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Re: “The Skinny

I applaud Mr. Barber's commitment to change things, but I hope that there is an effort to provide public funds for mental health treatment. I am certain there are many in Tucson who know a family member who is mentally ill but are unable to pay out of pocket for treatment and there are no public resources. It has to be agony to know that someone you love is mentally ill, have no resources to help them and fear that they will end up in jail when their behavior crosses over from odd to illegal.

Posted by jeanv on 09/14/2011 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Chuck George Takes Leave of Absence Following Odd On-Air Segment

The stigma attached to alcoholism or drug addition is biting. Anyone in the program or with a loved one in the program knows how hard it is to get well. It is so much harder when one has a public life.

If it is a physical illness I hope that he gets a quick diagnosis and treatment. If it is a long term program solution--then I hope he knows there are many who have walked that difficult path and have found happiness. If he takes that walk I hope he knows that everyone in the program will lend a welcome and protect his privacy.

Posted by jeanv on 09/13/2011 at 6:09 PM

Re: “A Streetcar Named Development

I would take a light rail train to Phoenix, but likely not ride a streetcar in Tucson unless it followed the East/West Streets.

With light rail from Phoenix to Tucson, people could expand where they live/work, events and museums would be more accessible to people in both cities and we lesson our dependency on gasoline.

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Posted by jeanv on 09/16/2010 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Guest Commentary

Most immigrants applying for permanent US status need to have an employer show that they are unable to find workers and need to hire immigrants with the skills they need. Since the flattening of the minimum wage in the U.S. employers during the boom years couldn't find many legal residents willing to work for near poverty wages, however there were immigrants--both legal and illegal.

The underlying issue is wages, low wages in the US and a lot of low wage employers in Arizona. Companies preferred to keep their costs down by hiring those who would accept the low wages and were willing to bypass E-verify in order to do that. Now we have high unemployment and a lot of people who have legal status who may be willing to do any work at any wage in order to try to put food on the table and a roof over their families heads. When the economy turns around, which it will eventually, those workers with skills will abandon low wage jobs to return to the careers they are trained for.

The other side of this coin is the driving down of prices for consumer goods made
possible by very low wages. There is a direct connection to cheap beef and chicken in the grocery and low wages at the meat packing plant in Iowa. We benefit from the influx of immigrants (legal or illegal) who take these low wage jobs. Are we willing to take a job at 7.75/hr that is dirty, dangerous and will require us to have a second job in order to support our family? Are we willing to pay a fair price for hamburger and chicken legs in order to allow for living wages to be paid to workers?

The issue of illegal immigration is an economic issue that most Americans are unwilling to address. It is an issue of fair and living wages: an issue that when brought up seems to elicit cries of Socialism and worse. Capitalism cannot thrive when more than 50% of workers are not paid a fair and living wage. Until we can address low wages, we will be all complicit in encouraging hiring of illegal workers and we will be contributing to a a stagnant economic system that is at risk if the balance of worker income tips to the point where those at the bottom now become the majority.

Posted by jeanv on 07/29/2010 at 8:20 AM

Re: “Regressive Direction

You all must understand that the real position of the Republican Party is that if rich people aren't getting richer, then it can't be good for the country.

You have to wonder what country they are living in and who is paying for their campaigns.

As for all the tea baggers and no taxes folks--well they are both stupid and greedy

Posted by jeanv on 04/16/2010 at 8:21 AM

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