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Re: “A Democrat in Trumpland

Grijalva is worried about the private sector getting too much power? Most of our problems today are his fault.

How can he miss Castro's funeral?

25 likes, 51 dislikes
Posted by David W on 12/01/2016 at 6:29 AM

Re: “Hotel Heights

As a U of A alum who first arrived off an America West flight (or was it Southwest?) from Oakland in 1990, and been back a few times since I moved to Phoenix...not sure if I'll use this hotel either, unless I get a super sweet deal on Priceline. Can the Holiday Inn-Radisson owned by greedy HSL please reopen? Absolutely NOTHING wrong with that hotel. That was a cool hotel and an awesome value. Best room service breakfast ever. Friendly staff for the most part. Unacceptable that it is being left to rot because of basically a peeing contest between the city of Tucson and HSL. In general, I have mixed feelings about the gentrification/Austinization of downtown Tucson and the U of A. Happy to see amenities that frankly should have been there in the 90s (I was screaming for light rail in Tucson as a U of A student and people called me nuts, "Tucson's not ready for that," Tucson's not LA, Phoenix, or the Bay Area...) but at what price, now that I look back with nostalgia on a Tucson that's a long way past the rearview mirror?

Posted by Michael Reed on 11/30/2016 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Hotel Heights

Nice free advertisement.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by SonoranWinds on 11/26/2016 at 9:46 PM

Re: “Hotel Heights

For me, this is exciting. Sort of.
I'll never use the hotel. Its a nice, visual thing for me and for many others as well who arrived in Tucson in the early seventies. Back then Tucson was already afflicted with the aftereffects (whoops, that was a mistake). of the downtown demolition of entire barrios to make way for a bunker complex designed by graduates of the East Berlin School of unwanted architecture. We installed a fountain in front of the community center with no shade whatsoever and it gradually died, being maintained by people who have gradually killed off all fountains downtown because as we all know, we live in the desert and fountains are bad because homeless people used them for bathing. Those same people also let the doors rot off the Leo Rich Theater. Since then, we've finally made some fixes to the complex and did some major overhaul work to the whole thing but gues what? It still sits underused most of the time. Marketing skills are lacking.
And who wants to come to this area for a conference or a good international get-together? It's hard to sell downtown still, with a music hall that looks like something from somewhere else, a broken fountain in front and an entire housing complex fenced off with a canvas fence, a revenge plot by HSL properties who also owns the dead hotel on the corner, which I affectionately have named the pink flamingo.
Whatever is going on between the City and HSL properties certainly deserves attention. Conferences have been held by design groups and the demolition of La Placita village was recommended. It was a failed project, and I would bet that some parts of that complex were NEVER occupied since it was built. But I digress. Soon the bus stop will be replaced by new construction as well. There's a grocery store downtown. The Chicago store is being fixed up for new occupants. Progress. No more funky art galleries, no more pharaoh store, no more grill. Hopefully the magazine store will survive. And hopefully, the people who move into the new places will also have ideas, because now its starting to look boring to me.

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Reality Check on 11/25/2016 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Looking Back, Looking Forward

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Posted by Merrith Donalson on 11/11/2016 at 1:00 PM

Re: “C’mon, Trust Us

Looks like people ignored your blatant globalism open border nonsense. France is fine this time of year. Go for it.

1 like, 16 dislikes
Posted by Jerry Koihl on 11/09/2016 at 10:31 AM

Re: “C’mon, Trust Us

"C'mon Trust Us?" Who are you kidding?

Look what happened the last time we trusted a progressive.

The Clinton Foundation has confirmed it accepted a $1 million gift from Qatar while Hillary Clinton was U.S. secretary of state without informing the State Department, even though she had promised to let the agency review new donations from foreign governments.

Qatari officials pledged the money in 2011 to mark the 65th birthday of Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton's husband, and sought to meet the former U.S. president in person the following year to present him the check, according to an email from a foundation official to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign chairman, John Podesta. The email, among thousands hacked from Podesta's account, was published last month by WikiLeaks.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-foundation-idUSKBN12Z2SL

8 likes, 30 dislikes
Posted by Concerned Mom on 11/04/2016 at 4:34 PM

Re: “C’mon, Trust Us

That's right Mr What Again. The only way they can win elections is to open the border.

And I guess it's only dark money when they declare dark money. This is a dark individual:

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/11/george-soros-joe-arpaio-arizona-230724

14 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by Fonda Wanda on 11/04/2016 at 9:13 AM

Re: “C’mon, Trust Us

Google "betts putnam hidalgo jewish problem".

