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Re: “Ousting Opioids

Until the policing and punishment is focused on the suit-wearing drug dealers of Big Pharma and the politicians and pusher MDs in their pockets, the opioid epidemic will continue.

Posted by T.k. Morgan on 10/19/2017 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Tucson Salvage

Good piece.

Posted by ronko on 10/19/2017 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Think of the Children

No accountability to voters, no goals, no end..ever.

Easy Choice: NO on Prop 204.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by n7iqv on 10/19/2017 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Board of Supes Set To Discuss Christy Proposal for Countywide Sales Tax for Roads

Lets watch Seattle and see how it does with the income tax they passed last election.

Then truly those that benefit and use the roads that maintain the infrastructure and reap the most can bear the cost.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Robert Ruckman 1 on 10/19/2017 at 7:18 AM

Re: “The Skinny

McSally is nothing more than a Repubtard Trumpuppet who would support an ax wielding psychotic killer as long as that cretin kept the Repubicunt dogma to suppress the poor, Black, and brown voters, eleminate or cripple universal health care, and eventually push Social Security to control by the states where it could be dismantled leaving the elderly penniless, starving, and broken in their supposed "Golden Years". If McSally and the Republicans maintain control of every part of the government I demand that they pass a bill for assisted suicide so that we, who have hearts and souls and want to see our fellow man succeed , have an option not to continue in this farcical government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

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Posted by Beneal Good on 10/19/2017 at 7:11 AM

Re: “The Skinny

McSally a "moderate Republican?" That's a joke. She's voted in lock step with POTUS-T 93% of the time. Her prior stand on health care & now on Trump's tax plan prove she's no moderate.

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by tiredofpc on 10/19/2017 at 6:43 AM

Re: “Cream of the Crop

Great story! Makes me almost proud to be an Arizonan.

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Posted by Martha Yates on 10/19/2017 at 6:32 AM

Re: “Koch Brothers Infiltrate Pima County Schools With a High School Econ Course

The words of a student who underwent this subversive right wing indoctrination.

[He] understands that, ultimately, successful businesses in a free economy are virtuous at their coremeeting people's needs and doing so through ethical and mutually beneficial practices. In the end, [he] says, businesses that lack either virtuous purpose or ethical practices won'tand shouldn'tsucceed."

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Posted by Don Wheatley on 10/19/2017 at 5:54 AM

Re: “Think of the Children

Sorry no on all three.

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Posted by Jonathon K on 10/19/2017 at 5:42 AM

Re: “Results-Based Funding: The Transition From Test Scores To School Grades

http://www.lajm-shqip.com/

Posted by Rilindja Tirane on 10/18/2017 at 11:57 PM

Re: “Rugrat Referendum

Why doesn't someone propose using the 3 money losing Pre-Ks in TUSD. They are underutilized, over funded, and mismanaged. The disgraced former director had to move to the Patagonia Superintendent job to avoid firing. TUSD wants more enrollment so use their Pre-Ks as a pipeline. Taxpayers are already paying anyway..,,

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Posted by Disgusted TUSD Taxpayer on 10/18/2017 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Results-Based Funding: The Transition From Test Scores To School Grades

bslap, is funding the issue? I would note that TUSD high schools spend about $300 more per pupil on instruction than CFSD16, which receives no deseg funds.

On David's article, I'll just state the obvious. If schools like Basis have their students performing at their potential on standardized test, they are at their performance ceiling, and will not be able to show year over year improvement. It seems unfair to give them "Bs" and "Cs" under those circumstances.

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Posted by Nathan K on 10/18/2017 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Reign in Tacos

The problem at Boca isnt the food. The service is terrible and the margaritas and warm beer while you wait 45min-1hr for the food is the problem. The manager/bartender with the man bun has an attitude problem and the overall dining experience gets ruined by his behavior. My family and friends avoid this place. Too many great tacos in Tucson to put up with a complete lack of service.

Posted by Tiffanyraquel on 10/18/2017 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Danehy

The interesting thing is that the bump stock made his aim erratic, he would have been able to kill a lot more people with far more precision had he not used the bump stock, and used actual hunting ammunition rather than military full metal jacket ammo. We should be thankful that those poor decisions in his planning reduced the number of casualties. Keep in mind that he shot over 500 people and the vast majority of them survived their injuries, thank God!

