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Re: “Tucson Book Fest: A Conversation with Evan Thomas, author of "Being Nixon: A Man Divided"

I would say that you're drinking the Kool-Aid Russians Again, but it's gotta be something even stronger.

You're just the kinda guy the Orange Emperor loves. The kinda guy who believes all the BS that comes out of his mouth, even when there is no evidence to back it up.

No one should ever pay attention to anything posted by someone with the words "Russians" and "Again" in their username on the TW site.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 03/09/2017 at 6:48 PM

Re: “So Long Sánchez

Anyone who has watched even a single Board meeting during the last 4 years knows how unprofessionally the Board was managed by the previous majority and how unbelievably bitchy and rude Kristel Foster is. If you want the main source of SNARK and discord she is IT, in spades. Also, she lies. Lying is her modus operandi, her raisin d'etre. That and loudly applauding every gaffe of HT Sanchez's to drown out the sound of the entire district groaning in agony under his incredibly inept mismanagement of the schools. I half expected her to melt like the Wicked Witch of the West when he resigned. She was so relentlessly focused on cleaning up HT's shit for him and dousing it with perfume to make it smell like roses that it made one wonder if she would be able to find a new purpose in life once she didn't have to occupy herself 24/7 with that project.

It is laughable that anyone could be predicting -- or wanting -- a future return of the prior majority after what has just happened: they brought Dr. Disaster into town, kissed Dr. Disaster's ass constantly for 3 and 1/2 years instead of SUPERVISING him, which was their JOB, and applauded while he damaged the schools. What happened in November 2016 was the natural consequence of their bad choices and they should have expected that their employee (who, strangely, always seemed to act more like their boss) would have a short shelf life after the majority changed.

Now? They should stop throwing temper tantrums and slinging mud and act like the adults this community needs for governing board members in a district serving almost 50,000 students.

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Posted by Yes. DO go watch a Board meeting. on 03/09/2017 at 5:51 PM

Re: “So Long Sánchez

You want to see dysfunction? Attend a TUSD board meeting sometime. The fact is, Hicks and Stegeman are to the main instigators of backbiting, bureaucratic games and general get-nothing-done attitude that has effected the boards ability to function as a meaningful instrument of change. I expect things will only get worse now that Sanchez has been forced out.

This is PURE partisan politics and nothing more. TUSD just took a serious loss. Unfortunately the kids in TUSD schools will have to wait out this period of conservative back-slapping for the pendulum to swing back the other way, where if we're lucky (and people actually WATCH what is really happening on the board before they form an opinion) it will smack Stegeman straight in the face.

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Posted by Go to a Board meeting on 03/09/2017 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Tucson Book Fest: A Conversation with Evan Thomas, author of "Being Nixon: A Man Divided"

"The dark side won." Interesting comparison as we found out last weekend that the Obama administration wire tapped Trumps phones and shared info with the HRC campaign. It will take a long time to see all the ways he fundamentally transformed America.

Many times the UK Telegraph and Breitbart publish the truth that the so called media hide from us.

Don't let fear hold you back. You weren't afraid of a lying President.

Can he and HIllary both be charged with campaign fraud?

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Posted by The Russians Hacked My Email Again on 03/09/2017 at 4:22 PM

Re: “So Long Sánchez

They aren't the problem, unless you are a Grijalva supporter.

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Posted by TUSD should be ashamed on 03/09/2017 at 3:23 PM

Re: “So Long Sánchez

The Board will be in a far better place once Hicks and Stegeman are removed.

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Posted by Robert Rowley on 03/09/2017 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Grandmas, the Declaration of Independence and Cursive

Sorry, but this Grandma learned how to print & write in cursive in 3rd grade. And yes, I did read parts of the Bill of Rights in cursive; a traveling display of "original copies" that were on display in the Capitol of Utah (in Salt Lake City) in 2002. What I find really annoying in your commentary is your apparent blind faith in the fact that all published documents will perennially be available if you just put your hands on a keyboard. Some people have books, documents, diaries, personal letters written in cursive; on paper & much needed &/or necessary. Wouldn't it be funny, in a future world, that we "grannies" were able to have a "secret language" and would be massively recruited to decode old documents, just because we could read cursive??

