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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Feature

Re: “What We Miss

My husband and I loved the Haunted Bookshop and miss it very much.

Posted by Gail Senkovich Daniels on 05/24/2017 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Hell Yes!

Wow. The votes aren't even counted and the city is meeting on declaring itself a sanctuary city. I hope this new tax goes down in flames.

0 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by RobbingPaulToPayPeter on 05/10/2017 at 9:25 PM

Re: “Nine Books To Read This Summer

Two more books by Tucson author Lonni Lees:
The Mosaic Murder: Tucson police detective Maggie Reardon investigates a murder at a Tucson art gallery.
The Corpse in the Cactus: Maggie Reardon solves a murder at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
These, and other books by Lonni Lees are available at Amazon and Barnes &Nobles as print and electronic books.

Posted by JED on 05/06/2017 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Hell Yes!

That's like telling me Houghton Road is going to be widened. They told me that in 1967, and it still isn't done. Don't trust, verify. These liars have a horrific track record and I am not giving them more money. Borrow it from the County!

No on 101!!!

3 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by What is this town thinking? on 05/03/2017 at 11:34 AM

Re: “Hell Yes!

Hey Bub, Broadway east of Camino Seco is already planned, funded and scheduled to be repaved...

What about the rest of our roads? I am voting yes for this proposition because our current city government demonstrated effective spending during the last funding cycle for roads. Let's keep the ball rolling. I get it that people are upset and the system is not as efficient as it should be BUT we have as many miles of roadway as the city of Chicago (same city sq miles) but we only have about 1/6th the population, at some point we have to find an alternative way of paying for the roads. Ideally this would be funded by a gas tax or registration fee increase in addition to receiving more help from the state, for example HURF funding... Back to reality, this is our best chance to keep the progress going and the city has demonstrated enough over the last 5 years to justify another 5 or 6.

16 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by HumanBean on 05/01/2017 at 6:02 PM

Re: “Hell Yes!

Broadway east of Camino Seco might as well be scraped clean and drill for oil. It no longer qualifies as a paved road. Shame on this local government. They have cheated the tax payers.

4 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by What is this town thinking? on 05/01/2017 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Hell Yes!

$9.4 million city surplus last year --- could have purchased 15 brand new pumper trucks for the fire dept and had $$$ for overhaul of bulletproof vests --- instead all city employees got a bonus --- now they try to raise our taxes.

12 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Dan Simon 1 on 04/30/2017 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Hell Yes!

I am thrilled to see all of these comments for a vote NO. Only a total group of incompetents can write a $1.4 billion budget & turn to our policemen & paramedics and say "no money for your overheating ambulances, no money for your bulletproof vests". n7iqv is SPOT ON about the tree planters - utterly careless use of taxpayer money & now drivers can't see oncoming traffic when moving in to the center turn lane. I'm hoping to soon get commentary in the Daily Star about how inept our current sales tax system is. NO TO PROP 101!

23 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Dan Simon on 04/27/2017 at 9:51 PM

Re: “Hell Yes!

Not on the backs of working people. If you can't pass a property tax, we don't need a sales tax.

Our property taxes are near the lowest, our sales taxes are near the highest. Much as I hate to say it, the teabaggers are right on this one...

!NO 101!

27 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by desertrat on 04/27/2017 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Hell Yes!

Temporary tax? Come on people how do you think they got us to a combined rate of 8.1%.

Absolutely NO on 101.

27 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Don Evans on 04/27/2017 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Hell Yes!

Charles Smith is correct in stating that this issue should have been decided with a bond to ensure that money raised stayed in Tucson.

How many times has the Tucson Weekly stood on its soap box and warned us of the elected thieves in Phoenix who have no conscience about taking money from children and then using political shenanigans to never pay it back -- and you want us to send more money to them?

I would rather write a check for $100 to the police and another $100 to the fire department than to see the city throw more money away on maintaining a roadway system that fails to improve moving around Tucson and only provides job security for the companies that half-ass chip-seal and oil-paint the loose gravel that is already there.

