Two weeks in and the ACA website remains DOA. The administration was well aware of problems and chose to roll the dice. And these problems with code, subcontractors, politics are well documented. So much for Obamacare, the president's signature legislative achievement. And these are self-inflicted wounds by the administration.
And Tom, pointing out the Republicans are beneath contempt is like shooting a duck in a barrel. Really? That's like pointing out the Democrats in Tucson are corrupt, venal and incompetent. Viva Rio Nuevo (I forgot we're not supposed to bring that up).
But we independents are a problem, right Tom? We just can't make up our minds which party is less dangerous. Gads. You've got to be brain dead to believe the garbage spewing from both parties.
Great article Tom! Cruz, Boehner (spell-check recommends 'Boner') and other willing GOP are still allowing their reputations to play in traffic. This GOP game of chicken with our country's basic functions courts treason. If republicans want ACA defeated they should find the votes. For what reason should GOP 'leaders', Fox Moguls and Koch Bros. not be apprehended and tried for inciting, promoting, and bankrolling the unforgivable, unethical, and unnecessary crippling of our government?
Nice Trotsky quotation - too bad it is better pointed at the fate of this nation - and quite ironic since it is our socialist/communist/Marxist element which is destroying us.
Tom - I know you're a smart guy - all I need to do is ask you - but I would request 2 things even though I am well aware that having, and expressing, an opinion does not require knowledge of the subject.
1) do a little math (study it first if necessary) - our current policies which spend, tax, and print more money are not sustainable and unforgivably saddle our children with our debt and ultimately sentence them to a life at 3rd world standards.
2) read George Washington's farewell address and think about his prediction that political parties will lead to despotism if not reined in by an educated populace - and that their devoted masses are the greatest enemy to 'our liberties'.
Once upon a time in May 2006 I had a protest in front of St. Augustine Cathedral Tucson Arizona, on the issue of the Catholic Church's, and Bishop Kikanas, support for Tucson City Open Border Policy.
My "Sunday Sermon" quickly morphed into a direct attack on the Catholic Church, ("why do you Mexican men allow the Padre to fornicate your chldren") mostly for their cover up of the Priest Pedophile Scandal, Bishop Kikanas being a prime actor.
I was roundly chastised in the press for being a "racist," Now however "The Mexican" expresses the same sentiment!
I AGREE with The Mexican! The Church DOES enslave its followers!
Viva Zapata! Long Live the Mexican Revolution!
Warden, the Notorious Mexican Flag Burner
CW, the explanation is that you need to read more...
"HOFFA CALLS ON CRUZ, RIGHT-WING EXTREMISTS TO STOP ACA MISREPRESENTATIONS"
I know I Know Jan 1 2014 Telluride Colorado
Ted Cruz threw the first sandwich in this food fight then ran out of the room. Now that it has turned nasty he's run off to raise his image at the right wing "Values" conference. This is nothing more than the beginning of the Iowa caucuses for him.
More people need to ride their bikes in Tucson and the problem of death by bicycle would be eliminated.
Jonathan has correctly followed the money. Like a mother who injures and keeps her child ill purposely to get attention form hospital nurses, TUSD still needs to be desegregated.
The nurse would be the Federal government and money is the medicine.
The connotations of which is that we are prejudice or racist. We are not racists. The demo has been naturally populated to nearly 50/50 so there is nothing to desegregate. Some of us are fiercely nationalistic but the vast majority of us get along. That said, if the Mexicans want TUSD they can have it. See how easily we get along?
And just to be fair, they can have El Paso too.
"I'm going to get my kid out of TUSD blah blah blah". The next time I hear a mother say that I'm going smack her and offer the kid a ride. There a more than a few of the kids that TUSD does not want back. YOUR kid. They account for a 14% charter school failure rate. You can take the kid out of school but you cant take the fatherless prick out of the kid.
For those of you in the trenches, some parents deliver a bucket of oats in the morning. Some parents deliver oats that have already been through the horse. We all know who they are.
In this case, I used the term "professional educators" to refer to admin level policy makers, not teachers who actually do the work of educating.
To: Naomi Varga
It's not your fault. Look at the raw materials you are handed to work with. They and their parents don't have the value systems that would encourage a good education. You could have the greatest teachers in the world but if the kids and parents don't care then it's a lost cause.
I am SO tired of hearing that "professional educators" are at fault, especially if by that you mean teachers. I have been one for 28 years, and trust me when I tell you that no teacher (and by that I mean those of us who truly do the educating, not the policy making!) would ever suggest or espouse the lowering or elimination of standards. The deseg lawsuit should have gone away decades ago and should no longer be influencing anything to do with our schools; now they call it "unitary status" and it still hovers.... But please, enough with dumping on those of us in the trenches. One day, if I live long enough, the politicians and other careerists who haven't been in a classroom, much less run one of their own in YEARS will get out of the way and let the true professionals, teachers, do what is truly best, beneficial, and in the interest of educating our students!!!
Let me get this straight. We are going to be gifted with a health care plan we are forced to purchase and fined if we don't, which will cover more than ten million more people, withut adding a single new doctor, but provides for 16,000 new IRS agents, who have recently demonstrated their objective and professional integrity; written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn't understand it, passed by Congress that didn't read it, and signed by a President who smokes, for which we'll be taxed for four years before any benefits take effect, by a government which has bankrupted Social Security and Medicare and the Post Office and financed by a country that is broke, and a President who wants to make 15,000,000 illegal aliens legal U.S. Citizens.
You are all sheep being taken to slaughter.
With the amount of places that sell the weed there surely must be a lot a people with cancer and chronic pain that need assistance. ....Sure.
We are the Detroit of the Southwest. Who would send their kids to TUSD?
For the record, the Affordable Care Act's online access is not run by the government. It was outsourced to a private vendor. Just sayin'
Point of history, Tom Danehy inherited the "Jeff Smith Curmudgeon Seat" at the Weekly. (Tom would be the first to say, "I'm not worthy," and anyone with even a bit of smart-ass in them greatly miss Jeff Smith). So, the style of the Danehy's column are understandable - he's there for a reason, we all read him.
If you want calm, balanced, well-developed opinion read the New York Times.
Now, as I understand it (and I understand to be anything less than cock-sure is not the usual style of forums such as these) that these enthusiastic students will be allowed admission, but have one year to prove that they can hack it at UHS.
Now, that caveat to admission could be argued as to it's positive or negative aspects, but I find it interesting that what I heard from TUSD was left out this op-ed. Has anyone else heard about this part of the alternative admission plans?
Hoffman paints with rather broad brush strokes - kinda like those liberal who say all Republicans are heartless old white people, which is not true because I know two who are not.
Believe in the Easter Bunny too, Sam ?
So gcbl, it sounds like you're opposed to the university high concept in general. It's my understanding that university high was established to give gifted students a faster track to run on so the rest of the pack wouldn't hold them back.
What will happen if these highly motivated students with lower aptitudes don't succeed? Will the teachers be blamed? Will TUSD insist on lowering university high's classroom standards too?
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