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Re: “Apocalypse Soon?

It's 2016. How is he doing? Has anyone told him about the natural gas reserves underground and how his Vespa can run on fumes from small bbqs? Is he still teaching?

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Posted by Don S on 04/29/2016 at 11:39 AM

Re: “Bad Apple?

The whole family voted YES on 123. And our daughter is a teacher. The time is now, the opportunity is now. The schools can't wait.

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Posted by Donna Arvello on 04/29/2016 at 11:31 AM

Re: “Bad Apple?

For anyone who is thinking of voting for Prop 123, if you haven't closely examined the triggers in the law, I suggest you read the full proposition in the ballot guide (check your mail). I heard it was bad, but IT IS FREAKING UNBELIEVABLE!!! Sure, we will get $250 million in May (divided by all the schools in Arizona), but consider this...It gives Ducey the power to reduce funding if any one of a numerous Republican-happy triggers hit, and that trigger could be pulled as early as NEXT YEAR, NOT 10 YEARS FROM NOW!!!

If you are planning on teaching more than 1 year, or you care about kids who still have many years to go, then vote you must vote NO. I found this statement the most astonishing - "The proposition also would allow the state to temporarily suspend future inflation increases during periods of economic slowdown in which sales tax revenue and employment each grew more than 1% but less than 2% in the prior year.


Does anyone really foresee tax revenue increasing more than 1% with a REPUBLICAN governor and legislature?!? THINK ABOUT IT! It hasn't happened since 1992!!

A 6% raise for me would mean $85 more dollars a paycheck, BEFORE taxes. After taxes, it comes out to .31 cents more per hour. Is it worth it? For one year? For such a dangerous change to the constitution? Because you KNOW they have built in so many triggers that it won't last for more than a year.#NoProp123

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Posted by Josh Leonard on 04/29/2016 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Bad Apple?

tiredofpc-Your comments might have carried some weight except for the fact that you referenced education in the 50s. Nobody would disagree with that. The problem is that everybody thinks money is the solution. It's not. When firefighters and police funds get cut, they still solve crime and put out fires.

But in education we all know that something is broken. And more money will make it worse.

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Posted by Dave Nelson on 04/29/2016 at 9:30 AM

Re: “Bad Apple?

Mighty Matilda, I was educated in AZ schools starting in the late 1950's. That education continued through high school & then through a BSN program at the U of A. It was considered a very good education then, and I still consider that to be true! My "Arizona education" allowed me to: 1) become an RN; 2) serve in the US Army to pay back my last year of the Army supporting my BSN program; 3) work at the local VA hospital in many different roles for 25 years; 4) become an Adult NP through a collaborative agreement between the U of A & our local VA; 5) resume my career in the Army as an USAR Army nurse; 6) serve in multiple areas around the world as an Army Nurse Corps Officer, to include two years at LRMC (Landstuhl Regional Medical Center) during two of the hottest periods of wounded/injured US Service Members during the wars of OEF/OIF. I would also say that many men & women, just like me, have been able to serve their communities and their country, because of the excellent educations they have received in our AZ public school systems. Today, because of huge, chronic cuts to public education over the last decade +, my experience is no longer true, and THAT IS THE TRAGEDY! We do NOT have to remain in the very most bottom of the barrel that we're in now. Please think about this and the words of others who are concerned about the status of our public schools.

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Posted by tiredofpc on 04/29/2016 at 8:17 AM

Re: “Bad Apple?

Thank you, Mr. Nintendo for keeping us informed on this brutal, and brutalizingly complex amendment to our constitution. The richest men in Arizona, Bob Parsons and Bruce Haile are pouring money into selling this to the voters. And, we have you. So thank you.

The good people at are working assiduously, helping to organize town halls and debates across the state to help voters understand this issue---privatizing public education is Duceys's end game. His ALEC lapdog legislators just slipped $5 million of our tax money into the propaganda machines at the Koch Brothers "think tanks" at ASU and UA, their avowed mission to eliminate public schools and replace them with for-profit private schools. Witness Ducey ordering $100 million to private charter schools this week, even as he warns that public schools get nothing if his precious Prop123 fails.

Thank you again for your careful coverage and willingness to uncover the corruption at our Capitol.

12 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Paul Stapleton-Smith on 04/28/2016 at 9:14 PM

Re: “Apocalypse Soon?


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Posted by Michael Neily on 04/28/2016 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Bad Apple?

Mighty Matilda, You are living in a bubble of illusion. It's not 40 years of liberal policies. Who has been in charge for the past 10 years? All conservative GOP. And Trump's popularity? November will tell. I think he will get schlonged.

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Posted by BrianS on 04/28/2016 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Bad Apple?

The irony in this whole issue is that it has been created by the left and their destruction of public education. There wouldn't be charter schools if publics hadn't moved so far left. There would have been funding if there hadn't been such a terrible waste of tax dollars for more then 40 years.

Accept the fact that you own this. Fixing it is going to take concessions. Which ones will you make?

As long as we are talking, the left also owns responsibility for creating Trump. He would not have been this popular if you hadn't overwhelmed the country with your liberal, open borders, welfare sucking, do nothing segment of the population.

