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Re: “Freshman Orientation

"Needs to be worked on?" We have heard that about Medicare and Social Security for over forty years. But Congress doesn't work. The ACA has collapsed in four years. It doesn't need work, it needs scrapping and a do over. Join together and compromise. Americans deserved better. If this is really reform when do we address medical and drug costs? What have the doctors and the hospitals given to improve the system?

6 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by No more phoney promises on 01/12/2017 at 6:25 AM

Re: “Not Going Anywhere

"They're the golden kids."

Indeed they are - they are worth over $10,000 per year per head of confiscated tax dollars to liberals. They are the economic driver of Tucson, the government.

13 likes, 35 dislikes
Posted by What, Again on 01/12/2017 at 6:23 AM

Re: “Not Going Anywhere

Arizona Has Least Recession Recovered Cities

Tucson is the least recession-recovered large city, with Mesa, and Phoenix only beating out Detroit and Tucson.

https://arizonadailyindependent.com/2017/01/12/arizona-has-least-recession-recovered-cities/

Make Tucson Mexico Again!

13 likes, 37 dislikes
Posted by What, Again on 01/12/2017 at 5:54 AM

Re: “Not Going Anywhere

Illegal immigrant suspected of sexually assaulting 5-year-old in California

Come to Tucson. You're welcome here. The Mayor might even give you a key to the city. And bring some children, TUSD needs to fill the seats.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/01/12/undocumented-immigrant-suspected-sexually-assaulting-5-year-old-in-california.html

12 likes, 39 dislikes
Posted by What, Again on 01/12/2017 at 5:47 AM

Re: “Not Going Anywhere

"America is a country of immigrants, and the tremendous contributions DACA recipients and their parents have made through their sweat equity gives them a right to be in the U.S., Cowan said from her downtown office of the Pima County Public Defender"
America is not about equity it's about equality everyone gets a shot at life but the chips lay where they fall they made the choice to come here illegally or overstay visas the consiquences of those actions are 100 of their own doing again equality > equity

12 likes, 22 dislikes
Posted by equality>equity on 01/12/2017 at 5:45 AM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 235 — State of the State Edition. Great Ideas! Terrific Ideas! Wallet Still Safely Stowed in Back Pocket.

I am not knowledgeable enough to rise in his defense, I don't know his prior track record in Texas. I am merely making the observation that high performing schools have cohesive school boards and long serving Superintendents. I am also making the observation that the two prior Superintendents were outstanding and had long track records of being outstanding. The fact that TUSD culture could burn through both of them indicates that problem is the culture, not the Superintendent. Good Superintendents become outstanding under cohesive school boards, supportive communities and time on task.

I am sure that after you burn through him, other people will come forward to burn through the next victim.

2 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 01/11/2017 at 10:07 PM

Re: “Three (Maybe Four) Energy Stories From the News

Dying a little more inside with each ugly comment that's posted.

20 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by AZ/DC! on 01/11/2017 at 5:42 PM

Re: “Three (Maybe Four) Energy Stories From the News

Millions of birds, including bald eagles are killed every year by wind turbines.

A small price to pay for liberals to feel good.

http://savetheeaglesinternational.org/new/us-windfarms-kill-10-20-times-more-than-previously-thought.html

8 likes, 32 dislikes
Posted by What, Again on 01/11/2017 at 12:09 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

True journalism is dead. The death was caused because of lack of accountability. That and partisan politics that we witnessed during the election. The media directed CNN and NBC in questions/answers and info in an attempt to elect Hillary Clinton. Americans saw through it.

The latest revelation today, has John McCain admitting that he leaked misleading stories regarding Trump campaign and Russia. CNN and Buzzfeed ran with it.

So, in a roundabout way, journalism is committing suicide. Can they be stopped?

1 like, 12 dislikes
Posted by What Happened To Common Sense? on 01/11/2017 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 235 — State of the State Edition. Great Ideas! Terrific Ideas! Wallet Still Safely Stowed in Back Pocket.

jhuppent@hotmail writes, "The TUSD culture quickly burned through two outstanding superintendents and now is evidently working on a third."

Are you implying that Sanchez is an "outstanding superintendent"?

What's outstanding about him? His willingness to co-write an editorial with Lisa Graham Keegan arguing that we should solve our teacher shortage problem by reducing teacher credentialing requirements? His willingness to fight the desegregation authority and waste millions of dollars of the limited funds available for education in this sad district on legal fees associated with ill-advised challenges to court rulings? The fact that under his administration, six schools just lost their magnet status? The fact that he bragged about voluntarily reducing desegregation levies and voluntarily gave more than $3 million in desegregation funds back to taxpayers? His willingness to accept an outrageous compensation contract that mis-allocates hundreds of thousands of dollars every year to his salary, expense accounts, bonuses, etc.? His willingness to outsource substitute teachers, cut their compensation and destroy their ability to qualify for healthcare? His tolerance of south and west side schools serving largely minority populations having classrooms filled with long-term subs who don't have teaching certification? His willingness to be a "leader" in local efforts to sell the shoddy Prop123 funding proposition to constituents in his mismanaged district, persuading them (falsely) that the majority of the money would actually be used to improve teacher compensation, which is disastrously low thanks to the AZ "do it cheaper" approach to "education"?

