John C. Scott
J.C. Scott: 'Stamp out Hunger' this Saturday
On the Thursday edition of the John C. Scott Show:
We started with state Sen. Linda Lopez (D-LD2), talking about Medicaid expansion, education, and sales tax reform. The Legislature remains at a near standstill while the Medicaid expansion debate continues, Lopez said.
23 minutes into the show, we interviewed Dr. Keith Boesen, director of the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, who talked about the dangers from bees, insects and reptiles as the weather warms up. The center, which has faced large budget cuts in recent years, is also involved in research related to edible medical marijuana.
39 min: We were joined by Jim Nintzel for our "Tucson Weekly on Radio" segment.
52 min.: We interviewed Mark Stegeman, TUSD Governing Board member, who discussed job cuts and other measures the district has taken to bridge a $17 million deficit. He also talked about the board's reversal of a decision requiring "culturally relevant" courses and the possibility that 400 TUSD seniors might not graduate due to doing poorly on AIMS tests.
72 min: We interviewed Bill Carnegie, CEO of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, and Dan Turrentine, spokesman for the National Letter Carriers Association. This is the 21st consecutive year the Letter Carriers and Food Bank have teamed up to collect donations for the "Stamp out Hunger" food drive, which is Southern Arizona’s largest single-day food drive. Donations will be accepted this Saturday: residents are asked leave a bag of non-perishable food, such as canned meats, canned vegetables, canned soups, cereal, peanut butter, canned fruit or canned tomato products next to their mail box before the time of their mail delivery. For further information, contact the NALC Branch #704 at 323-2117 or Jack Parris at 882-3287.
87 min: We finished the show with an interview with Ward 2 Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham, who gave his take on the cost of pay raises to city employees, the possible sale of El Rio golf course to Grand Canyon University, modern streetcar construction cost overruns, pension issues and downtown development.