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Re: “The Skinny

Yeah that Grijalva endorsement carries a ton of weight. Using tax payer money to pay off harrassed employee makes him a real slug. Pay the money back and resign because he is the swamp.

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Posted by Jonathon K on 11/30/2017 at 6:36 AM

Re: “Tucsonans Travel to D.C. To Argue Against the Republican Tax Bill

I bet they didn't because Ralph was on a double date with Al Franken. Hillary lost folks. Crawl back under a rock.

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Posted by Jonathon K on 11/29/2017 at 9:48 PM

Re: “Tucsonans Travel to D.C. To Argue Against the Republican Tax Bill

Sounds like a fun trip. Did you guys have time to do any day drinking with Rep. Grijalva?

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Posted by Nathan K on 11/29/2017 at 8:29 PM

Re: “$59 Million Can Focus the Mind, Even If You're Facebook

Just another freedom outlawed by unelected, unaccountable entities. That violates the USC. Does anybody care anymore?

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Posted by Long Term Plan on 11/29/2017 at 4:52 PM

Re: “$59 Million Can Focus the Mind, Even If You're Facebook

Some reminders.

- "Hate speech" is a null concept, which does not exist under first amendment law. It is also an incredibly dangerous concept if you support a free marketplace of ideas and honest, open debate. In Europe, for example, critics of open immigration are regularly subject to criminal sanctions. Free speech, both as a legal concept and as a culture, is about protecting unpopular speech. Popular speech doesn't require protection.

- Facebook already engages in censorship of legal content. So do Twitter and YouTube. Google has already admitted to suppressing alleged "fake news" stories from search results. Just this week, Gabby Giffords' organization called for Cody Wilson's Ghost Gunner website to be banned from the internet. This is all wrong, and we should be thinking about how to stop it, particularly now, when "net neutrality" is in the news. I'm not sure why I should care about telecom companies interfering in the free and open internet when Silicon Valley is going to do that anyway.

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Posted by Nathan K on 11/29/2017 at 3:20 PM

Re: “$59 Million Can Focus the Mind, Even If You're Facebook

Ve have vays of making you not talk.
Seriously, if you don't like what people say, ignore it. If you're smart, stay off Facebook.

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Posted by bslap on 11/29/2017 at 6:18 AM

Re: “Cutting Teacher Compensation and School Funding in Wisconsin

I re-read a few of Diane Ravitch's anti-privatization articles in the New York Review of Books, trying once again to give the "anti-privatization" camp's arguments a fair hearing.

Here are some representative quotes:

***"The motives for the privatization movement are various. Some privatizers have an ideological commitment to free-market capitalism; they decry public schools as 'government schools,' hobbled by unions and bureaucracy. Some are certain that schools need to be run like businesses, and that people with business experience can manage schools far better than educators. Others have a profit motive, and they hope to make money in the burgeoning 'education industry.' The adherents of the business approach oppose unions and tenure, preferring employees without any adequate job protection and merit pay tied to test scores. They never say, 'We want to privatize public schools.' They say, 'We want to save poor children from failing schools.'"

***"Most of those who support privatization are political conservatives."

***"Privatization divides communities and diminishes commitment to that which we call the common good."

When, as David Safier has pointed out in previous posts, the largest beneficiary of voucher policy in this region (and, I would add, in other regions as well) is a well-established, non-profit, academically viable network of schools that has been one of the strongest and most effective promoters of commitment to the COMMON GOOD, compassion for the disadvantaged, and support of social welfare programs, the above quotes look misleading and disingenuous at best. You cannot provide a fair analysis of the so-called "PRIVATIZATION" movement in education, which includes vouchers that attempt to eliminate economic discrimination against taxpayers utilizing Catholic schools, without even referring to the Catholic school system, its values, and its characteristics in your analysis.

Here are some quotes from (female) graduates of one of the many academically excellent Jesuit institutions in this country:

" me feel that I have some large obligation to help those less fortunate than I. I am currently teaching physics to inner city kids in Baton Rouge."

"I am a much more socially concerned person than I might have been if I had gone to another school...I have chosen a career that many question because of the salary I'll receive, teaching. Many can not comprehend my motivation, which is a desire to help others, particularly children."

"I am currently an Assistant District Attorney...and I feel my commitment to public service started with my family, but was enhanced by my time [as a student at a Jesuit school]."

"The Jesuit idea of service, along with my past experiences with my family and my work at the soup kitchen, influenced me deeply. My first job after school was as a community organizer in a Hispanic, impoverished neighborhood near my home. I am now studying to be a teacher and hope to teach in the inner city."

