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Re: “The Democratic Party's Progressive Education Platform

Here's a clue on platforms, Democrats' or Republicans': They are meaningless statements that say little in terms of actual legislation to be proposed and embraced by the winning party. Like "in my first 100 days, I will...." Platforms, like bonfires, take lots of short term energy to build, only to be set afire immediately after the election has been decided.

Hillary? Lots of dollars will flow to the "educational reformists" and her campaign benefactors while the wheels on the bus go round and round. Bill will be scheduled to speak to the same groups for hundreds of thousands per brain fart, while teachers plead for supplies. Get ready for creeping progressive incrementalism (and that's if Clinton actually beats Trump).

And that is by no stretch of the imagination a sure thing.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 07/15/2016 at 5:08 PM

Re: “The Democratic Party's Progressive Education Platform

Let’s forget all the social engineering, political and religious agendas, and focus on the results — when a child, any child, graduates from high school, they should be able to fully read and write in English, all thought being able to read and write in any other language would be a bonus, they should be able to use critical thinking skills to see the world as it is and not just be a “good” consumer who buys lock, stock and barrel what the politicians, marketers, scientists and religions are trying to sell. They should be able to do math that allows them to balance a checkbook — unlike the federal, state and local governments — and know when financial institutions are setting them up for failure and a debt-ridden life. Finally, they should be taught how to lead a safe, secure and healthy life, free of those who would yoke them into lives destroyed by fast food, fast cars, easy money, fuzzy ethics, loose morals, drugs, alcohol, tobacco and sitting on the couch in front of the television or computer screen waiting for everything to be delivered to their door.

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Posted by sgsmith on 07/15/2016 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Two Tucson Women Hold Rally for Law Enforcement

These two women had the courage to stand up and have their voices heard. They were not intimidated by the bully of the block. They voiced their support for our men and women in blue. If only there would be more of us with the courage to say I've had enough, I'm done with the B.S. If we only had the courage to say, We will not tolerate this type of lawless behavior in our city, state, or in our country any longer. Our laws and those courageous men and women who enforce them have our full support. We will not back down, we will not allow a movement that condones the killing of our officers to intimidate us. If those entrusted fail to do their job and are reckless in their judgement, then they will be held accountable. However, a jury of their peers will be the ones to pass judgement upon them and find them and either guilty or not guilty, and not a vigilantly mob ready to lynch them without having the luxury of due process.

Many African Americans in America, were lynched without a trial, they were found guilty solely on the basis of the color of their skin and murdered. However, isn't the' Black Lives Matter' organization demanding officers also be charged without a trial, because of the color of their uniform ?

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Posted by Dave D on 07/15/2016 at 2:54 PM

Re: “The Democratic Party's Progressive Education Platform

Both the Democratic and Republican Party platforms on education are weak, and do nothing to address the structural problems with our current public education system.

What is needed at this juncture is a separate system along side the existing system. A system with a completely different curriculum, a focus on personalized learning, project-based assessment and simulation, and connections to apprenticeship.

Our current system is too powerful and too tightly balanced in an equilibrium of forces - you cannot change one without the others rebelling against the change.

Also, the industrial era structure of standardization and mass-schooling no longer fits with a population that is wants to have more control of what, when, where, and how it learns. Everything about education and learning needs to change. The only way to do it is to start over with a new model that does not have the current system's constraints.

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Posted by Michael Hackmer on 07/15/2016 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Media Watch

Nothing to report about the layoffs at the Star?

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 07/15/2016 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Free Kyle Catlin

Jammer; I understand I had might grow rights revoked too. Revoked by a rules established after the ballot issue passed.

ADZHDS/MMJ when given the voter mandate. Then came up with the 25 mile rule. To that there was no appeal except to the HMMM Administrative Judge. The only people that could appeal were the people that were in the industry. This is what they want with a
"Marijuana Department of License and Controls"
Nothing but the Industry marketers police and tax collectors. It is that entity that has the inside ear of Insurance and prosecution and revenue.

How ever to be honest you have stated several time that the Sheriff was called for a domestic issue. However we dont hear form the other party. It could be that those 12 plants caused a continual domestic problem so he eliminated the problem?

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 07/15/2016 at 11:28 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Oh, and Trump is going to curb the failure?

