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Re: “The Skinny

Dearest Commenters, this is what redistricting does. We need two representatives for two different sets of voters (rural and urban), not one split in half. It's time to be fair to voters, instead of to the parties responsible for this.

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Posted by christopher.francis.az on 10/21/2017 at 1:42 PM

Re: “Koch Brothers Infiltrate Pima County Schools With a High School Econ Course

Dearest Commenters, one word: homeschooling.

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Posted by christopher.francis.az on 10/14/2017 at 11:34 AM

Re: “Danehy

Dearest Tom,
As a TV news producer, here's why the reporter was reading from a cell phone: that phone had a copy of the script the reporter wrote in the field and sent into the newsroom for the technical director, who needs to see cues of when to roll the video and the soundbite. If directors don't hear those words, they won't roll the video or sound, or we have to improvise and things look sloppy. Also, we need a copy of what the reporter is saying for closed-captioning purposes, mandated by the FCC. Hope this helps! --YHS, Christopher

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Posted by christopher.francis.az on 10/02/2015 at 8:25 AM

Re: “Danehy

My Most Honourable Tom, the Forest Service does indeed let many fires burn to clear out old dead brush and buffelgrass, as long as they're not endangering property. It let two fires we had in the Pusch Ridge area burn themselves out for this reason, and also because they were in remote areas. Same for that recent fire near Corona De Tucson, even though it had to fight the northern flank because it was getting too close to homes. To be sure, rain helped all these fires from getting out way out of hand. Many fires --especially small ones -- in remote parts of Arizona are managed, not fought, "to accomplish resource objectives," as the FS likes to say.

Here's an interesting fact, via the Wildfire Today blog: "Only natural ignitions may be managed for resource benefit objectives,” said Holly Kleindienst, the Kaibab’s [National Forest] deputy fire staff officer. “Human caused starts must be suppressed according to the Forest Service’s 2009 Guidance for Implementation. From 1970 to present, lightning accounts for about 75% of the 150 wildfires that start on the Kaibab each year. Our supporting Forest Plan, and community support, coupled with plenty of lightning are the reason that the Kaibab has been able to treat an average of 11,000 acres per year with lightning caused wildfires since 2003,” she continued."

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Posted by christopher.francis.az on 08/27/2015 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Danehy

You can't cross-examine a red light camera in court if you challenge the ticket. That's why I'm against these cameras. I'm also wary about the performance of the devices when they're baking in the extreme summer heat.

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Posted by christopher.francis.az on 08/01/2015 at 9:33 PM

Re: “Media Watch

Also of note -- KLPX is now broadcasting in HD (for the few of you who have HD car radios, and the fewer who have tabletop HD) with two subchannels. HD-2 is "deep cuts" (also available on the KLPX web site under the "music" tab), and HD-3 appears to be programmed by KFMA (according to the digital ID readout), although I'm not sure if it's the same as KFMA itself.

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Posted by christopher.francis.az on 07/09/2015 at 10:14 PM

Re: “Danehy

Dearest Commenters, I read the comments on this page, and it's not hard to see why people hate politics. And politicians. And political parties. But, some will not be satisfied until half of this nation is hating the other half. --YHS, CF
#EndHate

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Posted by christopher.francis.az on 04/19/2015 at 4:48 PM

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