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Re: “Media Watch

So video really HAS killed the radio star, as well as print journalism, and it will likely soon kill journalism itself. Now only Jim Nintzel's work distinguishes the Weekly from the lifestyle mags /rags that litter the Republican areas of town.

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Posted by Starcommand on 09/21/2016 at 3:26 AM

Re: “Looks Like Brother Dean Got Arrested For Kicking A Student In The Chest

Is she okay? A hard kick to the sternum is nothing to sneeze at.

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Posted by Ex-Arizonan on 09/20/2016 at 11:10 PM

Re: “CD1: Babeu Tries To Counter Accounts of Abuse at School He Once Oversaw

Babeu is creepy.

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Posted by Peabo on 09/20/2016 at 10:17 PM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 123: "Changing the Trend Line" Edition

#publicschoolsfirst A good man sums up Dark Money Ducey's "plan" for our public schools. A good man points out the lies of the greedy and the rich. We often seem uncomfortable talking about raw power. We don't like the discussion of greed. That's why we are here. Public education is being choked to death by those that have power. At the root of this strangulation, is greed.
If your candidate won't agree to fund our public schools immediately with at least $1.7 billion in additional funding ( which barely restores public school funding to 2007 levels, adjusted for inflation), tell them that you cannot vote for them. They have just told you that they side with the powerful and the greedy. They don't give a damn about the opportunirties denied to the poor and working families. These are our tax dollars, and our children. Step up to your responsibility to elect candidates that put them first.

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Posted by Paul Stapleton-Smith on 09/20/2016 at 9:08 PM

Re: “CD1: Babeu Tries To Counter Accounts of Abuse at School He Once Oversaw

The process of "cornering" sounds like the cousin to solitary confinement. And if the school fails to get them to fear the process they would probably wins up in prison and experience that and much worse. Thanks for trying to improve behavior without drugs. The country would be better served if more would do it.

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Posted by The best discipline has a tinge of hurt on 09/20/2016 at 8:41 PM

Re: “Sen. Jeff Flake on His Battles With Trump: "Somebody Has To Stand Up and Call Him Out"

Jeff Flake and Mitt Romney are both putting the "Establishment" and its safety over the continuing decline in the life of the middle class. Both have a most comfortable life and enough money to last them to infinity and beyond. Both are blind to the FACT that the policies that Hillary represents, and apparently what they represent, have been bad, continue to be bad both now and in the future, for the average American. Jeff and Mitt are clearly elitists, just like Hilary. I remember the fear of Ronald Reagan becoming President; I also remember all the good he did for
the country. I hope there is a housecleaning of the Republican Party, and the new wave will be politicians who care for all Americans, the Constitution, the rule of Law, and the sovereign United States of America. Finally, Citizenship and voting are privileges, not rights; these privileges should be treasured, respected, and preserved.

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Posted by emptynester on 09/20/2016 at 6:42 PM

Re: “Learn About Medical Marijuana and the Workplace

Again, unfortunately it's just not that simple. While employers are generally free to prohibit impairment on the worksite, the lack of a prima facie standard for impairment as related to marijuana makes determination subjective.

When combined with Arizona law explicitly prohibiting discrimination in employment against patients prescribed medical marijuana, as well as protections under FMLA and the ADA, there is good reason as an employer to be very cautious in handling the issue.

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Posted by Matt on 09/20/2016 at 5:32 PM

Re: “Learn About Medical Marijuana and the Workplace

Yeah- @Matt its work its a job not a comfort in. If you can't work under their set of rules then you can guess it your not working there. Either become your own entrepreneur with your own job and rules or don't work there. Yeah there is no wrongful termination if the job says ZERO tolerance and you violate your own agreement you sign before the day you start that states that its your own fault. That simple. Becoming a liability is not what any job wants form its employees. Your there to work and that is it.

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Posted by Work is not a comfort in for your medical marijuana on 09/20/2016 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Trump's Childcare Plan Is As Phony as the Rest of His Proposals

I don't understand how he went from bragging about his mother's dedication to calling his respondents racist. The US can not afford for more women to join the workforce. We still have high unemployment and high under employed.

