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Re: “Editors Note

Meanwhile, as the "erudite" commenters and the editor argue the finer points of personal insults and the new White House administration initiates its witch hunt for those "un-American" leakers, Russia has fielded a new ground-launched, nuclear-capable cruise missile in Europe and is actively patrolling the waters outside of our ballistic missile submarine bases on the west coast, even as North Korea is testing ballistic missiles and China is creating man-made islands to serve as aircraft carriers in the south pacific.

Americans need to get their collective heads out of their collective asses and realize that there are bigger things going on in the world right now. Am I pissed at the current administration -- damn right, but the other party didn't do us any favors either. Frankly, it doesn't matter.

The corporations have gutted this nations manufacturing abilities and both political parties have created a nation full of whiners who would rather protest in the streets and kill one another than take notice that the old Cold War never really went away -- just like racism in America -- and that the fat soft America we see today is ripe for the taking.

We have a pro-Russian sitting in the oval office, almost one-third of our Navy's aircraft are out of service because of spare part issues brought about by political infighting and the average draft-age American couldn't pass a military physical fitness test to save his/her Big Mac Whopper-eating ass.

I spent more than 20 years defending this nation against "all enemies foreign and domestic" and right now I see more enemies inside the borders of this nation from both major political parties, corporations and special interests destroying us from the inside out.

You want to make America great again -- read the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution for yourself and not through the filters of some political hack. Take a trip to Washington D.C this summer and walked the silent hills of Arlington Cemetery, the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam War memorial and the countless monuments to World War II.

Do whatever it takes to clear this self-loathing, racist-based, media-feed crap from your mind and soul and start working to make AMERICANS great again.

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Posted by sgsmith on 02/16/2017 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Danehy

Tom wrote:

"you're somebody's sorry-ass grandmother"
"accosted by a female traffic cop who looks like she used to play linebacker for the Jets"
"Didn't you used to work at the malt shop on What's Happening?"
"it's an A-hole Badge of Honor"
to get to their crappy-ass job"
"I saw the same giant rectum break multiple laws"
"so that the rectum would have to wait"

I am just wondering do you have children? The reason I ask is that as a father I would be embarrassed if my children saw me write a column like this one.

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Posted by tctw on 02/16/2017 at 10:37 AM

Re: “TUSD Superintendent Firing Update: Nothing To See Here, Folks (For Now).

Main point: 100% correct, Betts. Safier does need to get off his ass and attend the governance meetings in the district on which he presumes to issue his ludicrously poorly informed opinions. The fact that people as ignorant as he is of what actually happens in the district are allowed to lead public opinion (or the PCDP / DGT portion of it) is a large part of the reason why the only sane choice for parents who recognize what is going on here is to remove their children from the sinking ship.

Supporting detail: mainly correct, with the notable exception of the fact Stegeman was on the Board during the three years when the 301 funds were accumulating in the district's bank accounts and he, in spite of his much-vaunted economic expertise and mastery of the financial details of the district's operations, either did not recognize it was happening or did not choose to bring it to the public's attention and do anything about it. At the point you refer to, when the build-up of 301 funds had been recognized and brought to the public's attention by others, he stood to gain points in the eyes of well-connected and locally influential supporters who were taking an interest in the issue (e.g. those connected with TUSD Kids First) by moving the issue forward in a Board meeting and putting Grijalva and Foster on the spot about it in public. More political theater. There are no white hats in this drama, just shades of gray, some closer to villainous black and some further from it.

The main problem here is that the political party which, by-in-large, has run this district for the last several decades, does not at this point have decision makers in it who are standing up for the right things: paying attention to the details, utilizing proper process in public institutions, ensuring transparency. Decisions are made based on faulty information and lies; lies are believed because someone who has wheedled their way into the center of the network (like Kristel Foster) whispers in the ears of people who don't want to do the tedious work of fact-checking her fantasy-land representation of what is happening in the district, which bears little or no relation to REALITY.

If the largely Democratic electorate in the district had been looking to select candidates who were well informed about the district and committed to the ideals other branches of the Democratic Party have been committed to in the past -- equity in education, transparency in and competent management of public institutions -- they would have selected different leadership. But they keep re-electing their own dysfunction, and, with the new "leadership" team which includes two re-elected incumbents and one newcomer who is off to a very rough start, we are now seeing -- yet again -- the latest version of the sad results of that.

