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Re: “Hoopleville's David Kish Doing MLK Event Tomorrow

Great event and I loved your work at the library. Would you consider a piece for Inter. Day of Happiness Match 20? Our Mayor is joining this event at Jacome Plaza and other volunteers are also joining .Hope to be there today for the MLK presentation.

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Posted by Anita Fonte on 01/19/2015 at 7:35 AM

Re: “TUSD's Sanchez Responds to Ducey's Budget

The administrators received a far greater raise than did the teachers.

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Posted by Dorothy Prater Niemi on 01/19/2015 at 7:14 AM

Re: “TUSD's Sanchez Responds to Ducey's Budget

Layoffs in the future, just like Mr. Hicks said.

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Posted by on 01/19/2015 at 6:55 AM

Re: “TUSD's Sanchez Responds to Ducey's Budget

H.T. Sanchez, the documented liar, claims that "Arizona doesn't value education."

Mr. Sanchez, you don't value our country, you don't value American citizenship. Mr. Sanchez, you only value transforming TUSD into the largest radical chicano indoctrination center in the country, filling the seats with illegals, thousands that the liberals are recruiting into our country at the risk of their lives and rape of 70% of the girls and women that cross to assure an adequate supply of toilet cleaners for the Grijalva's.

Don't worry H.T., you'll still be getting that extra fat six figure salary plus.

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Posted by What, Again on 01/19/2015 at 5:13 AM

Re: “TUSD's Sanchez Responds to Ducey's Budget

A little stronger than what was put out by the University President Mrs. Hart.

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 01/18/2015 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Tucson Mountains Trail Hound: The McCain Loop Trails

might try this. thanks

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Posted by Eric Kroll on 01/18/2015 at 11:38 AM

Re: “The Never-Ending Scrutiny

TXjesse: Your abject ignorance of history and xenophobia are palpable. And truly sad to behold. The history that was taught in TUSD Mexican American Studies classes and is now taught in Ethnic Studies classes IS American history, from a Hispanic perspective. And the Texas revolution was fought by Anglos who entered Texas (both legally and illegally) AND Tejanos who lived in Texas long before the Anglos arrived. If you knew about Arizona history, you would know that several members of the Esparza family - some of who were at the Alamo (look up Gregorio Esparza, Goober) when it fell - relocated from San Antonio to Tucson in the 1850s and remained closely tied to William S. Oury, Tucson rancher, Pima County sheriff and community leader, who was ALSO at the Alamo during the siege and who was ordered out of the Alamo as a courier to seek help on Feb. 29, 1836. Perhaps you should read REAL history, not the sanitized bullshit mythology that impedes a real understanding of what went on in the southwest. If you did, you would be aware that Hispanics, who welcomed Anglos and fought with them against the Mexican central government, were treated as second class citizens by those Anglos after Texas became independent, You would learn how Hispanics were subjected to segregation and treated with contempt for many years after Texas achieved statehood. You would learn how a WWII Hispanic Medal of Honor winner was refused service in a Texas restaurant because he was a "Mexican" and how a Hispanic soldier killed in the Philippines during WWII was denied a funeral in Texas after the war because he wasn't white. And your pathetic ignorance of our neighbors to the south is just as obvious. If you think that Americans don't flood Mexico, you have never been to Rocky Point during spring break. Nor have you seen the thousands of gringos vacationing at Rocky Point, Cholla Bay, Guaymas and San Carlos. Nor have you seen the American expatriate colonies in cities all over Mexico. It is also obvious that you have not grown past referring to Americans of Hispanic descent as "Mexicans." All in all, your comments consign you to the less than illustrious pantheon of ignorant-ass Gooberdom.

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Posted by Mike Anderson on 01/18/2015 at 8:59 AM

Re: “The Never-Ending Scrutiny

Why should Tucson schools teach history that is Mexican propoganda? Do you think Mexico teaches history from the U.S. viewpoint? Our ancestors didn't fight for independence from Mexico so Mexican viewpoint studies could be taught in the United States.

