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Re: “The Skinny

For the record, which doesn't seem to count much at The Weakly -- the 2,000 "new" jobs Raytheon is adding will not bring them up to past employment levels.

As for the election races, hopefully the Dimocrats will learn soon that No is not a program, and that impeachment of Trump is a diversion, and that we are eagerly waiting to hear what exactly they plan to do for us...except rail against the Republikooks.

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Posted by AVL on 05/17/2018 at 6:06 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Sounds like a fair trade-off to me. Charles Huckelberry has flouted the Board of Supervisors adopted policy on I -11 in the Avra Valley and has given tons of tax dollars away to crony businesses. He has to go. And perhaps we might consider a road repair charitable contribution on our state taxes -- that would reduce what we send to Phoenix to mis-use dollar for dollar, and get our roads repaired without another sales tax. (I know, Charles keeps saying we're the only county without a sales tax, but what, then, is the RTA sales tax we've been paying for years, and why is none of it going for road repair? Oh -- it's a "transaction privilege tax!")

Speaking of mis-use of tax dollars, when can we expect the official "independent" report on the World View hydrogen balloon explosion last December? Thanks, Ally Miller and the Arizona Daily Independent, for breaking that news. The mainstream media tried to cover it up, and I don't believe The Skinny has ever mentioned it.

And Rio Nuevo -- big Caterpillar coup...that left behind an operation closed in South Milwaukee dis-employing 900 people in a community of 2500 families. They don't think our deal was so hot. Rio Nuevo, being exempt from the Gift Clause (which keeps rural dirt roads unmaintained because they are technically easements), acts as a conduit for things the BOS can't do legally. Like dark money.

Ah, you, say, but for $12 million we get 34 hockey games at the convention center. Well, you do if you pony up the $400 - $1000 to buy tickets for all those games. Do the math, Jim.

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Posted by AVL on 04/12/2018 at 10:46 AM

Re: “The Skinny

When the facts are not in your favor, get personal and nasty -- Gee, they didn't teach me that in Journalism 101. Guess they thought we wanted to be reporters and not house organ flacks for politicians and cronies.

Readers should know that it was the Arizona Daily Independent, that "bullshit factory" in the words of the Weakly's editor, which broke the World View hydrogen balloon explosion while the rest of the media hid their heads in the sand, and it was Supervisor Ally Miler's "feverish imagination" that made actual reports on the considerable extent of the damage public and launched a (hopefully) independent investigation, the results of which we are still waiting for. I'd call that doing her job. When no one else did theirs.

Missing from the Weakly's analysis of Rio Nuevo is the very large fact that it is exempt from the State Gift Clause prohibiting giving taxpayer dollars to private parties, as was done with Caterpillar. So we out here in Picture Rocks can't get the County to grade our dirt roads once or twice a year because those roads, which County vehicles use, are technically private easements and County maintenance would be considered an illegal gift. So they tell us. Maybe Rio Nuevo could adopt Picture Rocks?

The millions of taxpayer dollars lavished on Caterpillar ignore the fact, found with just a little bit of research (that darn Journalism 101 again), that those jobs came at the expense of Caterpillar closing their South Milwaukee operations and terminating 900 people in a community of 2500 families. Do that math -- that's hardly "a win."

Rio Nuevo has been the black ops, the dark money, for the County Administrator and his cronies on and off the Board of Supervisors. The Tucson Weakly covering for them and personally attacking their fact-based critics is a shame. The paper used to have integrity.

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Posted by AVL on 03/08/2018 at 7:20 AM

Re: “The Skinny

If the Democrats really want to win they need to articulate an actual program that speaks to the needs of the people. "No" is not a program. Trashing Trump is not a program. We need real ideas, with funding sources other than raising taxes on residents. Unfortunately too many Pima County Democrats in office are willing to say one thing (like, oppose Interstate 11 in the Avra Valley) and ignore their hired hand's willful and continued violation of the policy they enacted (Resolution 2007-343).

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Posted by AVL on 01/25/2018 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Creature Feature

The Shape of Water is one of the best films I've seen in my 80 years, but Bob, you missed the sheer humanity of it. Besides Water-man (more fish than amphibian, with gills), the cast is led by a mute working class Latina and an African American woman, a (probably) gay artist, and a Red spy -- all, with Water-man, examples of The Other, the lesser beings, the deplorables. Marginalized, powerless, subject to the life and death whims of white men with power, whether Russian or American. What stirred me most was how the unity of those marginalized folks overcame the power of the oppressors. The Shape of Water is a truly subversive and quite wonderful film, and one I will see again. I thought Frances McDormand had a lock on awards for Three Billboards, but Sally Hawkins' wordless amazing performance, I suspect, blows away any competition.

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Posted by AVL on 01/05/2018 at 7:36 AM

Re: “Trial Balloon

So they celebrated with a big blast -- and are keeping the details secret. Hope the fireball didn't hurt anyone. Fireball -- what fireball? The one captured on video that World View/Pima County doesn't want you to see. Check out the Arizona Daily Independent news site to see it.

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Posted by AVL on 12/21/2017 at 7:36 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Actually, retrorv, I took it from Huckelberry's memo, not Supervisor Miller's website. It seems they agree on the amount, just not what was done with it. Check it for yourself on the Pima County website.

If the Board of Supervisors is the County Administrator's employer, and it is, how does the employee get to trash one of his employers with such impunity? I was a union rep for 21 years and could never have won such a clear-cut case of gross insubordination. Even with the active help of Mr. Nintzel.

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Posted by AVL on 11/17/2017 at 5:56 PM

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