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Re: “Danehy

There is evidence that public schools run by the parents and community were the most successful of their time. I refer to the one room country schools, sadly abolished decades ago. The IQ tests given draftees for the military in WWII (please note that there is general agreement that IQ tests measure achievement rather than potential) showed as much as a 20 point difference between draftees from the cities and draftees from the farms; those farm kids knew things the city kids didn't. The teachers had little training beyond high school. The parents were often unschooled themselves, even new immigrants. What kept the achievement high was a fixed and measurable curriculum - generally defined by a textbook - and a healthy skepticism of the need for everyone to learn at the same rate of speed. Its virtues remain to be actualized in our urban, overly administered, rigid public schools that, ignoring some exceptions (most of whom - viz. University High School - seem to step outside the box and teach each student rather than each class), are not doing well at all in terms of turning out good citizens who understand our nation.

Posted by chuckj on 03/30/2017 at 1:31 PM

Re: “The Skinny

McSally wont change. She's as Republican as a right- wing conservative can be. I have to give her credit for being more intelligent than the average Republican but the bar has been set very low for those people.

Posted by Beneal Good on 03/30/2017 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Editor’s Note

It would be so nice if the American people had the Affordable Care Act it passed in 2009. But no consequently, rather than implementing Obamacare as passed by Congress, the administration rewrote the law as they went along. Unions were exempted from fees, extralegal tax credits were awarded, "transition relief" was invented for preferred employers and insurance company losses were subsidized.

Just what you been smoking there Mari Herreras I believe the Republicans would love to have the 2009 ACA just where did that go?

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 03/30/2017 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Guest Opinion

Dear DAZ,

The United States military and intelligence leviathan has destroyed more of this earth in the past 60 years than all other nations and actors combined. Your apparent moral exceptionalism is profoundly ignorant, not to mention offensive.

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Posted by skinnyman on 03/30/2017 at 12:06 PM

Re: “It’s ShowTime!

Very disappointed with the management of our Public Access channels. (Public library could manage it better!) Nothing like doing a live TV show! 666isMONEY!

Posted by Raquel Baranow on 03/30/2017 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Guest Opinion

Not really impressed with this weak commentary at all.
What about the destruction by ISIS or whoever is killing fellow Muslims-Christians -Jews , etc. When they blow up something aren't they also damaging the Earth, and everything that "Allah" created?
How about some references from the Torah and Bible to help with the 'Interfaith' dialog?

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Posted by DAZ on 03/30/2017 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Danehy

Hey, good one Mr. 13, sir! Moron, brick, window, arrested. Another brilliant metaphor from the undisputed Champion in the Arena of Ideas.

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Posted by All hail CW13! on 03/30/2017 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Guest Opinion

Great article. Thanks

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Posted by M. Awais Khan on 03/30/2017 at 10:08 AM

Re: “It’s ShowTime!

It's 2017. Why are you writing about a cable access tv channel? Who watches scheduled tv anymore?

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Posted by John Vox on 03/30/2017 at 10:05 AM

Re: “It’s ShowTime!

What verbosity and self promotion! This article was a waste of space. Space that could have been used for an interesting story. SMFH.....

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Posted by Icecld on 03/30/2017 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Danehy

Tommy can't even get that right. Betsy DeVos is stupid. Spoken like a true compassionate Lefty. This from a moron who couldn't get arrested if you gave him a brick and a police station window to throw it through.

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Posted by CW13 on 03/30/2017 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Guest Opinion

Can he accomplish his "faith" without involving government? Remember that separation thing you guys always talk about? Can't have it both ways. Can you find it in the USC?

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Posted by Tania Pezzole on 03/30/2017 at 9:01 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Dave, even a broken analog watch is right twice a day.

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Posted by sgsmith on 03/30/2017 at 9:01 AM

Re: “The Skinny

McSally has already shown an independent streak. Rather than go issue by issue, take a look at The Heritage Foundation's conservatism ratings for Arizona senators and congressmen. Most of Arizona's GOP members score in the 80-90% range for voting conservative (as judged by Heritage) position. Last I looked, McSally's conservatism score was 43%. Not non-ideological enough for you? Then maybe your tract is more about political parties than policy.

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Posted by Skeptic on 03/30/2017 at 9:01 AM

Re: “The Skinny

That is the same argument that Palin was attacked for during the ACA debacle. How coincidental you make it once again.

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Posted by Dave Nelson on 03/30/2017 at 8:56 AM

Re: “"Martha McSally Is Not Answering"

RAR Repeal and replace is right for Americans, making your comment nonsensical.

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Posted by The Glad Reaper on 03/30/2017 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Streets of This Town: Queen-Sized Beauty Rest and Some DNA.

Very Poignant pict.

Dave V

Posted by David Vitagliano on 03/30/2017 at 8:39 AM

Re: “"Martha McSally Is Not Answering"

So who's the golf star in the family?

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Posted by Copywriter on 03/30/2017 at 8:39 AM

Re: “The Skinny

They say you should judge people not by what they say but by what they do. If that's true, based on the contents of the American Healthcare Act the people in power wanted to see the poor -- both young and old -- just die.

Of course, no one will come out and say that, but there is this elitist attitude in Washington that people without means are not real people if they were, they could just go out and get jobs or stop buying "luxury" items such as cellphones and spend their money taking care of themselves.

Those in congress and the senate talk about eliminating entitlements, even when they are the most entitled class out there. People in the military have to spend at least 20 years to retire with benefits. These guys just need to spend four years to get a full retirement with benefits.

How many former senators, congressmen and congresswomen are out there living off of those entitlements? How much could be saved if they took a cut? We'll never know because despite what they say, what they do is take. Perhaps if they had to live within the meager means that most Americans do, they would begin to see the choice they have given us is get rich or get dead.

"When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: Whose?"
-- Don Marquis (1878-1937)

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Posted by sgsmith on 03/30/2017 at 8:21 AM

Re: “Editor’s Note

The issues with health care are similar to the issues with other American institutions that have adopted the "business model" as the be-all-end-all of life in America.

Health care used to be about prevention, education and maintenance of personal health, and when required, the best treatment possible. Now, it is about getting the most money possible from the government, the insurance companies and the patients.

Prisons used to be about punishing criminal behavior, providing job skills, education and reducing the rate of people repeating crimes. Now, private prisons simply warehouse people, provide criminals opportunities to learn new skills from other prisoners and join gang-oriented criminal enterprises while charging governments the most money possible, to include payments for empty beds that make sure they are at full capacity for the greatest savings by agencies that fill them.

Education used to be about providing critical thinking skills and abilities that not only improved a person's ability to contribute to our culture across a wide-range of disciplines, but improved the quality of life for graduates, their families and our society. Now, education is about using students as a revenue stream for the business and political currency of education, while creating burdensome debt that forces graduates to work well-below their abilities to stay one step ahead of the collection agencies.

This pattern goes on and on and on. Is it any wonder that the wealth gap continues to widen, even as so-called investors call for bigger and bigger profits to the point of crushing companies and institutions for a healthy bottom line?

Those who profess that deregulation and oversight are keeping business down and destroying Americans' lives are lying to us. Contrary to all the touchy-feely promotions, businesses have no conscience. Businesses serve only the investors, frequently at the cost of those who have helped build the business. America needs to stop this madness and look to creating outcomes that enrich us beyond monetary wealth, because in the end the person with the most toys doesn't win when there is no one left to play.

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Posted by sgsmith on 03/30/2017 at 8:09 AM

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