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Re: “A Slow Motion Implosion At K12 Inc.

My bet this is a shell name for TUSD. The results look identical.

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Posted by Rat T on 09/10/2014 at 3:41 PM

Re: “Those French Guys Are Seemingly Going to Get Away With Their Squirrel-Kicking Crimes

Better yet do you have any proof they actually were French? PETA kills pets, Greenpeace clubs baby seals, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is not affordable.

This could have been a publicity stunt by the "Save the Squirrel Foundation."

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Posted by Rat T on 09/10/2014 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Here's Your Chance to Be the UA Basketball Announcer

You had me until the Jimmy Johns bit

Posted by BURNIE MAK on 09/10/2014 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Those French Guys Are Seemingly Going to Get Away With Their Squirrel-Kicking Crimes

You people? at the weakly why dont you go and spend your time and money loving the little rats that carry the bubonic plague? By the way do you have any proof that the rat died? Of course lack of proof never stopped you from reporting. With your slant dont get to close to the edge.

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Posted by Harlan Thomas on 09/10/2014 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Here's Your Chance to Be the UA Basketball Announcer

Last year was also an exciting season for fans of Arizona's men's basketball.

Only to be surpassed by my alma mater, UConn, that won its 4th national championship. (As contrasted with U of A's piddling one.)

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Posted by RioRican on 09/10/2014 at 7:38 AM

Re: “Great Cover-Up Fame Awaits You, Promising Local Musician!

It was more fun when they let in more bands. Not just the same artists.
every. single. year.

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Posted by Whiskey Knuckles on 09/10/2014 at 7:05 AM

Re: “[Update] Tucson's El Parador is Closing After 40 Years

"We would like to thank the thousands of Tucsoans ". Hell I still spell it wrong too...

Posted by Jerry Kelly on 09/10/2014 at 6:24 AM

Re: “Rio Nuevo Board to Pay $100,000 for a Beach Boys Concert

The fact is that a "Beach Boys" show gets us "non hipster" folks excited. (even this lineup) They have a cross generational/cross cultural appeal that a regional Mexican act or current hard rock act simply does not have. I will be bringing four generations of excited people to this show-1) my 76 year old mother (into Beach Boys since early 60's) , 2) my 13 year old son (part Latino and obsessed with 60's to 80's pop and rock), 3) my 47 year old uncool classic rock self, and 4) my millennial 31 year old fiancé who also very much into classic rock/pop from 60's. So I want to thank the Rio Nuevo board and Fletcher McCusker and I will be buying tickets as soon as they go on sale.

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Posted by Tzin on 09/09/2014 at 11:16 PM

Re: “Grijalva: Obama's Decision to Delay Exec Action on Immigration Leaves "Those Who Looked to Him for Hope Feeling Alone, Ignored and Used"

Hey thanks , franklymydear, for the comment. I read the map wrong and it was a awhile ago when I looked at it. His Tucson office is right at the 5th Ave (?) building I use to get my CSA fresh veggies at. But he was never there so I could talk to him.

But I wish he would see that there are many legal Hispanics and other immigrant, like me, who I never see him talk about. Vietnamese, Chinese and Korean who he never talks about. It is all Hispanic illegals all the time.
What about the Native Americans ? What about the African American ? there are so many splintered legal families here in Tucson who could use the money he handing out to illegals. I wonder how they feel when their children are hungry and living in a car ?
No matter what you feel about the war what about the Veterans. Any illegal can walk into any hospital in America and get taken care of but our Veterans are getting no care !
He is one note, we need to heal our fractured legal families first and then help the world.

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Posted by outvoted on 09/09/2014 at 8:04 PM

Re: “Are "The Facts" And "The Truth" The Same Thing?

EJ Montinny is to the left of the weakly. Enough said. Leftys are the most untruth spin doctors in the world next to the radical muslims.

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Posted by Harlan Thomas on 09/09/2014 at 6:01 PM

Re: “A Very Frightening Story From BASIS San Antonio

Suck it up cupcake. Life is hard.

I have a plaque over my office window that reads" If you want something you have never had, then you have got to do something you have never done" It is right next to the College Diploma my Grandfather earned in 1933.

He delivered newspapers in the morning, went to school during the day, and swept streets night. All while living in the basement of an abandoned house with no running water or electricity.

I started a business in October of 2010 and now have over 250 employees. Most of them are very dedicated to what they do and are treated with the upmost respect by their fellow co-workers and I.

Then there are the ones that think that they should be carried by the rest. I have no patience for them. They are constant victims- which is what the whiner in the article is and wants their child to be too.---get over it.

Mr/Mrs parent, if you were so unhappy with BASIS, why did you continue to enable BASIS to "abuse" your child by continuing to have him enrolled for an entire year? BASIS certainly did not force them to attend and you had other options (public school)........

If I truly thought my child was being neglected, I'd have them out of the situation in minutes not months.

My daughter is the "step-daughter" in the above referenced post. She is a totally different kid than she was when she went to public school. She works hard every day and is no longer a victim of SA public schools.

Posted by BASIS SUPPORTER on 09/09/2014 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Grijalva: Obama's Decision to Delay Exec Action on Immigration Leaves "Those Who Looked to Him for Hope Feeling Alone, Ignored and Used"

Hey, Grijalva...shove your air-wasting, whiny garbage up the darkest part of your rear-end, then, scuttle your pathetic butt into Mexico and teach the people there to do something constructive with their own nation instead of feeding off the teat of other nations like the ticks they're emulating...and stay there yourself for good!

