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Re: “Here's Your Chance to Tell Us About Your Favorite Tucson Dishes

Polle Bolognese at Gusto's.

Almost anything at Poco and Mom's.

Pad Thai Shrimp at Pei Wei.

Me Pho Soup at Ha Long Bay.

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Posted by Rat T on 09/12/2014 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Forever on Fourth

Got to try their Carne Seca. The original Panchos (1960s) was hard to beat.

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Posted by Rat T on 09/12/2014 at 10:41 AM

Re: “US Fries Poutine Restaurant Opens Saturday, Offers Free Food

Quebec's provincial food, perhaps. Not nationally, eh.

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 09/12/2014 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Roosevelts Documentary To Air on KUAT

Ken Burns = excellence in story telling.

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 09/12/2014 at 10:33 AM

Re: “The Skinny

This just says it all. And somehow ABC covered it.

They must be suffering from Grijalva Fatigue.

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Posted by Rat T on 09/12/2014 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Danehy

Gregory costs 17K per year, not 15K.

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Posted by John Phillips on 09/12/2014 at 9:48 AM

Re: “Remembering Sept. 11, 2001, with Jon Stewart

Thank you, Mari, for posting this. I missed it when it was originally aired, but am so grateful to be able to see it now.

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Posted by Carol Foster on 09/12/2014 at 9:44 AM

Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

I believe the new superintendent, Dr. H.T. Sanchez, has brought some extremely beneficial things to the district, most notably the strategic planning process and the reduction in student teacher ratios. However, from what I have seen, commentators are on the mark when they observe that the current board majority supports everything Dr. Sanchez proposes – even when these proposals should probably be modified for the benefit of the district – and opposes almost any idea the board minority proposes, no matter how reasonable the proposal might be. This is not an appropriate mode of operation for a school district's governing board.

I do not support all of the board minority's ideas, but members of the minority have introduced and continue to try to introduce beneficial reforms that would require the district’s administrators to be more accountable and that could help make the district’s operations more transparent to constituents. When they advance these sorts of proposals, it is hard indeed to understand why they should encounter such firm and consistent opposition. A properly functioning board will support the Superintendent but will also put proper limits on his power, which should not be absolute.

Viewing how the current board operates is easy to do. Videos of board meetings are archived and can be accessed through this web page:
Discussion of the internal auditor and to whom the auditor should report can be viewed at approximately hour 4 and ½ of the board meeting that took place on September 9. Both the September 9, 2014 and the November 12, 2013 meetings are interesting as illustrations of current board dynamics.

There will be another public form for the board candidates on September 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 in the auditorium of Palo Verde High School.

I suggest that people interested in the upcoming election watch some board meetings online and attend the upcoming forum.

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Posted by A TUSD Parent on 09/12/2014 at 9:34 AM

Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

We can plainly see that politics has been the destructive force in the collapse of TUSD. Everybody wants their own party fifedom. Is it for indoctrination and money/power control.

Sure looks like it here.

I don't care if it makes no sense to one, but what have you done for the children?

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Posted by Rat T on 09/12/2014 at 9:19 AM

Re: “Tucson's Sadistic, Mostly Harmless Tarantula Hawk Wasps Return to Mesquites

WE get these in Northern Arizona as well. Took some nice photos this morning of one filling in a tarantula burrow

Posted by Thomas on 09/12/2014 at 9:07 AM

Re: “A Slow Motion Implosion At K12 Inc.

luvallmykids , I know about the unionization efforts at CAVA, but I don't know about any specific union-busting efforts by K12 Inc. If you know more, please let me know, either in the comments section or by contacting me at

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Posted by David Safier on 09/12/2014 at 9:02 AM

Re: “US Fries Poutine Restaurant Opens Saturday, Offers Free Food

Hey! This is just what the US needs - more high fat food to cram in. Aren't there enough people who do NOT need this type of food? Is this subsidized by the local cardiologists and EMS services?

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Posted by Karl T. on 09/12/2014 at 8:55 AM

Re: “ACLU: "Widespread Problems" With Health Care Inside Arizona Prison

These outside experts only validated what we as "ex" employees of the DOC have been saying all along. We don't carry the same credibility as them thus we are ignored but sooner or later, the truth shall be disclosed and exposed inside the courtrooms. I don't understand why it takes an outsiders visit and examination to bring changes when AZ has the same "experts" who are retired and still very in touch with the happenings within. Crazy how this works but whatever it takes to make changes I guess. Must be cultural thing that former employees are not worth the time to listen to when they speak about these prison conditions. Too bad, there are a lot of great retired people who could contribute so much if the political barriers weren't so cruel and ostracizing.

