it is the profiteering capitalist puppet Obombney Obusha who created this insurance scam when MEDICAID FOR ALL who need it would save trillions of dollars for taxpayers and relieve many employers of the high cost of "insurance" which is a century old scam to deny sick people "pre-existing" or "experimental" life saving care .... Canada has been a single payor system with drugs just pennies for what costs hundreds of dollars in USA
gender dysphoria is no more an "elective" than hyperthyroidism which bigots commonly attribute to obese people who choose to eat too much .... this patient who works at a hospital will win this lawsuit and other so called insurance companies hiding their bigotry behind profit motives will "choose" to fund scientific treatments instead of conforming to religious profiteering
Why not fix the public schools first so the parents have something to fall back on? You have no intention of fixing public schools do you?
Looking forward to your opening day.
This review gives me some relief.
Creepy. Anyone who attacks Gabby Gifford is missing the big picture as well as historical details. Grow a brain, then try to evolve and find a conscience. This woman has earned the right to speak up for herself and others.
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Sorry Debra. Those appointments, by law, have to go to a public school superintendent and to a public school teacher. As they are, they are good appointments to designated seats. Roger Jacks was a good low key, knowledgable superintendent from outside Phonix and Tucson, for once. Calvin is a good man. We'll see in the at large seats. Maybe another Supreme Court packing type appointment, like two more Clint Bolicks.
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I've got to agree with Daniel S Frances. Maybe you haven't seen the video interview with Mr Baker. And Governor Ducey appointed him!!!!
sgsmith: The links were to provide information, to those interested, about a couple of groups that are making a constructive difference in holding elected officials in Arizona governance accountable. They were offered as evidence to back up the words I used when I expressed the opinion that collective action matters. The latter group's increasing influence is relevant to understanding the decision that was just made about filling the post on the state board of education, the subject of Safier's blog post here.
You seem, in general, to have good insights into what's going on in Arizona. My personal opinion is that it would be a better state if those who share your awareness of the problems would not conclude, as you seemed to above, that there is no solution, though I admit it can be tempting to take that position when you take a good hard look at what goes on here.
As for collective action not going anywhere without money to back it, I am encouraged when I consider the slim margin of victory for Prop 123, and then the Yes campaign's VS. the No campaign's funding levels. Money is a factor. It is not the only factor, and there are still some ways to get things done without the Koch brothers or others of their ilk backing you.
Money matters, but it is equally--if not more--important HOW money is spent. The Tucson Unified School District, for example, receives at least $340 million dollars per year in funding for approx. 50K students. However, the money is misspent in opaque and suspicious processes, which is the case in most failing or suspiciously opaque districts. The result is low or stagnant achievement levels.
When, for example, a district decides to buy e-textbooks before ensuring that all students have access to a computer, money is wasted and students suffer. But the administration remains popular, well-liked. When classroom aids are fired and long-term substitute pay is cut so the superintendent can take 6 figures home each year, money is wasted and students suffer. But the school board can say they have strived hard to stabilize the district by keeping one superintendent in place and they can pat themselves on the back in front of their constituencies. Students continue to suffer.
The problem in TUSD is not money (or overly large classes). The problem here is a combination of the school board and the superintendent and the faulty way they spend money on things that do not benefit the students. Indeed, the students suffer.
Collective Action Makes a Difference,
Fortunately for me, my cynicism (one of those “-isms” I wrote of earlier) is only surpassed by my tolerance of those who would judge me without knowing who I am.
Nevertheless, it has been my experience that those who collectively engage in the political process, no matter how well meaning and committed, are like voices crying in a wilderness unless they have the financial means to overcome those who have been gaming the system for a very long time.
Not-so-recent history has also demonstrated how some of those trying to work collectively – the nascent Taxed Enough Already (TEA) party – were initially co-opted by naïve Republican operatives who thought they could control them and ultimately by more nefarious people behind the scene to put our nation into this post thermo-nuclear partisan political apocalyptic landscape that has delivered a 2016 presidential race worthy of combat in the Thunder Dome, but I digress.
Stop with the links and use your own words to express your opinion, otherwise it’s just spam.
sgsmith: It would be a shame if you wasted so much good insight in nothing more than standard-issue cynicism.
You've left out the proper citizens' role, which is to observe, participate, comment, make INFORMED votes and apply collective pressure where needed. Much can be accomplished to keep our governance from going off the rails if the citizenry does its job, but it does require doing the work of organizing and civic participation, not just being a solitary voice.
Cf. Tucson Residents for Responsive Government, https://tucsontrrg.org
Daniel S: the Vail parent association helped get Prop 123 passed. Vail is a relatively conservative constituency that has become an active lobbying presence in Arizona:
You seem to be so wrong Frances Perkins. Sometimes I think you folks are hopeless, clueless and solution less.
But you should get some cheese to go with your whine. Now apologize.
Gov Ducey just appointed Vail SD Superintendent Calvin Baker. What a brilliant move! Baker's educational reform program is legendary and he is exactly what AZ needs to drag TUSD off of the bottom.
Way to go Mr Governor!
I've known Stefan since we were 8 years old. Great friends through grade school and high school. Reading Brendan's note above sounds like Stefan... dying from a broken heart after his wife and mother had died. I'm hoping that a celebration for his life is posted so I and others can pay our respects for fine person and a truly gifted musician.
As a detail, the correct date for the Hiring Fair is Friday, August 26. More info is at http://oldtucson.com/about/join-our-team/
Anyone who has lived in Arizona for more than a couple of years knows that politics in Arizona have always been about favoritism, nepotism, cronyism and a host of “-isms” that take from the poor (the people of Arizona) and give to the rich (politicians, special interests and, well, the rich).
What makes Arizona different from those other states with similar governments, and South American dictatorships, is our politicians – not the best that money can buy – have no long-term loyalties and will turn on each other if they think it is politically expedient or potentially profitable. This is the only thing that keeps them in check (more or less, but as of late more less than more).
Living in Arizona is like living in Hollywood’s version of the Old West. We the people are the homesteaders and pioneers just trying to make a living and a new life in this beautiful and rugged land, while our politicians are the rustlers and outlaws determined to take everything from us the easy way – not with guns in this case, but with “laws” and “propositions” – and then a stranger come to town and promises real law and order and the people vote for him or her and then we discover they are just another outlaw carpet bagger intent on stealing money and raping the land, or is it raping the people and stealing the land – whatever.
Just amazing. A private school president whose family clears almost half a million per year out of the school was running our school board. Only in Arizona.
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