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Re: “AP: McSally Urges Colleagues To Vote for This 'Fucking Thing,' aka Zombie Trumpcare

@David Sahadi:

Charming. Your mother will be so proud when she reads your comment.

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Posted by Miss Manners on 05/06/2017 at 8:14 AM

Re: “AP: McSally Urges Colleagues To Vote for This 'Fucking Thing,' aka Zombie Trumpcare

I am pleased that Colonel McSally voted for the AHCA.

Obamacare is a failing bureaucratic mess, its mandates and discriminatory taxes are intolerable to me, and I want more choices in what I need in my healthcare insurance. Pregnancy/maternity care and "free" contraception coverage are not among my needs.

Best, James Stewart

james.stewart@umuc.edu
profjstewart@gmail.com

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Posted by James Stewart on 05/06/2017 at 8:02 AM

Re: “AP: McSally Urges Colleagues To Vote for This 'Fucking Thing,' aka Zombie Trumpcare

Take your religious BS and cram it.

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Posted by Hard Off needs a little more than a bitch slap on 05/06/2017 at 7:34 AM

Re: “Cannabis: A conflict in cash

Well reading and tripping/medicating good article going down memory lane.. prop-205 it stunk in so many ways the composting is taking a long time.
Alcohol prohibition, When the federal government realized it could not pass a law that stopped fermentation. However lets take a look at the power behind the 18th and the 21st amendment. Both were the same group of wealthy women. The "Womens Christian Temperance Union" (WCTU) Women like Pauline Sabin who some say was the voice behind the repeal of he 18th amendment and the Volstead act. Pauline Sabin Wife of a investment brokerage banker her father a Bank President. Can we ponder how we might apply that today? Can you say Ivanka if she wants to become a political figure in the future her stand is more important now than ever. As well as McSally's in a very Blue county and town.

It appears that what is needed is a amendment to repeal the schedule one. Is there really any target left but that repeal of schedule 1. We can list the social inequities the the medical indifference the judicial misconduct. All of those are firmly in place with Schedule 1. I believe the solution to the repeal or a amendment doing so can be done with Women. Women dont need any more burden put on them raising families and paying all the indirect of the War on drugs.

There will be no quasi legalization of Marijuana in Arizona that does not include decriminalization. There will be no more" heads I win tails you" lose propositions like 205. Let me sand only us few in the market and go ahead and still over prosecute and seize. Which that power has been severely curtailed by this legislature.

With the repeal of Schedule One great things will rain like tasty goodies from a Pinata.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 05/05/2017 at 10:09 PM

Re: “Back When Arizonans Cared About Public Education, and Were Willing to Fight For Their Initiative Rights

Why do people who believe more money is not ther answer to better education, believe that less money is?

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Posted by Vietnam Vet on 05/05/2017 at 10:06 PM

Re: “AP: McSally Urges Colleagues To Vote for This 'Fucking Thing,' aka Zombie Trumpcare

Waiting for someone to explain how the billions of tax breaks for the top 2% benefit anyone in Tucson. McSally voted for a huge tax cut for no one she represents. This bill had very little to do with health care, except taking it away from, mostly, Trump supporters. Fortunately, it does not have a snowflake in Hell's chance of becoming law.

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Posted by Vietnam Vet on 05/05/2017 at 9:54 PM

Re: “AP: McSally Urges Colleagues To Vote for This 'Fucking Thing,' aka Zombie Trumpcare

Religions tell us to care for each. That doesn't mean having the government do it for you. That means us. Demanding that the government confiscate money from the successful to fund our needs is not caring for each. It just lets people off the hook from really doing what the Bible tells US to do. Care for each other.

You only need to look to the VA to see the government kills our own troops the way they dispense health care. I feel safer taking my chances at being self sufficient. I don't want to burden others with my problems.

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Posted by Hard Work Pays Off on 05/05/2017 at 9:29 PM

Re: “Got a Bachelor's Degree? There May Be a Public School Teaching Job Waiting For You.

I once heard of an Episcopal school where a woman who had connections to the local Episcopal establishment got a job as a primary grade teacher though she had no degree in education, no teaching experience, and her primary previous work experience was reputed to be as a stewardess for an airline. No doubt there's nothing more required in teaching children to read than the kinds of skills used to serve beverages and snacks and keep passengers docile on an airplane.

(If you're not picking up in the sarcasm, you know very little about reading instruction, primary methods, or pedagogy.)

