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Re: “Best of Tucson® 2017

My same thoughts from last year: golden dragon is not the best chinese in town. Tucson weekly readers dont know what actual chinese food, not american chinese food is.

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Posted by Palisades on 10/26/2017 at 6:38 AM

Re: “Best Farmers Market

That is so sad people like you would enjoy trashing the St. Phillips Farmers Market it's not about who's at who's market. You have vendors trying to make a living supporting families to put food on the table and trying to pay bills, they are busting their butts to bring you and others a damn good products. What you and others at Heirloom need to do is to stop being childish and move on. Just remember what goes around comes around. God don't like ugly and my he has mercy on your souls. it's a shame you have innocent vendors are getting mixed up in Heirloom out to get and ruin St. Phillips Farmers Market. GROW UP AND MOVE ON.

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Posted by Shandeka Tinsley on 10/21/2014 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Best of Tucson® 2017

Horrible list.

Nicos for best burritos?

Surprised Mcdonalds doesn't have best cheeseburger.

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Posted by Kevin Fitzgerald on 10/26/2017 at 6:17 PM

Re: “Best of Tucson® 2016

Harvest restaurant didnt win one sigle award? Totally Rigged

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Posted by Lawrence Miller on 10/27/2016 at 11:27 AM

Re: “Best Public School

UHS has no campus of it's own, it has equipment and books that are frequently outdated (it took until October for the School Board to okay an AP text that was being used in a class they had already approved), they get no additional money or fancy anything, unlike Cat Foothills which looks like a swank JC, and Tucson High which has a huge foundation. But what UHS offers is sanctuary for kids who have been taunted and often bullied for most of their lives in other "normal" schools—because they actually really love learning. Almost every kid I know at UHS, and I know quite a few, has horrific tales to tell of how kids and sometimes even teachers treated them at their feeder "normal" schools. UHS is a school for special education because gifted kids learn differently and they need more and deeper learning strategies. If UHS did not exist, those kids would not be going back to their neighborhood schools. A large number of them would probably go to Basis as the next best choice to get an education that challenges them.

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Posted by KimE on 10/18/2014 at 9:02 AM

Re: “Best Public School

It's easy to be the best when you only accept the very best. Applying students can come from any school too, which means less kids who attended TUSD schools prior to enrollment. Let's not pretend UHS is a typical public school, when it is anything but. I'm glad despite AZ's dreadful national status on education Tucson had some promising schools but both our top performing high schools are gifted best of the best only admissions. If anything they are direct proof of why AZ is such a horrendous disgrace to public education. We make exclusive schools abandoning the majority.

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Posted by ELjaime on 10/17/2014 at 10:51 PM

Re: “Best Tattoo Parlor

Um...I disagree. I've looked at portfolio's at Enchanted Dragon, and did not see anything impressive. I implore Tucsonans to always look at an artist's portfolios before committing to permanent ink. Just because an award winning tattooer worked at a shop 15 years ago, doesn't mean that same person is still there, or that anyone that works at the shop is as talented or uses the same methods. Tattooers are private contractors, and the shops that employ them will sometimes use someone's status to improve shop image. Always research an artist individually. Go in to the shop, and look at portfolios.

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Posted by batz on 10/20/2009 at 6:10 PM

Re: “What’s Cooking, Tucson?

Dear Editors of Tuscon Weekly,

I recently read your Best of Tuscon list where you mentioned that Food City is the best place to buy a Piata. You have never met my Aunt Shilrey and clearly did not include her efforts in you list, for this foresight I would like to cancel my subscription.
If you had met my Aunt Shirley you would know that two years ago she made a piata in the likeness of a Minion for my nephew Casey. It was six feet tall and too heavy for one person to carry alone. We hung it from a street light because we didnt have a tree large enough or strong enough. Tuscon PD was on the scene before the first kid could take a swing. Caseys Dad, my brother in law Aaron was promptly arrested for disturbing the peace and his outstanding warrant from Montana for cooking meth. The officers blocked traffic and were kind enough to let Aaron watch the kids break open the piata scoop up the candy and socks off the street before they hauled him away for three to six years.
Aunt Shirley made a piata for my sister Darlenes bridal / baby shower. Shirley used old t shirts and jeans and Gorilla Glue to make a piata she filled with cash, condoms and little bottles of booze. Those drunk women smashed at that thing with baseball bats shovels and axes. They even threw it off the bridge into traffic. Finally Shirleys brother, Darlenes dad, my uncle Carol shot it with the 410 shotgun. It caused a small rip and broke some of the booze bottles, and caused Tuscon Police to respond. Carol didnt help matters by meeting the officers with a smoking shotgun in the driveway especially since he is a former felon. I think he got six months in jail and a year probation for brandishing a firearm.
I think Aunt Shirleys best piata is the one currently sitting on the table. Its like a large football and made of kevlar she bought online. Its for Aarons coming home party. Im sure it will be fun.
Anyway best of luck to your future Best of Tuscon lists but count me out. You skipped Aunt Shirley and left JPs Garage off the Best Place to get Rid of Lice list. Thanks anyway
Wild Bill

