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Re: “Danehy

Turning this article into an indictment against America's education system is dubious. You can find kids who are smart and dedicated to their interests in spite of the conditions in which they are being raised. There is no minimum standard of support required to produce a prodigy. Of course it helps, but the child's inner drive is what makes the difference. You can't teach that.

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Posted by Kentop on 04/05/2014 at 6:21 AM

Re: “The Nearly Last Words of J.M. Smith

Thank goodness - I am cuddling a sweet dog right now or my comment would be incivil/uncivil

Posted by Grandma Suzy on 04/04/2014 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Danehy

I was never told by a teacher to stop working ahead or to stay at the class level. I'd finish my work and then either read a book or work on other homework. At one point they started a "Gifted" class so all of us overachievers would have someplace to be challenged. The common denominator? We had parents that supported learning, we were the same group of kids participating at group events at the library, in 4-H, and other extra-curricular learning opportunities. It was always other students that put the pressure on..."stop messing up the curve!" was what I heard a lot of in High School.

But maybe things have changed. These days, parents treat teachers like babysitters and parents expect their kids to just keep moving on, whether they've learned anything or not. I know that's why my father quit teaching...no administration support when my dad tried to flunk a kid that wouldn't do any work, his Marine Corps officer father went ballistic and blamed my dad for his son being an underachiever.

Posted by Not a Rancho Snob on 04/04/2014 at 9:33 AM

Re: “The Nearly Last Words of J.M. Smith

stop all the lie's !!!!,,, LEGALIZE !!!!!

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Posted by jammerk65 on 04/03/2014 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Danehy

Be kind..he is only writing about the only topic he knows! Girls BB.

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Posted by Fraser on 04/03/2014 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Danehy

Ask her a question, Tom: How much did she use calculators in her early elementary school years? From what I know of Chinese education (a brief visit with graduate engineers in Xian a couple of decades ago), there was lots of rote learning, memorization of 'facts' and mental computation. And there is another thing, Tom. Our public schools are so muscle-bound to 'stay with the class' and 'you must learn this by this time or flunk' and 'don't get ahead of everyone else', that, had she gone to your public school she would probably now be a pleasant, happy, outgoing, popular cheerleader for your girls' team. Finally, I bet she was never told that everything she learned had to be applied to 'real life' situations. She'd have gotten side-tracked into figuring out calories or nutrition, or even recipes or perhaps how to make a bobsled slide better.

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Posted by chuckj on 04/03/2014 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Danehy

SECOND !!

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Posted by CW13 on 04/03/2014 at 9:00 AM

Re: “Danehy

I nominate Danehick as the most boring columnist ever....

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Posted by Danehick's a Dick on 04/03/2014 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Danehy

The creation of the "other", Independent vs. Democrats vs. Republican, is what has polarized and continues to be so divisive in this country and one of the many reasons why I refuse to be registered as either party.

I agree that Independents are not necessarily a movement but a change in how citizens see the political climate in this country; those of us that vote, vote on issues and not along party lines. Politicians have to work for my vote. I would consider going back to a political party if what you wrote held true. If Democrats & Republicans could WORK TOGETHER as a political party and with each other to form a better country.

"It takes a certain amount of strength to be a member of a political party. You have to come together with a wide array of people with whom you agree on some—but certainly not all—things. You have to work with people to help nudge the United States onto a path where it will become a better country for all Americans. It takes strength to stand up for something; not so much to flap in the breeze."

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Posted by IndependentVOTER on 03/31/2014 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Danehy

Tom - I respect ur opinion & most of the time I tend to agree w/U, but NOT on this topic: I vote for the person & what they stand for & NOT what political party the belong to!

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Posted by Jeff Bilkanich on 03/31/2014 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Danehy

Snarking over the Republican slide to insanity it great fun for Tom and other Democratic True Believers. It is just so damned easy, especially at the state level where our legislators in the next session will be debating the laws of gravity and what happened on the eighth day of creation.

But for an Independent, me, it is a tad disconcerting to live in a city that has been owned, lock stock and barrel, by the Dems for the 21 years I've lived here; a city government that routinely screws the pooch every time funds are forthcoming from the state or federal governments. Dare I mention Rio Nuevo (I know the name's being changed and well it's past history and impolite and we need to move on and all). And even the resident Dem pundit/cartoonist recognizes the failure of the Dem run government to even fix potholes or pave streets once in say every 25 years.

So Tom, many of us slackers do vote in every election just not in lock step with either the Democrats or the Republicans. Many of us pick the lesser of the two evils, occasionally actually agreeing with a candidate despite the party affiliation. The true slackers are those party members who vote by reflex pulling the lever be it D or R. That is mindless and one reason Tucson is in the shape it's in. Your problem, Tom, is the same rigid orthodoxy you poke dun at in others namely "It's a two party system, the good Democrats are for the people, the bad Republicans are for the business interests; vote D."

