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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch

Re: “Trump's Childcare Plan Is As Phony as the Rest of His Proposals

Vince, please. Your entire response to me was personal--"you come across as Mr. Bullshit Media"--so don't go whining when you get it back, you big crybaby. You're right: I do take this issue personally. My mom spent most of the last four decades of her life taking care of preschool kids. That meant getting up five days a week and spending a full day chasing after more than two dozen kids. She didn't have to, but she chose to keep working well into her 80s because she wanted to make the lives of those kids better, not because she wanted to "indoctrinate" them in anything, unless you consider teaching reading, going on field trips and making pinch pots to be some weird form of indoctrination.

And here's the deal: My mom is not alone in trying to help these kids have happy childhoods. The teachers who take care of my kid during the day couldn't be a better bunch. They're not a crew of Cold War leftovers who are trying to teach kids about the glories of the Motherland. They work way harder than I do and they deserve respect, not your cheap insults. And the results with my kid have been spectacular. She is whip-smart, curious, happy and has the sweetest temperament imaginable. I'm lucky, I can afford do send her to one of the best early childhood education schools in town. Every kid should have the opportunities she has.

And that's not even getting started on the other point I made about how if you want single moms to work and build a better life so they're not dependent on government for the rest of their lives, you have to make sure they have safe, reliable childcare. That's a simple idea and one that Republicans embraced when welfare reform passed in the 1990s. Sadly, at least in AZ, Republicans have turned out to be deadbeat dads, at least when it comes to holding up their end of the bargain there.

It's not about "institutionalization" or whatever dumb ideological one-track notion you have in your head. It's about education and making sure we can compete with the rest of the world in the 21st century. And that starts with taking care of kids to build them up rather than leave them victims of neglect and abuse. If that point eludes you, you're more deplorable than I ever imagined.

27 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by Nintz on 09/16/2016 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Tucson Is A Vacuum—And I'm Ok With That

A great place to be "from" (and never come back) if you can make enough money to get out of here. For others we see in certain parts of town that's hopelessly impossible so their only escape is numbing themselves with drugs and alcohol.

5 likes, 21 dislikes
Posted by Drew on 09/16/2016 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Cinema Clips: Eight Days a Week

"This band did what they did in just seven years."

Also, by the time they split up, they were still in their 20s.

What they accomplished was absolutely amazing. There will never be another musical act like them.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 09/16/2016 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Tucson Is A Vacuum—And I'm Ok With That

We are the earth;

Let's step up our respect and use the right words to demonstrate that our admiration isn't fleeting or shallow.

"it's only a search away"....

10 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Many Generations Home on 09/16/2016 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Trump's Childcare Plan Is As Phony as the Rest of His Proposals

No, You didn't serve me.

But Nintz sure served you!

The more you believe the nonsense which you actually type, you're only serving yourself.

Have a blessed day. DC

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 09/16/2016 at 8:53 AM

Re: “Trump's Childcare Plan Is As Phony as the Rest of His Proposals

Is it your job to be Jimbo's little cheerleader?
Sounded like typical liberal outrage when I dared to challenge him in his little newspaper.
I'm "wrong" and he's got the moral high ground? Says who? Just "opinions" and everybody
has one. Then of course, it is time to go personal. He knows nothing about my charitable
giving or volunteering, but since I don't want to solve problems exclusively through government,
I must be an evil person. The Trump plans promotes child abandonment? Come on.
Try to come up with your own original thought AZ/DC. Now you've been served.

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Posted by The Vince of darkness on 09/16/2016 at 8:42 AM

Re: “Teacher Shortages: Things Are Bad All Over (Only More So In Arizona)

Teaching is a profession for which people get an education, serve an internship and obtain hours of further education. However, the amount of oversight and administratium just becomes more than the job is worth to many. Not to mention pay, uncertainty from year to year and so on. And, even before that many leave the business after five years. It is expensive to get the licensing testing ($500) and states do not recognize one another's - one thing for nurses, who earn more, but for teachers?? Change the way the job is managed and perhaps more people will go into it--we discourage so many young, new graduates, with all of this. I have an unused MEd in AZ...

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Posted by MaryE2 on 09/16/2016 at 8:08 AM

Re: “Trump's Childcare Plan Is As Phony as the Rest of His Proposals

Vince got served!

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 09/16/2016 at 7:36 AM

Re: “Tucson Is A Vacuum—And I'm Ok With That

Tucson. Fresno, without the charm.

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Posted by Gandalf the white on 09/16/2016 at 7:28 AM

Re: “Woman Calls Out Cheating Husband Via Billboard

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Posted by Raymond Williams on 09/16/2016 at 6:53 AM

Re: “Song of the Day: 'Tucson Kills'

No. Drug addiction kills. Tucson is peculiar in some ways, but overall is no better or worse than any other comparably-sized city. Tucson could be a great city, if more people cared about making it so. I'm afraid this video will just confirm perceptions that Tucson attracts burnouts and misfits, for reasons that are too melancholy to contemplate.

