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Re: “Three (Maybe Four) Energy Stories From the News

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In promoting his energy plan, Donald Trump made two false claims:
Trump said wind farms in the U.S. kill more than 1 million birds a year. Reliable data are scarce, but current mean estimates range from 20,000 to 573,000 bird deaths per year.
While discussing the number of eagles that are killed by wind turbines, Trump said that if you shoot an eagle they want to put you in jail for five years. Actually, the maximum penalty is a one-year imprisonment.

Energy IS a problem in this country. How many marine life birds have been killed by oil slicks? How many fish? What about the air pollution that affects humans, adults and kids with asthma? Next let's talk about black lung disease and the profits unregulated coal corporations make. The fact us that energy use in this country is complex, and politicians love to tweak the facts (lie) to achieve their agendas.

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Posted by ronko on 01/12/2017 at 8:21 AM

Re: “Not Going Anywhere

I just don't understand why people feel that they are entitled to citizenship without going through the proper channels. Is that asking too much? What makes them think that they're better than people who came here legally? There are thousands of Mexicans here legally. They're the ones who really should be pissed. And believe me they are. I worked for Pima County for 14 years and I know a lot of Mexican Americans who came here legally and agree with me. I'm going to ask a small favor. When you hit dislike at least have the cojones to tell me where I'm wrong.

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Posted by CW13 on 01/12/2017 at 8:12 AM

Re: “Not Going Anywhere

MORE propaganda from the local, left wing, pro communist, "pro raza" Open Border community that has spent the better part of 3 decades (remember the "Manzo Project" Margo?) "aiding and abetting, enticing and inviting and otherwise encouraging the illegal entry of impoverished Mexican citizens for political and economic exploitation."

Working for the demented nightmare of Aztlan; Feeding the endless appetite of republican business for "Cheap" labor willing to work twice as hard for half as much money. Decimating the wages of legal local worker citizens, or holders of Green Cards, the majority of which are "hispanic" or of Mexican origins.

Guess what Margo?

As I told you last summer at the Trump rally: your side has lost.

Your side is going down.

Isabel Garcia is "going down" in U.S. District Court next summer. Read this:…

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Posted by KitWarden on 01/12/2017 at 7:37 AM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 235 — State of the State Edition. Great Ideas! Terrific Ideas! Wallet Still Safely Stowed in Back Pocket.


You need to be a bit closer to what is going on in Southern Arizona to draw the correct conclusions about what is happening in TUSD. The idea that Sanchez is a victim of anyone or anything besides his own poor judgment is ludicrous to people who've seen what has been happening on the school sites and in the Board meetings. He has had a Board majority who has rubber stamped every weak idea he's had, including his self-concocted outrageous compensation package. When he has lied to them and to the public this majority looked the other way and / or covered for him. Why? Perhaps because they had brought him in through an improper, untransparent hiring process when he had had only a few short months of experience as INTERIM Superintendent in a much smaller district. They recognized that if the degree of his unfitness for office and the number of mistakes he was making were recognized they would be held to account for it.

It may be true that high-functioning districts have unified Boards and Superintendents who stay in their positions for longer than TUSD has been able to retain Superintendents during the last decade, but this does not mean that retaining any Superintendent, no matter how weak and malfunctioning, for more than two years will CAUSE a district to become high functioning. Using any means possible to retain an incompetent manager in the position -- including lying to the public and bribing the Superintendent with inflated compensation packages put together with public funds that should be applied in the sadly underfunded schools -- will only make conditions in the district worse.

I have through the years spoken with many people about the district and its problems, including professors of education, current and former board members, current and former site administrators and central administrators, current and former teachers and parents. I have repeatedly heard two things: there are entrenched problems in the middle administration that make the district virtually ungovernable and, when we're talking about the last several years, there have been serious difficulties introduced for the Superintendent by the role Stegeman has played on the Board. (As for your speculations about the district's "culture" burning through the last two Superintendents prior to Sanchez. Some who had a good view of the Superintendency during that period believe that in Pedicone's departure, Stegeman was the deciding factor.)

TUSD is admittedly a tough case. It needs a Superintendent who has a decade or more of experience and a proven record of success in managing (and reforming) a troubled urban district operating under a desegregation order. Adding to the difficulty of recruitment is the fact that this administrative task must be undertaken in a state that brutally underfunds education, where the governor (the subject of Safier's post) will use every trick in the book to avoid funding the schools at the right levels and from the appropriate sources.

