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Re: “Everybody in Arizona Is For Education

As well as for everybody should be for peace in the world, everybody should perceive the best level of education. I think that people who have understood this simple truth in Arizona are very wise. These are the people who have realized the value of education and they can truly say that they are continuous learners. These people can inspire and motivate others to do so as well. I am sure that students and learners of Arizona will only benefit from the fact that they could use the http://bestofwriters.com/ for all of their educational endeavors.

Posted by Paulina Cameron on 01/17/2018 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Told You So: Gawker Names Arizona Worst State

Having lived in DeToilet (murder rate 2x Chicago) and lived in parts of Milwaukee where it is over 50% Afro-American and the murder rate is same as Chicago (Chicongo), considering that the murder rate in Phoenix is only 10, which is 1/4th DeToilet, yeah, you might want to rethink how bad life in AZ really is. Also, Flagstaff was noted, but the White Mountains, from Payson to Alpine, over 100 miles, is far better, including a ski resort with nearly 2,000 feet verticals. The authors ignorance is obvious, unless he likes murder and rape and all the other glorious activities common in SHITHOLES like DETROIT (and HAITI, etc.).

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Posted by OdinVonTogan on 01/17/2018 at 10:56 AM

Re: “Out of Bounds

In the world of comic books and super heroes "with great power comes great responsibility."

Unfortunately, in the real world with great power comes even greater stupidity.

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Posted by sgsmith on 01/16/2018 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Will Congress Find an Agreement That Protects the DREAMers From Deportation?

Whether or not the Dreamers receive protection sits squarely in the laps of Democrats. Not everyone is going to get everything they want out of this deal. It's called compromise. But, it's the Democrats that will be saying NO to the Dreamers if they walk away from the table over enhanced border security and other immigration reform.

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Posted by Truth on 01/16/2018 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Love Their Way

saw the furs in 1980, still have the set list. Quite amazing !

Posted by TimGrason on 01/16/2018 at 1:36 PM

Re: “All School Districts Are Not Created Equal in Ducey's Budget

...but while you're working on trying to get Harvard to give up some of its endowment to SUNY-Purchase, please DO keep shedding light on the inequities within the public system. You might even want to start calling performance-based funding "welfare for the rich." All this is very helpful in breaking down that false dichotomy between "public" and "private" and debunking the notion that tax-derived funds are somehow more appropriately (or equitably) applied in privileged "public district" schools like Fruchthendler (or any school in District 13) rather than in privileged charters like Basis or privileged privates like Castle Hill. Every sector of K-12 is shot through with inequities and in a society with an economic system (and higher education system) like ours, it will remain so. Take a look at "public" middle school and high school admissions in NYC some time if the local disparities are not stark enough for you and you want an even more depressing vision of what the "public" system in the U.S. really is.

Moral of the story is that fiddling with the superstructure when you can't change the base is setting yourself a never-ending whack-a-mole task: as soon as you hammer one down, another one pops up, because it's the structure of the system that creates the problem. Meanwhile, those who prefer to avoid Sisyphean tasks would be well advised to invest money and time where it counts: in their children, rather than in pointless advocacy with a broken public system. Put your child in the school that will best serve their needs, and in Arizona, apply tax credits or ESAs to the greatest extent possible. Higher ed at the institutions it will most benefit students to attend is more than $60K per year and it is highly unlikely that anyone is going to cut your kid a break on college costs. Merit aid scarcely exists and "need-based aid" at most institutions assumes parents should re-mortgage their homes at age 50+ and students should take on tens of thousands of dollars of debt. That's the reality, and the notion that anything can be forced to become "equitable" within this overall context is simply absurd.

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Posted by P.S. on extending the utopian project... on 01/16/2018 at 11:29 AM

Re: “All School Districts Are Not Created Equal in Ducey's Budget

Hey, David -- do Amherst and other schools in the Ivy League have larger endowments than other institutions of higher education? Do schools with larger endowments offer more need-based aid? Do some of them have financial aid policies that guarantee to meet student need without loading undergraduates up with tens of thousands of dollars of un-dismissable student loan debt? Why don't you work on that project, the project of equalizing higher ed: all colleges and universities should have the same resources, so that whether or not your K-12 education prepares you to get into one of the good ones does not make such a huge difference to your employment and professional school prospects and the extent to which you graduate from college indentured to the banking system.

Good luck with that. Until you accomplish it, you will not stop parents with resources investing them (or lobbying through their relationships and connections for public funds to be invested) in their children's K-12 schools.

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Posted by Extend the utopian project to higher ed, then do K-12. on 01/16/2018 at 9:48 AM

Re: “Un Gringo Chilango

Dan, a really insightful and interesting piece from someone who's always had a wonderful facility for writing and with words in general. I well remember how, as GoR frontman, you were able to manipulate huge crowds with consummate ease. What pleased me most about this essay was that you sounded more positive about life than I can remember for a long time. Mexico is obviously very good for you. See you over in Blighty ere too long, hopefully. Take care.

Posted by DAVID P on 01/16/2018 at 8:26 AM

Re: “All School Districts Are Not Created Equal in Ducey's Budget

Does this mean that Santa Rita High School is NOT under attack from Vail school district or Mr. Clodfelter's new proposal? In other words, Vail might have enough money to build that high school that it needs?