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Posted by tiredofpc on 03/09/2017 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Tucson Salvage

Thank you so much for the insightful article about Rock. I'm glad you got to know the man behind the art and share it. Everyone has a story, and Rocks is very inspiring. I hope the world sees this and his phone rings off the hook with jobs. He has a lot to share and can truly make the world a more beautiful place. ROCK on!

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Posted by Julielp on 03/09/2017 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Tucson Salvage

What a great artist and person. I have had the pleasure of meeting him and discussing his art with him on a few occasion, he is authentic, detailed and invested in Tucson, even if he does not live here anymore. I really wish that the City of Tucson would understand the value of art and place more of an impetus in funding it. A city sponsored 'artist in residency' program would be a great place to start and a sure signal to artists that they are wanted and supported here in Tucson.

We now have a lot of economic data and multiple research papers have demonstrated that every dollar a community spends on the arts is multiplied by a factor of 5 or 6 in the economy. It has been shown in these studies that there is a cause and effect. Spending money on the arts is good for the local economy, period.

How much would it take to get Rock to move back to Tucson and call it home again? I think he would be a great candidate for our first artist in residence. Come on Tucson!

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Posted by HumanBean on 03/09/2017 at 12:28 PM

Re: “The Skinny

Mr. Allen;
Apparently you didn't read the article: "They go there for affordable, quality health care. In Arizona alone, more than 33,000 of people are provided with health care services." 33,000 people are NOT going to PP to make a political statement. They're going there for their health care.

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Posted by tiredofpc on 03/09/2017 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Grandmas, the Declaration of Independence and Cursive

Looking to improve TUSD?

287 teachers laid off in Orange County.

And herein lies the problem:

Santa Ana Unified hasnt had layoffs, or even pink slips, since 2010, said Barbara Pearson, president of the Santa Ana Educators Association.

Our main goal is to save everyones job. We dont ever want layoffs,

But attendance has dropped 4600 students.

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Posted by Allen S on 03/09/2017 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Streets of This Town: Easy Living.


I love your work and I have a suggestion; I think this streets of Tucson project would really benefit from crowd sourcing on instagram using a #streetsoftucson hashtag. I think it would open the doors for everyone, you included, to see parts and places of Tucson that are overlooked, undiscovered or hidden. What do you think?

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Posted by HumanBean on 03/09/2017 at 11:38 AM

Re: “So Long Sánchez

So who paid for the party that was thrown for Sanchez? It was attended by well over 100 people, possible even more. Where did it take place? Was it at a TUSD facility? I think we deserve to know who paid for the party. It is a non partisan ethics based question and one any competent reporter should ask in light of the numerous corruption and special treatment allegations.

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Posted by HumanBean on 03/09/2017 at 11:34 AM

Re: “Hemp is Hot

It's been grown in other countries for years while America continues to hold on to old non-facts and evangelical misinformation. We are falling behind the rest of the world at an alarming rate. Thirty-six countries throughout Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and North America permit hemp production. It would be a boon for Arizona, as would a high speed rail between Tucson and Phoenix...perhaps we could use hemp income to build that instead of building still another freeway in Phoenix.

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Posted by soundcloud on 03/09/2017 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Grandmas, the Declaration of Independence and Cursive

Some dig up dirt on ALEC, Yarbrough, Zaner-Bloser, etc. and expose the "sloppy thinking" behind advocacy for handwriting in schools and the "self-interest" behind school voucher programs. On the other side of the aisle, we have bloggers in Tucson working the same vein Safier and his friends do, but with a different cast of characters. Here's an example of the kind of "research" one of them was doing during the run-up to the 2014 TUSD Board election:

I have no idea if there is any validity to it. One of its predictions, that Darland would beat Grijalva, certainly did not pan out. The author of the piece does not seem to have done public records requests that prove that there was any verifiable relationship between the former Board candidate and TUSD contracts, and in the absence of that it remains the same sort of flimsy BS Safier pulled out of his bag of tricks when he wrote, in the run-up to the 2016 Board election, about Jim and Kathy Campbell: pure speculation about a possible future financial benefit that MIGHT be motivating current political activities.

