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Teachers and Firefighters and State Workers are not bargaining chips

Sedona AZ – The following is a letter to the SedonaEye.com editor:

I’m reaching out to you today at a crucial time…

Emily Seidel from our team sent an email on Thursday about the proposal by Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to bail out states that for decades have been reckless with their spending worth up to $1 trillion.

We should be helping the people who are hurting, not bailing out politicians for irresponsible decisions they made prior to this crisis.

But states like New York, California, and Illinois are requesting hundreds of billions in federal bailouts to pay for their past mistakes and fuel spending for their special-interest projects and expensive programs.

That’s outrageous! But it gets even worse.

Speaker Pelosi’s new trillion dollars in federal funding for these bailouts – is on top of the record spending in the past few weeks! These numbers are outrageously unfair to Americans and unrelated to the current crisis we face, almost always helping special interests more than the people who are hurting.

We all want to help our teachers and firefighters and other state workers we all rely upon. States should do that by making them priorities for the funds they have and have already received. They should not be exploiting them as bargaining chips to seek massive federal bailouts.

States that are in a precarious fiscal position because of bad decisions made before the COVID crisis need to make reforms that enable them to meet the needs of their people.

Big bills like this are ripe for corruption and special interest cronyism. There are better ways to help the people who need it.

We’re asking you to stand up with us and reject these political bailouts. You can start by clicking here to sign our pledge against them.

With your help, AFP has an important role to play in defending against the worst kinds of political opportunism and mobilizing millions behind a better path for a stronger country. Together, we will continue to advocate for the solutions that will help Americans get safely back to work, get our economy moving without bankrupting the country, and improve health care both during the crisis and once we’ve made it through.

I hope you’ll take a moment today to join the thousands of Americans who have already signed the pledge to oppose the state bailouts.

Your activism is vital to laying the foundation for coming out of this unprecedented time stronger and more dynamic than before.


Americans for Prosperity Foundation


  1. Ezra Fieri says:

    Unions aren’t needed because the government protects its workers. This isn’t the last century!

  2. Ms. Molly Rabbit, Camp Verde says:

    An old man meets a young man who asks:

    “Do you remember me?”

    And the old man says no. Then the young man tells him he was his student, And the teacher asks:

    “What do you do, what do you do in life?”

    The young man answers:

    “Well, I became a teacher.”

    “ah, how good, like me?” Asks the old man.

    “Well, yes. In fact, I became a teacher because you inspired me to be like you.”

    The old man, curious, asks the young man at what time he decided to become a teacher. And the young man tells him the following story:

    “One day, a friend of mine, also a student, came in with a nice new watch, and I decided I wanted it.

    I stole it, I took it out of his pocket.

    Shortly after, my friend noticed the his watch was missing and immediately complained to our teacher, who was you.

    Then you addressed the class saying, ‘This student’s watch was stolen during classes today. Whoever stole it, please return it.’

    I didn’t give it back because I didn’t want to.

    You closed the door and told us all to stand up and form a circle.

    You were going to search our pockets one by one until the watch was found.

    However, you told us to close our eyes, because you would only look for his watch if we all had our eyes closed.

    We did as instructed.

    You went from pocket to pocket, and when you went through my pocket, you found the watch and took it. You kept searching everyone’s pockets, and when you were done you said ‘open your eyes. We have the watch.’

    You didn’t tell on me and you never mentioned the episode. You never said who stole the watch either. That day you saved my dignity forever. It was the most shameful day of my life.

    But this is also the day I decided not to become a thief, a bad person, etc. You never said anything, nor did you even scold me or take me aside to give me a moral lesson.

    I received your message clearly.

    Thanks to you, I understood what a real educator needs to do.

    Do you remember this episode, professor?

    The old professor answered, ‘Yes, I remember the situation with the stolen watch, which I was looking for in everyone’s pocket. I didn’t remember you, because I also closed my eyes while looking.’

