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Re: “(Is This a Joke?) Arizona Set to Appeal Driver's Licenses for DREAMers

Driving is a privilege of the state, that's what any police officer or judge will tell you. Neither I nor any one of you reading my words has a RIGHT to have a driver's license; you have to satisfy the state's requirement for one.

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Posted by Edge Harvey on 02/23/2015 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Supporters of Rosa Robles Loreto Kickoff New Tactic Pressuring the Feds to Gut Her Deportation Order

Benvenidos a todos, including Rosa and her family. I have the sign out in my yard near Sabino Canyon and Cloud Roads in NE Tucson.

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Posted by Ricardo Small on 02/23/2015 at 8:37 AM

Re: “Anti-Abortion Bill Passes State Senate

We did and we do. Or at least men in white coats with the special "hug yourself" jackets for the Legislature.

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Posted by Ldonyo on 02/23/2015 at 7:18 AM

Re: “(Is This a Joke?) Arizona Set to Appeal Driver's Licenses for DREAMers

Don Quixote rides again! If it weren't for the changing names on the lawsuits, I'd swear we were living Groundhog Day here in Arizona.

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Posted by Ldonyo on 02/23/2015 at 7:13 AM

Re: “This Is What Happens When an Arizona Republican Goes On Fox News

The experiences in Vail are repeated in small towns and cities across the country. It's not just the wages and low pay that keeps US Citizens from the jobs, they are not going to live in horrible housing and living conditions for seasonal employment. Thank you Lord for the leading us from the days and ways of the depression era.

Right here in Arizona during the days of lettuce growing, tending the cotton fields
and other farm activities who do you think they bring in to fill those temporary jobs? Who do you think crawl in the strawberry fields of Oregon or the apple orchards of Washington, or follow the tractors in the potato planting of Idaho?

Vail, Colorado is no different than the tourist areas of Nevada or the motels along the California coast, who do you think they hire to clean, make the beds, and wash the dishes?

America is not just the United States, with all the waste "protecting the border" we could renew the "Good Neighbor Policy" of President Franklin Roosevelt and help build a better economic structure for all of the peoples of America. Native Americans, the poor in the large city slums, or the tenants in the rural areas forgotten and left behind the progress many of us enjoy.

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Posted by hakeson on 02/23/2015 at 6:22 AM

Re: “This Is What Happens When an Arizona Republican Goes On Fox News

This is a personal narrative and sometimes I think what we experience is more important than what we read, especially in the area of illegal immigration. I worked in Vail, CO at Colorado Community COllege for 2 years(2001-2003). The businesses in this sky resort bring from Mexico and employ many illegals because they cannot find enough people to work during the sky season for very little money. Many lived in mobile homes with 20+ people in them. THey worked everywhere and one day in Walmart and noticed many employees did not speak English. I was standing by some people that were obviously there on vacation and some were complaining loudly, "At least they could learn to speak English" in a very condescending way. I walked away in a disgusted way because even though many did not understand English, the employees did understand the tone. Because I worked at the college, I knew that the ESL classes were constantly full. THese people were doing the best they could. I also worked in an ESL class(I am a reading specialist but they were short teachers in that area) and I enjoyed working with these students immensely. I vowed that I would never be cruel in ways I see many Americans were and still are because I witnessed how these people who came from poverty and still lived in poverty were being used by employers and treated by people in the U.S.
After returning to Tucson in 2003, I watched a special by Tom Brokaw on builders who use and appreciate illegals because they could not find workers who would work for what they could afford to pay. When I hear the lies spewed by politicians about the undocumented workers who know the truth about how many come to America, I want scream at the hypocrisy. (Remember John McCain was found to have undocumented workers on his property in 2007 doing his yard work?) Didn't surprise me a bit. Believe me everyone who lived in Vail knew there were many undocumented workers and they did nothing because they were necessary for Vail's economy.
So to me I will certainly teach these children who walk in the door. I do not know who is and who isn't undocumented and I don't care. I think the Dreamers deserve a chance because it is probable they came here this way. It happens all over America and many politicians feed the racism that exists here because they know it will give them votes. THey also don't tell the truth about how valuable they are to our economy by working at jobs that no one else wants and it enables us to have many products and services cheaply. Yes I believe we have a problem and we need to work at finding sane solutions. We will only find them by starting with the truth . THey do not steal our jobs.

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Posted by Robin B. on 02/23/2015 at 5:16 AM

Re: “Linda Ronstadt Not a Fan of Downtown These Days

A Godless Atheist, self-centered, typical celebrity egomaniac with a God given talent consisting of the voice of an angel with the looks to match. No wonder she is a lib-progressive-dem who hasn't got a clue or a foot in reality. I love you Linda. Bless you and God and I forgive ya. (Joe)

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Posted by Arlene Tarantino- Petrik on 02/23/2015 at 2:43 AM

Re: “No More AIMS; Diane Douglas Proposes "Thorough" Review of State Education Standards

I was a little off on the dates because the timeline is confusing. The originally date that the decision was made to replace the AIMS with the PARCC was in 2013. It was modified in 2014 and will be given instead of the AIMS this spring. The present administration did not change anything that I can tell.

