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Re: “Will Hispanics Help Elect Hillary in Arizona? 'Nah,' Said Jan Brewer, 'They don’t get out and vote.’

Hmm. If we made Arizona Mexico again, would Arpaio profile gringos?

Posted by Benema on 10/22/2016 at 10:38 PM

Re: “Editor's Note


Your wild-eyed conspiracy theories--complete, of course, with the requisite links to multitudinous crackpot sources--is all a bit much. It certainly has no place in this board race. I'm sorry that you apparently have some axe to grind, or suffer from a bit too much free time. But I think you should give it a rest. And offer an apology to Betts Putnam-Hidalgo.

Posted by Bob on 10/22/2016 at 10:04 PM

Re: “Puff or Pass

Does anyone understand that the Arizona supreme court recently ruled that a Attorney in Arizona with good standing can not counsel anyone in the state on Marijuana Laws.

Yes that is right >> Do you get what this means mindless minions???
If an Attorney counseled a client on how to legally obtain Marijuana in any fashion even legal bought . Then is guilty of facilitation to commit a federal crime and can be disbarred.

What that really means any attorney won't be able to challenge any of the rules or standards concerning the consumer as it would be in the aspect of obtaining a federally controlled substance. You just sold the farm Grandma.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 10/22/2016 at 8:49 PM

Re: “Puff or Pass

All things considered Arizona's proposal 205 is not even close to equating with other states. A complete and utter misunderstanding of this ridiculous proposal.

I call into question the writer's integrity to even imply that Arizona's proposal a comparison to Colorado's Department of Revenue running the marijuana program. It is overseen by the legislature in Arizona there will be no oversight just court challenges till parameters worked out. Which is a shit way to govern build a police and court system then apply or reduce depending by need of what Money, Market, Counseling, Policing, so who gains and who loses in the midterm and the long run the consumer? Education really what a ship of fools.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 10/22/2016 at 8:38 PM

Re: “Hell Yes! The 2016 Tucson Weekly Endorsements

You must be insane endorsing Foster and Juarez for re-election to the TUSD Board. They need to be thrown out, if only for their complete indifference to the needs of the students, teachers and employees of TUSD. I don't know how TUSD can survive another 4 years of their destructive indifference. On the last three years of their watch TUSD has lost over 400 teachers a year. That's over 1200 teachers out of 2,500 TUSD teachers. Since the start of school this year, 17 TUSD teachers have already resigned.

The chief HR officer doesn't do exit surveys, because she "knows" why teachers leave. None of the surrounding districts have anything like TUSD's rate of teacher vacancies, Adjusted for the relative size of the districts, neither the other local school districts, nor any of Arizona's other 9 large school districts have anything like TUSD's number of teacher vacancies! TUSD currently has 151 teacher vacancies. For each vacancy listed, its necessary to read to the end of the job description. Something listed as "elementary school teacher" may actually be for 4 elementary school teachers at the same school--1 1st grade, 2 2nd grade, 1 3rd grade. These positions are unlikely to be filled this year.

Talk to the Utterback parents--no textbooks for kids to take home, 8 unfilled teaching positions, discipline and bullying problems, gates left unlocked during school hours allowing free access to the campus by anyone and allowing students to leave campus any time they please. Some of the teachers Utterback does have aren't even certified! Once upon a time, Utterback was an award winning, outstanding school, recognized for performing arts. Today, few of those classes are offered. No dance classes, because there's no dance teacher and TUSD isn't even advertising for a dance teacher.

Oh, at Utterback and nearly all TUSD schools, if parents want textbooks for their students to use at home, the parents better plan on buying them. Students at University High and students in the IB program, but only the students in the IB program, at Cholla do have textbooks to take home. The TUSD school libraries haven't been funded in years--no new books no periodicals. Superintendent Sanchez has a $3,000 allowance to buy periodicals for his office. That's in addition to the $480,000 compensation package that Foster and Juarez approved, making him the highest paid superintendent in Arizona and one of the highest paid superintendents in the United States..

TUSD carried over from last year, two years of 301 teacher performance money that was not paid out to teachers. It turns out TUSD is using millions of dollars of the teachers' performance money to cover up the enormous deficit Superintendent Sanchez has run up during his tenure in TUSD. In FY 2013, 2014, 2015, TUSD used $6 million, $10 million and $12.2 million, respectively, of unspent 301 money to cover TUSD's increasing deficit. We won't know until December when the external auditors annual report is published, just how much more money Sanchez has borrowed from teachers' 301 money. Sanchez says he has been a CFO and has taught finance, so he can't claim he didn't know he was running up these huge deficits. The increasing size of the surplus of 301 money not paid to teachers is well documented in the annual AFR reports, Sanchez and CFO Soto have had the Board approve every October. The annual CAFR reports prepared by the external auditor documents the use of the surplus 301 money to cover overspending of the rest of the budget.

