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Re: “Rep. Grijalva Sues Trump Administration Over Border Wall

Any balanced discussion of this issue should include consideration of the environmental costs of an unsecured border:

- Migrants and smugglers dump an estimated 2,000 tons of trash and human waste in the borderlands every year - most of it in areas where it is very difficult to remove. (See

- Migrants and smugglers had cut an estimated 1300 miles of wildcat trails in the borderlands as of 2006. (See…).

-Moreover, illegal aliens and smugglers regularly set wildfires, both to summon aid or to distract CBP, destroying hundreds of acres of vegetation a year. In fact, migrants are suspected of causing many of southern Arizona's most devastating fires of the last few years (Horseshoe 2, Monument, etc.). (See…).

Would a wall have some environmental impact? Sure. But so would doing nothing. Let's try to keep some perspective on both sides of the issue.

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Posted by Nathan K on 04/13/2017 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Sci Fiesta

No net every scientist sir. Hundreds if not thousands have recanted their opinions based on peer review.

"The survey found 97% agreed that global temperatures have increased during the past 100 years; 84% say they personally believe human-induced warming is occurring, and 74% agree that "currently available scientific evidence" substantiates its occurrence."

By the way, 100% of scientists polled believe that temperature measuring devices have improved accuracy dramatically over the last 100 years and that the increase amounts of paving and concrete may have contributed the most to low level increases.

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Posted by Hot Dog Weather! on 04/13/2017 at 11:08 AM

Re: “The Skinny

What, Again. Parents have always had a choice of where to send their kids. Now the rich parents will get to be subsidized when they send their kids to a private school. I thought you were against using tax dollars to underwrite private ventures.

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Posted by retrorv on 04/13/2017 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Rep. Grijalva Sues Trump Administration Over Border Wall

Herculio Arrellano was arrested yesterday in Mexico and is being extradited to to Tucson to stand trial for the murder of BP agent Brian Terry. He was shot and killed by firearms that the Justice Dept under Obama had supplied to the Mexican drug cartels. He was arrested by using DNA matches from the water bottles that he left in the desert. I wonder who put those there for him?

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Posted by Denise Allen on 04/13/2017 at 10:45 AM

Re: “The Joy, the Suffering, the Poetry

TC, thank you for sharing your story and your poetry. This particular version of your life resonates with me, as I too enjoy writing, I too am a gender outlaw, and I too live with severe, chronic pain; mine the result of a spinal cord injury. I see youth in your courage and wish you the best in all your endeavors. I will not recover. I write as an ongoing form of treatment for both my spirit and my broken pieces and writing prose- poetry is the dogma of my religion. Although I've published a few small bits here and there, and I've enjoyed working with youth and adults in drug/alcohol treatment to support others to find the beautiful music of their own voices, my work has reached limited audiences. It's wonderful to see you getting out into the wild world running with kite high so that many people enjoy your gifts and benifit from your wisdom. Blessings to you.
With great respect,
Patrick Skater

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Posted by Patrick Skater on 04/13/2017 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Rep. Grijalva Sues Trump Administration Over Border Wall

Trump is spending the American taxpayers money for his grandiose ideas and his Trumpanzee followers are behind every idiotic idea that tweets out of that damaged brain. No Repubtards have said a single word about how much money is being spent daily for the security and travel expenses of the Trump family circus. Mar-A-Lago visits, Trump Tower security, International Trump trips for enhancing his business deals. At this rate the Trump Empire will be spending more money in ONE YEAR than President Obama spent in 8 years. Republicunts are always in-your-face about Democrats spending but whenever one of their own is breaking the bank they are as silent as their pledge of allegiance to the United States. Republican right wing conservatives are commie Putin azz-kissing traitors who don't deserve to live in a Democracy!

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Posted by Beneal Good on 04/13/2017 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Editor's Note

Yo Mari, I sure hope they specifically asked you to refer to them as "s/he" because that's kindof a slur in trans circles...

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Posted by If you don't know, be respectful and use "they". on 04/13/2017 at 9:48 AM

Re: “In 13 Years, Every Private School and Home-Schooled Student Could Have a Voucher

As for citations on the "benefits for public schools" of voucher policy, vouchers are policy lifeboats. Lifeboats aren't meant to benefit the sinking ship. They're meant to get people off of it. Yes, the Republican party is responsible, in part, for the state of public school systems in red states. But the Democratic party does not help matters when they engage in reality denial about the fact that, in terms of its ability to educate students effectively in a humane environment, the public system, or, more accurately, portions of it, is indeed sinking. And they don't help matters with a working class constituency that should form part of their natural base when they blame the victims, i.e. the people using the lifeboats.

In a context where the cost of college tuition is so high, every education $$$ supplement available will be needed by families that don't form the top bracket of earners. How's the Democratic party doing with keeping the cost of tuition in Arizona's public universities down? Can't say I've heard much "messaging" on that topic in recent days, at the same time that the media is reporting that the U of A successfully completed its first billion dollar capital campaign a few years ahead of schedule.

