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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Currents Feature

Re: “Letter Degrade

Sincerely held thoughts and beliefs.... Sounds just like Trumps defense of the Nazis in Charlottesville. Fire his bigoted ass. And how the hell did this guy get hired in the first place? Whose buddy?

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Brian Sowle on 09/15/2019 at 3:24 PM

Re: “Letter Degrade

laddderflappy...the little troll that couldn't.

15 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by AZ/DC! on 09/13/2019 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Letter Degrade

Don't care what your sexual preference is, but vilifying an educator for a letter he wrote years ago. and apologized for, speaks more about QUC than Dr. Dull. Our community is stronger than any group trying to employ PC group speak backwards. Have none of the QUC members ever grown or changed or apologized a position held 15 years ago? Is there any evidence that this man treated ANY of his associates or students in a disrespectful manner? This ploy sounds like a tweet from Trump. Shame on Banner for caving to a small minority of the community they say they wish to serve. At least use rule of law and evidence when judging anyone, one is not a victim because they feel they are. Hang in there Doc, continue to live in the present unlike some.

7 likes, 24 dislikes
Posted by laddderflappy on 09/13/2019 at 6:02 AM

Re: “Letter Degrade

Now we'll see the trolls like Bob roll out their hate speech. Always interesting to read "Christians" spouting comments that are so alien to their own New Testament dogma. Remember the "WWJD" fad? These folks have apparently never considered that question.

36 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Charles Bloomer on 09/12/2019 at 9:17 AM

Re: “Letter Degrade

One does not need to "beware" of their political positions that they may be the ruination of their career decades from now if they maintain a strong, positive ethical standard that subscribes to our country's basic civil rights. In our current climate these issues are red hot. We are a diverse culture like it or not. It's not going away. Highly regarded research universities require that their faculty, particularly faculty on the tenure track maintain an exemplary standard of ethics in and out of the classroom and bring prestige to the institution.
One would also think that an anesthesiologist, well schooled in the medical sciences would have a more sophisticated view on the humanity he serves.

33 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by ronko on 09/12/2019 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Letter Degrade

I would strongly disagree with his letter and find it mean and hurtful, but his beliefs were commonplace in probably more than half the population 15 years ago. Should we fire half our doctors, professors, etc.?
Beware, your political positions today may be the ruination of your career decades from now if they turn out to be the wrong ones. He apologized unequivocally, why try to ruin his career?

13 likes, 40 dislikes
Posted by bslap on 09/12/2019 at 6:31 AM

Re: “Sex Talk

I find it so quaint that both TUSD and parents think that they will have any say in how children become educated about sex when Madison Avenue, their peers and social media have been laying the foundation since they left the womb.

Sex education is to human sexuality what Ikea is to furniture: the illustrations raise more questions than they answer, the instructions are confusing, and in the end -- after all the fitting, inserting, sliding and screwing -- you decide if it is something you share and enjoy or hide away in the closet.

And just so you know TUSD, if you want fourth-graders to know about sex education, you are going to have to do a better job educating fifth-graders.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by sgsmith on 09/08/2019 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Digital Debate

One thing NOT considered in this conundrum is whether the AUTHOR is receiving a share of the price set and why authors have started much more self publishing their work.

Yes, the big boys of publishing have the marketing, publicity and design chops to push a book - and those do cost. But they too often short change authors with. contracts that do not include a better piece of the pie when higher priced multiple read copies are sold or licensed, even when, as in the case of E Books the costs are marginal.

As for metering the reads -- it is not a bad idea IF authors are compensated commensurably.

And, to me, libraries are a root of freedom of ideas for those of us who cannot afford huge libraries.

Posted by C. H. Mara on 09/05/2019 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Splitting the Check

Yeah, I dislike it too when other people are right.

1 like, 27 dislikes
Posted by CW13 on 09/02/2019 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Splitting the Check

More gun laws that are already on the books and have proven to do nothing.

1 like, 51 dislikes
Posted by CW13 on 09/01/2019 at 4:24 PM

Re: “Splitting the Check

Trump supports extreme risk protection orders. Does that mean as a Democrat I need to oppose them?

5 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by bslap on 08/30/2019 at 5:42 AM

Re: “Splitting the Check

Red flag laws are abused to much to instate one. Even family members do not report mentally unstable relatives, so a red flag law would not help there except for people who want to screw with someone. No one should have the police show up to their door to take their guns. The current back ground check system does not work because there are no laws that force other entities to do their part, the military does not report service men and women who are discharged for mental issues to the FBI along with police departments do not arrest people with mental issues and have them evaluated. and I've talk to a person that was banned from buying guns because a gun that was stolen from him was used in murder in another state, the FBI cleared him of it but never pulled his name from the banned list.
You need to fix the back ground check system before you expand it.
So that being said, even Giffords knows they do not work, considering her shooting passed one, so the only reason I can see why they would want to expand them is for gun confiscation. Which will not happen in my life time.

8 likes, 69 dislikes
Posted by PaulAZ on 08/29/2019 at 7:24 AM

Re: “Viral Message

Excuse me, but illegals should not even be here in the first place. You people have lost your freaking minds. The law is the law. The more you incentivize illegal immigration the bigger a problem it becomes.

2 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by Brandon Johns on 08/23/2019 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Viral Message

You only have to look at cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco and the state of homelessness, feces and needle infested streets to see what it means to be a Sanctuary City...