It's admirable in some ways that you are still at it, observing and providing commentary, but before you give more years of your life to this project, I suggest you ask yourself: Who is listening to you? What, given what you've seen for the past 12 years, do you honestly believe can be achieved to improve conditions in this rapidly deteriorating institution, where the local "leadership" network has proved time and time again that they prefer lies to the truth and self-interested schemers to competent Board members and administrators?

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Posted by Suporting Local Reform Means Abandoning TUSD on 02/16/2017 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Editors Note

Mari,

George w. Bush suffered the monkey memes and drawings long before Obama, as have many other presidents throughout history. This is not to diminish the racial conflations surrounding such imagery, but in politics, comparing a leader to a monkey is not usually a racial or ethnic attack...

Do you really believe the orangutan trump memes or political cartoons are too far off? Oh wait, they already exist! And all it took was a quick googling....

COME THE FUCK ON!

Our country is sliding down a precipitously dangerous path and you are focused on name calling and attacking a mans looks? This is what people do when they either can't address the real issues or the real issues don't exist. It is clear that the real issues DO exist, so the problem must be with you.

Fix your shit Mari and stop feeding the trolls!

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Posted by HumanBean on 02/16/2017 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Danehy

I'm from New Jersey - and we can match the crazy, cell phone-centric Tucson drivers every day. I yell, but not out the window because you never know, here or NJ, who's packing.

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Posted by katraul on 02/16/2017 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Editors Note

Mari, it seems like you derive your strength from weak men. Name calling is no virtue, but it does seem to have over taken your personality. Rather than continue to post negativity, can you tell us what it is that you do support? And please don't say social justice. That is a worn out phrase.

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Posted by Dave Nelson on 02/16/2017 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Editors Note

Mari. 3 weeks ago you accused President Trump of being a racist. I called you on it and asked you what you based it on. Still no answer. Well?

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Posted by CW13 on 02/16/2017 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Editors Note

What, Again sounds offended.

I guess it's because he's a teabagger.

(And a snowflake!)

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Posted by Rat What T, Again on 02/16/2017 at 8:48 AM

Re: “Danehy

Day One, you left out treason.

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Posted by Vietnam Vet on 02/16/2017 at 8:44 AM

Re: “TUSD Superintendent Firing Update: Nothing To See Here, Folks (For Now).

I only wish the author would step, just for a moment, out of Fosterlandia and into a TUSD Board meeting. (No, he doesn't attend meetings he has told me repeatedly, and he never did in his 30 some odd years of teaching.) If he did, he would not have to look so hard for evidence, and he would actually be able to "sort out fact from fiction or determine the difference between cause-and-effect and random incidents." The Superintendent's history of telling lies in Board meetings, on the public record, and of evading issues by repeating his own misleading information would quickly sell any critical thinker on the fact that this Administration does not pass the smell test. A quick watch of the hyper-defensive leading questions that Foster asks anytime her Superintendent is asked a question would immediately show the game for what it is.

The game is to protect the Superintendent and his bloated salary at all costs, despite the Districts' poor test scores and worse performance in terms of complying with the USP. Part of that is bringing up the vocal circle of TEA redshirts to pledge total fealty to an Administration that uses THEIR money to pay debts, appears to send a mountain of teachers packing because of discontent, and promises teachers 123 money to get their vote and then doesn't give it to them. Another part of it is bringing out community activists to claim THEIR fealty because, as white childless people on the southside, they can tell he's doing a good job because he speaks Spanish and is only HALF white, or others who claim theirs because that other half is Latino, so he must be perfect...its a perfect storm. When you can get a guy who feeds the hungry to claim undying loyalty to someone who makes half a million dollars a year, your game is successful. When you can get a number of Principals to stand up and say they are receiving wonderful support from the administration -- which happened just a few years before some of the most ardent of them lost their magnet status --you've got some powerful kool-aid at work (funny, auto-correct wants to turn that into "kook-aid" which works too!)

The point is, you can learn a lot from meetings. "The fighting is fierce, filled with leaks, rumors, accusations and strange bedfellows." Yep--and many of those things are trademarks of the very camp that the author is allied with: again, something he would know if he went to meetings. Has he met with Rachael Sedgwick? Or does he just assume his BFF's analysis of her when he says that she is "impulsive and quick tempered"?

