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Re: “Hell Yes! The 2016 Tucson Weekly Endorsements

Very proud to have the endorsement of the Tucson Weekly. I have worked hard to remove partisanship from this election and reach out to ALL people of Pima County. Let's work together to move our County and our Sheriffs Department forward.

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Posted by markdnapier on 10/20/2016 at 5:23 AM

Re: “Hell Yes! The 2016 Tucson Weekly Endorsements

6th poorest city in the country and DAMN proud of it! Keep the poverty coming! Make Arizona Mexico Again!

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Posted by What, Again on 10/20/2016 at 4:00 AM

Re: “Five Ways To Avoid Being An Able-Bodied Douchebag

You had me at "Asshat kind of girl"- thank you for your advocacy. You and Emory are both amazing humans.

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Posted by mimic on 10/19/2016 at 9:44 PM

Re: “Creative Community

Please quote the exact sentence in any of my posts where I used the word "troll."

Also, it's "you're," not "your."

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Posted by Ex-Arizonan on 10/19/2016 at 8:29 PM

Re: “9 Questions With Mayor Jonathan Rothschild

Politicians need New Age music most of all; opens the mind, chills you out. Listen to Shadowfax, Secret Garden, Fiona Joy, Al Conti, Lawrence Blatt... and then tell me it's not beautiful, hi-quality music.

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Posted by Beth Ann Hilton on 10/19/2016 at 5:58 PM

Re: “Our Spoiled State Firing and Hiring System

If you think this is not also standard operating procedure for the Democratic Party machine in Southern Arizona, you are ill-informed. Or if you think that having the right laws on the books will prevent malfeasance -- wrong again.

Stuck between a rock and several hard places here in Southern Arizona: malfeasant Republicans in the Phoenix legislature cutting funding and dismantling the public sector, malfeasant Democrats in various City and County offices managing local institutions poorly, bad or insufficient laws on the books at the state level, and, where we have good laws that were passed in the hope of protecting citizens from abuse, the enforcement mechanisms are insufficient and ineffective.

What can help, David, is NON-PARTISAN commentary that calls the problems for what they are and admits that it's dishonesty and abuse of public office that we need to combat, not THE REPUBLICANS or THE DEMOCRATS. People in both parties are guilty of it and commentary that calls it out in one party but not in the other muddies the water and obscures both the real source of the problem and the bi-partisan mode of operation needed to fix it.

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Posted by More partisan hackery won't help matters. on 10/19/2016 at 5:47 PM

Re: “Danehy

Hillary Clinton is the most prepared, qualified person for president in a long, long time. She's not perfect-- who is? Everyone running for anything has a few skeletons in the closet.

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Posted by Carlos Valenzuela on 10/19/2016 at 5:30 PM

Re: “We Must Not Allow . . . Runaway Graduation Rates . . . to Create an Achievement Score Gap!

I have 4 students in my fourth grade math class with an achievement level at the first percentile, meaning that they were not able to find a single math problem that they could successfully solve on the benchmark exam. My whole class averaged the 9th percentile.

In the first three days of this week, the class successfully moved through 65 levels of a popular math software product. It is an all minority, all poverty classroom. As with Safiers example above, I have managed the class with several scientific principles, the major being that students should experiences 9 successes for every one failure. As the students have experienced success, they have become better and better at math.

The huge shortfall of the common core standards is that they have resulted in most students being drowned in failure because they are more than two educational years below the standards.

We can see it in the national test scores. Math went down for the first time ever and reading did not improve. New standards can't solve this problem- there will still be a huge disconnect for most students.

High expectations for students should be that they do 200 math problems a day and get 180 of them correct. On the typical day, at risk students are doing less than 10 problems and getting most of them wrong.

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Posted by on 10/19/2016 at 5:15 PM

Re: “Five Ways To Avoid Being An Able-Bodied Douchebag

I'm not sure how you misread my comment but I stated it as though there are all different kinds of problems people have that we do not see visually. I did not comment on asking parents "what is wrong with them?" My comment was more of a "walk a mile in my shoes" thought for people before they get judgemental.

