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Re: “The Skinny

Just heard McCain will vote for it. YES!!

10 likes, 39 dislikes
Posted by CW13 on 11/30/2017 at 9:23 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Apropos of nothing in the article, but of the last comment by Jonathan K---sixteen women have come forward and claimed that the President has 16 sexually molested them. While Democrat lawmakers fall like bowling pins, who among our supine press or Congress will suggest that he undergo an Ethics Committee Review and resign?

39 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 11/30/2017 at 8:19 AM

Re: “Tucsonans Travel to D.C. To Argue Against the Republican Tax Bill

Geology is a fascinating Science especially in Arizona. Thanks for the suggestion Jonathon.

26 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Cindy Winston on 11/30/2017 at 6:57 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Yeah that Grijalva endorsement carries a ton of weight. Using tax payer money to pay off harrassed employee makes him a real slug. Pay the money back and resign because he is the swamp.

12 likes, 34 dislikes
Posted by Jonathon K on 11/30/2017 at 6:36 AM

Re: “The Beautiful People

Wow..what a mess of review, "some patrons growing impatient waiting for their table grumble because their car is in the hands of some kid expecting a tip." Really? When I wait a long time for a table that's what I wonder about??? Hardly. You then write about the Coop and "It is here that you find out that Culinary Dropout likens itself to a 'British gastropub' " with no further explanation? What do you think that means to the reader? Anything? Then only half a paragraph about the food. I really look forward to the food reviews each week, but this one left me "a bit dizzy, as if my head was stuck in a pinball machine".

18 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by RobG on 11/30/2017 at 6:08 AM

Re: “Brunch Bonanza

I love Baja Cafe. Glad they are doing well enough to expand.

9 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Albert V. Turk on 11/30/2017 at 5:00 AM

Re: “Tucsonans Travel to D.C. To Argue Against the Republican Tax Bill

I bet they didn't because Ralph was on a double date with Al Franken. Hillary lost folks. Crawl back under a rock.

13 likes, 31 dislikes
Posted by Jonathon K on 11/29/2017 at 9:48 PM

Re: “Tucsonans Travel to D.C. To Argue Against the Republican Tax Bill

Sounds like a fun trip. Did you guys have time to do any day drinking with Rep. Grijalva?

16 likes, 45 dislikes
Posted by Nathan K on 11/29/2017 at 8:29 PM

Re: “$59 Million Can Focus the Mind, Even If You're Facebook

Just another freedom outlawed by unelected, unaccountable entities. That violates the USC. Does anybody care anymore?

4 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Long Term Plan on 11/29/2017 at 4:52 PM

Re: “$59 Million Can Focus the Mind, Even If You're Facebook

Some reminders.

- "Hate speech" is a null concept, which does not exist under first amendment law. It is also an incredibly dangerous concept if you support a free marketplace of ideas and honest, open debate. In Europe, for example, critics of open immigration are regularly subject to criminal sanctions. Free speech, both as a legal concept and as a culture, is about protecting unpopular speech. Popular speech doesn't require protection.

- Facebook already engages in censorship of legal content. So do Twitter and YouTube. Google has already admitted to suppressing alleged "fake news" stories from search results. Just this week, Gabby Giffords' organization called for Cody Wilson's Ghost Gunner website to be banned from the internet. This is all wrong, and we should be thinking about how to stop it, particularly now, when "net neutrality" is in the news. I'm not sure why I should care about telecom companies interfering in the free and open internet when Silicon Valley is going to do that anyway.

4 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Nathan K on 11/29/2017 at 3:20 PM

Re: “No Wonder

I don't understand all the worship of Gadot: she is awful!

2 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Ενδελέχεια Ενδελεχής on 11/29/2017 at 10:07 AM

Re: “$59 Million Can Focus the Mind, Even If You're Facebook

Ve have vays of making you not talk.
Seriously, if you don't like what people say, ignore it. If you're smart, stay off Facebook.

22 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by bslap on 11/29/2017 at 6:18 AM

Re: “Cutting Teacher Compensation and School Funding in Wisconsin

I re-read a few of Diane Ravitch's anti-privatization articles in the New York Review of Books, trying once again to give the "anti-privatization" camp's arguments a fair hearing.

Here are some representative quotes:

***"The motives for the privatization movement are various. Some privatizers have an ideological commitment to free-market capitalism; they decry public schools as 'government schools,' hobbled by unions and bureaucracy. Some are certain that schools need to be run like businesses, and that people with business experience can manage schools far better than educators. Others have a profit motive, and they hope to make money in the burgeoning 'education industry.' The adherents of the business approach oppose unions and tenure, preferring employees without any adequate job protection and merit pay tied to test scores. They never say, 'We want to privatize public schools.' They say, 'We want to save poor children from failing schools.'"

***"Most of those who support privatization are political conservatives."

***"Privatization divides communities and diminishes commitment to that which we call the common good."

When, as David Safier has pointed out in previous posts, the largest beneficiary of voucher policy in this region (and, I would add, in other regions as well) is a well-established, non-profit, academically viable network of schools that has been one of the strongest and most effective promoters of commitment to the COMMON GOOD, compassion for the disadvantaged, and support of social welfare programs, the above quotes look misleading and disingenuous at best. You cannot provide a fair analysis of the so-called "PRIVATIZATION" movement in education, which includes vouchers that attempt to eliminate economic discrimination against taxpayers utilizing Catholic schools, without even referring to the Catholic school system, its values, and its characteristics in your analysis.

Here are some quotes from (female) graduates of one of the many academically excellent Jesuit institutions in this country:

" me feel that I have some large obligation to help those less fortunate than I. I am currently teaching physics to inner city kids in Baton Rouge."

