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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Guest Commentary

Re: “Open Letter to Governor Doug Ducey Regarding Civics Testing

You want our elected officials to pass at 90% level?? Good luck with that! I went to school in the Phoenix area for 4th through 12th grade, with one year out while I lived and went to school in Orem, Utah. I felt like I had a pretty decent education and could have passed that citizenship test without difficulty when I graduated from high school. In fact I could have almost or passed that test when I graduated from grade school, because history, civics, and how the government worked was incorporated into our classroom education in geography, history & current affairs. This was in the '62 graduation from grade school & '66 graduation from high school era.
So, what happened? Please don't blame it on "rote memorization for tests" because that hasn't been the case. So how is it possible that our students don't routinely learn how our government works, both federal & state, during their classroom experience over the years of their grade school/high school experience? Does that particular piece of education need to be highlighted in some way that doesn't happen now. Does "civics" need to be included in the grade school/high school experience as a formally titled class or as a component of a required history class? Do we need to pink highlight "hey you, this is how our government works, now learn it and remember it for the test?" Bottom line, is this info being taught & tested on within current classes throughout the state? Does this information simply need to be incorporated into a daily classroom session of "current events" information that the students are responsbile to report on? Current Events and the "Weekly Reader" were favorites of mine....and I'm a news junkie now. Thinking outloud here.

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Posted by tiredofpc on 01/29/2015 at 2:57 AM

Re: “Guest Commentary

Every time I hear a republican politician uses the old who Obama care took 716 billion dollars away from Meidcare" talking point can write them off "just another Tea Party - Koch Brothers funded". fraud That is the biggest lie that was ever told. The ACA took money away from Medicare Advantage which is giant Insurance company cash cow that puts hundreds of billions of dollars into the insurance companies pockets and lets them deny any care they want. Kind of like the govenment student loan program is a giant rip off, where the banks and government overly profit on the backs of students and young families just starting out in life. Any one turing 65 who signs up for a Medicare Advantage Plan (which is being phased out by the ACA) is a uninformed fool. It may sound good deal because it comes at little or no cost, but you lose the option to enroll in a Medigap plan after one year without being rated (which means you stuck in a plan where you are at the mercy of insurance companies for the rest of your life.

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Posted by Allan Hammerel on 01/22/2015 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Echoes and Ripples

Well said Ross. Your example of strength, courage, and determination are exemplary! My thoughts and prayers are always with you and your family. Your son would be extreme of proud of the ripples you've created to honor his life.


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Posted by Mac on 01/10/2015 at 5:32 AM

Re: “Echoes and Ripples

As a father, I can only imagine your loss.

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Posted by bslap on 01/08/2015 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Guest Opinion

I don't think spraying poison is ever a good idea to control weeds or pests or what have you. These chemicals are known to disrupt our bodies and cause problems for us (and other animals on the planet). All of this toxic stuff should be banned by the FDA, USDA, EPA and spraying it around Tucson is scary, scary business. Read more from Mother Jones:…

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Posted by doggirl on 01/01/2015 at 6:45 AM

Re: “Guest column

Does anybody believe the Feds can manage public lands?

Just take a look at your healthcare, Social Security, the VA, the AG, the IRS, the BATF, the Secretary of State,....seriously?

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Posted by Rat T on 12/04/2014 at 9:37 AM

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This has become a fetish with many County Boards of Supervisors. It is hard to tell if they are naive, in the pocket of the extractive industries, genuinely believe this is some kind of economic development strategy, or all of the above. It is clear this fetish is pushed by the resource extraction industries, big coal, big uranium, copper mines, and tree cutters. When it is pointed out to these groups, yes you Kelli Ward, that the State of Arizona has millions of acres of Trust land they cannot manage, because the Legislature will not give them resources to manage them, the statement is ignored and they fall back on dogma, without data of course. Federal lands also mean National Parks, Indian Reservations and Defense Bombing Ranges, but these don't count usually, just BLM and Forest Service. Of course in this hypocrisy, existing Federal subsidies to these industries cannot be taken away. There are also Federally socialized fish in the Colorado River, non native trout hatchery Federal subsidies that we can't lose, for the few rich trout fishermen. I guess that Federal overreach is OK.

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Posted by Tucson Tommy on 11/09/2014 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Guest column

Does anyone actually believe Arizona would be more responsible for managing public lands than the Feds? I'm sure the corporations pushing for this know the correct answer to that.

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Posted by W Corvi on 11/08/2014 at 5:41 AM

Re: “Guest Commentary

What about the "Lake" at Euclid and 2nd Street? It's been there since Spring? If we pride ourselves on conservation, I'm wondering after several formal complaints, the lake still grows. I wish I had thought to vote it "Best Lake in Tucson."

Posted by Cinthia Tanner on 10/23/2014 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Guest Commentary

Thank you Steve! I will be sending a donation to Project Mariposa to show my support since they have been stepping up to the plate and doing what I refer to as "The work of Jesus" (AKA helping the poor and down trodden) in regards to the immigrant/refugee situation in Tucson.