In recent days, there's been plenty of denigration and mockery of people using the damage-control policy lifeboats the Republican Party has offered, which the Democrats call "welfare for the wealthy." Perhaps the Democratic Party should postpone their denigration of the working families trying to patch together a way to educate their children in this sad state until they have successfully offered an alternate way for these people to get to their destination. And part of that would include being honest about the fact that districts like TUSD need not just increased funding, but REFORM. The Democratic Party in Southern Arizona has had a remarkably hard time facing that reality.

Sorry to disappoint, but denying that there's no real need for these people to get off the sinking ship doesn't cut it any more. A lot of people see through TUSD's lipstick-on-a-pig expensive PR campaigns to mask the ugly reality of what conditions ACTUALLY are in the district's schools.

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Posted by Suporting Public Ed Means Supporting Local Reform on 04/13/2017 at 9:37 AM

Re: “In 13 Years, Every Private School and Home-Schooled Student Could Have a Voucher

Ever heard of Scott Walker?

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Posted by Look into public ed in Wisconsin, BPH. on 04/13/2017 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Rep. Grijalva Sues Trump Administration Over Border Wall

While the lawsuit may be good for Congressman Raul Grijalva to maintain his political base and it helps raise awareness for the Center for Biological Diversity, the current administration in Washington has clearly shown that the environment and the federal agencies and applicable laws are mere speed bumps in the way of corporate greed and exploitation.

On the plus side, history has shown again and again that trying to curb the forces of nature are about as successful as the presidents comb-over, but that won't stop spending a whole lot of time and taxpayer money to keep a campaign promise that is about as substantial as a coyote fart in a dust devil.

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Posted by sgsmith on 04/13/2017 at 8:48 AM

Re: “Rep. Grijalva Sues Trump Administration Over Border Wall

Just another left wing smokescreen using a false issue to attack Trump and promote illegal immigration at all cost. Leftists are doing same with ther above face on Putin and Russia.

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Posted by Frank Stagg on 04/13/2017 at 8:40 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Three things I already knew, but the Tucson Weekly confirms over and over again:

First, Governor Ducey and his gang in Phoenix are lying, conniving elitist who will continue to steal from the land and the people by any means necessary to ensure their own positions and to guarantee that future generations are denied an education, a political voice and the natural resources that belong to all the people.

Second, elections in Arizona have been fixed so long that having them only demonstrates how long this has been going on. All you have to do is figure out the way the powers to be want it to go and surprise! The election will go that way, but it will always be by a "close" margin as a concession to EVERYONE that opposed it.

Lastly, feeding the trolls only results in more trolling. My grandfather used to say, "Never wrestle with a pig -- you both get dirty and the pig likes it."

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Posted by sgsmith on 04/13/2017 at 8:26 AM

Re: “In 13 Years, Every Private School and Home-Schooled Student Could Have a Voucher

New To Az, I have never seen Wisconsin's name among the states distinguished by spending the least in the country on public education, so I would not think their experience would be comparable with ours. Also, I would be interested in citations about the benefits for the public schools there--citations by organizations that have to do with education, not budgets. Thanks.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 04/13/2017 at 8:22 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Seems like its time for a Citizens Initiative on education, i.e. no tax dollars for private schools, at all. Let the free market determine which private diploma mills survive or not.

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Posted by Roll it back on 04/13/2017 at 8:15 AM

Re: “RIP, Author and Activist Kathryn Ferguson

Hey Wrong, Again:

You must feel like a tennis ball.

Because you're getting served left and right.

It's gotta hurt to be wrong all the time.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 04/13/2017 at 8:00 AM

Re: “Frost Gelato Tries to Set a World Record, Sort Of

It is not authentic gelato...sorry

Posted by Frederic Watson on 04/13/2017 at 7:51 AM

Re: “The Skinny

It's not a choice to kill the unborn.

It's a choice between a woman and her doctor.

Although I do understand why you get so worked up about it.

It's because you're a trolling moron.

Get the fuck out of here.

You are so unwelcome.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 04/13/2017 at 7:43 AM

Re: “RIP, Author and Activist Kathryn Ferguson

What, Again: I could post just as many headlines about white male US citizens doing the exact same things. People do bad things no matter what country they're from. They also do great, wonderful things. Kathryn's work wasn't about hate, which is all I'm getting from your messages. I choose her message over yours every time.

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Posted by kduryee on 04/13/2017 at 6:53 AM

Re: “Rep. Grijalva Sues Trump Administration Over Border Wall

Yeah, Grijalva's doing it for the environment. Ha, ha, ha. That's a good one.
How come the existing hundreds of miles of border wall didn't "divide and destroy the incredible communities and wild landscapes along the border" Mr. Suckling?
Massive development due to growth from illegal immigration does far more to destroy the environment than some little wall in the desert.
This isn't about the environment.

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Posted by bslap on 04/13/2017 at 6:23 AM

Re: “Dust Devil

Nice poem. Three constructive suggestions:

1) "unseen" and "joyously" in the fourth sentence seem redundant.

2) Omit the apostrophe in Catalinas.

3) The poem could be stronger without the last two words.

Just sayin".

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Posted by Poetry Maven on 04/13/2017 at 6:02 AM

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