When I was running for Assessor in the primary against Bill Staples, the Tucson Weekly interviewed me and we discussed many of the issues of what was going wrong in that office - the needless and costly litigation, the inadequate systems for valuing commercial property and mostly the horrible treatment of taxpayers who exercise their right to appeal. Since the primary I have even uncovered evidence that Bill Staples fraudulently issued notices of proposed corrections so he could avail himself of another opportunity to discriminate against a commercial taxpayer in court. If he is re-lected I seriously doubt he'll complete another term for all the wrong doing in his office.
Does the County School Superintendent have any authority to try to correct the wrongs at TUSD?
You endorsed for Assessor, but not for County School Superintendent? What gives?
The majority on the TUSD Board must be broken up and replaced with independent thinkers. There are several qualified candidates. None of the incumbents should be re-elected.
What, no endorsement for the only candidate for County Attorney who supports the legalization of marijuana, a living minimum wage, and supports Mark Napier for Sheriff? (that'd be me) Maybe next time...?
WRONG on 2 of 3 TUSD recommendations.
I am going to respectfully disagree with your Assessor endorsement. Appeals skyrocketed durring the recessive period because he did NOT do a great job. Having your value "close"to your neighbor? Excuse me? And are we completely going to ignore the fact that he has been in court with Raytheon 5 times? Took the Tucson Botanical Gardens all the way to the Arizona Supreme Court over their exemption because of a gift shop (and lost)and just last month cost the tax payer $94,000 over an $15,800 exemption wrongfully denied to Primavera Foundation?
Why would you endorse that behavior?
Suzanne Droubie is the right choice for Assessor.
Readers of the Weekly are too smart to support a Government-mandated minimum wage (MW). Think about it: The MW always costs jobs and raises prices for the poorest among us.
Businesses have a break even point; they must make a profit or why bother. Knowing that fact, ask yourself who will pay for the wage increases? Higher prices and/or fewer workers will make up the difference for many Tucson businesses' bottom line.
Setting aside the canard of "greedy business" any Government mandated minimum wage will cost Tucson jobs and/or raise prices. Also, these lost jobs are from the lowest end of the economy and the men and women affected are those most in need or just starting out.
Government should butt the Hell out of the private sector economy.
Wrong, Again's bullshit, not so nice.
And then he has to post it twice!
About as welcome as head lice.
Re: Francis Saitta,
"The younger generation" has had no problem getting marijuana on the street for a couple of generations now. The destigmatization of the drug that will come with decriminalization will have the effect of removing some of the allure with time, and it will absolutely remove a lot of the risk associated with buying illegal drugs.
I'm not sure why the current potency of the drug is used as an argument against decriminalization; there is still no danger of overdose death or injury, or physical dependence.
Relative to alcohol and opiod painkillers, marijuana is very safe.
You lost all credibility after your first endorsement of the Marijuana proposition.
"Ex-Arizonan is a Troll hypocrite" is a maroon. (Thanks Bugs!)
I'm sure that he meant that I am the hypocrite and the troll, but, just like your average troll, this troll didn't bother to pay enough attention or read what was typed properly. Comments like this only back everything I have typed right up. Par for the course. Believe me, I'm not surprised.
I'd call this troll a fucking idiot, but TW just might remove my comment. Although, I have made several requests to have the "Ex-Arizonan is a Troll hypocrite" comment removed...and guess what? It is still there as I'm typing this. (Sad!)
It makes me think...is TW not paying attention or do they actually support this obvious misinformation? Sometimes I wonder. If the Webmaster is on vacation, you need someone to carry that weight when they're away.
I understand if this comment gets removed. What I will not understand is if this comment gets removed and the "Ex-Arizonan is a Troll hypocrite" comment doesn't get removed along with it.
P.S. Ex-Arizonan, you are definitely not a troll.
Fuck All Trolls!
Most sincerely, DC
Prop 205: The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act SHOULD BE REJECTED by the Voters of Arizona!
The "Medical Marijuana" of today is NOT like the Marijuana used in the 70's and 80's. Through Artificial Selection Experiments, strains of Marijuana have been developed by the Marijuana Drug Industry that substantially increase the potency of the Drug. As such, its' use poses serious potential consequences.
While this Drug is effective in treating some medical conditions; Muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis, Nausea from cancer chemotherapy, Poor appetite and weight loss caused by chronic illness, such as HIV, or nerve pain, Seizure disorders (childhood epilepsy), and Crohn's disease. Purified extracts from whole-plant marijuana can slow the growth of cancer cells from one of the most serious types of brain tumors.
Research in mice showed that treatment with purified extracts of THC and CBD, when used with radiation, increased the cancer-killing effects of the radiation (Scott KA, Dalgleish AG, Liu WM. The combination of cannabidiol and ?9-tetrahydrocannabinol enhances the anticancer effects of radiation in an orthotopic murine glioma model. Mol Cancer Ther. 2014;13(12):2955-67.)
Scientists are also conducting preclinical and clinical trials with marijuana and its extracts to treat numerous diseases and conditions, such as the following:
1. Autoimmune diseases (diseases that weaken the immune system): HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis (MS), which causes gradual loss of muscle control
2. Alzheimer’s disease, which causes loss of brain function, affecting memory, thinking, and behavior
6.Substance use disorders
The FDA has not recognized or approved the marijuana plant as medicine.
The Medical Marijuana Program in Arizona is a Big-Money-Making SCAM supported by the Marijuana Drug Industry and their Supporters in the Arizona Legislature!
Marijuana use for Medical purpose should be supported by Scientific evidence, including Clinical Trials, and regulated by the FDA; closely monitored by the tending Physician and State Department of Health."Medical Marijuana" should be available by Prescription only (in a Pharmacy) issued by a License Physician.
Congress should amend the Controlled Substances Act of 1970: Controlled Substances Act (CSA) (21 U.S.C. § 811). making Marijuana available for Medical Treatment.
The major consumers of this Drug, if legalized for so-called recreational purposes, will be the younger generation; destroying the very fabric/future of our Democracy.
This Drug should NOT be legalized for recreational purposes!!!
Very proud to have the endorsement of the Tucson Weekly. I have worked hard to remove partisanship from this election and reach out to ALL people of Pima County. Let's work together to move our County and our Sheriffs Department forward.
Please quote the exact sentence in any of my posts where I used the word "troll."
Also, it's "you're," not "your."
Ex-Arizonan calling others troll when your doing the same lol
Please correct the magazine name spelling. Accuracy is easy.
The correct name is Inc Magazine.
I would also like to thank you for your information and your response. It's nice to know that trolls aren't the only type of people that access this site. 😊
I did a bit more research and found that there was apparently a Brookings Institution study that What, Again may have been referring to. It was cited on CBS news, I think. What you say about rankings for cities over 500,000 makes sense. So, the third worst city on the Brookings Institution list is Philadelphia, and Philadelphia has a completely different set of circumstances, different demographics, a different history, different culture--I actually lived nearby for a while years ago. Could it be that there is a common thread here that may not be a Tucson-specific issue? I would imagine that debt, financial mismanagement and good old-fashioned corruption and graft may be big woes for any large-ish city. Also, there does seem to be a pattern of Sun Belt cities running out of money in recent years due to the fact that many snowbirds dumped their winter homes and seriously cut back on spending following the recession. This holds true for cities in Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, and SoCal as well. So no, I don't think the "anti-growth" card is entirely accurate. Thanks for the added info and fact-checking.
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