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Re: “City of Refuge

I will vote this election for candidates who prioritize citizens over illegal aliens (bet you thought that was a given ...not anymore), those who oppose sanctuary cities, amnesty and taxpayer funded in state college tuition discounts for illegals. That means NO Democrats. Gallup poll- 57% of Democrats now view socialism positively, little changed from 2010 survey.

When you reward illegal immigration with jobs, amnesty, drivers licenses, discounts for college tuition, scholarships encourages MORE illegal entry.. Just debating DACA in congress is costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars..... thank the parents.

The current migration at our southern border is costing taxpayers a Kings Ransom. Not mentioned is 70% of children at the border arrive either alone or with a non parent.

Fleeing persecution? or fleeing for freebies? they sure don't stay in Mexico when they reach "safety" or ask for political asylum in Mexico. Why? because Mexico will give them nothing. So they make the long journey to our border, our giving liberals and our tax dollars.

Just a few examples of the more outrageous costs associated with illegal immigration, we will pass this burden on to our children and grand children as has been passed on to us

*The cost of educating illegal aliens children is staggering. From K-12 it costs taxpayers $122,000 for EACH illegal alien student. This does not include the billions spent on bilingual education for illegal aliens.

*Taxpayer are currently funding college tuition & expenses discounts for illegal aliens. Cost to taxpayers over a billion dollars annually.

*Currently numerous Democrat city, and state officials are appropriating millions of taxpayer dollars for legal fees to to file law suits and in defense of illegal aliens being deported and to sue our own Government..

*2016 illegal aliens sent home $62 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin. This is why Mexico is getting involved in our politics.

*30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.Does not include local jails and State Prisons. At $21,000 per year expense per inmate in Federal Prison U do the math.

*$3Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens, I repeat 3 MILLION a DAY to process Illegals in the Criminal justice system.

*$2.2Billion dollars a year is spent on is spent on food assistance programs such as SNAP (food stamps) WIC, & free school lunches.

https://news.gallup.com//democrats-positive-socialism-capi

http://www.ojjpac.org/memorial.asp
http://www.illegalaliencrimereport.com/category/murder/

https://www.fairus.org//fiscal-burden-illegal-immigration-

If you OPPOSE illegal immigration, taxpayer funds used for illegal aliens, sanctuary cities, amnesty for millions of illegal aliens... please VOTE NO for ALL Democrat this November....we can't afford anymore Democrats

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Posted by Mira Dean on 08/31/2018 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Setting the Stage

Hi Sherilyn, thanks for the great article on the coming arts scene in Tucson. You are correct that we are lucky to have so many wonderful choices for our cultural enrichment and entertainment. In your article you postulated on why Arizona Theatre Company received the moniker of state theater. We were granted the designation by gubernatorial proclamation by then Governor Rose Mofford. The year was 1990, the month October. We were successful in our petition to the Governor for among the reasons you suggest, and more specifically for the following contemporaneous achievements: 1) ATC was one of three theaters accepted into Phase 1 of the Ford Foundation's Stabilization Program (eventually resulting in a high 6-figure grant); 2) we had just signed a management agreement with the City of Tucson to become the managing tenant of the Temple of Music & Art, which was saved from the wrecking ball by a cadre of Tucsonans who knew there was a better life and use for the revered Temple; 3) we were about to celebrate our 25th anniversary, after nearly closing in 1989 (only saved by the tremendous efforts of many community members and specifically, George Rosenberg, who almost single handedly saved the Company (he served as unpaid CEO for nearly a full-year. It was in 1991 that we created the Georgie Award, to honor George, and future individuals who made extraordinary contributions of time, talent and treasure to the Theatre and 4) in the past, the Theatre had toured production and educational programs throughout the State, it was always hoped that we could resume those activities, but the economics just didn't allow. This is probably more information than you wanted, but it's always good to have an accurate history. "Don't nobody bring me no fake news." (adapted from THE WIZ.) Thanks for making the opportunity available to comment on The Weekly's articles. Robert Alpaugh, Managing Director, Arizona Theatre Company, 1989 - 1996.

Posted by Robt on 08/30/2018 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Mad World

Posts on this story are closed pending further investigation by the Tucson Weekly.

