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A proper Editor's Note.
What a change from the "Dear Diary" entries.
Yay!!!

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Posted by UofAzWildkitty on 05/14/2017 at 3:22 PM

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Mari did an extraordinary job at fanning hate and censuring all opinion not of her own.

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Posted by What, Again on 05/12/2017 at 1:52 AM

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Good Luck Jim!

I hope the paper finds a more appropriate course that both aligns with the community and pushes the community to engage with alternative perspectives. The Weekly used to be very good at towing that line and I hope it can return to those higher standards of journalism, better editing and a wider reach throughout the community!

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Posted by HumanBean on 05/11/2017 at 8:50 PM

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Jim,
I really enjoyed the Lake Powell article, and as a water scientist it makes me really happy to see that this is still "in the news," as drought is sort of a "slow disaster." Although it is slow, it is the killer of many a culture. Technology allows us to extend that slow death and even mitigate some of the disaster, but there will always be consequences to this.

It's not that I don't respect the "art" main stories the Weekly has been publishing of late, but I am happy to see something a little "harder" this month.

You'll do a great job as interim editor!

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Posted by Kristen R. on 05/11/2017 at 1:56 PM

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It simply follows the rule of college journalism. They promote government expansion at any cost and don't do for yourself, wait until somebody does it for you. Add to that the global warming fraud still being run by old democrats, and you have a liberal wackadoo world.

Challenge your professors for evidence.

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Posted by Pete Sake on 05/11/2017 at 11:24 AM

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Jim,
Your newspaper is dying because you are not interested in any opinion counter to Liberal, Left Wing.
Evidence? Recently you refused to print a carefully researched argument against Planned Parenthood.
We have known each other for decades and I wish you well, but you have created an intellectual desert that will not sustain itself. Pleasing the Left should not be your mission, but seems to be.
Bill

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Posted by William Heuisler on 05/11/2017 at 10:10 AM

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Good luck, Jim!

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 05/11/2017 at 8:42 AM

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Um..."the disturbing changes that have come as the water level in Lake Powell has dropped during our most recent drought." ???

FLASH! There wasn't a Lake Powell until the construction of the dam. Dropping lake levels are more like Mother Nature trying to restore that part of northern AZ and southern UT to what had been there up until 50 or so years ago.

This sounds more like a "win" for the region, rather than a disaster.

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Posted by n7iqv on 05/11/2017 at 8:28 AM

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The comment to which you are responding does not lump all public school districts across the country into one category. It says some are high functioning and others are low functioning. That is a fact that would be acknowledged by most sane education analysts. It says that in light of the fact that no good solutions have been found to addressing the problems in low functioning, troubled urban districts like TUSD (another broadly acknowledged reality) it falls to voucher opponents to explain why it is inappropriate to allow under-served constituents to apply the tax funds available to support their K-12 educations in higher functioning alternative schools. Your comment did not provide that explanation.

When you have a feasible, implementable solution to the serious teaching and learning problems that occur in districts like TUSD (e.g. too many classrooms manned by rotating casts of outsourced, under-qualified, and underpaid subs; grossly inflated admin salaries and bonuses occurring inappropriately at the same time as grossly insufficient teacher salaries and bonuses; ongoing problems with implementing desegregation orders to properly achieve "unitary status", etc. ad nauseam) let us know. Until then, many of us will continue to believe that getting as many people transferred to higher functioning institutions as possible is the best damage-control solution that can be provided. It's not the ideal way to manage a universal K-12 education system, but in Arizona we are not living in the Panglossian "best of all possible worlds," and the solutions offered have to fit the real conditions in the institutions in question and produce genuine benefit in the lives of constituents. That doesn't seem to be accomplished by the theoretical-utopian-we'll-keep-selling-fares-on-the-Titanic-even-though-it's-sinking-maybe-we'll-be-able-to-plug-those-holes-if-we-can-just-recruit-more-fares schemes favored by some.

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Posted by Not as easy as it seems... on 05/02/2017 at 11:06 AM

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Yes. You are picking cherries on a forklift. It may be true that urban districts suffer the consequences of too many low SES students, with all accompanying problems, but to lump all school districts across the country as a national disgrace is still unfair. Mismanagement comes with unwieldy size and unfortunate politics. Locally, you can look at Vail and Benson to find good management of resources, high teacher morale and solid performance as measured with both student success and test scores. Yet, the immediate referring to TUSD over and over as an immediately realistic paradigm for all may be a mantra here, but it is nevertheless still a shallow, knee jerk shibboleth. Vouchers will satisfy a tea-party level political position (and may even secretly line your own pockets with public money), but vouchers will not elevate the opportunities of most kids, they will not improve a huge majority of schools that will continue to (try to) function, and they will in no way ensure a prosperous future for the nation as a whole.