Perhaps it's better to be a slacker than a fool.

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Posted by Harry Red Dog on 03/30/2014 at 9:18 AM

Re: “One Small Step for Treatment

And what if it does, Fraser? It beats passing out Marinol and Sativex and other Big Pharma compounds that just don't work for people as well as compounds, tinctures, extracts and the dreaded marijuana itself.

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Posted by RJFletcher on 03/29/2014 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Editor's Note

Thank you for staying up late and dealing with all the stress of making your deadline, while we reap all the rewards. I guess that the news business. We appreciate all work that everyone does at your paper. We business owners may think we do it all ourselves but, these are the times when we read about our restaurants in the paper and should thank our lucky stars we have a paper who really cares about our restaurants and wants to keep them vibrant. Thank you.
Frank & Deb Santos
Frankie's Cheesesteaks.

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Posted by Frankie on 03/28/2014 at 6:40 PM

Re: “Guest Commentary

Defender, Yes Indians are US/State citizens with "Indian" ancestory residing on "stolen" federal land as you stated. They are also citizens of a government that has a treaty with the US Government. These treaties are the "Law of the land" and are still in effect. Does not the USA or you believe in the law of the land? Many of these treaties end with the saying "as long as the green grass grows and the rivers run" The last time I checked the green grass is still growing and the rivers are still running. You say the you are a defender of the US Constitution, did you know that this constitution was based largely on the Iroquois Confederacy. If you are a defender then defend it.

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Posted by AZndndude on 03/28/2014 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Danehy

some Democrats want to close down coal-burning plants because of the harmful effect that the emissions have on our environment. We just need to look at what Duke Energy is doing to the water ways in North Carolina with the Republicans support. If we allowed those industries freedom, they would have all the water ways polluted in the total USA. They don't care about clean water, just profits they make for their stockholders and big bonuses for the executives. The sad issue is that Republicans agree that pollution of water and the land is ok.

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Posted by Sam Smith on 03/28/2014 at 1:24 PM

Re: “Danehy

If only 7.4 percent of registered independents vote, I guess most of us who do vote are commenting on this thread. I vote every time, in every election. I'm an independent not because I'm "middle of the road," but because I'm left-wing. Clearly, the Republican party does not represent me, but neither does the Democratic party, which has been almost completely bought by corporate money and seems to have very little interest in standing up for working people. Barber is just the latest person with a D after their name who consistently votes against what I used to think were Democratic party principles. He doesn't even come close to representing me, and neither do most Democrats, though I have voted for some. If the two corporate parties didn't make it so difficult to get alternative candidates on the ballot, we'd have more choices, but they fight tooth and nail against anyone who tries to limit their power or even share in it. For example, when I was a poll watcher during a recent election, I was not allowed (according to AZ state law) to be an Independent poll watcher. I HAD to be credentialed by one of the corporate parties. And it's even harder to get an unaffiliated, independent candidate on a ballot.

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Posted by blaze_mason on 03/28/2014 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Danehy

I am a registered Repub. But only so I can vote in the primary. I vote against the worst of the wackos, then in the general election I vote center left.

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Posted by Gandalf the Wise on 03/28/2014 at 11:45 AM

Re: “One Small Step for Treatment

March of Cannabis Progress has a ring of "Immigration Reform" Load of bullsh** How many sick children will it take for the dopeheads to get what they want
I am all for sick kids and people with chronic pain to get help but this has a ring of ...pass out the marijuana.

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Posted by Fraser on 03/27/2014 at 10:55 PM

Re: “Danehy

If you register for a party you get a ton of crap mail. I already get a ton of crap mail from both parties, so why not just stay middle of the road?

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Posted by Not a Rancho Snob on 03/27/2014 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Danehy

Two points, both of which underscore Tom's points, which I rarely if ever agree with. As the commenters here demonstrate, independents tend to think much like libertarians. I have always defined a libertarian as a Republican who does not want to get elected. (What proper libertarian advocates the central D theme of more and more government?)
What is interesting about those 'wonderful times' of JFK and Barry is that everyone selected one of the two parties. Also of interest is that those times were almost devoid of what we now call gridlock. Can the new independents not see that their failure to participate in whichever party they despise the less is the primary cause of gridlock, which is caused by excessive devotion to perfect application of 'fundamental principles.' Reagan wanted people to agree only 80 percent of the time. He was wrong. Make that 51 percent. Choose a party, Independents, or stay stuck.

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Posted by chuckj on 03/27/2014 at 2:58 PM

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