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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Guest Commentary

Re: “Guest Opinion

Thank you, Stephanie! As a teacher, I more than appreciate the sentiments you expressed so eloquently.

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Posted by Andrea Rickard on 03/22/2018 at 4:05 PM

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Amazing writing. Hopefully things will begin to change soon. Thank you Stephanie for your countless hours and dedication.


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Posted by Elma Alvarez on 03/22/2018 at 2:15 PM

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I am left in a state of quandary Ms Hamilton. You first speak of attending seminary, so I feel confident that you have a Christian faith. Secondly, you quote the New Testament where the woman who lost the coin, searched in her OWN house. Not the government office, or another taxpayers house. She looked in her own house.

The Bible also calls on us to pray for our government. 1 Timothy 2:1-4

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Are children in public schools "coming to the knowledge of the Truth?" The AZ Legislature has provided tax credits so that your children could attend a school of your choice, without regards to cost. Prayers were answered. At best the public schools are lukewarm.

The New Testament also says this, in the book of Revelation 3:16: "So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to spit you out of my mouth."

Let's not forget that God has been removed from the public schools.

I will grant you this. The floors at TUSD could use a great sweeping. Admin salaries and pensions are robbing the budget (and your children) each and every day.

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Posted by Bev M on 03/22/2018 at 2:02 PM

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Well said Ms Hamilton and I agree! It is quite frustrating that we dont value educating our children, as a society. As a current public school teacher, every time I get my paycheck, I sigh. I dont do it for the pay, but I have to be realistic and need to pay my bills.

Thank you for being our voice!


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Posted by Kerry Hodgkinson on 03/22/2018 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Fourth Dimensions

Unfortunately, when the voters passed prop 207 several years, it pretty much took away local governments' ability to pass restrictive zoning. Its considered a condemnation and the property owners in the area affected can sue to recover any loss to the value of their property.

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Posted by retrorv on 03/14/2018 at 9:52 AM

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It's "localism" that ruined Tucson the last few decades.

"localism" means NO non-Tucsonans allowed to do business in Tucson.
To think that Tucson can uplift it's own economy without outside investment is pure FANTASY.

I'm glad that street car got built and approved by Tucsonans. This street car generated at least a billion dollars of investment in such a small area of Tucson.

Please extend the street car into a light rail all over Tucson.

I would love those crappy blighted "historic neighborhoods" of Tucson replaced by energy efficient buildings and housing.

The old Tucson of drug infested tatoo parlors and bars need to go.

Let's have a family friendly income generating Tucson!

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Posted by Kelly on 03/11/2018 at 7:03 PM

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It's sad that downtown and 4th Avenue have lost a lot of what made them unique, the great collection of offbeat shops, bars and restaurants. Kind of hard to roll down Congress these days and not remember good times had at places that are now long gone. Hopefully karma will find and boot-stomp the politicians and unscrupulous landlords that have forced many long-established local businesses out of the area.

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Posted by Kash Minbar on 03/08/2018 at 7:01 PM

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Goodbye 4th Street Fair, etc. There are plenty of blighted areas on the north side of Speedway near the UofA that could have been improved with an apartment building.

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Posted by Beneal Good on 03/08/2018 at 9:48 AM

Re: “Fourth Dimensions

Just look at downtown new-built blight-that's what is coming to 4th ave. Maybe a walmart too.

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Posted by Dmaz on 03/08/2018 at 8:09 AM

Re: “Fourth Dimensions

FIRST OF ALL LET THE AVERAGE TUCSON-AN UNDERSTAND THAT THE TROLLEY TO NO-WARE WAS IN FACT BUILT FOR AND OUR RTA TAX DOLLARS WHERE SPENT TO ALLOW THE UofA TO EXPAND ITS PRESENCES DOWN TOWN WHERE IT IS EASIER TO BUILD STUDENT HOUSING AND WHAT EVER ELSE IT FEELS IT NEEDS. Now with that in mind, you know what is planed for down-town, fourth avenue and anywhere around the trolley to no-ware reaches and rest assure it will include more of our tax dollars supporting the Uofleach. Fight this apartment or it will be the end of your control of these areas.

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Posted by PaulAZ on 03/08/2018 at 7:01 AM

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Thank you, Pam Simon, for writing an outstanding column. Last March, during my winter visit to Tucson, I stopped by the shrine at the Safeway shopping center, where Mrs. Simon was shot. There's a photograph of little Christina-Taylor Green there. Nine years old. She was killed. A couple of years before that, my wife Mary and I hiked from the Gabe Zimmerman Davidson Canyon Trailhead to Cienega Creek. Mr. Zimmerman was killed, too. Those are two of our fellow Tucsonans no longer with us. There are so many more ... tens of thousands around the United States ... who are no longer here, because the NRA enslaved our politicians to worship guns. I hope as you read Pam Simon's words, my amigo, that you will devote just a little bit of time and maybe some money to help pass effective gun laws that will stop this carnage.

