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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Feature

Re: “When Everything You Care About is Gone

It's very easy to judge others unless we have walked in their shoes, and also we judge because we don't understand. This article is about the plight of Syrian families who's been through many challenges and obstacles, as a result of political war, and by God's grace, they survived and still thriving. Not for us to judge, or bring our personal political debate here and attack each other. The story is about survival and the strenght of human spirit. The question to ask ourselves is, "How can I be a blessing to others in my daily live and make a difference to others positively".

"Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them". Dalai Lama

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Posted by Lal on 11/12/2019 at 4:21 AM

Re: “Urban Renewal

Comrade paul.

Chugging the orange kool aid as quickly as it can be poured.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 10/24/2019 at 10:00 PM

Re: “Urban Renewal

These cities are still recovering from the recession because their run by demorats. Most cites are flourishing under Trump.

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Posted by PaulAZ on 10/24/2019 at 7:36 PM

Re: “Somebody's Watching You

Well said Bob. Yes this is the most bs fake article on unconstitutional privacy by the direct use of drones and facial recognition.. Drones are flying all over Tucson and only 2 in 2017.

Oh and crime is trending downward is a joke. Its all drones in the future because as you stated " predictive behavior" is another way of saying" once a criminal always a criminal"

You wasted my time.

Posted by Rafnrol on 10/08/2019 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Justice Delayed

Looks like this guy is a walking freakshow. Look at the face. And he's short too so he obviously has confidence and self-esteem issues - likely stands no taller than poor sweet Vicki did. Little idiot napolean-complex boy, hoping someone in prison off's this piece of filthy excrement.

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Posted by Swagman on 10/06/2019 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Facing Cancer Without Insurance

more great critical issues reporting by Emily Dieckman

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Posted by summ3rtim3 on 10/03/2019 at 5:08 PM

Re: “Facing Cancer Without Insurance

Great story! October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. El Rio clinic also serves the uninsured population during October. Women over 40 who have no insurance and are due for a screening mammogram may get one for FREE this month at El Rio. Call El Rio Clinic at 520 670-3747 for information.

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Posted by Doyle Ray on 10/03/2019 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Facing Cancer Without Insurance

My "terminal cancer" almost 50 years ago was unrelated to this case, except that having no insurance resulted in an immediate cure. At age 19, I was told I had malignant melanoma & scheduled for surgery the next morning to remove part of my arm & replace it with a chunk of my thigh ... deforming me for life. In spite of the fact the original lab tests took 10 - 12 days, a half hour after the doctor heard I had no insurance we were called back & told "the lab made a mistake". If I'd had insurance those fraudster doctors (dermatologist & surgeon) would have gotten away with their scam. About 40 years later I found out from some University of Arizona cancer researchers that those doctors had a reputation for diagnosing & curing statistically improbable numbers of cancer cases. It's fraud like this in the medical industries where this country needs to encourage whistle-blowers. There must have been some evidence even back in the 1970s of what those greedy, dishonest doctors were doing. I wonder how many victims in Tucson still think they were miraculously saved from a deadly form of cancer that they never actually had!

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Posted by MMP on 10/03/2019 at 12:06 PM

Re: “Sanctuary

Yes to prop 205. California leading the way as usual.

Posted by beachlover31 on 10/01/2019 at 5:08 AM

Re: “Sanctuary

Immigrants is what this country is now, after we desiccated natives. Our values are to welcome the sick and needy. I say yes to prop 205. We are all in this together so, do unto others. Thank you for sharing this!!

Posted by beachlover31 on 10/01/2019 at 5:07 AM

Re: “The Most Traditional Family You've Ever Met

Thanks to Emily for giving us a chance to meet these terrific families. BTW, first article I ever printed out from the "Weekly".

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Posted by RobertDC on 09/26/2019 at 5:32 PM

Re: “Sanctuary

Open borders are great for the Koch brothers and low wage industries who want to get cheap exploitable labor. Keep it flowing so my stocks go up. Thanks.

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Posted by bslap on 09/20/2019 at 6:50 PM

Re: “Sanctuary

TPS, ICE, and CBP are already playing fast and loose with the rules, and have a long and storied history of ignoring legal restraints like 'probable cause' and 'reasonable suspicion'. The very fact that TPD would balk at being told that they have to treat people decently regardless of race, creed, colour, or gender identity is a giant indication that this legislation is necessary.
Perhaps if they weren't such bad actors in the community already, this kind of legislation wouldn't ever be necessary.
Physician, heal thyself.

