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Re: “The Skinny

When does the story get released about the Democrats illegally handing out our tax dollars to their favorite "charities," such as Planned Parenthood? Or, the Democrats funding a Private Business with our tax dollars? Or, the misuse of HURF Funds which has left our roads in dispair. It is sad that the Media isn't elected by the people, but rather it is bought and paid for by those who manipulate our elections.

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Posted by Roger D. Score on 08/26/2016 at 7:38 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Did she use bleaching to erase her emails? Hillary did.

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Posted by Susan Hirsh on 08/26/2016 at 7:16 AM

Re: “What John Oliver Said About Charter Schools

If the kind of change Trump supporters are looking for does come, I suspect they will find that they have plenty more to lose. But, for the time being, it seems to feel good to many people in this country to make emphatic, "in your face" statements which promote the idea that a crass, unstable real estate developer will magically be able to solve all our problems as a nation. It is deeply troubling.

College educated, credentialed t​eachers who are choosing not to work in their profession because it does not pay a professional wage comparable to what they can earn in other professions ​requiring college degrees ​-- and there are thousands like this in the state now, more than enough to fill all the vacant positions currently filled by insufficiently qualified substitutes -- are not like Washington insiders who don't want to give up their unreasonably inflated salaries. They are people who could be doing the next generation a valuable and much-needed service, but ​who are unable or unwilling​​, quite reasonably, to provide that service at far below what is reasonable compensation for work requiring that much up-front investment in the education required to qualify. ​​

In a context where the cost of college tuition has risen more than 300% in the last 30 years, education professionals, like other members of the college educated middle class, have to be prepared to pay back their own educational loans and to pay a small fortune to educate their own children.

Because t​here are ​so ​many people ​in this state ​who don't think their own children are worth the investment it actually takes to maintain fully qualified professionals in K-12 schools​, many of our Arizona teaching professionals have to work in other fields in order to be able to afford to fully educate their own children. A sad irony.

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Posted by Clearer Understanding Needed on 08/26/2016 at 7:00 AM

Re: “A Broke Student’s Guide

"Coffee is a vital part of college life." Interesting thesis. I got through college without drinking a single cup, and so can anyone else. If coffee were a necessary beverage, coffee plants would grow naturally in the local area.
The article indicates a lack of integrity on the part of the writer, mixing some serious and good information with some that is stupid and irresponsible. Is the Weekly so hard up for cash that they can't afford to hire a good writer?

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Posted by Starcommand on 08/26/2016 at 1:54 AM

Re: “Beautiful Pour

Whoa, someone needs a beer!

Posted by Adam Borowitz on 08/25/2016 at 8:59 PM

Re: “A Taco Welcome

I think it's brave to open Jimmy Hula's there. The "if it isn't local it sucks" line is tired. It's being opened by a Tucson guy anyway and if the food and service is good, what's the problem? And frankly the stoned, crazy, loud, wild, colorful, blissed out scene on Fourth Avenue is wonderful. Plenty of lawyers, doctors, cops, city councilmen and others down there too. Mr. Big Shot, in this case you are mistaken, but we will forgive your foolishness.

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Posted by Adam Borowitz on 08/25/2016 at 8:41 PM

Re: “What John Oliver Said About Charter Schools

No it isn't. You sound just like Washington insiders opposing Donald Trump to preserve their income. Had enough, and we have nothing more to lose. Change is coming.

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Posted by Tony V on 08/25/2016 at 8:20 PM

Re: “World View Case Moves Forward After Motion Denied

Yes they did.

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Posted by Debbi L on 08/25/2016 at 8:17 PM

Re: “A Taco Welcome

Yo Mr big shot (oh yeah by the way nice screen name... not), maybe best not to judge a book by its cover, can't say that I've ever eaten at Jimmy Hulas, but word on the street was Starbucks wanted to rent that location, would you rather have them there or a local investor? According to your home page you don't even live in Tucson so why would you care?

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Posted by givetucsonhope on 08/25/2016 at 8:11 PM

Re: “The Skinny

So they should have said 35?

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Posted by Larry McNeil on 08/25/2016 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Tucson Salvage

Great writing as usual. It gives hope and optimism for the future, and that's what we need now in these troubled times.

Posted by Ronaldo Walkero on 08/25/2016 at 7:54 PM

Re: “Crooked Teeth and a New Brewery

I'm looking forward to the opening day as well! :)

Posted by jonralston on 08/25/2016 at 7:41 PM

Re: “Media Watch

John Justice just left The Truth 104fm station. Did you know that?

Posted by MrUltimate on 08/25/2016 at 7:26 PM

Re: “House Race

In a few more years, Frogge may be ready to serve effectively in the Legislature. She has much energy and spirit, but in debate with Engle, Engle emerges as the more prepared if not more connected candidate. I believe Engle is ready now to move forward alongside Mach.

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Posted by gcb1 on 08/25/2016 at 6:25 PM

Re: “What John Oliver Said About Charter Schools

Huppenthal and / or whoever may be commenting under jhuppent@hotmail.com:

Motivation is important. Student and parent engagement are important.

Employing professional teachers who have an ACCURATE understanding of how learning works and what the best methods are in each of the subject areas is also critically important, and, as I have pointed out before, when you pay professionals with college degrees (and many of them with master's degrees) in their fields the paltry "salaries" they are paid in this state, you will not be able to retain the kind of professional educators that can most benefit students in Arizona classrooms.

Decision makers in the field of education in this state seem to believe it is possible to go back to how the profession was managed before educated women had other professional opportunities. These days, women are not constrained to "teacher, nurse, or secretary." The unavailability of other options (and the fact that most teachers were women whose husbands were the main wage earners in their families) is what kept salaries in the profession depressed for so long. These days, if you want to retain the most qualified people in the profession, you have to compete with salaries in medicine, law, business.

A friends knows of former classmates at the University of Vermont College of Education, where she got her teaching credentials, who after a couple of decades in the teaching profession are making over $100K per year. Teaching in Tucson, this woman is making $40-something K with the same number of years of experience.

If you're so interested in free market models perhaps you should do a little more research in the area of human resources and human capital. Paying teachers as little as we do is destroying our education system in this state.

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Posted by Clearer Understanding Needed on Both Sides of Fence on 08/25/2016 at 4:39 PM

Re: “The Skinny

Well it sure beats watching reruns of Ice Road Truckers... You can't make this s..t up!

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Posted by Kommon Cents on 08/25/2016 at 3:53 PM

Re: “The Skinny

"40+ years of Democratic control," unless you count 1991-1996, when the board was controlled by Republicans.

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Posted by Tom Prezelski on 08/25/2016 at 3:45 PM

Re: “Silicon Valley Businesses Move to Phoenix—Because It's Cheaper

Wow, talk about taking my words and twisting them into your ignorant form.

You are a gift Wrong, Again. The same kind of gift someone stuffs in a paper bag, lights up on a porch, does a "ding-dong ditch" with and then hightails themselves outta sight.

Too bad you'll never be human enough to understand anything.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 08/25/2016 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Silicon Valley Businesses Move to Phoenix—Because It's Cheaper

Have a nice day.

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Posted by What is this town thinking? on 08/25/2016 at 3:12 PM

Re: “The Real Madness

You left out Nixon. His administration created the "schedule" system, and put marijuana on Schedule 1. When people, including scientists and physicians, objected, he created a blue ribbon panel to study the matter, and then promptly ignored their findings. Marijuana has continued to be on Schedule 1 ever since, for no good reason, other than the fact that Nixon associated its use with "hippies" and "negroes."

Posted by Jeffrey Patten on 08/25/2016 at 3:05 PM

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