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Re: “McCain Giving Up on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

The paranoid stuff about Obama above is embarassing. You could've written the same stuff and just substitute Bush. Or Clinton, or Bush, etc.

However, many of the 12 points are valid. Immigration is way too high given our high population (320 million), high unemployment, and low wages.

And comprehensive immigration reform would have doubled immigration from already historically high levels.

I'd eventually like to see the status of long-term illegal immigrants with no ties to their home country normalized, but until the government commits to enforcing the law without increasing legal immigration in the bargain, they can't be trusted with these rolling amnesties that just encourage illegal immigration (as we've just seen with DACA and the flood of unaccompanied minors).

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Posted by bslap on 08/26/2014 at 5:55 AM

Re: “Take a Listen to a New Release from Billy Sedlmayr (And Prepare to Celebrate)

...we will meet where we have FAITH in science and our doctors! We will pray and hope to find out what color is god's skin! Thank you brother Bill...Love you, Michael. This is probably your finest, but so it goes. On and on. There's always more.

Posted by Michael Hofmann on 08/25/2014 at 9:51 PM

Re: “Salon Article Nails The "Education Reform" Movement

David, this is a fine article, but you are being too easy on TUSD. Yes, the problems there are, in good measure, due to poverty. That is a cause, but it is not an excuse.

Every district's priorities can be found inside the budget of that school district. TUSD's budget is Exhibit A in making the case that TUSD simply does not prioritize student learning. In TUSD's budget the priorities are paying for overpaid and underworked administrators and programs that have not only failed to improve student learning but have been TUSD's own studies and the work of Special Master Hawley... to promote segregation. There are too many students in TUSD who are in classes that are not taught by regular licensed teachers. Instead, these classes are taught by a parade of substitutes.

So much energy and money in TUSD are wasted in planning to make surface changes...but the culture that fails to prioritize student learning just keeps rolling along. In that, TUSD's "culture of pretending" would fit right in with Michelle Rhee, Campbell Brown, Jeb Bush and the rest of the corporate reformers who want to pretend that doing away with due process for teachers, destroying teacher unions, and turning the trillion dollars spent on public schools in this country over to hedge managers and their charter schools is "all about the children."

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Posted by Marty on 08/25/2014 at 7:04 PM

Re: “Demolition Begins On Former Downtown Performance Center/Mat Bevel Spaces

Like many others, the introducton of the DPC was from my older sister & then became a regular with friends . I'm glad Steve was mentioned. If not for him, I would not have many many years of bad ass musical nights & memories. Now I'm sad.... But glad I got to be a part of it.

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Posted by Steph Zomebody on 08/25/2014 at 6:38 PM

Re: “AZ AG Finds No Substance To Supervisor Miller's Allegations

Let's hope it's her last term.

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Posted by Matt Hydeman on 08/25/2014 at 5:52 PM

Re: “Buckmaster Show Callers Were A Wee Bit Upset With Me

David: As Marty pointed out earlier, check out the Arizona Auditor General's report on the schools. It does show that TUSD's percent spent in the classroom declined from 53% to 49% over a five year period. It also shows that TUSD spent more than both peer and state averages on non-classroom spending including administration. That does suggest that adjustments need to be made. But.....the data is an indicator but not the final answer more questions should be asked of the Superintendent, questions like "How do you explain this?"
All that said, I like your columns. Insightful and written with the perspective of an educator.

Posted by Michael S. Ellegood on 08/25/2014 at 5:11 PM

Re: “Demolition Begins On Former Downtown Performance Center/Mat Bevel Spaces

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Posted by Bruce Gulick on 08/25/2014 at 5:01 PM

Re: “McCain Giving Up on Comprehensive Immigration Reform


Neither political party can be trusted to do the right thing for the American people. Super PACs spent July beefing up for the fall campaign. Many groups filed new disclosure reports this week, leaving a paper trail littered with big checks from big donors. Democrats dominate the list of notable July donors, as there have simply been more Democratic dollars flowing to that type of outside group this year. As I said “You cannot trust either party” so the next best thing, is not vote for the Democrat Party, nor vote for Republicans. When you go to the voting booth midterm, identify the issues that are of paramount importance to the United States. The major problem that plagues our country, and is being spotlighted is ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.

According to rasmussenreports halting illegal immigration has become a priority to dam up our Southern border. Unfortunately the streaming media on the Internet and on printed matter lie through their rotten teeth. They try to hide the fact, that LEGAL Immigrants are not dissimilar from ILLEGAL ALIENS. The biggest difference, they are criminals who broke the law, and then we are expected to reward them with generous donations from US Taxpayers, which the current President is doing. Huge amounts of money in the hundreds of billions, is being spent to placate Illegal aliens. Compassion can only go so far, but when money is being stolen away from our own people, then ICE should step in and remove them. I honestly believe that both political parties have a self-serving agenda.

