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Re: “The Democratic Party's Progressive Education Platform

Pick up the book "Government Waste From A-Z" If only concerned Americans had heeded the warning 30 years ago. Mr Gross was spot on. It would still work today. Sorry my snark has become usual, but after a lifetime of commenting, little progress has been made.

1 like, 6 dislikes
Posted by Rat T on 07/20/2016 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Turkey's Failed Coup Attempt: The Charter School Connection

Aaron Johnson: Yes, precisely. If the U.S. had an appropriate level of commitment to education, and generally higher educational standards, then the need for foreign skilled workers would be reduced.

7 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Mark Stegeman on 07/20/2016 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Turkey's Failed Coup Attempt: The Charter School Connection

How about readers on any side or wanting to be informed look at the sources mentioned in paragraph 3, then please come back and post comments; I remember reading about this. Also, my opinion is that the h-1b guest worker program, aside from serving as a bipartisan supported wage-cutting and corporate support measure, does truly help our economy, not least for making up the public's bipartisan commitment to avoid training K-12 and college kids in skills and trades.

7 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Aaron Johnson on 07/20/2016 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Another Look at TUSD Salary Hikes and Prop 123

Sorry Public Ed. If the State would fund schools properly you would not need the debate about overrides and bonds. We spend $20,000 per inmate in prisons a year and can't spend $5000 per student. The State government run by Republicans for 30 years, systematically defund education from Pre-K to universities every year, they have lost every lawsuit in inadequate funding, facilities, O&M, etc., and your never ending whining about TUSD is unproductive. You are arguing about whether the crew or the passengers broke the dishes in the dining room on the Titanic. And, yes I am a property tax payer in TUSD. I hope to sign your petition to run for the TUSD board soon. At least you can find out Sanchez's salary, try that with BASIS ceo and administrators.

3 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Frances Perkins on 07/20/2016 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Pocketbook Politics

Absolutely support increasing the minimum wage. Taxpayers subsidize businesses that underpay workers. If you can't run a business paying decent wages, maybe you shouldn't be in business.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Robin Steinberg 1 on 07/20/2016 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Turkey's Failed Coup Attempt: The Charter School Connection

Scott Wilson: The h-1b guest worker program brings a great number of technically skilled workers to the U.S. Without those workers augmenting the pool of highly skilled U.S. workers, many U.S. firms would have had a hard time preserving the U.S. position of technological leadership in IT and other areas. If increasing repression in Turkey causes more of those professionals to seek the safer haven of the U.S., then I hope we welcome them. It is Turkey's loss and our gain.

3 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Mark Stegeman on 07/20/2016 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Turkey's Failed Coup Attempt: The Charter School Connection

I do not think that the ethnicity of the personnel of the Sonoran Science Academies is relevant to any discussion of those schools. They may be good or bad. Their curriculum may be strong or weak. But please leave the ethnic profiling out of it.

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Mark Stegeman on 07/20/2016 at 9:01 AM
Posted by CW13 on 07/20/2016 at 8:48 AM

Re: “Sounds From Day One of the Republican National Convention

Six exclamation points in the first two sentences? Might be time to switch to decaff, Bisbee Boy.

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Posted by Peabo on 07/20/2016 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Sounds From Day One of the Republican National Convention

Thanks, Bryan, for this fascinating report. I was mesmerized listening to all the different voices and points of view expressed as you wandered through the crowds.

I'll be looking forward to reading and seeing your blog.

Keep up the great job you're doing.

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Posted by Manuel on 07/20/2016 at 8:00 AM

Re: “Turkey's Failed Coup Attempt: The Charter School Connection

Apparently, the people of Turkey have demonstrated their preference for an autocrat and a loss of personal freedom. Sad.

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Posted by Gandalf on 07/20/2016 at 7:33 AM

Re: “The Verdict is in and the Show Will Go On

Notable that metro Phoenix, with its 4+ million residents, had substantially fewer donors than Tucson.

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Posted by DRW on 07/20/2016 at 7:01 AM

Re: “Turkey's Failed Coup Attempt: The Charter School Connection

No one can deny the human toll caused by the recent events in Turkey; however, based on the previous action of Erdogan and the extremely anemic numbers of troops and equipment involved in the purported coup attempt, I question whether this was an actual attempt to overthrow the current Turkish president or an elaborate pretext to justify the mass arrests and reinstatement of the death penalty in Turkey to facilitate the elimination of Erdogan’s enemies. In addition, if taken at face value, these events make it very difficult for the United States to deny surrendering Gulen based on this country’s attempts to have suspects accused of terrorist attacks against the United States extradited.