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Posted by Psyd on 09/19/2019 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Sanctuary

agreed, this is a pull at the heart strings issue that keeps being more of a feel good rather than a do good (for the community), which in my view is consist with the progressive agenda. This effort to limit police with more and more 'regulation', seems counterproductive. Let them do their job, the feds are the primary enforcers anyway. Existing laws promote a hands off policy for TPD, enough

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Posted by laddderflappy on 09/19/2019 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Sanctuary

No thanks, we have seen what this has done to cities in California. Leave our laws alone.

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Posted by Grant Cooper on 09/19/2019 at 5:58 AM

Re: “A Dying Institution

Look into LArche communities. They are incredibly loving and caring homes for Sophies! I have a friend who is director of one if youre ever interested. Contact Jill.

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Posted by Diane Anderson on 09/14/2019 at 9:43 AM

Re: “A Dying Institution

Thank you for this touching story.I know a mother of one of the former (passed away) residents in coolidge. When the state tried to close it down, she fought very hard to keep the home that her daughter knew, open for her. She visited her child very often and
spoke about her. I have a developmentally disabled child -now 19
who can do lots of independent things, and looks "normal" but I know could not survive without help in everyday living. I worry about what will happen when my husband and I are no longer alive,
if his siblings will I hope, take over. I have thought of a group home, but he isn't really that sort of disabled, and craves the outdoors and
doing projects, not things that could be done in those settings.

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Posted by DAZ on 09/12/2019 at 12:23 PM

Re: “A Dying Institution

Amy, thanks you so much for your article and for shedding light on the many challenges parents and siblings have to overcome to get quality and compassionate care for their relative who is living with a developmental disability. This is a story I heard many times during my 32 years as an administrator in the State Division of Developmental Disabilities. During most of that time, I was the Director of services in Southern Arizona. I also served as State Director in the mid 80s.

I came into this work in 1974 at a time when there was a revolution taking place in the care of people with a disability. I was one of the young turks whose mission was to support families who wanted to keep their loved one at home and to find community settings for people living in the three state run institutions. There was a lawsuit in 1975 that resulted in the State agreeing to move people out of the Coolidge facility, which was then home to more than 1400 people. The settlement agreement also mandated that the State assist people living in the other two institutions move into small community group homes and other options. During that time, no one left the institutions without the full range of care that they required. It was a highly successful plan that was fully funded by the Arizona Legislature.

In the mid 80s Arizona took big step that brought millions of dollars in from Medicaid for "long term care" services. We wrote the Medicaid plan for services to people with a developmental disabilities to put most of the new funding into supporting families in their home and in establishing community based residential options to move people out of the institutions and for individuals whose family could no longer support them at home.

Some of the residential options were very creative and included one that I strongly supported. This was the establishment of Individually Designed Living Arrangements (IDLAs) that were usually set up in a house or apartment with a maximum of two individuals living there with supports, around the clock if needed. While I have been gone from DDD since 2006, I believe and hope that this is still an available option for families and people with a developmental disability.

I really appreciate your work to inform the community at large about the struggles that families face in getting the right services for their relative. This is a topic too few people know about. If i can ever be of service to you and other families, please let me know. I am currently the District Director for Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick and our constituent services staff and I want to be of assistance wherever possible. Best, Ron Barber

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Posted by RSB on 09/12/2019 at 11:47 AM

Re: “8 Things You Should Know About The Primary Election

Does she support this Sanctuary City nonsense?

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Posted by I Vote on 08/27/2019 at 12:45 PM

Re: “8 Things You Should Know About The Primary Election

Im writing to recommend candidate Randi Dorman for Tucsons next Mayor!

Randi is right for the job. An accomplished builder of lively neighborhoods, as Mayor she will lead us in creating for ourselves a Tucson that lives up to our potential.

Randis campaign platform is powerful,modern, complete, and doable. And unique.

For example, she alone among the candidates champions an urban ecosystem that will merge economic and educational development creating not just new and better companies and jobs, but also qualified workers.

And only Randi has been up front about the environmental challenges facing Tucson and its citizens, especially climate change, and our need for urban sustainability (including computerized traffic controls that save gas and speed travel).

Randis policies, available on, are innovative, compassionate, and commonsense, necessary ingredients for our next Mayors success. Thats why Im voting for her, and why you should, too.

Robert Jacobson

Dr. Jacobson is a Tucson-based urban and regional planner. A UCLA graduate and Fulbright Scholar, he has practiced in Arizona, California, Washington, and Scandinavia.

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Posted by Robert Jacobson on 08/27/2019 at 9:19 AM

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