I was visiting my daughter in LA a few weeks ago, before the recent rains came. While walking her dog in her South Pasadena neighborhood, I marveled at all the lush green lawns, tropical plants, neighbors washing their driveways off with garden hoses, and washing their luxury cars. Excess irrigation water ran down the hills into the storm sewers. On the expressways there are notices on signs announcing the drought and recommending conserving water. On the recently irrigated driveways, the Sunday LA Times headlines almost 2 inches high read DROUGHT!. No one seems to notice. The air was thick, gray and acrid. I walked miles and miles over a weeks time, looked at many different neighborhoods, and witnessed only 2 xeriscaped yards. I saw no rain harvesting equipment or gray water being recycled. Similar to when you hike in the desert, work out, exercise, or work in a hot and arid environment, if you wait until you feel thirsty, it may just be too late.
I am an Arizona native. Born in Phoenix, my parents had the good sense to escape to Tucson when I was 6. At 21 I couldn't wait to get out of town and moved to CA. After a month there, I longed for the open spaces of Tucson. It took me 6 years to get back to Tucson, but I finally made it home. The thing I love most about Tucson is its diversity. Theatre, check. Hiking, check. Clubbing, check. Sports, check. There is something for everyone here. That is our "selling" point. If you don't care for a particular activity, don't participate! But don't put it down, just like you would not expect others to negate your chosen activity. Co-Exist! Tolerate! Diversify and try something new. Help Tucson celebrate our multi-faceted culture and La Fiesta de los Vaqueros is a huge part of that. Excellent article Mr. Ortega, Tucson is blessed by your presence.
Almost 48 years in Tucson, after 10 years in Phoenix when my family moved there when I was a little kid. In Phoenix, there were hitching posts outside of the "rural" stores when we moved there in 1956. Phoenix became more "sophisticated" yet I felt warm and welcomed when I moved to Tucson in 1966. Yeah, we weren't so "sophisticated." What we were instead was real. We lived here, we loved it, we liked all of those around us, we thought that Tucson was the neatest thing since sliced bread, and that especially included Rodeo Week!
We welcomed the unwitting tourists driving through who were hijacked, lasooed, hog-tied and brought into our town for the Rodeo weekend, captives of our welcoming spirit. We've also welcomed minor league baseball, winter camp baseball, horse racing and now soccer. We've lost some of those to our sister city to the north, but we can still extend the welcome of Tucson to those who want to join us.
We are a town, a culture of inclusiveness, and it does not, nor should not be any kind of "either/or." There's room here for all, diversity, traditions, and newcomers. Pleae, Mr. Pederson, think about our inclusive Tucson, not an exclusive Tucson.
Hey Mayor R, Guess you need to call Mr. Sanchez head of TUSD and ask him about the inside deal on that contractor that was all over the Arizona Daily Star on Sunday. About the same level of Sunnyside School District bullshit.
We are nothing more than a crappy little Mexican village.
I used to teach in Yuma, lots of exper at the front of the classroom. Loved it. Parents interfere too. Principals don't back their teachers, running scared - too much. School Boards should ONLY set policy and stay the hell out of the school rooms - period. School Unions - get lost and stay away from Board Members period. Isolate every group from everyone else. The kids and the teachers should be able to bond together and no one gets in the way - NO ONE. There, (I said it, and I'm glad)
Hey Mayor R. You can't have a city that's an "Immigrant Welcoming City" and have great schools at the same time. The answer to the first line on paragraph three...is this..60% Hispanic students in TUSD and over 45% Hispanic population in Tucson. When your city is compared to Detroit you have a problem. By the way go fix some potholes then you can go and blabber about the bad schools here.
"T is for trouble. Trouble, trouble, trouble." - Sesame Street, 1992.
Keep it simple Johnathan. All that alliteration helps us.
Sounds like a great program Mr. Mayor. Reading is the keystone of education, and you have to make it fun.
Stupid is as stupid does!
The first step to attract business and jobs is to remove the homeless skum! Pass and vigorously enforce a no outdoor lodging ordinance and the worthless skum will move on to LA or some other bleeding heart community. Then you can take the lines off the sidewalk.
Stronger schools will help kids learn how to spell "Commentary."
Obviously, the three Rs you are talking about is to turn the kids into
I think that this is the current strategy. That's why we have such a poor system.
Don't you get it folks, the troglodytes who the morons elect want to keep Arizona's education system in the crapper for a reason.
It's the only way to keep the electorate stupid enough to keep re-electing them.
And just look how well it's working.
Sure, JUST throw more money at it.... Tucson is headed the way of other Failed Liberal Experiments. If the "Public Schools" are to be fixed, Get the Unions out, Bring back Discipline, Throw out "Common Core", and get back to basic teaching, RRR.
Time for more folks to speak up, get out your writing pens and support with letters and actions those who are bent to protect real public education in our communities. Public education that we control with elected school boards, tax override elections and open school board meetings where public input is welcome. I feel one of the problems with support for public education (District Schools) in Arizona is the disconnect so many people have that have retired and relocated here.
Many seniors have no history or involvement with our local schools. They just know the schools exist and are on their property tax bills. What each and everyone of us must realize is properly funded public schools are the protection of the value of our homes. The value of our property is directly tied to the public schools in our area. Anyone relocating and buying a home looks at the schools in the area before they buy. Homes in districts of highly rated schools sell faster and for higher prices than poorly rated schools with buildings in need of repair.
Ask any real estate sales person, one of the first questions a prospective buyers asks is, in what school district is the home located. To protect and maintain the value of our homes, we must reserve public financing for our schools.
If we want the best use of our tax dollars the dual system of public education dividing our public funds for what has become a false choice of public charter schools and private schools must end. Not to harm them in anyway, but to expect them to be financed by the people that choose to use them. With limited funds and so many public needs our first priority must be the schools in our districts within our control. It is only reasonable for us to expect our elected representatives to work with us to protect our property values, our investments in our homes with state funds to our local district schools. Don't allow anyone for any reason to pollute our environment, dirty our water or air, contaminate our food or destroy our schools through lack of proper funding.
Enlist seniors to protect and enhance property values, point out the advantages to our young people the value to their own futures and jobs in our community with completed educations. It must be a community effort, just keep working and building support among all of our people.
The real problem is man's sinful nature. Got a fix?
The real problem is the lack of mental health services in Arizona and in the United States. These people need professional help and are not in thier right mind. They need to be treated by mental health professionals not left on the street and ignored, pushing them further to the margins and even more out of their minds.
I don;t want criminals or mentally ill people to own guns. No person who owns guns wants them to have access to weapons.
It was irresponsible of Giffords not to have security on site. This is a dangerous world. Too bad her staff didn't see that.
I wonder what would have happened if criminals and mentally ill people could not purchase guns.
I wonder what would have happened if Gabby had a Sheriff's Deputy or a privately hired security agent to protect her and the public.
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