As a side note to n7iqv, they may have said they were beautifying Campbell with the tree project, but the reality was there were too many accidents during morning and evening rush hours by individuals using the turn lanes as rush-hour lanes. It was easier to say Were making the roadway pretty than Tucson drivers suck!

27 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by sgsmith on 04/27/2017 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Hell Yes!

Why do I feel like the timing of this is to otherwise fund a wasteful City government that's willing to lose federal funding because (and I don't care what you call it) Tucson is a sanctuary city. That judge's ruling is not going to stand and anyone with half a brain knows that.

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Posted by RobbingPaulToPayPeter on 04/27/2017 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Hell Yes!

If you vote yes to give those stooges more money you're nuts.

18 likes, 34 dislikes
Posted by CW13 on 04/27/2017 at 8:38 AM

Re: “Hell Yes!

The "need" for a sales tax increase is due directly to the failure of the Mayor and Council to focus more on the basics, and less on the special interest programs.
How much did the Stone Avenue and Campbell Avenue tree planter project cost, vs simply resurfacing the existing roadway? What need was there to disrupt left turn traffic on those streets?
How many police cars are approaching 200.000 miles, and why was the money not directed to vehicle replacement programs, while the City "leaders" are tossing money to keep empty oversized buses on the streets?
Do you like the way the City spends money where not necessary, while not keeping Fire trucks on the streets? Go ahead and approve this list of shenanigans. If this makes no sense to maintain the status quo, then
VOTE NO ON PROPOSITION 101.

32 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by n7iqv on 04/27/2017 at 8:36 AM

Re: “Hell Yes!

Why is this not a Bond Election rather than a Sales Tax? As the article points out, the 2012 Bond Election Moneys were properly spent.
The problem that I have with the Sales Tax is that from the Beginning of the Year (January 1, 2017) All Sales Tax Collections are now processed through the Arizona Department of Revenue in Phoenix. And we know how much Phoenix and the State want to take the Tucson and Pima County funds to be used in other parts of the State. (Where are all of our HURF Funds?)
Even the Chamber says the City has been spending the Bond Funds properly.

This election should be a Bond Election rather than a Sales Tax Election.

32 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Charles Smith on 04/27/2017 at 7:47 AM

Re: “Hell Yes!

Well, the ultimate reason we have lousy roads is a car culture that is incredibly wasteful and virtually impossible to maintain.
To show how ingrained this culture is, we have the spectacle of the local progressive paper trumpeting the "vital" need to spend 100's of millions more on it. And what are we buying? Cars and trucks for police and fire as well as the roads themselves.
All this in order to cross increasingly long miles of sprawl which looks like everywhere else: mostly covered with asphalt for cars to drive and park.

27 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by bslap on 04/27/2017 at 6:09 AM

Re: “Hell Yes!

Vote NO on tax increase. We never get what they promise. Don't be fooled again. This City needs change of leadership.

24 likes, 42 dislikes
Posted by David on 04/27/2017 at 5:26 AM

Re: “The Joy, the Suffering, the Poetry

TransMAN, when I interview anyone who identifies as transgender or genderqueer, I ask them how they want me to do the pronouns. I used the pronouns TC said s/he is comfortable with.

6 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Aztlán Mari on 04/17/2017 at 2:30 PM

Re: “The Irish Orphan Abduction

Thank you for this. Our world has changed little yet some for the better.

Posted by F Ed Knutson on 04/15/2017 at 9:37 PM

Re: “The Joy, the Suffering, the Poetry

To Mari Herreras ... s/he? WTF is that? I hate when reporters don't understand our pronouns. I guess TC didn't mind, but damn. Sure hope that crap doesn't start another misinformed, ignorant trend in this country. You call me a s/he, and you'd be met with my baseball bat instead of an interview! LOL

1 like, 23 dislikes
Posted by TransMAN on 04/15/2017 at 9:14 PM

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