In our troubled country under Obamas tribunal, we have seen our national debt explode, with massive amounts of dollars printed on empty air. We have 25 million US citizens and green card holders still searching for a decent job and all the time behind our backs this President is trying to change America into something we don’t recognize anymore. I am sickened beyond belief. What could be more disgusting and disgraceful and bring such immense heartache than what is occurring in our beloved country. What's worse, America's military has been purged. America is now weak and extremely vulnerable. We have very little defense against this threat called ISIS. That's why we really have to pull together here. His true colors are really coming out. All this time he has purposely weakened our military; purged it of all combat generals so there is no leadership. Taken out anyone opposed to him and stripped rankings of those who did not bow to him; snatched billions from the Pentagon budget. This President has boasted about cutting defense spending and cut the number of troops serving. In 2015 he wants to cut $5 billion more.

‘Only the American People Can Stop Amnesty’ Obama has his sights set on destroying America. We have seen him trample the Constitution and blatantly disregard the law time and again. Now he is at it again with his push to grant amnesty to millions of incorrigibles. He already released more than 36,000 criminal aliens who were felons, awaiting deportation. Everything is at stake here.

Below, there is a list of the most non-exclusion laws that need to be mandatory, to address enforcement at the Southern border and interior power we desperately need. These policies need to be employed to stop the gush of illegal aliens, that’s if the majority pathetic cowards in the House of Representatives use their power to cut of the funding purse to this monstrous sized Obama government, DACA and any future Amnesties without the full will of the people and not pandering to any sized business welfare. Every American has got to get in the game. So much is riding on your support. The Tea Party specifically has been fighting every day since Obama took office—and the list of abuses; illegal activities and scandals have grown to mind-numbing proportions.

Comprehensive Reform--Amnesty...IRS borders...deliberate bypassing of and furious weapons to Mexico—cutting our military and failure of National Security.

1. Revive the 700 mile, 2006 Secure Fence Act and build the double layer fencing, complete with concertina razor wire. Hundreds of miles are vacant of any barrier. It was killed by prior Republican Senator Kay bailey Hutchison of Texas by adding a non-escapable amendment to the 2006 bill. Whereas giving complete control to Homeland Security, ruling out any funds to deliver the 700 miles of two fences, separated by an all weather track way. An in between no-mans land where illegal aliens would be caught and detained for immediate deportation.
2. Strengthen the border with surveillance from the National Guard and add more Border Patrol Agents permanently.
3. Position more internal ICE agents to audit employers, instead of 5000 we have now for all of the United States.
4. Modify the law so illegal entry into the US becomes a Felony.
5. Issue a National digital Social Security Card for voting and to identify that person. EVEN E-VERIFY IF FULLY OPERATIONAL WOULD HELP? Intervene with Sen. Harry Reid allowing illegal aliens from stealing child tax credits, which is costing tax payer dollars.
6. Revisit the 14th amendment, thus amending the automatic citizen law, so ONLY the babies of US citizens can claim this right; (A huge expenditure for taxpayers.) Once here parents can stay. This amendment has been financially exploited for decades, and Sen. Harry Reid refuses to discuss a change, even though the process originates from a time of slavery for descendants could claim citizenship. Pregnant women who arrive by aircraft masquerading as a welfare tourists to take advantage of a hospitals in delivering a child, should be reported to ICE.
7. Formulate a new law so that employers who purposely hire illegal aliens will face federal incarceration. Cronyism is broadly the main trouble when it comes to ushering in legal and illegal immigrants into the US. Buying a large majority of our politicians by K Street corporations has long been a harbinger of Americans losing their jobs to cheap working foreigners.
8. Revise the 2006 human trafficking act, so it’s aligned with Mexico and Canadians.
9. Commence a uniform Guest worker program, with entry and exit permission permits and unless mitigating circumstances are available, overstays have committed a felony.
10. Merely legal immigrants with Special high level skills (STEMS) should be admitted permanently as the immigration policies in industrialized nations.
12. There should be no immunity of any federal employee to be excused from accountability for wrongdoing and should be fined, imprisoned or both.

IF YOU ARE DISTRESSED ABOUT YOUR COUNTRY UNDER OBAMA IMPERIAL RULE AND HIS PAWNS check this site that has the phone Numbers and Mailing Addresses of Members of Congress at: www.contactingthecongress/ to stipulate an end to illegal immigration, the dismantling of our laws, sovereignty, citizen rights and even our military, which is protection against our enemies foreign an domestic. Illegal Immigration is rapidly becoming the top precedence for Americans, because they see its impact on the barren economy and lost jobs. Large corporations and big business are laying-off birthright, naturalized citizens and green card holders, making an avenue for lower paid illegal aliens. This is the number for the central switchboard for every member of Congress to address your objections at 800-224-3121.

INTERPRET THE REAL FACTS AND SURVEY POLLS AT THE THIS POLLING SITE YOU WILL AT LEAST GET THE TRUTH. THE QUESTIONS ARE NOT PSYCHOLOGICALLY ENGINEERED. If you have cable news watch their 7/24 broadcast without prejudiced or spin unlike the majority of major media. Go to One American News Network at

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Posted by Dave Francis 1 on 08/25/2014 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Demolition Begins On Former Downtown Performance Center/Mat Bevel Spaces

I wish they would stop calling it "Downtown Links." This project does not link anything in downtown. It severs our city in two. Ten years from now we will be wondering what on earth anyone was thinking. It is such a demonstrably horrible project that you almost cannot find anyone who supports it. The most you hear in its favor is, "well, we voted for it so now it has to happen even though everyone knows it's stupid."

