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Re: “Danehy

Thanks for that great analysis of where we are and how we got here. Trying to convince kids that it is cool to be smart is not easy!

27 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by zeeman on 06/22/2017 at 4:23 AM

Re: “Grand Glazed Opening

Gentrification at it's finest. I bet they rent the place for next to nothing.

0 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Abble on 06/21/2017 at 6:15 PM

Re: “Grand Glazed Opening

On that note it is really sad what is happening to Tucson neighborhoods because of drugs and crime. Crime and drugs? It's the old chicken or egg argument. I wish that our elected officials would shine the light on the problem and empower the Police to eradicate it.

What do they gain by ignoring it?

5 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Kathy E. on 06/21/2017 at 4:54 PM

Re: “Grand Glazed Opening


The stories a few officers I know have told me about that area are enough to keep anyone away. They have multiple stories of people stabbing and robbing strangers directly in front of them. Even the presence of a police officer is not enough to dissuade some of these junkies. It wasn't that long ago that the liquor store just west of that Circle K was busted for selling prepackaged free-base kits, no joke. Maybe Amy's is counting on the all those junkies having a sweet tooth and extra cash but a 24 hour business model in that area? Good luck. I hope none of their employees get hurt in the inevitable robberies. Adjusted for population density, this is one of the most dangerous spots in the entire city.

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by HumanBean on 06/21/2017 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Song of the Day: Billy Sedlmayr on Esther Phillips' Brilliant Take of 'Home is Where the Hatred Is.'

What a Difference a Day Makes is one of my favorite recordings. I was fortunate to see her in concert at Bridges Auditorium at Pomona College. What a power house and what a lost to her fans.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Hermi Cubillos on 06/21/2017 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Desert Ordeal

They need more people telling them not to come and we need border security that does not allow them to put themselves at risk. That would solve lots of problems. Instead bleeding hearts try to compartmentalize their thoughts and actions . This really doesn't serve anybody well.

3 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Nations Have Borders For Reasons on 06/21/2017 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Grand Glazed Opening

@rcmitchell - i used to buy gas at the Circle K next door but was harassed by panhandlers so much I found another station. I complained to the Circle K regional management who promised to get a security guard for that store but they never followed up.

No woman traveling solo should risk doing business anywhere in that area, including the "great" new Walmart store. Or maybe you need to open carry ... and I don't mean beer.

7 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by SonoranWinds on 06/21/2017 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Dems Ask Judge To Knock Indie Candidate from November City Council Ballot

Uh...the union is backing the democratic status quo. They need to get the account balances up on the pension plans first. Then they might allow some money to go to pothole repairs. How many motorcyclists must die first? No telling.

7 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Can Tucson Ever Change on 06/21/2017 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Dems Ask Judge To Knock Indie Candidate from November City Council Ballot

A firefighter is claiming he can raise money for legal representation? I find that hard to believe. Firefighters are the most aggressive organizers. The question should be why he's not getting help from his union.

11 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Steve M on 06/21/2017 at 9:02 AM

Re: “Farewell, Franzi

Emil was already a political legend when I first met him in 1991 on the Pima County Merit Commission. He was loud, profane, intense, and needle-sharp in his eyeballing of management or employee misdoings. Although we came from very different political backgrounds, we became buddies on the Commission because we both cared about employee's rights and management's need to see the job was done correctly. We became allies in decisions and respected each other. My proudest moment was when Emil was shouting at someone, and I asked him not to shout because it gave me a headache and made it hard to think. He quit shouting during the hearings. I will never forget Emil reaming out a deputy county attorney for claiming that a manager should not be held accountable for a mistake in a notice of action. He told that person that if a low-level employee had made such a bonehead mistake, the co. attorney would be after their hides in an instant. He wasn't going to let them get away with it. He was removed/replaced from the Commission by Ed Moore, six months after his term ended while Emil was in the middle of a particular hearing, part of a series, dealing with major mistakes made by the new county manager after the Republicans took control of the county. Emil was not subscribing to Moore's actions and was part of a unanimous commission supporting employees. Moore didn't like that, as he was to appear as a witness in some of the hearings. It was a problem for Moore's new appointee who had to read a thousand-page transcript of the hearing which was half-over, to be able to fill out the hearing, rather than start over. I still stayed in touch with Emil over the years after that time, and occasionally told him when we needed help to keep the Commission non-political. I will miss him.

