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Re: “House Race

In a few more years, Frogge may be ready to serve effectively in the Legislature. She has much energy and spirit, but in debate with Engle, Engle emerges as the more prepared if not more connected candidate. I believe Engle is ready now to move forward alongside Mach.

Posted by gcb1 on 08/25/2016 at 6:25 PM

Re: “What John Oliver Said About Charter Schools

Huppenthal and / or whoever may be commenting under jhuppent@hotmail.com:

Motivation is important. Student and parent engagement are important.

Employing professional teachers who have an ACCURATE understanding of how learning works and what the best methods are in each of the subject areas is also critically important, and, as I have pointed out before, when you pay professionals with college degrees (and many of them with master's degrees) in their fields the paltry "salaries" they are paid in this state, you will not be able to retain the kind of professional educators that can most benefit students in Arizona classrooms.

Decision makers in the field of education in this state seem to believe it is possible to go back to how the profession was managed before educated women had other professional opportunities. These days, women are not constrained to "teacher, nurse, or secretary." The unavailability of other options (and the fact that most teachers were women whose husbands were the main wage earners in their families) is what kept salaries in the profession depressed for so long. These days, if you want to retain the most qualified people in the profession, you have to compete with salaries in medicine, law, business.

A friends knows of former classmates at the University of Vermont College of Education, where she got her teaching credentials, who after a couple of decades in the teaching profession are making over $100K per year. Teaching in Tucson, this woman is making $40-something K with the same number of years of experience.

If you're so interested in free market models perhaps you should do a little more research in the area of human resources and human capital. Paying teachers as little as we do is destroying our education system in this state.

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Posted by Clearer Understanding Needed on Both Sides of Fence on 08/25/2016 at 4:39 PM

Re: “The Skinny

Well it sure beats watching reruns of Ice Road Truckers... You can't make this s..t up!

Posted by Kommon Cents on 08/25/2016 at 3:53 PM

Re: “The Skinny

"40+ years of Democratic control," unless you count 1991-1996, when the board was controlled by Republicans.

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Posted by Tom Prezelski on 08/25/2016 at 3:45 PM

Re: “Silicon Valley Businesses Move to Phoenix—Because It's Cheaper

Wow, talk about taking my words and twisting them into your ignorant form.

You are a gift Wrong, Again. The same kind of gift someone stuffs in a paper bag, lights up on a porch, does a "ding-dong ditch" with and then hightails themselves outta sight.

Too bad you'll never be human enough to understand anything.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 08/25/2016 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Silicon Valley Businesses Move to Phoenix—Because It's Cheaper

Have a nice day.

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Posted by What is this town thinking? on 08/25/2016 at 3:12 PM

Re: “The Real Madness

You left out Nixon. His administration created the "schedule" system, and put marijuana on Schedule 1. When people, including scientists and physicians, objected, he created a blue ribbon panel to study the matter, and then promptly ignored their findings. Marijuana has continued to be on Schedule 1 ever since, for no good reason, other than the fact that Nixon associated its use with "hippies" and "negroes."

Posted by Jeffrey Patten on 08/25/2016 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Silicon Valley Businesses Move to Phoenix—Because It's Cheaper

I agree with ac/dc- there is a strong sense of communism in Tucson.

Make Arizona Mexico Again! It's working so well for Tucson, commit all Arizona to poverty so the losers will 'feel good'.

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Posted by What, Again on 08/25/2016 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Silicon Valley Businesses Move to Phoenix—Because It's Cheaper

Speaking of smart phones, I really wanted to edit my most recent post...but my phone vexed me!

"...what Tucson has to offer ON." Really?!

D'oh!

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 08/25/2016 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Silicon Valley Businesses Move to Phoenix—Because It's Cheaper

Clown:

Who says I'm not out enjoying what Tucson has to offer on? There's this new technology called a smart phone. Get your head out from down below before you suffocate.

Sure, Tucson has fat cats, but there is definitely more of a sense of community in this town than Maricopa County could even imagine. Around here, it's more of a team effort; up there, it's all about me and what I can do for myself.

And do you believe that Maricopa County doesn't have their fair share of poor people? Please, remove the blinders before it's too late.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 08/25/2016 at 2:54 PM

Re: “Silicon Valley Businesses Move to Phoenix—Because It's Cheaper

What exactly are you promoting? You talk about trolls or trolling, but when I look at your comments, you are the one doing the trolling. If Tucson were perfect why waste your time coming here? Get out and enjoy it. Insulting others serves little or no purpose. Why be content with accomplishing little? Many of us are struggling and choose not to live in Phoenix. Tucson has it's fat cats and they like it just the way it is. Cheap labor and little progress. Why is that?

