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Re: “Media Watch

"The newspaper industry is suffering. That’s bad news for journalists..." Journalism: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Posted by Slick Show on 08/18/2016 at 4:25 PM

Re: “Greg Miller Out At the State Board of Education

I've got to agree with Daniel S Frances. Maybe you haven't seen the video interview with Mr Baker. And Governor Ducey appointed him!!!!

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Posted by Can't be All Bad on 08/18/2016 at 4:03 PM

Re: “Greg Miller Out At the State Board of Education

sgsmith: The links were to provide information, to those interested, about a couple of groups that are making a constructive difference in holding elected officials in Arizona governance accountable. They were offered as evidence to back up the words I used when I expressed the opinion that collective action matters. The latter group's increasing influence is relevant to understanding the decision that was just made about filling the post on the state board of education, the subject of Safier's blog post here.

You seem, in general, to have good insights into what's going on in Arizona. My personal opinion is that it would be a better state if those who share your awareness of the problems would not conclude, as you seemed to above, that there is no solution, though I admit it can be tempting to take that position when you take a good hard look at what goes on here.

As for collective action not going anywhere without money to back it, I am encouraged when I consider the slim margin of victory for Prop 123, and then the Yes campaign's VS. the No campaign's funding levels. Money is a factor. It is not the only factor, and there are still some ways to get things done without the Koch brothers or others of their ilk backing you.

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Posted by Collective Action Makes a Difference on 08/18/2016 at 3:33 PM

Re: “A Broke Student’s Guide

$8,500 per year? Did they legalize crack?

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Posted by Starving Artist on 08/18/2016 at 3:15 PM

Re: “A Broke Student’s Guide

Where is "ride a bike" on the list? Average cost of owning, operating and maintaining a car is $8,500 per year and a UA parking pass is over $650. You can save a lot of money and get nice muscle tone without joining a gym or attempting to get in to the Rec Center by opting to ride a bike. Just saying.

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Posted by Kylie Walzak on 08/18/2016 at 2:51 PM

Re: “National Education Policy Center: Class Size and Money Both Matter in Education

Money matters, but it is equally--if not more--important HOW money is spent. The Tucson Unified School District, for example, receives at least $340 million dollars per year in funding for approx. 50K students. However, the money is misspent in opaque and suspicious processes, which is the case in most failing or suspiciously opaque districts. The result is low or stagnant achievement levels.

When, for example, a district decides to buy e-textbooks before ensuring that all students have access to a computer, money is wasted and students suffer. But the administration remains popular, well-liked. When classroom aids are fired and long-term substitute pay is cut so the superintendent can take 6 figures home each year, money is wasted and students suffer. But the school board can say they have strived hard to stabilize the district by keeping one superintendent in place and they can pat themselves on the back in front of their constituencies. Students continue to suffer.

The problem in TUSD is not money (or overly large classes). The problem here is a combination of the school board and the superintendent and the faulty way they spend money on things that do not benefit the students. Indeed, the students suffer.

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Posted by Rachael Sedgwick on 08/18/2016 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Danehy

Hey EE
It might be because the daily fish wrap in this town is so pathetic with everyone singin from the same hymnal. All Fitz all the time is unbearable and I'm sure the hell not gonna pay for that rag.
Don't agree with Tom often but who else are we supposed to read in Grijalva Gulch?
Isn't nice to have some lively debate or do you really want all "likes" all the time.
Not trying to convince the other side of anything, just a place to vent.

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Posted by The Vince of darkness on 08/18/2016 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Greg Miller Out At the State Board of Education

Collective Action Makes a Difference,

Fortunately for me, my cynicism (one of those “-isms” I wrote of earlier) is only surpassed by my tolerance of those who would judge me without knowing who I am.

Nevertheless, it has been my experience that those who collectively engage in the political process, no matter how well meaning and committed, are like voices crying in a wilderness unless they have the financial means to overcome those who have been gaming the system for a very long time.

Not-so-recent history has also demonstrated how some of those trying to work collectively – the nascent Taxed Enough Already (TEA) party – were initially co-opted by naïve Republican operatives who thought they could control them and ultimately by more nefarious people behind the scene to put our nation into this post thermo-nuclear partisan political apocalyptic landscape that has delivered a 2016 presidential race worthy of combat in the Thunder Dome, but I digress.

Stop with the links and use your own words to express your opinion, otherwise it’s just spam.

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Posted by sgsmith on 08/18/2016 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Danehy

And a jury of his peers found OJ Simpson innocent of the murder he committed. Did we suspend all laws? No. You have to fight the good fight. Just make sure you can find the truth. Facts speak for themselves

Like this:

$30M from a communist for Gore to promote global warming? I guess science has lost credibility on this one too.

