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Re: “Gabby Giffords: My Pledge

I was so fortunate to be present when Gabby spoke at a rally prior to the election. She took the stage with her husband and I wept. I wept. This woman was shot in the head (SHOT IN THE HEAD) by pure evil and has every right to say, "I'm out. You all are on your own." But, she steps up every day to do the right thing despite what has happened. A hero! I love her. I love her.

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Posted by Tammy Morse on 01/08/2017 at 3:07 PM

Re: “An Open Letter to Gabe Zimmerman From a Friend

Wow beautiful tribute to your friend Degas. A lost treasure to our community but not forgotten.

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Posted by Azcanch on 01/08/2017 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Gabby Giffords: My Pledge

Naw, you can joke about anything

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Posted by Palisades on 01/08/2017 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Gabby Giffords: My Pledge

I doubt she wrote this article.. There using her as a poodle for gun control. The guy that shot her should of been in a mental hospital. That's the real problem!! We have done away with all the facilities we once had to house the mentally unstable. I would love to know if she is aware this article and many others have been written..

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Posted by Charles Powell on 01/08/2017 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Gabby Giffords: My Pledge

"...and it is one of the most accepting places I have ever lived"

Only if you're a liberal. If you're a conservative white male Christian you are despised. I've never lived or worked anywhere with less diversity and tolerance.

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Posted by What, Again on 01/08/2017 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Gabby Giffords: My Pledge

This is a prior govt official using her position as a means to restrict my unalienable right to bear arms. Now she's being used by the gun registration/covert confiscation lobby to pull at our heartstrings to get more oppressive laws passed that will do NOTHING AT ALL to sop another mass shooting. Criminals will build a high capacity weapons out of a CNC machine in a home if they're really determined to get a gun but you pro-tyranny leftists are only concerned with controlling and virtual enslavement of the masses. Tell the truth, just like traffic laws, it's not about safety, it's about revenue and control. Gabby needs to stay home, rehabilitate and stop being used by the coward plantation masters in our region.

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Posted by Samson on 01/08/2017 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Gabby Giffords: My Pledge

She is taking the role because she wants to she hasn't been made to. Why bring it up every year that person wasn't directly effected.We remember 9/11, Sandy and many others so what's wrong with Tucson AZ.
I am not from Tucson but I've lived here for 13 and it is one of the most accepting places I have ever lived. I would like to note I was born and raised in RI with all kinds of races, religions, ethnicities and sexual orientation. It was as accepting as Tucson and left at 27 getting my college degrees to join the AF. I later lived in TN for over 20 years. Southern hospitality is a lie. I had never been called a Yankee at all but to be called it in a negative and hateful way shocked. I'm a white female and he was a white male. I also the first feminist he ever met also said negatively and hateful. I was the only person with training and experience managing and running a mental health clinic in the AF. I wanted to apply but the man hiring for that position had a man with no management experience and less experience working with mentally ill. He suggested I take his position. Our positions were the same just different programs. I told him if I can't be considered for the job I will stay where I am.
I guess he read my resume which I am sure was better or that I had been NOW president of the largest chapter in MS. while stationed there or both but I got the job. I didn't mean to get into all that except it was culture shock. No black people no other religions, certainly no openly gay and no atheists. This was mid 80's! Still like it when I left in early 2000's especially rural areas where I lived. Tucson is accepting like I recall RI. Tucson gun tragedy warrants remembering as do all mass shootings.
I am so proud of Gabby Giffords and all the survivors and the families of those who were killed. The Tucson community is also something to be proud of! Never never move to the South!!!!!
Thank you, Gabby

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Posted by Anne Marie Brooks on 01/08/2017 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Gabby Giffords: My Pledge

@Palisades This was a Tragedy that occured in My town, to my neighbors! Their lives were precious to their families and do not deserve to be ridiculed nor featured in "a hilarious bit". Hope you never have to experience such a horrific event.

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Posted by Phyllis Zapor on 01/08/2017 at 8:20 AM

Re: “You Can Now Avoid the Grant/Kolb/Tanque Verde Intersection

Yes but it's buried under the W just like Mad Mad Mad Mad World and whoever finds it will be rich.

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Posted by Ted K on 01/08/2017 at 6:31 AM

Re: “Gabby Giffords: My Pledge

doug stanhope did a hilarious bit on this…

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Posted by Palisades on 01/07/2017 at 10:26 PM

Re: “Gabby Giffords: My Pledge

January 8th shooting is a tragedy and everyone involved has their own way to process their grief. It's a shame that the famies have to relive that day every year.
I don't understand why the families of those killed and injured are not filing a lawsuit against Gabby Gifford.
She was a Congresswoman and had no protection or permission from Safeway's corporate office to have this event.