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Posted by What is this town thinking? on 08/25/2016 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Silicon Valley Businesses Move to Phoenix—Because It's Cheaper

What is this clown thinking?:

Obviously, you're not familiar with Wrong, Again and his history of posting flat-out nonsense on this site...or you're him doubling-down on the trollness (is this a word?) he/you (?) specializes in. It's hard to tell if either of you are actually different people because neither of you have the stones to establish an account on this site.

Wrong, Again ALWAYS blames the "illegals" and the "evil liberals" for everything he sees wrong with Arizona. He, like yourself, thinks that Phoenix is "light years" (Ha Ha Ha Ha!) ahead. Sure, they have an edge on Tucson in certain ways, but not because of the foolish reasons Wrong, Again or yourself may see as the "truth".

Open your eyes, or if you're like or if you are Wrong, Again...get your head out of your nether regions. Phoenix and the surrounding areas get more work done with AZDOT and with business opportunities because that's the area where most of the greedy fat cats who stuff the politicians' pockets reside. It's been that way for a long time, so it's time for you short-sighted trolls to notice it.

Bonus!: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Eglgj77T0rk

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 08/25/2016 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Tucson Salvage

What a story Brian. We were neighbors as kids.

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Posted by Not a native but darn close on 08/25/2016 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Silicon Valley Businesses Move to Phoenix—Because It's Cheaper

Thanks AZ/DC because I also believe what whatagain stated. To think anything else would be folly. Just look at what they do and don't do. Phoenix is light years ahead. They have higher home values and lower property taxes. We have been forced to try to develop a future by isolating ourselves from reality.

Your post accomplished nothing but name calling.

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Posted by What is this town thinking? on 08/25/2016 at 1:58 PM

Re: “The Skinny

Deeply disappoint that you failed to include the fake "fell in a pothole" escapade.

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Posted by Buff Crone on 08/25/2016 at 1:54 PM

Re: “The Skinny

Pima "Coutny" Cartel:

Are you, or are you related to, the infamous troll Wrong, Again?

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 08/25/2016 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Silicon Valley Businesses Move to Phoenix—Because It's Cheaper

The false facts that Wrong, Again actually believes + The nonsense that he actually bothers to post = Dumbshit

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 08/25/2016 at 1:23 PM

Re: “Silicon Valley Businesses Move to Phoenix—Because It's Cheaper

Weird. Forbes has rated the Phoenix Metro area as their #1 city in winning the tech job growth outside of the Bay Area/Silicon Valley. This includes, from their data, a 39.29% increase in these jobs from 2010-2016. It also includes a growth rate in this sector of 7.51% for just 2015. That 39.29% growth is the 3rd highest in the nation.

Since 2000 the tech sector has grown by 78% in the Phoenix metro area.

Why the discrepancy? This might have to do with how we define a geographic area or we define tech sector jobs. We all know that from common sense 'Phoenix' also includes the cities around it like Mesa, Tempe, Glendale, Scottsdale, etc. You can get any kind of result you want by selectively removing these parts of the metro Phoenix area from the equation. Your data comes from the NYTimes, who took it from Moodys, and did not provide a link. So it is impossible to see how they defined their geographies or the 'tech sector'.

I don't disagree with your premise that these companies are moving to Phoenix because of the cost of living, that is a big part of it among many others, but this really is just a sad hit piece on Phoenix, and you can't even do the slightest research of your own! That makes this another piece of evidence highlighting your superior skills as a hack David. Keep it up!

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Posted by HumanBean on 08/25/2016 at 12:09 PM

Re: “Tucson Salvage

Tearing up just reading this.

I have it on good authority that your father was one of the best things that ever happened to his second wife.

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Posted by TDB on 08/25/2016 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Silicon Valley Businesses Move to Phoenix—Because It's Cheaper

No amount of tax dollars confiscated by Tucson liberals will ever increase business given the rabid hatred for corporations and radical environmentalist anti-growth policies.

The Phoenix area spent billions building a world class road system, freeways, and it's paying off big time. Tucson spent hundreds of millions deliberately NOT building roads.

No growth = no jobs = no future.

Why won't Tucson liberals ever accept responsibility for their total control over the last 30 years? And why do liberals like this blogger who have absolutely no business education credentials nor work experience continue to think they know anything about economics?

And when will Tucson hold Tom Volgy responsible for killing commercial air traffic in Tucson when he gave away exclusive rights to the Tucson-Phoenix route?

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Posted by What, Again on 08/25/2016 at 11:53 AM

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