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Re: “Opinion

Tom, thank you for recycling a bunch of old canards, mostly untrue, but that's politics. However on a more serious note, as an independent/libertarian, there were quite a few results I didn't like either.

The best candidate for governor didn't make it out of the primary. The ACC race makes me want to scream. The voters have no clue as to the idiot they elected as attorney general. Ethan Orr should have gone back to the legislature, but the Dems spent a lot of money making sure that didn't happen.

As for Superintendent of Public Schools, Garcia lost for several reasons. One, David Safier adored him. Two, he opposed vouchers, as well as charter schools. Three, everybody hates Common Core, generally for their own reasons, both on the left, and on the right, except for David Safier. Is Diane Douglas competent? Probably not. Blame the Republican Party, for not putting up someone competent to discuss the issues and debate them.

As for the Federal races, Kirkpatrick and Tobin are both competent and good people, but Kirkpatrick deserved to go back. As to Barber/McSally, again, two good people. However, the only reasons it was this close are, the Gabby Giffords sympathy vote, and the fact that the National Democratic Party let him off the leash to vote Arizona, as opposed to the national agenda (which are nowhere close), because they knew he was vulnerable.

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Posted by lc69hunter on 11/20/2014 at 5:21 AM

Re: “Noise Fight

great work by Mari and thanks to the Weekly for being one of the few ethical entities to report on this important issue. aside from noise, which has it's own huge share of health problems* the air pollution from fuel and fumes is immeasurably large, and the water pollution from DM has it's own under reported history of plumes and poisons and lawsuits and Superfund clean up issues, there is also the question of exactly how much ground water is DM sucking up? the answers to all of these, cumulatively, shows that any increase has a significant impact on Tucson. the Base already has a significant impact and more will not be better. PS: the base has been operating outside of NEPA rules for decades and the new EA is using a baseline that has never been approved. send letters, folks, to the address in the article but also copy to the Armed Services committee. info will be posted on

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Posted by desmondandmolly on 11/19/2014 at 11:13 PM

Re: “Remembering: International & Transgender Day of Remembrance

I'm very glad this is in the paper, but would like to point out that the vigil is on November 20th (tomorrow) not November 30th. Thank you!

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Posted by Abigail Tae on 11/19/2014 at 9:57 PM

Re: “Smashing the Stigma

Blah, blah, blah. Why is it that people in the marijuana business (dispensary license) have to go to great lengths to explain why they are in the biz. Cannabis is benign, legal and does not ever cause any deaths by overdose. Get over it Tucson Weekly and stop with the endless stories about the pot stores being Mother Teresa in dispensing weed at a very high price. If patients could grow their own again (it's coming people) the cost of cannabis (now at 15-30 bucks per gram at the State licensed drug cartels) will go down to $3.00 a gram and that will be a good thing.

Posted by Speaking Truth to Power on 11/19/2014 at 9:49 PM

Re: “Grijalva: Obama Administration "Should Act Swiftly and Comprehensively" on Immigration

I have been trying to figure out where McSally got all her votes, since I know not a single person who would admit to voting for her. But here, Tucson Weekly readers seem to be her base. What a surprise! So, if she wins, will TW get the blame?

Posted by Cascabel on 11/19/2014 at 5:42 PM

Re: “Obama Administration Poised To Act on Immigration

No one stole your jobs. Someone sold them in a "trade" agreement. And I must remind you, employers set wages, not the employees. Blaming immigrants for your problems shows a disregard for the facts... like you got your factoids from FOX News or the internet. Really, you should get out more.

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Posted by Cascabel on 11/19/2014 at 5:32 PM

Re: “Tom McNamara to Leave KVOA

If KVOA replaces him with a real newsman, I might watch again. I never could take him seriously... and I have had enough puppy stories to last a lifetime.

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Posted by Cascabel on 11/19/2014 at 5:22 PM

Re: “What Happened to Tucson Artist Moises Orozco on All Souls Procession Day?

So whereas the original Moses got his kicks walking through the expansive Egyptian desert similarly to how Forrest Gump enjoyed his running across the USA with his assortment of hippy whores, our pathetic excuse for a Moises has a case of the jumpies, bumpies, and now most certainly the frumpies!!! Perhaps the lesson to be learned here folks is that next year they simply just need to build a scaffold that is another 552 feet in the air so ole Moises can test his mettle one last time! That should teach em, hey Phoebs?

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Posted by Sally McBarber on 11/19/2014 at 4:20 PM

Re: “Recount

Guess this race proves the old corny saying do not count your chickens till they have hatched!