These are the only ways in which this man is outstanding:
1) in capitulating to and collaborating with anti-public education, irresponsible state level leadership
2) in having a track record in office which demonstrates consistent tendencies to be both self-serving and dishonest

The fact that Ducey-collaborators and defenders like "jhuppent@hotmail" rise to Sanchez's defense is very telling, and this is what it tells: Sanchez was brought in by Ducey "kitchen cabinet" members like Lea Marquez Peterson to serve a disastrous conservative education reform agenda and to ingratiate himself to Ducey et al. with a flagrant anti-integration, pro-corporate program that is destroying TUSD.

22 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Ducey Collaborators in Southern Arizona on 01/11/2017 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 235 — State of the State Edition. Great Ideas! Terrific Ideas! Wallet Still Safely Stowed in Back Pocket.

Do the numbers so that you know what the governor is saying. Inflation for 2016 was 1.7%. 1.7% times $9,000 per student is $150 per student x 1,000,000 students is 150 million dollars total, for the entire package, all the items in his list. But, likely he is subtracting for what prop123 will be adding so $150 million is a rough bogey.

Also, the attacks on Superintendent Sanchez are just a part of the sickness of public education. The characteristics of higher performing public schools is a stable cohesive school board strongly supporting a long serving school superintendent. The TUSD culture quickly burned through two outstanding superintendents and now is evidently working on a third. What a tragedy for the students.

0 likes, 29 dislikes
Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 01/11/2017 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Three (Maybe Four) Energy Stories From the News

From their website:

Who We Are

Fueling U.S. Forward is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the value and potential of American energy, the vast majority of which comes from fossil fuels. Energy shapes everything we do, every moment of our life so much so that we often take it for granted. No longer. The story of energy is one worth telling, and one best told by the people who have the most at stake.

Fee speech, and education from the actual professionals in the business world. Who could argue with that?

David Safier.

9 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by Save The People on 01/11/2017 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 235 — State of the State Edition. Great Ideas! Terrific Ideas! Wallet Still Safely Stowed in Back Pocket.

There's more than one fox in the henhouse in Arizona, gcb1, and I think, from various commentary you have made locally, that you know it.

Safier is a firm friend and staunch ally of one of our most voracious local foxes (Sanchez of TUSD), and that is a past and present sin I and others will not be able to forgive him for...unless he repents of it publicly.

Did you watch yesterday evening's TUSD Board meeting? The man who spearheaded the movement to get rid of Isquierdo in Sunnyside spoke in the Call to the Audience, recommending that TUSD's changed majority make a move now to get rid of Sanchez, who, he said, shares many of the same administrative behaviors with Isquierdo. Subs also spoke about the district's lies about their pay and benefits and the damage outsourcing to ESI has done to them.

17 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Local Sins & Local Foxes, Past & Present on 01/11/2017 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 235 — State of the State Edition. Great Ideas! Terrific Ideas! Wallet Still Safely Stowed in Back Pocket.

I actually felt that David was moving closer to the reality base that those of us who wisely opposed 123 were occupying. Let's not beat him up for his past sins. He is realizing that the fox in the henhouse has been enjoying the chickens.

13 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by gcb1 on 01/11/2017 at 8:59 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Seems some like to steal the " Carpet Baggers" I only comment in the MMJ column not anything else. I didn't make the first comment

Posted by Carpet Baggers on 01/11/2017 at 7:10 AM

Re: “Cinema Clips: Passengers

Bob Grimm must have really hated this movie to write the review so poorly.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Gonzo Sorcrachi on 01/11/2017 at 5:19 AM

Re: “Best Gym

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Posted by shanepearce on 01/11/2017 at 4:35 AM

Re: “Editor's Note

"somehow, they still feel this work has something to offer."

I guess the "somehow" got me. True journalism is perhaps at its highest level of importance in a generation under the current situation, and also potentially at its highest level of being threatened by subversiveness and press access restrictions.

10 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by IPH on 01/11/2017 at 4:01 AM

Re: “Gabby Giffords: My Pledge

Do you mean like Meryl Streep did?

2 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Don C on 01/10/2017 at 7:40 PM

Re: “United We Dream National Educators Week

Ground Control to Let's Get Real. Their will always be poor people. There will always be uneducated people. It is a free country. Try not to hoist your lofty goals en masse on the back of this country and it's citizens.

I do agree with the balance of your ideas.

But just today that group of pesky climate scientists warned of a coming ice age. It may be our fault for combating global warming too vigorously.

What happened to contentment and friendships? Politicians have turned us into political pitbulls promoting their causes whether it be cheap labor, or ethnic cleansing for cheap votes. They growl and nip at our heels and we growl back and nip at theirs.

That is what the last eight years has felt like. Let's see what the next eight bring.

4 likes, 21 dislikes
Posted by Sing Us A Song You're The Piano Man on 01/10/2017 at 4:48 PM

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