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Re: “Editor's Note

"somehow, they still feel this work has something to offer."

I guess the "somehow" got me. True journalism is perhaps at its highest level of importance in a generation under the current situation, and also potentially at its highest level of being threatened by subversiveness and press access restrictions.

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Posted by IPH on 01/11/2017 at 4:01 AM

Re: “Gabby Giffords: My Pledge

Do you mean like Meryl Streep did?

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Posted by Don C on 01/10/2017 at 7:40 PM

Re: “United We Dream National Educators Week

Ground Control to Let's Get Real. Their will always be poor people. There will always be uneducated people. It is a free country. Try not to hoist your lofty goals en masse on the back of this country and it's citizens.

I do agree with the balance of your ideas.

But just today that group of pesky climate scientists warned of a coming ice age. It may be our fault for combating global warming too vigorously.

What happened to contentment and friendships? Politicians have turned us into political pitbulls promoting their causes whether it be cheap labor, or ethnic cleansing for cheap votes. They growl and nip at our heels and we growl back and nip at theirs.

That is what the last eight years has felt like. Let's see what the next eight bring.

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Posted by Sing Us A Song You're The Piano Man on 01/10/2017 at 4:48 PM

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

Maybe David just thinks that teachers are over paid. He is looking for an admin job.

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Posted by Concerned Mom on 01/10/2017 at 4:40 PM

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

Prop 123 did not "return to us" what had already been voted on. It took money out of an account we already owned (the land trust) and attempted to use that to settle a debt that is STILL (after the passage of 123) unpaid.

Kind of like if your neighbor withdrew money from your IRA to pay back 75% of a debt he owed you and told you you could "suck it" if you wanted the other 25%.

Why would Safier not "remind us" that Prop 123 was a scam? Because he, like other TUSD-supporting, state-and-local-malfeasance-excusing sell-outs, promoted the passage of Prop 123's illegal disenfranchisement of the voters who passed Prop 301.

If Prop 123 hadn't passed with Safier's support, Safier's friend Sanchez couldn't have had the money he needed to embarrass himself by failing to distribute 123 funds to teacher salary improvements in TUSD as he had promised prior to the Proposition's passage. And Safier wouldn't have had the opportunity to pitch some of his slipperiest and most counter-intuitive propaganda ever in trying to justify Sanchez's failure to distribute anything but a small % of the 123 funds to teachers. And that would have been such a shame, such a missed opportunity for those of us who pay attention to BOTH state level and local problems with education funding to roll our eyes and gnash our teeth at yet another example of some of our local "supporters of public ed" being pretty much as malfeasant, but in different ways, as the state level bozos have been.

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Posted by Funding Problems: State Level and Local on 01/10/2017 at 2:47 PM

Re: “United We Dream National Educators Week

The US is a country that has not found a way to solve the problems of poverty and educate and employ many of its citizens. We have a serious problem with mass incarceration. Shall we be honest about the fact that when we receive immigrants, we're receiving them into a system that has serious unaddressed problems integrating those among us who are poor and uneducated?

Public policy needs to be rationally determined and sustainable, both for the sake of those immigrating and for the sake of those already here. If you don't like current immigration policy, make that argument based on sound data and develop a sustainable policy solution that makes sense both for immigrants and for the society that is receiving them, which already includes many people whose needs for sound education and secure, adequately remunerative employment are not being met. Then get that sound policy passed through our political system. (Good luck with that part. The NYTimes did an in-depth analysis within the last year or two analyzing the most recent sad failure of a bipartisan attempt to enact better immigration policy.)

In any case, let's be honest about the fact that advertising on social media that you are a fan of widespread tolerance for disregarding current immigration law is unlikely to help matters. Disregarding the law is not a safe and sustainable solution, either for those making themselves and their families vulnerable to enforcement actions or for the millions of low-SES people in this country who are US citizens but are not currently benefiting from adequate education, health care, or employment opportunities, and who need that fact acknowledged and the system changed in ways that can better their situations.

The bottom line? Photographing yourself with a sign like this is an emotional gesture that begs for approval from an audience that reacts emotionally to serious social and policy problems that can't be solved by reference to sadly unrealized (and possibly unrealize-able) American ideals like, "Give me your tired, your poor...."

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Posted by Get Real on 01/10/2017 at 1:46 PM

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

Please remind us how Prop123 really isn't providing new money, just returning to us what was already voted on.

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 01/10/2017 at 1:46 PM

Re: “The Skinny

What kind of a disclaimer / "descriptive header" would cover the kind of "reporting" provided here?

"Warning: This is a gossip column where no attempt is being made to cover the behavior of local elected officials in a fair and valid way, or to provide information on local governance that is constructive and useful to citizens / the electorate in Tucson"?

TUSD is a public school district serving close to 50,000 students. It is one of the largest employers in the region and it budgeted funds for FY2017 between $300 and $400 million. For the past four years it has, in the opinions of many, suffered from bad management and chronically poor decisions in the application of public funds, to the detriment of its students, its employees, and the broader community.

