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Re: “Tucson Sentinel is Going to Photograph Every Mile of the Arizona-Mexico Border

I expect we will need to excuse them for taking some of the pictures from afar. I can't envision Tucson journalists hugging the border along the crest of the Tule Mountains, for example. And will the 197th mile be particularly interesting? How about the 196th?

Posted by Skeptic on 01/21/2015 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Too Little, Too Late?

I'm not taking sides here because I don't have nearly enough of the facts, but I feel THMS Badger's response to Bess Jones was the cop out. Ms. Jones raised some of the same questions I had, and the questions are legitimate.

I have a feeling that there is indeed some fire behind all this smoke, but the insurgents could be doing a much better job of making their case. Teachers claim to teach "critical thinking." Under Common Core they'll be expected to do more of that. Here's a chance for our educators to demonstrate their own analytical skills in a fight that might be well worth fighting.

The allegations could be rooted in fact or merely in the subjective interpretations of a few. Subjectivity can't be completely eliminated, but so far it's mainly a he-said, she-said argument. Someone should see if numbers can help tell a story.

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Posted by Skeptic on 03/13/2014 at 10:18 AM

Re: “Word Odyssey: O.K.?

Okay, you must have touched MY inner nerd with this one. I liked it.

But that was a recap of history. Now are you ready to tackle a more serious contemporary language issue, one that amounts to a cancer growing on our language? I'm talking about the proliferation of the phrase "these ones" and "those ones" among Tucson's millenials. It's especially rampant among retail sales clerks who can't seem to grasp that our forebearers constructed the words "these" and "those" so we wouldn't need two words. (It's smart stuff like that which makes the assembly instructions in English on the barbecue grill or furniture furniture you just bought about one third shorter than the same instructions in Spanish or French.) These sales clerks aren't speaking English as a second language. They're as apt to be Anglo as Hispanic, and to have no discernible non-English accent. And they're degrading a language that was gifted to them by ancestors.

Posted by Skeptic on 02/06/2014 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Why Does Arizona Need All These Overeducated People?

A misguided effort at satire. Kavanagh has initiated what ought to be the start of a serious conversation. We shouldn't be afraid to talk about the issues he's brought up.

Colleges and universities with high freshman enrollments and low graduation rates are using young people instead of developing them. U of A has been exhibiting this symptom for quite a while. No one should be ridiculed for trying to address it.

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Posted by Skeptic on 01/19/2014 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Guest Commentary

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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Posted by Skeptic on 10/10/2013 at 7:15 PM

Re: “How To Foil a Border Patrol Checkpoint

It takes me about 3 seconds to get through one of these. But then I've never had the misfortune to be behind some rich brat who's so full of herself that she doesn't mind holding up others for nearly 15 minutes.

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Posted by Skeptic on 09/26/2013 at 7:24 AM

Re: “Safier

Huppenthal and Horne did what Tucsonans lacked the good sense and courage to do.

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Posted by Skeptic on 09/05/2013 at 11:13 PM

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