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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Guest Commentary

Re: “Guest Commentary: Arizona’s Nonprofits Face a Dire Future

Thanks for the comment @lc69hunter. We believe that people will also continue to give because they believe in the mission of the organization - whether they give as much or as often is a concern though. We know for a fact that giving rises by 30% at the end of the year and around tax filing time in April. We believe in the incredible social and economic impact of the nonprofit sector in Arizona, and we want to be proactive to help protect and sustain charitable giving to support the missions of nonprofits. Also, we truly appreciate hearing from a CPA that is still encouraging their clients to give locally - THANK YOU!

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Posted by Kristen Merrifield on 02/28/2019 at 12:11 PM

Re: “Guest Commentary: Arizona’s Nonprofits Face a Dire Future

The sky is falling. - Chicken Little

People give for other reasons than just tax benefits. I haven't been able to itemize for years but still give to causes and organizations I believe in. In general, I believe that people are good, and giving to those in need.

As a CPA in public practice, I may be seeing a small drop in giving to the National charitable organizations, but little or no drop in giving to AZ organizations, and I always encourage my clients to give locally, and there are still the AZ tax credits, and these organizations do good work in the community.

So, in summary, I do not believe the situation is as dire as the author claims.

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Posted by lc69hunter on 02/28/2019 at 7:26 AM

Re: “Guest Opinion: Savings Account

Another harebrained scheme that will accomplish nothing if the goal is to reduce global temperatures. Show some numbers, please.

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Posted by Jerrod Mason on 02/21/2019 at 3:16 PM

Re: “Guest Opinion: Savings Account

This is a really good idea. A similar idea is a carbon mortgage that does something like provide discounted rates when applying for a mortgage if you buy a house with certain energy efficiency features (or add them yourself).

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Posted by bslap on 01/24/2019 at 6:18 AM

Re: “Guest Opinion: Release Valve

This bill needs as much positive support as possible. Therapeutic communities can help evolve our communities both within the walls and outside to help combat recidivism. Please people let's support hope.

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Posted by sara_Danny on 01/18/2019 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Guest Opinion: Release Valve

All of that is 100 percent true, Arizona doesnt care about the 42000 inmates at all. They feed us meat thats not fit from human Consumption and the classes they do offer do nothing to help the people who need it most. Drugs are sooo rapid in side that at least 10 people DIE every year from an overdose and the prisons hardly ever drug test anyone and when they do they walk the yard asking for volunteers and the people they are asking are ALWAYS the clean sober people. Lots of things need to change but they wont because Arizona makes to much money with the system they have in place now.

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Posted by Curtis Chastain on 01/18/2019 at 5:46 AM

Re: “Guest Opinion: Release Valve

What an awesome piece! It's hard to the facts, inspiring, and beautifully written! Thank you for bringing hope to us all!

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Posted by Amanda Gray on 01/17/2019 at 8:58 PM

Re: “Guest Opinion: Release Valve

It really really needs to pass. My husband is currently in prison and has never ever been in trouble with the law other than minor traffic tickets also he has never done drugs I really miss him and we had a great life before all of this happened nevertheless I am still by his side to this day and full heartedly I believe him a thousand percent that he is innocent and deserves to come home to me so we can get on with our life and grow old together

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Posted by Mary Fisher on 01/17/2019 at 4:54 PM

Re: “Guest Opinion: Release Valve

This bill needs to be passed. It would be so amazing and so many families deserve it. I want to help and get involved as much as possible.

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Posted by Desirae Rose Peil on 01/17/2019 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Guest Opinion: Release Valve

Keep HOPE alive. I'm a current prison wife (PW) and I definitely see a huge need for Arizona's prisons to be reformed. The staff @ the various prisons need to incorporate classes, like yoga, substance abuse, domestic violence classes, along with bringing unwanted dogs/cats for our men and women to have empathy, sympathy and a real feeling for feelings. Other states facilities such as; Ohio have incorporated these types of classes as I stated above and their recidivism rate has dropped considerably when you show people that there is a whole entire world out here that's free and you give a man the will to live freely they will do better when you know better you do better and I feel that together we can accomplish just that a lot of the animals would live amongst the men in either a one-man cell a two-man cell or even in a dormitory typesetting and they would take care of The Unwanted animals as they would themselves it builds confidence it builds character it builds integrity and it keeps their hands busy maybe the drugs the rape and the other things that go on in prisons would subside providing that we all work together for the common good of the men and women who are incarcerated. Please feel free to email me @ or call me at 623-341-4050. My husband is nearly done with his 15.75 yr sentence and with hard wrk, dedication from me and our immediate family he's come a long way. Thank you very much for your time and understanding and I hope to hear from someone very soon God bless each and everyone of you.

Deena Morris-Sperland

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Posted by Deena Sperland on 01/17/2019 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Guest Opinion: Release Valve

The Republican Congress and President passed reform. It's time. Good work friends.

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Posted by bslap on 01/17/2019 at 6:29 AM

Re: “Guest Opinion

Pima does fund the county in the same way any other county funds their departments. Just where and how the other county gets funding was not conveniently mentioned. How many other county turned down federal monies. The Sheriff has taken on much more costs burden than the 1.9765% annual you have generously provided over the last 10 years. Probably does not cover the retire hire backs pension and wage increases for all jail, bailiff, constable, infrastructure, capitol investments. Is that a great job Sharon dont think so

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Posted by Robert Ruckman on 11/18/2018 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Guest Commentary

The truth is , my familys store ., that the original design was rejected by the store . They asked her to redo it , she replaced with obscene upside down logo because evidently this pissed her off.
. About the El Conquestador , my grandfather Aaron Levy did not want Elcon there . In fact his old home backs to current Elcon and he lived the hotel and thought it could be fixed up . Wanted to do the mall further east where park mall is now and as Levys was the anchor the Elcon deal was stalled .
Unfortunately he died suddenly at 53. His brother sold the stores to Federated Department stores In 1959 . Thats whom made the deal for Elcon .
So his death reshaped Tucson .
I often wonder what it would have loooked like .

Laura Spiri

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Posted by moof on 10/07/2018 at 2:30 PM

Re: “Guest Opinion

Mark Twain said there are lies, damn lies, and statistics. Seems like you are trying to justify for a bad decision. How is it that all those previous years you accepted the Stonegarden Grant without this much depth of information? Does political motivation and/or obstruction apply this time around? What has changed? Oh right we have a new President and Sheriff.

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Posted by Annie Szalay on 09/21/2018 at 10:33 AM

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Posted by Chulo on 09/20/2018 at 8:57 PM

Re: “Guest Opinion

This can all be avoided with preventative politics. To cure root problem, it is time for mandatory term limits for all elected and appointed personnel.

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Posted by Grandma Suzy on 09/20/2018 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Guest Opinion

Thank you Supervisor Bronson for your reasoned study and stand on this sensitive issue.

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Posted by Steve Williams on 09/20/2018 at 10:04 AM

Re: “Guest Opinion

I'm sorry but the supposed excuses sound a lot like reasons for not fixing our roads. I think the truth is there is more excitement over being a sanctuary city/county than doing the right thing and enforcing ALL our laws.

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Posted by David Bell on 09/20/2018 at 9:15 AM

Re: “Guest Opinion

Thank you Supervisor Bronson for your very humane and responsible decision and position. You have our support for your well thought out decision.

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Posted by Barbara Warren on 09/20/2018 at 8:31 AM

Re: “Columnist Clapback

Does Hoffman work? His Star column shirttail doesn't indicate that he does.

Posted by SonoranWinds on 08/30/2018 at 9:12 PM

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