    This is the essence of teaching:

    If to correct you must humiliate; you don’t know how to teach.” [Steve Daly]

  3. Gene, Sedona says:

    I just got an email from Beto O’Rourke saying there need to be retribution and payment by Trump and the Republicans for what happened yesterday. Say what!

    I say there needs to be retribution and payment from the Democrats for allowing the past 2 to 4 years of anti-American rhetoric that disenfranchised 50% of the population Because you didn’t like the results of the last election!

    You Democrats plunged our country into four years of a nightmare and now you take responsibility for what happened at the capital Beto O’Rourke and your ilk.

    You allowed cities like Portland and others to be burned all year long by mobs and you did nothing.

    Those people that went into the capital building we’re not Trump supporters they were anarchists.

    No Trump supporter and no Biden supporter of any quality would ever attack the institution that they work so hard to support in a democracy.

    But people like you Beto O’Rourke are not a quality person and should never hold an office. You are a bottom dweller looking for any reason to send out emails like what you say has substance and isn’t meant to be destructive. As the kids say STFU assbite. You embarrass yourself and our party.

    Keep up the good work of letting all of us speak Sedona Eye. Assbites included.

  4. Oh yea says:

    Go ahead with your “made up” story. If what you say is true then why did they Dispearse after Trump told them to go home and that he “loved them” LOL

  5. Heather, Sedona says:

    @oh yea @Gene comment isn’t made up.

    Moron making comment missed that Twitter didn’t allow a RETWEET and or knowledge to anyone – his Twitter followers were who he tracked and they were decent law abiding folks.

    BTW Twitter thinks they are kings. Trump doesn’t have 100% of any follower of anyone. Get it? Twitter caused this and so did FB which allowed a handful of people to arrange this on their platform.

    There were 12 people arrested. There were tens of thousands on the Mall all day said Meteo cops. TWELVE PEOPLE. One trigger happy cop fired one bullet that killed a woman trying to pull people back. The woman was from San Diego and she was a veteran. She wasn’t BLM and she wasn’t ANTIFA and Democrats despise her. Anderson Cooper said she was an Olive Garden eating and Hilton Garden Inn staying Trump supporter. In other words it’s Anderson Cooper and others on CNN version of white trash. I despise condescending rich white boys and girls and others who talk trash on NYE. Hear me Anderson and hear me Stevie?

    BTW Stevie ……. that Anderson Cooper druggie retard thinks you’re trash roots. Shoe fit? Just saying.

  6. @heather says:

    Yea ok Heather
    Your lies mean nothing…. keep living in your alternative universe.. that’s real good for the country. Take another gulp of the trump koolaid

  7. Shirley Urban Falmouth says:

    Good day all is better said.

  8. Ike says:

    Teachers better teach well and get back to the classrooms because the kids I know are getting dumber by the day on the computer.

  9. @ike says:

    Yea kinda reminds me of the dumb posts here on Sedona Eye(like yourself) who spew nothing but hate and made up nonsense.

  10. Justin says:

    Biden supporters are intolerant (deleted by editor) and they get what they want by socialist style repression. Ashamed at our new intolerances and lack of quality representation in Congress locally and nationally.

  11. Nancy L. Lykes says:

    @Gene well intentioned, well said

  12. Worth says:

    Talk to the security pros in DC because their saying the same thing. Thousands and thousands of peaceful protesting citizens and families and a handful of ANARCHISTS. Most of them probably never voted in their lifetimes. Check it out. Government knows who votes, all the parties know who votes and how they’re registered because I get a notice telling me when and what years I did or didn’t vote, find out if any single one of those arrested ever voted and how they’ve registered in the now or the past. Once the rioters were inside those security guys get kudos for handling them as they did, kept them from doing damage. Trigger happy security guy needs therapy dog. Case closed —————– except notice we’re not discussing holding FB Twitter & the others liable for allowing terrorists like Khomeini and Iran and Chinese communist party from having the ability to organize and call for insurrection on their platforms. Mouthy Trump is a good diversion. Whose responsible for paying the anarchists? Who organized them with overseas money? Same people who donated to BLM and Soros have a lot to gain dark funding these few pretenders? Think about it.