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Posted by Tired of January 8th on 01/07/2017 at 10:11 PM

Re: “Quick Bites: Help Keep Monsanto Out of Pima County

"The company promises $95 million to $105 million in investments, 40 to 60 jobs paying an average of $44,000 a year and an emphasis on sustainability. It says the automated operation will use far less water and land and a fraction of the herbicides normally sprayed for an operation of this scale. The greenhouse will turn out a new generation of corn seed varieties, both conventional and genetically modified, that will help farmers around the world have more productive and resilient crops, Monsanto says."
They will be the largest tax payer in Marana - twice the size of Ritz-Carlton.
Pest-resistant GMO crops use 90% less pesticides than others.

Posted by Mitch Marcus on 01/07/2017 at 9:07 PM

Re: “You Can Now Avoid the Grant/Kolb/Tanque Verde Intersection

Is there a map available that shows where the bridge runs?

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Posted by Duffy E on 01/07/2017 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Gabby Giffords: My Pledge

Why does this poor woman need to be turned into a political tool?

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Posted by Anon on 01/07/2017 at 1:00 PM

Re: “TUSD Magnet Schools, Desegregation, and the Next Step

Janna H. is correct. Even student enrollment has become a deep-kept secret on TUSDs website and has not been posted since last year. Kristel Foster, throughout her lie-filled campaign stated that enrollment had increased, which it most likely has not. Sanchez needs to protect one of his two remaining supporters on the Board and by refusing to disclose what used to be very public information has turned student enrollment into another corruptible issue. As for Safiers article. Once again he is wrong. He started out on the right foot and then got tripped up by comparing TUSD to school districts which have failed in integrating their schools. David has hailed the current administration and the former majority Board at every turn. Sanchez and his former Board majority have fought the desegregation court order with vengeance and the six schools which have lost their magnet billing are victims of his own racist tendencies as well as his incompetency. The fact that Sanchez is Latino should not make anyone assume that he embraces integration or that he understands its importance. Since Sanchez arrived he has stood before several school communities and professed his disagreement with integration, saying that he did not agree with the Courts requirements and that the goals could never be met. Of course, schools such as Dodge and Carrillo have proven him wrong. I work at a magnet school and know firsthand that since Sanchez arrived our school has received little to no support to accomplish both integration and improved achievement. Our school is one which has suffered from not being staffed by certificated teachers and which has not received our reading program. The program was purchased through the use of desegregation dollars to support students make academic strides in reading. Half of the school year is gone and we still do not have the program. If this does not broadcast the lack of importance that our school has I do not know what does.
I have cut and pasted a comment that was made by the Latino Plaintiffs Representative earlier this week in an article about the magnet schools that have been stripped of their title. See it below. No matter what hype Sanchez spouts about why he failed these specific schools, what must be recognized is that there is potential for school closures in the next few years for schools such as Ochoa. If enrollment continues to plummet, TUSDs finances will not allow for low enrolled schools to remain open. By then Sanchez will long be gone. Sanchez, Grijalva, Foster and Cam have failed greatly in supporting the magnet schools and the end result is felt now and will be felt in the future. Safier, along with other Sanchez advocates such as Bryan Flagg and Caesar Aguirre of Casa Maria should understand that they have been duped by Sanchez. The facts speak for themselves.
Comment by Latino Plaintiffs Rept.:
I find it amazing that TUSD has attempted to give the impression that the single cause for the Courts withdrawal of magnet status for Ochoa, Robison, Utterback, Safford, Cholla, and Pueblo is based on its failure to integrate the schools as mandated under the Unitary Status Plan, Comprehensive Magnet Plan and individual magnet improvement plans. Yes, this was one criteria that was not met and, in fact, resisted by District officials during the last three years, but other critical factors played into the Special Masters and Courts decision. It becomes more and more difficult for a magnet school to attract magnet students to its schools when staffing the schools with substitutes has become common practice and/or when the schools are riddled with first-year inexperienced teachers. For example several sources have informed me that Utterback was staffed with 14 substitute teachers last year and this year has as many newly hired, mostly inexperienced teachers. As a fine arts school it has been absent a dance teacher for three years in a row (three years ago, it had a substitute dance teacher) and has also ignored hiring a parent liaison. The school has had absolutely no formal parent engagement for the last several years. A group was finally put together for the first time on November 8th which was parsley attended given that it was the night of the election. These deficiencies, of course, impact academic achievement, which, of course impacts adversely recruitment efforts. Add to this the fact that Utterback, along with Ochoa have had interim principals in place since the beginning of the school year. Utterback also has an interim assistant principal.

