Rick Spanier 
Member since Oct 5, 2010


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Re: “Pima County and City of Tucson File Lawsuits Against Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors

I have no problem with suing physicians who have prescribed opioids wantonly, ignoring limits on how long they should be used when medically necessary. I have no problem with class action suits against pharmacies and their middlemen who see patterns of abuse and ignore them for monetary gain. When we have more deaths from opioid overdose than from shootings and car accidents combined, folks, we have a national problem. Get to the source, follow the money, lock 'em up and bankrupt them.

22 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Rick Spanier on 01/26/2019 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Interstate 10: A Personal History

Too many trips between Tucson and the Valley to recall. Before leaving a sense of dread, pangs of angst, and dread. Not for the destination, but for the ride through the post-apocalypse landscape of litter and abandonment.

Zoellner awakens these emotions beautifully. With talent like his available, guest appearances would be a welcome relief from the same old stories told by the same old writers.

33 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Rick Spanier on 01/13/2019 at 8:30 AM

Re: “Danehy

I'm probably a few years ahead of Tom in the rush to the finish line but still manage to find great music by great new musicians every week. My favorite this year is the Sweet Lizzy Project with Joan Delgado. And in our own backyard, Billy Sedlmayr's Charmed Life (released in '14). Yeah Tucson Kills and the Desert is No Lady, but that's another story.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 12/29/2018 at 8:32 AM

Re: “Get To Rocky Point While You Can: Prez Trump Threatens "To Close the Southern Border Entirely"

Ah, Trump Derangement Syndrome again.

Yes, TDS is a national scourge much like RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome) but without any of the pharmaceutical huckstering crowding the morning news shows.

I believe TDS is all around us, manifested by a willingness to believe contradictory statements issued minutes, or hours or days apart by someone who denies science, considers both facts and truth obsolete and quaint notions, and debates his many "enemies" using an odd mix of schoolyard taunts and blustering ad hominems.

When will the nation wake up and demand a War of TDS?

69 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Rick Spanier on 12/29/2018 at 8:21 AM

Re: “Danehy

It's an interesting flip of the coin to ask why so many white women who voted for Trump did not vote for their partner in gender Hillary Clinton. And when you dig a bit deeper than Tom is capable of, you begin to understand what happened in '16. Clinton and the gaggle of clowns running in the GOP primaries represented the establishment. Trump and Sanders - the most popular of the candidates - represented a repudiation of the establishment that had left many voters regardless of gender, feeling abandoned and voiceless. Trump's appeal was not focused on '50s sitcoms, it was squarely centered on resentment and disgust with politics as usual.

5 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Rick Spanier on 12/15/2018 at 8:54 AM

Re: “TUSD Rejects Freedom Center's High School Course

I read the comments by Guy Senese (Philosopher of Education) and was immediately convinced the book was worthless. Why? I labored in the field in the early '70s receiving an M.Ed from Temple U. The department was heavily engaged in what was then called Linguistic or Conceptual Analysis and Alfred North Whitehead was a charter member of its pantheon. Writing a book, a textbook at that is serious business requiring care in simply getting things right in developing a coherent course. Misspelling - mangling- the name of Whitehead summarily disqualifies the "textbook" for the course. Senese than goes on to eviscerate this nonsense beautifully.

One note: I am not buying to the claim that the course and accompanying text magically appeared or was "sneaked" into the TUSD curriculum. The Koch organization spends too much in this arena for its work product to be adopted with no one noticing. Follow the money.

67 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Rick Spanier on 12/15/2018 at 8:42 AM

Re: “Danehy

While I agree with Danehy in his characterization of Trump, I think his best observation is "Our trajectory is awful and our acceleration is even worse." Yep.

This is the first, and I hope the last, time I will ever vote a straight ticket (Democrat). I believe the nation is in such bad shape that forsaking my status as an independent voter was the only choice in the face of the insanity Trump dishes out on a daily basis with the silent support of his Republican enablers.

That said, if as I expect, the Democrats fail to take the House (forget the Senate), the trajectory and its acceleration could not be more definitive. It will be crash and burn time for the party which could not defeat a bloviating carnival barker for the presidency and then moved on to even greater failure compounding its losses of the last dozen or so years.

In this scenario, it is hard to imagine the Democratic Party making a legitimate claim to viability or relevance.

24 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Rick Spanier on 10/27/2018 at 7:30 AM

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