Without watching meetings, you miss just how strange the bedfellows are. You miss Foster and Grijalva fighting for the necessity to keep all of the Board meetings out on the East side of the district, just right down the street from UHS and Sabino, closer to Freuchtendler--where the better heeled parents of the district can easily come to Board meetings and make their voices heard. You miss the irony of Hicks and Stegeman asking for greater access for parents on the westside to attend Board meetings while Grijalva and Foster effectively veto the idea. You also miss the irony of Stegeman, TEA's favorite demon, championing the turn-around of a little cheating mis-step that the District and the union made that resulted in teachers not receiving their earned 301 money this year. Did the union turn that around either when it happened or now, months later? No, they did not, and they even publicly defended their actions (which were to raise the cut scores for different grade levels of performance pay AFTER the 301 criteria had been voted on by their membership). But Stegeman, "demon of the district" did. The author would have been squirming in his seat as his favorite Board members spent about 20 unnecessary minutes trying to figure out how to make Stegeman look bad for actually figuring out a way to give the teachers money they deserve!

The point is that the confusing becomes much less so when you actually show up. If you don't you are always relying on someone else's interpretation of events. And in a circus like this, with all the fun-house mirrors, that is really dangerous.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 02/16/2017 at 8:39 AM

Re: “TUSD Superintendent Firing Update: Nothing To See Here, Folks (For Now).

Isn't she Rachael "do you know who I am?" Sedgwick?

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 02/16/2017 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Cultivating Community

Abortion is a sensitive subject..between a woman and her doctor.

NOT busybodies such as you.

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Posted by Concerned Mom is not concerned with actual people. on 02/16/2017 at 8:17 AM

Re: “Danehy

You should know where all this hatred comes from Rat.

It's part of your (w)hole existence.

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Posted by Rats live in (w)holes on 02/16/2017 at 8:11 AM

Re: “Rural Resistance

And Kreuntz lived near Douglas. Almost 200 miles away.

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Posted by Charles Smith on 02/16/2017 at 8:04 AM

Re: “Taking Initiative

Fix your keyboard Rat.

It's making you look like a bigger idiot than you already are.

As if that is possible.

*YUGE belly laugh*

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Posted by Rat T, a moron, always has been, always will be on 02/16/2017 at 8:04 AM

Re: “Rural Resistance

You know nothing about the truth Mr. T.

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Posted by WhaT, Again Rat? on 02/16/2017 at 7:53 AM

Re: “Editors Note

@Rat T

I'm pretty darn sure that you called "Obammie" a monkey when you were having gin and tonics with close friends and relatives.

Drop the hate and quit reflecting it to make it look like others are practicing it.

Someone who is so "privileged" to be making a nice paycheck should be happy to pay taxes. It's part of being an American! Unless of course, they're a selfish whining prick.

By the way, what the hell does tge mean?

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Posted by What, T on 02/16/2017 at 7:45 AM

Re: “Danehy

I remember you used the "yield and merge" story a couple of years ago.......

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Posted by Jerry Barker on 02/16/2017 at 7:21 AM

Re: “Rural Resistance

Maybe because its not relavant! You always try to make it about this rancher and it doesnt have anything to do about the wall.
As far as its known they didnt find evidence enough to charge anybody, they dont know who shot and killed this man. It could of being someone other then someone crossing he border.

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Posted by Yoli on 02/16/2017 at 7:21 AM

Re: “TUSD Superintendent Firing Update: Nothing To See Here, Folks (For Now).

Yes, "Frances," and they completely BOTCHED the hiring process last time they did it, when the Board was under the control of a majority none of whom had the faintest clue about proper process in public institutions or proper qualifications for someone occupying such a difficult role and the district has been suffering from that shockingly poor hiring decision and members of the network have been lying to cover up the damage it has created ever since.

Whistling in the dark (and lying "bravely" to the public about what is actually going on) does not improve matters.

TUSD is a dying beast. Various commenters write funny things here occasionally, but what we're witnessing is a tragedy, not a farce. Tens of thousands of students are stuck in this thing. Your comment above is correct in one respect: what is needed is sober, honest analysis of the current lay of the land and deliberative, rational planning in a non-politicized environment about what steps need to be taking to treat the sick beast.

Attend a TUSD Board meeting some time and see if you think anything resembling "sober, honest analysis" and "deliberative, rational planning" could take place in this setting, among these people, who all (with the possible exception of the newcomer Sedgwick, who clearly has much to learn before she can become effective in this environment) represent factions that are in a bitter struggle over control of the power to allocate the between 300 and 400 million dollars in the district's annual budget.

As has been said in other comments recently, the reformers were right to ask whether the structure of districts like this enables reform to take place.

Tragically, the answer is no.

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Posted by The only feasible option is exit. on 02/16/2017 at 6:50 AM

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