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Re: “Letter to the Editor

Drop the junk classes in public schools and promote science and technology to solve our problems. We will make our own water soon.

An atmospheric water generator (AWG) is a device that extracts water from humid ambient air. Water vapor in the air is condensed by cooling the air below its dew point, exposing the air to desiccants, or pressurizing the air. Unlike a dehumidifier, an AWG is designed to render the water potable.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atmospheric_water_generator

Let's move forwards, not backwards.

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Posted by Rat T on 09/23/2016 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Letter to the Editor

Thank You Tucson Weekly!

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Posted by Reportee on 09/23/2016 at 8:23 AM

Re: “Letter to the Editor

I see that What, Again is WRONG AGAIN.

I also see that you gave yourself an upvote.

What, A Troll!

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by AZ/DC! on 09/23/2016 at 7:39 AM

Re: “CD1: Babeu Tries To Counter Accounts of Abuse at School He Once Oversaw

Most carpetbaggers who come out from the northeast to save us from ourselves show up with a lot of baggage. This guy is no exception. He has been a local joke long enough. Let him shine statewide so others can get a glimpse of what Marana is like.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Cascabel on 09/23/2016 at 7:28 AM

Re: “Letter With 160 Signers Opposes NAACP's Proposed Moratorium on Charter Schools

How about if we just get rid of for-profit charters and ensure that charters are subject to the same financial transparency laws public districts are subject to? Then the discussion about what standards should be and how oversight takes place might actually turn into a meaningful dialogue, rather than ideologically driven, inaccurate propaganda backing the right of political machines and teachers' unions to keep their "market share" on the one side and the right of venture capitalists to chisel out a larger "market share" on the other side.

TUSD and districts like it are not functioning, for the majority of people using them, like educational institutions. They benefit networks of cronies, not students. If you don't understand this, you haven't been on the sites in these districts or watching their board meetings and the media coverage of their board meetings.
http://tucson.com/news/local/education/tusd-school-board-campaign-contributions-raise-red-flags/article_a89773ad-ff91-569f-84bd-b9543e92f343.html
http://tucson.com/news/opinion/tusd-superintendent-s-failure-to-disclose-link-erodes-confidence/article_35d75549-718c-5bea-a54e-6fee9181367b.html
http://tucson.com/news/local/education/new-details-emerge-in-grijalva-kin-hiring/article_674695dc-d25c-5912-936a-c6bd531d1bbb.html
http://tucson.com/news/opinion/tucson-unified-superintendent-s-percent-raise/article_2f0dd6fc-85ff-5ead-93e1-1b6f5e69b64d.html

If "choice" has been created, in part, to benefit venture capitalists, it has also been created, in part, to solve the problem of poor students being locked into districts like this where public funds will benefit the for-profit company managing the outsourced substitute teachers who teach in its classrooms instead of professionally qualified teachers, or the for-profit consulting company in which someone who gave the Superintendent a job recommendation is one of the principals, or the President of the Board's mother in law, or a Superintendent taking home close to $500K in total compensation this year in a district where teachers are paid -- literally -- poverty level wages. The current leadership of TUSD, including Safier's friends the Democratic Party insiders who currently control the governing board, run a public institution in a flagrantly malfeasant way and get away with it because their cronies in the Democratic Party and in the media do white wash jobs for them that manage to deceive enough constituents:
http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2015/03/30/sen-steve-farley-this-is-not-your-fathers-tusd

People like Safier who try to give the impression that the entire charter sector is for-profit (which it is not) but remain silent about the fact that in quid-pro-quo infested districts like TUSD there's a whole lot of public money going, through improper bidding and hiring processes, to places (including for-profit companies) where it doesn't belong are dishonest partisan hacks.

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Posted by Try for ACCURACY, for once. on 09/23/2016 at 7:24 AM

Re: “Letter With 160 Signers Opposes NAACP's Proposed Moratorium on Charter Schools

"The public is only dimly aware of the reform movement’s privatization agenda. The deceptive rhetoric of the privatization movement masks its underlying goal to replace public education with a system in which public funds are withdrawn from public oversight to subsidize privately managed charter schools, voucher schools, online academies, for- profit schools, and other private vendors."-Bill Moyers
http://billmoyers.com/2014/03/28/public-ed…

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Posted by Pima Mujer on 09/23/2016 at 6:28 AM

Re: “Letter With 160 Signers Opposes NAACP's Proposed Moratorium on Charter Schools

Best education possible for our young people. Seems like a pretty simple goal that usually gets lost in the self serving education discussions. Economics 101 tells us that monopolies are not the best organization to deliver goods or services. They tend to serve the service provider and not the service recipient. Public schools are structured monopolies. If you don't want to use them you still have to pay for them, as well as the school system you select. Charter schools help keep the monopolies honest and offer an alternative to families who can't afford two tuitions. Assume the NAACP is carrying water for the school monopoly service providers/unions. Good to see someone going to bat for the Charter schools.