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Posted by Ralph Hill on 11/19/2014 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Computers Grading Common Core Essay Questions? What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

I am irritated that: 1) literate people think machine-grading of K-12 written responses is a new concept and practice, and 2), that many may think that such machine-grading has been mainly or solely pushed by private corporations, instead of public institutions (education departments and colleges).
There are publicly available articles online debating, promoting, and critiquing machine-grading, or "scoring"; they are not hard to locate.
I do agree with Mr. Warbeck above that software used should be tried out by the public, but primarily to engage more of the population in actually helping kids and adults learn.
For Mr. Safier, after noting that I appreciate much of what you do to broadcast education issues here, an edit question: Article states "PARCC (part of Pearson Education)"--was this a goof-up, or a belief?
I hope the former. For good and ill, the states involved in PARCC put their education department representatives to work on it. They are people belonging to both major political parties, they are people who have worked for years within state institutions, and they are people who are known (inside the states) to reporters or commentators. If their involvement is not recognized, I suggest willful ignorance by citizens and journalists. This applies whether to PARCC, its rival SBAC, and Common Core (whether to standards' content or the separate topic of test question design.) The public dropped the ball a long time ago; then kicked it down an alley along with the kids and forgot about it.

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Posted by Aaron Johnson on 11/19/2014 at 2:57 PM

Re: “And The Award For Best Spin Of The Day Goes To . . . K12 Inc.

From an overview of "school choice" policy made available by a representative of the Arizona Department of Education:

"Among the key lessons taken from Arizona's experience with many various forms of school choice is that in nearly every instance, the haste to enact a program was not accompanied by a prudent investment in the necessary infrastructure to oversee it. This has left the ADE [Arizona Department of Education] and ASBCS [Arizona State Board of Charter Schools], among others, under-resourced to handle the demands of an ever-expanding system. […] the ASBCS is tasked with overseeing 535 charters serving 145,000 students, yet it has a staff of only 9. By its own account, it is severely understaffed for the amount of work it is required to undertake by law."

This is not good news for the thousands of students enrolled in Arizona charter schools, and yet, if the first part of yesterday evening's TUSD board meeting is any indication, parents in their right minds will continue to need viable alternatives to enrolling students in this uniquely unprofessional, uniquely dysfunctional public school district. It appears that none of the potential lessons that could have been learned from the many sad and disturbing facts that came to light during the weeks preceding the election have been taken to heart by the current board majority.

What did we have in the "Call to the Audience"? More grandstanding by embarrassingly poorly spoken representatives of the TEA and more vindictive, simple-minded abuse of Dr. Stegeman. What did the TEA reps want? Salary increases and Dr. Stegeman's resignation. If I understand the district's fiscal situation correctly -- which is difficult, given the mutually contradictory reports different individuals on the board and in the administration are prone to producing -- as things stand, salary increases would need to be funded from the district's reserves; I have not heard from any of the parties reporting on TUSD finances that the district has yet figured out how to eliminate its current $1 million a month operating deficit. Many of us are in support, in principle, of salary increases for teachers -- but does funding salary increases from the RESERVES fit with Dr. Sanchez's vision of the compelling need for "sustainability" and "strategic planning" in the district? Perhaps. It remains to be seen. Running a substantial monthly operating deficit hasn't seemed to check the Superintendent's impulse to add new expenses up to this point, but he may have a "come to Jesus" moment in the future -- no doubt when there are no reserves left to spend down, if not before.

It should be noted that the Superintendent and Board Member Cam Juarez conspicuously got up and left the room during the period in which a few of the speakers in the "Call to the Audience" were at the microphone. Could one of TUSD's staunch supporters please explain: what is the purpose of public commentary in an Open Meeting, if elected officials and administrative leadership are allowed to absent themselves while it takes place?

After the "Call to the Audience," there was an unexpected element: some remarks from a school administrator visiting from China. He was given time to speak and he said (through a translator) that this shining example of democracy in action he had just witnessed, in which one of the governing board members was repeatedly abused by teachers employed by the district and an elected official and administrative leader walked out on other commenters, seemed to be somewhat lacking in "harmony." Well said. The meeting up to this point was also conspicuously lacking in "professionalism" and "civility," but as every long-time observer of TUSD I have ever consulted says, those virtues have never been part of the district's modus operandi.

What was up next on the agenda? Surprise, surprise! The Superintendent adding more positions to the central administration. And did the first proposed addition to the bloated central administration pass? Yes it did! Remarkably, it passed 3 to 2, with Grijalva, Foster and Juarez voting for and Stegeman and Hicks voting against. At that point I had to decline the pleasure of watching the rest of the meeting. No doubt it was more of the same.

I will never forget the role David Safier played, through his commentary in TW, in perpetuating the board composition we have had for the past two years. And now, "mission accomplished" in the TUSD board elections, David leaves the job of observing the ongoing dysfunctions of TUSD governance to parents with children enrolled in these schools. He returns to his charter-bashing posts, as though he doesn't see any relationship between the way TUSD is being run and the travesties of "education" funded by taxpayer dollars through the "choice" movement.

