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Re: “Is Prop 205 Right for Arizona?

Thanks, Carpet Baggers, you brought up some interesting points that I'd like to investigate further. It's beginning to seem like an ugly rock-vs.-hard-place situation for ordinary Arizona citizens who are tired of prohibition.

9 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Ex-Arizonan on 08/18/2016 at 8:26 PM

Re: “State of Mind

The attacks on Paris, Orlando, Istanbul, Nice, etc. are all signs of unprecedented peace? Huh. Go figure.

6 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Ex-Arizonan on 08/18/2016 at 8:09 PM

Re: “Adios, Compadre

Wonderful job, Dan.

7 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by doug on 08/18/2016 at 7:49 PM

Re: “Adios, Compadre

Thank you for such a beautiful portrait of a beautiful man. I met Michael way back when we were both 14, his Sister Lindy was my next door neighbor in Topanga, she introduced us, and our friendship lasted a lifetime. Oh how beautiful Heavens music just became with the addition of Michaels chocolate voice and rich songs.
Adios my friend. May the Wind Lift You.

11 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Wendy Skolfield on 08/18/2016 at 6:48 PM

Re: “Arizona Health Department Reports First Case of Zika Virus in Maricopa County

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Posted by Lawson Alex Cuevas on 08/18/2016 at 6:43 PM

Re: “Adios, Compadre

What a gracious man of music he was!

11 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Jo Wilkinson on 08/18/2016 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Best Two out of Three

Debbi L - #VoteProgressive. Check out my ideas on my website Powers For The People dot net. My platform is much different from the privately funded candidates. Also, since I have been a blogger for 10 years, it is easy for people to find my opinions on just about everything.

Thanks, Nick, for a fair and balanced report of our race.

8 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by hadley on 08/18/2016 at 5:48 PM

Re: “Adios, Compadre

You've taken memorializing to a beautiful new level, Dan, in expressing the emotions of a community that has cherished Michael and so many Ronstadts over time. His family, my family, and so many others were long intertwined in the fabric of this town, and it hurts terribly when another thread snaps. The night last year that others and I thrilled at Michael's rich music in my back patio is a gift I'll always have.

15 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Dianne Bret Harte on 08/18/2016 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Media Watch

"The newspaper industry is suffering. That’s bad news for journalists..." Journalism: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) https://youtu.be/bq2_wSsDwkQ

Posted by Slick Show on 08/18/2016 at 4:25 PM

Re: “Greg Miller Out At the State Board of Education

I've got to agree with Daniel S Frances. Maybe you haven't seen the video interview with Mr Baker. And Governor Ducey appointed him!!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXO7jAaXtIk

8 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Can't be All Bad on 08/18/2016 at 4:03 PM

Re: “Greg Miller Out At the State Board of Education

sgsmith: The links were to provide information, to those interested, about a couple of groups that are making a constructive difference in holding elected officials in Arizona governance accountable. They were offered as evidence to back up the words I used when I expressed the opinion that collective action matters. The latter group's increasing influence is relevant to understanding the decision that was just made about filling the post on the state board of education, the subject of Safier's blog post here.

You seem, in general, to have good insights into what's going on in Arizona. My personal opinion is that it would be a better state if those who share your awareness of the problems would not conclude, as you seemed to above, that there is no solution, though I admit it can be tempting to take that position when you take a good hard look at what goes on here.

As for collective action not going anywhere without money to back it, I am encouraged when I consider the slim margin of victory for Prop 123, and then the Yes campaign's VS. the No campaign's funding levels. Money is a factor. It is not the only factor, and there are still some ways to get things done without the Koch brothers or others of their ilk backing you.

9 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Collective Action Makes a Difference on 08/18/2016 at 3:33 PM

Re: “A Broke Student’s Guide

$8,500 per year? Did they legalize crack?

10 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Starving Artist on 08/18/2016 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Adios, Compadre

What a beautiful tribute to a man of such talent and who has passed his legacy to his amazing sons. I had the pleasure of meeting Michael and his family at common ground on the hill. What a privilege to have had that experience. He will be greatly missed but his rich legacy will live on in his family

17 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by jeaneansongcomartin6@gmail.com on 08/18/2016 at 2:57 PM

Re: “A Broke Student’s Guide

Where is "ride a bike" on the list? Average cost of owning, operating and maintaining a car is $8,500 per year and a UA parking pass is over $650. You can save a lot of money and get nice muscle tone without joining a gym or attempting to get in to the Rec Center by opting to ride a bike. Just saying.