Posted by doggirl on 08/16/2014 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Guest Commentary

Hey Ralph Hill:

Maybe the Republicans like Phoenix because that's where the jobs are. Or better yet that's where THEY create jobs. People like you keep bitching about the 2%. I have worked for the 2%. Have you. Because of their ambition, drive etc they have created the jobs that I have held. They treated me pretty good. So who do you work for?
The Progressive Liberal mentality has made it so our young people can't get a decent job here. To make matters worse idiots like Steve K and the Hispanic lobby here make it so the wages are low. You can't have an "Immigrant Welcoming Community" and wealth at the same time. Any city that has 40% or more Hispanic population will not prosper. And will have a lot of crime. Prove me wrong. Just read the papers tonight and see who does the crime.
All the Progressives in central Tucson want to do is seel each other tie dyed T-shirts and beads at 4th Ave, drink at bars in Downtown Tucson and debate who has the best Sonoran Hot Dogs. Good luck with that and getting a good job.

Posted by Fraser on 08/15/2014 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Guest Commentary

So you find one person that commits a fraudulent act and you paint the whole party with the same brush?

Ever heard of "cattle futures?"

Careful now. You bias is showing.

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Posted by Rat T on 08/14/2014 at 4:38 PM

Re: “Guest Commentary

Is this how rich republicans become rich? I found this story so amusing! It has political bend to it to boot!…

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Posted by Ralph Hill on 08/13/2014 at 5:04 PM

Re: “Guest Commentary

98% of Americans are in one of three major categories, paper rich with mortgage, debts up their proverbial necks, lose that job and in two weeks they are in dire straights, next is middle class whom are often in same category, then the working poor who often rent some do have mortgages one can find folks in all categories living in one of them upside down mortgages, doubt the lenders care which party one belongs to miss them payments whether it be upside down or right side up, they want their money! I truly find folks amusing who think they are in the 2% category when they are there only in their fantasies!

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Posted by Ralph Hill on 08/13/2014 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Guest Commentary

Facts are facts democrats dominate in Southern Arizona especially Tucson, republicans in Northern Arizona especially phoenix! What parts of Tucson have the greatest numbers of republicans is pretty insignificant, its like the myth that all republicans are rich and all democrats are poor, if this myth were true it does not explain the Kennedy's, Pelosi, Kerry etc., this list is long the 2% truly are divided fairly equally, the 98% who are two pay checks away from homelessness are divided into both major parties, with some in the independent category! One can find a rich republican and a poor one, I was once in Kingman a seriously heavy republican county, in front of me was a auto about 20+ years old, smoking black smoke, looked like days to go till the junk yard, on bumper was vote for McCain, I was riding in a new vehicle with no political stickers to identify me as a democrat! I think some folks live in delusions of grandeur!

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Posted by Ralph Hill on 08/13/2014 at 3:45 PM

Re: “Guest Commentary

Hey Ralph Hill:
The Conservatives/Republicans do live in the Tucson area. Vail, Foothills, Oro Valley etc. Just not in the central Tucson area. Check the political maps first.

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Posted by Fraser on 08/13/2014 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Guest Commentary

Now we do have another notable citizen well known enough no one has to even mention his name, the infamous "burner of Mexican flags" whose greatest achievement is assaulting a 15 year old boy for daring to video tape his 8 person posse! The lone lady in that posse disguised herself to go to her gal pals murder trial for killing a Hispanic man and his 9 year old daughter, her pal is on death row now the rogue female minute man leader, Forde! We do have some real characters, Phoenix has theirs to, the late Neo-Nazi JT Ready who has pals in this area to, he used to hob knob with his buddy booted state senate president Russell Pearce at cookouts, Pearce even baptized him into the Mormon cult, sadly he killed himself, 4 others one a infant! Then there is the minute man founder in jail now for child molestation, guess we just seem to attract some strange characters to Arizona for some odd reason, Timothy McVeigh of Oklahoma city bombing fame had his bunker up in Mohave county, where one of Forde's pals fled when he got wounded in that tragic situation, birds of feather tend to flock together, and so do folks with similar mind sets!;-)

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Posted by Ralph Hill on 08/13/2014 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Guest Commentary

Phoenix has their Sheriff Arpaio a devotee of the Marquis De Sade! Tucson has a right wing radio station which hosts a has been from Michigan whose most infamous act was running a drowned dog hoax and has migrated to Tucson to sell right wing cure all that ails you snake oil via the radio waves!;-)

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Posted by Ralph Hill on 08/13/2014 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Guest Commentary

Acorn? Is that like them mysterious WMD's? Or the fake pimp from I think the right wing is so amusing either they are rhinos or cannibal tea partiers, either way one is dining and one is dinner!:-)

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Posted by Ralph Hill on 08/13/2014 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Guest Commentary

Perhaps you could google ACORN?

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Posted by Rat T on 08/13/2014 at 9:33 AM

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