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Re: “Bloom Free

Great piece on a spectacular human. Ive been away from Tucson and its important scene for some time, but as I watch from a distance, Jocelyn is magic, the kind of magic needed in Tucson, and this world. Many blessings and continued success.

6 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by E Letra on 08/10/2017 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Triple Play

The zoo tax turned me away from felicia

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Posted by Palisades on 08/10/2017 at 9:52 AM

Re: “Bloom Free

I really struggle with this. Am I the only one who struggles with the problems of being "woman of color in a white patriarchy" while at the same time indulging what arguably presents itself as a misogynist culture with a capital "M"?

To quote some 21 Savage lyrics: "Spray your block down, we not really with that ru-rah shit/Glock cocked now, I dont really give no fuck bout who I hit/Yeah, your bitch, she get jiggy with me/Keep that Siggy with me/Bitch, Im Mad Max, you know I got Ziggy with me"

Maybe, just maybe, the "ugly gentrification" we see in Tucson and elsewhere might, at least in part, have something to do with the fact that people here are getting tired of being exposed to the very themes that hip-hop seems to eternally perpetuate, like all this gang crap, glorification of misogyny, violence and crime ?

9 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by AZDiver on 08/10/2017 at 9:41 AM

Re: “A Needed Prescription

How about the famous McSally quote about "Let's get this F$%king thing done." And her refusal to hold a Town Hall to discuss healthcare - so Dem. Rep. Gallego held one in her stead.

Both she & Flake have SUDDENLY realized that their optics regarding healthcare needed to change - and they are talking the talk. After voting with Trump & the GOP 100% in the past.

The article makes me question if YOU are part of the scam to get the voters to believe the truly unbelievable rhetoric coming from our GOP members of Congress

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Posted by Gayla on 08/10/2017 at 9:26 AM

Re: “A Needed Prescription

Representative McSally was one of the last signatories into the newly formed "problem solvers caucus". She's been making the media rounds in the last week singing political kumbaya, but in those appearances, the problems she seems intent on "solving" include scaling back the the coverage requirements for small businesses from 50 employees to 500, and messing with tax credits for medical equipment. Those don't sound like market-stabilizing ideas to me. Arizonans will not be fooled. She's on record. She voted to take healthcare away from 24 million people.

I expect a more thorough quality of journalism here, and agree with Dennis's sentiments. I'm disappointed with this piece. We cannot take our elected officials at their word. If we could, we wouldn't need the Weekly.

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Posted by Ryan Kelly on 08/10/2017 at 9:24 AM

Re: “A Needed Prescription

What an incredibly naive piece of reporting. Did the writer forget that just a couple of months ago McSally voted to kill the ACA and replace it with something that would take away health care from millions of Americans? Copying and pasting a congressional press release is not journalism, it's propaganda. At a minimum, the writer needed to ask McSally some basic questions, including why the change of heart and if McSally would vote for repeal/replace if it came up again. This story flunks journalism 101.

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Posted by Dennis Newman on 08/10/2017 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Triple Play

"Ward 3's roughly 18,000 Democrats and 12,000 independent voters will choose between three Democrats in the Aug. 29 primary..."

I thought independents could not vote in the Democratic primary. This is either good news or a mistake on my part or Mr. Nintzel's. I hope Jim is right.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 08/10/2017 at 8:10 AM

Re: “Tucson Salvage

Too bad they don't have a song about the roaring economy, ignorant idiot.

11 likes, 60 dislikes
Posted by CW13 on 08/10/2017 at 7:52 AM

Re: “A Certifiable Strategy

I had a BS in marketing and took education course work to become certified. The education courses were fun but taught me little about teaching. Only a short stint of teaching under supervision of a certified teacher was a bit helpful.

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Posted by Joss Sanderson on 08/10/2017 at 6:44 AM

Re: “A Needed Prescription

" he was faced with two options: remain in a job he wished to leave, or live without insurance"
Yeah, sometimes we have to make sacrifices rather than have others make them for us.

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Posted by bslap on 08/10/2017 at 6:03 AM

Re: “Triple Play

"She also copped to voting for Green Party candidate Jill Stein in last year's presidential election, saying she believed Hillary Clinton would win anyway and so she could safely cast a vote"
She thought Hillary would win Arizona? She either doesn't understand the electoral system or doesn't understand politics.

