, LUPE Tucson, Tucson SURJ, Black Lives Matter Tucson, Jewish Voice for Peace, and the Arizona Palestine Solidarity Alliance."

And yet all the headline says is Pima County Republicans? Your own article belies your headline.

Journalism 1?

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Posted by Read It And Weep on 05/11/2017 at 3:14 PM

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I don't live in the city so I don't have direct skin in the game, but I do remember the last time we went through this and I had a daughter working as a police services dispatcher. It's a hard job with low pay and lousy benefits, a stepchild of TPD. She was in year three without a raise after her probation was completed.
They were working 10 to 12 hour shifts and still, I believe, work those shifts, always shorthanded, without a lunch hour and just several 15 minute breaks thrown in to keep them from fainting from hunger (exaggeration but it's bad and the lunch hour is true). The attrition rate is high, the knowledge they have to acquire is extensive and grueling. When the layoffs came, they upped the game. The dispatchers had to take mandatory unpaid leave when they were already shorthanded as always, they lost pay and the people giving up their time off to step in to work for them had to be paid time and a half, showing up still exhausted, if you can make sense either of those facts. Dispatchers ready to come on line after a long hiring and training process were immediately let go, exacerbating the problem. They are the most underpaid, underappreciated part of the TPD and nothing has changed. If the police need more money, perhaps everyone, city and county, should be asked to pitch in five dollars to create a fund to meet their needs and stop the "chasing the bonds" crises. I can assure you that firing new officers, new police dispatchers or exhausting the ones remaining with overwork is a dangerous and stupid process and the only people who benefit from that are the other police agencies who pick up Tucson's trained personnel ready to go to work based on the dollars we spent training them, while we stumble along with their loss.

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Posted by soundcloud on 05/11/2017 at 3:12 PM

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TPD has had some controversies in the past few months, but has lately been trying to work WITH activist groups to uphold the law and also make a space for people to practice their rights (which is also upholding the law). Regardless of the unfortunate actions (ok, let's call a spade a spade and say pretty damn awful) officers with TPD employed against LUPE and other groups, officers really ought to have good safety gear. Yeah, and roads are good. Firefighters with decent equipment is also, like, a good thing in a functional society.

I think the think that bothers me the most is that the Fed and the State are passing down fewer dollars to local governments, forcing cities and towns to either A) Do without or B) Raise funds elsewhere.

If you're pissed off at someone, be pissed off at Gov. Doug Ducey for cutting funding for services we ALL need while cutting taxes on those who DON'T need it.

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Posted by Feenix on 05/11/2017 at 2:03 PM

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I strongly believe the city has been spending road funds appropriately, that they've done what they said, and I support them. This has been a good team...

I also strongly believe more sales tax isn't the answer. It's time our public servants started acting like citizens - my truck is 30 years old. I'm about to put it's 3rd new engine in it. When you're strapped for cash, you FIX things instead of acting like a $300k fire truck is as disposable as a dixie cup. Worried about reliability? Replace the whole engine next time instead of whatever breaks. I'm willing to bet a brand-new diesel engine is less than $20k. That's a factor of 10, and you essentially have a new truck...

NO 101

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Posted by desertrat on 05/11/2017 at 12:46 PM

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The Tucson Weekly could save the peanut gallery a lot of time and publish an automatic "I-love-______, -but-I-don't-want-to-pay-for-it-so-let-someone-fundraise-for-the-____________service-that-I-don't-realize-actually-impacts-my-individual-earnings-and-quality-of-life" comment at the end of every article that mentions taxes.

Also, thought I'd add the link to the City of Tucson Adopted Budget for 2017.
Police,'s all there:…

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Posted by Parent X on 05/11/2017 at 10:03 AM

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Amazing that the Democrats under President Obama tried to do something NOBLE and GOOD for the American people since we are the only western nation that doesn't offer Universal Health Care to ALL of it's citizens but because President Obama is BLACK the Republicans refused to allow him to do anything noteworthy while in office they denigrated the program as though Obama had thrown poison in the well water. Just as Social Security has issues that can be solved the AFFORDABLE CARE ACT had issues that could be solved but the Republicans, like Egyptians in ancient times want to erase any evidence that Barack Obama ever existed and anything that he signed into law that they can get rid of will be gotten rid of. My quandary is that when 65 MILLION people are receiving Social Security and 24 MILLION or more were covered under the AFFORDABLE CARE ACT why those people would ever allow a Republican to get elected much less have an opportunity to eliminate the programs that insure their ability to continue to live?

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Posted by Beneal Good on 05/11/2017 at 8:47 AM

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I refused to be shamed or intimidated into voting for more money to go to the state coffers in the hope that it is given back to the Tucson government to waste again.

How many times do we have to go through this charade with the City of Tucson? Again and again they cry about their desperate needs -- frequently trotting the police and fire departments out as the poster children -- and then use tax dollars on pet projects.

This time around, they even promised that no "new tax" money would go to support salaries or other administrative costs because that is exactly what they have done in the past.

Here's an idea that none of the people who are paid the "big bucks" to come up with "hard decisions" and "smart solutions" have thought of -- set up a crowd sourcing website for the police and fire departments' support AND a separate website for the so-called road repairs.

I would gladly contribute to equip both the police and fire departments, but this city has proven over and over that it cannot fix the roads in a way that does not require a steady revenue stream for half-assed chip seal and oil-based cosmetic coverings that only exasperate the problems.

Lastly, and this is for those who have proposed this new tax, do you seriously think that THIS state government is going to give you the money back? If so, you have not been paying attention.

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Posted by sgsmith on 05/11/2017 at 7:50 AM

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'We're hardly surprised to see most of the organizations on that list have a problem with providing the cops and firefighters with decent equipment to protect public safety or to fix roads. Most of them would rather see the cops show up on buses and the firefighters arrive on bicycles than spend another dime on the roads'

Come on, this is as ignorant an accusation as calling someone who doesnt endorse the military industrial complex 'soft on terrorism'.

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Posted by Palisades on 05/11/2017 at 5:30 AM

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