Even the military, who issues fully automatic weapons to our soldiers, recommends that fully automatic fire not be used except in certain circumstances...

Bump stocks are crap, I have no desire to own one, but people have the right to own one if they wish and can use it responsibly.
It is awful, but we are better off with United States citizens being able to keep and bear arms, than we would be under a tyranny. Think of how many hundreds of millions of people have died over the past century because they lived in countries which did not recognize the right to keep and bear arms, communism alone has killed over 100 million people.

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Posted by Michael Hecht on 10/18/2017 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Is the Strong Start Tucson Initiative a Good Idea?

Sorry but I now see the criteria used used to hire the Police Chief, by the Mayor and Council. The fewer decisions they make, the safer we all are. I will vote NO on 204.

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 10/18/2017 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Is the Strong Start Tucson Initiative a Good Idea?

"Should we really trust all those unknowns to a seven member committee?"

David,
Here's one of the reasons I changed my mind and will vote yes on 204:
Many of the people with whom I volunteer are retired teachers or are still teaching. They are the kinds of people that will be appointed by mayor and council to the commission. My conversations with them showed me that teachers are obsessed (I don't think that's too strong of a word) with quality education.
I trust them to come up with a plan that benefits children.
Also: the commission's meetings will be public, must follow open meeting laws, and will be open to public input.
A.M. Kennedy

Posted by A.M. Kennedy on 10/18/2017 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Results-Based Funding: The Transition From Test Scores To School Grades

So long as most of the poor schools are composed of immigrants (legal and illegal) and their children there will be little or no appetite for funding them on par with children of American citizens.

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Posted by bslap on 10/18/2017 at 7:09 AM

Re: “Let's Listen To That Awesome New Calexico Single

And is Tucson a concert date?!

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Posted by Wil Schuiteman on 10/18/2017 at 6:32 AM

Re: “The Skinny

To call Mary Matiella an accountant for the Federal Government does her a huge disservice. If you go to her Wikipedia page you will see that the person you call a Federal Government Accountant oversaw a $4 billion annual budget for the National Forest Service as our NFS Chief Financial Officer. She then was the Assistant Secretary of the Army and retired from that position with the civilian equivalent of a 4 star general. A Tucsonan from the age of 6 weeks I think you need to give credit where credit is due.
Meet Mary and you will see she is the one we need to represent CD2

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Posted by Jane Evans on 10/17/2017 at 9:04 PM

Re: “Koch Brothers Infiltrate Pima County Schools With a High School Econ Course

RE the coaching Putnam-Hidalgo received above on how public institutions can have their Transparency cake and eat it too:

It would be a shame if we had additional TUSD converts to Realpolitik and machine-style pragmatism in the coming months.

The neglect of public standards and moral compromises made to forward partisan agendas undermine the strength of public institutions and make them extremely vulnerable to external critique. Within the last few years, the conspicuous process and transparency rot associated with some of our larger local public institutions has persuaded several previously committed supporters of public education that TUSD is a lost cause and choice policy is necessary.

Can advocacy groups that promote the ongoing validity of the public district system be strong enough to call for consistency in public process, even when it means asking for it from allies? Or will they be co-opted by exceptions made for friends in the network and the overall opacity that supports partisan agendas getting rooted in public institutions?

(FYI, Safier: a process of administrative approval (not Board approval) for new curricular materials may empower individual teachers and schools, but process in public institutions is supposed to PROTECT CITIZENS FROM ABUSE, not empower individual teachers and schools. If you object to your kid undergoing what you would consider Freedom Institute brainwashing in a high school social studies course, you have to respect your conservative neighbors right not to have their child taught that Republicans hate Latinos. It cuts both ways (or, more properly, many ways) in public institutions in a pluralistic society. Public review and comment processes protect public trust in public institutions by making sure instructional materials are balanced and fair and give accurate (not tendentiously skewed) information about what various political groups believe and promote as public policy.)

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Posted by Partisan curricula break down public trust in public ed. on 10/17/2017 at 2:16 PM

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