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Re: “Best Public School

It's easy to be the best when you only accept the very best. Applying students can come from any school too, which means less kids who attended TUSD schools prior to enrollment. Let's not pretend UHS is a typical public school, when it is anything but. I'm glad despite AZ's dreadful national status on education Tucson had some promising schools but both our top performing high schools are gifted best of the best only admissions. If anything they are direct proof of why AZ is such a horrendous disgrace to public education. We make exclusive schools abandoning the majority.

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Posted by ELjaime on 10/17/2014 at 10:51 PM

Re: “Danehy

Henry J. I have a good household income and we did NOT pay over 5k in taxes as a three person home. Shenanigans erroneously claiming your average Arizonan family would be getting back what they paid in and didn't receive. Next up. It is a CHOICE to turn down get public education, you don't deserve a cent back. That's like claiming people who don't own cars should receive money for roads they don't drive on, people who don't use public libraries get that money back etc.... part of living in ANY civilized nation is you pay taxes that pay for services available to you regardless of your choice to utilize those services.

To the idiots claiming this is only for families who enroll their child in their neighborhood failing school. That school is ONLY failing because the state legislature has deliberately privatized education and given all the would have been involved families an easy out. The families left do NOT have the luxury of homeschooling. This plan encourages low income families to have more children and keep mom's at home for state aid. It is classic anti woman policy. They don't want women working, they want them breeding but they especially don't want the children educated as that won't benefit the for profit prison plans down the road. They know parents earning minimum wage will be hard pressed to turn down a better wage by unenrolling their children from school and staying home.

The very notion of paying families to NOT educate their children is sickening and evil. Yes. Some homeschooling families are rocking it but it is still a choice they have made to reject public and private education. AZ has no standards for homeschooling. No annual tests. No checking up that the child is learning.

This plan deliberately encourages families to not educate children for profit! It's insidious. It hands money to families that can afford private schools. All of this takes money out of public schools which have been getting worse ONLY because AZ refuses to pay for it. Do the people claiming our schools are failing realize how dumb they sound? They're applauding the state for slashing funding to schools while claiming schools need to be closed because they're failing. Yes. They are failing. Because AZ wants them to fail.

That is the goal and as Danehy has pointed out they're getting away with it brilliantly.

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Posted by ELjaime on 05/30/2014 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Local and Likeable

Woah. Who knew people would be do defensive of this establishment? I have found restaurant reviews in the Weekly to be very consistent. Sorry folks. Food critics are good critics. They're paid to be particular and the complaints here were handled so gently I realized before reading the inane commentary how hip this place must be. Writer knows the audience and was basically apologetic for having not been wowed and still you all attack? Yikes. I for one can't stand when I can't get salt and pepper when I want it and am dining out. Decaf may not be popular but it was merely a warning. I like sandwiches I do in soup but this is good info for those who might not, now they know to request the soup adequately first. Seriously guys.

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by ELjaime on 05/14/2014 at 6:37 PM

Re: “Horrific Video of a TPD Officer Shoving a Woman

It's horrific that TPD has gotten away with this heavy handed unconstitutional crap for over a decade now. They absolutely try and incite violence and in the absence of it working just go ahead and start behaving violently. Pretending that just because they didn't murder anyone this time makes it somehow lawful is asinine at best a terrifying threat to democracy at worst. We in Tucson have been long denied our right to freedom of assembly and Tucson you should be outraged. There was exactly NO riot Saturday night, not one single report of property damage or violence besides the numerous reports of police violence. Chanting "UofA," is not a crime. Two smashed beer bottles and one fire cracker is NOT inciting nor an act of rioting. Can you imagine if they did this every Saturday night on 4th Avenue? Absolutely disgusting and horrifying. Not one single student in this video appeared to be rioting and if anyone who is defending this affront to our Constitutional right to assemble as necessary because there was an imaginary riot wants to continue that line of defense I highly recommend they watch the infamous LA riots after the Rodney King verdict. That IS what a riot looks like, not chanting students calmly watching from sidelines as police try their very best to get them to react violently. Notice again how the witnesses are just as calm as calm can be merely demanding the guy explain his disgusting abuse of power and force? They didn't attack him, overwhelm him nor show any indication of rioting because no one was rioting the only riot on Saturday night was the police force violently assaulting people for daring to exist.