  13. Murf Plant , Gilbert says:

    Worth , one of the think about it best comments here , damn it all you’re right , let’s see how each one is registered , when they voted , stop all this BS , get to the truth

  14. Steve segner says:

    51 states certified their election results and only two people so far have been arrested for voting twice more than 50 court cases have been thrown out for lack of evidence. A giant lye said over and over and over by our president is the only non-truth.thank God they took away his Twitter account the Democrats are in control. Trump perpetrated and overthrow of the American government it’s that simple. Trump asked the Georgia Secretary of State to find him enough votes to win you don’t find votes, votes are counted what he asked is illegal. Trump is now feuding with Arizona governor because he didn’t overthrow the Arizona election results which were also certified by each county and our secretary of state and every vote in Arizona had a hard copy as well as an electron it copy

  15. Bill, Uptown says:

    Segner continues to be a DDT, Democratic Dictatorship Troll for a party that doesn’t represent the nation except California and New York. Look at all those Californians and New Yorkers back in power. LMAO. As a California escapee of high taxes on his wealth, why should Steve (and his kind) be allowed to tax us in Arizona and then move on? No tax increases Sedona Councillors, a groupthink of DDTs that poison Sedona and Verde Valley golden geese with poor decisions. Turn off the TV and go for a walk or sit quietly. It’s a day for being outside. There’s a chance of rain. Figure out what you love by being here in the city while not accepting people who value more than the view. Sedona is all about the view nothing else.

  16. Andy says:

    untrue ss & yours is a lie

  17. Ralph H. W. Kamiyama, Phoenix says:

    The Biden administration nixed a union contract with one of the federal labor groups this week that would have granted employees expanded control over their workplace conditions and strengthened their collective bargaining power. The rescinded agreement signed by the Department of Homeland Security required DHS to obtain “prior affirmative consent” from the border control workers’ National ICE Council union before making changes to their compensation, work hours, and other working conditions. President Biden mixed it with an Executive Order. Insert screams of workers union injustice here.

    Biden killed the pipeline and we have soaring gas prices to be paid disproportionately by middle and low income worker families. Loss of valuable income during a pandemic is unacceptable when it is a Presidential Executive Order that caused the country to plunge into this false pretense for capitulating to global demands that we buy their oil rather than they buy ours.

    He never was a friend of POC or unions. Insert political enlightenment here.

  18. Eudora Schoenberg, Gilbert AZ says:

    @SonnyKamiyama Saw this share and had to read in context & agree

  19. Craig Shugard, Flagstaff says:

    Former Center for Disease Control Director Robert Redfield notably stated last November, “The truth is, for kids K through 12, one of the safest places they can be from our perspective is to remain in school.” Of course, since Joe Biden entered the Oval Office, the CDC has hedged in an attempt to comply with the new administration’s political agenda.

    Nailed it @thomasgallatin

  20. Email Attack Active Threat says White House says:

    It’s all over the news except here. More than 20,000 U.S. organizations had been compromised by this new hack which Microsoft blames on China, although Chinese Communist Party denies any role – of course – which is typical. The White House has issued an “active threat”.

    Small businesses, banks, individuals, government, and more have been attacked and are under attack and or planned targets. Find out if you’re vulnerable. Find out if you’ve been hacked. The patch leaves a back door and isn’t considered a permanent fix.

  21. SW says:

    Checked web about the above, microsoft and web says consider yourself hacked

  22. Washington Post corrects its false Trump Georgia election story says:


    The Washington Post made a massive correction Monday to a January report about a (December) phone call between then-President Donald Trump and Georgia elections investigator Frances Watson, admitting it WRONGLY attributed multiple quotes to President Trump based on an anonymous source.

    The Post initially reported that then-President Trump told an official working in Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office to “find the fraud” in the state, which he lost narrowly to Joe Biden, and that she would be a “national hero” if she did.

