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Re: “Growing Pains

I'm glad that developers are building within and around downtown Tucson including the so called 'historic' district. I'm also glad that the inhabitants around this area are leaving. The more the better.

I'd keep this so called Historic District as is but the problem is that most of the houses and buildings are NOT well maintained. This place deserves the name "Skid Row District".

The owners of these "historic" buildings/houses that want to preserve the 'personality' of these districts are scared that their main source of income, UA students, would flock to these brand new modern mid-rise buildings.

Would you rather live in a run down house or in a nice brand new high rise building?

Californians and Memphis investors, please invest in poor Tucson, AZ.

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Posted by Kelly A on 02/17/2018 at 6:29 PM

Re: “The Skinny

What's that brown stuff all over McSally's face?

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Posted by moonchild on 02/17/2018 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Unpacking a Great Hearts Charter School's Hair Braiding Story

When I was in junior high in 1970 ("middle school," for those much younger than I am), letting girls wear pants to school was against the dress code. (No, really.) During the winter, a couple of girls wore jeans to school because they lived 50 miles from the school (in the area north of Phoenix, a sprawling school district that, in those days, started at Phoenix's northern border). The area where they lived was higher in elevation than our northern Phoenix school, and during the short winter days, they both boarded the bus and returned home on the bus when it was dark. In short, it was COLD. Nevertheless, they were sent home. This happened on a Monday.

The next day, a few of these girls' friends wore pants to school as well, and they were sent home as well. On Wednesday and Thursday, as more girls and their parents learned of the story, more and more girls wore pants, and they were sent home.

On Friday, nearly 150 girls - almost all of the female population of the school - were lined up to go to see the principal because they were wearing pants. Part way through all the principal's office visits, the district superintendent called and said he was rescinding the "no pants" rule.

This is a little advice to any kids going to school in modern times, and who see individuals being unfairly singled out due to fashion choices that do not disrupt the classroom in any way. Non-violent civil disobedience WORKS.

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Posted by Jeffrey Patten on 02/17/2018 at 1:47 PM

Re: “The Education of Bill Gates

Common Core education is pure socialism at work. The State imposes "standards" that treat all students equal and ignore and discard parental rights. Here are 9 more reasons why Common Core is bad for children.
https://www.tfpstudentaction.org/blog/9-reasons-why-common-core-is-bad-for-education

Keep America free. Fight Common Core's socialist encroachment.

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Posted by John Ritchie on 02/17/2018 at 1:44 PM

Re: “The Real Story Behind Lisa Frank

Glamour Dolls make up recently released a line of make up brushes and make up with Lisa Frank.

Posted by elsbethjheyhey on 02/17/2018 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Growing Pains

I thought infill is meant to fill in empty parcels around Tucson; when was the intention changed to mean tear up our neighborhoods to line the pockets of out of town developers. I live on 5th Ave., 1/2 block from The District. It is not a lovely addition to our historic neighborhood: with its arrival, many long-time inhabitants sold their homes and moved away and every time that starts happening, it is the beginning of the end. This building will add nothing but unwanted crowding, noise and congestion to the area. The funky little six-block stretch of 4th Avenue is a destination spot for eating, drinking, people watching and shopping and the small business owners are invested in the personality as it has developed. If this comes to pass, and I truly hope it does not, it will be nothing but a big bite out of the flavor of Tucson.

Posted by Jeanne Fearson on 02/17/2018 at 1:07 PM

Re: “The Education of Bill Gates

Thinking further about your statement that "Lessening the burdens of poverty is the best way to improve student achievement."

"Lessening the burdens of poverty" is something we do (or should do) because it is morally the RIGHT thing to do, not because doing it "is the best way to improve student achievement." If you make that ideologically driven and unverifiable statement to the public in promoting the policies you favor, and the policies, when implemented, do not have the achievement-heightening effects you promise for them (which is very likely, if the implementation of these policies is not accompanied by improvements to services in schools serving low income communities) you will lose public support for good policies you have chosen to justify with the wrong (unverifiable and inappropriately utilitarian) assertions.