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Posted by gcb1 on 06/21/2017 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Carpe Diem Charters Are Failing to Seize the Day, Or the Students

Excellent article in The Atlantic. Thanks for the link.

What a scandal it would be for students to be allowed to apply their per-pupil funding in a school where they might learn, as some students in Tucson do, that Cesar Chavez agreed with the formerly expressed opinions of Obama, Krugman, Greenwald and Sanders. Or that Dorothy Day, an icon of the left, was not "pro-choice." Or that they should think for themselves and try to discern the truth on every issue rather than swallowing every item in a party platform whole.

Lots of manipulations these days to try to "manufacture consent," distort the truth on issues, and / or mislead the voting public. Self-interested, serve-the-money-interests and win-the-election-by-pandering-to-an-ignorant-electorate behaviors are pervasive on both sides of the political spectrum as Lessig and others have taken the trouble to document.

The TRUTH remains something independent of the agendas of political parties and interest groups, including the charter lobby, and including the "Supporters of Public Schools" group, which can be observed locally actively producing misleading impressions about legislative initiatives they oppose and trying to suppress awareness of what conditions actually are in some of our largest public districts.

Think for a moment: what does this manipulative, dishonest behavior toward the electorate imply about what kind of citizens "Supporters of Public Schools" will be trying to produce in the "educational" institutions they champion? Will they ask these institutions to form citizens capable of self-directed research and critical thinking independent of a party line? Forgive me, Supporters of Public Schools, for answering that question honestly and saying it plainly: having observed your local operations for several years now, it seems to me very unlikely.

There's a reason why "Independent Schools" chose that name and that stance for themselves. In the final analysis, it may be the only stance that is capable of producing valid educational programs.

17 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Supporting Public Ed Means Abandoning TUSD on 06/21/2017 at 7:45 AM

Re: “Dems Ask Judge To Knock Indie Candidate from November City Council Ballot

Those Dems, all for free, fair, and transparent elections, until their power is threatened.

16 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by bslap on 06/21/2017 at 5:39 AM

Re: “Grand Glazed Opening

Unlike the very negative comment above, I think its great that they are improving this neighborhood with some creativity, entrepreneurship, and flavor. Good for them, will definitely try them out.

18 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by rcmitchell on 06/21/2017 at 1:36 AM

Re: “Dems Ask Judge To Knock Indie Candidate from November City Council Ballot

Let him run. Let him run.

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Posted by Let him run on 06/20/2017 at 8:20 PM

Re: “Grand Glazed Opening

They put it right in the middle of Methsville. A horrible location and an overpriced donut shop? What's the over under on them closing this location? 2 years?

9 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by HumanBean on 06/20/2017 at 7:17 PM

Re: “Dems Ask Judge To Knock Indie Candidate from November City Council Ballot

Political party has no place on a local election ballot, all it does is reinforce the power of the two gangs, as Jesse Ventura calls the, the Democripts and Rebloodicans.... Another sad day for Tucson...

13 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by HumanBean on 06/20/2017 at 7:15 PM

Re: “Carpe Diem Charters Are Failing to Seize the Day, Or the Students

That is no different than the the immigration debate. read what Obama said about it in 2005.

The truth shall set you free.

19 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Listen to what they say, but watch what they do on 06/20/2017 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Carpe Diem Charters Are Failing to Seize the Day, Or the Students

Note that the "likes" on a comment that tries to rally opposition to a legislative measure by providing completely inaccurate information about what that measure actually contains at this point exceed the dislikes. On a post which corrects the inaccuries and provides a link to valid information, the dislikes exceeds the likes.

