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Re: “Mercer Calls for Grijalva's Excommunication and the Congressman Suggests She Listen to the Pope

Mercer is about as ineffectual a candidate as I have ever seen.

Grijalva knows that many of his constituents are not overly fond of him. They have been stuck in poverty for years and years, and he has done just about zero to help bring good paying jobs for his constituents to his district.

So he is overjoyed to be running against Mercer. She just has that knack for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. This would be a perfect example of that.

Posted by Marty on 08/29/2014 at 4:46 PM

Re: “A Very Frightening Story From BASIS San Antonio

it would be awesome to hear more from San Antonio parents. Rather than families who have experienced the most successful franchises like Tuscon.

Posted by momof2 on 08/29/2014 at 2:38 PM

Re: “(Common) Core Wars

To be considered about all textbooks, especially college level: Professors do not make a huge profit from their published textbooks. Seldom are books authored by only one person in the textbook field. The pay is minimal and the profits are even more minimal for the authors and for the school bookstores. The publishers rake in the $$$ and even those do not equal best selling fiction/non-fiction writers. What is the scandal is the resistance to producing cheaper volumes, including e-book versions of the textbooks, which could save students many $$$$. Of course then the independent used bookstores will suffer since they will no longer be able to resell used copies.

Posted by gcb1 on 08/29/2014 at 1:42 PM

Re: “Ted Nugent Endorses Dark Horse GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Frank Riggs

Mr. Riggs is AGAINST THE DREAM ACT.

This ALL that is necessary for ME to vote For him and against everyone else.

Posted by AngryMan on 08/29/2014 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Mercer Calls for Grijalva's Excommunication and the Congressman Suggests She Listen to the Pope

I wanted so much to condemn writer because I really hate the tea bag word. I disagree with them and think they're crazy but tea bag no I'd prefer not to have that mental picture please. Then I read what the crazy candidate said.............ok call her a tea bagger.

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Posted by moyla75 on 08/29/2014 at 12:03 PM

Re: “(Common) Core Wars

The UA is allowing professors to require purchase of their published books (at a major profit) for classroom textbooks.

That puts us back to teaching personal opinion as if it were fact.

Gimme a Pell Grant!

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Posted by Rat T on 08/29/2014 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Media Watch: The New Face of Lotus; McNamara New Host of "Arizona Illustrated"

Hopefully, this will result in a much improved "Arizona Illustrated". The previous program was pathetically awful and almost unwatchable...

Posted by JCC on 08/29/2014 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Mercer Calls for Grijalva's Excommunication and the Congressman Suggests She Listen to the Pope

Grijalva is disingenuous to the max. His quote of the Pope had nothing to do with this issue. And the Church also says social issues should not rank up against Church doctrine, i.e., abortion, you cannot get around being pro-abortion by being for more welfare spending, it does not compute in the Catholic Church. Grijalve cannot receive Communion as he is in a state of grave sin, thus compounding it by taking Communion. His taking Communion is a scandal to the Church.

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Posted by WHERE THE BODIES ARE BURIED on 08/29/2014 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Who Wants to Be a Teacher?

It's time for teachers to take back their classrooms. I just left a 30-year teaching career and have a masters in Educational Leadership. Charter schools are put together by frustrated teachers who want to practice their profession to benefit the future. Administrators, when they first become administrators, have the same mindset---they want to be in a position to make things better. I don't know what happens. I was an association president, a union member my whole career, and STILL an advocate for teachers. Thank you for the article. I can relate to everything the teachers told you.

Posted by Carrie Crawford on 08/29/2014 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Here's the Analysis of the End of "Ghostbusters" You Never Knew You Needed

How is it that in the year 2014 people still don't realize when certain words in an article are highlighted that is usually a link to the original article, seville99?
Really, just wave your mouse pointer over the BLUE words and click on them and go ask the author of the original article your question.

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Posted by Gonzo Sorcrachi on 08/29/2014 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Local GoFundMe Campaign for Black Lives Matter Ride to Help Send Five Tucsonans to Ferguson

again, Dave D -- where is your sympathy for Michael Brown, who never had a chance for his day in court either? Do you agree that the cop should be questioned, arrested and tried? or do you think just cuz he has a badge he is above the law? Even if Mike was everything that you and shazam believe, he did not deserve to die in the street and lay there for 4 hours. It's inhumane, cruel, and we should all be ashamed. As for the race of people who kill other people, shazam, FBI statistics consistently indicate that most white people are killed by other white people, and most black people are killed by other black people. So, stop talking about black-on-black crime as if it's an anomaly. White people are killed by white people all the time (remember the Aurora movie theater? remember Jared Loughner? and I hope you notice that those killers were not gunned down by the police, while Michael Brown, who was just walking in the street, was shot at least six times). Are you going to start crying about white-on-white crime and how white teenagers should be gunned down in the street by law enforcement with no warning, no warrant, and no cause? I know you're probably not big on facts, but I hope this link gets through. http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime…

Posted by blaze_mason on 08/29/2014 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Mercer Calls for Grijalva's Excommunication and the Congressman Suggests She Listen to the Pope

A new Pew Research Poll shows that democrats fear global warming more than ISIS.