5 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Kylie Walzak on 08/18/2016 at 2:51 PM

Re: “National Education Policy Center: Class Size and Money Both Matter in Education

Money matters, but it is equally--if not more--important HOW money is spent. The Tucson Unified School District, for example, receives at least $340 million dollars per year in funding for approx. 50K students. However, the money is misspent in opaque and suspicious processes, which is the case in most failing or suspiciously opaque districts. The result is low or stagnant achievement levels.

When, for example, a district decides to buy e-textbooks before ensuring that all students have access to a computer, money is wasted and students suffer. But the administration remains popular, well-liked. When classroom aids are fired and long-term substitute pay is cut so the superintendent can take 6 figures home each year, money is wasted and students suffer. But the school board can say they have strived hard to stabilize the district by keeping one superintendent in place and they can pat themselves on the back in front of their constituencies. Students continue to suffer.

The problem in TUSD is not money (or overly large classes). The problem here is a combination of the school board and the superintendent and the faulty way they spend money on things that do not benefit the students. Indeed, the students suffer.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Rachael Sedgwick on 08/18/2016 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Danehy

Hey EE
It might be because the daily fish wrap in this town is so pathetic with everyone singin from the same hymnal. All Fitz all the time is unbearable and I'm sure the hell not gonna pay for that rag.
Don't agree with Tom often but who else are we supposed to read in Grijalva Gulch?
Isn't nice to have some lively debate or do you really want all "likes" all the time.
Not trying to convince the other side of anything, just a place to vent.

10 likes, 31 dislikes
Posted by The Vince of darkness on 08/18/2016 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Greg Miller Out At the State Board of Education

Collective Action Makes a Difference,

Fortunately for me, my cynicism (one of those “-isms” I wrote of earlier) is only surpassed by my tolerance of those who would judge me without knowing who I am.

Nevertheless, it has been my experience that those who collectively engage in the political process, no matter how well meaning and committed, are like voices crying in a wilderness unless they have the financial means to overcome those who have been gaming the system for a very long time.

Not-so-recent history has also demonstrated how some of those trying to work collectively – the nascent Taxed Enough Already (TEA) party – were initially co-opted by naïve Republican operatives who thought they could control them and ultimately by more nefarious people behind the scene to put our nation into this post thermo-nuclear partisan political apocalyptic landscape that has delivered a 2016 presidential race worthy of combat in the Thunder Dome, but I digress.

Stop with the links and use your own words to express your opinion, otherwise it’s just spam.

10 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by sgsmith on 08/18/2016 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Danehy

And a jury of his peers found OJ Simpson innocent of the murder he committed. Did we suspend all laws? No. You have to fight the good fight. Just make sure you can find the truth. Facts speak for themselves

Like this:

http://www.thefederalistpapers.org/us/hacked-email-reveals-who-is-behind-al-gores-climate-change-agenda?utm_source=COTR&utm_medium=COTR&utm_campaign=COTR

$30M from a communist for Gore to promote global warming? I guess science has lost credibility on this one too.

11 likes, 32 dislikes
Posted by Dave Nelson on 08/18/2016 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Danehy

Everyone knows Tom leans left. So why do all the right wingers come out in force after every column? The right and left are very far apart in their perceptions of reality and neither are budging. I don't see any point in trying to convince the other side of their folly. However, it is encouraging that many prominent right wing columnist like George Will and Jonah Goldberg see Trump as the trainwreck that he is.
I don't believe everyone who supports Trump is a racist, but I think Charlie Murphy is more right than wrong.

18 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by E. Espinoza on 08/18/2016 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Greg Miller Out At the State Board of Education

sgsmith: It would be a shame if you wasted so much good insight in nothing more than standard-issue cynicism.

You've left out the proper citizens' role, which is to observe, participate, comment, make INFORMED votes and apply collective pressure where needed. Much can be accomplished to keep our governance from going off the rails if the citizenry does its job, but it does require doing the work of organizing and civic participation, not just being a solitary voice.

Cf. Tucson Residents for Responsive Government, https://tucsontrrg.org

Daniel S: the Vail parent association helped get Prop 123 passed. Vail is a relatively conservative constituency that has become an active lobbying presence in Arizona:

http://tucson.com/news/local/education/parent-group-in-vail-successful-in-advocating-for-school-funding/article_a1b403c0-60ac-11e6-8252-330369ba5163.html

http://www.vailparentnetwork.org

10 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Collective Action Makes a Difference on 08/18/2016 at 1:42 PM

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