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Posted by Starcommand on 09/16/2016 at 5:26 AM

Re: “Teacher Shortages: Things Are Bad All Over (Only More So In Arizona)

There's plenty of money spent by Arizona for K-12 education and it is a priority -

...............for illegals.

Analysis of the latest Census data indicates that Arizona’s illegal immigrant population is costing the state’s taxpayers about $1.3 billion per year for education, medical care and incarceration. Even if the estimated tax contributions of illegal immi- grant workers are subtracted, net outlays still amount to more than $1 billion per year. The annual fiscal burden borne by Arizonans amounts to more than $700 per household headed by a native-born resident.

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Posted by What, Again on 09/16/2016 at 5:24 AM

Re: “Teacher Shortages: Things Are Bad All Over (Only More So In Arizona)

I moved to Arizona at the age of 5, in 1967 and the schools sucked back then too. My education in this state was completely inferior compared to the education my cousins were receiving in New York, where I was born. Nothing has changed and it never will until we increase property taxes, which is how schools are funded back East. Without properly funded education, our schools will always be inferior and there will be teacher shortages. I, myself, tried to make a difference by getting my Bachelor's Degree in Education, but could only teach for 5 years in Arizona because I was having to spend my own paycheck on classroom supplies. Additionally, every year, my job was not secure. School districts were constantly laying off teachers. Then, they would call you back in the middle of the summer (after laying you off so they didn't have to pay for your benefits through the summer months) and ask you to come back the next school year. Who would want to teach under those conditions? Don't even get me started about the pay scale either. Bottom line, until we make education funding a priority in Arizona, schools will not be successful and teachers will not want to teach.

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Posted by Bette House Tetreault on 09/15/2016 at 11:49 PM

Re: “Trump's Childcare Plan Is As Phony as the Rest of His Proposals

Wow, I think I hit a nerve with the usually cool, calm and collected Nintzel.
We must have read different proposals.
I'm enjoying grandkids these days Jim. So don't try to shame me into raising everyone else's kids.
Sorry about your stomach. Try Pepto-Bismol.

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Posted by The Vince of darkness on 09/15/2016 at 10:45 PM

Re: “Teacher Shortages: Things Are Bad All Over (Only More So In Arizona)

We had Prop. 301, but our Tea- publican government stole all the money. Now Douchey conned you all into Prop.123. Gophers don't help the people.

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Posted by Janice Bucktruck on 09/15/2016 at 8:59 PM

Re: “Teacher Shortages: Things Are Bad All Over (Only More So In Arizona)

For every $1 spent in the budget, only 50 cents goes into the classroom. Fire 50% of the administrators, to increase classroom teaching. Take the at least$26 million spent on illegal immigrant kids, no US parent, and spend on OUR KIDS. Then liquidate the Clinton Foundation and 1/2 her campaign funds on refugee's kids. Then cry to us Safier.

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Posted by HillaryforRedJumpSuit on 09/15/2016 at 7:59 PM

Re: “Trump's Childcare Plan Is As Phony as the Rest of His Proposals

Hey Vince, you can believe that single moms living paycheck to paycheck and trying to keep a job while raising their kids is a phony problem is you want, but--as usual--you couldn't be more wrong. Do you even have kids? Do you give a shit if a 3-year-old is left abandoned? Your attitude honestly turns my stomach.

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Posted by Nintz on 09/15/2016 at 7:41 PM

Re: “Teacher Shortages: Things Are Bad All Over (Only More So In Arizona)

Liberals have sure created a mess in the public education sector that they have dominated for the last 30 years. Will they ever take responsibility for what they have done to our children?

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Posted by What, Again on 09/15/2016 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Teacher Shortages: Things Are Bad All Over (Only More So In Arizona)

Here’s an idea…let’s call it the Teachers Matter tax, where one percent of every professional sports players’ and entertainers’ salaries goes into a fund that augments the salaries of every teacher from K-1 through K-12. Now some people will say that is wealth redistribution and it’s not the “American Way.” However, I would argue that back in the “good old days” that so many conservatives seem to reminisce about, a good public education was one of the things every American child was supposed to get and we are failing badly in keeping that promise. Since the sports and entertainment industries need their audiences to survive, a small gift to ensure those audiences are literate and able to contribute to society could go a long way.

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Posted by sgsmith on 09/15/2016 at 7:04 PM

Re: “Trump's Childcare Plan Is As Phony as the Rest of His Proposals

Actually Nintzel, you come across as Mr. Bullshit Media and as the phony problem solver.
You and your progressive friends can't stand any ideas that don't institutionalize another
generation of crumb crunchers and make sure that the indoctrination begins early on.

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Posted by The Vince of darkness on 09/15/2016 at 5:28 PM

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