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Re: “Guest Opinion

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.

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

Re: “The 'Freedom Center's' High School Course Is On Shaky Ground at TUSD

"notably omitting Keynesian economics "

Maybe omitting Keynesian economics is akin to omitting Marxian economics. Would you want them to include a lesson on Marxian economics? We could have a session on income inequality in North Korea. Some NK's get 2000 calories a day, others get 200. Some NK's have running water, others don't. Some have electricity, most don't. Some have 12 inch long parasitic gut worms (the guard who was shot while running to freedom), others only 2 inches long.

Maybe we could include Cuba which has a legal maximum on the amount you can earn, a grand $20 per month. The workers paradise.

The left is so intellectually corrupt, that they demand our children be educated in defunct theories of economics, let's include them all.

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Posted by on 11/24/2017 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Danehy

Tom bragging about himself and family again, I guess it follows that his wife married way way down, LOL, and then the name calling, yawn. I agree, the budget overrides failing was too bad. Best of luck going forward to the WEEKLY

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Posted by Mark Robert Heywood on 11/24/2017 at 3:23 PM

Re: “Paltry Politicians

Talk about a disgusting violation of equal protection and a subsidy to Big Pharma (if not Big Alcohol)!
If and when I need to fill a run-of-the-mill prescription at my neighborhood drugstore I don't have to go running to the state for "permission" or pay the almighty state for a license. I just hand the doctor's scribblings to my local pharmacist, pay for the med, and walk out the door. Period.
The legal pretext that the state needs even more taxes/fees to fund the "regulation" of dispensaries sounds like so much common law legalism _designed_ to pass judicial review (the "rational basis" test). The state's need for some token fee may be true at an elementary level, but the near-prohibitive _premium_ to purchase these permits sure sounds like those in need are getting screwed by the closet prohibitionists in Phoenix who demand exorbitant fees for the "privilege" of accessing one's treatment drug of choice. I wonder how many of these crypto-prohibitionists receive electioneering funding from pro-Big Pharma, pro-Big Alcohol and Pro-Law Enforcement PAC's.
To quote J.J. Gittes, "Follow the money...."
Be well.

Posted by socrates2 on 11/24/2017 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Danehy

It is terrible that you are name calling and slandering those poor ranchers including the man shot to death by police.

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Posted by Farmrdave Farmrdave on 11/23/2017 at 10:49 PM

Re: “Cutting Teacher Compensation and School Funding in Wisconsin

Let's look at both 2011 and 2015 8th grade math data to examine two questions. 1) Does the higher spending by Wisconsin give them an advantage over Arizona? 2) Did Wisconsin score different in 2015 than they did in 2011?

The National Assessment of Educational Progress is the Gold standard by which such questions are answered.

Arizona Whites, Blacks, and Hispanics outscored Wisconsin Whites, Blacks and Hispanics and the differences were statistically significant for all but the White scores. So, no, their higher spending doesn't give them an advantage over us.

Wisconsin Whites, Blacks, and Hispanics outscored the nation by 2, -8, and 0 points in 2011. In 2015, they outscored the nation by 6, -10 and -1 points. Only the shift in the White score was statistically significant. The only evidence we have is that White students in Wisconsin improved relative to the nation.

You have a campfire story to build a mythology. It may be true, it may not be true. Who knows?

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Posted by on 11/23/2017 at 8:49 PM

Re: “Come to an Adios

Dear Mexican,
Thank you for your column. Perhaps a book is the next step? Whatever you choose to do, I wish you the best.

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Posted by Maeve Robertson on 11/23/2017 at 7:46 PM

Re: “Danehy

La Placita being gentrified? That brings back memories from the 70's when KRQQ was a great rock station and located there. I had to go over there a few times to pick up cheesy prizes. They had a "name that tune" thing early in the morning and I was able to beat others through the antiquated mechanical telephone network of the time to be first to name the tune. I may even still have one of the T-shirts but time has taken it's toll and it wouldn't fit any more. :-)

I attended the AMC 3 at La Placita a few times but can't even begin to remember when it was no longer a relevant place to go.

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Posted by gcohn on 11/23/2017 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Tucson Salvage

Years ago he used to wear a motorcycle helmet. Does anyone remember that? I saw him all the time when I worked inthat area years ago.

Posted by Dust Bunny Cassel on 11/23/2017 at 11:07 AM

Re: “The 'Freedom Center's' High School Course Is On Shaky Ground at TUSD

Consistent with the right wing assault in education is the pure hypocrisy in transparency. They demand it from teacher unions, performance audits and letter grades for school districts and boards, but want to make sure to hide everything they do. Hidden campaign money, hidden donors, hidden organizations, hidden curriculum, non accountability for charters and vouchers.

