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Re: “Arizona Runner Up on Worst Highway Upkeep

Hmmmjust read a story about the 10 states with the worst rural roads, and Arizona is not on the list:…

Posted by AVL on 08/18/2018 at 7:02 PM

Re: “Danehy

I would like to clarify something. I do not object to the initiative process generally. My concern is that it is being used to replace the legislative process. It is a good check on the legislature, a way to stop some wildly crazy act that is either corrupt or self serving in some way. The ESA legislation that was forced on to a ballot prop was neither of these. It was a modest expansion of existing law that was working well. An example of another inappropriate use of the ballot prop is one that increases income tax to fund education. Increasing education can be a good thing, but this particular ballot prop is so poorly worded that it has already drawn a number of legal challenges, and ballot props are very poor ways to enact taxing or spending bills. They are virtual constitutional amendments that are virtually impossible to modify in any significant way. Hanky Panky is correct in that income taxes are not taxes on wealth, they are taxes on earned income; earned income is not the same are interest income or capital gains which are taxed separately. In other words, income taxes are taxes on productivity.

Posted by Jonathan Hoffman on 08/18/2018 at 5:23 PM

Re: “Danehy

Mr. Small, Please provide a link to your bighorn sheep article. If that is not possible, maybe you could supply the name of the publication and an approximate date.

Posted by Jonathan Hoffman on 08/18/2018 at 5:04 PM

Re: “In Which I Find Myself Agreeing With (1) John Huppenthal and (2) The Charles Koch Institute

Hi there! I suppose that you're completely right! However, I am not sure that you should punish the protesters. It's better to and see how it's usually done!

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Posted by jonritchey on 08/18/2018 at 3:35 PM

Re: “In Which I Find Myself Agreeing With (1) John Huppenthal and (2) The Charles Koch Institute

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Posted by jonritchey on 08/18/2018 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Banner - UMC Phoenix and Tucson Named Best Hospitals

This is not a newspaper. It is an outlet for opinions.

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Posted by Kathy S on 08/18/2018 at 6:55 AM

Re: “Banner - UMC Phoenix and Tucson Named Best Hospitals

Cleveland Clinic ranked #2 nationally, not Banner Phoenix. Mayo in Phoenix ranked #11. I didnt see any Banner hospital in the top 20. Use the actual rankings, not a Banner press release to write the story next time.

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Posted by Reader on 08/17/2018 at 6:57 PM

Re: “Ducey, Republicans Leave $56 Million For Child Care Sitting On the Table

The way this blog displays on my computer, all that appears under "Tucson Weekly / The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch" is "Education Media News Politics."

No mention of "Opinion."

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Posted by Another TW Reader @ Wise-Guy on 08/17/2018 at 6:32 PM

Re: “Ducey, Republicans Leave $56 Million For Child Care Sitting On the Table

There is a reason the money is not being applied, and it may not be the reason Democrats assume or infer that it is. Personally, I wouldnt assume anything about the motives without hearing them explained by those who made the decision, not guessed at by their political opponents. And increasingly, the two sides dont communicate, they just push policy agendas they know that no amount of verbiage would get the other side to agree to.

I have no idea what the motive was here, but in the background of this particular policy debate is the fact that there are different ideas about the way families should be structured and childrens needs met in the different political camps. And given the way one camp works, trying to offer programs or options that end up imposing social change and a particular family structure on people who may not want or need that, it does create a reluctance in the other camp to move forward with funding and programs promoted by their opponents, who have a history of talking about providing choice while the new option they create then turns into the new straight-jacket necessity for most. Women should have the CHOICE to work outside the home morphs into women cant afford NOT to work outside the home. Women should not have to have more children than they want to becomes only rich families can afford to raise and educate more than two children in the U.S., if they expect to pay for their childrens college degrees.

As for the other big issue that is often framed as a choice issue, it would be interesting to know how many people who choose it really feel that, given their economic reality, it is something they have chosen freely, with other good options fully available to them. Ironically, other uses of funding and policy-making power besides the ones usually pushed by the establishment wing of the party of CHOICE might in fact have created broader options and more of a sense of choice rather than necessity for these women. Like, for example, a much higher minimum wage for full time work, fully funded social security and single payer health care systems, and free education at public universities.

