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Re: “Rugrat Referendum

It's disappointing to see the Weekly assert this campaign's talking points without attribution, as though they were facts.

Khmara writes: "It's important to note that the Strong Start program would focus dollars on schools rated three to five stars through First Things First's Quality First rating system. Child-care programs currently funded through DES that don't rank as high-quality or haven't been assessed for quality wouldn't be eligible."

These are not facts. Prop. 204 actually doesn't say a thing about how quality would be measured or on what criteria providers would be selected. These decisions would be up to a commission, and nobody knows what this commission would decide, or even who would be on it

Khmara also writes: "Preschool would be paid for on a first-come, first-serve basis, and the amount families receive would be determined on a sliding scale, based on income and family size.

Actually, the initiative doesn't say anything about who would be served first, nor does it say anything about family size.

It's important to read the text of these ballot measures. Not all voters do, which is understandable. But reporters should when writing about them. In this story Khmara appears to have invented details of the initiative that don't actually exist, like the one about using First Things First's Quality First rating system. Who knows where she got that. (I'm guessing probably from the campaign, which has repeated this claim elsewhere.) It's not part of the initiative, nor are a number of other details Khmara has unfortunately reported here as facts.

10 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Luke Knipe on 10/12/2017 at 11:45 PM

Re: “Rugrat Referendum

The goal may be correct in giving the best to all children, but the methods proposed for funding, and therefore governance, are flawed.

If the money is raised by the city and and council appoints the committee, partisanship will soon raise its local, very ugly head. The local funds for education are raised by school districts, but those do not have the mandate to use sales taxes which are usually reserved for municipal needs like fire, police, roads and similar infrastructure programs including garbabge collection.

Third, there seem to be, in this report of the proposed move, no clear way of regulating the pre-school curriculum, way to reserve funds from mixing church and state, and clear definition of education as opposed to babysitting with crayons present.

IT IS AN IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS COME -- BUT the method needs to be fairly developed, tested and open to change that will benefit the children and the testable for result.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by C. H. Mara on 10/12/2017 at 6:45 PM

Re: “Rugrat Referendum

Children are part of our community just as adults are. When you support children to have access to high quality preschool, you not only support our next generation of citizens, you also support your current citizens. Children in high quality preschool settings learn to negotiate, collaborate, communicate, and problem solve in the context of a peer to peer relationships. Critical skills that will serve them in kindergarten and beyond. Yes, parents play a crucial role in nurturing these skills as well. That's the beauty of high quality preschools- they happen in partnership with families. For this and many other reasons, I say YES on 204 and sure hope our community follows suit- our community depends on it.

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Posted by cheynie27 on 10/12/2017 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Sausage Party

Grill the brats before simmering them in beer. Grilling preserves the flavor.
You're welcome.

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 10/12/2017 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Guest Opinion

All the while looking away from the Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona ...

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Posted by Robert on 10/12/2017 at 2:23 PM

Re: “Vintage Vinyl

That is a great rare find of the past!
KTKT, not at 1490 MHz but the later 990 MHz I guess?
I used to listen to KTKT for top 40 while my Dad listened to KHOS
Hey, I worked for Walton's KIKX writing comedy for the shows, until the fiasco in 74. (morn DJ "Gary Craig", afternoon DJ "Jefferson Stone")
I mostly listened to KWFM because KIKX was gone. until the shooting incident with Bob Cooke, which was so sad.
Wow What a memory rush!
Thank you for your share.
73's
The real MoJoe KI7LTQ

Posted by Joe Moldovan on 10/12/2017 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Danehy

CW13 finally says something that makes sense. Now if he'll just listen to his own advice.

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Posted by W Corvi on 10/12/2017 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Rugrat Referendum

Computer selected breeding partners is the way to go. Push the left side of the Bell curve to the right.

I support public child setting, i.e., preschool, but I do wonder how my generation made it. My mother didn't teach me how to use scissors or color inside the lines or how to count, and there was no kindergarten. But my generation took us to the moon, developed the digital computer, etc., etc. Maybe we're involved in attempting to optimize a system that doesn't need to be optimized?

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Posted by DennyG on 10/12/2017 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Danehy

"According to crime statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), knives are consistently used to kill people far more often than rifles are used. And the numbers arent even close: five times as many murders were committed with knives than were committed with rifles last year."

http://thefederalist.com/2014/11/11/knives-kill-more-people-each-year-than-rifles-time-for-knife-control/

Typical liberal type solution. Punish everybody for the few. Why not knives? How thoughtless.

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 10/12/2017 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Editor's Note

204 is a No. No. No.

TUSD can not be trusted with more money.

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 10/12/2017 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Rugrat Referendum

Cradle to grave is the war cry of the lazy and ignorant. Head Start failed for decades, and now they want more. Not gonna do it. Wouldn't be prudent.

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 10/12/2017 at 9:35 AM

Re: “Rugrat Referendum

Cradle to womb government care is the goal. Someday...