The kinds of abuses that have taken place and continue to take place in private and parochial schools -- e.g. hiring unqualified or underqualified relatives and friends of people in the network -- may have passed muster with people more concerned about whether other parents were members of the same country club than whether sound methods were used in their child's classroom, but they shouldn't be allowed to continue in any school, public or private, any more than we should return to the days, to use a medical analogy, before uniformly sterile procedures were used in operating rooms.

How about if, in authorizing the use of public funds in private schools, we raised credentialing standards in private schools instead of lowering them in public schools? What a concept. But it would never fly in a state like Arizona.

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Posted by How about using public funds to the bar rather than lowering it? on 05/05/2017 at 6:26 PM

Re: “AP: McSally Urges Colleagues To Vote for This 'Fucking Thing,' aka Zombie Trumpcare

Thank you for writing what you did, Hard Work. But now I'm even more confused.

Wouldn't it be better for you and your family to not have to struggle so hard? Why does anyone have to "earn" health care? No one should have to work 3 jobs to be able to live a decent life.

To me, "government" and "taxpayers" are human beings deciding that other human beings (all of us) deserve to be taken care of. Don't the major religions all talk about caring for our neighbors? This is what I want my taxes spent on!

EVERY OTHER civilized country provides some form of health care to their people. The president just praised the Australian system, where everyone has health care and prescription prices are controlled.

The system we have isn't working AND it's expensive. We have relatively high infant mortality. We have lots of bankruptcies from health care bills. Our life spans are getting shorter.

Why not -- as a nation -- take care of each other? If you are not heartless, then what stops you from opening your heart to this possibility? We as a country are so rich, and so talented -- of course we can make this happen. What could possibly be your objection to that? There's plenty of money. We're just not spending it in the right places.

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Posted by blaze_mason on 05/05/2017 at 3:43 PM

Re: “The Weekly List: 15 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 Days

Why put a band you obviously hate (Handsome Ghost) on your to do list?? Seems so childish and rude to a band trying to make it in a very cutthroat world.

Posted by Luke on 05/05/2017 at 3:35 PM

Re: “Rosemont Mine Put on Hold By Hudbay Minerals

Rosemont should be mined with underground technology not open pit. Rosemont needs a new owner with a better idea of how to mine this deposit. Take a technology lesson from the coal industry or just call Caterpillar they will send remote controlled equipment that will harvest, process and put what is left back where it came from with very little disturbance of the surface. Copper prices being what they are this is a non issue. There is no demand increase on the horizon.

Posted by Donald Hock on 05/05/2017 at 3:31 PM

Re: “AP: McSally Urges Colleagues To Vote for This 'Fucking Thing,' aka Zombie Trumpcare

Sorry blaze_mason but I have diabetes. I have birth defects and crippling disease in my family. I have worked three jobs to pay for what I felt was a priority. But I never expected the government or taxpayers to financially support me.

You have gotten yourself caught up in the hatred and negativity that surfaced during the election.

Thanks for calling me heartless. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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Posted by Hard Work Pays Off on 05/05/2017 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Got a Bachelor's Degree? There May Be a Public School Teaching Job Waiting For You.

Private & parochial schools have often considered subject knowledge (not always even with a degree) as a reason to assign teachers to classrooms. There's plenty of evidence of success. For several years in the 1980s an anthropology graduate led Tucson students in state Latin competitions, and in summer took groups to Italy. She taught at a small, inexpensive parochial school - not an elite private school.

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Posted by Phild on 05/05/2017 at 1:59 PM

Re: “AP: McSally Urges Colleagues To Vote for This 'Fucking Thing,' aka Zombie Trumpcare

This woman needs to go... we need someone in office who has a backbone and not just a filthy mouth.... remember this when it is time to vote her OUT....

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Posted by Zumba Girl on 05/05/2017 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Got a Bachelor's Degree? There May Be a Public School Teaching Job Waiting For You.

Response to Remedy:

You miss the subtlety of my concern about testing. Testing is the only way we have of measuring academic gains so we have to refer to it to gain a sense of how the system is working.

However, knowing how well you are doing is different than making test scores the centerpiece of your culture as a school. In 7 years of chairing a school board, I very seldom mentioned test scores and for four of those years, didn't even have test scores as a part of our performance system. However, I did talk about quality with almost every single breath and we ended up with very high academic gain scores. The very highest quality is what gets you high academic gain scores. Quality is motivated teachers, motivated students and engaged parents. Focusing on test scores helps none of these.

However, repeatedly low academic gain scores is a sign that quality is missing. Look closely beneath the hood and you commonly find a system extremely focused on test scores.