Most credible educational leaders know exactly what it takes to make a school successful, such as experienced highly qualified teachers, strong parent engagement, an experienced instructional leader, yet, when it comes to the list of six school which have now lost their magnet status, it is almost as though District officials worked against the best educational practices known to bring success to the schools.

It is also outrageous that TUSD Superintendent Sanchez has bragged that it was only 6 of the 11 schools which were at risk of losing their magnet status which have actually lost their status. No pride should be taken in failing these six schools as is blatantly the case.
Excuses offered by District officials in its ongoing failures to implement the desegregation court order are stale. Our students and community deserve better!

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Posted by It is NOT safe to believe anything Safier writes about TUSD! on 01/07/2017 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Grijalva Blasts GOP Plan To Use Fuzzy Math To Justify Federal Land Sales

Looks like Raul the fool learned a lesson today. Obummer promised to create some sort of monument to protect an area near the Grand Canyon or some such nonsense. Anyway he decided to renege on the whole thing. I'm sure that burned Raul's ass something fierce. Looks like Republicans ain't the only ones who speak with forked tongues.

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Posted by CW13 on 01/07/2017 at 12:37 PM

Re: “TUSD Magnet Schools, Desegregation, and the Next Step

David, you write, "there's one positive which may come out of a bad situation. If the district no longer is expected to make an attempt to attract students outside the neighborhood to these schools, it might be able to focus more intently on the neighborhood students it has and try to maximize their educational experiences."

Do you really believe that that is the way TUSD behaves with schools where there isn't an admixture of the privileged to hold administrators' feet to the fire, when necessary? That's incredibly naive, and shows again, in yet anther way, that you have never taken the trouble to gain any direct experience with how this district actually operates.

This is what they do with schools like Utterback that serve primarily low SES constituencies: they neglect them. They underfund them. They fail to fill teaching positions that should be filled, if quality services are to be delivered. They fail to deliver training in behavior management which the desegregation plan requires to the faculty. They take money that the desegregation plan says should be applied in one area and apply it in another area without securing permission for the transfer of funds. And then they blame the poor outcomes produced by their failures in the administration of a public educational institution on the parents, saying if the parents were better, the kids would be better, and the school's outcomes would be better. These are REAL examples from the REAL world, and they give the lie to the little fantasy-land story you tell here in yet another of your sad attempts to shore up the failing "leadership" of your friends at TUSD (Grijalva, Foster, and Sanchez) and mislead those among your readership who are naive and misinformed.

Much of the information mentioned above is available in the Latino plaintiffs' representative's periodic reports. Do you bother to read them? Or do you, like various unprofessional and irresponsible representatives of TUSD, disparage the plaintiffs and their representative and the good work they do in trying to hold the district accountable to delivering good services to ALL students?

"TUSD will now focus more intently on maximizing the educational experiences of students enrolled in the de-magnetized schools."

Yeah, right. I'll believe it when I see it. Perhaps now that the three-person TUSD Board majority you endorsed has been broken up we'll see some progress in the right direction, but, if so, it won't be to your credit. The breakup of the disastrous majority was the result of voters NOT following the poor advice you gave them:

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Posted by Get real. on 01/07/2017 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Ward 3 Tucson City Council Candidate Pool Is Filling Up

The danger in posting comments is the inability to edit them! The "amd" should be "and". :/

And a space should be after the ":"

Webmaster, can you assist?


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Re: “Ward 3 Tucson City Council Candidate Pool Is Filling Up

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Posted by Felicia on 01/07/2017 at 6:49 AM

Re: “You Can Now Avoid the Grant/Kolb/Tanque Verde Intersection

Well I don't know where this 12.3 mill came from or if you folks know what traffic congestion really is,that being said come up to phx and drive our roads and then make a statement that isn't ridiculous sounding to people who actually have that problem,and oh by the way. Might I suggest that 12.3 mill of tax payers $$ could've been better served to improve ya'lls bus system its so behind the times its shameful. Thank you and just something to really put tax money toward signed M.M phx native w/ Tucson roots

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Posted by mecollier on 01/06/2017 at 11:12 PM

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