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Re: “Chuck Huckelberry Is Getting Tired of Ally Miller's Fishing Expedition

3 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Miller High Life on 10/20/2016 at 9:26 PM

Re: “Chuck Huckelberry Is Getting Tired of Ally Miller's Fishing Expedition

While I do not disagree that Chuck Huckelberry has been an abject failure, Miller is a crazy, paranoid bitch who has no business running a shift at a Circle K let alone one of the Pima County districts. Bat shit crazy would be putting it mildly. She does absolutely nothing for the people of her district or the county and is every bit as corrupt as she thinks everyone she hates is. Fortunately for us, she just hasn't had the power to do anything.

6 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by It's not Miller time on 10/20/2016 at 6:59 PM

Re: “Five Ways To Avoid Being An Able-Bodied Douchebag

Nice rant, Adiba! What a beautiful child you have.

No rant on the unclean, abusers of disabled folks' parking spaces is complete without a mention of the UCLA football team of ~ 1999…

On another note, I would imagine that most handicapped people would give most anything, including their special placard, to be able to park 200 yards away from their destination and walk without pain.

Posted by John D. Bitterman on 10/20/2016 at 5:55 PM

Re: “Chuck Huckelberry Is Getting Tired of Ally Miller's Fishing Expedition

Huckleberry is the only one we didn't vote for and he has all the power When some one questions him he doesn't like it or so it appears

7 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by Robert Rubio on 10/20/2016 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Chuck Huckelberry Is Getting Tired of Ally Miller's Fishing Expedition

What, Again needs to start taking the medication again.

14 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Trollin Trollin Trollin, keep those trolls a trollin on 10/20/2016 at 4:46 PM

Re: “Five Ways To Avoid Being An Able-Bodied Douchebag

Loved it.
I absolutely loved it.
Have no misgivings about the title. It is what it is Adiba.
For those who question Adiba's writings, or possible reactions to said infractions,
Know that unless you have been a caretaker or parent to a child differently-abled, or uniquely-abled,
You simply cannot understand in full the frustration that comes with being at the end of people's indifference, thoughtlessness, and calloused cowardice.
Her indignation is Just. It is righteous.
Don't be that guy!

2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Zjien Relician on 10/20/2016 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Chuck Huckelberry Is Getting Tired of Ally Miller's Fishing Expedition

The roads are crumbling and poverty is rampant. Chuck Huckleberry and Raul Grijalva are 100% responsible. How many decades will it take for them, and the liberals that support them, to accept responsibility?

6 likes, 27 dislikes
Posted by What, Again on 10/20/2016 at 3:56 PM

Re: “Chuck Huckelberry Is Getting Tired of Ally Miller's Fishing Expedition

The voters need to adopt the goal of removing Huckleberry. One only need look at the lack of financial oversight of the current Sheriff's office to ask, "what is going on here?" Let's see if the FBI indicts others.

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Posted by Donna E on 10/20/2016 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Chuck Huckelberry Is Getting Tired of Ally Miller's Fishing Expedition

Easy for you to say.

5 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Peabo on 10/20/2016 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Chuck Huckelberry Is Getting Tired of Ally Miller's Fishing Expedition

Superficial without merit on any of the topics. Records should be electronically retained and a simple search. If not we are paying and not what we are getting what we pay for as far as records keeping.

5 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by another story on 10/20/2016 at 3:26 PM

Re: “Our Spoiled State Firing and Hiring System

You are right, Rick Spanier, Safier is not that kind of animal (the non-partisan kind). However, he often tries to frame his blog posts as though he is. In this one, for example, he pretends the issue is patronage hiring and firing. For the benefit of the occasional new reader who may at first be led to believe that what they see in these blogs is noble discourse produced by a reliable defender of sound practices in the management of public institutions, it's good when the comment streams call Safier out on his partisan hackery, so thank you for being one of those who has done so repeatedly and effectively. (Nice image of the manatee and the four minute mile.)

Safier's real motives are a mystery. It's clear what he can be expected to do: defend Pima Democratic Party candidates and the lines of argument being used to promote their continuing ability to manage Tucson's beleaguered public institutions, no matter how grave and obvious their misuse of public office has been. And the flip side: attack Republican office holders for doing the same things he pulls punches on when Democratic office holders do them.

But why? Commenters joke that he is motivated by getting dinner invitations to the Grijalvas' or appearances on Anne-Eve Pedersen's now defunct television program, but what's the real reason? I suspect it may be something similar to the argument made in a book I came across recently which defended the legacy of the Tammany Hall machine in NYC: "Tammany's corruption was real, but so was its heretofore forgotten role in protecting marginalized and maligned immigrants in desperate need of a political voice." (Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics).

