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Re: “Your Indispensable Back-To-College Guide

... and when you do end up in the hospital after your best friends poured your besotted butt from their car and dumped you on the curb next to the emergency room entrance, devoid of your identification, wallet, underwear and dignity, please be kind to the healthcare workers who had nothing to do with your current situation and may have to care for someone who was shot, stabbed or has a more serious medical emergency, even though all your other best friends who enabled your alcohol or drug abuse are taking up all the seating in the emergency room waiting room texting and calling all your other, other best friends "OMG my BFF is in the hospital and they won't let me go back, and BTW bring me a large Starbucks because the vending machines in this place are SO lame."

Posted by sgsmith on 08/19/2017 at 5:51 PM

Re: “Your Indispensable Back-To-College Guide

Here's how the items on the list would've read when I was a freshman at the UA from 76 to 81. The following items would read pretty much the same: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 12, 13, 15, and 16. The following items would read differently: 8. Goodwill and the Salvation Army were pretty much your only choices, 11. We'd still go to the Loft but it was on 6th Street and Fremont (now a parking garage), 14. Student Union, 2nd floor, east end had big chairs and sofas and of course the top floor of the Main Library, 17. We'd go to the Student Health Center at Cherry and University (now the Sonett Space Sciences Bldg.) because it was free, 18. No one cared about your mental health. And items that weren't a thing back then-2, 7, 9, and 10.

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Posted by retrorv on 08/17/2017 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Triple Play

Rick and Juan:
The law is that if you are a registered independent, you have the right to participate in any party's primary simply by requesting the ballot of that party. The city of Tucson's primary-election pamphlet (which came in the mail the other day) says:

"If you are registered as Independent, as No Party Preference, or as a member of a political party other than Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, or Green Party, you may vote in the Primary election [by requesting the ballot for that party]. . . . By voting for one of these parties, it WILL NOT change your political party status. . . . You may only vote in ONE party's Primary Election."

I'm amazed that people don't know this, but I hope this helps other independents.

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Posted by blaze_mason on 08/11/2017 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Triple Play

Thanks Juan! Thought that was the case, won't be able to vote for any of these worthy candidates in my own ward.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 08/10/2017 at 5:09 PM

Re: “Triple Play

Rick, as a long time independent, my experience is that you cannot vote in either parties, only in the general election.
BTW, I don't consider "independent" to be a party. I vote for the party of "me". If it is good for me, I vote "yes".

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Posted by Juan Valdez on 08/10/2017 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Triple Play

To clarify: I really don't know if I, an independent, can vote in the Democratic primary. anyone know?

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 08/10/2017 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Triple Play

The zoo tax turned me away from felicia

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Posted by Palisades on 08/10/2017 at 9:52 AM

Re: “Triple Play

"Ward 3's roughly 18,000 Democrats and 12,000 independent voters will choose between three Democrats in the Aug. 29 primary..."

I thought independents could not vote in the Democratic primary. This is either good news or a mistake on my part or Mr. Nintzel's. I hope Jim is right.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 08/10/2017 at 8:10 AM

Re: “Triple Play

"She also copped to voting for Green Party candidate Jill Stein in last year's presidential election, saying she believed Hillary Clinton would win anyway and so she could safely cast a vote"
She thought Hillary would win Arizona? She either doesn't understand the electoral system or doesn't understand politics.

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Posted by bslap on 08/10/2017 at 5:59 AM

Re: “Confessions of an eBay opium addict

No way anybody can be so strung out on pods.
It's not like heroin.
I did them for months straight, then I stopped because it was so expensive.
A little kratom took care of all the withdrawals.

Posted by Reginald Frazier on 08/08/2017 at 7:52 AM

Re: “Desert Angel

Ask yourself what would Jesus do?
Thank you Joel.

Posted by Vera Kwaayesnama Skorupski Skor on 08/02/2017 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Home is a Tenacious Heart

There is no shame in flipping burgers or working at a convenience store. She keeps saying that she doesn't believe in pan handling, yet she wants someone to give her a little piece of property. Show me that you can work for a year...then I will believe in you.

Posted by Julie Thompson on 07/27/2017 at 9:03 AM

Re: “Political Punch

You're not just annoying the Left, you're annoying everyone. But what else should anyone expect from someone who has openly supported a really big and proven liar such as Trump? At least I know not to expect anything intelligent from you.

22 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Hey Hey My My, CW13 Commentary Needs to Die on 07/25/2017 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Trumpcare Is Dead

Waiting lines happen because coverage is too available. Many people go to doctors and emergency rooms at the sign of a cold. Facilities must staff for that and then the problems multiply. Deductible keep people from over using benefits. Once again the problem starts because of fraud, waste, and abuse.

Just take a close look at what Medicare Part A covers. That is the government plan that they say you need. They didn't get mobility scooters on Part A.

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Posted by Stick To My Stomach on 07/21/2017 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Trumpcare Is Dead

And if every single american did what it took for them to afford health insurance in this country, like republicans keep suggesting they do, would there be no waiting list?

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Posted by Palisades on 07/21/2017 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Trumpcare Is Dead

And yet they have to come to the US for care.

"Contrary to popular belief among Americans, health care is not entirely free for Canadians. Dental, ambulance and many other services as well as prescription medications must be paid for out of pocket or they're covered through a combination of public programs and private health insurance. About two-thirds of Canadians have such insurance."

"In a public health system, you have to balance the high desire to get quality-of-life treatment as soon as possible with the need to deliver universal health care in an equitable manner." If the priority is universal health care, Meyer says, there is a risk of wait times.

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/articles/2016-08-03/canadians-increasingly-come-to-us-for-health-care

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Posted by Stick To My Stomach on 07/21/2017 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Trumpcare Is Dead

I'm from Canada - and while there's very little difference between our countries, the fact that we spend half as much as you guys do on health care (and get the same, if not better, outcomes) makes Canada, to put it bluntly, a better place to live. This isn't a liberal thing either - in Canada, every single seat-holding party in both the provinces (our equivalent of states) and federally support single payer health care, including the Conservative Party of Canada.

Why were we able to do this, and not the US? Because a brave baptist minister named Tommy Douglas (recently voted the greatest Canadian who ever lived by a nationwide popular vote) stood up to the government, insurance companies, doctors themselves and the AMA (yes, your American Medical Association tried to stop us) and forced the federal government's hand.

That's how you get real health care - by abandoning your loyalty to one of two political parties, and pledging your loyalty to your fellow citizens - even those who oppose you.

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Posted by Ryan Campbell on 07/21/2017 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Trumpcare Is Dead

Continue to ignore the fact that 20 million were forced into buying insurance they did not want, or paid the fine to keep from buying insurance.

Who represents them?

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Posted by Stick To My Stomach on 07/21/2017 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Trumpcare Is Dead

With everything that is going on inside and outside the Beltway with this administration, anyone that imagines they will play by any rules -- other than "those that rule make the rules" -- is living in a fool's paradise.

As for so-called Trumpcare, the photo-illustration used with this story is more indicative of what we can expect from those in power right now -- a lot of people dying.

Considering what they are trying to do overall with healthcare, Trumpcare's signature slogan could be "take two bullets to the head and call me in the morning."

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Posted by sgsmith on 07/21/2017 at 6:48 AM

Re: “Trumpcare Is Dead

You could wait for the next president, but 7 1/2 years with out health care is a long time.

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Posted by azpaul on 07/21/2017 at 5:16 AM

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