The CAFR and AFR reports are all on TUSD's website under Information, Financial. In the reports just look for Classroom Site Fund. That's the official name for 301 money. The CAFR's balance sheets document the loaning of 301 money. The CAFR's footnotes have the details about the 301 money being used to cover deficits in other accounts. The AFR reports show the amount of unspent 301 money rolled over each year. Last year, TUSD only paid out 25% of the total 301 teacher performance money it had.

Under the current Board majority, TUSD is run solely for the benefit of the Superintendent and his senior administrators. The Superintendent will make about $480,000. For last year, he collected $32,634 for his unused vacation days. Last year, his cabinet collected $80,000 for their unused vacation days. They get 25 vacation days a year, 5 sick days, 6 personal days and 22 holidays every year. The cabinet automatically is paid for their unused vacation days every year! The cabinet members do such outstanding work that every one of them collected 100% of their $10,000 performance bonuses. TUSD has no details of exactly what goals each of them accomplished.

On the other hand, a TUSD teacher is not getting a dime for her unused sick days after 30 years. She didn't notify TUSD by February that she would be retiring at the end of the school year! And, remember, TUSD only paid out 25% of the $21.1 million in teacher performance money it had last year.

And, TUSD has moved all its nurses, counselors, and social workers to a new pay scale that will pay them $800 less per year than their current pay scale. Even with its 151 teacher vacancies, TUSD is only paying its returning retired teachers 70% of what other teachers make. And, TUSD has reneged on the benefits Sanchez told the Board and what HR told the retired teachers in writing. They're getting docked for taking the personal days they were told they had. When confronted about the discrepancy, Chief HR Officer Maiden told the retired teachers, they weren't entitled to the days. When shown the document that defined their benefits, her response was to dismiss it as a "mistake."

Finally, lets not forget the $5,000 donations both Foster and Juarez took from ESI's Vice President of Marketing. They each gave different explanations for how they happened to get their largest donations from a woman in Phoenix. This summer they both voted to approve a $21 million contract with ESI. Foster returned hers only after she was caught. Juarez said he would return his $5,000 donation, but he has not.

Really, you think these two should be re-elected and they've only made a few little mistakes!

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Posted by Lillian Fox on 10/22/2016 at 8:11 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

Bob -

My connection of Betts with Holocaust Deniers, Anti-Semites and Anti-Zionists is clearly documented in my sources.

I am not questioning her other qualifications. Betts has many great qualities, and could be a great board member for a district with no Jews, Israelis or Zionist Christians.

I am saying, these ties have EVERYTHING to do with TUSD, because Jewish students attend TUSD.

As we have gotten rid of the anti-black, and anti-Hispanic board members, we cannot replace them with people who will not treat Jewish, Zionist and Israeli students equally.

Your allegation "we've heard it all before" instead of an appeal to actual facts is exactly what the Trump supporters say.

As I say to the Trump supporters, "Hatred is hatred, facts are facts, past associations matter. Words matter."

Trump and Betts have been seen Jew-baiting and aligned with Holocaust-Deniers, anti-semites and liars.

Trumps' Jewish son-in-law doesn't mitigate that. Nor do Betts' good qualities.

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Posted by MJ on 10/22/2016 at 7:36 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

Dear "Try Using Google".

Reading past the first few lines of his wikipedia entry one will find that Finkelstein (who Betts has aligned with) does indeed have parents who survived the Holocaust. He talks about them in his book "The Holocaust Industry", which led the Anti-Defamation league called him a "holocaust denier".

The debate in academia and the Jewish community is whether he denied the Holocaust outright, denied aspects of it, trivialized it, or minimized it.

Whether Finkelstein is a Holocaust Denier, or a "Holocaust Minimizer", "Holocaust Revisionist" or "Holocaust Trivializer." as is the position of the ADL, American Jewish Congress, Alan Dershowitz, and the Jewish Virtual Library, which writes:

"Whereas hard-core deniers posit that the Holocaust is fiction...Finkelstein accepts that the mass murders did occur, but then joins the deniers in claims that Jews are collectively abusing this history for evil purposes."


For more defenses of Finkelstein, you can visit David Dukes' website, which contains 10 articles that defend Finkelstein.

David Duke or 100 Jewish Organizations?


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Posted by MJ on 10/22/2016 at 7:27 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

Give me a break. This trumped up crap about Betts Putnam Hidalgo is not only a complete fabrication, but it also has ZERO to do with TUSD.

She's the most qualified governing board candidate this troubled district has seen in ages.

Enough lies, MJ. We've heard it all before, and it's getting a bit stale.

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Posted by Bob on 10/22/2016 at 6:05 PM

Re: “Will Hispanics Help Elect Hillary in Arizona? 'Nah,' Said Jan Brewer, 'They don’t get out and vote.’

Hey! Let's make a wide spread release of the newest comment What, Again posted on the TW site on facebook to show that the "Make Arizona Mexico again" statement wasn't actually a rally cry for Mexicans. It was actually a mix of sarcasm, racism and vitriol. The "white guilt" and "feminized liberal" stuff is what this troll is truly made of. See things for what they are facebook users. Don't be like or support a fool such as What, Again.