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Posted by bslap on 08/10/2017 at 5:59 AM

Re: “Is the Strong Start Tucson Initiative a Good Idea?

You are right. I don't have an email sent to me at ADE by the Institute of Education Sciences four years ago.

But, we can just go with the RAND study of ECLS data which went up through 5th grade. Full day kindergartners were behind half day kindergartners on both cognitive and emotional measures.

And, by the way, where are your citations?

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 08/09/2017 at 11:10 PM

Re: “Danehy

Tommy, your pal CW13 to the rescue. I didn't want your column to run all week without at least one comment. We wouldn't want the powers that be at the Weekly to think you're not popular any more.

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Posted by CW13 on 08/09/2017 at 1:02 PM

Re: “Here's What a Skills-Based Curriculum Means In Finland

Leave it to Nathan K to come up with a racist take on educational differences between Finland and its neighbors.

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Posted by skinnyman on 08/09/2017 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Tour Diaries! XIXA on the Last Days of the Euro Bloodline Tour

I enjoyed following along. Thanks!

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Posted by Wise-Guy on 08/09/2017 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Is the Strong Start Tucson Initiative a Good Idea?

John, I'm going to stop this back-and-forth with this comment. I just want to say that you continue to cite a study without linking to the source on the web, or even a web page citing the study. You say you have it in an email, yet you haven't forwarded the email or quoted from it. Repeating what you said over and over doesn't make your argument stronger. It leaves the impression with me that you have nothing.

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Posted by David Safier on 08/09/2017 at 7:41 AM

Re: “Is the Strong Start Tucson Initiative a Good Idea?

David,

Remember, the ECLS data collection was separated from the analysis to prevent the pervasive bias in research from polluting the data collection.

The multiple RAND studies are the ECLS study. RAND was paid $10 million from Rockefeller and Ford to analyze the ECLS data which had already cost $140 million to collect.

You are quoting a one researcher, 64 student sample where the data collector clearly had an overwhelming interest in the outcome. At the same time you are attempting to dismiss a $150 million dollar, 20,000 student student where the data collectors could have lost their contract over improper data collection.

There has since been an entire additional cohort. Aren't you curious at all about the dead silence surrounding the two most massive, rigorous studies ever performed in the history of education?

No other study has ever followed 20 thousand student for 9 years.

The relevance is that there was another longitudinal study done for preschool in California that had the same pattern - slightly higher cognitive gains, loss of social strength.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 08/09/2017 at 6:19 AM

Re: “Is the Strong Start Tucson Initiative a Good Idea?

John, I still don't understand how you can use a study of full day vs. half day K as a proxy for an additional two years of education starting when the children are 3, but I'll set that aside.

I still haven't seen the study you're referring to. You say it's the "Hubbell telescope of education studies," but all I know about it is what I've heard from the Falcon 9 of commenters.

Here's an idea. Forward that IES email to me at tucsonweekly@tucsonlocalmedia.com, and it will be forwarded to me. I'll take a look at it. Maybe it's a terrific study, I don't know, but whenever someone says "Trust me," I'm hesitant to take them at their word without some confirmation.

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Posted by David Safier on 08/08/2017 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Beating Cancer How You Live

Yea, Barb. Keep fighting!

Posted by SonoranWinds on 08/08/2017 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Here's What a Skills-Based Curriculum Means In Finland

Again, it really boils down to teacher preparation and esteem for the profession of teaching. Finland's teachers are not paid particularly well but students flock to teaching preparation degrees (a masters degree is required!). The degree programs are selective and graduates are viewed as professionals not public sector employees.

"Teachers in Finland can choose their own teaching methods and materials. They are experts of their own work and they test their own pupils. I think this is also one of the reasons why teaching is such an attractive profession in Finland because teachers are working like academic experts with their own pupils in schools." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/justin-snide…

One result of intensive preparation for a professional position is this: an astounding 85-90% of teachers in Finland remain in the profession until retirement. Half of new teachers in the USA leave after 5 years.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 08/08/2017 at 10:28 AM

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