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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Editor's Note

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If you really want to know how the teachers feel (and why there aren't enough available in this state) ask some teachers how they are treated and how they feel about how education in handled here. I have friends and neighbors who are and have been teachers. If you listen to what kind of baloney they have to put up with, you'd understand why so many teachers today have chosen another jobs. Make it so they don't have to mention their sex or which school district they work in.
In the early "90's I did some volunteer work for a local school. I found a deaf child in a first or second grade class. (I have friends who have deaf kids so I spotted this kid in no time) The first words out of my mouth were "Where's his Signer?", assuming that in this day and age deaf kids had signers in public schools. His teacher didn't know what a signer was. She had no clue that he was deaf, and thought he had severe learning disabilities. I was shocked. "Has he had his hearing tested?", I asked. "They do that in the second half of the year." was the response. (that has since changed, I've been told). I talked to the head of volunteer work later that day so this kid could get his hearing tested.
Talk to a teacher and you'll hear much more shocking stories....

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Posted by Sally Chandler on 07/23/2015 at 11:39 AM

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You ask a good question! And your answer, I'm not sure, is honest.

There are, most likely, several answers to your question. I suggest, the effectiveness of propaganda, as one of the several possible answers. We often hear things regarding education that are not really true: Our schools are failing, and, High school graduates are not ready for college.

Given the severe cut-backs in resources and the failure to fund our schools according to the laws of Arizona, given that 25% of our children live in poverty and our teachers are not near as highly valued as they should be, it is amazing that our schools are performing as well as they are.

Another thing we hear all too often about education is, Money is not the problem. It does take money. And the adage, You get what you pay for, applies.

Propaganda needs to be countered with the truth:

Public education is important to our nation, state and community.
Childhood poverty is bad and should be ended.
Teachers are important and should be highly valued.
High school graduates are ready for community college by law in Arizona. Perhaps it is our community colleges who are not ready for our high school graduates.

In others words, education is required to get a voter to vote in their own interest.

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Posted by Dave Gallagher on 07/23/2015 at 8:56 AM

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I am in Oregon with a son who was at Kingman prior to the riots. First time ever in prison and really aggressive sentencing by a Yavapai County DA despite judges statements that mental health long term help was needed, not incarceration. Corruption exists in arizona Courts as well. Three months into his incarceration, where he had settled into ASPC Florence and secured a job, he was rolled out of bed at 2am and taken to Kingman. His six weeks before the riots were awful and I could tell from his demeanor when I flew down to visit that he was guarded and feeling hopeless. He didnt feel safe before the riots and thought he would die in the riots (which he had no part in). Comparing the two facilities, I would describe Kingman as a hellhole and not a place where many are rehabilitated.

I agree with everything Maria had stated in her article. Thank you for fighting for true reform. I may be in Oregon, (where private prisons are illegal) but my heart is in arizona where my son is. I care about all the sons housed in poorly managed and dangerous facilities. Arizona reputation fro being one of the mist violent prison systems says volumes. Is anyone really listening? Does anyone really care?

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Posted by MOM (S) on 07/18/2015 at 10:09 AM

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Government can't even rehabilitate itself. We have seen the buddy punching and theft for years in government. When they measure their own progress we all lose.

Does anybody believe the unemployment rate? I rest my case.

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Posted by Rat T on 07/16/2015 at 3:53 PM

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The prison system is a business like any other but with peoples lives and the lives of family members. They don't care about who the court's in trap, just the dollar 💵 amount they make. Just recently, I read an inmate who chopped into two and stuffed into a trash can! Where is the rehabilitation then? Cards do not stop riots or some fights rather than they provoke them.

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Posted by phillipj on 07/16/2015 at 3:10 PM

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Private prisons are society's admission that they do not wish to rehabilitate anyone involved in criminal behaviors -- but just punish them while they are warehoused out of sight. It is a counter productive system.

How and why prisons are run and administered and the whole justice system should be predicated on whether it creates better people and lower recidivism rates.

This is not to say that sometimes some people are not salvageable or responsive to rehabilitation efforts -- but warehousing these people and releasing them without supervision is not the answer. Warehousing them in a for profit facility? My opinion is that is a crime against humanity and an admission we do not have the intelliigence or will to solve some very basic human problems.

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Posted by C. H. Mara on 07/16/2015 at 12:44 PM

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Private prisons are wrong. Corporate profiteering off of locking people up at taxpayers' expense is wrong. The idea was sold on the belief that private prisons would save taxpayers money. The Governor and the Legislature do not want you to see the reports that show that no money is saved by private prisons.

Private prisons are wrong, counter productive and should be banned.

