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Re: “Goodbye to the Gym

I played in those faculty games in Bear Down Gym for many years as a student - I was a former Rincon High player. I remember being a constant irritant to Hoegie Simmons in those days, as well. Those are some of the greatest memories I have of my ball-playing days; I was able to play one-on-one against many of the UofA players and I was also a good friend of Larry Demic's years later when I taught there. God I miss those days! Dave Russell.

Posted by David M. Russell on 05/24/2016 at 3:21 AM

Re: “My Stay at the No-Tel Motel

Sounds like the sandman hotel in phoenix where I grew up those were the days

Posted by christina matsche on 05/17/2016 at 3:27 PM

Re: “A Letter From Dogpatch

Interesting discussion . I was enlightened by the information , Does anyone know if my business could possibly obtain a blank a form form to type on ?

Posted by Delphine Schmaltz on 05/12/2016 at 3:59 PM

Re: “Welcome to Summer

Another option: head to the pine forests of Show Low and check out the awesome Salt River Canyon on the way.

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Posted by Pinksunrise on 05/07/2016 at 3:49 PM

Re: “A River Ran Through It

I just wanted you to know how much I loved this article. I really prefer this sort of thing to the endless snarky bitchiness of the Tucson Weekly which, in this age of outrage, is just more fill in the landfill.

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Posted by Kate Silverberg on 05/06/2016 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Welcome to Summer

The Loft did William Castle last summer - this year's Summer Camp will be the films of Joan Crawford.

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Posted by The Loft Cinema on 05/06/2016 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Welcome to Summer

No article on keeping cool in Tucson should skip a mention of Tucson Parks and Recreation pools. A summer pass good for all pools is only $75 for adults & $30 for kids under 17. Better deals are available for families or year-round swimmers:…

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Posted by MMP on 05/05/2016 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Bad Apple?

How much is going to educate illegals and how many are there in our schools? What is the split between funds spent on administrators versus classroom teachers? What is the projected cost of retirement benefits to non-educators? Tell us these facts and then talk about future school funding! No on 123!

BTW Churchill was not an appeaser, not like Obama, Clinton, Kerry. Someone must have studied revisionist history at UofA!

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Posted by Joe Bloom on 05/04/2016 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Bad Apple?

Some people have not been briefed on the lessons of the 1930's: appeasement does not work, when you're dealing with bad actors. You need to marshall all your forces, speak clearly about what the agenda is that needs to be resisted, and fight them head-on.

Fred DuVal and Steve Farley: do you want to go down in history as the Arizona equivalent of Neville Chamberlain or Winston Churchill?

Seems to me that the question answers itself, for anyone who knows their history.

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Posted by Appeasement Doesn't Work on 05/02/2016 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Bad Apple?

Vote no on this odious legislation that steals from the future to pay for sins of the past. Of the most concern , and the least talked about, is the effort to create a pool of money that will then be accessible for charter schools. (See voucher legislation that was introduced with great fanfare and then quickly shut down publicly because it revealed the scope of the attack on public education and interfered with the media rollout of 123. That legislation SB 1279 is still alive.) Prop 123 is the vehicle for destroying public education. through shifting funding from the general fund to the trust fund and allowing charters to access the education funds.

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Posted by fm100 on 04/30/2016 at 6:12 AM

Re: “Bad Apple?

VOTE NO - PROP 123 on May 17th at the POLLS or via EARLY BALLOT. Former Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Stanley Feldman stated in his Special to the Arizona Daily Star op ed: "Prop. 123 may well violate the congressional act that enabled Arizona to become a state and that created the trust." The State Treasurer along with former State Treasurers (except Ducey) oppose Prop 123 so that assets of the State Land Trust Permanent Endowment Fund are protected for the long term. Legal challenges are SIGNIFICANT, so in essence, by passing PROP 123, Arizona voters will be trading one lawsuit for another with zero money going to K-12 schools. DeWit has offered to share with the courts--due to the historic influx of a State Budget Surplus-- an alternate settlement on May 18th after voters deem PROP 123 null and void. The League of Women Voters is opposing PROP 123.…

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Posted by Save Our State on 04/29/2016 at 9:49 PM

Re: “Bad Apple?

I began my career in education in 1972 and retired in 2007. I have never voted no on any bond issue or bill about education in my life. My vote - after looking at Prop 123 and what it actually entails (basically a scam from the Koch machine and our Governor),that will empty the state trust lands and ensure that Arizona remains in 48th place in education funding for at least the next 10 years and do nothing to change the state of education for our schools - will be NO on 123.

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Posted by a on 04/29/2016 at 5:45 PM

Re: “Apocalypse Soon?

Just listen to him. He doesn't know the fracking truth.

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Posted by David W on 04/29/2016 at 11:48 AM

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.

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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

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