Regardless of the local and State-level conditions that will make it difficult for the community to recruit for the TUSD Superintendency, many of us who are close to the district and its schools feel that we can't continue to allow this much damage to occur from relentlessly poor and dishonest management in a district serving almost 50,000 students.

If the needed change in leadership happens, there will no doubt be people like you who don't understand what has been happening at the ground level in the district who will spin it as a sob story and a tragedy. But the opinions of the ignorant are irrelevant. What matters is the quality of services delivered to students in our schools. Before the funding increases Safier wants can actually improve those services, it would be necessary to get rid of an administration that has a more than three year long track record of constant mismanagement and misapplication of this e between $300 and $400 million TUSD receives each school year.

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Posted by Ignorance of the district doesn't produce good interpretations. on 01/12/2017 at 7:33 AM

Re: “Not Going Anywhere

Wrong, Again:

Keep it up at this pace and your black heart will explode by the end of the week.

Being nice is obviously a real chore for you.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 01/12/2017 at 7:29 AM

Re: “Not Going Anywhere

We have a legal immigration process. You dishonor the law abiders. Go home and start over.

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Posted by Frank on 01/12/2017 at 6:33 AM

Re: “Not Going Anywhere

"They're the golden kids."

Indeed they are - they are worth over $10,000 per year per head of confiscated tax dollars to liberals. They are the economic driver of Tucson, the government.

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Posted by What, Again on 01/12/2017 at 6:23 AM

Re: “Not Going Anywhere

Arizona Has Least Recession Recovered Cities

Tucson is the least recession-recovered large city, with Mesa, and Phoenix only beating out Detroit and Tucson.

Make Tucson Mexico Again!

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Posted by What, Again on 01/12/2017 at 5:54 AM

Re: “Not Going Anywhere

Illegal immigrant suspected of sexually assaulting 5-year-old in California

Come to Tucson. You're welcome here. The Mayor might even give you a key to the city. And bring some children, TUSD needs to fill the seats.

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Posted by What, Again on 01/12/2017 at 5:47 AM

Re: “Not Going Anywhere

"America is a country of immigrants, and the tremendous contributions DACA recipients and their parents have made through their sweat equity gives them a right to be in the U.S., Cowan said from her downtown office of the Pima County Public Defender"
America is not about equity it's about equality everyone gets a shot at life but the chips lay where they fall they made the choice to come here illegally or overstay visas the consiquences of those actions are 100 of their own doing again equality > equity

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Posted by equality>equity on 01/12/2017 at 5:45 AM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 235 — State of the State Edition. Great Ideas! Terrific Ideas! Wallet Still Safely Stowed in Back Pocket.

I am not knowledgeable enough to rise in his defense, I don't know his prior track record in Texas. I am merely making the observation that high performing schools have cohesive school boards and long serving Superintendents. I am also making the observation that the two prior Superintendents were outstanding and had long track records of being outstanding. The fact that TUSD culture could burn through both of them indicates that problem is the culture, not the Superintendent. Good Superintendents become outstanding under cohesive school boards, supportive communities and time on task.

I am sure that after you burn through him, other people will come forward to burn through the next victim.

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Posted by on 01/11/2017 at 10:07 PM

Re: “Three (Maybe Four) Energy Stories From the News

Dying a little more inside with each ugly comment that's posted.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 01/11/2017 at 5:42 PM

Re: “Three (Maybe Four) Energy Stories From the News

Millions of birds, including bald eagles are killed every year by wind turbines.

A small price to pay for liberals to feel good.

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Posted by What, Again on 01/11/2017 at 12:09 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

True journalism is dead. The death was caused because of lack of accountability. That and partisan politics that we witnessed during the election. The media directed CNN and NBC in questions/answers and info in an attempt to elect Hillary Clinton. Americans saw through it.

The latest revelation today, has John McCain admitting that he leaked misleading stories regarding Trump campaign and Russia. CNN and Buzzfeed ran with it.

So, in a roundabout way, journalism is committing suicide. Can they be stopped?

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Posted by What Happened To Common Sense? on 01/11/2017 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 235 — State of the State Edition. Great Ideas! Terrific Ideas! Wallet Still Safely Stowed in Back Pocket.

jhuppent@hotmail writes, "The TUSD culture quickly burned through two outstanding superintendents and now is evidently working on a third."

Are you implying that Sanchez is an "outstanding superintendent"?

