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Re: “Times They Are A Changin'

MAGRO I agreed with your first sentence then it was all downhill. When the entirety of your comment is pro density and pro 'cater to those who expect us to demolish our legacy to cater to them' I have a hard time believing you are centrist in this. Public transportation run on clean energy solves much of this and Tucson's existing footprint is alreadly plenty big enough it should have zero impact on sales tax unless all the 4th ave stores get forced out over high rent and nobody can afford the newer model rent inflated prices being passed along to the consumer. Now infrastructure, in fact who will be paying for the already existing growth related infrastructure maintenance if nobody else is constructing off those existing lines? Construction tax for 4th ave projects is temporary and is a greedy cash grab. Oh Wait thats right they are trying to get incentives for this so there goes that income.

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Posted by Fools Rush In on 05/22/2018 at 1:35 PM

Re: “The Dangers of Forming Political Coalitions While Black: North Carolina, 1898

People cloak their true motivations behind movements all the time. Betts Putnam-Hidalgo's comment on here is a great example. This article has nothing to do with Israel but yet she found a need to bring it up. I think there are legitimate issues with Israeli policy, just like there are legitimate issues with policies in almost every nation, but bringing it up here and now, when it does not apply, leads me to believe that Betts is harboring some anti-Semitic views but won't admit it openly. Shame in her.

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Posted by HumanBean on 05/22/2018 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Cream of the Crop

The article is beautifully written, but dairy is never humane or eco-friendly.

Posted by Vnon on 05/22/2018 at 10:51 AM

Re: “I Know I Said I Wouldn't Give Teachers Advice, But . . .

David if you attended school board meetings, you would know that the calls to the audience are full of teachers and support staff who are demanding the same thing. Even Mike Hicks agrees that all staff at our schools teach our kids (which is true). Stegeman is scared that such a move will piss off the state, who is already pissed off at Southern Arizona for not being right wing nutcases like the bulk of the anti-public school legislators in Phoenix. Kristel and Adelita appear to agree with the teachers and staff but then they were in the Board majority, as a Caller to the Audience stated, that withheld Proposition 123 AND 301 funds from the teachers in the past, so their current public posture may have far more to do with electoral politics than actual concern for teachers and staff. And Sedgwick appears to be completely in favor of paying people first--even came out with an attempt to apply the Red for Ed demands to TUSD which was ROUNDLY and extremely rudely routed by Kristel, in a performance that was both insulting to teachers' intelligence and that of Ms. Sedgwick. Such an attempt SHOULD have been made by more experienced Board members instead of reviled by them but once again it was more important to highlight Sedgwick's lack of experience than to help her gain that experience or actually look for ways that TUSD could replicate the strikers' demands. Its worth noting that our biggest snark on the Board, Foster, is also the "liaison" to the legislature--which actually may be adding to their distaste for Pima County and TUSD, if her behavior there is anything like it is here, where the personal consistently overcomes the politically intelligent tactics that will benefit our kids, staff and teachers.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 05/22/2018 at 7:00 AM

Re: “Tucson Salvage

My daughter has worried about this sweet man for months, as she recently took a job on the East side and drives down Broadway daily. She has felt the urge on many occasion to stop and help him. When she read this article, she cried. She cried for Arthur, and for so many like him...for relief that he has a home and someone who cares for him, and she cried for those who are not as lucky. If my Julia could, she would take in everyone and every living thing homeless, lost, or just down and out. She feels Arthur recognizes her and other cars as they pass by. She feels as if she has a friend she's never met. This was a beautiful article about a beautiful soul. Thank you for helping to ease my daughter's hurting heart and shedding light on such a special Tucson resident.

Posted by Melissa Fortney on 05/21/2018 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Tucson Ghost Stories: Is Room 242 Really Haunted?

Where or how can I post ghost pictures??

Posted by beautful sky on 05/20/2018 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Tucson Ghost Stories: Is Room 242 Really Haunted?

No this is real.I have stayed in room 242..I have proof!! Picture of the woman beside my.bed..

Posted by beautful sky on 05/20/2018 at 3:37 PM

Re: “The Games BASIS Plays

Don't gloat too much David. As I wrote in my post, BASIS academic gains are at the 97th percentile of all school districts in the U.S. Further, the 3% that had higher gains are overwhelmingly districts much smaller than BASIS and much more likely to be statistical flukes.

Likely, among school districts, its size or larger, BASIS is at the 100th percentile.

Further, BASIS has become the school of choice for Asians in Arizona. From 2013 to 2017, Asians in Arizona leaped from being ranked 11th to being ranked 5th in the nation (National Assessment of Educational Progress).

Likely, BASIS was the driver for that leap.