    A NEWLY emerged RECORDING of the Dec. 23 call found he DIDN’T use those words. Instead, then-President Trump said she was encouraged to closely examine mail-in ballots in Fulton County, the heavily blue and most populated county in the state. There was no mishandling of the conversation by the then-President and the substance and source of the article proved false.

    The Post published a lengthy retraction – correction to its story – after the release of the audio recording of President Trump’s December phone call.

    The Washington Post correction makes it known now that then-President Trump DID NOT tell the investigator to “find the fraud” or say she would be “a national hero” if she did so.

    Other media outlets ran the same erroneous report and corrections have yet to be fully made.

    This nation relies on truthful and transparent media and the highest standards of ethical and moral reporting. The Fourth Estate exists only in America, and its role is to promote democracy for the people and not for the First, Second and Third Estates. It does not use anonymous sources to smear other estates, it uses truth and facts to protect all four.

    The Washington Post fail on this report brings into question other reports. Reliance on anonymous sources requires an even higher bar of vetting in any investigation. With the knowledge that all the Presidents official phone calls are recorded, it is unconscionable the Washington Post did not hold that report until the recording vetted the anonymous source. The Washington Post must rise above tabloid, amateur, yellow and never news.

    The American people are not bargaining chips.

  23. teacher friends says:

    Hi If you’re 35 & older & want a vaccination you all can come to Coconino county share it

  24. Doug says:

    Coconino is now at 16 yrs of age.

  25. Manthy says:

    16?????????? WTf???????? nobody needs it that young. you all are spreaders of fear mongering

  26. Mike Schroeder says:

    Call Senator Kyrsten Sinema’s Washington D.C. Office

    (202) 224-4521

    Tell her politely that Arizona opposes any vote to end the filibuster rule and opposes SB1.

    Please forward to your contact list.

  27. Bridget Benken says:

    “Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” ―John F. Kennedy

  28. Sedona Keith says:

    President Biden has decided to leave US troops in Afghanistan until Sept. 11, missing the May 1 deadline that President Trump negotiated with the Taliban and Afghanistan government. Do we count how many of our children, husbands, wives will die between May 1 and September 11? The first Sept 11 in 2001 wasn’t enough and now we’ll add more.

  29. Lynda, west Sedona says:


    Contrary to some beliefs, poor and broke don’t mean the same thing. There was a guru that taught that here way back.

    What’s poor is a mindset and what’s broke is temporary.

    My parents from Nevada were poor, but they always told us to get an education – because with an education you’ll only be poor if you’re lazy and broke if you’re dead. They also believed an education from schoolteachers needed to be balanced with a belief in a greater good and daily practice of higher morality and ethics not found or taught in schools. Amen to my Daddy and Momma. Parents and relatives are responsible for your children’s educations and belief systems. You’re responsible to see that your children’s friends are good people and that they and others stay out of trouble. Everybody should get to work now because Sedonans need loyavof help with their kids.

  30. Henry Garcia & extended family, Cave Creek says:


    Do it the right way or be sent away. My family did it the right way for several generations and easiest was 11 years and we don’t approve of shortcutting this system or any system. It’s a good system here and it needs protecting.

  31. Diane says:

    Who is an Illegal Alien?

    An illegal alien is anyone who:

    Entered the United States without authorization, or

    Anyone who unlawfully remained in the United States once their authorized time of stay expired.
    It is important to define exactly who is and is not an illegal alien because many organizations deliberately misclassify some illegal aliens in a dishonest effort to portray that population as smaller than it is in reality. Many organizations and mainstream media sources incorrectly classify unaccompanied alien minors (UAMs), recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and/or those with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) as being lawfully present in the United States.

    Such classifications are inaccurate. Individuals who have been granted any form of deferred action or who have received TPS have not been granted “lawful status.” Rather, federal immigration authorities have acknowledged their unlawful presence and have opted to defer their removal from the country temporarily. These types of limited relief from removal are subject to revocation or rescission in a wide variety of circumstances.

  32. Valencia DZ Johnson, Phoenix says:

    https://youtu.be/1e7FvzL_Dkk This!

