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Re: “McCain: "I Cannot in Good Conscience Vote for Graham-Cassidy"

It's great to have our entire governmental system hinge on the fleeting whims of an old man with a Propecia addiction and a boner for Putin.

21 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Peabo on 09/22/2017 at 8:43 PM

Re: “Why Teachers Are Leaving (And New Teachers Aren't Replacing Them)

You talk about society turning against teachers, class sizes, performance testing -- but not the biggest problem in education today ... disengaged parents who demand that teachers do their jobs for them.

Parental responsibility - a necessary force in student education - is largely non existent today.

38 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Danehick Sux on 09/22/2017 at 6:23 PM

Re: “Grijalva Arrested Protesting Trump's Immigration Policies

A hero ain't nothing but a sandwich. And judging by the size of him, Raul the Fool could down a half dozen of them easy.

2 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by CW13 on 09/22/2017 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Grijalva Arrested Protesting Trump's Immigration Policies

Raul Grijalva is a hero! He not only talks the talk, he walks the walk. In this case, he sits-in.
He offers up his own comforts for the betterment of others.
He is the most selfless, brave, committed person in politics.

9 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by jazzzzz on 09/22/2017 at 2:09 PM

Re: “McCain: "I Cannot in Good Conscience Vote for Graham-Cassidy"

I didn't know McCain had a conscience.

13 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by CW13 on 09/22/2017 at 1:38 PM

Re: “McCain: "I Cannot in Good Conscience Vote for Graham-Cassidy"

It's great to have our entire governmental system hinge on the fleeting whims of an old man with brain cancer.

10 likes, 34 dislikes
Posted by Nathan K on 09/22/2017 at 1:13 PM

Re: “McCain: "I Cannot in Good Conscience Vote for Graham-Cassidy"

The bill was a disaster. Thank you, Senator McCain.

39 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Peabo on 09/22/2017 at 11:53 AM

Re: “McCain: "I Cannot in Good Conscience Vote for Graham-Cassidy"

When Obamacare implodes and many, many, many lose coverage (not just for pre-existing conditions), I want to see who still applauds McCain as a hero. Making health insurance a state-level issue would have better served people as a one-size-fits-all policy fits the population about as well as a garment of the same description. Be very careful what you wish for; you just might get it.

7 likes, 43 dislikes
Posted by realist on 09/22/2017 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Grijalva Arrested Protesting Trump's Immigration Policies

Grijalva, Gutierrez, etc. are motivated by one concern - increasing the number of their co-ethnics in this country to increase the voting power of their ethnic group. In no sense do they work for the good of the nation as a whole. They are tribal leaders who work to advance the interests of their tribe, and they are explicit about this.

3 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Nathan K on 09/22/2017 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Grijalva Arrested Protesting Trump's Immigration Policies

Dream on.

4 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Wayne Olson on 09/22/2017 at 9:44 AM

Re: “New TSO Director Kicks Off A New Season

Shouldn't the first sentence read "... opens its 2017/2018 season...? And where will the concerts be held?

Thank you for for the public notice of this classical concert.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Stephen M. Zumbo on 09/22/2017 at 6:34 AM

Re: “Grijalva Arrested Protesting Trump's Immigration Policies

Raul Grijalva is a man of principle. Those who vilify him apparently do not understand that the American Revolution and its resulting Constitution and later the Bill of Rights were reactions against government that was inhumane and no at all considerate of human values and their protections.

Is it disorderly conduct to participate in a demonstration against government policy? No. Is is "Disorderly Conduct" to disrupt traffic by sitting down in a road and hold a sign. Where does free expression and "order" intersect is a question for the courts based on a case to case basis in many instances.

I, as a newly cognoscente democrat, dropping my Republican affiliation a few years back, do not agree with Raul all the time, but admire the direction in which he leads. Staying aware of our freedoms and the direction in which the Trump Republicans would lead often needs to be highlighted with action.. Which action and participation is an individual choice and this action on his part shows he is both compassionate, and hints he is aware of what appears to be a major breach of the emoluments clause of the Consitution.

9 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by C. H. Mara on 09/21/2017 at 5:15 PM

Re: “A Little Late To the 'Patriotically Correct' Party

It is not correct to say that Trump is a white supremacist because it is simply a thing that is not true and there is no evidence to support it. It is irrelevant whether some of the people who supported Trump are themselves racist assholes. I am sure there are some racist assholes who enjoy ice cream but I'm not going to stop eating ice cream in some brain damage delusion that it is racist somehow. So the backlash against the woman who said that Trump is a white supremacist is totally warranted and doesn't actually go far enough because she still has a job and you cannot be allowed to get away with committing slander or libel against people. Whether or not somebody is a white supremacist is not an opinion. Just like it is not an opinion whether stop signs are red or not. Either you are or you are not.

