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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

Re: “Long Arm of the Law

This is a very well-written and well-researched piece on AZ government. Nice job, Kathleen.

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Posted by Beverly Maddalone on 06/21/2019 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Burdens and Barriers

And who did the Russians help in the 2016 Election? There is destruction from within and then there is destruction from WITH HIM.

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Posted by sgsmith on 06/15/2019 at 2:11 AM

Re: “Burdens and Barriers

Refuge is the problem. Refugees are coming from 30-40 nations with no proof of that. Needing a better paying job is not a qualifying factor for refugee status. We need to vet these coming in. For many reasons. The drug cartels could be placing distributors throughout our drug hungry country.

Russias Communist leader Nikita Khrushchev said, We will take America without firing a shot. We do not have to invade the U.S. We will destroy you from within....

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Posted by G Thomes on 06/14/2019 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Burdens and Barriers

"I am a pro-child person?

Except when those children are a bunch of dirty Guatemalans seeking refuge?

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Posted by Three Sonorans on 06/14/2019 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Burdens and Barriers

Instead of obsessing about abortion, focus on easy availability of no-cost birth control. It's ridiculous that, in the U.S. there are so many women who can't access birth control and medically accurate information on family planning. Family planning shouldn't just be for the middle and upper classes.

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Posted by bslap on 06/13/2019 at 5:45 AM

Re: “Hands off the Wheel

The ethics of AI and automation have not caught up with the social impact and quantum probabilities that what were once roadways uses that included adventure and pleasure in addition to commerce, are now being monitored by business but supported by the travelers. There should be a hefty fee to support the examination of the social and environmental impacts of the complete monetization of infrastructure intended to support multipurpose activity and designed for an era when the technology served the human condition, not damaged it. A synchronicity approaches!

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Posted by heliotaxis on 05/23/2019 at 5:17 AM

Re: “Back in Gear: The Bike Ranch

Saguaro National Park (East) is 67,000 acres of protected habitat for wildlife. The Bike Ranch location is totally outside of the preserve and on the opposite side of Old Spanish Trail from it. If approved, the Bike Ranch will be on a 20 acre lot and leave half of the lot as open space for wildlife corridors. That's way more than the 30% open space required by the Buffer Zone Ordinance. The suggestion that Bike Ranch is a threat to the park or the wildlife in it is simply inflammatory propaganda.
The proposal meets or exceeds the requirements and the intent of the Buffer Zone Ordinance according to the guy who was Director of Pima County Planning and Development Services when it was created. The Superintendent of Saguaro National Park submitted a letter saying the Bike Ranch supports National Park Service initiatives and they look forward to working with Bike Ranch going forward. US Game and Fish commission has blessed the plan. Department of Transportation has approved the plan to proceed. The bottom line: Every agency that has experience and responsibility to evaluate plans like these has given their approval. I really don't see how the Board of Supervisors can deny the proposal unless they are willing to say they think all these agencies are incompetent.
Lets remember that the land in question is private land, not some kind of wilderness preserve. The owner is paying taxes on it every year and is not obligated to leave it vacant. Something is going to be built there. The Bike Ranch is the most eco-friendly proposal we are ever likely to see. Their commitment to strive for Platinum LEED certification is testament to that. There is no reason to expect less impact on the park, the environment, or traffic if the property is cut up and sold to a new cluster of single family homes or used for some other business.
Lets talk about the good Bike Ranch will do for our community. It will be a new jewel in Tucson's crown as a bike friendly destination city. It will bring bicycle tourists to Pima County and generate more interest in our bike paths and bike lanes. If we want that network to grow, then we want to promote events and businesses that make use of it. We could have a network of safe bicycle transit from Vail to Marana and Green Valley to Oro Valley someday. That network would enable alternative transit and healthy lifestyle choices for residents while bringing in tourist dollars year round. Bike Ranch would be a great asset in Tucson's effort to grow as a bicycling destination. I would hate to see this opportunity slip through our hands.

