The mayor keeps tossing the 250-400 number around. Let's see. The sequester reduces budgets by 2 percent, but half of that is DOD, so only 1 percent is for the rest of the bureaucracy. If 250-400 represents 1 percent of the Section 8 occupants, that means we have between 25000 and 40000 people in Section 8 housing. WOW! Right or wrong, Mr. Mayor? If wrong, how many do we have in TOTO, and don't you really believe that 250-400 of the present users just might be phonying their status just a bit??????
on the very day this was published/distributed, my brother's best friend was shot and killed. he was on his way to dinner, with his lady I think, and in oro valley. he was 22. i don't know all the details, it seems like it was road rage. someone was pissed and decided to just take another person's life. it is senseless and tragic. i have considered gun ownership in the past, and something like this makes me want to own one even more. i am a female and 27 and i just think, blame the guy who shot, not the gun. this is the wild west. i think if folks want to own a fire arm, do a background check, and make them take a gun course. maybe there could be a department that handles background checks and certifications, create some jobs. just maybe, if the guy who shot my brother's best friend had some accountability, some education and training on how to be a responsible firearm owner this wouldn't have gone down the way it did. of course, perhaps he didn't legally own the gun, perhaps (clearly) he was a psycho, perhaps it wouldn't have changed anything. however, one thing that did change is my thoughts on owning a gun. i am a single female living in a crazy world. i want to be a better markswoman and learn more about the responsibilities of gun ownership. but you can bet that i'm already saving for a handgun. this is the wild west, i'm no wilting desert rose, i'm going the way of pistol annie.
There are dozens of cases across the country daily where a legally armed citizen has prevented a crime. But if it doesn't bleed it doesn't lead.
I prevented a knucklehead from attempting to car-jack me last week. Didn't make the news. If I had shot him, oh yeah, you can bet it would have been front page.
My father was the victim of a shooting, but I don't blame the gun. That's like a fat person blaming the spoon.
Yes, cempiremtn-on more than one occasion. My firearm prevented me from being robbed at a gas station last spring and some years before that it arrested a budding road rage incident. As I've said elsewhere, no one was shot and the firearm de-escalated the situations instantly. I don't go looking for violence but remain prepared should it jump up as I believe it's better to have something and not need it than need something and not have it.
One should ALSO ask, how many people have Personal Experience with a Firearm PREVENTING a Crime? My number is two, anyone else?
While I feel for him for his loss -- He is blaming the guns.
Well, Ron Barber is entitled to his opinion ... but he is not in Congress to voice his opinions! He is their to ensure "We the People's" opinions in Arizona Congressional District #2 are heard. And the vast majority of us do not want anything that infringes on our Constitutional Rights. Even the vast majority of clergy know that it is our God given right to protect ourselves and our families from harm ... to include that imposed by our own Government. I swore the same Oath that Ron Barber has and if he does not embrace our right to unimpeded owning of firearms and ammunition ... then he is just another "Socialistic" Democrat not worthy of any ones votes. Certainly, he won't ever get mine!
The real question is whether someone is throwing money Al's way. Most of his nuttier legislation seems to be written to throw money towards someone in particular. Makes me wonder...
First there was the Language Experience Approach. Then there were SRA kits, Whole Language Approach, Jostens Learning Systems, computer based reading instruction, Success for All scripted reading, Directed Reading Instruction, Dibbles; No Child Left Behind, etc., etc. All of them worked for some children, some for more, some for less. When will we learn there is NO one size fits all, cookie-cutter approach to teaching literacy? Kids will learn to read when taught effectively by a teacher who knows what she/he is doing and who loves to read. Some will learn quickly and some will take some years to do it. Parents and home environments that encourage reading make a difference. Turning off TV will make a difference. But NO one thing will do it for everyone. Spend the money to buy good books and to pay teachers a living wage so the best will stay in teaching.
It's impossible to comment on the reading program without seeing it. Has Mr. Melvin reviewed it in its entirety? Did he seek a review and comment from established educators in the State? One has to wonder about the "one package deal fits all" concept. Being a former educator, I know it may sound good but rarely works for all student demographics. We do live in a diverse state Mr. Melvin. Are there comparable programs on the market? Has the state asked for competitive bids, with input from educators? Is the current language arts curriculum even broken? Does Arizona need to abandon our current language arts curriculum in favor of the $30 million deal? I can't imagine this going anywhere legislatively.
I expect bias when reading this rag, not a problem. I do have a problem with no-bid contracts being awarded. You liberals have really screwed up TUSD, the city of Tucson and Pima County. We have one of the highest sales taxes in the U.S., the highest property taxes in Arizona, the street car will end up costing at least $200 million, $250 million thrown away on Rio Nuevo and nothing to show for it and no body in jail. I could go on and on but I am really wasting my time commenting.
Another strike against teachers and public schools who have little autonomy to make decisions about education while the legislators, who anoint themselves as "education experts" promote panaceas that are not scientifically researched or based-- all in the name of improving education. Imagine Learning gets to win the lottery and the kids in AZ get watered down learning while poverty programs, nutrition and early childhood get the axe and 11 more schools in Tucson close their doors.
This is the 21st century model of education in a nutshell.
This is just part of the right wing, corporatization agenda. Stick a kid in front of a computer and do away with those pesky public school teachers.
And Mike, thanks for pointing out how ill-qualified Mr. Huppenthal is to head a department meant to support public schools.
It is an interesting opinion piece full of "could" and "may." The issues really come down to: 1) is Melvin that smart? 2) is the product that could potentially be used bad? 3) will the children benefit? The first two answers are and obvious no and the third is yes. This does apear to be another biased piece attempting to make one party or person look bad. If there is indeed a criminal issue here, take it to the proper place.
John Huppenthal is a state school superintendent who never spent a day in public school, attending parochial school for his entire primary and secondary school experience. He replaced Tom Horne, who takes his alleged mistress with him from political post to post and hires her to fill positions for which she is singularly unqualified. This is the sorry state of Arizona's executive branch. And as for Al Melvin and most of the AZ the state legislature, well, the Arizona Nut House located near the Picacho rates as a poor second.
Excellent summary -- thanks for bringing this to our attention!
I'm still unclear why the people who elected Senator Melvin aren't holding him accountable for items like this fiscally irresponsible bill. No-bid contracts don't serve taxpayers well, and this is clearly a piece of legislation that was written to steer tax dollars to a single, private company. The $30 million in tax dollars will be beneficial to Senator Melvin's special relationship with Imagine's lobbyist...but not much else.
Thanks for exposing yet another example of what one powerful Legislator can do, or at least try. Hope your piece puts it in the dead bill box!
Thanks to mayor Rothschild and Rio nuevo Board Chairman Fletcher McCusker and all who have worked together to reach an agreement and move Tucson forward.
Just curious; it has been about 14 years since this boondoggle has been running and what is there to show for it? All I see is a bunch of political hacks making agreat deal of money for minimal results. Reminds me of "mouse milking" from the 80's.
I like how he says the rainbow bridge was proposed then rejected.Didn't I hear some where they spent some money on it before it was rejected.What was that sum,it seems I could have taken a nice vacation on the amount i heard.
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