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Posted by Allen S on 10/19/2016 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Five Ways To Avoid Being An Able-Bodied Douchebag

Handicapped parking permits and plates are for the designated use of the actual handicapped person and/or their caretaker(s). They are not meant for able-bodied family members and friends to use for their convenience. Having said this, there are also many disabilities that do not show such as coronary and pulmonary conditions and diseases that limit people’s mobility, so that sometimes it may appear someone is able bodied when they are not. As for vandalism and slicing tires in anger – what kind of example is that to show our children?

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Posted by sgsmith on 10/19/2016 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Five Ways To Avoid Being An Able-Bodied Douchebag

I'm so sorry about citing the beautiful young girl as "Caroline". Didn't pay enough attention to the writing, but that smile is AWESOME!

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Posted by What, Again on 10/19/2016 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Five Ways To Avoid Being An Able-Bodied Douchebag

It's a long journey. As humans, we have never accepted those with disabilities. We've come a long way. Not far enough. And the journey will not stop. Good luck, Caroline is BEAUTIFUL!!

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Posted by What, Again on 10/19/2016 at 3:36 PM

Re: “Five Ways To Avoid Being An Able-Bodied Douchebag

Hey Allen!

First things first - thanks so much for taking time out of your day to not only read my article, but also comment! Much appreciated, dear!

Secondly, Donald Trump? Oh honey...not even close. But I suppose it's really up to the reader to take it however they take it. But I do have a question...what exactly is the lot in life that makes it okay for an adult to ask a parent, in front of their child, what's wrong with them?

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Posted by adiba on 10/19/2016 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Five Ways To Avoid Being An Able-Bodied Douchebag

You're so welcome Lynnetra! Thanks for always being an incredible supporter of my work!

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Posted by adiba on 10/19/2016 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Our Spoiled State Firing and Hiring System

Bad ice cream. Bad Gov'nr

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Posted by Gandalf the Ice Cream Expert on 10/19/2016 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Five Ways To Avoid Being An Able-Bodied Douchebag

I love everything you write! You educate as well as speak your mind...Love it and thank you. You answered a couple questions that I actually had in my head. Thank again and keep up the good work.

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Posted by Lynnetra on 10/19/2016 at 1:28 PM

Re: “Our Spoiled State Firing and Hiring System

Unfortunately this is "business as usual" for Douchey and his cronies, "all for one and one for himself!" is their byline. It will be a wonder if Arizona can survive their malfeasance!

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Posted by MarcBS on 10/19/2016 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Justice Denied: McCain Says He'll Block Any and All of Clinton's Supreme Court Nominees

Justice denied?

In 2006, while no doubt starting to lay his eyes on a presidential run, then-Sen. Obama had no problem throwing a wrench in the works of democracy by voting to filibuster George Bush’s nominee to the high court, Samuel Alito.

Obama told George Stephanopoulos on ABC News This Week that he would “be supporting the filibuster because I think Judge Alito, in fact, is somebody who is contrary to core American values, not just liberal values, you know. When you look at his decisions in particular during times of war, we need a court that is independent and is going to provide some check on the executive branch, and he has not shown himself willing to do that repeatedly.”

In other words, because Alito did not share his judicial philosophy and he felt the judge’s ascension to the Supreme Court would not allow an independent check on the excessive use of executive branch power, Obama, in fact, voted to block the appointment.

Your media probably never informed you of this. That's why we are here to help.

Please note that I have never voted for McCain. I hope that helps eliminate a lot of ridiculous assumptions.

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Posted by David W on 10/19/2016 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Five Ways To Avoid Being An Able-Bodied Douchebag

It seems that you could have made your points in the article without talking like Donald Trump.

We never know another persons lot in life unless we actually know them. It is far too easy to make assumptions without any factual basis.

Slashed tires? Is that how you operate?

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Posted by Allen S on 10/19/2016 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Five Ways To Avoid Being An Able-Bodied Douchebag

So, you're comparing your Korean War veteran father-in-law to a little girl with disabilities?

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Posted by Peabo on 10/19/2016 at 11:57 AM

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