You are right that teaching at its best is an extraordinary skill and that most teachers recognize that education culture as it is can not deliver an environment that will enable them to be their best and they leave, not because of pay but because a lack of job satisfaction.

We have over 1,000 school board members in this state and over 200 superintendents. How many them, right from memory, could tell you the percentage of teachers rating their schools an excellent place to work and be accurate to within 30 percentile points? My guess - less than ten. I have performed that pop quiz numerous times.

The system won't deliver to teachers what they desperately want and need - excellent support in the classroom.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 05/05/2017 at 11:35 AM

Re: “AP: McSally Urges Colleagues To Vote for This 'Fucking Thing,' aka Zombie Trumpcare

It's a losing argument when you try to make republicans feel bad for their selfish, inhumane way of thinking. Their mantra is "I got mine, screw you!"

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Posted by Fishfry on 05/05/2017 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Got a Bachelor's Degree? There May Be a Public School Teaching Job Waiting For You.

Indeed, as I have stated elsewhere, this is just the bill suggested by HT Sanchez and Graham-Keegan in the Daily Star some time last year. Don't be fooled--that doesn't make it non-partisan: Sanchez was told by the Board majority that although he was a Republican in Texas he would have to re-register as a Democrat here.....which it seems he never did,(register, that is), or at least he didn't show up on the rolls, despite how often he showed up in the state house to tell them how to educate our kids. This idea was one of his worst, in my mind. As a once- landscaper, I know exactly how respected one feels when the people who hire you are all sure they can do the job better than you can, and that is the sentiment expressed here. Yeah, sure, excite 38 kids all together in a classroom about learning? And then get them to advance and satisfy expectations for the high stakes standardized testing at the end of the semester? Easy. Right? Everyone who thinks that ought to have to do it (but my child will not be available for your experiment). Will Basis be hiring those teachers, Freuchtendler, Sahuaro or UHS? Its just another nail in the coffin of a profession that should be honored and paid above all others, for it is creating and tending the future.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 05/05/2017 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Do Arizona Republicans Want to (a) Dismantle; (b) Damage; (c) Degrade; and/or (d) Devalue Public Education?

Did Southern Arizona Democrats want to degrade the quality of services offered in the largest public school district in the region, which serves just under 50,000 students?

Probably not, but that is exactly what they did when they had rock-solid majority control of the TUSD Board 2012-2016. Though I've been a voting, donating, volunteering Democrat in this state and other states, the degraded spectacle of TUSD 2012-2016 will prevent me from voting for, donating to, or volunteering in support of any AZ gubernatorial or legislative candidate that endorsed members of the 2012-2016 TUSD Board majority.

Until the Democratic party stops excusing and enabling the mess that is TUSD, their policy agenda of restricting the use of public funds available for K-12 education to the public district system will be irresponsible and discriminatory, one that, if implemented, would lock minority and lower SES families into "educational" institutions that do not meet their needs. (And no, for the millionth time, increasing funding to TUSD is not all that is needed to improve services to its low-SES students. Anyone who doubts that should take a close look at what was done with Title 1, desegregation, 301 and 123 funds 2012-2016.)

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Posted by Local Democrats have done their share to "degrade" public ed. on 05/05/2017 at 9:58 AM

Re: “AP: McSally Urges Colleagues To Vote for This 'Fucking Thing,' aka Zombie Trumpcare

To those who are talking about "free stuff" and getting a better "work ethic" and "envy" about rich people -- you are completely out of line.

Don't you know anyone who has diabetes or cancer? Don't you know anyone who works a couple of part-time jobs to make ends meet and gets no benefits from either one? Don't you know anyone whose child was born with a birth defect? Your heartlessness and lack of compassion are appalling. People will die if Trumpcare becomes law.

This bill takes money directly from poor and working people and gives it to the extremely rich, who don't need it at all. Why you would applaud such a move -- which will eventually affect you and the people you love -- is bewildering to me.

You want to make America "great"? Let's join the civilized world and do what every other developed country does (and many not so developed) and take care of each other. There's plenty of money in the United States. We just spend it on the wrong stuff, like trips to golf resorts, multimillion-dollar bombs, and tax breaks for billionaires.

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Posted by blaze_mason on 05/05/2017 at 9:52 AM

Re: “AP: McSally Urges Colleagues To Vote for This 'Fucking Thing,' aka Zombie Trumpcare

McSally has found a comfortable spot on Trumps lap.

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Posted by ronko on 05/05/2017 at 9:02 AM

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