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Re: “Arizona ACA Enrollment Down 3.3 Percent. Cost For People With Subsidies Down 13.3 Percent.

To Your Average Jane Citizen,
Yes, they have us paying in alternate universes. We can't afford to use our expensive health insurance so we buy memberships at Urgent Cares and, in your case, a direct care practice. The advertised numbers do not account for these additional costs, though I'm certain the government and corporations are fully aware of it since they are making big money from it.

I would not go to a doctor in my ACA network either. I went a couple times and that was enough. I would never trust them with a child.

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Posted by Jean on 03/21/2017 at 9:04 PM

Re: “Editors Note

A free press needs to do its job. The problem is very few media outlets have the capability to do the reporting that is necessary to keep clowns honest. There are ten million stories a day and almost no one doing them, especially positive stories. There are hundreds of successes, and teachers busting their butts everyday in TUSD and all you hear is TUSD has one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel. There are hundreds of truly monstrous bills in the cesspool called the Arizona legislature, and you hear about almost none of them. We need a strong free press, that is what I heard constantly at the book festival and it's true.

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Posted by Frances Perkins on 03/21/2017 at 8:47 PM

Re: “Grandmas, the Declaration of Independence and Cursive

Bravo, Kate Gladstone.

Really interesting post - thanks for taking the time to provide the source information as well.

Posted by Parent X on 03/21/2017 at 8:12 PM

Re: “Arizona ACA Enrollment Down 3.3 Percent. Cost For People With Subsidies Down 13.3 Percent.

We are the only industrialized nation with a for-profit health insurance system. Some nations have public non-profit systems, other nations have privately run non-profit systems but most have hybrids. Is your contention that the rest of the world is using 'illegal doctors'?

Seriously, your response had a heavy whiff of 'Their gonna take out jobs' crazy in it..... Hard to rationally respond to crazy but here goes...

As for Pharmaceutical R&D, more than half of R&D dollars in this country is already public money, take into account the tax credits they get on the other 40% and we are footing the bill for more than 65% of the R&D right now, maybe higher. That's right you are subsidizing their profits. This is how it works in America. Wake the fuck up!

As to not messing with it, you are aware that the highest increases in health care costs by percentage occurred under George W Bush, before Obama care, right? Costs were jumping 40%+ per year. Obamacare was just frosting on an already shitty cake, and it was written by the industry. Just like this new bill.

Nobody is asking for perfection, we just want a system similar to those that are already working everywhere else in the world, where people get more coverage, more care and the pay far less. Their systems are not perfect, but they are much better than anything we have ever had.

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Posted by HumanBean on 03/21/2017 at 8:07 PM

Re: “Grandmas, the Declaration of Independence and Cursive

Handwriting matters but does cursive matter? The research is surprising. For instance, it has been documented that legible cursive writing averages no faster than printed handwriting of equal or greater legibility. (Sources for all research are listed below.)

More recently, it has also been documented that cursive does NOT objectively improve the reading, spelling, or language of students who have dyslexia/dysgraphia.
This is what I'd expect from my own experience, by the way. As a handwriting teacher and remediator, I see numerous children, teens, and adults dyslexic and otherwise for whom cursive poses even more difficulties than print-writing. (Contrary to myth, reversals in cursive are common a frequent cursive reversal in my caseload, among dyslexics and others, is J/f.)
Other issues with cursive, for many students whose visual and/or motor talents are less than average, include the difficulty that is accidentally created by assuming that all letters can start in the baseline all the time (since this doesn't work for any letter that follows a cursive b, o, v, or w).

According to comparative studies of handwriting speed and legibility in different forms of writing, the fastest, clearest handwriters avoid cursive although they are not absolute print-writers either. The highest speed and highest legibility in handwriting are attained by those who join only some letters, not all: joining only the most easily joined letter-combinations, leaving the rest unjoined, and using print-like shapes for letters whose printed and cursive shapes disagree.
(Other problems with cursive include the fact that starting every letter on the baseline forces cursive letters to change their shape and starting point whenever they follow a cursive letter b or o or v or w.)

Reading cursive still matters but reading cursive is much easier and quicker to master than writing the same way too.

Reading cursive, simply reading it, can be taught in just 30 to 60 minutes even to five- or six-year-olds (including those with dyslexia) once they read ordinary print. (All that's required is to show them, step by step, how the letter-shapes they already know gradually became the fancier ones that they sometimes see.)

Given the importance of reading cursive, why not simply teach this vital skill once children can read print instead of leaving it to depend upon wherher a child can "pick it up" by learning to write in cursive too?

