Like every good liberal, Tom loves seeing the country go bankrupt. He loves seeing millions of people unemployed permanently. He hates the idea that people should be responsible for themselves. Government is always the best solution to any problem. What a wonderful place this would be if only the we could quit harping on freedom and let government do everything.
Tom, I think the Time magazine article about paying college athletes is worth your astute opinions. Relevant to the high school situation, the argument Time gives would, for example, lead naturally to payment to the high school players in the football oriented high schools in Texas that probably pull in more dollars (counted as Time does) than many fairly large colleges. It's a dilemma, of course, particularly when college stars may get hurt to prevent their getting the pro bucks.
Tom, that was a beautiful, accurate and inspiring piece about our friend for the entire 34 or so years we have lived in Tucson. One word that fits Dave so well is 'empathy.' No matter what problem you mentioned, or what joy you shared, he was with you completely and you knew it. Miss him.
This mess started with the annual tiresome chatter about golf in Tucson. El Rio is a nice course, apparently, for the few thousand people who actually use golf courses. There's one way to make it the most used course in the community: Close Randolph Golf Course and let the city have a Central Park equivalent to New York City's. Golfers have cars and there is no need to waste that enormous amount of park land for the whims of a few thousand (I figure no more than 5000 golfers in a year) who can easily go elsewhere. And notice the long advance application for ramada space. The city needs that golf course for picnics.
So our 'MS in CURRICULUM etc.' thinks studying nothing but reading and math all day is a waste of time. If he knew his beans, he would know that the best public schools in the history of public education in this country - the one-room rural school - followed exactly that curriculum. Although the 'reading and math' took place under various course titles, believe me, we either read or calculated from 9 to 4. The result, 'MS', is measurable in the tests given to draftees in WWII (remember that one? it has dropped out of the 'currculum' in most cases), which demonstrated (they called them IQ tests, but we knew and know that they were achievement tests in fact) a 20 point plus differential from the rural midwestern - i.e. one room school - states as against the draftees from the urban areas. Put that in your statistical analyses and smoke it, unless you are (probably) smoking something else.
By the way, our one room school spelling bees taught us how to spell 'foreign'. You should have had that experience. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nintz ... I wrote the following to the Esquire editors after that leaky article:
'Chris Jones’ May comment on ‘outside leak’ was astonishingly parallel to a passage from Icelander Halldor Laxness’ Nobel Prize winning novel, ‘Independent People’.
Bjartur, the farmhand, who has managed to purchase a part of the farm where he had been working, walks with his dog over the land:
“Standing on the highest point of the knoll, like a Viking pioneer who has found his high-seat posts, he looked about him, then made water, first to the north in the direction of the mountain, then to the east, towards the marshy tracts and the lake and the river flowing smoothly from the lake through the marshes; then towards the moors in the south, where the Blue Mountains, still coated with snow, closed the horizon in meditation. And the sun shone from a cloudless sky.
“... “This land is mine now,” he said.”
The 'outside leak' is a much more universal feeling than non-land-owners can possibly appreciate! It’s wonderful of Jones to discover it anew.'
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Tucson, AZ 85716
There are two documented urinations in public by Kozachik. First is when he peed on his Republican supporters when he first endorsed a D against a credible R, and second is when he not only failed to apologize for taking R support under obviously false credentials but then became a D openly in an attempt to have a shot at re-election. Hope the Ds put up a good candidate in his primary - he'll see that Ds vote for a loyal D rather than a turncoat.
So peeing in public is really a habit with him, isn't it.
(By the way, some months ago Esquire ran a brief article on the joys of peeing outdoors. It's a time-honored satisfaction that, practiced discreetly, satisfies greatly, spreads nourishment properly and saves waste treatment facilities. The worst thing about the phoney Kozachik story is to have him use a WALL as the recipient of his largesse. What a waste.)
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