"the Arizona Democratic Party, Mi Familia Vota, the Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood Arizona, and more than half a dozen union groups".....Jim, these groups come from across the political spectrum? Better headline: "AZ Democrats and Progressive organizations join forces to block.."
Oh, and don't give me that "Republicans cut funding" crap, either, because our intellectual slide has come over 5 decades in which our educational spending as a percentage of GDP has increased from around 3% to 5.6%.
"There are some things the government just does better and education is one of them".... Never mind the missing comma, of course. But in what world does the government do education "better"? Prior to the creation of the federal Department of Education, States and local communities developed and set their own educational standards - high enough that we were ranked 7th in the world in educational achievement. Since the DoE came on the scene and the federal government took over primary education, we've slipped to 25th. Yeesh, if this is the kind of "progress" you're selling, don't knock on my door.
I wonder if that's because AZ's Mexican restaurants are more authentic and traditional, and Zagat tends to prefer cutting-edge "fusion" restaurants?
C'mon Nintz, ask the obvious question: Is Councilwoman Uhlich going to still take taxpayer money if, as appears likely, she remains unopposed?
Nintz, you may not be making the gun-control advocates on this site happy, but you hit the nail on the head. The Tucson City council can mandate background checks all they want: the only result will be less business for the TCC. To close the loophole on all gun shows here, you need action from - at minimum - the State level, though Federal action would be a more likely avenue for gun control advocates to achieve their goals on this issue. All the City Council did was increase the TCC's financial problems while lining up their reelection bids. It was politics. Not good policy.
Red Star, I think anyone who wants to come to this country legally, work hard and live in peace is welcome. And I don't care where they come from or what they look like.
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