I do wonder where the members of these concerned organizations have been throughout the past several decades. This seems more a call for publicity, not for action--especially not for community organizing, not for local outreach nor training for families, individual kids or members of particular ethnic, class or gender groups. My trust is gone--long gone. Mr. Safier, please suggest and help organize local, actual effort.
I presume "Our teacher shortages began in earnest with the 2008 economic recession" could not refer to Tucson Unified School District, which has seriously and regularly had that problem since the 20th century.
How about readers on any side or wanting to be informed look at the sources mentioned in paragraph 3, then please come back and post comments; I remember reading about this. Also, my opinion is that the h-1b guest worker program, aside from serving as a bipartisan supported wage-cutting and corporate support measure, does truly help our economy, not least for making up the public's bipartisan commitment to avoid training K-12 and college kids in skills and trades.
Hi, a request: Would somebody, perhaps even a staffer of the Tucson Weekly, post some actual info to say yea or nay to that site being historically used for religious purposes. I do not doubt that most of the named politicians are bought, but prefer to know how valid either sides' claims are.
Hi, I am glad that some "sensible" gun-control laws are being pushed. But, the title and belief that the author, citizens, and representatives are "energized" is misleading. "Energized" for legislation on obtaining firearms is not the same as energized for legislation and local effort. Most children and adults could do far more, such as teaching causes, consequences and prevention of violence; there is great need for respite care, for counseling people away from varied addictions, for non-violent communication training (and actually showing up and doing that instead of only jabbering about it being a nice idea.) Also, to show a community actually giving a rat's behind about kids, there should be community gardens at every school, support for school discipline and support for kids who need be removed-- whose attitude and homes just are not grown up, etcetera.
Am currently watching Guns in America: Obama Town Hall, which seems to be a an actual forum, still with some blather, but a good start. Why hasn't this be done before? No one (including each and every person active for gun control) actually cared to really discuss gun policies--the deaths for years, not least from gang violence that especially hit people of color, were not motivational for people (including those who seemingly have some sort of emotions about bystanders and violent kids being shot) to seriously talk. I often am lazy, but will never beat the majority of the population in being so easily satisfied by emotional outbursts.
"Tried, tested solutions are hard to find." How about pushing higher taxation and funding (with actual oversight by community members), or community organizing for activities making safer and more encouraging neighborhoods? Nope, those involve asking for citizens' effort; journalists doing so would lose audience share. Or, journalists, along with most citizens, never think to try encouraging actual involvement with raising children. --Yes, hurtful words. Earned.
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