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Posted by bslap on 10/12/2017 at 9:27 AM

Re: “The Skinny

EMILY's list is so off base. Kirkpatrick is not running to represent 'Arizona'; she lost that race to McCain last year. She is running the represent CD2 which includes most of Tucson and other parts of Southern Arizona. She moved here to run for this seat because she thinks it is something she can win, she did not move here because she cares about Tucson or the interests of our diverse region. She is a carpetbagger coming to Tucson with Washington D.C. PAC money and outside national interests and ambitions... sounds a lot like McSally. Let's give the other candidates, including Matiella a fair shake Tucson! They deserve to be heard and considered, even if they are being ignored by the party and D.C. money.

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Posted by HumanBean on 10/12/2017 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Rugrat Referendum

The City of Tucson has many priorities for taking care of it's citizens and infrastructure, as set forth in the City CHarter. The education of preschoolers is NOT one of those priorities. Education, funding of those programs, and program management falls under the State of Arizona and the school districts. If you want to change programs, add programs, or fund programs, the City is not where your efforts should be directed.

There is another part of early childhood education that is not addressed by Prop 204, and costs far less than $50 million each year. PARENTS: get involved with your kids' lives. Read with your kids, talk with your children, share the values that are important to you.

Don't abdicate your responsibility or leave it to political appointees to raise your kids. Do your job as parents. And, as part of those duties, VOTE NO ON PROPOSITION 204.

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Posted by n7iqv on 10/12/2017 at 9:19 AM

Re: “Danehy

A warning to anyone who wants to present an opposing view to Tommy. ( That's right, I said Tommy) Don't bother. It will fall on deaf ears and you'll be called an idiot by Peabrain and the rest of Tommy's Legion of Liberal losers. You'll even be insulted in Spanish by Peabrain's "friend" Miss Francis. Save your breath.

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Posted by CW13 on 10/12/2017 at 8:40 AM

Re: “Guest Opinion

Ah yes. The Koch brothers. The current bogeyman of the left.

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Posted by lc69hunter on 10/12/2017 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Payson Party

Ha!!!

Karma...

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Posted by lc69hunter on 10/12/2017 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Danehy

Let's stipulate, as attorney's do, that we have the means and the laws to end all newsworthy gun massacres tomorrow. No more do we sit entranced as the shootings play out, the killer dead or taken into custody, motives examined, blame assessed, photo spreads of the victims and tales of heroism and lives cut short published, police chiefs daily press conferences and, of course, the thoughts and prayers of officials extended to families of the victims. Great, problem solved.

Unless you are concerned about the other 99% of gun related deaths that go virtually unreported every day of every year. If it bleeds, they say, it leads. But the blood has to be in rivers, not trickles. Danehy jumps belatedly on the bandwagon adding nothing new to the discussion. "Well yeah, they (more gun laws) would. I can think of any number of low-key, common-sense laws that would have cut the Las Vegas death toll by 80 or 90 percent." Great Tom, but how about looking at the forest instead of that one Redwood? One neighborhood in Chicago (Austin) has had more shooting deaths year to date (69) than the toll in Las Vegas. Chew that over. One neighborhood in one US city.

My point should be clear. Mass murders and media circuses aside, we have a problem that will not be resolved in any of our lifetimes. There are roughly the same number of guns in this country as there are people living within its borders. The genie is out of the bottle. No legislation is going to put it back in.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 10/12/2017 at 7:05 AM

Re: “Rugrat Referendum

Waaay back when, there was a Federal program called Head Start. Sounds similar to the one being proposed. It was designed by Democrats ( preferred party of the education establishment), well funded, and had loads of teachers and educrats to do the teaching and watch those doing the teaching. As I recall ,it ran for a while and was evaluated . Evaluation showed that the kids had a benefit for a while but by 3rd grade ( second grade ?) the participants tested no better than non participants. Parents were a bigger influence on the kids, for better or worse. I'm sure that someone will remember better than me. But if this is anywhere near accurate sounds like a " been there , done that".

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Posted by bsinn on 10/12/2017 at 6:50 AM

Re: “Guest Opinion

You forgot to mention that the Koch brother's father was an avid racist and devout follower of the John Birch Society of which he was a founding member. If the Koch's do anything that seems beneficial to you on the face of it you can bet your azz that they are stealing something from you out the back door. Look at the way the Koch's stole from the Native American oil reserves on the reservation. They told their drivers to lie about the amount of oil that was taken from the ground and under report it. Consequently the Koch's stole MILLIONS of DOLLARS from Native Americans. When one of the brothers was asked why he did it since he was already a BILLIONAIRE he just replied,"Because I can!!" That in essence is the way that most wealthy people treat those who are not. Don't trust them regardless of the velvety smooth chocolate lies that hiss between their poison fangs.

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Posted by Beneal Good on 10/12/2017 at 6:20 AM

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