What's outstanding about him? His willingness to co-write an editorial with Lisa Graham Keegan arguing that we should solve our teacher shortage problem by reducing teacher credentialing requirements? His willingness to fight the desegregation authority and waste millions of dollars of the limited funds available for education in this sad district on legal fees associated with ill-advised challenges to court rulings? The fact that under his administration, six schools just lost their magnet status? The fact that he bragged about voluntarily reducing desegregation levies and voluntarily gave more than $3 million in desegregation funds back to taxpayers? His willingness to accept an outrageous compensation contract that mis-allocates hundreds of thousands of dollars every year to his salary, expense accounts, bonuses, etc.? His willingness to outsource substitute teachers, cut their compensation and destroy their ability to qualify for healthcare? His tolerance of south and west side schools serving largely minority populations having classrooms filled with long-term subs who don't have teaching certification? His willingness to be a "leader" in local efforts to sell the shoddy Prop123 funding proposition to constituents in his mismanaged district, persuading them (falsely) that the majority of the money would actually be used to improve teacher compensation, which is disastrously low thanks to the AZ "do it cheaper" approach to "education"?

These are the only ways in which this man is outstanding:
1) in capitulating to and collaborating with anti-public education, irresponsible state level leadership
2) in having a track record in office which demonstrates consistent tendencies to be both self-serving and dishonest

The fact that Ducey-collaborators and defenders like "jhuppent@hotmail" rise to Sanchez's defense is very telling, and this is what it tells: Sanchez was brought in by Ducey "kitchen cabinet" members like Lea Marquez Peterson to serve a disastrous conservative education reform agenda and to ingratiate himself to Ducey et al. with a flagrant anti-integration, pro-corporate program that is destroying TUSD.

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Posted by Ducey Collaborators in Southern Arizona on 01/11/2017 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 235 — State of the State Edition. Great Ideas! Terrific Ideas! Wallet Still Safely Stowed in Back Pocket.

Do the numbers so that you know what the governor is saying. Inflation for 2016 was 1.7%. 1.7% times $9,000 per student is $150 per student x 1,000,000 students is 150 million dollars total, for the entire package, all the items in his list. But, likely he is subtracting for what prop123 will be adding so $150 million is a rough bogey.

Also, the attacks on Superintendent Sanchez are just a part of the sickness of public education. The characteristics of higher performing public schools is a stable cohesive school board strongly supporting a long serving school superintendent. The TUSD culture quickly burned through two outstanding superintendents and now is evidently working on a third. What a tragedy for the students.

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Posted by on 01/11/2017 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Three (Maybe Four) Energy Stories From the News

From their website:

Who We Are

Fueling U.S. Forward is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the value and potential of American energy, the vast majority of which comes from fossil fuels. Energy shapes everything we do, every moment of our life so much so that we often take it for granted. No longer. The story of energy is one worth telling, and one best told by the people who have the most at stake.

Fee speech, and education from the actual professionals in the business world. Who could argue with that?

David Safier.

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Posted by Save The People on 01/11/2017 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 235 — State of the State Edition. Great Ideas! Terrific Ideas! Wallet Still Safely Stowed in Back Pocket.

There's more than one fox in the henhouse in Arizona, gcb1, and I think, from various commentary you have made locally, that you know it.

Safier is a firm friend and staunch ally of one of our most voracious local foxes (Sanchez of TUSD), and that is a past and present sin I and others will not be able to forgive him for...unless he repents of it publicly.

Did you watch yesterday evening's TUSD Board meeting? The man who spearheaded the movement to get rid of Isquierdo in Sunnyside spoke in the Call to the Audience, recommending that TUSD's changed majority make a move now to get rid of Sanchez, who, he said, shares many of the same administrative behaviors with Isquierdo. Subs also spoke about the district's lies about their pay and benefits and the damage outsourcing to ESI has done to them.

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Posted by Local Sins & Local Foxes, Past & Present on 01/11/2017 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 235 — State of the State Edition. Great Ideas! Terrific Ideas! Wallet Still Safely Stowed in Back Pocket.

I actually felt that David was moving closer to the reality base that those of us who wisely opposed 123 were occupying. Let's not beat him up for his past sins. He is realizing that the fox in the henhouse has been enjoying the chickens.

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Posted by gcb1 on 01/11/2017 at 8:59 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Seems some like to steal the " Carpet Baggers" I only comment in the MMJ column not anything else. I didn't make the first comment

Posted by Carpet Baggers on 01/11/2017 at 7:10 AM

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