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Re: “Danehy

CW 13.....all you have to do is STOP READING.

Posted by larschneb on 04/27/2017 at 9:52 AM

Re: “Hell Yes!

Not on the backs of working people. If you can't pass a property tax, we don't need a sales tax.

Our property taxes are near the lowest, our sales taxes are near the highest. Much as I hate to say it, the teabaggers are right on this one...

!NO 101!

Posted by desertrat on 04/27/2017 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Hell Yes!

Temporary tax? Come on people how do you think they got us to a combined rate of 8.1%.

Absolutely NO on 101.

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Posted by Don Evans on 04/27/2017 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Hell Yes!

Charles Smith is correct in stating that this issue should have been decided with a bond to ensure that money raised stayed in Tucson.

How many times has the Tucson Weekly stood on its soap box and warned us of the elected thieves in Phoenix who have no conscience about taking money from children and then using political shenanigans to never pay it back -- and you want us to send more money to them?

I would rather write a check for $100 to the police and another $100 to the fire department than to see the city throw more money away on maintaining a roadway system that fails to improve moving around Tucson and only provides job security for the companies that half-ass chip-seal and oil-paint the loose gravel that is already there.

As a side note to n7iqv, they may have said they were beautifying Campbell with the tree project, but the reality was there were too many accidents during morning and evening rush hours by individuals using the turn lanes as rush-hour lanes. It was easier to say Were making the roadway pretty than Tucson drivers suck!

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Posted by sgsmith on 04/27/2017 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Hell Yes!

Why do I feel like the timing of this is to otherwise fund a wasteful City government that's willing to lose federal funding because (and I don't care what you call it) Tucson is a sanctuary city. That judge's ruling is not going to stand and anyone with half a brain knows that.

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Posted by RobbingPaulToPayPeter on 04/27/2017 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Hell Yes!

If you vote yes to give those stooges more money you're nuts.

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Posted by CW13 on 04/27/2017 at 8:38 AM

Re: “Hell Yes!

The "need" for a sales tax increase is due directly to the failure of the Mayor and Council to focus more on the basics, and less on the special interest programs.
How much did the Stone Avenue and Campbell Avenue tree planter project cost, vs simply resurfacing the existing roadway? What need was there to disrupt left turn traffic on those streets?
How many police cars are approaching 200.000 miles, and why was the money not directed to vehicle replacement programs, while the City "leaders" are tossing money to keep empty oversized buses on the streets?
Do you like the way the City spends money where not necessary, while not keeping Fire trucks on the streets? Go ahead and approve this list of shenanigans. If this makes no sense to maintain the status quo, then
VOTE NO ON PROPOSITION 101.

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Posted by n7iqv on 04/27/2017 at 8:36 AM

Re: “Libraries Trump Hate

My fellow library advocates might be interested in a plan for a privately funded national library endowment, which among other things would at least help cushion libraries against the stupidities of short-sighted politicians:

LibraryEndowment.org

Articles about our plan have appeared in the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Library Journal and elsewhere.

Sadly, the Gates Foundation is actually winding down its Global Libraries initiative. We need to reverse this via a multi-donor endowment. The .0000000001 percent could create it with just a speck of a speck of the billionaires' spare change.

Here is contact information for the Gates Foundation:

http://www.gatesfoundation.org/Who-We-Are/General-Information/Contact-Us

Educate Mr. Gates about our needs!

David Rothman
Davidrothman@pobox.com

Posted by David Rothman on 04/27/2017 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Editor's Note

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

Re: “Danehy

Tammy doesn't like the N.F.L. draft, so that makes it an abomination. Nobody should watch it because she doesn't like it. Could you imagine NEVER being effective at your job? You ought to know.

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Posted by CW13 on 04/27/2017 at 7:48 AM

Re: “Hell Yes!

Why is this not a Bond Election rather than a Sales Tax? As the article points out, the 2012 Bond Election Moneys were properly spent.
The problem that I have with the Sales Tax is that from the Beginning of the Year (January 1, 2017) All Sales Tax Collections are now processed through the Arizona Department of Revenue in Phoenix. And we know how much Phoenix and the State want to take the Tucson and Pima County funds to be used in other parts of the State. (Where are all of our HURF Funds?)
Even the Chamber says the City has been spending the Bond Funds properly.

This election should be a Bond Election rather than a Sales Tax Election.

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Posted by Charles Smith on 04/27/2017 at 7:47 AM

Re: “Editor's Note

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

Re: “Hell Yes!

Well, the ultimate reason we have lousy roads is a car culture that is incredibly wasteful and virtually impossible to maintain.
To show how ingrained this culture is, we have the spectacle of the local progressive paper trumpeting the "vital" need to spend 100's of millions more on it. And what are we buying? Cars and trucks for police and fire as well as the roads themselves.
All this in order to cross increasingly long miles of sprawl which looks like everywhere else: mostly covered with asphalt for cars to drive and park.

