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Re: “High-Flying Chicken

Our tax dollars at work! Now Tucson has a true competitor to The Thing out east on I-10, although in terms of weirdness it will still have to compete with the Pima County Board of Soup Advisors.

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Posted by AVL on 06/22/2017 at 5:47 AM

Re: “High-Flying Chicken

I can't believe I just read this. I guess anything is possible, now.

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Posted by Gonzo Sorcrachi on 06/22/2017 at 5:46 AM

Re: “Over Stepping Bounds

Yes, the illegal aliens did overstep some bounds for sure when they invaded our country.

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Posted by bslap on 06/22/2017 at 5:37 AM

Re: “Danehy

That's just it Killian, they don't. Except in this man's confused and angry world. One of these has already turned their elitist ideas into gun fire.

They need to stop thinking they have all the answers because it is clear they don't.

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Posted by Don't Ignore The Misfits on 06/22/2017 at 5:26 AM

Re: “Grand Glazed Opening

"Empower the police to eradicate it."

Yeah, that's the answer. Thanks, Kathy.

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Posted by Observer on 06/22/2017 at 4:52 AM

Re: “Danehy

I have trouble with your description of Trump supporters and the people I know who support him. With the exception of my hairdresser who thinks Hillary was 'too deceitful' to vote for, they are educated, knowledgeable people. One is a nurse practitioner, one is a Certified Nurse Anesthetist, one is a teacher, and one is a former state department employee. They all have high-paying jobs and graduate degrees. How do they fit in with the stereotype of people we have of Trump supporters as uneducated, underemployed yahoos?

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Posted by Kilian on 06/22/2017 at 4:42 AM

Re: “Danehy

Thanks for that great analysis of where we are and how we got here. Trying to convince kids that it is cool to be smart is not easy!

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Posted by zeeman on 06/22/2017 at 4:23 AM

Re: “Grand Glazed Opening

Gentrification at it's finest. I bet they rent the place for next to nothing.

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Posted by Abble on 06/21/2017 at 6:15 PM

Re: “Grand Glazed Opening

On that note it is really sad what is happening to Tucson neighborhoods because of drugs and crime. Crime and drugs? It's the old chicken or egg argument. I wish that our elected officials would shine the light on the problem and empower the Police to eradicate it.

What do they gain by ignoring it?

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Posted by Kathy E. on 06/21/2017 at 4:54 PM

Re: “Grand Glazed Opening

@Sonoranwinds

The stories a few officers I know have told me about that area are enough to keep anyone away. They have multiple stories of people stabbing and robbing strangers directly in front of them. Even the presence of a police officer is not enough to dissuade some of these junkies. It wasn't that long ago that the liquor store just west of that Circle K was busted for selling prepackaged free-base kits, no joke. Maybe Amy's is counting on the all those junkies having a sweet tooth and extra cash but a 24 hour business model in that area? Good luck. I hope none of their employees get hurt in the inevitable robberies. Adjusted for population density, this is one of the most dangerous spots in the entire city.

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Posted by HumanBean on 06/21/2017 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Song of the Day: Billy Sedlmayr on Esther Phillips' Brilliant Take of 'Home is Where the Hatred Is.'

What a Difference a Day Makes is one of my favorite recordings. I was fortunate to see her in concert at Bridges Auditorium at Pomona College. What a power house and what a lost to her fans.

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Posted by Hermi Cubillos on 06/21/2017 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Desert Ordeal

They need more people telling them not to come and we need border security that does not allow them to put themselves at risk. That would solve lots of problems. Instead bleeding hearts try to compartmentalize their thoughts and actions . This really doesn't serve anybody well.

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Posted by Nations Have Borders For Reasons on 06/21/2017 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Grand Glazed Opening

@rcmitchell - i used to buy gas at the Circle K next door but was harassed by panhandlers so much I found another station. I complained to the Circle K regional management who promised to get a security guard for that store but they never followed up.

No woman traveling solo should risk doing business anywhere in that area, including the "great" new Walmart store. Or maybe you need to open carry ... and I don't mean beer.

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 06/21/2017 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Dems Ask Judge To Knock Indie Candidate from November City Council Ballot

Uh...the union is backing the democratic status quo. They need to get the account balances up on the pension plans first. Then they might allow some money to go to pothole repairs. How many motorcyclists must die first? No telling.