How about it, David? Care to fill us in? Maybe you could do an article on the legitimate role that lies, patronage, and graft can and should play in protecting the oppressed -- when it's people belonging to the right political party who practice them. Or you could write a review of the above-mentioned book saying just where you agree and disagree. At least then what you write in these blogs would be an HONEST representation of what you ACTUALLY believe, which is clearly NOT that lies, patronage and graft and those who practice them have no legitimate role in our public institutions, since you just endorsed two candidates for the Board of a public school district who were involved in this:

and who work in concert with a fellow Board member who did this:

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by More partisan hackery won't help matters. on 10/20/2016 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Five Ways To Avoid Being An Able-Bodied Douchebag

Thanks for the eye opener about "wrong."I'll have to pay more attention to my thought process.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Camille Short on 10/20/2016 at 7:44 AM

Re: “Our Spoiled State Firing and Hiring System

Expecting Safier to be bipartisan is like betting on a manatee to run a four minute mile. It would be amazing but not likely.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 10/20/2016 at 7:04 AM

Re: “Five Ways To Avoid Being An Able-Bodied Douchebag

You had me at "Asshat kind of girl"- thank you for your advocacy. You and Emory are both amazing humans.

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Posted by mimic on 10/19/2016 at 9:44 PM

Re: “9 Questions With Mayor Jonathan Rothschild

Politicians need New Age music most of all; opens the mind, chills you out. Listen to Shadowfax, Secret Garden, Fiona Joy, Al Conti, Lawrence Blatt... and then tell me it's not beautiful, hi-quality music.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Beth Ann Hilton on 10/19/2016 at 5:58 PM

Re: “Our Spoiled State Firing and Hiring System

If you think this is not also standard operating procedure for the Democratic Party machine in Southern Arizona, you are ill-informed. Or if you think that having the right laws on the books will prevent malfeasance -- wrong again.

Stuck between a rock and several hard places here in Southern Arizona: malfeasant Republicans in the Phoenix legislature cutting funding and dismantling the public sector, malfeasant Democrats in various City and County offices managing local institutions poorly, bad or insufficient laws on the books at the state level, and, where we have good laws that were passed in the hope of protecting citizens from abuse, the enforcement mechanisms are insufficient and ineffective.

What can help, David, is NON-PARTISAN commentary that calls the problems for what they are and admits that it's dishonesty and abuse of public office that we need to combat, not THE REPUBLICANS or THE DEMOCRATS. People in both parties are guilty of it and commentary that calls it out in one party but not in the other muddies the water and obscures both the real source of the problem and the bi-partisan mode of operation needed to fix it.

10 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by More partisan hackery won't help matters. on 10/19/2016 at 5:47 PM

Re: “We Must Not Allow . . . Runaway Graduation Rates . . . to Create an Achievement Score Gap!

I have 4 students in my fourth grade math class with an achievement level at the first percentile, meaning that they were not able to find a single math problem that they could successfully solve on the benchmark exam. My whole class averaged the 9th percentile.

In the first three days of this week, the class successfully moved through 65 levels of a popular math software product. It is an all minority, all poverty classroom. As with Safiers example above, I have managed the class with several scientific principles, the major being that students should experiences 9 successes for every one failure. As the students have experienced success, they have become better and better at math.

The huge shortfall of the common core standards is that they have resulted in most students being drowned in failure because they are more than two educational years below the standards.

We can see it in the national test scores. Math went down for the first time ever and reading did not improve. New standards can't solve this problem- there will still be a huge disconnect for most students.

High expectations for students should be that they do 200 math problems a day and get 180 of them correct. On the typical day, at risk students are doing less than 10 problems and getting most of them wrong.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by on 10/19/2016 at 5:15 PM

Re: “Five Ways To Avoid Being An Able-Bodied Douchebag

I'm not sure how you misread my comment but I stated it as though there are all different kinds of problems people have that we do not see visually. I did not comment on asking parents "what is wrong with them?" My comment was more of a "walk a mile in my shoes" thought for people before they get judgemental.

3 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Allen S on 10/19/2016 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Five Ways To Avoid Being An Able-Bodied Douchebag

Handicapped parking permits and plates are for the designated use of the actual handicapped person and/or their caretaker(s). They are not meant for able-bodied family members and friends to use for their convenience. Having said this, there are also many disabilities that do not show such as coronary and pulmonary conditions and diseases that limit people’s mobility, so that sometimes it may appear someone is able bodied when they are not. As for vandalism and slicing tires in anger – what kind of example is that to show our children?

6 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by sgsmith on 10/19/2016 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Five Ways To Avoid Being An Able-Bodied Douchebag

I'm so sorry about citing the beautiful young girl as "Caroline". Didn't pay enough attention to the writing, but that smile is AWESOME!

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by What, Again on 10/19/2016 at 3:40 PM

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