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Posted by bslap on 04/27/2017 at 6:09 AM

Re: “Editor's Note

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

Re: “Editor's Note

Congratulations and good luck to you Mari!

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

Re: “Hell Yes!

Vote NO on tax increase. We never get what they promise. Don't be fooled again. This City needs change of leadership.

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Posted by David on 04/27/2017 at 5:26 AM

Re: “Danehy

Asshole.

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Posted by Lorenzo daPonte on 04/27/2017 at 4:09 AM

Re: “Once Again, It's Time to Deconstruct the U.S. News "Best High Schools" Rankings

Some feel that education is not a game and should not be largely about learning how to anticipate what corporate employees want you to answer on machine graded multiple choice tests. The "skills" required to successfully complete those kinds of tasks have little to do with what high quality liberal arts colleges will be asking students to do: read and interpret complex texts, conduct and analyze research, think critically, and write well and at length. I've been a teacher in both private and public schools and a parent at UHS and at a college prep private. My concerns about UHS are not a case of "sour grapes." My UHS student took 9 AP exams and got 4s and 5s on all of them. He had a higher than 4.0 weighted GPA and perfect Board scores in math. He's a bright, hard working kid and is doing well in college, but he had to learn some of the things in college that his sibling who attended a college prep private school had solidly in place before the end of his junior year in high school. Why is this? Because the curricula were better in the private school and the faculty and administration understood the role that faculty should play in designing interdisciplinary, complex projects that draw on and developed a much broader range of skills than a multiple choice test or a cookie-cutter essay question ever could.

The critiques of AP cram curricula and the doubts expressed RE the legitimacy of media-generated rankings like US News and World Report you read here and elsewhere are not about putting hard working students down. Among educators, these discussions are about understanding what it actually benefits students most to spend their time doing and how we can give them the best kind of preparation possible both for college-level work and to be constructive citizens and strong contributors in our communities.

Sorry to say it, but in this country we seem to want everything to be easy and cheap. Public is cheaper than private and cramming for a multiple choice test is a lot easier than conducting original research or writing an excellent essay. Easier for the teachers, and easier for the students. Unfortunately for the kids enrolled in these cram programs, it is also considerably less valuable educationally.

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Posted by Cramming for APs is not college preparatory. on 04/26/2017 at 4:25 PM

Re: “Once Again, It's Time to Deconstruct the U.S. News "Best High Schools" Rankings

My son went to UHS and he has a first class intellect they helped develop. I did not ever see him working simply to memorize useless information. How is "gaming the system" any different from simply playing the game, the game of life. If you want an academic, intellectual curriculum you by and large have to take tests to measure achievement. There are other ways, but they are pretty much alternative models, which have their own place, but are not part of a standard public school system. Any way you cut it, the acheivements of UHS and Basis are pretty awesome and for all these kids' hard work, I hear a lot of cynical adults putting them down.

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Posted by Luckyone on 04/26/2017 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Tale of Two Cities

as much as i don't love amazonians, tech has actually brought more people of color to lily-white seattle. because they make a good living, it seems tacocat thinks they don't count?

also, most tech workers are not evil kingpins a la bezos or zuckerberg. they are just people trying to make a living with the skills they possess (like tacocat). and yes they are not cool, but who the hell cares? ignore them instead of making it a poitical statement to dog on a group of people you don't like. why should individuals be held to a higher level of social responsibility than a band? yes, they are douchebags on the weekend. but after working 80 hour weeks wth are they supposed to do? hide so that people who work 15 hours/week can be sufficiently not annoyed? you obviously have to have never worked a high-stress job to not be able understand the very real trauma inflicted on those kinds of workers (no matter what their paygrade), who often have no means of venting or social interaction except being blacked out on the weekend. and YES THAT IS GROSS. but you can't just categorically shit on people because you find them annoying or they are not perfect at dealing with their own shit. it's great that a "punk" band can be so emotionally stable, but most people aren't.

there are also benefits to living in a financially vibrant city--it allows things like minimum wage to go up and benefit everyone. yes, developers should absolutely be controlled because they are a source of a LOT of problems, so fight that. but the issue is a lot more complex than boohoo let's stop the bros. the problem is HOW developers develop, not that people are moving to your city and outnumbering you and you think they're lame (which they are). you can also despise the tech culture but understand there are benefits to having AN industry support a city vs having it be in decay. $$ also makes it a lot safer for women and allow them to be independent AND SAFE. read about the seattle scene in the 80s and 90s, it was actually physically dangerous for all genders.



--non tech, woc in seattle

Posted by letsbereal on 04/26/2017 at 10:43 AM

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