We dont require our children to learn to make their own pencils (or build their own printing presses) before we teach them how to read and write. Why require them to write cursive before we teach them how to read it? Why not simply teach children to read cursive along with teaching other vital skills, such as a form of handwriting that is actually typical of effective handwriters?
Just as each and every child deserves to be able to read all kinds of everyday handwriting (including cursive), each and every one of our children dyslexic or not deserves to learn the most effective and powerful strategies for high-speed high-legibility handwriting performance.
Teaching material for practical handwriting abounds especially in the UK and Europe, where such handwriting is taught at least as often as the accident-prone cursive which is venerated by too many North American educators. Some examples, in several cases with student work also shown:…,,,…,,,,, )

Even in the USA and Canada, educated adults increasingly quit cursive. In 2012, handwriting teachers across North America were surveyed at a conference hosted by Zaner-Bloser, a publisher of cursive textbooks. Only 37% wrote in cursive; another 8% printed. The majority 55% wrote with some elements resembling print-writing, others resembling cursive.
(If you would like to take part in another, ongoing poll of handwriting forms not hosted by a publisher, and not restricted to teachers visit for the One-Question Handwriting Survey, created by this author. As with the Zaner-Bloser teacher survey, so far the results show very few purely cursive handwriters and even fewer purely printed writers. Most handwriting in the real world 75% of the response totals, so far consists of print-like letters with occasional joins.)
When even most handwriting teachers do not themselves use cursive, why glorify it?

Believe it or not, some of the adults who themselves write in an occasionally joined but otherwise print-like handwriting tell me that they are teachers who still insist that their students must write in cursive, and/or who still teach their students that all adults habitually and normally write in cursive and always will. (Given the facts on our handwriting today, this is a little like teaching kids that our current president is Richard Nixon.)

What, I wonder, are the educational and psychological effects of teaching, or trying to teach, something that the students can probably see for themselves is no longer a fact?
Cursive's cheerleaders (with whom Ive had some stormy debates) sometimes allege that cursive has benefits which justify absolutely anything said or done to promote that form of handwriting. The cheerleaders for cursive repeatedly state (sometimes in sworn testimony before school boards and state legislatures) that cursive cures dyslexia or prevents it, that it makes you pleasant and graceful and intelligent, that it adds brain cells, that it instills proper etiquette and patriotism, or that it confers numerous other blessings which are no more prevalent among cursive users than among the rest of the human race. Some claim research support citing studies that invariably prove to have been misquoted or otherwise misrepresented by the claimant.

So far, whenever a devotee of cursive claims the support of research, one or more of the following things has become evident as soon as others examined the claimed support:

/1/ either the claim provides no source (and no source is provided on request)

or, almost as often,

/2/ when sources are cited and can be checked (by finding and reading the cited document), the sources provided turn out to include and/or to reference materials which are misquoted or incorrectly represented by the person(s) offering these as support for cursive,

or, even more often,

/3/ the claimant correctly quotes/cites a source which itself indulges in either /1/ or /2/.

Cursive devotees' eagerness to misrepresent research has substantial consequences, as the misrepresentations are commonly made under oath in testimony before school districts, state legislatures, and other bodies voting on educational measures. The proposals for cursive are, without exception so far, introduced by legislators or other spokespersons whose misrepresentations (in their own testimony) are later revealed although investigative reporting of the questionable testimony does not always prevent the bill from passing into law, even when the discoveries include signs of undue influence on the legislators promoting the cursive bill? (Documentation on request: I am willing to be interviewed by anyone who is interested in bringing this serious issue inescapably before the publics eyes and ears.)
By now, youre probably wondering: What about cursive and signatures? Will we still have legally valid signatures if we stop signing our names in cursive? Brace yourself: in state and federal law, cursive signatures have no special legal validity over any other kind. (Hard to believe? Ask any attorney!)
Questioned document examiners (these are specialists in the identification of signatures, the verification of documents, etc.) inform me that the least forgeable signatures are the plainest. Most cursive signatures are loose scrawls: the rest, if they follow the rules of cursive at all, are fairly complicated: these make a forger's life easy.

All handwriting, not just cursive, is individual just as all handwriting involves fine motor skills. That is why any first-grade teacher can immediately identify (from the print-writing on unsigned work) which of 25 or 30 students produced it.

Mandating cursive to preserve handwriting resembles mandating stovepipe hats and crinolines to preserve the art of tailoring.