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Posted by Can Tucson Ever Change on 06/21/2017 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Dems Ask Judge To Knock Indie Candidate from November City Council Ballot

A firefighter is claiming he can raise money for legal representation? I find that hard to believe. Firefighters are the most aggressive organizers. The question should be why he's not getting help from his union.

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Posted by Steve M on 06/21/2017 at 9:02 AM

Re: “Farewell, Franzi

Emil was already a political legend when I first met him in 1991 on the Pima County Merit Commission. He was loud, profane, intense, and needle-sharp in his eyeballing of management or employee misdoings. Although we came from very different political backgrounds, we became buddies on the Commission because we both cared about employee's rights and management's need to see the job was done correctly. We became allies in decisions and respected each other. My proudest moment was when Emil was shouting at someone, and I asked him not to shout because it gave me a headache and made it hard to think. He quit shouting during the hearings. I will never forget Emil reaming out a deputy county attorney for claiming that a manager should not be held accountable for a mistake in a notice of action. He told that person that if a low-level employee had made such a bonehead mistake, the co. attorney would be after their hides in an instant. He wasn't going to let them get away with it. He was removed/replaced from the Commission by Ed Moore, six months after his term ended while Emil was in the middle of a particular hearing, part of a series, dealing with major mistakes made by the new county manager after the Republicans took control of the county. Emil was not subscribing to Moore's actions and was part of a unanimous commission supporting employees. Moore didn't like that, as he was to appear as a witness in some of the hearings. It was a problem for Moore's new appointee who had to read a thousand-page transcript of the hearing which was half-over, to be able to fill out the hearing, rather than start over. I still stayed in touch with Emil over the years after that time, and occasionally told him when we needed help to keep the Commission non-political. I will miss him.

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Posted by gcb1 on 06/21/2017 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Carpe Diem Charters Are Failing to Seize the Day, Or the Students

Excellent article in The Atlantic. Thanks for the link.

What a scandal it would be for students to be allowed to apply their per-pupil funding in a school where they might learn, as some students in Tucson do, that Cesar Chavez agreed with the formerly expressed opinions of Obama, Krugman, Greenwald and Sanders. Or that Dorothy Day, an icon of the left, was not "pro-choice." Or that they should think for themselves and try to discern the truth on every issue rather than swallowing every item in a party platform whole.

Lots of manipulations these days to try to "manufacture consent," distort the truth on issues, and / or mislead the voting public. Self-interested, serve-the-money-interests and win-the-election-by-pandering-to-an-ignorant-electorate behaviors are pervasive on both sides of the political spectrum as Lessig and others have taken the trouble to document.
https://www.amazon.com/Republic-Lost-Version-Lawrence-Lessig/dp/1455537012/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1498053652&sr=1-4&keywords=lessig+lawrence

The TRUTH remains something independent of the agendas of political parties and interest groups, including the charter lobby, and including the "Supporters of Public Schools" group, which can be observed locally actively producing misleading impressions about legislative initiatives they oppose and trying to suppress awareness of what conditions actually are in some of our largest public districts.

Think for a moment: what does this manipulative, dishonest behavior toward the electorate imply about what kind of citizens "Supporters of Public Schools" will be trying to produce in the "educational" institutions they champion? Will they ask these institutions to form citizens capable of self-directed research and critical thinking independent of a party line? Forgive me, Supporters of Public Schools, for answering that question honestly and saying it plainly: having observed your local operations for several years now, it seems to me very unlikely.

There's a reason why "Independent Schools" chose that name and that stance for themselves. In the final analysis, it may be the only stance that is capable of producing valid educational programs.

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Posted by Supporting Public Ed Means Abandoning TUSD on 06/21/2017 at 7:45 AM

Re: “Dems Ask Judge To Knock Indie Candidate from November City Council Ballot

Those Dems, all for free, fair, and transparent elections, until their power is threatened.

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Posted by bslap on 06/21/2017 at 5:39 AM

Re: “Grand Glazed Opening

Unlike the very negative comment above, I think its great that they are improving this neighborhood with some creativity, entrepreneurship, and flavor. Good for them, will definitely try them out.

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Posted by rcmitchell on 06/21/2017 at 1:36 AM

Re: “Dems Ask Judge To Knock Indie Candidate from November City Council Ballot

Let him run. Let him run.

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Posted by Let him run on 06/20/2017 at 8:20 PM

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