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Re: “The New Best High Schools List

It's a race to the bottom. I have no more interest in these "discussions" in the comment forum aka echo chamber here.

Socio-economically diverse population............. Please. Enough.

The Education system has become the new Industrial Complex. Throw money at it, and then more money at, and ........ Same results.

I think system is broken AND afraid of any competition that takes their snouts away from a bigger trough.

Over 50 percent of Arizona High School grads NEED to take remedial classes at Community Colleges. I know, let's throw more money at a system that does not work.

2 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Old Pueblo Independent on 05/18/2015 at 9:09 PM

Re: “Is It Curtains for Certain for Access Tucson?

I believe those who were at the forefront of ACCESS Tucson had a dream that every last man, woman and child would be heard - no matter how absurd, dangerous or just plain crazy. Having said that, there has also been some excellent programming on the Channel that has really served this community. No reason that should not continue. But come on people - there also needs to be some standards, some way of bridging the gap between crappy free speech productions that only your Aunt Martha will watch because it's her favorite nephew spewing junk - and quality programming that serves the community. Why can't ACCESS Tucson also care about the number of people watching? The more people watch - the more voices are heard. The Executive Director of ACCESS Tucson and the Board seem to think that they are the ONLY ONES who seek to protect free speech and that they can do it better than anyone else. The proof is in the consistent product, which most in this community do not watch. I believe it may be time for a new and fresh approach to saving this valuable community asset.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Nancy Montoya-Ijams on 05/18/2015 at 7:54 PM

Re: “New PPP Poll Shows Ducey's Job Approval at 27 Percent

Arizona is an oligarchy. Ducey and the GOP TeaParty own and operate it for their own self interest. Ducey and the GOP TEAPARTY no more represent the people of Arizona than does V. Putin. These folks have bottomed out politically because Arizona can't get any lower than last place.

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Posted by David Lucier on 05/18/2015 at 5:57 PM

Re: “Some Charter Budgets Take an Unexpected (but Well-Deserved) Hit

It flew "below" your radar? Then you are surprised a conservative did anything good?

You DON'T have radar.

You enjoy the battle? It never really is about the children is it?

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Posted by Rat T on 05/18/2015 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Standardized Test Scores and Family Income

You have to lie to yourself to realize that the truth is...low income parents will drive their kids to the good neighborhoods once a year...on halloween to trick or treat...but not to pursue a better education. So their schools continue to stink.

Let's go see what we can get for free....that has sugar in it.

11 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by David W on 05/18/2015 at 4:08 PM

Re: “Is It Curtains for Certain for Access Tucson?

$3 million? How much has this change been discussed in local press? Public Access is not about "mass quantities" of viewers. The commenter above got it right. It has to do with free speech and democratic dialogue. The franchise agreement for Tucosn was about maintaining infrastructure and opportunity for community individuals and organizations to share ideas, information and production skills. It provides a venue for people of all ages and persuasions to enliven community dialogue by making investigative documentaries and creating conversations. Social media is not a substitute for innovative use of interactive cable. Did they also remove the interactive capacity? The vivaciousness of the culture for which Tucson is respected was encouraged and catalyzed by the active CATV tools widely available though Access Tucson.

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Posted by Patric on 05/18/2015 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Some Charter Budgets Take an Unexpected (but Well-Deserved) Hit

You're right, Firsttime. It's a bad habit. Does that mean I can't say "Guv" either?

10 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by David Safier on 05/18/2015 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Jackson Tavern Closes After a Five Month Run

Aside from its generally excellent weather, its beautiful State flag and the Grand Canyon, Rhode Island beats Arizona any day. Size isn't everything and neither are tacos. Outside of downtown and Armory Park, Tucson has no 'there', here. Nice touches like that new art installation at Oracle and Grant only underscore this city's identity problem. Rhode Island has no identity issues - and there's plenty of 'there' there, as well - along with stuffies, coffee-milk and clam cakes.

2 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by casual bystander on 05/18/2015 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Is It Curtains for Certain for Access Tucson?

The City of Tucson gets over $3 million dollars a year in franchise fees, and is looking to spend less than a tenth on BOTH Public Access provision and Government Access (Channel 12) services.

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Posted by Raquel Baranow on 05/18/2015 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Hey, Maybe You Can Give Tucson's Senior Residents a Ride or Two

Thank you so much! Mobile Meals of Tucson needs volunteer drivers to deliver meals to homebound adults in Tucson, Green Valley and Sahuarita. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday between 11 am and 1 pm. Please call 622-1600 or email volunteers@mobilemealsoftucson.org if you can help.