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Posted by Carl ToersBijns on 09/12/2014 at 7:53 AM

Re: “UA Students Not That Happy About Daily Wildcat Rape Column

Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to comment on the original story. After reading it, however, it appears the author needs to improve his writing and reasoning skills, at the very least. The arguments he uses and the structure of his writing weaken his points. For example, he cites a statistic that says the National Institute of Justice says one in five women will be sexually assaulted, then he immediately mentions drinking -- though the study never made any such conclusions.

Another example of weak support for his argument is in the following paragraph when he says, "College is full of being vulnerable around strangers. When stated like that, it seems like something you’d want to avoid, no?" If the author is so keen to avoid feeling vulnerable around strangers, then perhaps he should not attend a public university with 30,000-plus students from all over the world. And, if he is so keen to avoid feeling vulnerable around strangers, he should probably never do something crazy like join the Peace Corps, or the military, or travel outside his home country, or probably just go anywhere where there are people he doesn't know who are different from him. But for most people, feeling vulnerable around strangers is part of having new experiences and getting out of their comfort zone. It's how we grow as people.

Now, I'm not arguing the author's points (though I'm also not saying I agree with him), but I am saying that if he could learn to write better and present his arguments with better evidence, then perhaps the backlash wouldn't be so great. I agree that in a strong debate, unpopular opinions should be heard. But when the opinions are unpopular, it is perhaps even MORE important that they are supported with real evidence and not drawn as conclusions with no real evidence.

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Posted by travelinman1981 on 09/12/2014 at 7:47 AM

Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

Marty: Before making such comments, you should have checked my Profile posted on this site.

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 09/12/2014 at 6:48 AM

Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

Sorry David. You can't seem to check your biases at the door. TUSD has become a political punching bag and they have beaten all the money out of the taxpayers. Like it or not.

P.S. I'm not running for any office. I would prefer TUSD close.

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Posted by Rat T on 09/12/2014 at 6:41 AM

Re: “The Skinny

You can thank Obama...and yourselves.

All the Republicans needed to win another election is to give a Democrat a chance to lead.

What a mess he has created. Next time try to find somebody with some experience. Unlike Hillary. She owns this middle eastern mess along with BHO. It's theirs.

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Posted by Rat T on 09/12/2014 at 6:35 AM

Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

All of the comments in this thread point to the reasons why both incumbent Board members need to be voted out in the coming election. Most other Pima County school boards operate in a functional and harmonious way because they are not populated by agenda-driven politicians who push their own political interests. The Grijlava camp on the TUSD Board wars with the Stegeman camp constantly. Neither one of these "leaders" are consensus-builders who can rally the community together because they continually demonize those who don't agree with them. Stegeman is just more open and transparent about his efforts to influence the electorate in this campaign. He has been aided by Bruce Ash, the Republican national committeeman, who uses his radio spots to bash Grijalva and her allies. Grijalva is more subtle and under the radar in her machinations, but active Democrats are well aware of how her supporters are trying to determine the outcome of this election, even to the point of discrediting fellow Democrats who are on the ballot.

As for Sanchez, he reaps the benefits from all this bickering on the Board as he and his colleagues operate with impunity and no accountability. Previous commenters have already noted the large number of administrators and teachers who have fled TUSD during the less than two years that Sanchez has been in charge. He is intolerant of discussion or dissent and quickly moves to punish or silence anyone who questions his rule, often using his high-spirited and vengeful deputy superintendent to be his enforcer. If people in this community were appalled with how Isquierdo ran things in SUSD, wait until the way Sanchez operates is made more public.

What is needed on the Board is a commitment to hold Sanchez accountable for his excesses and to support him in his efforts to put a long-term strategic plan in place for TUSD. Both of the incumbents in this election, Hicks and Grijalva, lack the credibility and ability to play these dual roles given their track records up to now. TUSD voters need to elect independent and selfless Board members who will avoid the temptation to add to the factionalized nature of most recent TUSD Boards.

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Posted by TUSD Needs New Leadership! on 09/12/2014 at 6:19 AM

Re: “US Fries Poutine Restaurant Opens Saturday, Offers Free Food


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Posted by Yes Bob on 09/12/2014 at 6:14 AM

Re: “TUSD Board Member Mark Stegeman Changes His Registration To Independent

Dr. Stegeman, isn't financially supporting another sitting member on the board, and someone who could potentially be sitting on the board, a serious conflict of interest? Were there any discussions with the candidates you have chosen to support financially before you donated to their campaigns and what kind of support you would receive in return? Aren't you basically attempting to purchase votes from your fellow board members?

For someone who has been so concerned about addressing conflicts of interest and disclosing them to the public, this seems hypocritical. You never made a single mention of it in your constituent newsletter (something your constituents might want to know in case they want to choose to no longer be your constituents). If Safier hadn't written anything about it this probably would have never become public information. That's pretty suspect.

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Posted by John Dewey on 09/12/2014 at 12:26 AM

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