"I think [the Jesuit school I attended] did an excellent job in preparing me, both academically and socially, for medical school and ultimately for becoming an educated, compassionate physician."

So no, Diane Ravitch et al., the voucher component of the evil PRIVATIZATION campaign you rail against does not necessarily "diminish commitment to that which we call the common good." If the schools which inspired the above expressions from graduates had received public funding, it could easily be said that this particular application of public funding BUILT commitment to the common good rather than diminishing it. The way Ravitch and her followers refuse to include discussion of -- or even to acknowledge the existence of -- the Catholic community's significant, ongoing contribution to serving THE COMMON GOOD and, at several key points in American history, INCREASING support for unions and liberal economic and social policy raises some large and troubling questions about the motives for and quality of their analysis of the American education scene. Public support of Catholic schools through vouchers is a separate policy issue from other policy initiatives that some try to chain it to: e.g., de-funding, union busting initiatives and punitive testing in public schools. There are certainly conservative politicians who have attended Catholic schools who choose to set aside whatever they may have learned about the common good (Paul Ryan comes to mind), but there are also many distinguished liberal politicians whose Catholic schooling form part of the basis for their liberal social and economic policy: Tip ONeill. Joe Biden. Tim Kaine. Catholic school graduates who didn't, a la Paul Ryan, later discard what they had learned at school in favor of devotion to Friedman, Hayek, and Ayn Rand are among the strongest supporters of universal education, concern for the poor, and adequate funding for schools.

(Cf. Ryan being asked, by a nun, to explain his conspicuous departures from the Churchs social teachings. His response is not persuasive to anyone who has read and understood the social encyclicals)

Bottom line: What's divisive and crippling to building the strongest possible base behind liberal economic policy is not voucher initiatives, but the bigoted assumption that it is only PUBLIC DISTRICT SCHOOLS that can properly build support of THE COMMON GOOD. For the past year it has been painful to watch the "left's" bungling. Their misguided self-righteous, secularist identity politics and false analyses of a complex and pluralistic American education scene are disastrous in a context where worker rights are swiftly and effectively being mowed down by a unified, well-organized, extremely well funded group of libertarian corporatists. Meanwhile, the left, in the school funding policy it promotes, makes enemies of those who could be its strongest allies, disastrously laming the labor-supportive economic agenda they say they are trying to save.


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Posted by Try more accurately identifying enemies and allies. on 11/27/2017 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Shifting Gears

Huckleberry has a plan. Now I know we're screwed.

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Posted by CW13 on 11/27/2017 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Editor's Note

And I'm thankful your still contributing to "this rag"!

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Posted by Paul Durham on 11/26/2017 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Cutting Teacher Compensation and School Funding in Wisconsin

"Hmmm, it appears that Mr. Kulp from WI uses the same debate methodology as 45 which includes: 'who says?', 'make me', and 'so what?'"

I think I detected a fair number of facts in Mr. Kulp's comments along with the spice of a little snark.

Maybe the fact base applies to 45 also.

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Posted by on 11/25/2017 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Cutting Teacher Compensation and School Funding in Wisconsin

Hmmm, it appears that Mr. Kulp from WI uses the same debate methology as 45 which includes: 'who says?', 'make me', and 'so what?'

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Posted by CatAZ on 11/25/2017 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Arizona Republicans To Parents: We’ll Pay You To Take Your Children Out Of School

Arizona makes you fill out a lengthy & tedious expense report. You dont get PAID for anything. You are NOT ALLOWED to buy supplies like pens and paper. You can't hire just anyone and certified people scam funds by requesting crazy rates. For example, a guitar teacher for music who has the credentials they ask for will cost up to $100 a half hour. I could get someone for $20 an hour that could teach guitar without special certification. NO WAY, even without my child being medically fragile would I EVER let him attend the immigrant flooded dumbed down schools of this state. My parents moved to the best area when I was a child and I was done with my days school work in 10 minutes every day. The Teacher had me correcting all the papers and doing her job at 9 years old. Arizona public schools are garbage. They do not follow other states for teacher certification and the salaries are as low as well.