    Good news Texas state Juneteenth holiday now national holiday and our kids need to be in school learning instead of education being kept away from them. They need to study and learn and do something positive every day our Good Lord gives them. A friend emailed this and don’t know where she found it, but it’s here to know because this house loved it. Have a blessed day. Do good, Be good.

    Mary Van Brittan Brown was a nurse living in Queens NY whose husband was frequently out of the house, leaving her home alone. This made her feel unsafe and to make matters worse, the police weren’t always helpful.

    Instead of sitting around paralyzed by fear, Brown went into action. In 1966, she developed the world’s first home security system. It used a camera that poked through four holes in her front door, which then displayed a live feed on a monitor in her home.

    She kept improving the system, adding a microphone and a button to automatically unlock the door and an emergency button that automatically contacted the police. In 1969, she and her husband received a patent for her invention. Modern security systems are similar to Brown’s original design. Thanking you Mary Van Brittan Brown, African-American nurse.

    You earn your wings today?

  33. Bob, Main Street says:

    https://youtu.be/1e7FvzL_Dkk. Don’t miss this.

    Signed, Not a Left Leaning Democrat and am Pro Democracy and Pro Capitalism and No Belief in systemic racism with a multi racial family of achievers and underachievers through efforts and decisions of their own making. Go to school teachers instead of proving you’re worthlessness by these stupid children under your tutelage that learned nothing.

  34. Linda, Sedona says:

    If a teacher is pro CRT, fire them. It’s not history, it’s social engineering and that’s not history or science. If your school has adopted CRT, have it removed or remove your children and advocate for others to do the same. Your teachers and their unions are telling black and brown and red and yellow and white children they are enemies of each other. We have spent centuries removing the stains of Africa and Europe and other nations stains from our nation by giving everyone equal opportunity and the right to intermarry those of different races and religions and raise those different children as one nation. If there is a better nation and you feel oppressed, and you aren’t willing to improve this system by peaceful means, then move to it; our nation allows you the freedom to travel and relocate without its permission. We will be sad to see you go, but we understand your pursuit of happiness that we embrace as an inalienable right.

  35. Risa Delfina Castillo, Proud Floridian now Arizonan says:

    Read my kids school literature and can’t believe the sheer ignorance of today’s teachers and new history school curriculum. In second grade I learned about emancipated slaves establishing a community in 1866 called Little Africa that was renamed Lincolnville in 1878 when it became an organized community within our city. Lincolnville was the launching point for demonstrations that helped get the civil rights act passed in 1964. Arizona’s Republican Senator Barry Goldwater was an influential senator that recognized the need for the civil rights act movement. There’s a monument to the Foot Soldiers in its plaza today with peace footsteps imbedded in its sidewalk to commemorate Dr Andrew Young’s perseverance and peaceful organized protests. It was those peaceful efforts that brought Dr Martin Luther King Jr of the Southern Christian Leadership Conferemce to Lincolnville and with Dr Robert Hayling (a local dentist) joined together and with the community became foot soldiers for peace. Also Mrs Cora Tyson, a cafeteria worker in the schools, opened her home to leaders of civil rights movement and has a family Bible with a page of signatures including that of Dr King. You can visit Mrs Tyson’s home and see Dr Hayling’s home and relax by the foot soldiers monument and retrace the steps in the town where multiracial families and black and brown and white families take great pride in being the oldest city in the nation, St. Augustine. The freed slave community of Lincolnville was part of St. Augustine city peninsula since 1866. Together in peace the oldest city has survived to lead its nation by example.

    Learn your nations history and don’t believe in critical race theory written by a woman who failed history. It’s time we parents and guardians and grandparents get involved in the classrooms. It’s shocking what these teachers don’t know and care less that they don’t.

  36. @Risa says:

    here’s for your stupid unqualified teacher file LMAO, a gay teacher was fired after making her students salute the pride flag every day while saying the pledge of allegiance, c’mon teacher whackadoodles big (deleted by editor) deal you’re gay because nobody but you cares to know how you get your panties in a wad after school on instagram

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