She doesn't like Israel, and picketed the Jewish Festival at a pre-school and community center to show her dislike.

Great ideas otherwise, but can't be trusted to represent Jewish students.

8 likes, 25 dislikes
Posted by MJ on 11/03/2016 at 1:09 PM

Re: “C’mon, Trust Us

I'm glad to see the endorsements. However, it's about 2 weeks too late for a lot of people. The early ballots have been out for more than 2 weeks and most have been sent back in. I hope that TW, ADS & local news stations start doing their endorsements in mid-OCT next time.

6 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by DDK on 11/03/2016 at 9:30 AM

Re: “Raising Hell

"We learned about our messaging and we absolutely need to improve how we message this to the community," Foster said.
First thing TUSD board and staff need to learn is to communicate honestly, factually and in plain English. Foster's statement quoted above would seem to illustrate the reluctance of the incumbents to do just that. 'Messaging'????? 'How we message to the community'????? C'mon, Kristel. Is this the way you talk in the classroom? Message us no messages. Just the facts, ma'am!

12 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by franklymydears on 11/03/2016 at 9:27 AM

Re: “C’mon, Trust Us

Very proud to be endorsed by the Tucson Weekly. I will represent ALL people of Pima County and understand that as your Sheriff my affirmative responsibility is to protect the rights and liberties of everyone.

17 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by markdnapier on 11/03/2016 at 6:26 AM

Re: “Fresh Air

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Posted by mitchellshaw on 11/02/2016 at 10:45 PM

Re: “Endorsements, Part 2

So did I. Hillary is going to jail. Glad I waited.

4 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Larry McNeil on 11/02/2016 at 6:30 AM

Re: “Endorsements, Part 2

Anyone that mailed in their ballot 10/12 missed the opportunity to watch the rest of the drama.
I wonder how many would change their vote on 11/8?
I did!

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Juan Valdez on 11/01/2016 at 9:07 PM

Re: “Endorsements, Part 2

Perhaps next election, you could manage to publish your endorsements sooner? Mail-in ballots were sent 10/12.

12 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by jjmarks on 10/28/2016 at 4:55 AM

Re: “Endorsements, Part 2

You must not have attended the League of Women Voters and Metropolitan Education Commission debate between Dustin Williams and Margaret Burkholder. It was the clearest demonstration of the superior qualifications of one candidate (Burkholder) over another (Williams) that I have seen in a live debate in recent memory, and served as an excellent example of why live debates are still critically important to help voters make informed choices. I usually vote Democratic, sometimes Green, but Burkholder, Napier, and Bob Burns for AZ Corporation Commission were my three R choices in 2016.

You got it right with Bob Burns and Napier, but really missed the mark on Burkholder. Who cares what she did in the aftermath of the City Council election? She is the best candidate for the office for which she is currently running. After the debate between Burkholder and Williams, I compared notes with several die-hard D voters who had attended: all were persuaded that a vote for Williams would be a vote for weak leadership.

10 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Burkholder is the better candidate for Pima Co. School Sup. on 10/27/2016 at 6:48 PM

Re: “Endorsements, Part 2

Prop 205. TV ads are misleading, especially the vet (I'm also a vet) calling the need for Prop 205 to help his medical condition. I empathize, but there is already medical marijuana - which I think is great. 205 will not change his situation with respect to medical needs -- since his medical needs permit marijuana. The VA is a federal organization and, at present, VA employees cannot prescribe marijuana for any reason.

8 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by tucdan on 10/27/2016 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Endorsements, Part 2

I voted for Heinz but mostly out of party loyalty. McSally has done a good job-as you point out. She has voted for some awful GOP bills, like defunding Planned Parenthood, but this is required by the GOP party leadership if she wants to get any backing for her legislative priorites-like the A-10 and supporting the military bases in her district. That's just the reality of how the system works. At least she never mentions social issues and doesn't participate in the culture wars.

9 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by retrorv on 10/27/2016 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Endorsements, Part 2

UA Law professor Engel is Kirsten, not Kristen but by any name she is one of the best equipped candidates to come along in years.
I like your rationale for endorsing Chris Ackerley but disagree with your decision. He's a Republican, will mostly vote with Republicans, is unlikely to be a force in their caucus and sending him back to the House makes it that much more difficult for Democrats to whittle away at the Republican majority. Southern Arizona Republicans in the Legislature are doubly negative because they can't or won't stop their caucus from interfering with local home rule of our city, towns and county. Please vote for Daniel Hernandez if you're an LD 2 voter. Loved your two lines on Andrea Dalessandro!!!

9 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by franklymydears on 10/27/2016 at 9:27 AM

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