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Re: “Tucson Salvage

Very weird ramblings. I assume you are trying to channel Daheny or Fitz, who try and disguise biased political commentary as humor.

However, it was a bit funny.

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Posted by lc69hunter on 08/25/2016 at 7:35 AM

Re: “Quick Bites: How Do Ya Like Them Apples?

If you want to see New England type fall colors in Arizona, go down to the Chiricahua Mountains in southeast Arizona, and specifically go to Maple Camp.

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Posted by PVK on 08/25/2016 at 6:53 AM

Re: “Tucson Salvage

This was a very weird column. Congratulations!

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Posted by Gonzo Sorcrachi on 08/25/2016 at 6:17 AM

Re: “A Taco Welcome

It's beyond me why anyone would bring jive Mexican facsimile food to the town that has the best Mexican fare in the U.S. That photo just screams ranch dressing and salsa that tastes like spaghetti sauce. Oh well, people that frequent 4th Ave. are so stoned, they don't know what they're eating anyway.

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Posted by mrbigshotno1 on 08/25/2016 at 6:17 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Doña Quixote of the Old Pueblo?

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Posted by sgsmith on 08/25/2016 at 6:06 AM

Re: “Police Dispatch

The Easter Bunny has fallen on hard times just like everyone else.

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Posted by sgsmith on 08/25/2016 at 5:52 AM

Re: “Legalization Props

It's fascinating how the fear of "Marihuana" first instilled in the public mind in the 1930's through blatantly deceitful and racist propaganda has endured to this day. The folks at ARDP and their ilk are still drinking that antique, polluted kool-aid. Fortunately, their numbers are rapidly declining along with their delusions of doom.

Vote yes on Prop 205! It's not perfect, but much better than prohibition. Laws in Colorado are evolving to be more reasonable as the benefits of legalization accrue and fears subside. Same will happen here.

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Posted by Don Berry on 08/25/2016 at 3:44 AM

Re: “A Taco Welcome

I've already suggested the owner name something after Boatner's. I was thinking a signature beer from a local brewery, like "Boatner's Seaside Ale" or a Boatner's taco or something.

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Posted by Adam Borowitz on 08/25/2016 at 3:43 AM

Re: “A Taco Welcome

Another nail in the coffin.

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Posted by Gurnemanz on 08/25/2016 at 2:15 AM

Re: “The New York Times is Telling the Story of How Tucson Became an 'Unlikely Food Star'

A few things stuck in my craw about this article.

First, "this land of heat and cactuses." It's *cacti*, dammit, *cacti*. You're a New York Times writer, for heaven's sake!

Second, the assumption that Tucson's foodie reputation is not really "all about the restaurants." Oh no? Then what do you make of El Minuto, Tavolino, the Grill at Hacienda Del Sol, Brooklyn Pizza Company, La Placita, or the simple pleasure of a well-crafted sandwich or sushi roll on the patio at AJ's?

Last but not least, I need to repeat what a few commenters on the NYT article itself mentioned: Tucson is a fabulous place to grow your own produce year-round and has no shortage of truly fresh fruits and vegetables.

The article was halfway between being decent and damning with faint praise, if you ask me.

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Posted by Ex-Arizonan on 08/24/2016 at 8:39 PM

Re: “World View Case Moves Forward After Motion Denied

Let's not forget that Pima County also lost a recent case. In the case that is described in the article, the State ingnored the law. In the case lighting case described below, Pima County ignored the law. Seems to me that the County ignored the law once again.…

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Posted by Jay Janicek on 08/24/2016 at 5:10 PM

Re: “What John Oliver Said About Charter Schools

Spoken like a true teacher. World and federal governments have overloaded the public schools with unnecessary crap and nobody wants to admit they just can't seem to teach the basics. That's exactly why thinking parents have left. I appreciate choice in education for all. At this point what do you have to lose?

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Posted by Not Another Day on 08/24/2016 at 4:04 PM

Re: “The New York Times is Telling the Story of How Tucson Became an 'Unlikely Food Star'

@Nancy, someone's revealed LeBuzz in the comments on the Times' story :(

Posted by SonoranWinds on 08/24/2016 at 3:09 PM

Re: “What John Oliver Said About Charter Schools

Public education is not broken and has never been. That's simply the mindless blather of those who should devote their time to addressing our broken society and political system.

Whether or not charter schools are good (some are, most aren't), Oliver is discussing the cancerous influence of for-profit 'public' charters and the vultures profiting from them.

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Posted by Da Coach on 08/24/2016 at 2:34 PM

Re: “The New York Times is Telling the Story of How Tucson Became an 'Unlikely Food Star'

Last Friday they had a nice little piece on the downtown Tucson food scene in USA Today.