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Posted by Wild Bill on 12/19/2018 at 8:30 PM

Re: “Best Local Actor

Love Joe Cooper and he deserves to be recognized as one of the funniest actors in Tucson. A very funny guy with a great sense of humor. He would probably find this recognition very funny since he hasn't acted at the Gaslight in over a year. That's right, the best actor in Tucson didn't grace any Tucson stage in 2015. It must be a very Tucson thing to get an award for being the best at something you didn't even show up for.

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Posted by Bob Girth on 10/22/2015 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Best Public School

UHS is not just a collection of the brightest kids in Tucson. It is a high school filled with students who MAKE themselves better throughout their four years there. It is a school with faculty who are dedicated to the mission and spend hours of their own time to make the school better. It is a collection of alumni who are giving back to the school that made a profound difference in their lives. It's really easy to say that UHS's success is only because of the it's admissions policy. But getting into UHS is only the first of many accomplishments that students have - they have to work really hard in order to graduate from the school. If you were to take the same students and put them at their home schools or other charters/private schools - they would not leave high the same as if they attend UHS. As previously mentioned, UHS gets no additional funding and has to compete with private schools that get much more than they do. This school is one of the few bright spots of our state's public education system - not part of the problem.

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Posted by UHS Alumnus on 10/19/2014 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Best of Tucson® 2016

There needs to be categories for loudest restaurant, loudest bar...

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 10/27/2016 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Best Public School

There is some truth in all of the above posts. Not all students who attend are technically gifted - some are students with average intelligence who work very hard to learn content and obtain good grades. There are some gifted students who have a level of intelligence above average. While some of them may find learning the content easier, most of them also work hard to learn as much as they can. Some of the students come from very enriched homes and have had the luxury of being exposed to life experiences that have contributed to their education. Some come from average homes and have had less experiences with travel, private music lessons, educational camps, and a wealth of media and materials that have contributed to the content of their learning. I have known a few students who are truly remarkable for their efforts at UHS. These students have overcome huge obstacles such as coming from a country and culture that is very different than the U.S. They have had the additional challenges of learning English, living in very financially unstable conditions, and having to navigate the social (and sometimes political) aspects of living and learning in a new country.

What is also true is that UHS does NOT have the students who are academically average. These are students who perform in the average range for a variety of reasons (range of intelligence, motivation, opportunity, life experiences). They also have very few students who have severe challenges to learning that would qualify them as a person with a disability. They do not admit any students who academically average or below average.

I would agree that there are very dedicated teachers at UHS, some of whom are alumni. I am sure that it is very enriching to experience that level of success with their students. The other TUSD high schools also have very dedicated teachers. Some of these teachers continue their efforts despite the fact that their students may make slow growth, struggle to get to school from desperate situations at home, and often have no other resources and support other than what they receive at school. I am not sure that anyone could measure which teacher is more dedicated.

Some of these students who struggle at other schools could be as gifted as their peers at UHS -- in fact, some could be intellectually more advanced and may be more mature as they have had to problem solve "real life" issues on a daily basis. Readers need to be reminded that there are intellectually gifted and academically gifted students at all high schools. Graduates from all schools will move on to Ivy League colleges as well as 2nd and 3rd tier public universities. Some will make major contributions to our society, some will not.