But both political parties offer the drug of government addiction. It's all they ever accomplish.

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Posted by What Happened To The Weekly? on 09/20/2016 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Like Quality Sound? Don’t Buy Into Bluetooth.

Oh dear. If you are using MP3s, Bluetooth is the least of your problems.......
Now if your mobile device cab play some files with a bit more resolution, well, wires are the way to go.
Do not despair, Bluetooth and other wireless formats will improve.

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Posted by Gandalf the White on 09/20/2016 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Trump's Childcare Plan Is As Phony as the Rest of His Proposals

"If you want single moms to enter the workforce and pull themselves up by their bootstraps, you have to help with safe and reliable childcare because otherwise, they can't keep their jobs."

The fallacy behind this statement -- and behind much of our public discourse about paid child care -- is that caring for children, when they are your own, is not work. The whole economy continues to run on and benefit from the lie at the heart of the system: that the work of caring for and supporting the development of your dependent children is not "work," whether it is the extremely labor-intensive care of infants and pre-school children, or care and homework help for kids after school, or volunteering in schools that are unable to meet the full range of kids' needs exclusively through the paid labor they are able to fund. This is work that, in terms of its ability to build the human capital necessary to run the next generation's economy, is the most beneficial and valuable work being done in this country. Until we find a way to classify it as beneficial labor to which financial security independent of a "supporting" spouse's earning capacity must be attached, we will continue to find ourselves unable to build a better society, with kids whose development and flourishing are fully supported and women whose constructive labor receives the return in economic security it should receive.

Check out this piece in the NYTimes:
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/12/opinion/sunday/how-to-fix-feminism.html

Or this book by an economic journalist and Pulitzer Prize nominee:
https://www.amazon.com/Price-Motherhood-Important-World-Valued/dp/0312655401/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1474396649&sr=8-1&keywords=the+price+of+motherhood+crittenden

On another topic: both sides of the above debate in this comment stream fall well below the mark in achieving anything that could be called civility or constructive dialogue. But it is the so-called liberals / progressives, including Nintzel, who end up looking worse. Their supposed "compassionate outlook" repeatedly produces remarks full of contempt for those who differ from them.

I've left the article and the comment stream with reduced respect for Nintzel, someone I had previously thought better of.

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Posted by Redefine "work" to include the work of care. on 09/20/2016 at 11:49 AM

Re: “Learn About Medical Marijuana and the Workplace

Yeah - it's actually a little bit more complicated than that. While federally illegal, there are still potential problems with wrongful termination, reasonable accommodations, and so on.

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Posted by Matt on 09/20/2016 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 123: "Changing the Trend Line" Edition

Perhaps I should have written "the wife of one of whose employees gave such generous contributions," but when the money is coming from a joint account on which a marketing exec whose company just receive a $20+ million contract from the district is one of the co-proprietors, one wonders just how much difference it makes who signs the check.

According to the Star article on the subject, Foster and Juarez expect us to believe that they didn't know there was a connection between the company to which the contract was granted and the unusually large donations to their Tucson-area campaigns from someone living in the Phoenix area. Seems like a local school board candidate who received a donation of this size from an out of town resident might have immediately picked up the phone and tried to find out who the donor was and what motivated the donation.

Could we blame voters for concluding that if these candidates didn't do that -- and didn't voluntarily return the donations well before the connection between the donations and the marketing exec at the company was "outed" in the media -- it is a clear sign that these incumbent candidates don't have sufficient intelligence, caution, or pragmatism to be entrusted again with elected office?

In any case, if we want to increase the public's confidence that providing more funding to public school districts will do the community some good, the electorate should ensure that every foolish governing board member who has a record in office of doing things that undermine public trust will, after the November elections, have to find another form of volunteer "service" to the community.

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Posted by P.S. From Bipartisan Reasons for Voter Cynicism on 09/20/2016 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 123: "Changing the Trend Line" Edition

Frances -- you should offer that advice to HT Sanchez and his supporters on the TUSD Board as well as to Ducey. They are the sort to take the tip just as much as the governor is. What would the Perkins of the FDR administration think of TUSD's outsourcing of subs and reducing their ability to qualify for benefits? And the two incumbent candidates (Foster & Juarez) who can be relied upon to support HT Sanchez's agenda even in the many cases when this agenda betrays the progressive cause received embarrassing campaign donations from the wife of an exec at the company managing outsourced subs.