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Posted by Trollers gonna troll on 10/22/2016 at 5:32 PM

Re: “Will Hispanics Help Elect Hillary in Arizona? 'Nah,' Said Jan Brewer, 'They don’t get out and vote.’

Or pledge your "white guilt" as every good feminized liberal does.

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Posted by What, Again on 10/22/2016 at 5:05 PM
Posted by kgirl on 10/22/2016 at 2:12 PM

Re: “Restaurant Redo

I love yoshimatsu . I'm so glad they are doing well.

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Posted by Nic Sumpter on 10/22/2016 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Will Hispanics Help Elect Hillary in Arizona? 'Nah,' Said Jan Brewer, 'They don’t get out and vote.’

I am so glad times are changing. I saw our first African American President and soon our first woman President. It's time to stop voting for racist individuals. I for one am glad minority votes are the deciding factor to the recent elections. I bet all those racist red necks are getting scared. Imagine how it will be when their votes won't even matter since they will be so outnumbered. Arizona will change too. Racist are old and dying out. Former Governor Jan Brewer should be worried. Her and McCain look almost dead anyway.

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Posted by Jerry on 10/22/2016 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Danehy

I think I get it here: irony happens when the Republican "base" is so angry, so shortsighted, so backward, and quite simply so damn dumb that they vote in the primaries for the ONLY person that will most disadvantageously lose to Hillary Clinton. With the possible exception of T Cruz, I think ANY one of the other guys had bona fides enough to win the general election this year. Trump may be rich (on paper), but he is so lacking in integrity that the ball won't bounce his way - ever again.

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Posted by Reality Checklist on 10/22/2016 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Editor's Note

Norman Finkelstein is not a "Holocaust denier," both his parents were Holocaust survivors. That took about 3 seconds of research to find, btw, I've never even heard of this guy before. If that's your lead point, I'm concerned with the credibility of the rest of your post.

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Posted by Try Using Google on 10/22/2016 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Will Hispanics Help Elect Hillary in Arizona? 'Nah,' Said Jan Brewer, 'They don’t get out and vote.’

This is the oddest thread of comments as far as how the likes and dislikes are represented. For the most part, everything is in order with logic; although there are 2 comments that defy that logic.
One of those comments mentions our winter residents; I will not refer to them as "snowbirds" because some of our part time residents really despise that term. I am not here to offend them, everyone should respect their elders. I am not sure of the reason why the dislikes currently triple the likes on this one, all I can guess about that is maybe most people feel that they are the reason as to why the asshats seems to dominate the government in this state. Who really knows? I sure don't.
The other like/dislike ratio that REALLY blows my mind is one that belongs to the comment which has probably been repeated several hundred times by the ugliest troll that currently stains the comment section on the TW site. Of course, I am referring to the most infamous troll Wrong, Again. Unlike our winter visitors which are worthy of our respect, this slimy troll isn't worthy of the chewing gum that connects the bottom of your shoe to the hot summer sidewalk. How does this comment currently hold 50 (last I checked) likes on a thread where everything else actually seems to be in a logical space?
The universe must definitely be out of alignment. That's just crazy! The only logical explanation for this is that Wrong, Again sent messages to all his Triple K brothers across the country and they checked in to give him the upticks which he is so undeserving of. If these guys have one thing going for them, it is that they do stick together; just as the gum I mentioned in the last paragraph. Believe me when I say that nobody really wants to be involved in either one of these sticky situations.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 10/22/2016 at 8:21 AM

Re: “Will Hispanics Help Elect Hillary in Arizona? 'Nah,' Said Jan Brewer, 'They don’t get out and vote.’

"Well, that was incoherent. At least What, Again keeps his ignorance short and bitter."

Hey Peabo, you forgot to include stale and unoriginal.

I like him better when he's following his doctors orders.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 10/22/2016 at 7:37 AM

Re: “Will Hispanics Help Elect Hillary in Arizona? 'Nah,' Said Jan Brewer, 'They don’t get out and vote.’

yes... please quit insulting The Neanderthals

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Posted by xcolumn on 10/22/2016 at 6:48 AM

Re: “Will Hispanics Help Elect Hillary in Arizona? 'Nah,' Said Jan Brewer, 'They don’t get out and vote.’

Socialism is a deterrent for them so why would they vote for her? Are they really that blind?

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Posted by David Blue on 10/22/2016 at 5:48 AM

Re: “Hell Yes! The 2016 Tucson Weekly Endorsements

I'm not voting for either of the 2 candidates shoved down our throats by the media for President, there are other choices. All other info I've gathered here I'll research myself with my perspective a little more attuned. Thanks for the 411. God Bless America... That's the only change that will work anymore.

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Posted by Him on 10/22/2016 at 5:14 AM

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