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Re: “Food City: A Valentine

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Posted by AZJobHelp@gmail.com on 02/19/2015 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Food City: A Valentine

This was so much fun to read! I wish I was on the Mexican food aisle at Food City right now.

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Posted by beetlebin on 02/16/2015 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Food City: A Valentine

All of that is so true, I am so half that others feel the same sentiment.

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Posted by Hechoentucson on 02/14/2015 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Food City: A Valentine

All of that is so true, I am so half that others feel the same sentiment.

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Posted by Hechoentucson on 02/14/2015 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Food City: A Valentine

:)

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Posted by Gonzo Sorcrachi on 02/14/2015 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Open Letter to Governor Doug Ducey Regarding Civics Testing

Most women can do more than just iron. I bet she already knows how.

Posted by Rat T on 02/04/2015 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Open Letter to Governor Doug Ducey Regarding Civics Testing

Stephanie needs to learn about irony.

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Posted by Lrhfe on 02/04/2015 at 6:13 AM

Re: “Open Letter to Governor Doug Ducey Regarding Civics Testing

You want adults to take the same test high school students take? That is outrageously stupid. A person's ability to do their job is not measured by silly exams. This article lacks a basic measure of intelligence I would expect from somone that calls themselves a writer.

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Posted by Stephanie Wells on 02/03/2015 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Open Letter to Governor Doug Ducey Regarding Civics Testing

This civics law smacks of the Jim Crow Jelly Bean Test, am sure those who liked that law will love this one to! I see the same party who adopted all them angry Dixiecrats back in 1960's are behind this law so no surprise to me!

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Posted by Ralph Hill 1 on 02/01/2015 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Open Letter to Governor Doug Ducey Regarding Civics Testing

One solution is the Boy Scouts, having 3 citizenship merit badges, my son, an Eagle Scout, got a 100% on the citizenship quiz of 100 questions at his high school which gave the test. So rather than stressing over passing the test, have your sons join Boy Scouts,

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Posted by WHERE THE BODIES ARE BURIED on 01/31/2015 at 7:30 PM

Re: “Open Letter to Governor Doug Ducey Regarding Civics Testing

Mike, why use a dog whistle approach to your requirements? At least have the fortitude to say what you mean - that you only want white people working for the state. It has been proven these "achievement" tests are worded for and geared mainly to restrict members of minority populations from education and the general workforce. Why don't you instead work to get all school districts and schools on a level playing field by providing funds and materials equally throughout the state?

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Posted by icecld2 on 01/30/2015 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Open Letter to Governor Doug Ducey Regarding Civics Testing

The new definition of dark money is anything spent in opposition to YOUR favorite party. It has little to do with reality or outcome of elections.

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Posted by Rat T on 01/29/2015 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Open Letter to Governor Doug Ducey Regarding Civics Testing

NJVO:
This is at least PART of the point. I'm not sure I know what 'Dark Money' is. But I'm pretty sure it's NOT GOOD for the rest of us! Lobbyists are NOT SUPPOSED to CREATE LAW. And the 'monied elite' are not supposed to be able to get 'their stooge' elected.

If we have enough people in the Hallowed Halls who KNOW the limitations placed on government, they just MIGHT go along with them. And if THE PEOPLE OUT HERE ALSO KNOW, there is a possibility we could recover our Country from the illegals, the Islamists, and the corrupt politicians. We MUST teach the Constitution. And NOT the one with the little 'footnotes' about things like 'direct taxation is oermitted now throughthe 16th amendment', and the 17th having fixed some non-existent 'flaw', and how LOTS of stuff under the 14th changes everything.

I want my Coutnry back, and this is a place to start!

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Posted by Bill Randal on 01/29/2015 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Open Letter to Governor Doug Ducey Regarding Civics Testing

Would a modern civics test include questions about:
1. dark money
2. how a lobbyist creates a law
3. how a few corporations or monied elite can get their stooge elected?