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Posted by Nintz on 08/10/2018 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Rain Roulette

The video.. https://youtu.be/x3oRyQc55Y4 Thanks again Margaret :-)

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Posted by Trina Davis on 08/04/2018 at 1:34 AM

Re: “Rain Roulette

Thank you for the great review ! Much appreciation and love from Hughette Nordin and Trina Davis

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Posted by Trina Davis on 08/02/2018 at 11:49 PM

Re: “Life of Kings

I didn't know Don personally, he appears a man of community, intelligence, and integrity. Newspapers have no one to blame but their corporate masters for their continued demise. Poor research standards, manipulating truth in the interests of keeping advertisers happy, continued shallowness of the subjects, and fetishistic adherence to celebrity are only some of the reasons. It's as if Charles Foster Kane is in control of the NY Times and the Washington Post. No more Pentagon Papers or Watergate revelations, instead of critical thinking, one reads blogs that tell him what to think.

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Posted by laddderflappy on 07/26/2018 at 7:02 PM

Re: “Saints and Sinners

Great review and analysis Margaret. Thank you for recognizing both the artistic and intellectual aspects of this exhibition.

Posted by Randi on 06/24/2018 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Nobody Dies Forever

OH YEAH, what a good experience this was. Talent's talent, and one sees talent with every visit to LTW.

Posted by ArizonaPoet on 06/03/2018 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Nobody Dies Forever

HIlarious performance.1 Well done, LTW
BTW, please correct the spelling in the headline.

Posted by Jerrod Mason on 05/26/2018 at 12:09 PM

Re: “The Pros and Cons of Being Fat

Jes Baker (she has a name) is boldly talking about her experiences as a slef proclaimed "fat woman" in this book. We read only one chapter, and I say she has done an excellent job here of sharing her experience as a fat woman. she is not mincing words. Not calling herself "plus sized", etc, nor hiding the fact, but she also refuses some things that we take for granted, like being weighed at the doctor.

I see her point overall, we are weighed for every single thing when it truly does not matter. And yet with some medications there are some issues. She takes that responsibility when she refuses a weigh in. I would not be concerned about an expected weight gain as much as I would any sudden edema. At any rate, she does bring up an interesting point. I'm not a medical professional so I don't know if it's relaly necessary, but I do now wonder why it's necessary for all visits. It seems a bit much.

That being said, overall, I give her an "A+" for taking on a tough issue publically. And that is more than I can say for the rest of you. (Oh, except just saw Socrates2, nice, agree and very well spoken!)

You have belittled her, called her names... let's see the list starts with VietnamVet2 who offered the less than elegant "Progressive, No Self Control, Over Indulent, Loud Ignorant Mouth, ... no Respect [Self} and it goes on to Narcoleptic Saxon who infers that we are celebrating her as weak broken ugly, abnormal, and degenerate". I think the moral superiority of Narcolectic Saxon is especially cruel in this case, and it rather proves Jes Baker's Point.

A shame culture really does not work well. It's one of the most damaging things psychologically that you can do to a person/group of people. Our culture has shamed, punised and belittled people to no end, and it has done no good. In fact, it often produces the very behaviour we wish to curb. I think a good example might be our overflowing prisons or a walk back in history to see what good the alcohol prohibition did.

Anyway, that's not to say that obesity is to be included in a list of things like negative social behaviors. Our bodies have not adapted fast enough to the processed foods and at this point in time more people in the US are overweight to some degree than normal weight. Obese, I don't kow the percentage. I do know that cultural norms about obesity shift and what is considered a bit much now is considered beautiful at other times. Women have enough pressure to adopt insane beauty standards and will adopt unhealthy diets to do so, or inject their asses with fat like a Kardashian, get implants, use questionable hormones and supplements. Sadly, men are feeling the same pressure to conform and are taking hormones and pushing themselves beyond what is healthy for them.

I would rather see a woman like Jes Baker who is finding peace with her size, and is beautiful and has grace and is showing us what it means to be a strong person and not cave to herd mentality, than to see a whole army of instagram clones who "baaa" in unison and conform and shame each other into being the same. More power to her!

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Posted by Kat on 05/12/2018 at 9:01 PM

Re: “Problem Child

I totally disagree with Ms. Forrester's arrogant and smug review of this production. I was SO happy though that she was able to explain to me exactly what Sam Shepard was trying to communicate in this play. I enjoyed the production immensely as did all of my friends who went to see it. I thought the acting by all cast members was outstanding. Maybe you need a new, less smug and patronizing reviewer.
Dani Gilbert

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Posted by danigilbert on 05/11/2018 at 10:15 AM

Re: “The Pros and Cons of Being Fat

and while we're at it, this cover your body with tats business is shame worthy as well

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Posted by laddderflappy on 05/04/2018 at 6:01 PM

Re: “The Pros and Cons of Being Fat

You are beautiful. I feel our healthcost system fails because it makes more money on treating diseases caused by obesity.