Every time you guys try to make something worse, you succeed. Try to tone it down and rejoin the mainstream of society. You have made them angry.

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Posted by Mighty Matilda on 04/28/2016 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Bad Apple?

All of us would like to think that Proposition 123 is the best deal possible for Arizona’s school children present and future, and for their teachers. However, as Representative Bruce Wheeler has come to realize, the proposed settlement of the lawsuit for the refusal of legislature and governor to fully fund our schools in accord with the requirements of the state’s Constitution is a sham. It is a doozy of a deal that would condemn public education in our state to perpetual penuriousness. With governor Ducey and the legislative majority determined to cut taxes every year, how long will it be until the present 42% of the budget devoted to education becomes 50%, a no-no under Proposition 123? Thank you, Representative Wheeler, for continuing to study the issues after deciding to support Prop 123, and for sharing your change of mind with the people you truly represent. Any others having second thoughts? Speak up now before it’s too late.

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Posted by franklymydears on 04/28/2016 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Bad Apple?

Face it people — Arizona has become another plaything for those pulling strings behind the scenes to turn America into a cash cow for the well-connected one percent. Eliminating anything that could slow down the rush to a fully-realized plutocracy is the focus, and that focus includes creating an uneducated electorate that can be manipulated to ensure the façade of democracy remains so as to not scare off the rest of the world from doing business with America. The sooner they can take away your education and your vote the sooner the United States can become another state-run sweatshop for the global economy.

25 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by sgsmith on 04/28/2016 at 7:59 AM

Re: “For Pima's Sake

I think this was a well written and informative article! Thank you for taking the time to update us on what has been going on in the last few years.

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Posted by Alex Munden Greenwood on 04/26/2016 at 4:19 PM

Re: “For Pima's Sake

Concerned PCC Employee: I'd love to talk to employees who are still wary of what's going on at the college. If any employees would like to talk about specific concerns, please send me an email. (

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Posted by Chelo Grubb on 04/26/2016 at 9:25 AM

Re: “For Pima's Sake

I'd like to say that PCC is moving in the right direction, but there are still A LOT of bad decisions and sketchy practices happening throughout the Administration and HR. Either Chancellor Lambert is believing everything that is getting precariously filtered through to him by those Administrators below him, or he's part of it. It's hard to know for sure. I am not confident that PCC can or will get through this.

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Posted by Concerned PCC Employee on 04/25/2016 at 1:15 PM

Re: “For Pima's Sake

Pima Community College has professors that are too damn lazy to teach. When you have a Calculus teacher who refuses to teach the class in hopes that all his students are engineering majors and that none of them are, bleh, Biology majors, you have a problem. Every teacher you hire should expect to teach the subject they are being paid to teach. This is not high school. Each student is a paying customer and the teacher works for them. They don't seem to realize that at PCC. Without the paying students, you're all out of a job. Both of my daughters took some classes at PCC before going to UA or they took some at PCC while attending UA. Too many issues with PCC teachers to even be worth it for my fourth child. He'll get all of his work done at UA so he doesn't have to deal with the mess that is PCC. Close it down and give the property owners their property taxes back.

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Posted by Close it down on 04/24/2016 at 11:29 PM

Re: “Meet Vernon Walker, GOP City Council candidate

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Posted by Elie Fabs on 04/23/2016 at 4:52 AM

Re: “Tucson Crews


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Posted by Tucson's Most Wanted on 04/22/2016 at 12:39 AM

Re: “For Pima's Sake

This article contains precious little on meeting the the stated goals of prospective students and students.
It misses the fact that the College, despite having reinstated open admissions in both policy and its mission, continues a registration process mandating questionable placement tests that result in nearly
20% of those who come to register walking away and not enrolling.
And this article fails to show any concern on the part of anybody named in this article regarding the fact that a once very ethnically and racially diverse faculty full time faculty is now more than 80% white with only six of them being African Americans. If the faculty could "look like" the residents of Pima County in 1970, there is no excuse for not having a faculty that looks like Pima County now.
Yes, meeting the needs of the business community is a part of what a community does. But this should be done within the context of meeting STUDENTS goals and developing their talents. And what happened to the goal of developing students to be effective citizens in a democratic society?

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Posted by Dave Gallagher on 04/21/2016 at 7:57 AM

Re: “For Pima's Sake

One of the biggest challenges Pima Community College faces is trying to help the victims of 12 years of Arizona education — from elementary through High School levels, including public, private and charter schools. After 12 years of poor performance and getting passed along anyway, it is hard to fix what took years to create in a couple of semesters. On the “upside”, this is exactly the kind of electorate that the current state government wants — uneducated, struggling financially and easily swayed by not-to-sophisticated political shenanigans to take even more from the poor and give to the rich. Is it any wonder that they keep cutting education funding? If there are any doubts REALLY read Proposition 123 — if you can.

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Posted by sgsmith on 04/21/2016 at 7:17 AM

Re: “A New Billy the Kid?

Custer is no American hero more like a murderer of women and children for political gain

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Posted by t on 04/18/2016 at 10:44 AM

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