The backlash against the Dixie Chicks was unwarranted. That was one singer expressing her legitimate opinion. Whether or not you agree with that opinion, she is still entitled to have that opinion. It would be wonderful if media and the far left and right wings could ever grasp the difference between a fact and an opinion. Unfortunately critical thinking is no longer taught.

2 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Owen Thomas on 09/21/2017 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Grijalva Arrested Protesting Trump's Immigration Policies

Raul the Fool strikes again. If he would work half as hard for Arizona as he does for Mexico, we'd all be better off.

6 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by CW13 on 09/21/2017 at 11:11 AM

Re: “Grijalva Arrested Protesting Trump's Immigration Policies

I'm not always his biggest fan, but at least he has the cojones to stand up for what's right and not listen to whining, semi-literate white trash
.

10 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by DeDe Johnson on 09/21/2017 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Looking at Tucson Unified's AzMERIT Scores: Another Approach

Yes, since the methods proposed already cannot get at what the public SHOULD be holding elected officials accountable for, by all means throw in a set of data generated by school systems hundreds of miles away about which we have no relevant knowledge of conditions on the ground.

Leaving aside the fact that they use different testing instruments, so no comparison to AZ Merit results can be made, there will be differences in the quality of teacher preparation programs available in publicly funded universities in CA and AZ, differences in teacher salary levels and benefits packages, a different legislative history relating to schools and school funding, different laws and policies about Spanish language instruction, different laws and policies on immigration and different local-level decisions about immigration enforcement, just to name a few of the variables that would make an AZ-CA comparison apples-to-rhinoceroses, not apples-to-apples.

Some education commenters give the impression that they would rather waste their time on any amateur at-home attempt to make "data analysis" into something that it is not rather than stepping into the difficult and unpleasant reality of what conditions are on the sites and in some of the public governance operations. I hadn't checked the news on TUSD for some months, but after reading this BS blog piece and some of the BS comments in this stream, I read a few recent pieces in the Star and on the Three Sonorans (TSON) website. What a complete surprise: the TUSD Governing Board is a chaotic mess of discord, backbiting, mutual sabotage and mismanagement, as usual. Not at all what is needed to improve the quality of decision making about funding allocations and policy in the district.

You think poverty causes low test scores, David? Watch a TUSD Board meeting some time and see if you think the constructive management of a school system enrolling close to 50,000 students could ever come out of that ongoing train wreck. Instead of wasting days on data analysis, pick up the phone and call the Board members whose candidacies you endorsed. Give them some constructive advice about what it means to be a responsible public servant -- if YOU know what it means, which I often doubt.

3 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Still not the kind of analysis needed... on 09/21/2017 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Looking at Tucson Unified's AzMERIT Scores: Another Approach

It occurs to me that David should also look at school districts in California, which are demographically similar to Arizona districts (in terms of ethnic mix and family income), but in which per pupil spending is much higher. That would be an interesting comparison.

0 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Nathan K on 09/21/2017 at 8:49 AM

Re: “New TV Ad Asks McCain To Stop Latest GOP Healthcare Disaster

bslap I wonder if you walk your own talk. If you were in a hurricane, would you reject government aid? An earthquake? Do you not use highways or the post office or the telephone system or the internet--all examples of projects either paid for or started by government...? If there is a run on the banks will you allow your deposits to be eaten up? Because that insurance on your deposit is a federal program, and with rhetoric like yours, you damned well better not use it.

That is right, the health care in this country, one of the richest in the world WAS a disaster 6 years ago. And, by the way, the bill also erases Planned Parenthood, which is used by women (you know, that 52% of the population whose plumbing needs regular maintenance?) for basic health care far more than for abortions, which are never paid for anyway by the feds. It is a disastrous bill that will give the state a huge amount of money to sweep and use as they wish, as they have done with so many other designated funds. Oh! Thats it! Maybe you are or are related to one of our illustrious legislators, and looking for a sweet stack of new FEDERAL cash to spend at the state level on corporate giveaways?

9 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 09/21/2017 at 7:56 AM

Re: “New TV Ad Asks McCain To Stop Latest GOP Healthcare Disaster

McCain can't be persuaded by constituent pressure... but some mining companies say he can be persuaded by cash donations...

8 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Cascabel on 09/21/2017 at 7:51 AM

Re: “A Little Late To the 'Patriotically Correct' Party

Totally agree. Left and right both suppress speech and ideas that they disagree with by attacking the messenger.

3 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by bslap on 09/21/2017 at 6:25 AM

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