The issues are too complex to summarily designate school A as "good" and school B as "bad". Let's just try to focus on helping ALL students learn and achieve their potential regardless of their intelligence, race, socio-economic status or neighborhood. It's tough, but some of us do it every day.

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Posted by ellegelle on 10/22/2014 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Best Sushi

Wow, my blood is boiling right about now. I want to rip my hair out and punch the wall. Sushi on Oracle, Yamato's and Sushi Yukari are the best. Sushi Garden has got to be the most disgusting place for sushi in Tucson. Just shows how many people in Tucson have bad taste and don't know what real Japanese food tastes like.

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Posted by amyquinns001 on 09/23/2011 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Best of Tucson® 2016

i cant believe golden dragon won best chinese again. theres sooooooo much better than that in town

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Posted by Palisades on 10/28/2016 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Best of Tucson® 2016

Best Gallery: DeGrazia Gallery....are you kidding me...how about best kitsch gallery?

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Posted by James Lienhart on 10/28/2016 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Best Farmers Market

This is SO WRONG! People are voting with their feet in droves. Any Sunday, drop by St. Phillips and see how pathetic it looks, with small crowds, and empty spots between vendors. Then check out Heritage at Rillito and see the throngs that are there because the vendors are the best and getting better all the time. Food in Root did NOT "Take over the collection of vendors"--the majority moved to Rillito, and more move each week. (Just noticed this morning that the knife sharpener guy is now at Rillito--Yay!) Plus food trucks. Plus featured local restaurants--different one each week. Plus loads of parking. I was loyal to St. Phillips until the change, but now Rillito is my destination every Sunday.

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Posted by VeraMarie on 10/19/2014 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Our Ink-Stained Heart

"Viola, we had our theme."

After the first violin, of course.

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Posted by Second Fiddle on 10/22/2015 at 9:02 AM

Re: “Best Public School

The opinion of one current UHS parent who wishes he had enrolled his excelling student elsewhere:

UHS is a disastrously underfunded school crippled by the incompetent TUSD administrators forced into leadership positions against the will of the (by-in-large) high performing and talented faculty. TUSD essentially freeloads on the effort invested in UHS by highly concerned and supportive parents and high performing students and teachers, taking credit for the school's rankings when the credit does not belong to them. What successes the school has it has IN SPITE OF the district's unbelievable incompetence.

How does this incompetence manifest itself? Well, for example, in repeated failures to supply text books in a prompt fashion (one instance of this was mentioned by current parent and UHS Site Council member "KimE" above), in the complete failure to properly maintain the site -- including failing to keep the building where most classes take place (in the basement!) free of rodents and failing to properly maintain its electrical system. This building has been evacuated repeatedly because of fire alarms generated by the ancient electrical system shorting out and producing smoke and burning smells in the classrooms.

When the school studied the issue of whether or not to charter (and thereby lift itself OUT of TUSD) a few years ago, those on the committee made the wrong decision because of their desire to maintain the UHS admissions system and its faculty benefits program, which could not be maintained in a charter setting. UHS's continued existence within this nightmare of a district will eventually be the end of it. The changes forced this year alone by TUSD administrators in the AP science curriculum are enough to motivate parents to think better of enrolling students here: according to information we received at the first P.A. Board meeting this fall, these changes have taken the failing rates of UHS students taking the AP chemistry exam from19% in 2010 to 66% in spring of 2014.

Kudos to you, TUSD. Keep up the good work.

Tuscon Weekly staff: if you are looking for a poster child for excellence in public education, look elsewhere -- and before honoring UHS again, make sure you inspect the basement of the "U building" and talk to a representative sampling of current parents, students, and faculty (NOT parents, students and faculty whose names have been given to you by TUSD administrators). Your choice for "best public school" shows about as much intelligence as your endorsement of Jen Darland for the TUSD school board (i.e. no intelligence whatsoever; try again; you FLUNKED.)

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Posted by UHS Parent on 11/03/2014 at 8:33 PM

Re: “Best Breakfast

I have never understood the hype about this stuffy yuppy blue willow.

Here's to next year Tucson Tamale winning with Tamale's and Eggs!

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Posted by BURNIE MAK on 09/22/2011 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Best of Tucson® 2017

This is a parody list, right?

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Posted by Marc Caldwell on 10/27/2017 at 9:47 AM

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