Posted by MMOT on 05/18/2015 at 3:05 PM

Re: “The Skinny

My dear, short-sighted, xenophobic, materialistic friends, mega-droughts and the growth you fantasize about are incompatible. Deal with it, instead of whining, mewling, grousing and name-calling. The only reason there is anything here at all is because it was a whistle stop on trade routes. It still is. The only other assets are its clear skies (aerospace) and beauty (tourism, service industry gigs). And the government subsidized DMAFB, the UA and Raytheon. And your Governor has stuck it to the Univerisites, the one economic engine in the group with DIVERSE growth potential. And I suspect the commenters on this board would be happy to sacrifice those assets for their dream jobs. Move back to where the jobs are. Please.

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Posted by David Wayne Fitzsimmons on 05/18/2015 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Some Charter Budgets Take an Unexpected (but Well-Deserved) Hit

Spelling out "legislature", instead of "lege", might not seem as hip but would help us readers who aren't quite a hip as you :)

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Posted by Firsttimecaller on 05/18/2015 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Standardized Test Scores and Family Income

Everything gives you cancer.
There's no cure, there's no answer.
~ Joe Jackson

Nothing new here Saifer...move along.

We all know that poor people get the short end of the stick. Unless you want to send your Bentley down to South Tucson to help some children get up to the "A" school in the foothills there is not much to do beyond paying your taxes.

A better question would be why have incomes stagnated ?
Why does the government neglect infrastructure maintenance and repair?
Why are 45 Million Americans on Food Stamps?

Who benefits as the US becomes a 3rd world country and the Great American Middle Class marches toward serfdom?

In other news helicopter flights from New York City to the Hamptons may be curtailed due to noise restrictions. It is getting hard to be a rich man in the city.

9 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Gandalf the White on 05/18/2015 at 2:18 PM

Re: “Is It Curtains for Certain for Access Tucson?

The issue here, in my view, is free speech. Access Tucson has an impressive plan for transforming for this century without losing the very real mission of allowing Tucsonans access to media. In an era where companies and citizens are fighting for net neutrality, who will offer them the platform for their voice? Where is the soap box? If government has one job, isn't it to protect the often fragile rights of its citizens? . With Citizens United for example, we have institutionalized the idea that money=free speech. Councilmen Kozachik got it wrong. The City wasn't in the TV business. They were--and should remain--in the free speech business. The job training business. The public information business. The City WAS in the business of protecting and nurturing the rights of its citizens. Access Tucson was not supported by tax payer dollars. Those fees will be re-directed? You don't know how much the City's taking in? Isn't that kind of a problem? Isn't that an example of how we are not informed?

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Posted by Michael Fenlason on 05/18/2015 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Standardized Test Scores and Family Income

Two comments: 1) to David W, LBJ's "War on Poverty" was given up for a war in Vietnam. That's ONE of the reasons that Bobby Kennedy was running against him/so disappointed in him. LBJ understood that you had to PAY for a war, and chose war over a war on poverty.
2) to several others: Low income parents, often single parents, are often working more than one low-paying job to just keep a roof & food going on. True, SOME moms/dads are NOT invested in education, for a variety of reasons. However, the sheer logistics of getting your kid to a school across town (a running vehicle, money for gas, time away from 1-2 jobs, unworkable bus system, etc), PLUS being involved in their homework (remember, working 2 jobs), simply doesn't allow time enough in 24 hours to make it all happen. There are NO easy answers here. I happen to be one of those LBJ folks who got the hand up, and it's paid off to society, and to my family.

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Posted by tiredofpc on 05/18/2015 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Is It Curtains for Certain for Access Tucson?

1) OK, the amount of the franchise fee collected by the city in the last three years (year by year) should be revealed with a public record request. Surely you have that protection for sunshine in public records in Arizona. Have you made that request?

2) Has the franchise contract been changed to allow the elimination of the public access facility? yes --
•When did that occur?
•Were there public hearings and ample reporting about that when it occurred? Where were your allies on the council?

Posted by Patric on 05/18/2015 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Is It Curtains for Certain for Access Tucson?

Al Tam you make it sound too damn rosy. Better stick to the forkin' spoon. ('in)

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Posted by David W on 05/18/2015 at 1:24 PM

Re: “Jackson Tavern Closes After a Five Month Run

Ate there last week and couldn't figure out why they were still there. Two hours to get a $12 burger in a basket and a cup of clam chowder that was quite simply, potato soup.. We had four different wait people.

Concept has serious flaws.

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Posted by David W on 05/18/2015 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Jackson Tavern Closes After a Five Month Run

fab lobster rolls at Kingfisher

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Posted by Rita Connelly on 05/18/2015 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Is It Curtains for Certain for Access Tucson?

Dear Patric Hedlund,

Has the franchise contract been changed to allow the elimination of the public access facility? yes

What are the levels of franchise fees being collected by the city in the last three years? unknown, the City won't say

Has there been a drastic change in fee collection by the carrier? Highly unlikely

More info? See if your Councilmembers will respond... Thanks for caring!

Posted by JH on 05/18/2015 at 12:02 PM

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