We need to stop incentivizing illegal immigration to the U.S! Encouraging illegal immigration puts everyone at risk! The journey here is treacherous and subjects families to physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, before they even get here. Families on the other side of the border rent their own children to people seeking entry to the U.S. with the incentive that "families won't be separated" only for law enforcement to discover that the kids don't belong to the adults they arrived here with! It's sick!

Here are a few other reasons to see why this is a bad idea: (And this is only on our side of the border!)

12 likes, 52 dislikes
Posted by Craig Daters on 08/16/2019 at 9:52 AM

Re: “Viral Message

Official Sanctuary City status is unnecessary in a city which already showers its kindnesses and humanity upon others. Sanctuary is a state of being as much as it is an official designation.

The problem now is that, regardless of the outcome of the election, the issue has become a political chess piece: Pass the designation and the Feds both look at Tucson with renewed interest regarding immigration and can squeeze the City financially. Should the designation fail, our national leadership will use that to bolster its positions regarding immigration: "See, even the Border cities do not want this." In short, whatever the outcome of the upcoming election, we now have a losing proposition on our hands.

12 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Carl Stoeckel on 08/15/2019 at 8:54 PM

Re: “Viral Message

A portion of the opinion piece authored by Chief Magnus from the Star...July 21

There are many reasons to look more closely at this initiative. A detailed legal analysis of the proposed ordinance prepared by Tucsons city attorney suggests multiple sections of the initiative conflict with state law, some to the point that they cannot be explained or defended if the ordinance were to be legally challenged, which many believe is highly likely.

Another of the sanctuary city measures would specifically prohibit TPD personnel from participating in any joint law enforcement operation or similar endeavor with a federal officer or agency unless that agency first signs an agreement to place certain restrictions on its arrest authority within Tucson city limits. Its hard to imagine any federal agency would consent to such to such an agreement.

Given this practical reality, such a requirement would make our entire community, including our undocumented residents, far less safe. TPD currently works with a range of federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Marshals, and others. An end to these relationships could mean:

No partnerships with the FBI to solve missing children cases or other major crimes

No further participation in the ATFs National Integrated Ballistics Network program that allows TPD to link bullet casings from crime scenes to criminals through a national database

A likely end to TPDs participation in a DEA task force and the widely acclaimed Counter Narcotic Alliance both initiatives tackling high-level drug trafficking in our city

No further inclusion of TPDs Internet Crimes Against Children section in a multi-agency task force investigating child sex crimes

An end to joint endeavors to combat human trafficking with Homeland Security personnel

He does not believe this will deliver the promised results. It may make it worse.

16 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Katt Vinson on 08/15/2019 at 4:41 PM

Re: “Viral Message

The sanctuary city status just allows undocumented immigrants to report crimes without being worried about getting deported. Criminals capitalize on the undocumented residents by targeting them specifically.
Having lived close to 30 years not far from Tuscon I know all too well how often these folks get raped, get assaulted, get burglarized and are still more terrified of being deported because their life is here, regardless their citizenship status. Allowing these folks who are living here anyway to help get the rapists, assailants and burglars off the streets is *not* a bad thing. They don't want their kids on drugs anymore than you do. They don't want human trafficking to become rampant anymore than you do. They literally left their country to get away from the cartels; they aren't going to just allow them to propagate if they can help it.
Opening the lines of communication between law enforcement and the people who are most victimized is in everyone's best interest; it's really not that hard to see.

69 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by Arizona resident on 08/15/2019 at 3:56 PM

Re: “Viral Message

The way I read it the TPD will not use citizenship status to report illegal immigrants when they are found inside city limits.

This is exactly what BP needs help with and we will hurt their efforts. One small sample:

Villa-Garcia was convicted of child abuse in September 2017 and received a suspended sentence of 10 years probation. Villa-Garcia, who has been deported seven times for illegally entering the United States, faces new immigration violations and possibly charges for re-entry of a convicted felon.

He would be allowed to roam and prey freely on Tucsonans.

It's a hell no vote.

16 likes, 61 dislikes
Posted by Mothers Against Sexual Predators on 08/15/2019 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Viral Message

To me, this paragraph does not make sense, "The initiative will strengthen our community, it creates strong policy that will clarify the rights of victims when interacting with local law enforcement and will allow undocumented residents in our community to report criminal activity without fear of becoming a target for deportation themselves."

I read that and thought about a scenario. I picture two burglars, for this purpose I will call them burglar A and burglar B. Imagine you are away from home and while you were gone enjoying your night out burglar a has just broken into your home. The burglar is unchecked and freely roam around your house taking everything of value. Why all this is happening burglar B is breaking into burglar A's vehicle. Burglar A comes out to find his vehicle vandalized and all possessions stolen. Fortunately, burglar A caught burglar B in the act and was able to call the police. This initiative tells me that burglar A will not be prosecuted for the crimes that burglar A committed. Instead the police will focus all of their energy on burglar B. How does this initiative strengthen our community?

12 likes, 69 dislikes
Posted by Soy solo me on 08/15/2019 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Viral Message

Thanks Green Shirt Guy! So many of us around the world are watching this worthy cause because of you. Thanks for being a good guy when our world desperately needs more such folks!

69 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by Jared on 08/15/2019 at 1:04 PM

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