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Posted by Erik Ryberg on 08/25/2014 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Demolition Begins On Former Downtown Performance Center/Mat Bevel Spaces

Malignus Youth gave a "small portion" of their reunion show's proceeds to Steve Eye.
Wow, I paid $25 for a ticket that clearly stated it was a "Benefit for Steve Eye".

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Posted by MollyHatchett on 08/25/2014 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Did Arne Duncan Really Say, "Testing Is Sucking The Oxygen Out Of The Room"?

Misters Spanier, Chet, and Safier: You are mutually supportive in your condemnation of Standardized Testing, such as Common Core, as a measure of the effectiveness of Instructional Programs. Can I ask what Classroom Experience you all have? And, without Standardized Testing, what is (are) your objective measure (s) of a States/School Districts/Schools Academic Programs?

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 08/25/2014 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Schools, Society And Snake Oil Salesmen

David's piece is well written and strikes to the heart of what is being done today in pursuit of the huge pile of gold that underlies public education. My only concern is his predictable outrage with conservative proponents of school privatization, etc. I work in an organization that is engaged in building schools where No Child Is Held Back.

Dealing with a lot of snake oil salesmen (and a lot of sincere and hardworking folks) is part of my work and believe me, the only ideological thoughts in their minds revolve around how to milk the cow most efficiently - be they Democrats, Republicans, Progressives or simply as they describe themselves, businessmen. Follow the money, to Pearson or Arne Duncan and all in between.

Or simply sit down with a few teachers and ask for their opinions of how to improve schools. But hey, what would they know?

Posted by Rick Spanier on 08/25/2014 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Did Arne Duncan Really Say, "Testing Is Sucking The Oxygen Out Of The Room"?

Yeah Chet, it would make a difference, a huge difference. There are schools and organizations that subscribe to your vision (you are not alone).

Common Core, like its predecessor No Child Held Back, is conceptually DOA and will after a respectable period of time be buried and forgotten as another bad idea, poorly implemented. In the mean time, parents will continue to rise in rebellion - not just the political fruitcakes who see a conspiracy behind every curtain - moving their children out of public schools and into other available learning environments. The teaching profession will be damaged but not destroyed by another school reform movement foisted on them; teachers are great at offering lip service to the latest and greatest while continuing the struggle of educating their students as best they can given dwindling resources.

I wonder how much revenue would be freed for teachers and students if all the state and federal mandate compliance officers and mid level bureaucrats were eliminated. Enough ti buy every teacher classrooms supplies for a year? Let's form a study commission and issue a report.

Posted by Rick Spanier on 08/25/2014 at 2:01 PM

Re: “Demolition Begins On Former Downtown Performance Center/Mat Bevel Spaces

Posted by Bruce Gulick on 08/25/2014 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Demolition Begins On Former Downtown Performance Center/Mat Bevel Spaces

A plague of earwigs on the scumbags that made this travesty happen.

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Posted by Bruce Gulick on 08/25/2014 at 12:42 PM

Re: “Buckmaster Show Callers Were A Wee Bit Upset With Me

My neighbor asked, who elects these people in the first place?
Did you vote in the last election?
Yes, I guess your candidates didn't win.

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Posted by hakeson on 08/25/2014 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Did Arne Duncan Really Say, "Testing Is Sucking The Oxygen Out Of The Room"?

Critical Thinking in TUSD??

I was in a Parent/Teacher Conference at a TUSD High School recently where I supported the Parent's decision to move his child, who was in my Math Honors Class, to another School District. The Principal "hit the ceiling"...called me into the Office...yelling at me said: "don't you know the meaning of don't bit the hand that feeds you" My reply: I will continue to represent what I feel are the best Academic Interests of my Students. This Principal issued me a Written Reprimand quoting the Section of TUSD Policy stating that all criticism of the District must go through an Administrator....NO OPEN CRITICISM!!!!

Critical Thinking in TUSD?? If you are History....LOL

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 08/25/2014 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Howard Salmon Left Us This Morning

Very sad to hear this. I always loved Howie and his whole family. My best wishes to all who were lucky enough to know him.

--Peter Huestis, Washington DC

Posted by Peteykins on 08/25/2014 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Buckmaster Show Callers Were A Wee Bit Upset With Me

Yes Bob, here's a start on the issue of how to pay for past sins. Use the rainy day fund. Then call a special session and repeal the vouchers and tax credits for private schools that are sucking money out of the general fund into religious education. (And people accuse public schools of indoctrination? LMAO!) After that, raise the revenue that voters have demanded and that is the legislators' obligation. Finally, publicize the name of every legislator who voted for the cuts, vouchers and tax credits and make this an election issue. Other states have figured out how to fund public education at a much higher level than we do, so this cannot be rocket science.

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Posted by Jana Happel on 08/25/2014 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Demolition Begins On Former Downtown Performance Center/Mat Bevel Spaces

Can they at least save the wall?

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Posted by Michael King on 08/25/2014 at 10:43 AM

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