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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

Re: “Hemp is Hot

It's been grown in other countries for years while America continues to hold on to old non-facts and evangelical misinformation. We are falling behind the rest of the world at an alarming rate. Thirty-six countries throughout Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and North America permit hemp production. It would be a boon for Arizona, as would a high speed rail between Tucson and Phoenix...perhaps we could use hemp income to build that instead of building still another freeway in Phoenix.

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Posted by soundcloud on 03/09/2017 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Danehy

Wow, kill the messenger, avoid the message. Not one person admits that Arizona is dim in handing you a driver's license test at age 16 or 17 and not again until you are 65, not just because it's dim but because it cuts off a source of income for the state while saving lives. Drivers have obviously long forgotten that you do not have the r/w making a left turn with the other driver is making a right turn on a green light. You do not have right to make a left turn up to a minute after the light has turned red. We pay poor wages and lay off law enforcement and choke educational funds so we can be "free" of radar cameras and shrug off resulting accidents. We put red light walkways in the middle of the block on busy section line streets because people are too lazy to walk to a legal crossing then wonder why traffic is so slow. Like the author, my work is such that I can avoid the worst hours but I've lived in countries all over the world and Tucson is average except for the dismal disrespect for traffic laws. In one Asian country the joke was that a driver pulled up beside you if you were walking and asked if you wanted a ride and the response was "No thanks, I'm in a hurry." I may tell that story again one day. It doesn't make me a criminal. It's my experience. You don't have to read it and you don't have to read Tom's article. If you do so just to tear him apart, try writing your own and wait for the reviews to give you an idea how unrelenting sour grapes appear to others.

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Posted by soundcloud on 02/16/2017 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Fact Checks!

In fact, I started out against it because of things I didn't like, and then I realized, if not this, nothing. There will be no way to fix it if there is no yes on Prop 205. There will be no marijuana legalization and the cartels will celebrate. We take a step and Bernie has taught us this, we are strong, we are growing, we are heading for Independent Progressives 2020, and this is just another step in changing the trend of Koch and ALEC writing outrageous bills to protect their oil and coal in Arizona, their charter schools and their infringement on universities with big donations to guide which professors they want in place. It's time to move forward and it's time to approve legalization of marijuana, as imperfect as it is. Payday loans are killers of the poor, which is why we voted to stop them and fought off Brewer as she tried to reverse that decision. Now they have crept back as title and deed loans which are costing people their homes and cars. Why would you even want to encourage that!

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Posted by soundcloud on 10/28/2016 at 6:52 PM

Re: “Endorsements, Part 2

Two lost presidential races have left John McCain bitter and full of hate. He went from chairing the Committee for Indian Affairs to selling them out in Oak Flats, not only voting with his fellow republican, Jeff Flake, to sell off this land to a foreign company for mining, overriding the sovereign rights of the Indian Nation, but attaching the bill to a bill on defense spending so other legislators wouldn't dare vote against it and appear unamerican. He caps his campaign this year with bragging about killing the Affordable Care Act. He seems to think it's okay to deny health care to millions of poor and uninsurable citizens. He has lost his way. It's time for him to go.…

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Posted by soundcloud on 10/27/2016 at 8:26 AM

Re: “The Skinny

There was no regulation about using communication techniques when Clinton was SecState and those regulations have since been put in place. Neither Powell nor Rice took paticular care and actually used their own laptops, far from a DOS communications system that guards classified material coming and going. Powell admits he just shredded his, no one knows where or when or if it was a safe shredding. Perhaps Clinton was careless, perhaps not, but with republicans desperate to stick mud on her like a mud fight in a bar, I'm sure this insignificant and unimportant crap will continue to scare uninformed and not very bright people into hating her appropropriately enough to vote against her. No one sees the irony of millons spent on hearings while the republicans cry "we're broke unless it's another hearing to prove the non-provable." If Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden have managed to release every damaging piece of information ever owned or sent by DC to anyone else, causing untold damage to the USG, what the hell difference does it make. For that matter, when will we find the 20 million emails Bush conveniently "lost," or a professional and proficient secretary who accidentally deleted 20 minutes of a Nixon tape. Grow up and move on!

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Posted by soundcloud on 08/10/2016 at 12:48 PM

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