We really need to be thinking "recall"

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Posted by NJYD on 01/29/2015 at 9:18 AM

Re: “Open Letter to Governor Doug Ducey Regarding Civics Testing

I took one of the online "sample" tests just to see where I scored. I was ashamed that I only got 96% correct. I attribute that to it being 45 years since I took the last of the REQUIRED civics classes. Point being, back in the pre-1970 dark ages, everyone took classes is civics, government, etc, to learn how the American way of government works. Over the last 4 decades, schools have drifted away from those basic courses, and you can see some of the results right here in Tucson. Governor Ducey has the right idea, teach the students how we got to where we are, and how to succeed in the future.

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Posted by n7iqv on 01/29/2015 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Open Letter to Governor Doug Ducey Regarding Civics Testing

Our current president TAUGHT the USC but seems not to understand it himself. These are not bad ideas. We have become an ignorant populace led by opportunistic ignorance.

How did Rome fall?

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Posted by Rat T on 01/29/2015 at 6:36 AM

Re: “Open Letter to Governor Doug Ducey Regarding Civics Testing

So Mike, did you put this "intelligent" work together while enjoying a mesquite bean infused craft beer downtown or on the "Avenue" in some place where "intelligent" people hang out? Or, did you put it together on the clock at TUSD or The UA where you are working on a "Special Project"? You "Longtime Educator" You!

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Posted by mrbigshotno1 on 01/29/2015 at 5:12 AM

Re: “Open Letter to Governor Doug Ducey Regarding Civics Testing

You want our elected officials to pass at 90% level?? Good luck with that! I went to school in the Phoenix area for 4th through 12th grade, with one year out while I lived and went to school in Orem, Utah. I felt like I had a pretty decent education and could have passed that citizenship test without difficulty when I graduated from high school. In fact I could have almost or passed that test when I graduated from grade school, because history, civics, and how the government worked was incorporated into our classroom education in geography, history & current affairs. This was in the '62 graduation from grade school & '66 graduation from high school era.
So, what happened? Please don't blame it on "rote memorization for tests" because that hasn't been the case. So how is it possible that our students don't routinely learn how our government works, both federal & state, during their classroom experience over the years of their grade school/high school experience? Does that particular piece of education need to be highlighted in some way that doesn't happen now. Does "civics" need to be included in the grade school/high school experience as a formally titled class or as a component of a required history class? Do we need to pink highlight "hey you, this is how our government works, now learn it and remember it for the test?" Bottom line, is this info being taught & tested on within current classes throughout the state? Does this information simply need to be incorporated into a daily classroom session of "current events" information that the students are responsbile to report on? Current Events and the "Weekly Reader" were favorites of mine....and I'm a news junkie now. Thinking outloud here.

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Posted by tiredofpc on 01/29/2015 at 2:57 AM

Re: “Guest Commentary

Every time I hear a republican politician uses the old who Obama care took 716 billion dollars away from Meidcare" talking point can write them off "just another Tea Party - Koch Brothers funded". fraud That is the biggest lie that was ever told. The ACA took money away from Medicare Advantage which is giant Insurance company cash cow that puts hundreds of billions of dollars into the insurance companies pockets and lets them deny any care they want. Kind of like the govenment student loan program is a giant rip off, where the banks and government overly profit on the backs of students and young families just starting out in life. Any one turing 65 who signs up for a Medicare Advantage Plan (which is being phased out by the ACA) is a uninformed fool. It may sound good deal because it comes at little or no cost, but you lose the option to enroll in a Medigap plan after one year without being rated (which means you stuck in a plan where you are at the mercy of insurance companies for the rest of your life.

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Posted by Allan Hammerel on 01/22/2015 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Echoes and Ripples

Well said Ross. Your example of strength, courage, and determination are exemplary! My thoughts and prayers are always with you and your family. Your son would be extreme of proud of the ripples you've created to honor his life.

Mac

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Posted by Mac on 01/10/2015 at 5:32 AM

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