Was this article in TW because the editor is Mexican and finds this subject appealing?

Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad! And remember the Battle of San Jacinto where Texians whipped the corrupt, barbaric, show no quarter, slaughtering Mexicans under Gen. Santa Anna.
Mexico is a problem for the U.S. and apparently always will be because their govt. is so inept, corrupt and unstable.
If one wants to know more about Mexico, I recommend reading the excellent book, "Mexico" by James Michener, that includes the background and history of why Mexico is the corrupt country it is.
We can learn from it for ourselves and guard against becoming like Mexico.
Mexicans flood across our borders, but U.S. citizens don't flood over to Mexico. Even the Mexicans don't want to live in Mexico because of the corruption and crime. That is really all you need to know about "Mexican studies."
What are "Mexican studies" trying to teach and why?
And who is trying to promote "lack of education" for Mexicans? They need all the education they can handle.

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Posted by TXJesse on 01/17/2015 at 10:32 PM

Re: “AZ Dispensaries Sell More Medical Pot As Fewer People Are Able to Grow Their Own

They should allow the patient to grow. It costs less than 25 cents per gram to cultivate it. So why should we have to pay over a dollar much less $20 per gram. Ridiculous

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Posted by Clint Guthrie on 01/17/2015 at 8:57 PM

Re: “A New Billy the Kid?

Oh, my god! Please! Can we give it a rest? So much of this is nothing but unadulterated trash. I couldn't stomach past the part about 'The Kid' shooting "Windy" Cahill. That was so long ago debunked and yet it still keeps making the rounds. Ah! But you'll buy hook, line, and stinker of the preposterous tale of Billy living to old age! Oh, yeh. And the "Wanted" poster? It's also a total fake. Didn't show up until sometime in the 1940's, I believe. (They wanted that poor kid then? Still?)

Truth is, Billy was killed at the age of around 19 - far from the 21 years claimed by Pat Garrett, who knew little about Billy other than what he was told by Billy, himself.
The truth is, Billy was considered quite a handsome young man by those who knew him - and even those who didn't like him more often than not would grudgingly admit he was a good looking kid.
Truth is, most of what is 'thought to be true' about Billy comes from a book ghost written by one hack journalist by the name of Ash Upson for Pat Garrett. Garrett had delusions of grandeur and aspirations of becoming the first Governor of New Mexico when it became a state.
Truth is, Garrett tore up the coroner's death certificate and dictated one declaring Billy to be 21 years old and shot in the chest, not in the back. (It wouldn't look good for a man wanting to be governor to shoot a nineteen year old kid in the back now, would it?)
Oh, yeh. Another bit of truth. Pat Garrett and Billy were not really friends. They played cards together. In fact, the first time they played, Billy was probably 14, and he strolled into the bar where Garrett worked. Garrett figured to take the kid's money and send him on his way. "The Kid" took Pat's money, instead. And Garrett held a grudge against him ever after for embarrassing him in his own saloon, though they did play often after and, reports have it that Garrett, once he learned not to underestimate the kid, held his own... more or less.

Truth is, this bit of tripe is so full of inaccuracies and outright falsehoods that it should have a warning label notifying any readers that it is pure fiction.

Truth is, it appears the "author", Mr. Leo Banks, obviously failed to do ANY fact checking before he hit his button.
Truth is... there is very little truth in this piece.

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Posted by TheWordsmith on 01/17/2015 at 7:11 PM

Re: “District Tavern to Close, Though It Isn’t Clear What Will Take the Longstanding Bar's Place

What the...?!?
Downtown cannot become a bastion of overpriced, snooty, wannabe exclusive venues...

Posted by 115down on 01/17/2015 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Misused Education Stats in the Star's WaPo Editorial

Not sure how relevant this is, but the Graham Holdings Company (Wash Post owners - Graham family) owns Kaplan Inc, a company that among other education-related things provides test prep courses and things. I always view their education editorial stuff with this in mind.
And nice article. Use your critical thinking brains, at all times, especially before you accept at face value any kind of stats or study information. Come to think of it, maybe schools should teach critical thinking much more than test-prepping and cramming.

