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Re: “The Skinny

Yaga Zuzi, Yaga Zuzi, Yaga Zuzi Zim!

Posted by Peabo on 07/29/2016 at 4:37 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

"Liberals never lear." Clinton or Trump, Rat, I'm going fight to get you an education.

Posted by Peabo on 07/29/2016 at 4:34 PM

Re: “TUSD Enrollment, 2000 to 2016, Part 2

Pardon me for saying so, but as an Anglo parent who chose to enroll a student in a more ethnically diverse Catholic school rather than in one of the Anglo-majority TUSD schools, the term "white flight" bothers me. It seems to obscure the motive for leaving, which in every TUSD-withdrawal case I've been familiar with has NOT been seeking more racially homogeneous school communities. The motive has been to find well-managed schools that provide better educational services and better facilities.

And if TUSD admin is pandering to the 3S's and University, it's because their central administrative recruitment process seems somehow to select for a capacity to be governed by venality and self-interest. They will pander to wealth and connections wherever those characteristics concentrate themselves. They are not, in my experience, social justice warriors with a burning passion for serving the underserved, whatever form the underserved may come in -- minority and / or low income. They are stat-inflation, self-preservation, resume-building sorts. They will neglect a poor white kid just as much as a poor minority kid. Probably more so, because in the form of the desegregation authorities, they have people who are doing their best to make it harder for them to do the latter.

Thanks, by the way, Three Sonorans, for the heads up on Gallegos and the drop in the credit rating. Prompt and 100% more relevant than Safier, as usual.

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Posted by Let's get the motives for leaving right. on 07/29/2016 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

elsueno- thanks for the helping of condescension, but you're going to need something better than cliches and straw men to throw around if you want to make a convincing case. Despite your rather lazy accusations, I'm no fan of Monsanto or anything else on your laundry list. I'm just someone who thinks the practical way to shape and change policy is from within. You know, like how civil rights legislation and stuff like that was passed. The way we've been doing it for years.
Blaze Mason - K-12 education, gun control, debt-free college, affordable health care, campaign finance reform, and so on. Do I think she's going to roll up her sleeves and dive right in on all this? No. Do I think there are some hollow campaign year promises in there. Sure, I'm not a child. But, you see, that's where the fight is to me. The good fight that can actually make change happen.
I ask you about Jill Stein. What makes you think she would be effective if elected? I'm all ears.
And we'll have to agree to disagree on Nader. I won't hang everything on his shoulders, but he let his ego get in the way and the country paid the price.
I can't stop either one of you from your burn the house down logic, but if you're cynical enough to think there would be no difference between a Trump and a Clinton presidency, then you are only thinking of yourselves.

Posted by Peabo on 07/29/2016 at 4:27 PM

Re: “Desert Angel

Then let's run some ads in Mexico and try to increase the flow of illegals. It sounds like Joel can handle it. Quick, before the build the Wall-Mart.

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Posted by John G on 07/29/2016 at 4:20 PM

Re: “Desert Angel

All of us at Humane Borders are very proud of Joel. His compassion, persistence and moral compass reflects the best in American values and the teachings of all major faiths. He also loves the land and does hit best to protect the land and wildlife living on it. Also, fyi, Joel and all volunteers pick up trash and there are trash barrels at many of the stations. And, in fact, the Border Patrol has said publicly that Humane Borders' work results in a reduction in deaths and potential rescues.

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Posted by Dinah Bear on 07/29/2016 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

She has no economic plan except raising taxes. That has been tried so many times with the same result. A downward spiraling job market. Liberals never lear. They suck you in with "shovel ready" nonsense and they advance projects that we never would have wasted money on. Then up goes the debt. Obama has spent us $10T deeper in debt and the economy is dismal.

I know, you just need more money. Somebody elses.

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Posted by Rat T on 07/29/2016 at 4:06 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

Hillary, supports fracking? Which Hillary?

Last month, in advance of the New York primary, the Clinton campaign aired a television ad announcing her allegiance with so-called fracktivists fighting to stop fracking, which has been tied to a number of health and environmental problems.

Hillary Clinton Tried to Push Fracking on Other Nations When She Was Secretary of State, New Emails Reveal

Wouldn't it be considered treason, when we have to rely on Russian hackers to find out Hillary is lying to Americans?

Madame Secretary, stop lying and release ALL of your emails.

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Posted by Debra Holt on 07/29/2016 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Tucson Sentinel Unearths Treasure Trove of Ally Miller's Emails That Demonstrate She's a Big Fat Liar

I like to call the pothole picture "Chipped Tooth Seal"

Posted by swampheel on 07/29/2016 at 3:26 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

Peabo -- you are repeating false statements and misinformation, which isn't going to help your candidate.

First, says that the anti-vax statement about Stein is unproven, and she personally is not anti-vaccine. The Green Party does support alternative medicine (including legal cannabis) and is opposed to the medical industry. I agree, and so do millions of other Americans.

Second, Nader did NOT cost Gore the election. Leaving aside the issue of the Supreme Court decision that handed the election to Bush, more Dems voted for Bush than voted for Nader, so if you're going to look for a lesson there, it's that major parties should nominate candidates that their members and independents will vote for.

You say it will be an "honor" to vote for Clinton. If you're really trying to get her elected, how about if you share some of her policies that you like and respect? As I said in a previous post, Clinton supporters never do that. The only reason they seem to support her is because she's not the other guy. That's not good enough.