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Posted by ELjaime on 03/31/2014 at 3:15 PM

Re: “A Note To the 'Keep Tucson Shitty' Crowd: You're the Problem

I was born, raised and have now bred in this town. How many of you 'keep Tucson shitty,' fans can say that? I even LOVED the Grill, and i mean LOVED, oh iced tea gods how I love you. I watched my friends grow up and become Grill employees, and I watched the Grill become more and more inconsistent. Still I loved it like no other greasy diner, and I doubt I ever will love another as much.

This said you "kts," need to REALLY rethink your decades old priorities. This is NOT a new problem for this city. For decades a very small minority has fought tooth and nail to keep downtown Tucson ... Shitty.

Gentrification? Yes, because it was so much better when the downtown barrio was SCARY, for real scary and ALL of us who have always been here, we remember that and are glad it's gone to the art hipster crowd. Heck, I'd love to live downtown just as much as I did when I was a child only now it's not got the added bonus of being super sketchy. Perhaps people are referring to the explosion of AMAZING restaurants. Heaven forbid we get independently run non corporate eateries downtown. People, 25 years ago, we'd have rejoiced at WINNING the battle against the fears of a corporate downtown! We got the Gap out and we moved the local indie businesses in, and STILL, as true as the chance of a sunny day around here, the KTS crowd is angry.

This crowd has ALWAYS been and sadly I think they always shall be. They've ruined so much good potentials downtown. Downtown is turning into the truly rad, urban hot spot minus big corporate America I always hated. It's an amazing thing happening, and unique. Example, I LOVE San Francisco, but even their downtown is a montage of corporate enterprise. We're creating something REALLY special here folks. Something truly atypical. We ARE keeping Tucson WEIRD! This is everything we hoped for and better! I dreamed and dreamed as a young teen that the day would come when we'd have a "modern," respectable downtown. I was an angry punk rock / goth kid and didn't want corporate downtown, I just wanted a downtown that was hustle and bustle, exciting! Here it is, and as I have grown to just know is as true as tomorrow being hot, the Keep Tucson Shitty crowd is crying tears about how awful anything but desolation is.

21 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by ELjaime on 07/17/2013 at 6:48 PM

Re: “TUSD Banning Books? Well Yes, and No, and Yes

They have an obligation to fight this racially motivated hateful court order, but under the threat of losing funding they desperately need what choice does T.U.S.D. have? Come on federal government, please for once in my life actually take some action without being asked too. Denying high school students the right to learn about ANY culture or ethnic group's history because uh-oh they may have been oppressed and that may look poorly on those that oppressed them is absurd. Hupenthal and gang are claiming it incites violence to learn that white people oppressed non white people in the past? Ummm no sorry buddy this law and everything you have done to force it in our state PROVES that white people are still quite happily oppressing the rights of non whites in our state, it's not history, it's called current events. Big frowny face.

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Posted by ELjaime on 01/17/2012 at 8:33 PM

Re: “Court Ruling: Redistricting Commission Is Not Subject to Open Meeting Law

No. It's not supposed to be a political game Maryalice. If it were then the minority would NEVER have a voice in politics. That is why not allowing municipalities to have party primary elections is also a terrible idea, only popular with the bullies known as the GOP. It allows the only choice on some ballots to be between two people representing the SAME party. That's not democracy. It's shameful enough America is a two-party system, it's abhorrent when anyone suggests we should just do away with one of the parties in locales where the majority favor one. A one party system does not a democracy make. Derp a derp derp. This is specifically why, we the voters of AZ, voted to have a independent redistricting committee, to assure ourselves new district lines would not be designed by whatever party happens to have a majority of power at any particular moment. If you allow for that then you eliminate any possibility of a democratic election as you guarantee voters only have one choice, and one party. Seriously, what rock do you liev under that you would dare call having no choice democracy? What world do you live in where it makes sense to allow one party to have complete control, because, "well derp a derp, the majority of voters like that party and so only they count derp a derp derp." Fair elections? Good grief. Super frowny face for you.

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Posted by Jaime Vinal on 12/10/2011 at 11:10 AM

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