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Posted by Paris Hills on 11/25/2017 at 1:23 PM

Re: “Arizona Republicans To Parents: We’ll Pay You To Take Your Children Out Of School

What the hell are you talking about??? Arizona makes people fill out an expense report that is long and tedious. I CANT EVEN GET PENS AND PAPER from the allowance they give. They don't just hand out checks. Stupid

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Posted by Paris Hills on 11/25/2017 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Guest Opinion

While I agree with most of the points made, Hank glosses over some of the key issues. Our elected leadership has deliberately, irresponsibly, and unsustainably cut taxes every year since 1992. This has led us to an annual fiscal crisis. Our legislature lacking the guts to do the obvious have resorted to gimmicks, fund raids and other "tricks" to make things look nice. It is a sham and needs to be called out.
With regard to his notion that we should consider bed, tourist and related tax increases to fund our schools, I would suggest that it is our job and our responsibility to educate our kids. Tourists and so forth can be part of the solution but the root cause of the issue is that we have been unwilling to tax ourselves appropriately to educate our kids.
Two thoughts in passing, Public education is a constitutional responsibility; by continuing this fiscal madness of annual tax cuts we are giving our kids a huge debt without the resources to meet it.
Bottom line: we need to raise taxes, we need to do it now, we need to raise income and property taxes (they are among the lowest in the nation) and, yes Hank, we need to make sure the legislature can't sweep them.

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Posted by Michael S. Ellegood on 11/24/2017 at 6:32 PM

Re: “The 'Freedom Center's' High School Course Is On Shaky Ground at TUSD

"notably omitting Keynesian economics "

Maybe omitting Keynesian economics is akin to omitting Marxian economics. Would you want them to include a lesson on Marxian economics? We could have a session on income inequality in North Korea. Some NK's get 2000 calories a day, others get 200. Some NK's have running water, others don't. Some have electricity, most don't. Some have 12 inch long parasitic gut worms (the guard who was shot while running to freedom), others only 2 inches long.

Maybe we could include Cuba which has a legal maximum on the amount you can earn, a grand $20 per month. The workers paradise.

The left is so intellectually corrupt, that they demand our children be educated in defunct theories of economics, let's include them all.

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Posted by on 11/24/2017 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Danehy

Tom bragging about himself and family again, I guess it follows that his wife married way way down, LOL, and then the name calling, yawn. I agree, the budget overrides failing was too bad. Best of luck going forward to the WEEKLY

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Posted by Mark Robert Heywood on 11/24/2017 at 3:23 PM

Re: “Paltry Politicians

Talk about a disgusting violation of equal protection and a subsidy to Big Pharma (if not Big Alcohol)!
If and when I need to fill a run-of-the-mill prescription at my neighborhood drugstore I don't have to go running to the state for "permission" or pay the almighty state for a license. I just hand the doctor's scribblings to my local pharmacist, pay for the med, and walk out the door. Period.
The legal pretext that the state needs even more taxes/fees to fund the "regulation" of dispensaries sounds like so much common law legalism _designed_ to pass judicial review (the "rational basis" test). The state's need for some token fee may be true at an elementary level, but the near-prohibitive _premium_ to purchase these permits sure sounds like those in need are getting screwed by the closet prohibitionists in Phoenix who demand exorbitant fees for the "privilege" of accessing one's treatment drug of choice. I wonder how many of these crypto-prohibitionists receive electioneering funding from pro-Big Pharma, pro-Big Alcohol and Pro-Law Enforcement PAC's.
To quote J.J. Gittes, "Follow the money...."
Be well.

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Posted by socrates2 on 11/24/2017 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Danehy

It is terrible that you are name calling and slandering those poor ranchers including the man shot to death by police.

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Posted by Farmrdave Farmrdave on 11/23/2017 at 10:49 PM

Re: “Cutting Teacher Compensation and School Funding in Wisconsin

Let's look at both 2011 and 2015 8th grade math data to examine two questions. 1) Does the higher spending by Wisconsin give them an advantage over Arizona? 2) Did Wisconsin score different in 2015 than they did in 2011?

The National Assessment of Educational Progress is the Gold standard by which such questions are answered.

Arizona Whites, Blacks, and Hispanics outscored Wisconsin Whites, Blacks and Hispanics and the differences were statistically significant for all but the White scores. So, no, their higher spending doesn't give them an advantage over us.

Wisconsin Whites, Blacks, and Hispanics outscored the nation by 2, -8, and 0 points in 2011. In 2015, they outscored the nation by 6, -10 and -1 points. Only the shift in the White score was statistically significant. The only evidence we have is that White students in Wisconsin improved relative to the nation.

You have a campfire story to build a mythology. It may be true, it may not be true. Who knows?

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Posted by on 11/23/2017 at 8:49 PM

Re: “Come to an Adios

Dear Mexican,
Thank you for your column. Perhaps a book is the next step? Whatever you choose to do, I wish you the best.

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Posted by Maeve Robertson on 11/23/2017 at 7:46 PM

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