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Posted by Dave Nelson on 08/18/2016 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Danehy

Everyone knows Tom leans left. So why do all the right wingers come out in force after every column? The right and left are very far apart in their perceptions of reality and neither are budging. I don't see any point in trying to convince the other side of their folly. However, it is encouraging that many prominent right wing columnist like George Will and Jonah Goldberg see Trump as the trainwreck that he is.
I don't believe everyone who supports Trump is a racist, but I think Charlie Murphy is more right than wrong.

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Posted by E. Espinoza on 08/18/2016 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Greg Miller Out At the State Board of Education

sgsmith: It would be a shame if you wasted so much good insight in nothing more than standard-issue cynicism.

You've left out the proper citizens' role, which is to observe, participate, comment, make INFORMED votes and apply collective pressure where needed. Much can be accomplished to keep our governance from going off the rails if the citizenry does its job, but it does require doing the work of organizing and civic participation, not just being a solitary voice.

Cf. Tucson Residents for Responsive Government,

Daniel S: the Vail parent association helped get Prop 123 passed. Vail is a relatively conservative constituency that has become an active lobbying presence in Arizona:

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Posted by Collective Action Makes a Difference on 08/18/2016 at 1:42 PM

Re: “Danehy

I saw all races rescuing all races also Vince. And I saw Obama golfing. Can you remember his tirade unleashed on Bush when Katrina happened?

And now we find they lied to us again:

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Posted by Rat T on 08/18/2016 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Danehy

You brought up race again. What a surprise. I watched those racist white southerners haul out their
own boats and modified ATV's and rescue thousands of their neighbors this week and surprise surprise, they were helping black people too. Meanwhile Barrack is golfing with Larry David I believe.
Watched people in Milwaukee riot and yell " beat down all the white people" ( even though CNN tried to edit it out) after a black cop shot an armed black criminal. Guess hate is present in all parts of the country, as is kindness. Maybe you should finally grow up and stop painting with such a broad brush.
No that wouldn't work, your "Democrat" party needs to keep fanning the flames and taking the minority vote for granted to maintain power. How long has your party been running most of the major cities like Baltimore, Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis and on and on Tom? Has anything improved? Oh hell with it, let's blame Bush.

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Posted by The Vince of darkness on 08/18/2016 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Is Prop 205 Right for Arizona?

You aren't far from the truth Gandalf. We are about to be overrun with former drug runners with our open border sanctuary city status. This is half of the Mexican economy. Democrats hope that they become legal and pay taxes to keep SSI from imploding, because of years of fraud and theft, but it won't solve a thing.

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Posted by Nations Have Borders on 08/18/2016 at 12:06 PM

Re: “Greg Miller Out At the State Board of Education

You seem to be so wrong Frances Perkins. Sometimes I think you folks are hopeless, clueless and solution less.

But you should get some cheese to go with your whine. Now apologize.

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Posted by Debra Holt on 08/18/2016 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Danehy

Once again Tammy has to be put in her place. Nice job, Bill.

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Posted by CW13 on 08/18/2016 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Is Prop 205 Right for Arizona?

Keep MJ illegal. Mexico needs the money.

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Posted by Gandalf the Green on 08/18/2016 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Greg Miller Out At the State Board of Education

Gov Ducey just appointed Vail SD Superintendent Calvin Baker. What a brilliant move! Baker's educational reform program is legendary and he is exactly what AZ needs to drag TUSD off of the bottom.

Way to go Mr Governor!

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Posted by Daniel S on 08/18/2016 at 11:39 AM

Re: “Tucson Blues Legend Stefan George Passes at 62

I've known Stefan since we were 8 years old. Great friends through grade school and high school. Reading Brendan's note above sounds like Stefan... dying from a broken heart after his wife and mother had died. I'm hoping that a celebration for his life is posted so I and others can pay our respects for fine person and a truly gifted musician.

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Posted by John Bruce Bendas on 08/18/2016 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Five tips for staying out of trouble in the dorms


How about acting like an adult; although, current science says college-age students are not in fact fully-functional adults, as demonstrated by their risk-taking and lack of critical thinking behaviors and failure to understand the consequences of their actions.

Quit pissing away your parent’s money and leave the cliché drug and alcohol abuse to the Hollywood screen writers who don’t give a sh@t about your future.

Instead of sucking up to your RA to hopefully get away with something, don’t screw up in the first place, unless you really like sucking up to people, in which case, you should change your major to business or political science.

Lastly, hiding from the police and pretending to be asleep is the stupidest thing you can do. I watched two idiots try this tactic in the student apartment building across from me some years ago and the police did give up – until the next day, when they went to the student’s classrooms, pulled them out in handcuffs and they were last seen being moved out by their parents in the middle of the night.

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Posted by sgsmith on 08/18/2016 at 11:09 AM

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