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 01/16/2018 at 7:35 AM

Re: “On Trump’s Watch, Another Surge of Unaccompanied Minors at The Border

Looks like Milton Friedman was right... open borders and welfare states are incompatible. For these younger folks, we seem to have open borders. And we are definitely a welfare state ( SNAP, Medicaid, rent subsidies, etc). Any serious estimate of what this costs the US and AZ taxpayers and future taxpayers ( debt) during the lifetime of these "visitors" ? It is difficult to make a living for drop outs of US schools, I imagine it is nearly impossible for a drop out of a Guatemalan schools. So they will become wards of the state. It's unfortunate that they don't care for their birth home, but there must be a limit to the US taxpayer generosity.

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Posted by bsinn on 01/16/2018 at 6:39 AM

Re: “All School Districts Are Not Created Equal in Ducey's Budget

Re. "All Schools Not Created Equal ... ", nothing is created equal and very little is fair. So what's an effective strategy for Tucson schools getting more than their share? How do we manipulate the system?

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Posted by DennyG on 01/16/2018 at 6:24 AM

Re: “Will Congress Find an Agreement That Protects the DREAMers From Deportation?

The raise act is dead. Congress is never going to cut immigration in half for any kid of compromise.

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Posted by Palisades on 01/15/2018 at 11:54 AM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A T. Watch: Immigration, Libel, Treason

Hey Trumpuppets! Agent Orange is just getting started with his Destroy America First Agenda. His primary order of business was to destroy everything that President Obama approved. This all came about after Obama embarrassed tRump at the White House Correspondence Dinner in April, 2011. Orange Orangutan Revenge is relentless. Now that Obama's presidential history has been eliminated it's time for Egomaniac Orange to go after his other pet peeves, undocumented workers, Illegal immigrants, Muslims, and anyone not of the Aryan Brotherhood. As a trade-off tRump made his deals with the Republicans in congress to go after their pet peeves after his were dealt with. The first was mutual, The Affordable Care Act,(that means Obama Care for you Trumparrots). Now The Great Orange Douche Bag has to help the Republicans cripple or destroy Social Security , Medicare, and Medicaid. These programs to help the poor and middle class have been a red hot Thorn in the Republican Party's brain since Franklin D. Roosevelt initiated their existence in the 1930's. The GIANT TAX OVERHAUL is the initial step for this objective. While the poor and middle class are given a pittance, the wealthy are dancing in the streets about their newly acquired wealth. The loss of REVENUE, 1.7 TRILLION DOLLARS over the next ten years will necessitate the reduction or elimination of many government programs. Donald the Damned will save 40 MILLION DOLLARS a year because of the legislation he signed into law. I have no sympathy for the people who voted for tRump once they realize he is eliminating their incomes and their medical options. If they are too ignorant or stupid to realize that the Republican agenda has been to eliminate Social Security and Medicare for 75 years then they have signed their own death warrants.

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Posted by Beneal Good on 01/15/2018 at 10:52 AM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A T. Watch: Immigration, Libel, Treason

Oh, the drama! "Trump wants to be judge, jury and executioner" - as does the press who take a reported offhand statement and report it as fact.

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Posted by bslap on 01/15/2018 at 6:41 AM

Re: “Governor, You're No Don Quixote.

Wayne Olsen, if education has plenty of money, why is Ducey promising more? You're a dumbass.

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Posted by Jonathan Martin on 01/14/2018 at 10:17 PM

Re: “The Skinny

"Chem trails", actually called contrails, have nothing to due with aircraft exhaust.
They are formed off the wings when cold, moist air travels over super cooled wings turning the moisture into ice crystals.

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Posted by Juan Valdez on 01/14/2018 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Will Congress Find an Agreement That Protects the DREAMers From Deportation?

Mandatory E-Verify has been the law in AZ since 2008, but the Gov refuses to enforce it.
When asked, his office said it is the responsibility of the county to enforce the state law. What a chump!

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Posted by Juan Valdez on 01/14/2018 at 9:04 PM

Re: “Will Congress Find an Agreement That Protects the DREAMers From Deportation?

Mandatory E-Verify plus RAISE Act reforms (i.e., end to visa lottery, end to chain migration, reduction in overall legal immigration) plus border security. That would be a decent deal for amnesty for Dreamers. Anything less is a snowjob, that the President should reject. In the meantime, the States should get about the business of having DACA thrown out as unconstitutional.

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Posted by Nathan K on 01/14/2018 at 6:04 PM

Re: “The Skinny

If the best Democrats have to offer is Sinema, theyre not gonna win. I'm one of those independents that need to be swayed, and if I want a Republican, I'll vote for a Republican. For example, just this week, on January 11, Sinema voted FOR the bill to reauthorize the mass surveillance state, giving the president sweeping powers of warrant-less invasions of Americans privacy. She and all the other Democrats and Republicans who voted for this travesty (I'm looking at you, McSally) need to be defeated if they run for reelection, and I certainly dont want Sinema rewarded by being given the nomination for the Senate.

If Democrats want my vote, they better come up with a clear alternative to the Arpaio/Ward/McSally option. I want someone who actually represents me and my loved ones, not someone whose only interest is enriching themselves and their cronies and taking away more of my rights and freedoms.

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Posted by blaze_mason on 01/14/2018 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Laughing Stock: Tucson Fringe, Top to Bottom

I believe the Festival PIN is $3.00. There are fun passes for different ways to enjoy the Fringe...ie two-show pass for $15 or a Sunday pass for $30. Of course, today is the last day...so go get the pin :)

Posted by Peppur Chambers on 01/14/2018 at 1:03 PM

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