The November 2016 election added a new Board member (Sedgwick) and broke up the three person board majority that made many controversial decisions 2012-2016, which included the decision to approve a compensation contract that awards the district's Superintendent for choosing not to take 40 paid vacation days every year at the rate of $1,000 per day. (That's right: he banks more than most teachers make in annual salary for choosing not to take 40 vacation days per year. His most recent annual compensation when all the various perks, expense accounts, and benefits were added up was close to $500K.)

The first TUSD Board meeting in which the new Board member will serve will take place this afternoon, Tuesday, November 10, 2017. The week before this Board meeting is to take place, Nintzel publishes this piece, which seems designed to cast Sedgwick in an Ally Miller-style punching bag / figure of fun kind of role, encouraging his readers to assume (in the words of various commenters reacting to the piece) that she is a "snob" with the "IQ of a carrot," an "egomaniac," an "imbecile," an "entitled drunk," an "ass hat," and "not qualified to be an elected official in charge of budgetary decisions."

Interesting. For the record: responsible citizens pay attention to what happens with hundreds of millions of dollars of public funds and ask that these funds be applied in ways that benefit tens of thousands of students in our region. They do not pay attention to SH*T like what is retailed in this irresponsible column, which seems intended to prepare the ground for people to discount what comes out of Sedgwick's mouth in the Board room, which may be nonsense, and may be sensible evaluation of district policy and budgeting practices.

Jim Nintzel: I believe your mother was an educator. For the sake of the educators in this community who need good governance in TUSD, please do a better job in the future reporting on the behavior of the elected officials who govern the district. The public needs to know what is happening with the application of public funds in our largest local school district. They do not need to know what the bartender said about Rachael Sedgwick's attempt to return and admittedly overpriced drink in one of our local bars.

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Posted by TUSD needs better reporting, including from Nintzel. on 01/10/2017 at 11:41 AM

Re: “United We Dream National Educators Week

Wrong, Again

Dying slowly (although it will speed up), with each ill-willed post.

Better make sure your will is in order. Someone has got to inherit your comic book collection when you die. Shit, you didn't spend your life in mama's basement to have her just throw that stuff out.

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Posted by AZ/DC on 01/10/2017 at 11:28 AM

Re: “United We Dream National Educators Week

I don't favour any of that. Your Orange Emperor, his family and orange nosers such as yourself do.

Pay attention and learn how to read my commentary if you're gonna comment on it.

So, are you feeling that you've lost some good health after posting that nonsense? If not, then you're only fooling one person...yourself

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Posted by AZ/DC on 01/10/2017 at 11:11 AM

Re: “United We Dream National Educators Week

"Plus, who will be around to accept the pennies on the dollar that his family members pay to have their extravagant mansions and businesses cleaned if he keeps the "illegals" out?"

Same case was made by Southerners in favor of slavery. Clearly you are in favor of a second class of citizenry, indentured service, one you and your fellow liberals can lord over.

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Posted by What, Again on 01/10/2017 at 10:31 AM

Re: “United We Dream National Educators Week

Wrong, Again:

Your Orange Emperor has already flip-flopped on that whole wall building thing, which is no surprise since he flip-flopped on all sorts of issues throughout his flimsy campaign. I won't even bother to mention the issues he has flip-flopped on since he has become President-elect. I guess you have such a raging hard-on for the wall that will never happen under his so-called leadership that you conveniently overlooked that. Plus, who will be around to accept the pennies on the dollar that his family members pay to have their extravagant mansions and businesses cleaned if he keeps the "illegals" out? You don't stay uber-rich as he has by actually paying people a decent salary and most U.S. citizens will not work for the low wages which undocumented immigrants will.

P.S.-Racist comments directed at our neighbours from south of the border are not nice. This is one of the many reasons why you feel that your fellow Tucsonans have no love, respect or tolerance for a poor white Christian conservative man such as yourself. They keep reading this horseshit that you post and aim their justified anger towards you, not the nice white Christian conservative men who don't post nasty and racist comments. You poor little cupcake, you will probably die before you learn how to be nice. Keep breeding all that hate and you will die sooner than you should. People who are full of the hate that you have don't have the life expectancy which nice people have.

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Posted by AZ/DC on 01/10/2017 at 9:06 AM

Re: “United We Dream National Educators Week

Right on David! Even if you DON'T track deseg spending or draw the conclusions that I do about TUSD, I am happy to see this post. The nation was built out of immigrants, they didn't all come here "legally" (something which not even all CITIZENS are, all of the time....tax evasion, anyone?jaywalking, anyone?), and they all suffered from anti-immigrant sentiment once they got here. The Irish, the Chinese, the Japanese, the Central Americans, the Mexicans, the European Jews....does anyone remember any of them ACTUALLY being welcomed as the Statue of Liberty implies that they were? No. Unlike many of those that trumpet what real Patriots they are, I happen to be a big fan of that "Give me your tired, your poor, your hungry" stuff, and I can't help but notice that "give me your documented" isn't a part of it.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 01/10/2017 at 8:00 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Thanks, Nintz, for the Throwback Thursday Skinny! This one brings back great memories of The Skinny at its finest.