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Posted by False Equivalence - Too Easy on 04/29/2017 at 6:30 AM

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No, TUSD is not unique. There are other public school districts locally and nationally that have some of the same problems:

Sunnyside
http://tucson.com/news/opinion/column/gassen/sarah-garrecht-gassen-getting-paid-to-go-away-sunnyside-style/article_f935df59-f1ce-5d54-907a-c1668cc318d0.html

Newark
https://www.amazon.com/Prize-Whos-Charge-Americas-Schools/dp/0547840055/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1493405853&sr=8-2&keywords=the+prize

It remains to be seen how well Amphi will do with Jaeger at the helm, but many who know TUSD did not find the fact that he and another TUSD veteran (Abel Morado) were finalists for the same superintendent job at Amphi confidence inspiring:

http://tucson.com/news/local/education/two-tucson-unified-school-district-administrators-finalists-to-be-amphitheater/article_98318d99-f7ea-512f-86c5-04d3df85d86e.html
http://tucson.com/news/local/education/amphi-picks-todd-jaeger-tusd-s-general-counsel-to-lead/article_13cc5500-01c3-5a36-a67b-6426ae830f5f.html

There are some high functioning public school districts. Flowing Wells is often mentioned as one. No one doubts that public districts can, in some circumstances, provide good services. But not all of them do, and reforming troubled school districts is not something anyone locally or nationally has found a good way to do. Interventions of various kinds are attempted, and these institutions tend to limp along, many times getting worse rather than better under state control or mayoral oversight.

Applying tax dollars in support of students' enrollment in private schools would seem to many of us to be a much better investment in the future of the students in question and in the future of the communities where these students will work and live than applying those same tax dollars in more than one of our local public school districts. Why should the state subsidize the cost of students attending troubled, low functioning schools that don't meet their academic needs, but not high functioning schools where students' needs will be better met? That's a question voucher opponents should take time to answer, honestly considering the state of some of the schools in the public district system. I've yet to see a voucher opponent successfully doing it.

Care to give it a try, "False Equivalence, Again"?

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Posted by TUSD is not unique. Vouchers solve real problems. on 04/28/2017 at 12:01 PM

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I've enjoyed the Weekly during your tenure, Mari, and I'll be sorry to see you go. The YWCA is doing great things and I'm positive you'll be a strong force for good with that organization. Buenos suertes!

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Posted by Wizard on 04/28/2017 at 9:52 AM

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Best wishes - the YWCA is lucky to get you!

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 04/28/2017 at 9:52 AM

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Alisha J:

Take your meds before making stupid online commentary.

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Posted by Rat T strikes again under yet another alias. on 04/28/2017 at 7:28 AM

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Maria,

Wow, we have known each other for almost 9 years this coming fall when you covered students leaders at the UoA that published in the fall of 2008. Indeed so much has happened in between from going forward as a country to the current situation we are in America....I am happy to see you taking a big step to fight for all of us so our government can work for us instead against us especially when it comes to immigration issues. We are a nation of immigrants and those of us that came as late immigrants do contribute for the success of this nation every single day although we are less appreciated these days:(

Thank You!

Zeke Gebrekidane

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Posted by Zeke Gebrekidane on 04/28/2017 at 7:19 AM

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I have learned much from knowing you and working with you and being your friend. I look forward to supporting you in your work for the YWCA, too! It's a cause after my own heart.

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Posted by Linda Ray 64 on 04/27/2017 at 9:19 PM

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TUSD is really rather unique. It is not representative of any other school district in the state. It should not be held up to define and defeat the morale and the professionalism of hardworking people in all the other school districts in the state.

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Posted by False Equivalence, Again on 04/27/2017 at 5:57 PM

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You did a tough job real well. You have been an expression of much of what's good about our community. Thanks

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Posted by Polis on 04/27/2017 at 5:22 PM

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How exciting! I'm very happy for you and wish all the best in your new endeavor.

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Posted by Rita Connelly on 04/27/2017 at 2:30 PM

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Dang it. But I hope The Weekly gets a new weirdo at the helm. I really enjoyed how you cared for this silly little paper. The touch of a strong woman helped its presence in the community. Congrats on that!
And, congrats on your new adventure. I will catch up with at some point and we can lunch at Delectables.
Love ya. Anne

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Posted by nutridawg on 04/27/2017 at 11:18 AM

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