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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Downing

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Charming piece - smiled all the way through. Thanks.

When I lived in the Northeast, I dreaded the first day of summer, because it meant that each day would grow shorter and that another gloomy, bone-chilling winter was too soon on the way. (Is there an uglier, more depressing month than November up there?)

But here, despite the heat, I celebrate June 21st for the same reason: each day growing shorter leading to what is the best of all seasons hereabouts.


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Posted by riorican on 06/24/2012 at 5:47 AM

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Well then, I guess I'm a reeeeally big, sweaty baby. Every June 1st, I tell myself that summer in Tucson is fun, gosh darnit. To get up early and embrace the day, but by 11 am, I'm hiding in my darkened living room, waiting for evening. And the amount I sweat? You don't even want to know. I still love it here, it's not like anywhere else in the world.

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Posted by Erin Rose O'Haver on 06/22/2012 at 11:08 AM

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Nice article Renee. Be the June! Of course, it helps me to be able to go jump in Aravaipa Creek when I want to.

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Posted by Lingo Head on 06/21/2012 at 11:52 PM

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What a lame article from a Tucson sweat hog.

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Posted by Seeker on 06/21/2012 at 6:55 PM

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Still,if you work outside its not swell but beats working in ice and snow.....

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Posted by Bob Cap on 06/21/2012 at 7:02 AM

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So... did Rene and others like her send their kids to a private school so they wouldn't be taught creationism and abstinence only? Is a conservative curriculum at TUSD what's driving parents to take their kids elsewhere?

Posted by Skeptic on 06/02/2012 at 4:17 PM

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Maybe if people who didn't have kids in schools didn't feel the need to impose their beliefs on everyone else we wouldn't have to send our children to private schools. When people who haven't read the curriculum ban Hispanic studies based on spurious information or want creationism given the same weight as evolution or abstinence only sex ed taught then people who want a good education for their children have no choice but to find other options than public schools.

Posted by Mike on 05/30/2012 at 9:22 AM

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OK, Rene, I'll cut you some slack. For your own kid, you have to do the best you can.

That said, I wish there was more awareness among "progressives" as well as conservatives that flight from public schools by the children from the most conscientious families virtually guarantees failure of the public school system. The traditional view was that public education would have a class-leveling effect on society. That view seems to have been abandoned by our generation.

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Posted by Skeptic on 05/28/2012 at 8:11 AM

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Say it ain't so, progressives! Please tell me you didn't really send your kids to private elitist schools while the common people's kids had to suffer through TUSD! Isn't Renee receiving an award for her columns about economic inequality?

If inner city parents didn't send their kids to private schools, maybe they'd feel forced to pitch in and help fix the district's problems. Instead they've deserted their neighborhood public schools leaving behind the families who lack the will or ability to forge a pathway to success for their children. Talk about perpetuating social and economic inequality!

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Posted by Skeptic on 05/24/2012 at 8:28 AM

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I couldn't agree more about the quality education my son received from St. Michael's, (6th-8th). Subsequently, his "honors" classes at Salpointe were reviews of what he had already learned. That great educational foundation from St. Michael's directed his path toward his goal of a PhD...which he is now close to achieving.

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Posted by Wise-Guy on 05/24/2012 at 3:39 AM

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Thanks for a lovely rescue story and for taking the time and effort to rescue one of the finest dog breeds on this planet (I may be biased!).

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Posted by Wagsmore on 04/26/2012 at 8:32 PM

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Hi, Earl, glad to learn you are still kicking it.

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Posted by TXJesse on 04/26/2012 at 2:25 PM

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Renee, Seeing as you love Doxies like I do, check out my Dachshund Parody paintings at oiloiloil.com And I have a book, too, "43 Reasons to own a Dachshund" Can I send you a review copy? Earl Wettstein azwritr@oiloiloil.com

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Posted by Earl Wettstein on 04/26/2012 at 6:50 AM

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Ah, the saintly Planned Parenthood has many fans, no doubt. But, over the years, St. Elizabeth Clinic has done far more for me and my son when he was a child. I am thinking of serious bout with valley fever, and pnumonia ...I can never spell that. We were turned away from ...I made 50 bucks too much a month for ACCESS and he was a very sick little boy. I shudder to think of St. Elizabeth's closing up in favor of PP. The latter does nothing for pediatric health or ongoing wellness, such as diabetes or skin cancer like they do.

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Posted by dusty pioneer on 04/04/2012 at 8:38 AM

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Bravo Renee! I love this article and have shared with friends. I too have renewed belief in Obama, the man, because he is a true humanitarian and can only control what his waffling Congress will permit. He is not afraid to speak out FOR you and me and others who also are suppressed by those who feel better controlling our lives. OBAMA 2012!

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Posted by Bonnie Lee on 04/03/2012 at 5:05 PM

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Its not about killing babies its not about the sanctity of life MGarcia they really just want an unlimited number of starving desperate bodies to send to unlimited wars and we are the host organisms.

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Posted by so it seems on 03/30/2012 at 1:07 PM

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Thanks so much for helping to give voice to the MAJORITY of Americans who use, appreciate, and love birth control. The attack on contraception coming from the right is just unbelievable!

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Posted by Anna on 03/29/2012 at 11:17 PM

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No matter how you state it abortion(killing babies) is still murder. Go ahead and play, but don't take it out on the innocents. And why should I have to pay for you to play? God fearing people will have to consider this. This is not, as some have stated a 'secularist' society.

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Posted by CGarcia on 03/29/2012 at 9:12 PM

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Like you, I had a great early experience with Planned Parenthood, and I was a boy who went there with his girlfriend. They were so wonderful. Of course back in those days, among Planned Parenthood's biggest supporters was the Bush family, along with other mainstream Republicans.

Planned Parenthood's head of fundraising at one time was Sen. Prescott Bush; he and Dorothy Walker Bush were its biggest donors in Connecticut and friends of Estelle Griswold, the woman whose legal challenge to the state's ban on contraception later persuaded the Supreme Court to enshrine the right of sexual privacy in Griswold v. Connecticut (1965) and thus laid the foundation for Roe v. Wade.

Planned Parenthood, when I was growing up in New York, was like the League of Women Voters, and I was grateful they had the funding to help two kids find safe and affordable birth control. It never occurred to me that one day it would be under the threat and the demonization of today's Republicans. But of course at that time the Republican candidates I worked for when I was a teenager, like NYC Mayor John Lindsay, were sensible liberals, not crazy people like many (not all) of today's Republicans.

You know Ann Romney's $150 donation to Planned Parenthood in the 1990s probably reflected her true views. Too bad the Republicans want to write off the votes of women like her, who will definitely vote Democratic now.

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Posted by Richard Grayson on 03/29/2012 at 1:18 PM

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Everyone has their own agenda and why they vote the way they do,even if its only one item.The problem is obongo has been screwing up on a lot more than social subjects and many people don't give a hoot about them.Most young people don't even know who the vice-president is?!

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Posted by Bob Cap on 03/29/2012 at 7:56 AM

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