The primary policy advisor to the State Superintendent of Education sees the relationship, David. I recently heard him confirm that TUSD is well known in Phoenix as the largest (in terms of # of students served) and most dysfunctional public school district in the state. If you want to understand the motivation for the continued defunding of Arizona public schools or for the formation of the policies that allowed entities like K12 Inc. to come into existence, you don't have to look too far afield. All you have to do is start regularly attending TUSD board meetings. And indeed, in that you were such a strong advocate for this board majority maintaining control of the district, you really SHOULD sit through every blessed meeting, from start to finish, reveling in the great good you have helped to accomplish, through your rhetoric, for the Tucson community.

Anyone who would like to view TUSD governance meetings first-hand can do so through this web page:
It usually takes them a few days to upload a new meeting video. A video of the 11.18 meeting described above should be available some time within the next few days.

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Posted by Supporting Public Ed Means Supporting Local Reform on 11/19/2014 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Ally Miller's Personnel Problems

Anyone who makes Supervisor Chuckelberry's aka "the taxman" life more difficult is number one in my book.

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Posted by Gandalf the White on 11/19/2014 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Tomorrow Is the Big Immigration Day

Since 1996 the percentage of Mexican households with more than 15,000 USD in spendable income is up 406%.

Can you say that about Tucson?

Spendable income is defined as those monies not need for food, clothing and shelter.

Shouldn't Tucsonans be sneaking under the fence INTO Mexico?

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Posted by Rat T on 11/19/2014 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

Dan, I just saw this:

...and I want to wish you well. we would all do well to promote Tucson as people that visit come back. Some bring their families, some bring their companies, and Tucson needs all the visits it can get.

First idea (and I would like to help you with many) is to forge a deal that connects the folks with the bicycle ranch idea, together at Colossal cave and then link an offroad route to the fairgrounds. This would bring restaurants and ultimately hotels to Houghton/Vail and I-10. (and lots of other commerce)

Next we need a Tucson Jazzfest modeled after New Orleans Venue. One venue downtown, one at Kino Stadium and one at the fairgrounds. Force Suntran to get their act together and provide transportation between the venues. Late March/early April.

You want visitors? That will do it.

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Posted by Rat T on 11/19/2014 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

Thanks for the mention Dan, but I wouldn't keep coming back if I didn't enjoy it. I think many people get the wrong opinion of my opinions. I don't spend time commenting on things I like. Just assume I like them. But then again, my printed comments look like I hate everything because I comment on the things I disagree with.

You guys do a great job of getting me to comment.

Thank you.

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Posted by Rat T on 11/19/2014 at 1:31 PM

Re: “What Happened to Tucson Artist Moises Orozco on All Souls Procession Day?

Oddly, you're right

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Posted by Jimmy Zuma on 11/19/2014 at 11:59 AM

Re: “Just When You Thought Crazyland Was Less Crazy: SB 1062 Part II?

I wonder if people know what their signing on for when they vote or believe in this kind of law. They claim that it is to protect Christians from the horror of gay people but it also allows someone to post signs that say “Blacks and Jews need not apply”. Try and tell me it won’t once you open the door to discriminate it’s open for anyone to use. The whole “sincere religious belief” defense isn’t when you think about it. If you claim that it’s because you book, say the bible says you can do this then why don’t you follow everything to the letter of the law. It’s not a sincere religious belief if you only pick and choose what you what to follow. If you took it to a court of law it probably wouldn’t stand to scrutiny.

Think about some of the crazies out there that believe that Christians should be killed because of a sincere religious belief. Think of the religions that believe that you can sell off your daughters because of a sincere religious belief. Think of the KKK burning blacks, Jews and non-Christians because of a sincere religious belief. The inquisition happened because of a sincere religious belief. The Salam witch trials happened because of a sincere religious belief.

Don’t say it won’t happen because it has, over and over again in history.

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Posted by Book of John on 11/19/2014 at 11:36 AM

Re: “And The Award For Best Spin Of The Day Goes To . . . K12 Inc.

Sorry Marty but school districts all over the country are employing male and female teachers with sexual assault convictions. Saw a story yesterday that the U of Illinois hired a murderer that hid in Africa for 30 years,...they hired him to teach African American studies. (After killing his white wife)

I wish you were right.

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Posted by Rat T on 11/19/2014 at 11:11 AM

Re: “Remembering Gabe Zimmerman

What a loss. Very similar to the loss of Brian Terry.

Condolences to the families.

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Posted by Rat T on 11/19/2014 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Ally Miller's Personnel Problems

I am in Supervisor Millers district and am glad she is there to lead the fight against wasted tax dollars and excessive borrowing! Due to family health issues, I could not continue to work full time. It saddened me as our team was just starting flow. I miss the whole team and am looking forward to helping again soon.

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Posted by Mavis Beacon on 11/19/2014 at 10:04 AM

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