Whatever the case, it is a fact that the absence of anything resembling decent public health care and retirement programs and the fact that it is legal for people to be paid so little to work full time in this country have created the need for a lot of government handouts and programs, like the one discussed here, that would not otherwise be necessary. When we get people who work full time for a living out of the situation where they cant afford to pay their own bills, then well be making some progress. Forcing them into certain government-subsidized choices because we choose to allow their employers not to pay them enough to live on is not the only possible solution to their problems. But its the only kind of solution the establishment wing of the Democratic Party ever seems able to come up with.

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Posted by Independent Economic Progressive on 08/17/2018 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Danehy

Let me help you understand it. The NEA forced membership dues from the and then used them for the candidates and parties of their choice. They introduced curriculum that changed, ignored or deleted historical facts. they promoted government dependency rather than individualism.

As far as tax cuts go, almost all tax cuts go to tax PAYERS. Not just the wealthy. And I believe the idea was born out of massive fraud and waste with very poor results.

If the public schools could right the wrongs I believe the issues would disappear. But is anybody willing? I see the so called young adult protesters with bandanas on their faces that came from public schools. How did they get so radicalized?

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Posted by Hanky Panky on 08/17/2018 at 3:34 PM

Re: “Fee Rein

"I will counsel and instruct all my grandchildren 15 and growing if you use. Then to obtain illegal if young the cost is to much." Huh?

Posted by retrorv on 08/17/2018 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Danehy

The part of the article I found was offensive was his take that somehow the citizens' use of the initiative process was somehow subversive. It was a cutting edge proposal in the Progressive Era that allowed citizens the ability to go around the legislature when the citizens felt their voices weren't being represented there. I wonder if he wrote about his indignation that the Legislature intentionally ignored another law passed by the voters that designated a portion of the state sales tax to go to education. I've never understood the conservative's hatred of public education where almost every employee is underpaid but love the idea of cutting taxes for wealthy Americans.

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Posted by retrorv on 08/17/2018 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Death Sentence

It's my opinion that Arizona Department of Corrections undergoes a deep investigation by another agency besides themselves. You have nobody that is impartial investigating DOC. I certainly hope DOC is held responsible for this tragic, unnecessary, violent murder!!

Posted by Melissa Morganson on 08/17/2018 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Wonderful Son

A Classic Trumpism !!

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Posted by jt on 08/17/2018 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Problematic Partnership

"a Democrat who was appointed to job but lost reelection to Napier." Hello editors. You do realize someone who is appointed into a position can't be "reelected"?

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Posted by retrorv on 08/17/2018 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Ducey, Republicans Leave $56 Million For Child Care Sitting On the Table

Thanks Wise Guy. So is there any news?

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Posted by Kathy S on 08/17/2018 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Four on the Floor

Hi all, this is Tirion with the Tucson Weekly. The voting record is available to the public at the Pima County Recorder's Office. We reviewed the voting history of the other candidates in the race and they had solid voting records, so there was no reason to highlight them. Thanks!

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Posted by Tirion Rose on 08/17/2018 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Arizona Runner Up on Worst Highway Upkeep

There ya go. When the asphalt trolls bitch about the roads ad nauseum, they should remind themselves that they have only their beloved anti-tax Republicans to blame.

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Posted by skinnyman on 08/17/2018 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Troll

The problem is that each individual entity will apply it to those it sees as their opposition. Further dividing the country. Did Apple apply it when Occupy Wall Streeters referred to Bush as Hitler? Or when Antifa referred to Trump as Hitler?

The old Hitler thing has kind of lost it's sting. One more generation of instructional indoctrination and they won't know that Lincoln freed the slaves.

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Posted by Gone With The Wind on 08/17/2018 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Congressman Grijalva Receives Award for "Best Constituent Services"

No it won't. Classic over fill problem.

Is Deedra a dude or a boud?

She is a lawyer.

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Posted by No The Fax on 08/17/2018 at 9:27 AM

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