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Re: “The Skinny

Nice try Rat, but abortion is not murder. Stay out of other people's business.

10 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Pima Mujer on 07/25/2015 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Harper Lee's Two Versions of Racism in America

Well said David. We can agree to agree.

Posted by Rick Spanier on 07/25/2015 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Another Good Thing

Income equality is so much BS. You are paid according to your contribution to your employer or society. No one deserves more than they give in return.

All of us start life with a level of intelligence and develop a set of skills as we grow. Most at the bottom are the victims of their own bad choices or they were too lazy to work 15 -18 hours a day and attend school (I did for years to get a degree; washing cars in Phoenix for 25 cents an hour in the mid 1950s, among many other things).

Natural selection will remove these types from the gene pool if our government forces a work-for -welfare system. Personal responsibility is the answer, not artificially forced high wages or forever welfare.

5 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by Bisbee boy on 07/25/2015 at 8:56 AM

Re: “Harper Lee's Two Versions of Racism in America

Rick, I read Atticus as working against the Brown v. Board decision to integrate schools, and trying to stop the NAACP from "interfering" in the way southern states treat their black citizens. True, he's not as vile as the "fire breathing bigot" at the CC meeting, but he definitely sees blacks as incapable of governing and too ignorant and irresponsible to be given positions of authority, and too ignorant to be educated alongside white children. He was definitely working against school integration. Whether that's paternalism or outright racism and bigotry is worthy of discussion, though in terms of the effects of his actions, that might be a distinction without a difference. But he's certainly not the even-handed, prejudice-free man his daughter imagined he was when she was growing up -- in other words, the Atticus of Mockingbird.

I agree that Watchman isn't a very good book. It might have been published with some editing, but it wouldn't have made much of an impact. But as a historical document, it's fascinating and, I think, important, especially right now as we're wrestling with racial issues so openly and vehemently. It gives us a compare-and-contrast view of the times it portrays.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by David Safier on 07/25/2015 at 8:26 AM

Re: “Take the Power Back

When neighborhood residents organize themselves to take back their neighborhood association from outside agitators, it is not called mob rule, it is democracy in action.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by McKenna Barrio Hollywood on 07/25/2015 at 7:01 AM

Re: “The Skinny

" promulgate emergency rules designed to prohibit the illegal sale of any tissue from an unborn child."

Since there is no evidence of illegal sale, this is a witch hunt (and a bone to his rabid anti-abortion base).
If you don't like abortion - don't get one. Making abortion illegal doesn't stop abortion, it just forces women into unsafe abortions.

12 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by bslap on 07/25/2015 at 6:32 AM

Re: “Another Good Thing

JWAP...did you come here from Greece? Your theory sounds eerily familiar. Take from the producers? It sounds like reverse slavery. Has your government already capped freebies?

10 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by David w on 07/25/2015 at 6:06 AM

Re: “Of Men and Wolves

There are NOT "plenty" of wolves anywhere. Primarily cattlemen wiped out wolf populations all over the U.S. during the past couple hundred years. Along with the annihilation of mountain lion in the East and the grizzly bear in most parts of the U.S., our wildlife biodiversity suffers greatly. Natural balance is skewed so badly that a cascading disruption of species destroys biodiversity. The best thing we can do is to remove commercial livestock grazing from all public land to help stop the war on predators.

14 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Ricardo Small on 07/25/2015 at 4:54 AM

Re: “Take the Power Back

Actually it was mob rule, a crowd stirred up by tall tales about outsiders voting in new officers. Let's read this different. Former association members were voted out of office because others felt new blood was needed to revitalize the association. But the former officers feel that they are entitled to run the association and nobody else. So they poisoned the pot and made it impossible for the newly elected people to have a functional association.
Current officers have already stated that they will probably be voted out of office early. And then the association will once again be the private toy of the McKennas and Scott Egan and Mr. Fiesta Grande Nothing like always bringing up El Rio golf course and the need to find supposed enemies of Barrio Hollywood, always the same dirge and litany of stories that goes back to the sixties. And that's becoming a scratchy tired old record on the Jukebox.
But things will not be the same. Those business owners who were insulted at this meeting will not forget. The people seeing the video of the meeting will not forget. So whatever political power the neighborhood association has will turn out to be the hot air of agitators. Nothing like setting your own house on fire and then trying to blame those nasty neighbors down the street.