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Posted by someguy on 01/17/2015 at 12:56 PM

Re: “The Pleasure Activist

Lube! Yay! The more the merrier. While desensitizing lubes can lead to not feel an issue that may be happening, there are so many great brands of natural body safe water based lubes out there. Many of our bodies don't produce enough to go as long as we want or feel as good as we would like. This could be anything from medications, age, water intake, diet, or just the way they are built. Asking a doctor if you have an issue because you're dry will get you one easy answer. Lube it up. When a woman visits a obgyn they come into contact with lots of it. Helping doctors insert tools or ultrasound probes.

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Posted by LeahSiren on 01/17/2015 at 11:08 AM

Re: “The Pleasure Activist

The problem with lube, other than messy, is that one should be cognizant of the body requiring additional help. If the body does not naturally secrete fluid, there may be medical reasons, etc. Lube is great as an assist but one should be aware of the changes in ones body.

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Posted by Mickie Harris on 01/17/2015 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Danehy

Wow, another well written column with a minimum of name calling.
I will do you a favor ( free of charge) and call b.s. on a couple of your remarks Tom.
Why are we "crazy" to think that we are Taxed Enough Already (TEA)? Add them all up sometime.
As for the Republicans blocking Obama, that is ridiculous. Pelosi and Reid played fair?
How many bills did old Harry bring up for a vote Tom?
For the first two years of his reign, King Barry had the House and the Senate.
How much immigration law change did he propose then? Now he refuses to enforce a law he dislikes?
Your comments on upholding the law should put this prez in the slammer.
Not to mention sicking the IRS on conservatives, Mexican gun running with Holder.... oh hell with it
I just remembered that you never listen.

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Posted by The Vince of darkness on 01/17/2015 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Darkness Visible

I read here that all individuals, from any side, should be brought out into the light of day. I have no doubt that both sides have the opportunity to swing an election with dark weasel money, but to just state liberals have (specific) bad actors too misses the point. Put it all out there for all to see, and then we will know who floods the airways just before an election. I really want to know who is behind every single money transfer - BEFORE we all vote in an election.

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Posted by ay te wacho on 01/17/2015 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Darkness Visible

Laughable Jim. Not one word about environmental activist and hedge fund millionaire Tom Steyer.

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Posted by The Vince of darkness on 01/17/2015 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Darkness Visible

When I first heard that corporations were people and could donate political money as individuals, I said to myself, "Ok, just so we know who donated And how much. Who got the money." Then, I learned that corporations, as well as individuals, could hide these things easily in a PAC type legal entity and none of it would ever be known before an election. From every angle, that's just wrong.

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Posted by ay te wacho on 01/17/2015 at 9:04 AM

Re: “United Opt Out National Conference Starting Today in Florida

Opting out has been the only way for parents to force a discussion about the harm vs. benefit of our current high stakes testing scheme. Until the opt out movement, it was steamrolled on us and no one would listen to parents. This discussion must happen and I'm glad Dave is covering it.

But the coverage must also spotlight the way that TUSD, following ADE directive, abuses children whose parents have tried to opt them out. People can disagree about testing, but don't lose focus of what the government is doing to kids. When parents hold their children out of school on testing days and notifies administrators that they do not want their child tested, TUSD pulls the kids out of class upon their return and sits them down in front of the test three days in a row. Can you imagine the despair of an 8 year-old child forced to choose between disobeying parents and disobeying teachers? Can you imagine the despair of teachers who hate themselves for doing that to an 8 year-old child? Do you need any more evidence that the testing industry is making our educational system sick and that Arizona in particular is sadistic? (Other states treat students who opt out humanely.)

The testing debate is between grown ups. Leave those kids alone and please put pressure on state and local administrators to stop abusing kids.

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Posted by Jana Happel on 01/17/2015 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Confessions of an eBay opium addict

Great, relateable story, and AMAZING writing!

Posted by Janine Fowler on 01/17/2015 at 2:17 AM

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