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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Editor's Note

Re: “Editor's Note

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.

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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Thanks for all your hard work for an important community institution, Mari.

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Posted by Dylan Smith/TucsonSentinel.com on 04/27/2017 at 10:57 AM

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The YWCA is a great place for you to put your skills and your beliefs to work. The deep rooted tenets of Christianity that they stand for will be well served.

You can:
Advocate that they stop funding abortions with tax dollars.
Push to return prayer to public schools.
Promote tax reductions to empower the lower/middle class to a higher position of economic benefit.
Replace ACA with Affordable Health Care that allows women to become empowered and develop entrepreneurship skills.

The list is endless, best of luck to you on those efforts.

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Posted by Alisha J on 04/27/2017 at 10:37 AM

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It is difficult to leave a job you love, but your new job will be rewarding. Bringing change to Arizona is needed. And the grass roots is where it happens. Good luck and keep up the good work.
Here's to a brighter future.

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Posted by Jesse on 04/27/2017 at 8:03 AM

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Congratulations on your tenure at the Weekly and I can't wait to see what you do in your new position.

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Posted by Laura Fitzgerald on 04/27/2017 at 7:47 AM

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Congrats Mari! Thanks for everything you do. Break a leg at the YMCA!

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Posted by Tucson Sarah on 04/27/2017 at 5:48 AM

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Congratulations and good luck to you Mari!

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Posted by Sheila Wilensky on 04/27/2017 at 5:27 AM

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I've learned a lot during the last few years from reading the comment streams on Safier's blog and on selected other pieces in the Weekly. I appreciate those who take the time to explain their reasoning and how they look at things, especially when I disagree with them politically. It helps me understand the diversity of opinions in local politics and what beliefs (and sometimes fears) certain policy preferences are based on.

The commenter above seems to comment frequently and has a very distinct style, but I've never been able to get a clear view of what he or she believes, beyond that the appropriate way to respond to anyone who questions any point of liberal orthodoxy is to use insults and assertions not backed up by any valid arguments or evidence. One trope is, while insulting another commenter, to assert that the commenter being insulted lacks love and / or compassion. The hypocrisy doesn't seem to register.

Interesting. Puts a new, ironic spin in the term "liberal," doesn't it? As does the Weekly's pervasive failure to delete comments that involve insults and name-calling, in direct violation of their own clearly stated "Comments Policy." Kind of like when TUSD reps say the district puts the wellbeing of the kids and teachers first. It doesn't take a whole lot of observation to recognize the betrayals and inconsistencies.

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Posted by Hypocrisy should end, too, but, sadly, it won't. on 04/26/2017 at 9:33 AM

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The commentary above lacks true human love.

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Posted by Unfair discrimination started with the comment right above mine. on 04/26/2017 at 7:30 AM

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Thanks for encouraging us to talk to our kids' teachers, Ms. Herrerras. My kid's teachers teach in a Catholic school, so I'll be able to tell them the budget cuts and frozen salaries and worries about losing enrollment to charters they've experienced during the last several years may be over, now that the state has further scaled back its economic discrimination against schools affiliated with one of the religions this country's Constitution guarantees its citizens the right to exercise. Hallelujah.

(The Catholic school teachers I know make less than public school teachers, even in Arizona, where public school teacher salaries are shockingly low. They have been willing to make an economic sacrifice to teach in an environment where the community is focused on values they believe in. They know that their sacrifice helps the schools keep tuition affordable for families, and they care about the wellbeing of the community as a whole and the families of their students, many of whom are living on very tight budgets. The students graduating from the Catholic schools I know are better prepared academically and in terms of civic values / volunteerism than the kids graduating from the public schools with which I have direct experience. I am able to make a direct, 1:1 comparison, having taught in Arizona public schools and in Arizona Catholic schools and having been a parent in both systems as well.)

Why shouldn't the state pony up and support the hard work of teachers in Catholic schools, who prepare students well for lives of service in the professions and in the broader community? Without vouchers, the state saves over $5K per year for every student enrolled in a Catholic school. That money belongs in the pockets of the parents paying tuition and the teachers working sacrificially at unacceptably low salaries. Not in the pockets of corporations which receive tax breaks as the real cost of educating the next generation is falsely suppressed when the government refuses to pay for education taking place in certain contexts.

We hear a lot about "discrimination" in the U.S. Strange that some of us still can't recognize a genuine case of it when we see it.

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Posted by Unfair discrimination should end now. on 04/25/2017 at 8:28 PM

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At least there's one golden highlight: If I move within the TUSD area, I'll be able to use this voucher program.

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Posted by Not a Rancho Snob on 04/21/2017 at 4:33 PM

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Do you children ever quit whining? It's not how much money we give education, it's how poorly education spends it. Nothing will change until TUSD does. Thank God for that.

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Posted by TUSD needs to rid itself of on 04/21/2017 at 3:31 PM

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If you don't know ... what I do is always ask first if I am interviewing someone who is transgender or genderqueer. I always ask what pronouns "they" prefer. "They" is great, but if someone tells me specifically what "they" prefer, that's what I go with.

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Posted by Aztlán Mari on 04/13/2017 at 1:26 PM

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Yo Mari, I sure hope they specifically asked you to refer to them as "s/he" because that's kindof a slur in trans circles...

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Posted by If you don't know, be respectful and use "they". on 04/13/2017 at 9:48 AM

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Hey, Postimpressionist:

See above.

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Posted by Concerned Shrink on 04/12/2017 at 9:48 AM

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Now we have violent Democrats demonstrating against Trump - trying to shut HIM up!.
"Protests against Donald Trump's win turn violent"
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/11/anti…

"Anti-Trump protests, some violent, erupt for 3rd night nationwide"
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation…

Anti-Trump protests turn violent in Oakland, while Cher and Madonna ...
www.dailymail.co.uk/.../The-backlash-begin…...

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Posted by Postimpressionist on 04/12/2017 at 8:29 AM

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