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Posted by Dave Gallagher on 07/16/2015 at 7:56 AM

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You deserve assurances? Like securing the border? What's the matter wrong political party?

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Posted by David w on 07/16/2015 at 5:44 AM

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That absolutely was not the same mission or focus. Nobody, absolutely nobody complained of racist teachings regarding mariachis.

Encouraging hatred of others does not keep kids in school. It can move them directly to jail.

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Posted by Debbie T on 07/01/2015 at 3:30 PM

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Hmm... So Conservatives are saying that Bristol Palin is a big part of what's wrong with our Nation? I can actually agree with that...

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Posted by Lindsay Hirsch on 06/27/2015 at 8:57 AM

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I look forward to reading Editor's Note. Thanks, Editor, for sharing some of your history with TW readers. A nice tribute to both of your parents, especially your mom.

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Posted by Dave Gallagher on 06/18/2015 at 3:19 PM

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Look at you Bazooka Joe. What's up with that?

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Posted by Aztlán Mari on 06/18/2015 at 10:33 AM

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B Joe....So I assume you have no plans to age and get old or to collect social security.

What's your alternative ?

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Posted by Timmothy on 06/18/2015 at 10:14 AM

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Old people have gotten fat and lazy and more depressed and are more of a burden on society ever since we started handing them free money in the form of Social Security checks that they receive.

And ever since we started welfare programs the entire world has gotten worse. Women don't stay home like they should, gay people are everywhere now, the Twin Towers are gone, Archie and Edith are dead, Doris Day hasn't had a hit song for awhile, rap music was invented. You get the picture.

Its all gotten bad since LBJ.

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Posted by Bazooka Joe on 06/18/2015 at 9:54 AM

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Ms. Herreras,
Want real debate? Stop the cheap shots at Conservatives and read some history.
LBJ’s Aid to Dependent Children (ADC) ruined the black family.
US census research shows in 1950, female-headed households were 18 percent of the black population. Today female-headed households are close to 70% of the black population and young urban black males commit 53% of all US Homicides, according to Holder's DOJ. Read the FBI Crime statistics and discover how about about 6% of the population (young black males) have engaged in a virtual crime wave for the last few generations. Coincidence? ADC began in 1965.
Now consider the past: One study of 19th-century slave families found that in up to three-fourths of the families, all of the children lived with the biological mother and father. In 1925 New York City, 85 percent of black households were two-parent households. Herbert Gutman, author of "The Black Family in Slavery and Freedom, 1750-1925," states, "Five in six children under the age of six lived with both parents."
Also, both during slavery and as late as 1920, a teenage girl raising a child without a man present was rare among blacks. A study of 1880 family structure in Philadelphia found that three-quarters of black families were nuclear families (composed of two parents and children). What happened?
FDR and LBJ happened. ADC happened. Welfare happened. Liberals brag about "social safety nets" that made everything better after slavery and discrimination decimated the black family structure.
But reality is a bitch. Read actual statistics.
The facts: 70 years ago there were only slight differences in family structure among American racial groups. Black illegitimacy rate in 1940 was about 14 percent. Black illegitimacy today is over 70 percent; in some cities over 80 percent of black babies are born without a father in the home.
Why was the black family far healthier in the late 1800s and 1900s? Was there less racial discrimination? Were there greater opportunities? Or did the "legacy of slavery" wait three generations to afflict blacks?
The US Census Bureau lists the current poverty rate among blacks at 28.1 percent. But in a significant Census statistic that Liberals like you ever seem to mention, the poverty rate among intact married black families is much less – in fact the poverty rate for black families with a mother and father present has been in single digits for more than two decades - currently it is at 8.4 percent.
Statist delusions of Liberals have harmed American blacks.

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Posted by William Heuisler on 06/18/2015 at 9:15 AM

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Brava!

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Posted by Ann Pattison on 06/17/2015 at 8:20 AM

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Will you ever change the 9 questions feature. Hello ! Are you paying attention?

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Posted by Timmothy on 06/14/2015 at 2:27 PM

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Thanks again to the TW for standing up for the public/common good. Community newspapers are important and they should not have to put up with intimidation from bullies and their frivolous lawsuits. We all should support anti-SLAPP legislation.

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Posted by Dave Gallagher on 06/11/2015 at 6:43 AM

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Hi, North! There was no episode of Zona Politics on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, and it sounds like that's what you're looking for. Here 's today's episode, in case you missed it.

https://vimeo.com/129252993

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Posted by Linda Ray 64 on 05/31/2015 at 8:23 PM

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There is no "Range" of Zona Politics,and the somebody changed the website of Zona Politics and ruined it and can't get lastest story!!!!!

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Posted by North Of The River on 05/30/2015 at 8:54 PM

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