But more importantly, when you continually assert, as you have, year in, year out, that income levels are the largest factor in determining achievement as measured by test scores, one collateral effect is that some potential pressure is taken off of institutions serving lower income families to make changes that absolutely will give the kids they serve, regardless of their income levels, improved chances of learning and achieving. Staffing schools with experienced, fully qualified teachers helps. Good curricula help. Avoiding the mis-use of testing (as much as possible within the framework of requirements set at the state and federal level) helps. Textbooks available when needed help. Sane disciplinary policies uniformly enforced and teachers who have been trained in effective disciplinary methods help.

School districts that do not have these things in place reliably and uniformly in every school (and we have plenty of them in Tucson) have no business marketing themselves to the public...
http://tucson.com/news/local/tusd-requests-for-student-info-raise-privacy-concerns-at-charter/article_af9dcf42-278a-57b1-85f7-093e084c2073.html

...especially when they have consistently made choices that undermine their ability to recruit and retain qualified staff.
http://tucson.com/news/local/long-rumored-tusd-blacklist-revealed-many-on-it-for-little/article_5d49cd2b-5c32-54a8-a287-01ee62c82371.html
http://tucson.com/news/local/columnists/steller/tim-steller-tusd-teachers-money-balanced-district-s-books/article_89ba1255-1cde-51a2-9e24-f05bd0464df0.html

I don't know any policy program on the right or the left that could be applied in every locality in the U.S. to have uniformly good effects, but I do know this: in a city that has a school district serving more than 40,000 students that has the kind of inexcusable, ongoing mismanagement TUSD does, the "Democratic" Party has no business pushing public policy that undermines underserved constituents' ability to access alternative schools.
http://tucson.com/news/local/group-submits-petitions-to-halt-expanded-school-voucher-program/article_a4b77b7d-0606-5fde-850e-c1a8ba317bd1.html

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Posted by P.S. from Broadly Apply Caveat Emptor on 02/17/2018 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Mailbag

I'm worried about TW's writers. Last week Bob Grimm mistook the noun "cliche" for the adjective "cliched," as in the movie was cliche. This week, Mark Whittaker writes about the Playground, "Too much was going on and in a very BOMBAST manner," substituting a noun for an adjective. Later in his "Chow' column, he seems to think a verb is a noun , "an ambience of metropolitan RAVISH." WTF? Professional writers? As Chaucer wrote, "if gold rusts, what will iron do?"

Jefferson Carter

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Posted by Jefferson Carter on 02/16/2018 at 10:10 PM

Re: “The Education of Bill Gates

Lessen poverty? Redistribution right? Throw it on the scrap heap with confiscation of guns. Can't trust public schools or the FBI, or the mainstream media. We will solve the problems ourselves.

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Posted by David J on 02/16/2018 at 8:13 PM

Re: “The Education of Bill Gates

Too bad we don't have the economic capacity as a nation to provide every citizen with the highly educational experience the Gates family has had: "Here are several billion dollars. Hire a bunch of highly educated people and invest it in K-12 education for several decades. Draw your own conclusions."

Regarding your own policy preferences, David, I'm curious to know if they are experientially or ideologically drive. You write, "lessening the burdens of poverty is the best way there is to improve student achievement." How, specifically, do you know that? Have you actually observed, in your own direct experience, over the course of a decade or more, differences between families that receive increases in income and families that remain at the same income level, but transfer their children to schools with better teachers and curricula? Have you observed, in your own direct experience, the effect of public funds applied in public district schools versus the effect of the same amounts applied in (non-profit) charter and (non-profit) private settings? If so, I would love to read those stories in lengthy, narrative-form blog posts.

Some of us who HAVE had direct experience in Arizona as teachers and parents in public district, non-profit charter, and non-profit private schools find ourselves uncertain, based on what you have written to date, that you know with certainty and in a universally applicable way what the "best way to improve student achievement" is. We also have about as hard a time believing in the advisability of your education funding policy preferences as Bill Gates has these days believing in the ideas that motivated some of his earlier philanthropic endeavors.