"I am a much more socially concerned person than I might have been if I had gone to another school...I have chosen a career that many question because of the salary I'll receive, teaching. Many can not comprehend my motivation, which is a desire to help others, particularly children."

"I am currently an Assistant District Attorney...and I feel my commitment to public service started with my family, but was enhanced by my time [as a student at a Jesuit school]."

"The Jesuit idea of service, along with my past experiences with my family and my work at the soup kitchen, influenced me deeply. My first job after school was as a community organizer in a Hispanic, impoverished neighborhood near my home. I am now studying to be a teacher and hope to teach in the inner city."

"I think [the Jesuit school I attended] did an excellent job in preparing me, both academically and socially, for medical school and ultimately for becoming an educated, compassionate physician."

So no, Diane Ravitch et al., the voucher component of the evil PRIVATIZATION campaign you rail against does not necessarily "diminish commitment to that which we call the common good." If the schools which inspired the above expressions from graduates had received public funding, it could easily be said that this particular application of public funding BUILT commitment to the common good rather than diminishing it. The way Ravitch and her followers refuse to include discussion of -- or even to acknowledge the existence of -- the Catholic community's significant, ongoing contribution to serving THE COMMON GOOD and, at several key points in American history, INCREASING support for unions and liberal economic and social policy raises some large and troubling questions about the motives for and quality of their analysis of the American education scene. Public support of Catholic schools through vouchers is a separate policy issue from other policy initiatives that some try to chain it to: e.g., de-funding, union busting initiatives and punitive testing in public schools. There are certainly conservative politicians who have attended Catholic schools who choose to set aside whatever they may have learned about the common good (Paul Ryan comes to mind), but there are also many distinguished liberal politicians whose Catholic schooling form part of the basis for their liberal social and economic policy: Tip ONeill. Joe Biden. Tim Kaine. Catholic school graduates who didn't, a la Paul Ryan, later discard what they had learned at school in favor of devotion to Friedman, Hayek, and Ayn Rand are among the strongest supporters of universal education, concern for the poor, and adequate funding for schools.

(Cf. Ryan being asked, by a nun, to explain his conspicuous departures from the Churchs social teachings. His response is not persuasive to anyone who has read and understood the social encyclicals)

Bottom line: What's divisive and crippling to building the strongest possible base behind liberal economic policy is not voucher initiatives, but the bigoted assumption that it is only PUBLIC DISTRICT SCHOOLS that can properly build support of THE COMMON GOOD. For the past year it has been painful to watch the "left's" bungling. Their misguided self-righteous, secularist identity politics and false analyses of a complex and pluralistic American education scene are disastrous in a context where worker rights are swiftly and effectively being mowed down by a unified, well-organized, extremely well funded group of libertarian corporatists. Meanwhile, the left, in the school funding policy it promotes, makes enemies of those who could be its strongest allies, disastrously laming the labor-supportive economic agenda they say they are trying to save.


6 likes, 23 dislikes
Posted by Try more accurately identifying enemies and allies. on 11/27/2017 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Shifting Gears

Huckleberry has a plan. Now I know we're screwed.

3 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by CW13 on 11/27/2017 at 9:42 AM

Re: “No Wonder

Admittedly,I was weaned on DC Comics. When Marvel came along...I enjoyed it as well. It's sad that DC has dropped the ball on our heroes . They insist on a heavy handed approach that portrays their heroes as angst driven,emotionally bogged down shells of themselves. Their reluctance to expand by experimenting with solo origin stories..(with the exception of Superman,Batman,and now Wonder Woman),when they should have...has made the Justice League seem rushed and two dimensional. Thinking they could catch up to The Avengers level,by making the hurried,shallow films they have produced so far...has left them looking lost and unsure about what DC fans expect from them.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Jim Perry on 11/26/2017 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

And I'm thankful your still contributing to "this rag"!

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Paul Durham on 11/26/2017 at 10:44 AM

Re: “No Wonder

you made me laugh... thanks!

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by JGL on 11/25/2017 at 8:49 PM

Re: “Cutting Teacher Compensation and School Funding in Wisconsin

"Hmmm, it appears that Mr. Kulp from WI uses the same debate methodology as 45 which includes: 'who says?', 'make me', and 'so what?'"

I think I detected a fair number of facts in Mr. Kulp's comments along with the spice of a little snark.

Maybe the fact base applies to 45 also.

2 likes, 22 dislikes
Posted by on 11/25/2017 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Cutting Teacher Compensation and School Funding in Wisconsin

Hmmm, it appears that Mr. Kulp from WI uses the same debate methology as 45 which includes: 'who says?', 'make me', and 'so what?'

31 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by CatAZ on 11/25/2017 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Arizona Republicans To Parents: We’ll Pay You To Take Your Children Out Of School

Arizona makes you fill out a lengthy & tedious expense report. You dont get PAID for anything. You are NOT ALLOWED to buy supplies like pens and paper. You can't hire just anyone and certified people scam funds by requesting crazy rates. For example, a guitar teacher for music who has the credentials they ask for will cost up to $100 a half hour. I could get someone for $20 an hour that could teach guitar without special certification. NO WAY, even without my child being medically fragile would I EVER let him attend the immigrant flooded dumbed down schools of this state. My parents moved to the best area when I was a child and I was done with my days school work in 10 minutes every day. The Teacher had me correcting all the papers and doing her job at 9 years old. Arizona public schools are garbage. They do not follow other states for teacher certification and the salaries are as low as well.

1 like, 5 dislikes
Posted by Paris Hills on 11/25/2017 at 1:23 PM

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