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Posted by Robin B. on 02/22/2015 at 7:34 PM

Re: “Douglas Battles Ducey & Board of Ed: Republicans Hate It When Republicans Fight Against Republicans Like Republicans

Excuse me, this decision was made in 2013 originally but they modified the administration date of the PARCC in 2014 if I am following the timeline correctly and it will be given this spring. It is replacing the AIMS.

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Posted by Robin B. on 02/22/2015 at 7:30 PM

Re: “Douglas Battles Ducey & Board of Ed: Republicans Hate It When Republicans Fight Against Republicans Like Republicans

I do not know why anyone in the current administration is taking credit for getting rid of the AIMS. Last year that was decided and PARCC is coming in this spring which does test the Common Core standards. THere is not a big difference between the AIMS and the PARCC that I can tell but I have not seen the PARCC . http://www.parcconline.org/student-looks-f…

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Posted by Robin B. on 02/22/2015 at 7:19 PM

Re: “No More AIMS; Diane Douglas Proposes "Thorough" Review of State Education Standards

I find this really strange. The AIMS was quit last year and the PARCC comes in this year. I don't see there is a difference. PARCC is just another standardized test that measures Common Core standards. So maybe after they evaluate the standards as Douglas says, they will decide to not use the Common Core but as of now, everything is the same as when Brewer left. I don't know much about the PARCC but it does test Common Core.
http://www.parcconline.org/student-looks-f…

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Posted by Robin B. on 02/22/2015 at 5:59 PM

Re: “Danehy

Forgive her Vince, she knows not what she says ( or writes) She accuses you of hiding behind a fake name yet only uses the first initial of her last name. The B probably stands for brainless or perhaps braindead. I really love people like her as she proves us folks ( to quote Obummer) on the right are just that. Right. While the Left is just that . Left. As in left behind. Now watch these stooges start hitting Dislike even though they know I love it.

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Posted by CW13 on 02/22/2015 at 5:18 PM

Re: “No More AIMS; Diane Douglas Proposes "Thorough" Review of State Education Standards

This was a job they didn't want to do. It required accountability.

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Posted by Rat T on 02/22/2015 at 1:37 PM

Re: “(Is This a Joke?) Arizona Set to Appeal Driver's Licenses for DREAMers

Forget it, rat. illegal doesn't exist in some people's vocabulary.

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Posted by CW13 on 02/22/2015 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Ask a Mexican!

I recall a visit from an old amigo from mi calle en Tucson many anos (no tilde on mi macina de escriber)ago who had been living in Mexico City for years announcing Anglo futbol en espanol por TV. We stop in an Anglo cantina /resturante por la lonche. He orders "La Plata Azule especial". I cannot describe what it appeared to be. But there was a lot of sour crema y tortillas floras penquenos on the plata. Mi amigo digame, "I have no damn idea what the XXXX this is, but it tastes ok!" The cantina/resturante? CHI CHI'S!!!
Hombre! I shudda known!! It was a new cantina and I didn't know! And we were in Michigan, I shudda known!

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Posted by Tucson Expatriate on 02/22/2015 at 10:34 AM

Re: “No More AIMS; Diane Douglas Proposes "Thorough" Review of State Education Standards

So, to recap... throw out a national set of consistent standards that aren't constantly changing, and that are only getting "abolished" and replaced by people like Douglas...

And replace them with a constantly shifting, annual mess of revisions that will leave schools guessing and constantly being yanked around by political cranks with a pet peeve and free time to grouse at a committee.

We don't do this to firemen, or police. We don't take votes to tell universities what their courses should include.

Please give educators some professional respect and let them do their job.

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Posted by T on 02/22/2015 at 9:22 AM

Re: “No More AIMS; Diane Douglas Proposes "Thorough" Review of State Education Standards

This has nothing to do with what is good for students and everything to do with politics, money, and control. Arizona needs to prepare students for their futures with the ability to compete across ever smaller world and doing away with standards and competency in them is not going to achieve this. The current course our legislature and state officials are on is not going to create a state where educated and creative businesses want to locate--they tend to want an educated workforce and excellent schools for their children. The future here looks grim for everyone.

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Posted by a on 02/22/2015 at 8:50 AM

Re: “That Was Fast. Who's Behind the Douglas-Ducey Robopoll?

Marty, I don't know if you read my posts regularly, but I regularly complain about Obama and Arne Duncan's education policies. Repeatedly. And I did a person-to-person interview with Lily Eskelsen Garcia when she was in town. She was supporting Garcia, by the way.

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Posted by David Safier on 02/22/2015 at 8:01 AM

Re: “No More AIMS; Diane Douglas Proposes "Thorough" Review of State Education Standards

Disrespectful comments like that surely don't come from professionals.

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Posted by rat t on 02/22/2015 at 7:15 AM

Re: “(Is This a Joke?) Arizona Set to Appeal Driver's Licenses for DREAMers

No. It's no joke. Dreamers can be illegals.

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Posted by rat t on 02/22/2015 at 7:12 AM

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