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Posted by Frances Perkins on 11/23/2017 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Strip Search

Wow, fantastic article! CONGRATULATIONS Gaza Strip and thank you Weekly for recognizing a long standing and hard working Tucson talent. These guys have been sleepers

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Posted by ICE on 11/23/2017 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Shifting Gears

A terrible plan. Sales tax disproportionately hits middle and lower income people, which also makes it bad for business. Gas taxes should be paying for road maintenance and improvement. The State legislature needs to finally increase the gas tax and direct funding to counties and municipalities. This whole "no tax" and "starve the beast" mentality of the Republican owned and operated Arizona State legislature continues to prove itself a failure.

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Posted by Robin Steinberg 1 on 11/23/2017 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Vintage Vinyl

Two words: Jerry Riopelle.

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Posted by Jeffrey Patten on 11/23/2017 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Cutting Teacher Compensation and School Funding in Wisconsin

In a context like the current one, where Walker, Brownback, Ducey and their ilk are gunning for worker protections and universal education, would it be possible for the left to unite behind concepts like human dignity, solidarity in pursuing the common good, workers rights to a just share in the fruits of economic gain their labor produces, and the duty of caring for the needy? Probably not, given the way the left has been behaving since November 2016. Peter Steinfels has a good essay on the topic in the most recent issue of Commonweal. It is entitled, Watching the Left Castrate Itself: A Lesson?

Some interesting questions for the anti-voucher camp to contemplate in their spare time, when theyre not busy running divisive campaigns like SOS that limit the ability of the disadvantaged to access good education: what is the largest membership organization in the world, whose leader has recently spoken openly and repeatedly about the dangers of unregulated capitalism and failing to structure society to protect the needy? What role has this organization played in educating millions of people to be effective advocates for human dignity, the common good, just wages, and concern for the poor and the oppressed? What are you actually doing when your policy initiatives undermine and economically penalize this organizations educational institutions? Cf. the Steinfels article hes got exactly the right figurative language to describe it.

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Posted by Some questions the left should ask itself: on 11/23/2017 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Shifting Gears

Pima County does not have a sales tax? Can you spell R.T.A.? Why do you continue to perpetuate this myth?

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Posted by Scott Egan 1 on 11/23/2017 at 8:42 AM

Re: “Cutting Teacher Compensation and School Funding in Wisconsin

And to Wisconsin State Representative, up your nose with a rubber hose.

That said, it is past time for teachers and their union representatives to acknowledge they are on the wrong side of history. Unionism is dying the slow death of attrition with the remaining membership nearly exclusively members of publicly supported workplaces. They are too easy a mark.

Public sector employees need a new business plan and new tactics to survive, much less prosper as their livelihoods become even more precarious. They are getting their asses kicked nationally and as the last election showed, they are being taken less seriously as a reliable bloc of supporters.

Times are changing way too fast. Einstein was right. Get your collective acts together.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 11/23/2017 at 7:45 AM

Re: “Police Dispatch

Seriously? What a waste of taxpayer resources.

Posted by tontonbob on 11/23/2017 at 7:26 AM

Re: “Cutting Teacher Compensation and School Funding in Wisconsin

A friend has been ranting that, 'throwing money at the problem isn't going to solve it' - for many years now. But all of a sudden, when vouchers became available (to the rich), he's willing to try ANYTHING to improve education. Even throwing money at it.

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Posted by W Corvi on 11/23/2017 at 2:58 AM

Re: “Distill My Heart

"galinked" -- I AM one of the people behind the origins of The Independent Distillery, and I assure you that none of us have "taken our names away from the place" at our own accord. The people "now running the place" are the same people who started it WITH US, and it's a travesty how things have ended up. So, yes... I CAN tell you that the information that the General Manager, Ben Haynes, gave to the writer was untrue, as he intended to paint himself as someone far more important that he really was. He's the GM. Nothing more. And, I absolutely do NOT blame the writer. In fact, I would love nothing more than to vindicate him from the backlash he received from this portion of the article, for he wrote what he was told. The writer did his job and did nothing wrong. His coverage of the other distilleries was outstanding, and I couldn't be more proud of them for their success.

Posted by justinewadsack on 11/22/2017 at 10:15 PM

Re: “The 'Freedom Center's' High School Course Is On Shaky Ground at TUSD

" To evaluate policy, check its actual effects on real people."

Whoever you are and no matter how liberal you are, amen brother or sister, amen.

One of the all-time great comments.

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Posted by on 11/22/2017 at 8:12 PM

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