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Posted by "Caveat emptor" should be broadly applied. on 02/16/2018 at 7:49 PM

Re: “Growing Pains

If this is what the "Infill Incentive District" means, how about we just take 4th Ave. out of it and limit anything adjacent to 4th to three stories. Right at the beginning of the IID it states a purpose to "provide better neighborhood protection," and this is the EXACT opposite!
If you want to build in a "Warehouse Area," find an actual warehouse and replace it, not a functioning local business on Tucson's most unique street. And if it's student housing you want, keep it around the University and downtown; build your student housing elsewhere Memphis carpetbaggers!

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Posted by Joe on 02/16/2018 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Goodbye Flycatcher, Hello Seven-Story Apartment Building on Fourth Avenue

Fourth Ave. has been dead except for The Shanty and Coronet (both of the edge of downtown)--and of course, Dairy Queen--for a while. With Piney Hollow gone there's no retail left for me --except for ( I forgot!) Antigone and the Co-op--There is the Bookstop but I wish they had a better, more central or downtown location for their sake. Only Sky Bar tickles my club fancy. As a former hippy I know retreads when I see them--just the young visiting a past they've never experienced and a few down and outs plus the off and on regulars. Caruso's has been so bad in recent years I'm surprised it still exists. Cute place but awful food now in my opinion. Yes, I was around when it was good.. Guess I haven't gotten attached to Flycatcher. Liked Plush. But no bar has been really successful there that I recall. Do correct me. Will another high-rise hurt Fourth Ave.? Pues, I doubt it. Silly tourist stores, crappola. Lack of parking hurts. It's already been derailed by hangers on to a past they didn't experience and doesn't contribute to a good New. Sixth Ave. has been more progressive and action forward. Downtown is looking good and ready for action.

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Posted by Charlotte Lowe on 02/15/2018 at 8:02 PM

Re: “Goodbye Flycatcher, Hello Seven-Story Apartment Building on Fourth Avenue

What a waste to put housing there and tear down Plush (Flycatcher).

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Posted by IPH on 02/15/2018 at 7:52 PM

Re: “Hey! What Happened To the Arizona Monitor Website?

It's called "Censorship"

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Posted by Jacky1eye on 02/15/2018 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Tucson Salvage

Thank you for sharing this article! Very refreshing! Like many others in Tucson, I have seen him numerous times around Broadway and swan, 5th street, and a few other locations and wondered what his story was and why he just stands and gazes. Now I know! My friends and co-workers and I fondly refer to him as "statue man". May peace and wellbeing be with you Arthur :)

Posted by Refreshing on 02/15/2018 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Danehy

MY MY!

Read the comments up above; what a CHANGE from 2006 when everyone walked in lock-step with the left wing "pro raza" pied pipers!

In Tucson, Tom NOW leads the "Cult of Ignorance!

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Posted by Roy Warden 1 on 02/15/2018 at 2:23 PM

Re: “Growing Pains

They can try saying it's not student housing, but "prices of $750 to $900 per studio" in Tucson are definitely for those whose rents are paid by Mommy & Daddy California.

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Posted by Swedlund on 02/15/2018 at 1:41 PM

Re: “The Tip Off: Rawle Alkins leads Arizona into Tempe to play Tra Holder and Arizona State

I for one, am happy that motormouth Walton will not be covering the game. :-)

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Posted by Gary McCormick on 02/15/2018 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Danehy

Another insulting, name calling piece written by that moron danahey. (notice I did not capitalize his name as he did not put our president's name in caps, very nice.) If he wants to figure out how people get away with things he should ask the Clinton's, those liberal felons wrote the book.

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Posted by Mark Robert Heywood on 02/15/2018 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Danehy

You failed to capitalize the President's name in the story headline. Says quite a bit about your level of hatred towards him.

Or you have a TUSD graduate as an editor/proofreader.

Or both.

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Posted by David Johnson on 02/15/2018 at 11:39 AM

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