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Posted by Ricardo Small on 03/03/2018 at 2:31 PM

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Hopeful. But, some notes. 1) I hope that instead of just signing up online with "Giffords, Moms Demand Action or Everytown" and just repeating talking points, they would actually organize groups in calling campaigns and protest walks. 2) These groups' infrastructure will not "put wind in the sails of the students' message to our elected officials"--unless those kids and you all continuously, daily, weekly, monthly, yearly put your own lives into using those groups to broadcast--instead of just being part of a mutual back-patting society. 3) Please, talk to actual gun owners and members of RKBA groups, instead of just talking to or at the chumps speaking for the NRA. 4) Jump on gun-control advocates who stick their feet in their mouths, such as Joseph Biden--not doing so can cost elections.

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Posted by Aaron Johnson on 03/03/2018 at 10:40 AM

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Well said, and powerful, Pam! Thank you!

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Posted by Hannah Hall on 03/02/2018 at 9:29 AM

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While I agree with most of the points made, Hank glosses over some of the key issues. Our elected leadership has deliberately, irresponsibly, and unsustainably cut taxes every year since 1992. This has led us to an annual fiscal crisis. Our legislature lacking the guts to do the obvious have resorted to gimmicks, fund raids and other "tricks" to make things look nice. It is a sham and needs to be called out.
With regard to his notion that we should consider bed, tourist and related tax increases to fund our schools, I would suggest that it is our job and our responsibility to educate our kids. Tourists and so forth can be part of the solution but the root cause of the issue is that we have been unwilling to tax ourselves appropriately to educate our kids.
Two thoughts in passing, Public education is a constitutional responsibility; by continuing this fiscal madness of annual tax cuts we are giving our kids a huge debt without the resources to meet it.
Bottom line: we need to raise taxes, we need to do it now, we need to raise income and property taxes (they are among the lowest in the nation) and, yes Hank, we need to make sure the legislature can't sweep them.

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Posted by Michael S. Ellegood on 11/24/2017 at 6:32 PM

Re: “Guest Opinion… This is a solid perspective on the extent of the bias in the book being used, and not biased by financial conflict of interest.

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Posted by Tom Rhodes on 11/04/2017 at 10:39 AM

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If ethics is truly embedded in this class, I think it should be aimed at AZ legislators instead of HS students.

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Posted by Pima Mujer on 11/04/2017 at 5:39 AM

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Dr. McKenna is correct in noting that not all folks associated with the Freedom Center are libertarians. The problem, however, is that 100% of those involved with the high school economics course are. And they are eager to push their political agenda onto young students. Thats right out of the Koch/Kendrick playbook. Dave Schmidtz and his wife Cathleen Johnson control this course as well as the 3 graduate courses to train teachers. Dr. Johnson is not a regular faculty member hired through an open search requiring support across the whole department. Rather she is staff hired by her husband. My issue is that Schmidtz alone controls this course and hes teaching it from a slanted perspective. While hes a good philosopher (his PhD is in philosophy not Economics), the UA has a large number of actual PhDs in Economics. Our history department teaches history, our math department teacher math. Why is the Philosophy Department and now the Department of Moral Science teaching intro economics to high school students? The answer is simple: if the Econ department did, they would ensure a balanced approach and people from multiple perspectives would be involved. By allowing one personSchmidtzto control the course, only his perspective is presented. As McKenna says the course and the textbook lean in a direction favorable to libertarians and others who are right-leaning. See for a review of the text used in the class. Im happy to have the libertarian perspective included in a survey course, but intro economics needs to focus on mainstream economic ideas from multiple perspectives. It should be neither right nor left wing. Lets leave the teaching of economics to the Economics Department.

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Posted by Dianne Horgan on 11/03/2017 at 4:12 PM

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Steve, you started your political life with a lie and then you have hidden behind the shirttails of all the old tired Tucson Demorats raising taxes at every chance you could get. You've help build monorails that run empty to nowhere, an expensive downtown that no citizens other that the rich, out of town visitors, or ignorant UofA students want to go to. You've promised street repairs which never happen and demanded we give up our 2nd amendment rights, and you've even defied State Laws for you pet peeves. You only represent those that have twisted liberal views such as your and you have never in your life been a conservative. You are just another ignorant tax and spend twit. Let some with big boy pants step and turn the horrendous city government around.

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Posted by VetnamVet2 on 11/02/2017 at 11:24 AM

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...and the Templeton Foundation is a conduit through which the Koch brothers route money to schools so they will teach the children that the EPA is bad for the environment, and that sweatshops are good for 3rd graders.…

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Posted by Jeffrey Patten on 11/02/2017 at 10:36 AM

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Conscience dictates that one would be more horrified by the continuation of promoting liberal progressive ideology that is failing in every aspect of society. Instead of screaming "Koch Bros, Koch Bros", try doing some thinking on your own. And learn to accept the fact that the poor will never run the country. No matter how much you cry about it.

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 11/02/2017 at 9:21 AM

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