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Posted by on 05/19/2018 at 9:06 PM

Re: “Times They Are A Changin'

@magro - I think the vast majority of us are in favor of increased urban density and see infill development as a great alternative to sprawl. We want that development to be done intelligently and responsibly. What we don't want is to endanger a great ecosystem of local, independent businesses that's flourishing economically and making a difference to people who are looking at visiting or moving to Tucson. Additionally, I personally don't like us trying to carve out exceptions to our existing historic preservation, like what's happening with the Maloney's proposal and and in Armory Park. There are plenty of areas to build in our urban core that don't threaten Tucson's historic and economic treasures. And yes, I'd also expect major parts of the CBA to be about sustainability and walkabilty.

P.S. - if you're interested in helping set the priorities for the CBA, we do have a survey in our Save 4th Ave. Facebook group where you can weigh in. We should also have a link to the survey up next week at *fingers crossed*.

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Posted by Joe A. on 05/19/2018 at 2:30 PM

Re: “Preseason Scrimmage

Do like I do. Ignore her.

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Posted by CW13 on 05/19/2018 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Preseason Scrimmage

"Your comments would be funny if they weren't so pathetic."

You are correct CW13, the comments made by bslap, FD-NA, David P and WTBAB are pathetic.

Congratulations on not always having your head buried in the sand!

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Posted by CW13 fails again! on 05/18/2018 at 10:41 PM

Re: “Preseason Scrimmage

Victoria Steele says she's ready to go. I'll hold the door for her !!

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Posted by CW13 on 05/18/2018 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Preseason Scrimmage

How do these people work with the GOP majority? They cannot attend GOP caucus where all of the bills to pass are approved, none of their bills get hearings, so what are they going to work on with the GOP? A new state lizard? And the shots at Rio Nuevo are fiction, everything is on the web site, they just need to look, no money went to Marriott, RN paid for the parking garage open to the public with a guaranteed revenue stream from the hotel for spaces, and even that was not required in the deal after all, so no RN money. And the money RN gets would go to Phoenix if not kept here by RN, sounds like a great platform for a D from Tucson. Also, remember it was the Democrats who misspent RN money prior to 2010. And to keep sending all Democrats to the Legislature is as good of an idea as electing them to the Sonora legislature, that would be about as good a deal for Tucson, at least we would not have to pay them for their total lack of political clout.

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Posted by WHERE THE BODIES ARE BURIED on 05/18/2018 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Times They Are A Changin'

In regards the Private Property Rights Protection Act, other property owners have right to not have the value of their property deminished by neighbors shoddy construction, high-rise, traffic, noise, noxious odors etc.

The Junction on 9th Street doesnt seem to fit into the neighborhood very well!

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Posted by Raquel Baranow on 05/18/2018 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Times They Are A Changin'

I'm not going to comment about the appropriateness of these developments since its obviously complicated. But we can't stop opposing density every chance we get. We have to find a way to navigate it and compromise with it and find a way to live with it. American suburban lifestyle is unsustainable. Not enough taxes are generated to support maintaining infrastructure for single family homes. People who can't drive or afford a car have to face big time and inconvenience barriers to access groceries, job opportunities etcetera. Cars continually pump pollution into the air. Not just carbon, but particulate matter that increases likelihood of heart disease, cancer and other health problems.

Benefits of Density:

-Less destruction of surrounding desert. Tucson is big enough.

-Denser facilities are more environmentally efficient and use less water

-Denser building generate more sales tax and property tax which supports local schools

-Infrastructure around denser buildings is much more sustainable compared to supplying suburbs

-Density takes cars off the road and encourages walkability and biking

-More housing meets increased demand which bends the growth curve of rents down.

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Posted by magro on 05/18/2018 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Preseason Scrimmage

Mhazzard, you shot yourself in the old proverbial foot when you praised Obama for policies that kept us safe and created jobs. (List them all) Because HRC had mirrored his platform and rather than winning she opted to collude with Russia.

Try to expand your thought process. It's making you look like a pessimist.

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Posted by David P on 05/18/2018 at 9:58 AM

Re: “The Dangers of Forming Political Coalitions While Black: North Carolina, 1898

It is Amazing how white America hides their Terrorist history of blacks. Hitler proclaims white America for it's model and examples of how systematically murder and imprison smaller demographics within their vary own Country. Nazism started in America.

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Posted by Snuk Da Juk on 05/18/2018 at 9:56 AM

Re: “The Skinny

California = World's 5th largest economy.

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Posted by Peabo on 05/18/2018 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Preseason Scrimmage

Your comments would be funny if they weren't so pathetic.

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Posted by CW13 on 05/18/2018 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Preseason Scrimmage

Repubs want to destroy Tucson Aquifer with Rosemont mine
Give as much money they can to filthy rich
Give guns to people who are insane
Start another Iraq war
Let crops waste away in the fields because of lack of workers
Let Russia run the US
Halt Obama policies that kept us safe and created jobs
Take away our rights
Let police fire at will without any consequences
Destroy our environment

Road to hell is paved with republicans...

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Posted by mhazzard on 05/18/2018 at 2:44 AM

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