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Re: “Hard Lessons

Let's not blame it all on corporate/capitalist greed. Remember the Health Care deductibles you spoke of? They were caused by the ACA and the government's inability to halt out of control spending.

Wait until you see what they do to Medicare to get you to swallow that pill. Better pick up another job in the summer.

The ACA was authored by those over paid government officials you identified. And they conspired to bankrupt our corporate health care system. They are pretty good at it.

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Posted by Mucho Mas Denero Por Almuerzo on 07/18/2019 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Hard Lessons

Excellent article. However, what is extremely crucial to explore is how teachers don't live in a vacuum; although we feel like we do because the responsibilities of a compassionate teacher-like our summer monsoon thunderstorm winds-are just so overwhelming. As working class people-who happen to be among the most highly educated of all professionals-we must also contend with the health care crisis. I know firsthand that the so-called "pay raise" from the Red for Ed movement has been totally erased by my having to pay escalating health care insurance "deductibles." These "health insurance co-payments" have actually set me back in terms of annual salary! So the AZ state government along with their collaborating, self-serving local school administrators (whom often "make" from 80, 90, to 100 K+ a year) have effectively employed "smoke and mirror" tactics to take money from my left pocket, and tout how much they are putting into my back pocket, all the while taking even more from my right pocket! It's a classic "shakedown"; a game of give and take, with most politicians and their corporate puppet-masters, and Pontius Pilate "there's nothing I can do about it-it is government policy" administrators taking, and all the rest of us giving. The most profound tragedy is that poor hungry children in Arizona are compelled to eat the rotten fruit of our cynical, corrupt and criminal political and economic system. It is a slithering, embracing old vine-of-a system that is smothering and choking the life out of our public schools. It is an evil and reactionary killer-weed; the seed of which is a culture that rewards glorified selfishness and corporate/capitalist greed.

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Posted by Ray Siqueiros on 07/18/2019 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Balancing Act

"It is time that Huckleberry be reigned in"

So, you think that Huckleberry should be king?

Me thinks that you got a bit too much love for ol' Chuckie.

Also, you are SO wrong regarding your praise for Atrophy Ally. I call her that because she does nothing but stop progress. Pay attention Larry E, you are currently Very misinformed.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 07/17/2019 at 11:11 AM

Re: “Big Bills

Diagram this sentence: "Until then, don't even bother trying to trying to encouraging voters to sanction raising property taxes and will keep the old statement alive, why should we give them more funds, they feel they have a blank check already?"

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Posted by retrorv on 07/13/2019 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Big Bills

Cut dingleberries purse stings, that will save Pima county taxpayers millions in worthless projects. Until then, don't even bother trying to trying to encouraging voters to sanction raising property taxes and will keep the old statement alive, why should we give them more funds, they feel they have a blank check already?
I think it is time to pass a law that requires a vote from property owners before their taxes can be raised.

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Posted by PaulAZ on 07/11/2019 at 9:35 AM

Re: “Anti-Social Media

Dehumanizing and desensitizing speech has been used throughout human history to justify one cause or another, but the common thread is that people die as a result and those who use these tactics are left morally and ethically bankrupt and must begin to build their cultures all over again.

I thought we were "Making America Great Again", not making the same old mistakes AGAIN.

"What luck for rulers that men do not think." -- Adolf Hitler (1889-1945)

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Posted by sgsmith on 07/04/2019 at 6:33 AM

Re: “Anti-Social Media

Wow, you can find vulgar and non-PC junk on Facebook? Who knew? Of course when you're underfunded, not supported by Congress, regularly abused and attacked, and facing an unprecedented massive human tide, you might blow off some steam on Facebook.
Meanwhile ACO, an actual member of Congress, screamed at agents while visiting them on an official Congressional visit. Let's talk about the real problem.

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Posted by bslap on 07/04/2019 at 5:19 AM

Re: “Back in Gear: The Bike Ranch

SNPE will become the Bicycle Racing Test Track of East Tucson, the park will be taken over by sicklists, peeing in the open like they do at the Rincon store. Then the cars will be banned because of Bike-Car interactions, and sicklists getting injured. The many winter visitors we get in Tucson will no longer be able to drive the parks road because of all the speeding rude riders. This is what happens when Libs take over a city, next stop San Fransicko, and people living in tents on the streets among feces and needles. Enjoy...Proud Tucson Native, sad to watch it's decline.

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Posted by cempiremtn on 07/02/2019 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Check, Please

So we'll place a $60-$120 burden on every private gun sale (about the cost a federally licensed dealer will charge to broker the transaction) between parties that follow the law, while criminals will get to sell them for free. How is that supposed to help anything? If anything it will breed contempt for the law.
I'm in favor of doing just about whatever it takes to reduce gun violence, but this seems like a solution in search of a problem. They're doing it because it's easy, not because it will be effective.

