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Re: “A Real shocker

Here's the ongoing issue with public utilities (or any service company): If we use less of their product, they need to raise the prices in order to keep shareholders happy and the balance sheet in the black. If we use more of their product, they need more money to expand capacity. In Tucson, we need to lean on Lea Marquez-Peterson to represent us and to stand up to these monopolies. One way is to increase the $ that TEP must pay when solar and wind power users sell their excess back to the utility. As battery storage capacity increases, and as we use more alternative energy sources, TEP will keep coming back to the table at the ACC for a rate hike.

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Posted by bobster on 01/17/2020 at 7:47 PM

Re: “Best Local Actor

Had the pleasure of working on stage with Joe many years ago. He's a master at what he does, and a thoroughly nice person, too.

Posted by bobster on 10/23/2015 at 8:38 AM

Re: “The Falling Fortunes of Apollo Education Group (University of Phoenix)

A view from the inside (many years ago):
As one of the original faculty member from 1983-2003, I saw a lot of good, well-meaning students pass through the classroom doors. However, the last 10 years (1993-03) there also saw a decline in the quality and ages of the students. The U of Phx model was originally based on work experience + schooling, but when you have 19-year-olds whose only employment has been the USAF, it was a challenge to get the students to relate to the material. I finally threw in the towel--was tired of correcting grammar and spelling and dealing with the students' absolute lack of critical thinking skills. U of Phx essentially devalued its own product.

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Posted by bobster on 07/02/2015 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Curtains for Certain?

Local access media will have to find a way to migrate to new platforms, but that doesn't mean that the cities and towns where cable and satellite tv operate are off the hook, particularly if cable companies are collecting a "franchise fee" on the bills sent to subscribers. Likewise, the FCC or state corporation commissions need to get on board and collect similar fees from satellite signal providers. These fees should be passed on for local production, NOT for a municipality's General Fund (as in Tucson).

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Posted by bobster on 05/22/2015 at 11:01 AM

Re: “City Limits

Dropping a bill" is a leftover phrase from the time that drafts of bills were "dropped" into a hopper or basket at the front of the legislative chambers.
If you're learning about government, beware of "strike everything" bills. This means that even if a bill fails in committee, it can be reintroduced on the floor of the legislature by taking everything out of an existing bill and placing the previously dead bill's contents into it.

Posted by bobster on 02/25/2011 at 10:16 AM

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