From the looks of it here, they fear no marijuana even more than that.

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Posted by Rat T on 08/29/2014 at 9:15 AM

Re: “Mercer Calls for Grijalva's Excommunication and the Congressman Suggests She Listen to the Pope

I think we should get people who can't spell the name of the person they're discussing off the printed page, even one as ephemeral as this. And for what it's worth, observing his public conduct as a representative of the people, I think Raul Grijalva -- this is the way the name is spelled, Harlan -- is a pretty good example of a Roman Catholic after the mind and heart of Pope Francis.

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Posted by franklymydears on 08/29/2014 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Mercer Calls for Grijalva's Excommunication and the Congressman Suggests She Listen to the Pope

I could care less about his religion, but his constituency in Sonora would be unhappy
If he supported abortion

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Posted by Hungry in Vail on 08/29/2014 at 9:06 AM

Re: “(Common) Core Wars

NJYD, All districts spend a fortune on textbooks. The ones they buy are the ones that align with the standards. One of the principal costs all districts experience is replacing textbooks aligned with the previous set of standards for new ones aligned with new standards any time states change their standards. I have taught in rich districts and in very poor districts. They all buy textbooks that are as aligned as they can be with whatever standards are current in the state.

The issue of how public schools are financed is complex and highly politicized. Different states do it very differently. The role of the federal government has never been terribly helpful. Congress has a history of being pretty free with mandates that require tons of money to fund...i.e. PL 94-142, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act cost most states hundreds of millions of dollars to implement and the federal government had never paid more than 10% of the increased funding until it became the poster child for "underfunded mandates." Then they upped up their portion to close to 15%. Never mind that when Congress was debating the bill, proponents smoothed away funding concerns by promising the federal government would pick up 50% of the increase in costs.

Personally, I would not want a nationalized purchase of textbooks if it came with a nationalized course of study. First, it would violate the 10th amendment concept that items not enumerated in the US Constitution as powers belonging to the federal government are reserved for the states. Education has been reserved for the states. And, second, the determination of standards ought to be a state responsibility. So should adequate funding for schools. If Arizona under-funds its public schools we have only ourselves...and our electoral choices...to blame. Several states have been forced to pony up more state dollars for public education because all students are entitled to at least have the opportunity to "meet standards." If kids are expected to pass a test in algebra and there is no teacher in a school who can teach algebra, then those students clearly lack the opportunity to meet standards. Whether the fault lies with state funding or district choices is a matter for the courts.

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Posted by Marty on 08/29/2014 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Gov Race: Ducey vs. DuVal

Ha, for all those complaining about (relatively moderate) Brewer, wait until you get to live under Governor Ducey.
I'd like to think DuVal had a chance, but he has the charisma of a rock.

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Posted by bslap on 08/29/2014 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Don't Worry, Christians, Kirk Cameron's Here to Save Christmas

What the heck does "Noted theologian" mean? Theology is not a science, unless it's the science of propaganda. I think "shameless self-publicist" is more accurate.

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Posted by bslap on 08/29/2014 at 8:44 AM

Re: “(Common) Core Wars

It's no secret that schools that use the textbooks published by the Big Ed Monopoly Industry/Corporate Welfare guys who also create the tests have students that do far better on the tests. No brainer. But then this highlights economic disparity since these books naturally cost more. If we place so much faith in standardized testing, shouldn't these resources be nationalized and not a for profit industry?

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Posted by NJYD on 08/29/2014 at 8:40 AM

Re: “A Lovely Evening of Punk and More with Tucson's Psygoat this Weekend

This will be a great show at the District!

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Posted by NJYD on 08/29/2014 at 8:33 AM

Re: “Mercer Calls for Grijalva's Excommunication and the Congressman Suggests She Listen to the Pope

We must get the tired old men out of congress. Its time to retire grehalva.

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Posted by Harlan Thomas on 08/29/2014 at 8:18 AM

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