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Posted by bslap on 06/28/2019 at 5:21 AM

Re: “Childcare crisis

You could write the same story in 1990 or 1970 or 1950.
Until we provide free birth control and put limits on immigration, there will always be more poor kids than middle class and rich kids and the same people will write earnest articles noting that there are kids with less than others. Nobody is going to voluntarily give up any significant portion of their hard-earned money to raise other people's kids so nothing will change.
Raising kids is not the state's job anyway.

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Posted by bslap on 06/28/2019 at 5:06 AM

Re: “Balancing Act

"With new libraries expected to open in the future, it is likely that the library district tax will have to increase. Miller wants to scale back funds in other areas of the budget to make up for the difference."

So the whole kerfuffle is over libraries? We have enough libraries - all of them underused. Why would we want to open more?

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Posted by bslap on 06/28/2019 at 4:56 AM

Re: “Childcare crisis

1% more likely to spend 30% or more of their income?

The Census Bureau lists Arizona as having a median household income of $61,300 for 2017. The bottom ten states have less than $52,000 according to wikipedia.

What's left after rent?

Other states? 70% of 52,000 is $37,000

Arizona? 70% of $61,300 is $43,000

Arizona is doing much better for its children than this pseudo ranking would indicate.

The percentage approach is a way of taking credit away from policy makers who have successfully steered Arizona to a huge increase in median household income.

If you ranked states by the amount of money a typical household has after covering housing costs, Arizona would rank in the top half of the nation. That's remarkable considering all of the challenges we face as a border state.

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Posted by on 06/27/2019 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Check, Please

Background checks are another fine example of liberalism: symbolism over substance. They will do absolutely nothing to curb gun violence, but it will feel good supporting it.

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Posted by CW13 on 06/27/2019 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Sunsets and Structures

It's again refreshing to read an article in the Weekly that is informative and neutral. Guess it was a slow week for the usual "progressive" tripe that so often makes up most of the opinionated reporting these days. More please!

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Posted by laddderflappy on 06/27/2019 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Check, Please

Why in the h*ll, considering the person who shot Giffords passed the background check, would anyone want to expand something that doesn't work? I'll tell you why, they want to use it to track all gun transfers so it is easier to confiscate them. This is a gun grabbing bill that is true to socialism and has nothing to do with "common sense" gun laws.

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Posted by PaulAZ on 06/27/2019 at 7:32 AM

Re: “Childcare crisis

But yet the media and the demorats are obsessed with the plight of children brought in by illegals (AKA non-Americans). But considering the immigration policies where in place when obamanation was in charge, this obsession is just a extension of the left for their hate for Trump and their disappointment that killery lost.

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Posted by PaulAZ on 06/27/2019 at 7:28 AM

Re: “Check, Please

Many topics have become highly politicized third-rail subjects and mentioning them can result in a political death for so-called elected representatives -- even when the people they represent support them. Sensible background checks are one of these topics because the idea has been lumped in with the specter of gun control and that is very unfortunate.

Firstly, I am an absolute supporter of the Second Amendment.

Secondly, l firmly believe that people who have clearly demonstrated the lack of intelligence and moral and ethical responsibility to safely store, handle and use firearms should forfeit the right to own firearms, much like a repeat DUI driver or traffic offender loses his or her license to drive. Gun owners who shoot themselves or others "accidently", gun owners who brandish firearms to threaten and intimidate, and gun owners who leave firearms -- loaded or not -- lying around their homes, unsecured and unsafeguarded, like so many outdated television remotes come to mind for those who would make the list.

Simply put, it is not necessary to keep track of and control the weapons -- an idea that serves as a call to arms to the gun lobbyists. Documenting and monitoring those who have shown the lack of critical thinking skills necessary for responsible gun ownership does not threaten the right to possess arms -- and even if the "guvment" comes for us and gets a hold of the lists of people who CANNOT own guns, what have they got?

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Posted by sgsmith on 06/27/2019 at 5:35 AM

Re: “Balancing Act

Great job Ms Miller and other Supervisors It is time that Huckleberry be reigned in... And replaced.

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Posted by Larry E on 06/27/2019 at 4:57 AM

Re: “Long Arm of the Law

In 1961 President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned Americans of the Military-Industrial Complex and its threat to democracy during his farewell speech January 17.

I wonder if Arizonans should be concerned with a Prosecutor-Lawmaker-For Profit Prison Complex and its threat to Justice in Arizona.

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Posted by sgsmith on 06/24/2019 at 6:38 PM

Re: “Long Arm of the Law

Very impressed with this piece would like to see more articles from this writer.

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Posted by Ann Cook on 06/23/2019 at 12:42 PM

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