I'm not saying Hillary is a good choice, but to call her a liar and think that Trump isn't as much of one or worse just shows that you're fooling yourself. This country will miss the days of The Decider if Trump actually gets elected.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 07/15/2016 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Two Tucson Women Hold Rally for Law Enforcement


Reporting on the men shouting the obscenities was a good call. It credits the women by showing that they have the ability to influence those who may not believe as they do. It shows that people can meet somewhere in the middle and cast aside some of their negativity. I give credit to these ladies for this action and the writer of this article for including their interaction with these men.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 07/15/2016 at 7:30 AM

Re: “Editor's Note


Like I've mentioned to you before, Wrong, Again's ignorance runs deeper than you can handle.

P.S. If you ever consider changing your username, you should change it to tablecloth. For some reason that's what my auto correct keeps changing your name to whenever I type it.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 07/15/2016 at 7:15 AM

Re: “Editor's Note

stalecloud - perhaps before your time

Clinton Honored As 'First Black President' at Black Caucus Dinner

Clinton told he was honored to be considered America's "first black president."

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Posted by What, Again on 07/15/2016 at 7:10 AM

Re: “Editor's Note

"Bill Clinton already took the mantle of first black president."

What the @$&% does that even mean???

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Posted by stalecloud on 07/15/2016 at 6:28 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Hillary is a liar. She can't handle the case on the world any better than Obama. I will take Trump over more failure.

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Posted by Rat T on 07/14/2016 at 10:22 PM

Re: “The Skinny

McSally needs more time to measure Trump's character? This is a man who makes headlines every day of the week and they add up to exposing his character for anyone to see, to measure, to judge. But Martha hasn't yet figured him out or more likely hasn't figured out where she needs to stand to come out ahead. Every day she takes makes it that much easier to measure her character, and it doesn't measure up.

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Posted by franklymydears on 07/14/2016 at 10:01 PM

Re: “New Study Points Out Just How Poorly Pop Culture Portrays Characters With Disabilities

----It is also necessary to reduce stigma surrounding “invisible” disabilities.

If you want to help you will stop saying there is one.

Regardless of what anyone else might do, you will stop.

Harold A. Maio

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Posted by Harold Maio on 07/14/2016 at 8:31 PM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 55

Got it! Good bye.

Posted by hakeson on 07/14/2016 at 8:19 PM

Re: “Two Tucson Women Hold Rally for Law Enforcement

Thank you ladies. We don't need you to report on the malcontents across the street shouting obscenities. They are part of the problem.

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Posted by Rat T on 07/14/2016 at 7:17 PM

Re: “Two Tucson Women Hold Rally for Law Enforcement

I have long believed that the cities/departments that hire officers within 5 years of completing TPD training should have to reimburse TPD for a portion of the training costs.

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Posted by JP on 07/14/2016 at 6:48 PM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 55

I believe the point "Another Anonymous Commenter" is trying to make, Hakeson, is the very well founded, reasonable, and civilly expressed point that the public needs fairly complete and honest information about local governance delivered through the media -- mainstream, alternative or via citizen commentary -- if they are to make well-founded, constructive decisions about how to vote in elections. That's the point of the democratic system, isn't it, to be able to vote leaders out when their records in office do not merit them being entrusted with additional terms in office? What do you do, then, when certain parties who control or influence local media coverage decide it falls within their purview to prevent certain facts -- say, for example, the gross administrative incompetence of a key figure employed by a public institution or a systematic, pervasive practice of lying to cover up problems and irregularities -- from reaching the public's attention? Those who know what is going on and believe they have a responsibility to communicate it find ways to get the information out, and sometimes that may involve anonymous commentary to protect those in vulnerable positions.

You choose to post under your name, I assume with good reason, and others choose not to, we can only assume also with good reason. If their commentary is civil and their information relevant, it is their business how they choose to communicate, not yours. If you don't believe information delivered anonymously is worth considering, discount it in your own mind and move on. In any case, it would be best to refrain from expressing your opinion by issuing peremptory, uncivil commands to other commenters. "Say it and sign it, or shut up!" How rude.

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Posted by Contra rudeness on 07/14/2016 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Dust Devil

Magnificent wordsmithing, Mr. Mollenhour. Thank you.

Posted by Carl Stoeckel on 07/14/2016 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 55

More power to Citizens United, "Dark Money" in campaigns, secret agreements for holding people in foreign countries for the United States, on and on. I do understand the need to protect whistleblowers. There are ways around it if you really wanted to receive the information and relay it through a third party as received from "tipster" or "informant". I also understand "time is money" and so much is done on the cheap these days. I also realize there are "unstable" people living among us. How can I hide if you use my first name?

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Posted by hakeson on 07/14/2016 at 2:20 PM

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