3 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by reality check on 07/25/2015 at 1:02 AM

Re: “Arizona's Teacher Shortage (and How To Fix It)

This is not true at all from what I have found. Perhaps there is a shortage of Math an Science teachers but that is always the case. However i Have been applying for teaching positions and most places have told me they are receiving a ton of applications and I still haven't been able to land a job after several months of looking. If there were a teacher shortage wouldn't they be desperate to find people applying rather than being swamped in applications?

Posted by Benny on 07/25/2015 at 12:10 AM

Re: “Take the Power Back

Good article! Fighting to reduce the power of neighborhood residents is stupid from the onset. If you win and gain a majority interest, for instance, you would only serve to alienate and reduce or eliminate the role of the resident. Now you don’t have a neighborhood association any more. They didn’t think this one through.

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Posted by Bob Rodriguez on 07/25/2015 at 12:00 AM

Re: “Another Good Thing

A relevant thought from Terry Eagleton:

"It took some time for capitalism to root out modes of feeling inherited from feudalism, and a tourist outside Buckingham Palace might well consider that some vital areas were carelessly overlooked. It would not, one hopes, take quite so long to produce a social order in which schoolchildren studying history would greet with utter incredulity the fact that once upon a time millions of people went hungry while a handful of others fed caviar to their poodles. It would seem as alien and repellent to them as the thought of disembowelling a man for heresy now seems to us."

Some people still have hope that we will eventually overcome our primitive, atavistic (and shameful) impulse to vilify the poor and blame those the system exploits for their vulnerability to exploitation.

Full time work deserves to earn a living wage, and in this wealthy country we can well afford to have public policy that ensures this. Arguments that deny that this is possible or threaten apocalyptic consequences if we pay workers a just wage are scams and those who advance them have been duped. Their overlords hear the way their minions among the 99% advance arguments against their own economic best interests and laugh all the way to the bank.

18 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Just wages are possible. on 07/24/2015 at 10:20 PM

Re: “Of Men and Wolves

There are plenty of wolves in the greater Yellowstone area, as well as other parts of Mt, Wy, and Idaho for the wolves to be taken off of the endagered species act. It is time to allow those States and the people who live in them to manage those wolves that have moved out to areas far away from Yellowstone.

3 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by smithappens on 07/24/2015 at 9:32 PM

Re: “The Skinny

I have been busted 5 times by the cameras over the last ten years or so, I deserved every one of them. They do reduce accidents! I hate it when I get caught but it has forced me to be more cautious.... I am a card carrying hard core Republican but on this battle the government has done the right thing...

1 like, 3 dislikes
Posted by Critchie on 07/24/2015 at 8:53 PM

Re: “A Couple of Good Things From the Feds

Rick, I just looked it up and the state of Arizona owes education 1.7 billion dollars and ordered 300+ to be paid back this year which as we all know has not been done.... at all.

7 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Guardians on 07/24/2015 at 8:11 PM

Re: “Another Good Thing

They will get their way but taxes and run away inflation will erode the pay raise. Combined with no increase in productivity we will have the same slackards pissing and moaning that they need $30 an hour, but they won't ever get it. Less damage would be done to the US economy if you would beg on the street corners like the others.,

11 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by walter simpson on 07/24/2015 at 4:37 PM

Re: “The Interesting Story of Holsteiner Agricultural Charter School

David, I know for a fact that Tanya Graysmark doesn't work at the school she doesn't even live in AZ. The front office lady is one of my neighbors and in conversation a year or so a go she mentioned that Tanya is never their and she doesn't even live in AZ. Just a little FYI

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Pissed on 07/24/2015 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Harper Lee's Two Versions of Racism in America

Just finished reading both (hadn't read Mockingbird since high school circa 1963). I came away with a different take on Atticus: in Watchman he is paternalistic - a subtler form of racism than that exhibited by the fire breathing bigot holding forth at a Citizens Council meeting. Not much different than LBJ as he waffled with the Voting Rights Act. But to David's point, racism is alive and well fifty five years after Mockingbird was published. It's in our national DNA.

As an aside, Lee's publisher was correct in holding out for Mockingbird. Without it, Watchman would never have been published. A novella really, with little substance outside of the final few chapters.

Posted by Rick Spanier on 07/24/2015 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Another Good Thing

No trough, just pigs with no initiative. Learn how to advance yourselves like the rest of us. It's not impossible. But it takes effort.

You are the same slave at $15 per hour than you were at 7.35. But you got extra money for a pack of smokes. Set some goals, work hard at them and teach them to others. Stop this lazy whining.

13 likes, 19 dislikes
Posted by David W on 07/24/2015 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Ask the Mexican

Come on you guys get a room.

1 like, 4 dislikes
Posted by David W on 07/24/2015 at 3:34 PM

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