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Posted by blaze_mason on 07/29/2016 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

Right on, Peabo - vote for Clinton to show your support for Monsanto, fracking, Goldman Sachs, wars of regime change, trade agreements that strip our nation of its sovereignty, and a host of other issues/interests your candidate clearly doesn't pander too.

Tex, myself, and others here are addressing those who wrap themselves in the fear of a Trump presidency to justify voting for Hillary. If that's the editor's only reason for voting Clinton, living in a red state renders it nonsensical and we're pointing that out. I, for one, have no interest in debating the merits of supporting the standard bearer for neoliberalism/neoconservatism with members of her cult. Your vote is your voice - at least you're exercising it...

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Posted by delsueno on 07/29/2016 at 2:27 PM

Re: “The Skinny

bahaha as if playing private email is a comparison to Hilary. Where did Ally have to take a required annual training saying that she couldn't use a private email vs Hilary who was a federal employee and ALL have to take training. In the training it specifically states not to forward government mail of any kind to a private account. Nice try Tucson weekly.

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Posted by Tucson weekly is a joke on 07/29/2016 at 2:24 PM

Re: “TUSD Enrollment, 2000 to 2016, Part 2

We wrote about this two years ago... and explored the option of White Flight from TUSD. The correlation is amazing.…

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Posted by Three Sonorans on 07/29/2016 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

Conscience? You bet. Jill Stein panders to anti-vaxxers. Gary Johnson panders to climate-change deniers. I conscientiously won't vote for either. Whether she takes Arizona or not, it will be an honor to vote for Hilary and a thrill watching Donald Trump get his ass handed to him in November.

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Posted by Peabo on 07/29/2016 at 1:28 PM

Re: “Review: Hillary’s America: the Secret History of the Democratic Party

You don't irritate me. You amuse me. And that's MR. Turd to you.

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Posted by CW13 on 07/29/2016 at 1:27 PM

Re: “Review: Hillary’s America: the Secret History of the Democratic Party

Now it's percentages? Gad, man, you are a creeper. Truth is, I don't care who agrees with me with as long as I'm irritating a turd like you.

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Posted by Peabo on 07/29/2016 at 12:43 PM

Re: “TUSD Enrollment, 2000 to 2016, Part 2

TUSD continues to be what it is in part because of what the state does (and does not do).

The state licenses charters and writes private school tax credits into the law, while it does not put a stop to malfeasant practices in the public districts that are now asked to "compete" with alternative schools for student enrollment. The privatizers may be looking at dysfunction in public institutions as another way of maximizing their market share, rather than the way they should be looking at it: as something they have an obligation to correct, an abuse of public funds from which regulatory and oversight agencies should protect citizens.

Huppenthal is the one who, while in the office of State Superintendent of Public Education, made robo calls to state residents letting them know public funds were available to subsidize the cost of them pulling their kids out of public schools and enrolling them in private schools.

If he really wanted to serve the best interests of the poor, he would have spent his time figuring out how to use the regulatory and enforcement mechanisms at his disposal to crack down on irregularities in procurement and hiring in large urban public districts serving populations that don't have the advocacy resources more wealthy district have.

TUSD has been mismanaging its affairs in various ways for decades in ways that would never have been possible in states with more responsible regulatory systems. The state is at fault at least as much as malfeasant TUSD administrators and negligent constituents in the district.

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Posted by The state is also at fault. on 07/29/2016 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

Weekly Editor:

Your argument for voting for Clinton holds up ONLY if you live in a swing state. In Arizona, the Republican will win, especially against the unpopular Sec. Clinton.

Vote your conscience and not your fears.

Joe "Tex" Callahan

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Posted by Tex Shelters on 07/29/2016 at 12:17 PM

Re: “TUSD Enrollment, 2000 to 2016, Part 2

One would have to think that it would be much easier to fix TUSD that it would be to change the state. But to date in my opinion TUSD has worsened. You can't win both fights at the same time. If TUSD can't be fixed, the state is a moot point. I can't blame them for withholding additional funding to a failing school district like TUSD It only makes sense. But in a way aren't those at the state level hoping to get local change to improve the problem?

I haven't seen the state close any Tucson schools for under performance. There still has to be widespread parental support to fix this mess.

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Posted by Larry You Know on 07/29/2016 at 11:38 AM

Re: “TUSD Enrollment, 2000 to 2016, Part 2

Larry The Cable Guy:

You write, "all the public school supporters are crying for oversight of charter schools and yet the job has never been done correctly on the public schools they already had oversight of"

Yep, that's very true, at least in the case of TUSD, which "educates" somewhere between 40,000 and 50,000 students in Southern Arizona.

I grew up in a blue state with an excellent public school system. One of the things I learned there was that states that care about public education (instead of caring about maximizing the degree to which the current public district system can be privatized, which is what AZ legislators seem to care about) not only FUND schools better, they oversee and regulate them better. They don't just hand them money and say "do whatever you like with it." They have enforcement and regulatory mechanisms in place that keep entire public districts from descending into the kind of dysfunction into which TUSD has descended.

The free market idea seems to be "let the state-sponsored public district product go to hell, that will only make our alternative products more attractive to consumers." This is not the right way to look at the job of educating a state's children. There will always be some parents who can't or won't protect their children's best interests. Shall we allow those kids to attend schools that are so malfunctioning that can't reasonably be expected to prepare these kids for constructive participation in our economy and society?

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Posted by Questions for Huppenthal on 07/29/2016 at 11:29 AM

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