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Posted by bsinn on 09/23/2016 at 5:05 AM

Re: “Letter to the Editor

Much of the water that AZ agriculture uses is wasted on low-value crops like alfalfa, which is mainly used for cattle feed. Americans are going to have to eat a lot less beef in the near future if we are going to successfully conserve water to the extent necessary.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Starcommand on 09/23/2016 at 12:57 AM

Re: “Letter With 160 Signers Opposes NAACP's Proposed Moratorium on Charter Schools

The charter school movement is a Trojan Horse, the goal of which is to weaken the political power of teachers' unions. That is the main reason why it has attracted right-wing support. Conservatives only care about "school choice" when it involves their own children.

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Posted by Starcommand on 09/23/2016 at 12:43 AM

Re: “Quick Bites: Brunch-Hounds Rejoice!

Gee, I wonder how popular they'd be without the cocktails. The quote in the last sentence is the most dispiriting sentiment I've read all week.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Starcommand on 09/23/2016 at 12:25 AM

Re: “Letter With 160 Signers Opposes NAACP's Proposed Moratorium on Charter Schools

Not all charters are for-profit. Some non-profit charter schools are doing a good job and have grass roots supports from parents and the communities surrounding them.

Stop the smear job, David. Your approach is, as always, too broad-brush to be meaningful or properly informative; it is ideologically driven partisan hackery.

How's TUSD doing serving the African American community?

What did we just hear about the last round of AZ Merit scores?
http://tucson.com/thisistucson/schools/two-thirds-of-tucson-students-fail-azmerit-for-second-year/article_a6dd106a-7c38-11e6-8aea-c796abf7c27d.html

Why do people want "choice"?

It's because districts like the one where your sadly underperforming friends control the governing board are not delivering high quality services to their students, David.

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Posted by Try for ACCURACY, for once. on 09/22/2016 at 9:27 PM

Re: “Police Dispatch

We’re they sure that was dog food? I’ve seen “Fried Green Tomatoes” and the last thing you want to do it piss off a little old lady.

Posted by sgsmith on 09/22/2016 at 7:48 PM

Re: “Police Dispatch

One-stop-shopping: He thought he’d get wasted with a hot date, instead be got incarcerated with a court date.

Posted by sgsmith on 09/22/2016 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Police Dispatch

Sounds like a pretty good 'splain to me!

Posted by mrbigshotno1 on 09/22/2016 at 7:14 PM

Re: “Police Dispatch

That Green Valley Grin comes from living good again!

Posted by Juan Valdez on 09/22/2016 at 6:58 PM

Re: “Letter With 160 Signers Opposes NAACP's Proposed Moratorium on Charter Schools

How much longer are we as a nation going to allow, and even support, this idea that turning over public institutions to private business interests is good for the country. We have privatized schools, privatized hospitals, privatized prisons, privatized probation services with no end in sight and the only thing we have learned is they do not save money, they turn vulnerable people into revenue streams and they further the growing idea that nothing works in America anymore, which in turn has fueled the idea that somehow a businessman is going to save America.

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Posted by sgsmith on 09/22/2016 at 6:50 PM

Re: “Donor Trouble

Keep the laws as they are. Legalize MJ and you take away a very lucrative side business that I, and many Arizonans enjoy!
I move about 1 pound a week to friends and co-workers. No unknown buyers. Very safe.
I only deal in high quality home grown and hydro, no mexican dirt weed!
I take in about $600 profit of unreported income per week!
Why would anyone buy mexican dirt weed when they can get high quality herb for a few dollars more?

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Posted by Juan Valdez on 09/22/2016 at 6:37 PM

Re: “Pride 2016

Great article but a few mistakes need to be corrected: EON not ION youth program. Also, proofreading must be a lost art...at least get the names correct.

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Posted by Anonymous on 09/22/2016 at 6:07 PM

Re: “The Skinny

I used to admire Senator McCain, both for his service and for his willingness to stand apart from party for the good of the nation. That McCain died during his presidential campaign. Now, he's a sad, pathetic shadow of himself and we need to retire him to Sun City.

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Posted by BuffCrone on 09/22/2016 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Letter to the Editor

Negative arguments regarding desalinization are abundant. Costly, energy inefficient, high carbon foot print contributing to greenhouse gas effect, negative environmental impact resulting from excessive brine. Conservation is easier, cheaper and can be accomplished at corporate, institutional, and individual levels.

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Posted by ronko on 09/22/2016 at 2:06 PM

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