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Posted by Fritz Thegato on 09/09/2014 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Great Cover-Up Fame Awaits You, Promising Local Musician!

It was more fun when they asked bands to cover acts that were a departure from their sound.

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Posted by Treena Roweena on 09/09/2014 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Grijalva: Obama's Decision to Delay Exec Action on Immigration Leaves "Those Who Looked to Him for Hope Feeling Alone, Ignored and Used"

Whoa... you are all losing your sense of humor here... and your perspective. And you are trying not to admit that Obama is more Republican than not. To help you out, here's a news clip.…

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Posted by Cascabel on 09/09/2014 at 3:38 PM

Re: “A Very Frightening Story From BASIS San Antonio

This is long winded but hear me out...I have a step-daughter in 9th grade and a son in 5th grade at Basis San Antonio. My step-daughter started in 8th grade after 8 years attending a public elementary school and middle school that were not highly rated. In 6th grade she went through some expensive learning courses at Huntington because she was not at a high enough reading level for 6th grade work, and her math and spelling were terrible. She never was very interested in school studies and her friends did not show much interest either.

I first heard about Basis in a chance encounter at a restaurant, and that it was opening Fall of 2013. I looked into it thinking it would be a good option for my son when he got to 5th grade a year after since he complained constantly about being bored and not liking school. I spoke to my husband and he immediately wanted to put his daughter in it. I really did not think she would be a good fit since she was not academically strong but he was desperate to get her out of the "system". She had tried to get into private school but was not accepted due to her poor performance. Basis offered another option.

She was put onto a waiting list initially but the week before school began she was admitted. The experience has been a game changer for her. She has never had to work so hard in her life, has had to struggle with all the new courses she has no background in, but has literally become a different teenager. She looks forward to school, has made very different friends, those that share a desire to learn and experience new things, and actually self-organizes and does homework without being asked or pushed. She says that the students are encouraged to learn but are also held accountable by each other. I would say that she has learned how to take responsibility for herself and is never "bored" anymore. I am the first to admit I never would have expected this from her, but she has changed for the better. She did want to quit at first but that desire went away after a couple of months.

My son is now in his 4th week in the new school year. He is not complaining about school anymore, or being "bored". He does his homework without being pushed and seems to thrive on the organized approach they encourage. I am also required to stay engaged on a daily basis which I believe helps to reinforce the learning approach that is taught at the school. He is a bit of a slow worker so has had some late nights of work, yet he is still adamant about continuing his jujitsu training three days a week. I am confident he will get faster at completing his work because he wants to.

Here is my overall opinion: This is a fantastic school if the children and parents are willing to support the process and commit to the work. The effort required is high, but the rewards are too. Nothing in life worth having is easy, and the lessons that my children are learning at Basis are much more important than those that they picked up on in their public schools. I hear opinions that these schools are pulling funds from "real" public schools which is hurting their ability to educate children.

As a business person I will challenge this view...would you invest money in any business that was not performing well and did not provide an effective plan for doing so? The innovative approaches to learning and teaching being tested in charter schools are very entrepreneurial. This type of innovation is not likely to happen in public school systems due to the deeply embedded bureaucracies and the high cost of running them. Unfortunately many public schools are becoming institutionalized "repositories" for children during the day and they seem to be run more like prisons than places of learning. I personally have no choice where my tax monies go to and am so glad that changes in our laws here have allowed charter schools to begin to thrive. My son's other friend is attending Great Hearts which just opened here as well.

One final note, my oldest son is 19, just started his 2nd year at Texas A&M and is struggling terribly to get out of academic probation. He spent all of his school years in the same public schools (elem-middle-high school) as a gifted student, took all AP and Pre-AP classes, and tested out of about 18 college credits before graduating. He received also received two decent scholarships that covered about 1/4 of his four years. However, he did not do well. He struggled with organizational skills and study habits as he never had to work hard in high school. My 17 year old daughter is graduating from the same high school this year and I worry terribly about what her college experience may be. I do not feel that these "recognized" public schools have prepared my children well.

You all will make your decisions on your own. I believe in having the choice to choose. Perhaps competition will be the impetus to drive public schools to effect positive improvements?

Posted by J-San Antonio on 09/09/2014 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Here's Your Chance to Be the UA Basketball Announcer

Wow. New design.

Posted by SonoranWinds on 09/09/2014 at 2:56 PM

Re: “Rio Nuevo Board to Pay $100,000 for a Beach Boys Concert

Love it! When can I get tickets?

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Posted by Steve Friedman on 09/09/2014 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Free Admission at the Mini Time Machine Museum

This really is a neat opportunity. Don't miss it!

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Posted by Rat T on 09/09/2014 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Rio Nuevo Board to Pay $100,000 for a Beach Boys Concert

How about a band that has like.... had a hit in the last 45 years?
God, do you want to sell a ticket or what?

This is just as bad as the first Rio no-wayo employees (maybe) stealing all the computers the first time around. Your tax dollar at work.

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Posted by Gandalf Remembers on 09/09/2014 at 11:34 AM

Re: “Rio Nuevo Board to Pay $100,000 for a Beach Boys Concert

My guess is that government has left us powerless to change anything. The confiscation and abuse of our tax dollars has become an every day occurrence.

Meanwhile the 99%ers have been convinced to persecute the 1% that are successful.

How crazy is that?

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Posted by Rat T on 09/09/2014 at 11:34 AM

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