Handwriting research on speed and legibility:

/1/ Arthur Dale Jackson. A Comparison of Speed and Legibility of Manuscript and Cursive Handwriting of Intermediate Grade Pupils.
Ed. D. Dissertation, University of Arizona, 1970: on-line at

/2/ Steve Graham, Virginia Berninger, and Naomi Weintraub. The Relation between Handwriting Style and Speed and Legibility. JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH, Vol. 91, No. 5 (May - June, 1998), pp. 290-296: on-line at…

/3/ Steve Graham, Virginia Berninger, Naomi Weintraub, and William Schafer. Development of Handwriting Speed and Legibility in Grades 1-9.
JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH, Vol. 92, No. 1 (September - October, 1998), pp. 42-52: on-line at…

Handwriting research on cursive's lack of observable benefit for students with dyslexia/dysgraphia:

"Does cursive handwriting have an impact on the reading and spelling performance of children with dyslexic dysgraphia: A quasi-experimental study." Authors: Lorene Ann Nalpon & Noel Kok Hwee Chia URL:…

Zaner-Bloser handwriting survey: Results on-line at…

Ongoing handwriting poll:

The research most often misrepresented by devotees of cursive (Neural Correlates of Handwriting" by Dr. Karin Harman-James at Indiana University):…

Background on our handwriting, past and present

2 solidly informed debunkings of the claims for cursive:……

3 videos, by a colleague, show why cursive is NOT a sacrament:



(shows how to develop fine motor skills WITHOUT cursive)

Yours for better letters,

Kate Gladstone
DIRECTOR, the World Handwriting Contest
CEO, Handwriting Repair/Handwriting That Works

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Posted by Kate Gladstone on 03/21/2017 at 8:05 PM

Re: “Arizona ACA Enrollment Down 3.3 Percent. Cost For People With Subsidies Down 13.3 Percent.

If you eliminate the profit structure, how long will it be before we see illegals performing minor surgeries? Doctors income would be the next thing to go. Then R&D for pharmaceuticals.

Have you ever considered that maybe we should not have messed with it? Perfection is impossible.

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Posted by Larry McNeil on 03/21/2017 at 7:35 PM

Re: “Arizona ACA Enrollment Down 3.3 Percent. Cost For People With Subsidies Down 13.3 Percent.

David, to completely ignore the deductible side of the cost metric is really inappropriate. Just because people have health insurance does not mean they have health care. There is a difference.

Until we have a non-profit health care system we will continue to spend twice as much for half the care. It does not matter who's plan is in place. The issue is for-profit health care, not the ACA, not TrumpCare. Eliminate the profit structure, that is the only solution.

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Posted by HumanBean on 03/21/2017 at 6:54 PM

Re: “Arizona ACA Enrollment Down 3.3 Percent. Cost For People With Subsidies Down 13.3 Percent.

We pay $1200 a month for a $5k deductible and $13k out-of-pocket max. It is more than our mortgage. We are both self-employed and we have a child. Because there is ONE ACA plan open to us here in Pima County, and it is AWFUL with no doctors in the network I would want to see who will take it, we also pay an extra $110 a month for a direct-care physician service. Not a single one of our doctors, which we had been with for almost two decades and our daughter since she was born eleven years ago, would take the ACA Health Net plan offered in Pima County. Not a one. I had no interest in going to some random person this year only to switch again next year. So we made the decision to build a relationship with the direct care practice ON TOP of paying for regular health insurance that we don't use for general services. We do not qualify for subsidies. Last year we paid $650 a month for much better coverage, and our doctors were in the network.

Our ACA plan is basically there in the event of a major catastrophic event, such as cancer or a hospital stay; otherwise, our direct care practice is what we use. I recommend it fully, same-day service, weekend visits, great communication, well worth the cost. My prescriptions through them are actually *cheaper* than through our insurance plan. Check out Skyline Direct Care.

We are supposedly the American dream, starting a small business that employs the two of us, but the costs of being self-supporting and not working for a large company are breaking us.

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Posted by Your Average Jane Citizen on 03/21/2017 at 6:46 PM

Re: “ICE to Start Releasing Children, Women from Immigration Detention


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Posted by LISA88 on 03/21/2017 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Arizona ACA Enrollment Down 3.3 Percent. Cost For People With Subsidies Down 13.3 Percent.

That's why I support repealing and replacing the ACA. You can't help some by severely harming others. I think they did it on purpose. Can they be that ignorant?

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Posted by Dave Nelson on 03/21/2017 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Arizona ACA Enrollment Down 3.3 Percent. Cost For People With Subsidies Down 13.3 Percent.