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Posted by Triplem555 on 08/24/2016 at 12:36 PM

Re: “What John Oliver Said About Charter Schools

Someone who seems to be wanting to convey the impression that he is Huppenthal and who regularly introduces Huppenthal-style talking points and defends Huppenthal's agenda in office has been commenting on Safier's blog for a while now, and there have been interesting exchanges in the comment streams with this individual (or these individuals? -- you never know with anonymous comment streams where the user chooses the screen name). In that Safier was one of those somehow involved in the breaking of the stories on Huppenthal's role as an anonymous online commenter and in the lead-up to Huppenthal no longer serving as State Superintendent of Public Instruction, it would make some sense for Huppenthal to post here under his name now, but who knows.

As for the idea that "There is something inherently flawed in the delivery process of public education," there are certainly serious problems in some public school systems in the US -- especially in poor urban districts like TUSD, which properly form a category unto themselves -- but a thorough study of public education systems in other states in the US and in other countries would be needed before any conclusions could be drawn about the extremely broad and diverse category "public education." There are better and worse ways of managing publicly funded delivery of universal K-12 instruction. Arizona, for various reasons including both ill-advised draconian funding cuts at the state level and some state-enabled egregious examples of gross mismanagement at the district level, falls into the "worse" category.

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Posted by Clearer Understanding Needed on Both Sides of Fence on 08/24/2016 at 11:48 AM

Re: “What John Oliver Said About Charter Schools

The poster looked to me like jhuppent. I wasn't sure who/what that was. Are you sure that Mr Huppenthal posts here? But I did find accurate links to statements made.

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Posted by Charter a Course For All on 08/24/2016 at 11:26 AM

Re: “What John Oliver Said About Charter Schools

In other posts, Huppenthal has seemed to understand that test scores and parent satisfaction surveys do not measure school quality. Here he is citing rankings based on test scores and parent satisfaction surveys to try to prove that the Arizona educational system has improved since the introduction of charters. Are there multiple people, with mutually inconsistent opinions, posting under Huppenthal's name, or is the real Huppenthal just being inconsistent?

Also: please note that there has been no plausible argument in support of a viable "causation" relationship between the introduction of charter schools and a reduction of murders committed by juveniles. There are any number of factors that could have played into such a reduction, as anyone with a decent background in social science (as opposed to engineering and business administration) knows.

Being able to act constructively in a position like State Superintendent of Instruction properly requires a sound knowledge base in the social sciences and the field of education. The fact that the majority of voters in this state do not seem to grasp this is a good argument for making the role an appointed one, rather than an elected one. The fact that the changes made to the public education system here in recent years have left us with schools where we cannot fill our teaching positions with fully qualified, professional teachers is another argument for taking the ability to fill State Superintendent of Instruction out of the hands of voters.

As for those who like to blame the problems in public schools solely on funding cuts, they are only partially right. If they would like to develop a more well-rounded understanding of what is really happening in the world around them (as opposed to what is happening in the stories they tell and re-tell themselves and others), they should start forcing themselves to attend every TUSD Board meeting. There, if they pay attention, they will soon note that gravely malfunctioning governance and administration -- related to but not necessarily caused by insufficient funding -- are a big part of the picture in the largest public school district in Southern Arizona.

It has been previously noted in these comment streams that the entirely preventable governance and administrative problems in a public school district serving tens of thousands students is partly the state's fault, not just because of its ill-advised funding cuts, because also because of its negligent oversight and lax enforcement of laws on the books that are there to keep public districts functioning properly.

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Posted by Clearer Understanding Needed on Both Sides of Fence on 08/24/2016 at 11:03 AM

Re: “What John Oliver Said About Charter Schools

Thanks j. I found more of those facts when I looked. We are sure led to believe that all they needed was more money. There is something inherently flawed in the delivery process of public education.

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Posted by Charter a Course For All on 08/24/2016 at 10:52 AM

Re: “What John Oliver Said About Charter Schools

School choice has been extraordinarily beneficial in Arizona. In 1992, the start of school choice, juveniles committed 70 murders in Arizona. In 2012, despite a doubling of the juvenile population and a tripling of the at risk population, murders by juveniles had dropped to 7.

In 2015, Arizona African Americans ranked number one in the nation in 8th grade math scores. Hispanic 8th graders ranked 11th, up from 35th in 2011 and Arizona white students ranked 6th.

Arizona also did well in reading with Blacks, Whites and Hispanics ranking 14th, 7th and 29th.

In the 2015 nationwide Gallup Poll 24% of parents rated their child's school quality an "A", the second lowest number in 47 years of measurement. All of our "A" rated districts were rated by their parents 60s or higher with the Chandler Unified the grand champion at 75%.

These measures are the science of school quality.

2012 is the most recent date of FBI juvenile statistics. The school rankings are from NAEP, the gold standard of educational measurement.

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Posted by on 08/24/2016 at 10:16 AM

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