Perhaps the thin-skinned folks commenting don't understand The Skinny is the Tucson equivalent of the. NY Post's Page Six. Granted, it's been a while since I picked up a hard copy of the Weekly, but I recall the column had a descriptive header that doesn't appear in the on-line edition.

Hang em with their own words:

"I got in touch with the bar owner and we both agreed it's not really a big deal and next time I'm there, I should give him a call and we'll have a drink, because I don't imagine he wants the bar's reputation to get besmirched in any way and I'm perfectly happy to let it go," she said.

Somebody's jackass ears are showing...

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Posted by UofAzWildkitty on 01/10/2017 at 6:22 AM

Re: “Gabby Giffords: My Pledge

I am not going to pile on "What, Again" and call him names. I fit all his white guy categories but lack his pathos. With many decades of watching (and mildly participating in) the politics of this country, I have watched "liberals" try to get along on TV with diminishing success. When they wanted to have a dialogue they got slapped down and insulted by rich mainstream media guys like Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly who set terrible examples for decent behavior. I have watched "conservatives" in public become more and more entrenched and intolerant and go after anyone who sees our nation from a different position in society.

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Posted by Sunriser on 01/10/2017 at 6:21 AM

Re: “Grijalva Blasts GOP Plan To Use Fuzzy Math To Justify Federal Land Sales

There is a Grand Canyon's worth of difference between Obama's little monument and Trump's huge wall. Like, billions of taxpayers' dollars. Name calling and creating stupid little names for people aren't helpful either. Soon, Obama will be way gone and no amount of blaming him will work. Hillary too because she has been retired forever. If you voted for Trump, you will need to defend just Trump.

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Re: “Keeping It Reel

Oh, Bob. Regarding your review of "La La Land": Really? Original? I guess it's been some time since you've seen REAL classics that clearly inspired multiple facets of this film, like, say "An American in Paris," "Singin' in the Rain," "A Star is Born," the Astaire-Rogers oeuvre and lesser films like "Xanadu,"and "Fame." Emma Stone was very good, but Gosling nearly ruined the film with his saturnine presence; comparing him to Sinatra and Gene Kelly is just ludicrous. The film really needed the ebullience of a Gene Kelly or the dapper charm of a Fred Astaire to really make it fly. It also needed help in the writing department; the script elements certainly betray Chazelle's youth and lack of real-life experience. I lived in L.A. for more than two decades and I cannot recall another film that so heavily romanticizes the city and the lives of its characters. Most actors in L.A. never get (paid) work in films or TV, and the small percentage who do mostly get work in commercials and as (non-union) extras. Most would gladly eat out of dumpsters for months for the chance to get a SAG card. For Stone's character to apparently limit her auditions to film and TV work shows extreme naivete, at best.
The John Legend character's assertion that "Jazz is dying" is simply not true; jazz has enjoyed a small but healthy niche market since the decline of big bands in the '50s. Given that jazz clubs are few in L.A., and regularly feature established artists of the genre with a lot more experience than Gosling's character has, some of his character's actions and attitudes are largely preposterous. How can his character have any "depth," as you put it, since there's so little of his backstory revealed to the audience?
Walter Kirn wrote a recent piece in Harper's in which he concisely skewers nostalgia, a concept in which this film is drenched: "It [nostalgia] tells romantic lies. It breeds reactionary sentiments by glorifying and simplifying what was and devaluing what is."

Posted by Starcommand on 01/10/2017 at 12:20 AM

Re: “The Skinny

The point is that the testimony of one independent witness to Ms. Sedgwick's behavior (other than Sedgwick herself) is insufficient to establish exactly what happened -- or the appropriateness of her tone and words in the exchange. Having some familiarity with her demenanor and goals as they appeared in various public forums before the election, I find it unlikely that she "screamed" during the exchange. I also find it unlikely that her point, if she did make reference to her elected position, was that she was a "big shot" deserving of universal deference, which some commenters in this stream seem to assume.

In any case, interviewing additional witnesses would be necessary to establish exactly what happened, and that was not done. If Nintzel were concerned about fairness, he would be more cautious. He gives the impression here that he is about as concerned about fairness as Safier was in reporting about the IEC "TUSD Kids First" before the election, i.e. not concerned in the least. The intent in both cases seems to be disparagement and mudslinging, not unbiased and cautious reporting of issues of real import in understanding local governance.

This form of "reporting" is beneath contempt.

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Posted by Think more & try to understand standards for reporting. on 01/09/2017 at 11:27 PM

Re: “United We Dream National Educators Week

What Again. Well put. I love it.

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Posted by CW13 on 01/09/2017 at 9:47 PM

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