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Re: “New Sheriff in Town

I think it's probably time to stop calling us the leader of the free world. It's ostentatious and untrue at any level even before we elected a president who lacks the diplomacy to elicit support from former allies, most of whom have been offended by him. There is no free world without our friends around the globe who are willing to work with us to make it so. Not trying to pick an argument, just the way I feel from years of living overseas and interacting. We're not special, we are all one. The sheriff sounds reasonable and we need reasonable. We also need a worker visa program, maybe something high tech that actually works, not a wall. We also need to begin to look forward. China is putting a high speed train out there that will travel 300 miles per hour (and acres of solar panels to bypass drilling and fracking and pollution, and even making them in the shape of a panda). We need solar, not punishment for having it. We need high speed rail between here and Phoenix, between here and CA, and eastward. It would have us in Phoenix in the time it takes me to drive to TIA, and us to another employment center. We need roads and bridges and a safe power grid, a huge change in the way we teach, interacting via Skype or other methods with public schools across the world where our kids can learn more languages, more about other countries, where they are, who they are, and to engage in healthy competition. We need so much and we are mired in petty politics with big money buying whomever they think will make the laws they want. Off topic I know, but it's time for us all to grow up. Miller lost her temper and said something that sounded condescending. It was, don't vote for her, I won't, but we shouldn't have to read about it every single day when there is so much that needs to be done and said. Horse and buggy pettiness will continue to grip us until attitudes are adjusted.

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Posted by soundcloud on 08/24/2017 at 6:13 PM

Re: “The Skinny

Not sure where "there is no difference" has been living, but the democrats I know pretty much stand for "what Bernie stands for," with a determination to push the party to progressive beliefs that will appeal across the spectrum from older to younger. As for Kirkpatrick, I'm still smarting from her falling into line with Flake and McCain about Oak Creek. Heinz didn't seem to have his heart in it. Bruce Wheeler has served my district well.

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Posted by soundcloud on 07/29/2017 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare

What Jeff Flake wants most is some Koch money. Every organization he has listed on his web page leads back to Koch and then there is DeVos who "had him at charter schools." She has one mission, to privatize education and more specifically to turn it over to religious schools, while a company she owns hounds college students to pay the outrageous interest rates on their student loans that have disaster in the fine print. Two TUSD schools nearby have been turned into subdivisions with houses so close together you can hear your neighbor cough as charter and private schools continue to drain education funds out of the state budget for education. California has outlawed it. Something we can learn from them along with encouraging people to use solar power instead of punishing them for it.

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Posted by soundcloud on 07/20/2017 at 8:56 AM

Re: “New Lease on Life

Oh, and to Pima County and everyone else who has gotten on the bandwagon asking for another "half cent" sales tax, by my calculations, including the COT, we're up to a two percent increase. Taxpayers are not piggy banks. No, the City Council does not deserve a $65,000 raise unless I get one too, and my response to this new way of raising money off the banks of the poor and middle class while handing out big paydays to corporate Arizona is no, no, no and no.

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Posted by soundcloud on 07/20/2017 at 8:49 AM

Re: “New Lease on Life

Really, saved over $135 million. I would have sworn that every year we have been "expense free" over the deal with Kino, the supevisors have come back to the taxpayers for another $20 million or $30 million. Rumor has it Kino doesn't even bother to try and collect, but just sends the unpaid bills to the county. Tell me I'm wrong.

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Posted by soundcloud on 07/20/2017 at 8:47 AM

Re: “The Skinny

I don't live in the city so I don't have direct skin in the game, but I do remember the last time we went through this and I had a daughter working as a police services dispatcher. It's a hard job with low pay and lousy benefits, a stepchild of TPD. She was in year three without a raise after her probation was completed.
They were working 10 to 12 hour shifts and still, I believe, work those shifts, always shorthanded, without a lunch hour and just several 15 minute breaks thrown in to keep them from fainting from hunger (exaggeration but it's bad and the lunch hour is true). The attrition rate is high, the knowledge they have to acquire is extensive and grueling. When the layoffs came, they upped the game. The dispatchers had to take mandatory unpaid leave when they were already shorthanded as always, they lost pay and the people giving up their time off to step in to work for them had to be paid time and a half, showing up still exhausted, if you can make sense either of those facts. Dispatchers ready to come on line after a long hiring and training process were immediately let go, exacerbating the problem. They are the most underpaid, underappreciated part of the TPD and nothing has changed. If the police need more money, perhaps everyone, city and county, should be asked to pitch in five dollars to create a fund to meet their needs and stop the "chasing the bonds" crises. I can assure you that firing new officers, new police dispatchers or exhausting the ones remaining with overwork is a dangerous and stupid process and the only people who benefit from that are the other police agencies who pick up Tucson's trained personnel ready to go to work based on the dollars we spent training them, while we stumble along with their loss.

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Posted by soundcloud on 05/11/2017 at 3:12 PM

Re: “Does This Mean We Can Call It McSallyCare Now?

McSally should know the reason there are problems with the ACA is that John Roberts let individual states refuse medicaid expansion, thereby devastating the insurance pool, and still the premiums were lower than before the ACA. They chipped away at it, including the insane decision that Hobby Lobby could refuse reproductive care in spite of the fact that they actually owned stock in those companies, and republicans spent upwards of $50 million trying to kill it instead of helping to fix it the way the democrats kept inviting them to do. She's quite the little leader, falling into line with the orange lemmings. Some leadership skills.

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Posted by soundcloud on 03/23/2017 at 7:52 AM

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