Some of the commenters on TW's articles about February's TUSD Board meetings had done a little bit of that sort of research, revealing that one person who spoke in support of Sanchez was on Congressman Grijalva's staff, others were affiliated with Kristel Foster's Board campaign, and others were the figureheads who in 2015 had come down to district headquarters to receive Sanchez's $10K PERSONAL (?!) donation to UHS. More of that research needs to be done and all of it -- Yarbrough, ALEC, Zaner-Bloser, solar energy consultants and contractors, Tucson Chamber reps, Grijalva staff members, people who receive PERSONAL donations in support of individual schools from the Superintendent of a public school district -- needs to be laid bare so that the electorate can make the right decisions when they vote. As Parent X wrote in another blog's comment stream: "I wish voters would dig in next time there is a school board election."

I wish that too, but I would add that the electorate needs to be digging on BOTH sides of the garden.

I sometimes wonder if, once it was ALL on the table open to public inspection, the belief could survive that when it comes to promoting policies, framing legislation, and seeking public office, there is any honest, true motivation to serve the public or students in our schools. If our belief in good motivations did survive, perhaps what we would see once everything was on the table is that is resides most often in policy sponsors and candidates who have relatively modest financial backing and few establishment connections and who never manage to get their policies implemented or themselves into public office.

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Posted by "Dig" on both sides of the garden. on 03/09/2017 at 11:11 AM

Re: “Editors Note

Once again, the Tucson Weekly is spreading Grijalvista talking points instead of doing actual journalism. If you actually took the time to look into the facts, instead of believing the lies and excuses of the Grijalva Political Machine; you might actually learn something!

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Posted by McKenna Barrio Hollywood on 03/09/2017 at 10:39 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Society used to look to women to provide the love, care, concern and nurturing for others. But with the movement for so called equality, they look like every other protester. I guess each special interest group must demand their rights,...and around and around we go. Everything is not about abortion.

I still want to be part of the loving, nurturing group of women.

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Posted by Tania Pezzole on 03/09/2017 at 10:34 AM

Re: “The Return of Wyatt Earp

I have never read a more bias-immersed story in my life. I had to google the author's name to see if any immediate lineage to the cowboys appeared. How in the world do you shoot down other stories, tell a gigantic Wild West story about someone, and then say there's no story? How in the world do you justify telling all the wrongs being done to someone, admit they were going to be killed unless they stood up to lawless fiends, and then settle on their being unjust murderers? Just based on the transparent distaste for Earp, and your insistence that historians are wrong, hobbyists are wrong, everyone is wrong that finds any empathy, I can't in good conscience believe a word you've said here. Is this a wordpress blog or a legitimate newspaper? Who approved this mess?

Posted by RP McMurphy on 03/09/2017 at 10:14 AM

Re: “So Long Sánchez

" the faith-based community," with a left leaning town that believes there is a separation clause in the USC? That would be futile.

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Posted by What Happened To Common Sense? on 03/09/2017 at 9:30 AM

Re: “Editors Note

Can you believe? I have more to add. The bottom line is that Hicks and Stegeman were indeed awful around MAS. And Foster and Grijalva were indeed horrible around desegregation and any sort of supervision of a Superintendent that was gaining raises every time he turned around. So what, exactly, is the problem with having a swing vote on there to neutralize the worst of the leadership abuses we have seen? If Foster and Grijalva were not running such a HUGE amount of interference, we would all be more easily able to see the number of unanimous votes that have been taken, and we would all more easily be able to see possibilities for both "sides" to win a little, lose a little. After a period in which only one side won ALL OF THE TIME that should make many people breathe a little more easily.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 03/09/2017 at 9:21 AM

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