Nicely sums up some of the potential problems with democratic forms of governance, doesn't it? Too bad the American public district schools which enroll over 80% of our population haven't yet been able to produce an electorate in this country where the majority is not ignorant or apathetic or both.

19 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Hurray for democracy. on 06/20/2017 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Carpe Diem Charters Are Failing to Seize the Day, Or the Students

I will add that glib promotions of the district and how "good" or "excellent" portions of it may be is extremely offensive to the thousands of TUSD parents who recently found by reading yet another expose-style report in the AZ Daily Star -- NOT by receiving notification from the district -- that our TUSD students had attended school for several years in facilities where there were unsafe levels of lead in the water dispensed by the drinking fountains.

Inexcusable. Stop promoting, stop defending this abomination. And for God's sake, stop blocking the exits. Let parents protect the well-being of their children by taking their per -pupil funding and applying it elsewhere.

19 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Supporting Public Ed Means Abandoning TUSD on 06/20/2017 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Carpe Diem Charters Are Failing to Seize the Day, Or the Students

A school SYSTEM, to be effective, needs to have a way of ensuring that most classrooms in most schools -- let's say an average of 90% at any given time -- are staffed with competent, effective teachers.

How many and what percent of TUSD classrooms are currently covered by uncertified, outsourced substitutes?

How many and what percent of TUSD classrooms are currently staffed with recently credentialed (within the last 3 years) teachers?

How do these numbers and percents of the total teaching force compare with the numbers and percents in every other local district?

Now: What is the percent of students in public schools in Pima County that are enrolled in TUSD?

What were the discipline and administrative problems at Secrist?

What have the problems with staffing the math / science program and maintaining Fine Arts magnet status been at Utterback?

You can point to examples of functionality here and there within TUSD, but functionality is not system wide. Identify the weaknesses, which are pervasive, and calculate what percent of students moving through the TUSD system are likely to receive excellent instruction in 90% of the classrooms to which they will be assigned K-12. Now disaggregate that percent for TUSD schools on the SW side vs. TUSD schools on the NE side. Now compare those disaggregated percents with the same figures for other local school districts.

Why are 85% of AZ students in public schools? Because not many people who live within the boundaries of low functioning school districts like TUSD have had the means to pay tuition and provide transportation to better alternatives. There are many parallels between TUSD and Trenton, Newark, Chicago, etc., and you can't change that by pure assertion to the contrary.

Pay attention to the problems, note that for decades many professionally informed and hard working advocates and administrators have tried and failed to clean up the mess that is TUSD. Stop lying to the public about the minuscule chances that any given student enrolled in a system as honeycombed with problems as TUSD will graduate from grade 12 with optimal development of their academic potential, and recognize that staying in touch with Board members in TUSD -- considering what those Board members are and what that collective Board is -- will not do any constituent one DAMN bit of good. You can watch the June 13 Board meeting from start to finish, if you have any doubt about it:

"We" cannot "do this." Nor can YOU and Ann Eve Pedersen and Jen Darland do it, with or without the help of the various gullible and poorly informed citizens you may be able to rally to your lost cause, people liable to become confused and disseminate false information like that in post #1 above. Too many "Supporters of Public Schools" have neither the TRUTH nor an understanding of WHAT SOUND EDUCATION ACTUALLY IS on their side. SOUND EDUCATION is NOT what is delivered to TOO MANY students in TOO MANY classrooms in TUSD, and you can't change that by happy-face, misleading PR and / or by hiring or retaining Stephanie Boe at $90K per year in a district where so many classrooms are manned by uncertified, long term subs making a fraction of Ms. Boe's salary, with no benefits.

If "Supporters of Public Ed" were responsible, they would stop promoting public policy that has the effect of destroying the lifeboats that get students off the sinking ship.

Want to prove me wrong, gcb1? Answer ALL of the questions asked above with actual data, actual facts. Look WHAT THIS DISTRICT ACTUALLY IS in the face and tell the public the TRUTH.

19 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Supporting Public Ed Means Abandoning TUSD on 06/20/2017 at 12:15 PM

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