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Re: “Zona Politics: Your Primary Election Round-Up!

You only need to hear Victoria Steele speak for 30 seconds to realize that she is a people-person with the ability to listen as well as communicate effectively. Victoria was instrumental in the passage of several bills while serving in the AZ State Legislature - strong evidence of the collaborative skills we need but sorely lack in the US House. She's the real deal - passion tempered with the ability to collaborate and get the job done!

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Posted by Doin' My Homework on 08/28/2016 at 12:26 AM

Re: “Zona Politics: Your Primary Election Round-Up!

Victoria Steele stood out strongly and ahead in this discussion, as she does in her campaign and her values on issues. She is the only candidate who comes out coherently and compassionately on the many issues that we face in our nation. She has the courage to stand up and speak out and she will have the courage to do the good work that needs to be done. How much money one can raise is not what a moral and substantive campaign is about, and predicting an outcome on this basis is very troubling & reflective of what is deeply wrong in our Nation. Nevertheless, Victoria Steele is steadily raising campaign money and more importantly, strong endorsements from real movers and shakers!

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Posted by Woman for Steele on 08/27/2016 at 10:52 PM

Re: “Zona Politics: Your Primary Election Round-Up!

If you want to talk about which candidate can get things done, then you need to look at Victoria Steele. Her record in the State legislature speaks for itself. McSally is a one note Johnny with Davis Monathan AFB and the A-10 as her only positive note. That's important to the Tucson economy, but there are a lot of other important issues and she backs the Tea Party on every one. She's a protégé of Jon Kyl and it shows. If you want a candidate that understands the public interest, Steele should be your candidate.

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Posted by AF Vet on 08/27/2016 at 9:32 PM

Re: “Zona Politics: Your Primary Election Round-Up!

Mc Silly has passed a lot of bills? In what Congress? She's voted on a lot of bills . . . like shutting down Planned Parenthood and the Affordable Care Act. Give me a break! McSilly's a total Koch sucker.

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Posted by The Duke on 08/27/2016 at 8:47 PM

Re: “Congressional Candidate Victoria Steele Has a New Campaign Team

Victoria Steele is the type of individual we Need To Elect here in Tucson. John McCain and Martha McSally are the typical Republicans who side with the rich Republican donors, take their money and carry out their agendas, and heck with the individuals who live in the districts that require true and honest leadership. Honest individuals, which McSally and McCain are not, need take care of the pressing issues that plague our city and state. McCain and McSally should Never be allowed to be Bought by the rich ever!!!! Get Them All Out Of Politics, stop taking the bribes and run the race as it should be run. Fair and Square without the Payouts to the pocketbook!!!! Elect Victoria Steele, who will and can do the Job the right way. She stands by guiding principals that we can be proud of and she can be trusted!!!

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Posted by Upfront and Honest on 08/27/2016 at 10:39 AM

Re: “Silicon Valley Businesses Move to Phoenix—Because It's Cheaper

I referred to Wrong, Again as a "gift" and my comment got removed.

I must have offended the poor dear.

You poor, sensitive dear.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 08/27/2016 at 7:44 AM

Re: “The New York Times is Telling the Story of How Tucson Became an 'Unlikely Food Star'

Weeeelllll...I think you're both sort of right, JJ. Yes, the focus was very much on the UNESCO designation, but I thought there was a faintly patronizing air about the article, as if the writer were racking her brains wondering how on earth this utterly provincial little desert hamlet could ever have earned such an honor.

Posted by Ex-Arizonan on 08/27/2016 at 4:26 AM

Re: “The New York Times is Telling the Story of How Tucson Became an 'Unlikely Food Star'

TW missed the point of the NYT article. It was not about Sonoran cuisine or restaurants. See here for more info http://tucson.com/business/local/unesco-de…

Posted by jjmarks on 08/26/2016 at 6:34 PM

Re: “What John Oliver Said About Charter Schools

Being paid with "taxpayer money" should mean that charter schools will open their books for taxpayer review and approval. But it apparently does not make them flinch at all. The examples mentioned by John Oliver for administrative malfeasance, deceitful "EMO" operations and hollow online charters are not fictitious. And as such, these operations are not just unethical but they are truly repulsive and nauseating abuses of a public trust. All charter school operations should open their books and show how they work and who gets what. Anyone who runs a clean and effective charter should just do it.

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Posted by Thinking_Allowed on 08/26/2016 at 5:41 PM

Re: “World View Case Moves Forward After Motion Denied

Real economic opportunities do not need to be tied to tax payer dollars and dependent politicians. IBM disproved the adage, "if you build it they will stay." We have commercial spaces available and we have open land that could be developed. It does appear the PC took jobs/income away from local business in an effort to "look" successful.

Fix the damn roads and arrest the criminals. That's what they were elected to do.

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Posted by Art Chapman on 08/26/2016 at 3:47 PM

Re: “World View Case Moves Forward After Motion Denied

World View represents the first real opportunity in a long time to create a new industry and worthwhile jobs in Tucson, on a large scale. Those who oppose its stationing in our neighborhood are willing to blow off what could be the anchor for Tucson's first new, major economic development in memory.

