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Re: “Fresh Air

Are you looking for a job Grandma Suzy?

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Roth on 03/05/2016 at 5:52 PM

Re: “Fresh Air

What is the compensation package for Pima County School Superintendent and are there any assistant or deputies to the position?

0 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Grandma Suzy on 03/05/2016 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Pension Politics

Really I've dedicated 23 years to protect you all and my reward ? A pay cut and a reduction in my retirement pension. What the heck is he talking about free health care? I pay 1497.00 a month for my retirement health care that's 17 dollars more than my pension check. So now instead of retirement, its work every day till I die. Gee thanks for supporting you local law enforcement Tucson. All I see are uninformed comments and out right LIES, do some research before you come to any conclusions and you'll see its only the first wave, its your retirement pensions that will be next on the chopping block. Its a nation wide movement reducing pensions, so vote yes and doom yourselves too.

2 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Dorinda Jean Bessinger on 03/05/2016 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Fresh Air

The Pima County School Superintendent is an extremely important position. The Superintendent is the leader for our community on public education and advocates for what is important. The problem we have now is nobody is leading and most certainly not advocating. Politicians have an obligation to the community to strive for excellence. My motivation for running is to make education great in Pima County.

The position may not have the power to change policy overnight but it most certainly can fight for student dollars, teacher salaries, and educate the community on what issues are important. The position can build relationships and create opportunities. The position quite frankly can just do so much more.

Why settle and accept the status quo? Or, believe a political position is nothing more than administration and spelling bees. We have to believe that education can improve. If we continue to believe that education is just fine in Arizona then nothing will change. As a father, teacher, administrator, and candidate I'm not willing to just settle. The lives of too many children depend on someone willing to stand up and make a difference. I believe education will improve and I'm asking you to believe in me.

Dustin Williams

12 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Dustin Williams on 03/04/2016 at 6:41 PM

Re: “Forced Submission

Yet, The New Black Panthers leader has said they will kill crackahs and crackah babies. It's all on video on you tube,and it's very clear. And he has told blacks to go out and do it. That's a TRUE threat. Yet that scum still walks free.

4 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Linda Maastricht on 03/04/2016 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Fresh Air

The problem all three candidates will face with this position, is that it is basically an administrative, finance driven job. The Supt. has very little impact on most large school districts, other than producing the flow of funds allocated by taxes from the legislature, the county property taxes, and handling local certificate filing. The position is not intended to influence the direction of most urban school districts. It can be, and has been, extremely useful in providing inservice development for tiny, rural districts, such as Mt. Lemmon Accommodation School which used to be totally run by the Supt. through a head teacher. Big urban districts provide their own inservice development. The individual in this job can provide a public voice coordinated with districts to the Legislature and the State Board of Education, but not for individual schools, parents, students. The office sponsors the County Spelling Bee. It is a functionary position, in large part. The real distinct power is in appointing vacant positions on school boards. Now there is an ability to make a difference in education policies enacted by the individual boards. The current incumbent chooses to have preliminary interviews by individuals from the district and to then make the final choice based on their input. The previous incumbent chose to conduct all interviews herself, thereby consolidating the power. Take your pick. Much of what each of the candidates proposes is basically fluff, not the actual role intended by the legislature and constitution.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by gcb1 on 03/03/2016 at 6:28 PM

Re: “Pension Politics

My family member just retired. 55 years old, pension for life with 3% COLA, and free health care. Way too generous.

5 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Robert on 03/03/2016 at 4:11 PM

Re: “Fresh Air

"as well as bridging the gap between the county's superintendent position and the community."

I'm not even sure why the position exists. But you can see one more layer of education expenses that "promise" to benefit the classroom.

The problem is those promises have never produced any results. The only way to fix public education is to shrink it. get classroom size down, teachers pay up and starve the bureaucracy.

Maybe then parents would come back and pay attention.

5 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Rat T on 03/03/2016 at 10:33 AM

Re: “Fresh Air

Great informative article about a highly qualified individual! Dustin Williams will bring Pima County schools to the top tier of our nation!

9 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Sybil on 03/03/2016 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Pension Politics

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Posted by james on 03/01/2016 at 6:14 AM

Re: “For My Father

Don't support illegals and criminals, support their victims:

"The Honduran Mejia, 19, killed 21-year-old Sarah Root while allegedly street racing on January 31, rear-ending her so hard she succumbed to her fatal injuries that same night. Police found Mejia’s blood-alcohol level was four times the legal limit, and the alien had “a suspended driver’s license.”"

Donate to Sarah Root, no matter how many times these yellow journalists delete my posts.

2 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Old Pueblo Veteran on 02/29/2016 at 5:15 PM

Re: “For My Father

Josue Saldivar - I am sorry to read about your loss, and ours. The world needs more kindness these days. Blessings to Mr. Salvidar and to your family.

4 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Parent X on 02/25/2016 at 6:44 PM

Re: “For My Father

Here's a guy who came here the right way(notice I said right) and a bunch of know-nothing liberals dislike what he had to say. You go. PesoBill. There are more of us on your side than you know.

2 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by CW13 on 02/25/2016 at 5:43 PM

Re: “For My Father

Too bad your father did not have respect for a country's laws and instill it in you. Just another 'bleeding heart' BS story .. My family came here the right way ,paid the funds , police reports, waited patiently .. People like you make me ill.

4 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by PesoBill on 02/25/2016 at 2:46 PM

Re: “For My Father

I didn't see a link, may have missed it... in case people want to give. Best of luck Josue, wishing you and your family peace during this difficult time.

5 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Laura Jimena Dent on 02/25/2016 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Pension Politics

Although not mentioned until well into the article, this is the pension system for police and fire fighters. The state and Tucson's retirement systems are in relatively good shape.

6 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by retrorv on 02/25/2016 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Pension Politics

It's about time.

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Jim Kelly on 02/25/2016 at 10:37 AM

Re: “For My Father

Poor bslap apparently has no room in his/her flinty heart for a moving story of a son's devotion and love for his father.

Makes you wonder what kind of dad bslap had. I hope he/she is childless.

11 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Marvin on 02/25/2016 at 6:51 AM

Re: “For My Father

Plenty of room for "proper" and "emotional" but no room for the word "illegal".

5 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by bslap on 02/25/2016 at 6:27 AM

Re: “Pension Politics

54M to 80M in one year? Pensions are robbing us of services. This is only step 1.

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Susan Hirsh on 02/25/2016 at 5:27 AM

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