My premiums would be $9000 per year with a $4000-$5000 deductible. No subsidies at my estimated income. You have to guess what your income might be by Jan 15 at the latest, and it doesn't matter how little you've earned in the past. The only insurance company that qualifies for ACA in Arizona (for those over 30--because they can indeed refuse people for the pre-existing condition of age) is a tiny little company with almost no doctors in its program, apparently none in Pima County, based on the fact that the website quits as soon as I enter my zip. At that rate, I'd be shelling out $9000 and paying all medical costs myself anyhow. Who can afford that? I'd have to cash in some IRAs just to pay the premiums. As the navigator said, "You obviously have assets." Furthermore, insurance is supposed to be a long term thing, but in the ACA, you have to pick a new insurance company (and new doctors) every year. The ACA might work well in other states, but it doesn't work at all in Arizona, which is why the anti-ACA folks are using Arizona as an example.
What I really don't get is the fact that the major carriers in Arizona don't qualify for ACA. This must mean that companies using those carriers don't have to pay the penalty, and neither do their employees. But because I am self-employed, if I get my insurance through a carrier that costs less and has much better coverage where I live, I have to pay thousands of dollars in penalties for not going through the ACA! That's totally screwed up.

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Posted by azrocker on 03/21/2017 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Arizona ACA Enrollment Down 3.3 Percent. Cost For People With Subsidies Down 13.3 Percent.

We have a $10,000 deductible and our premium is over $1400 per month. We don't qualify for any subsidy. Before this fraud started our premium was $520, and our deductible was $500. This is breaking us.

In the last year I have had to spend almost $7,000 on expenses that are still below my deductible. So if I do the math,on premiums we spent $1400 x 12 months, which is $16,800 plus the $7,000 which was not covered, for a total of $23,800 on minor medical expenses and premiums.

This alone explains the working class voters that left the Democratic Party. I want the same healthcare plan that Congressman Grijalva gets for free.

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Posted by Patricia D on 03/21/2017 at 3:34 PM

Re: “Sheriff Mark Napier Says His Deputies Won't Be Taking Over the Work of Border Patrol

When (undocumented) victims of crime report crimes, do they not provide personal information, address, and residency status? If these people are undocumented, does it mean they are here illegally? And if illegal, is that what the Sheriff is claiming to ignore, or cherry-pick what laws he will enforce?

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Posted by Ciro Verdi on 03/21/2017 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Arizona ACA Enrollment Down 3.3 Percent. Cost For People With Subsidies Down 13.3 Percent.

The author fails to see the whole picture because of the blinders, politically speaking that he wears. he fails to factor in the lost income that could have grown our economy. But then the architects of the ACA were asked to solve a major three pronged problem with a single action. So they opted to focus on insuring the masses, and yet avoid discussing the real costs and the new economic hardships created by such a short sided solution.

It will forever be the Obama legacy. All talk and bad actions.

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Posted by This Ain't Affordable on 03/21/2017 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Arizona ACA Enrollment Down 3.3 Percent. Cost For People With Subsidies Down 13.3 Percent.

I'm paying $1045.89/month in Maricopa county for a plan with a $7000 deductible. I am pro-ACA, but very angry about having to pay such a high price for catastrophic policy. It feels like extortion to pay for other peoples' coverage. I'll probably stop paying any month now, and be uninsured for the first time in my life.

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Posted by Jean on 03/21/2017 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Streets of This Town: Cellphone Death Tag

As well as those who do not know the difference between you're and your.

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Posted by Aztlán Mari on 03/20/2017 at 2:53 PM

Re: “In the Flesh: Kinky Boots at Centennial Hall Delivers Sweet Heart

The Sunday night show was fantastic. Kinky Boots has been a fav of mine since the movie so was great to get a chance to see the touring company.

Posted by Ambrosia Pine Sullivan on 03/20/2017 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Retooled

What are the prices like? What about a real review of the food?

The TW has really dropped the ball on it's restaurant section. Do you guys get paid by the restaurants for this droll? Because this whole section comes off as an advertisement now, even the Star has moved away from that crappy concept.

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Posted by HumanBean on 03/20/2017 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Streets of This Town: Cellphone Death Tag

You're report confirms what we already suspected. Scum bags are here in Tucson. There seems to be a diversity of race, culture, and creed. I hope this is POC.. If not, then deal with it..

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Posted by Arron Grottolo on 03/20/2017 at 7:17 AM

Re: “Is Arizona Wasting Taxpayer Money When Drug Testing Welfare Recipients?

@Ldonyo Got any evidence for that or are you talking out of your ass?

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Posted by Carlsen Chris on 03/20/2017 at 3:20 AM

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