That would send a clear signal to other entrepreneurs and large investors to stay away, condemning our region to yet more decades of underdevelopment, lack of opportunity, failure to attract talent, and poverty -- all of which would continue to favor Maricopa County's development and domination, which is the real point of this lawsuit.

It's easy to lambast public officials, easy as it is to shoot yourself in the foot, two self-destructive entertainments popular among our more-benighted residents. "Keep Tucson s****y," indeed.

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Posted by Jake on 08/26/2016 at 1:28 PM

Re: “McCain: "I Don't Want To Be One of These Old Guys That Should've Shoved Off"

Mccain obviously needs to be pushed out of office. For some time his days have been numbered, he is lucky to have fooled so many for so long. Mccain has been on both sides of the fence forever, often stabbing his constituents in the back. Time to go was twenty years ago!!

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Posted by Todd Matousek on 08/26/2016 at 1:13 PM

Re: “What John Oliver Said About Charter Schools

Money. Money. Money. You have got to adjust the message because people catch on to that too fast. Why not call it something else. Like "let's INVEST in our children."

Oh wait, they're not our children are they? AZ teaching professional choose not to send their kids to public schools so they earn enough to pay for it. But let's continue to keep the poor down and leave them stuck in declining schools with less than the best teachers. You're the one that said they are working in other fields.

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Posted by Healthcare Destroyed, Education Is Next on 08/26/2016 at 9:41 AM

Re: “World View Case Moves Forward After Motion Denied

Put Chuckelberry on the first baloon!
Fix the roads!

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Posted by Gandalf the White on 08/26/2016 at 9:31 AM

Re: “What John Oliver Said About Charter Schools

If the kind of change Trump supporters are looking for does come, I suspect they will find that they have plenty more to lose. But, for the time being, it seems to feel good to many people in this country to make emphatic, "in your face" statements which promote the idea that a crass, unstable real estate developer will magically be able to solve all our problems as a nation. It is deeply troubling.

College educated, credentialed t​eachers who are choosing not to work in their profession because it does not pay a professional wage comparable to what they can earn in other professions ​requiring college degrees ​-- and there are thousands like this in the state now, more than enough to fill all the vacant positions currently filled by insufficiently qualified substitutes -- are not like Washington insiders who don't want to give up their unreasonably inflated salaries. They are people who could be doing the next generation a valuable and much-needed service, but ​who are unable or unwilling​​, quite reasonably, to provide that service at far below what is reasonable compensation for work requiring that much up-front investment in the education required to qualify. ​​

In a context where the cost of college tuition has risen more than 300% in the last 30 years, education professionals, like other members of the college educated middle class, have to be prepared to pay back their own educational loans and to pay a small fortune to educate their own children.

Because t​here are ​so ​many people ​in this state ​who don't think their own children are worth the investment it actually takes to maintain fully qualified professionals in K-12 schools​, many of our Arizona teaching professionals have to work in other fields in order to be able to afford to fully educate their own children. A sad irony.

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Posted by Clearer Understanding Needed on 08/26/2016 at 7:00 AM

Re: “What John Oliver Said About Charter Schools

No it isn't. You sound just like Washington insiders opposing Donald Trump to preserve their income. Had enough, and we have nothing more to lose. Change is coming.

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Posted by Tony V on 08/25/2016 at 8:20 PM

Re: “World View Case Moves Forward After Motion Denied

Yes they did.

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Posted by Debbi L on 08/25/2016 at 8:17 PM

Re: “Crooked Teeth and a New Brewery

I'm looking forward to the opening day as well! :)

Posted by jonralston on 08/25/2016 at 7:41 PM

Re: “What John Oliver Said About Charter Schools

Huppenthal and / or whoever may be commenting under jhuppent@hotmail.com:

Motivation is important. Student and parent engagement are important.

Employing professional teachers who have an ACCURATE understanding of how learning works and what the best methods are in each of the subject areas is also critically important, and, as I have pointed out before, when you pay professionals with college degrees (and many of them with master's degrees) in their fields the paltry "salaries" they are paid in this state, you will not be able to retain the kind of professional educators that can most benefit students in Arizona classrooms.

Decision makers in the field of education in this state seem to believe it is possible to go back to how the profession was managed before educated women had other professional opportunities. These days, women are not constrained to "teacher, nurse, or secretary." The unavailability of other options (and the fact that most teachers were women whose husbands were the main wage earners in their families) is what kept salaries in the profession depressed for so long. These days, if you want to retain the most qualified people in the profession, you have to compete with salaries in medicine, law, business.

A friends knows of former classmates at the University of Vermont College of Education, where she got her teaching credentials, who after a couple of decades in the teaching profession are making over $100K per year. Teaching in Tucson, this woman is making $40-something K with the same number of years of experience.

If you're so interested in free market models perhaps you should do a little more research in the area of human resources and human capital. Paying teachers as little as we do is destroying our education system in this state.

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Posted by Clearer Understanding Needed on Both Sides of Fence on 08/25/2016 at 4:39 PM

Re: “Silicon Valley Businesses Move to Phoenix—Because It's Cheaper

Have a nice day.

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Posted by What is this town thinking? on 08/25/2016 at 3:12 PM

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