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Posted by Grandma Suzy on 05/03/2018 at 12:06 PM

Re: “The Pros and Cons of Being Fat

This 1960s, baby-boomer "I'm ok, you're ok" claptrap is so tiresome. Yes, shame is a tool useful to enforce standards of behavior, and it should be used to enforce those standards. We should shame the addict, the alcoholic, the unfaithful wife, the violent husband, the neglectful parent, the lazy employee, the greedy employer, and yes, the obese. This is how an orderly society functions. This is how people are motivated to improve their behavior.

Sometimes, you are not ok, and it's fine to say that.

Judge, and welcome judgment on yourself.

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Posted by NarcoleptcSaxon on 05/03/2018 at 12:01 PM

Re: “The Pros and Cons of Being Fat

NarcoleptcSaxon, allow me to add a contra. The problem with our society is that, due to seriously embedded cultural delusions, we entirely misdirect shame to things not worth shaming. In case you have any doubts, shame can be used as a socio-psychological coercive force to impose serious cultural, political, and economic policies. And it's destroying us all (at least the "other" 99%).
For further illumination on this topic, I refer you to Jacques Ellul's classic, _Propaganda_.
Above all, Ms Baker remains a human being, trapped in the body of a female whose body evolution has endowed with a propensity to store any amount of sugar(s) and carbohydrates into reservoirs of adipose tissue (fat). Whether the typical male in 21st century western post-industrial culture can appreciate these simple facts beyond passing judgments of shame is for each individual to decide. Her body mass or size, either way is certainly not my business to judge... And isn't that the point of the piece? Didn't MLK remind us about "content of character?" Or is this cultural meme-phrase just more excess mental baggage to be trotted out every third Monday in January, one that leaves little trace in our consciousness once Tuesday arrives?
Be well.

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Posted by socrates2 on 05/03/2018 at 11:32 AM

Re: “The Pros and Cons of Being Fat

The problem with our society is that there is entirely too little shaming.

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Posted by NarcoleptcSaxon on 05/03/2018 at 10:20 AM

Re: “The Pros and Cons of Being Fat

Wow. Well, there ya go--you can't have a piece about being fat without some mindless fat-shaming in the comments. Thanks, folks, for proving the point!

Let me add, as a "chronic and compulsive masturbator", that I am shocked--SHOCKED, I say!--that you would associate me with fat people. How dare you! Have you no compassion? What's wrong with you??

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Posted by skinnyman on 05/03/2018 at 9:54 AM

Re: “The Pros and Cons of Being Fat

All of this self-indulgent verbiage is likely to make NO DIFFERENCE WHATSOEVER.

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Posted by larschneb on 05/03/2018 at 9:32 AM

Re: “The Pros and Cons of Being Fat

"Pro: My body is inherently political."

This is because, in post-modern clownworld, we celebrate the weak, broken, ugly, abnormal and degenerate. These things are no longer tragic. Indeed, they have become indicia of virtue. This is because the goal of post-modernism is to tear down the strong, beautiful, healthy, normal, orderly and transcendent. And this corruption isn't to serve some higher goal - it's an end in itself.

And you see this everywhere: in the normalization of drug use, trannsexualism, "polyamorous" "marriages", pornography and so-called "sex work", the promotion of ugly art, architecture and music, nihilistic and amoral themes in literature, film and television, etc. There has been a virus - an agent of cultural destruction - loose in the West since at least the 1930s, it infected America in the 1960s, and there are no indications that it can be stopped without some fundamental Traditionalist revival.

I mean, what's next? Are we going to make heroin addiction a virtuous act of political rebellion? Shall we demand "acceptance" of the woman who compulsively gambles away her family's grocery money at the local Indian casino? If someone "identifies as" as a chronic and compulsive masturbator, are we now required to respect his "identity" and applaud his courage for bravely casting off social convention, even as he becomes unable to hold down a job?

Where does all this stop, I wonder?

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Posted by NarcoleptcSaxon on 05/03/2018 at 8:38 AM

Re: “The Pros and Cons of Being Fat

This is a perfect example of a Progressive...no self control, over indulgence in every aspect of her life, loud ignorant mouth, and no respect for any one, even herself. Her motto on life, "I am a fat pig and I love it." Wonder if late at night she asks her self why she is so screwed up?

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Posted by VietnamVet2 on 05/03/2018 at 8:09 AM

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