So why not be properly bipartisan in your free advice to elected officials, Frances?

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Posted by Bipartisan advice to elected officials on 09/20/2016 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Learn About Medical Marijuana and the Workplace

Wake up. Marijuana is illegal federally no matter what the state passes. Until then its illegal end of story

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Posted by Comon Sense on 09/20/2016 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 123: "Changing the Trend Line" Edition

Let my people go. Fund education with lottery profits. Or is that too close to the political slush fund for all politicians?

You want to increase education funding? Sell more tickets. North Carolina is doing well with that.

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Posted by Rat T on 09/20/2016 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 123: "Changing the Trend Line" Edition

Nice analysis of the reality behind Ducey's claims of increased funding to education. Let's hope people pay attention. Unfortunately, the "trend line" in the electorate is to lose the hope that motivates people to continue paying attention and trying to make a difference.

And noted frequently in these comment streams is the fact that part of the cynicism and disengagement in the Southern Arizona electorate is based on an accurate perception of dishonesty and quid-pro-quo dealings in local government.

Think about it, David: when voters see something like the scandal surrounding Foster and Juarez accepting $5,000 campaign donations from the wife of an executive in the company recently awarded a more-than-$20 million contract to handle the management of outsourced subs in TUSD, how can you expect voters to believe that what goes on in public school districts like TUSD is about benefiting needy students and protecting the rights of labor -- two things that "progressive" politicians are supposed to stand up for when the electorate entrusts them with public office? How can you expect voters to advocate for giving more money to a district where it's the managers of low-entitlement, under-professionalized, outsourced labor that are benefiting from tax dollars invested, rather than the many needy students in the district, whose classrooms are staffed by underpaid subs "managed" by this company, one of whose employees gave such generous contributions to two incumbent candidates who voted in support of it?

Both Three Sonorans and the Arizona Daily Star wrote about this significant episode in the field of Southern Arizona public education and electoral politics. But David Safier remained silent. What a surprise.

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Posted by Report on reasons for voter cynicism: bipartisan edition on 09/20/2016 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 123: "Changing the Trend Line" Edition

Years ago I was teaching at a religious affiliated high school. The administration wanted to increase enrollment. The teachers were all for that. Of course they wanted more kids and no more teachers. In a meeting with the teachers, the chief administrator stated, "If you just have love in your hearts, you can teach 50 or 100 students in a class." I hereby offer that solution to our creative governor for his use on any public education issue at anytime, "If you have love in your hearts you will be able to teach on the pittance we give you."

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Posted by Frances Perkins on 09/20/2016 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 123: "Changing the Trend Line" Edition

Perhaps Ducey's "plan" is to help banks advertise student loans to vulnerable high school students who don't know what they're getting into when they load themselves up with debt in pursuit of a college degree that may or may not help them secure decent-paying, meaningful work.

Whatever his "plan" may be, it should be noted that increasing college grads or those with career training certificates from 42% to 60% under the current tuition expense and funding system without creating more government funded tuition grants will mean a whole lot more money, in the form of interest payments on loans, flowing into the coffers of the malfeasant banking system whose unsound, self-serving practices cratered our economy in 2008.

More college educated middle class workers = more indentured servants with tens and sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars of undismissable loan debt, bound to work work work at whatever jobs the economy offers up, not to buy themselves a home or invest, but to pay back the loans that underwrote the inflated "cost" of the work they did to earn a degree.

I'm sure the employer-class does want a larger pool of workers entering the work force every year in this prostrate position. It's a group with sadly reduced financial security and entitlements that's very easy to exploit.

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Posted by Who benefits from the creation of more indentured servants? on 09/20/2016 at 7:08 AM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 123: "Changing the Trend Line" Edition

Just having a college degree is meaningless. We need to increase interest in STEM. 4 year degrees in English and Sociology just won't cut it anymore.

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Posted by BobV on 09/20/2016 at 5:23 AM

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