13 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by sgsmith on 07/20/2016 at 2:59 AM

Re: “Sounds From Day One of the Republican National Convention

This is a truly dumb thing for you guys to do to do!!! Absolutely stupid!!!

Donnie is in, come back home and record the illegals whining because they cannot continue to have their way. That would be a very worthwhile effort and might even open some Tucson eyes to the problem we have right here.

In parting --- get used to the phrase --- President Trump -----.

4 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by Bisbee boy on 07/19/2016 at 11:49 PM

Re: “Obama Administration Asks Supreme Court to Rehear Lawsuit On Immigration Relief Programs for Undocumented Parents, Youth

Silvia Herrera is holding a sign in Spanish and has lived in the U.S. for 17 years. So for those 17 years she has been a criminal along with her daughter and she still can not spell in English? This is America and we are a nation govern by of laws, but when we Americans stand up to these criminals we get called racists. Now that the courts have stood firm and upheld these laws lying Hillary and the crooked Obama want a do-over.

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Posted by Clifford Breidenfeld on 07/19/2016 at 11:22 PM

Re: “The Verdict is in and the Show Will Go On

That's from a long line of IIIs.

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Posted by Suzi Q on 07/19/2016 at 10:06 PM

Re: “Another Look at TUSD Salary Hikes and Prop 123

And what about the children?

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Posted by I Give Up On TUSD on 07/19/2016 at 10:00 PM

Re: “Turkey's Failed Coup Attempt: The Charter School Connection

Gulen turns out to be the good guy here as Erdogan is moving Turkey towards sharia law and radical Islam. Any wonder Obama asked us to support Erdogan? It's time you ask what is our President doing.

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Posted by Rat T on 07/19/2016 at 8:24 PM

Re: “Another Look at TUSD Salary Hikes and Prop 123


You are a poor excuse for a journalist. How dare you defend these cronies. Your argument does not make any sense. You are missing the point. Yes teachers received a raise prior to prop 123. It was also explicitly said by HT if it passes teachers would get even more. Stop getting lost in words your just as bad as Sanchez, who I pray will move back to Texas. Excuse my French but fuck you! Straight up fuck you David.

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Posted by Tusdisajoke on 07/19/2016 at 6:39 PM

Re: “Another Look at TUSD Salary Hikes and Prop 123

What NO ONE has yet addressed here is David Safier’s lack of journalistic objectivity. He has gotten behind Sanchez and excused every mis-step the man has taken, along with his go-along Board majority. Safier's ties with Jen Darland (the candidate who ran and lost the last time around), Kristal Foster, and HT Sanchez (and his very close ties- Cam Juarez and Adelita Grijalva) has been apparent since HT Sanchez began inviting Safier in to his inner-sanctum. Safier thinks himself to be more knowledgeable about TUSD because, after all, he believes everything he is told by HT and members of the Board majority. He investigates little, if any at all, and regurgitates much of what he is told. It is sloppy journalism; especially for the Tucson Weekly, which was, not long ago, notorious for its coverage on TUSD.

I recall the stunt Safier pulled in “exposing” Michael Hicks' bankruptcy, an idea fed to him by Kristal Foster and a show of lacking empathy. The aim was to weaken Hicks in his bid for re-election and to strengthen their candidate- Jen Darland. It did not work. Hicks beat Darland. Many did not vote for her simply because of her association with the current Board majority and they were likely right to do so. She and all of the above-named characters were very loud proponents for Prop 123. At least 4 of them knew they were lying to the public. In the case of TUSD 123 has proven to be a sham. The political incest that has taken hold of TUSD has pushed it back to the days of good-ol’-boy insider favoritism. It is poisoning it to the core. Safier fuels it through the Tucson Weekly. It needs to be stopped!

Vote Foster and Juarez the hell out of their seats.

GCB- So glad to see you take on the TUSD block! Keep doing it.

16 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Safier Should Be Pulled from Writing Anything About TUSD on 07/19/2016 at 6:00 PM

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