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Posted by DHH on 05/21/2019 at 5:54 PM

Re: “Back in Gear: The Bike Ranch

Just curious -- what has changed from 2014 to 2019, other than personnel with a differing opinion at NPS? I have seen the plans. The Bike Ranch is a good idea, but not at this location. The buffer zone exists for a reason that does not include commercial development. The developers are applying for exceptions -- for special permission to interrupt the buffer zone. And the backyard the NIMBYs are trying to protect is Saguaro National Park and Old Spanish Trail. Why would anyone object to this? Have you driven this area lately? Is the additional revenue to SNP (if it occurs) worth the destruction to the area?

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Posted by DC on 05/19/2019 at 9:30 PM

Re: “Back in Gear: The Bike Ranch

^^^ This comment contains false info, a specialty of the opposition group.

If the project was in direct opposition to the PC BOZO, it would not have been approved by PC Development Svcs and the PC Hearing Administrator.

File under lie by omission the fact that the commenter does not mention the Saguaro National Park East admin has modified its position on the project, moving from objection in 2014 to non-opposition now. Further, SNPE personnel was quoted on azpm.org as stating they look forward to working with the developer.

Hopefully, common sense will prevail over the will of hysterical NIMBYs.

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Posted by UofAzWildkitty on 05/18/2019 at 10:27 AM

Re: “Back in Gear: The Bike Ranch

The Tucson Bike Ranch is a proposal to build a motel right across the street from a national park disguised as an "eco freindly bike ranch." It is an attempt to the exploit a natural resource unique to the Tucson area known as Saguaro National Park East for the benefit of one commercial developer. If the goal is to provide improved bike access to Saguaro Naional Park East for visitors and residents that should be accomplished by expanding the current bike loop network, not building a motel across the street from the park. This proposal is in direct opposition to the Pima County buffer overlay zoning ordinance 18.67.010 that was passed in 1988 to protect the unique nature of the Sonoran desert for future generations.

http://pimacounty-az.elaws.us/code/coor_title18_ch18.67_sec18.67.010

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Posted by D W on 05/18/2019 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Back in Gear: The Bike Ranch

Tucsonians who are opposing the Bike Ranch are like the ones who years ago decided it wasn't good to have a freeway system. Seems to me that they are a group of people who think their interests should override the whole area population who would enjoy this type of development. They probably would be the same people who try to stop housing developments unless it is their own and seem to be just very selfish, self-centered people.

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Posted by Barbara Riggs Gibson on 05/17/2019 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Back in Gear: The Bike Ranch

Has anyone told the NIMBYs that their homes are built on once pristine desert?
Never mind Rocking K down the road...
This mind set is why Tucson is the way it is.

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Posted by UofAzWildkitty on 05/16/2019 at 8:46 PM

Re: “Back in Gear: The Bike Ranch

"If you build it they will ride."

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Posted by Field Of Wheels on 05/16/2019 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Back in Gear: The Bike Ranch

Usually I'm skeptical of variances, but this seems like a great idea. Anything that saves that area for cycling is a good idea. It's a treasure in Pima County and unique to the area.
Thousands of homes are being built just a few miles south of there and nobody is talking about the environmental destruction from those new housing developments plus the thousands of additional cars on Old Spanish Trail every day.

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Posted by bslap on 05/16/2019 at 6:01 AM

Re: “Back in Gear: The Bike Ranch

Sounds like a great idea. It will increase home values in the area. Great addition to El Tour de Tucson for this bike friendly community.

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Posted by Bobby Williams on 05/16/2019 at 5:13 AM

Re: “Forced Submission

Post office isn't even federal so this makes no sense.

Posted by Shane Rogers on 04/28/2019 at 10:39 PM

Re: “Lesson Plan: Pima Community College

It would seem to me that Pima would be a natural place to create a degree in Alternative Energy Systems. bringing together majors in solar, wind and storage technologies.

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Posted by C. H. Mara on 04/25/2019 at 6:48 PM

Re: “Three For All: Tucson’s Mayoral Candidates

There aren't. More of the same.

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Posted by Tucson Struggles To Find Itself on 04/25/2019 at 2:51 PM

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