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Re: “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

A wonderful story -- outstanding songs and voices--- superb cast-- whats left-- just left feeling great

Posted by Johnny Williams on 10/07/2017 at 10:13 PM

Re: “Double Trouble

Always a great show!!

Posted by Royal Sun on 10/06/2017 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Serenity

Chuck the Charles says this five star rating is because you'll find it hot and explicitly exciting, better then sex.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Chuckey on 10/01/2017 at 4:23 PM

Re: “Pumpkin Fiesta

WOW! Can't wait

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by sonoranglass on 09/27/2017 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Lee Lee Oriental Supermarket

I relocated recently to Tucson after living on the West Coast for over 20 years and became spoiled by the availability of good quality fresh seafood. Happily I have found a reliable source of reasonably priced fresh seafood at Lee Lee.They do sell some species which are considered sustainable and so far I have been very satisfied with my purchases.

Posted by Hanna Strauss on 10/10/2017 at 12:45 PM

Re: “Fry’s Food Store at Valencia and Valley Indian Agency

I usually love this frys but today I went to get a salad at 10 and the guy was just beginning to set it up. I tried to be nice and have polite conversation but the worker was so rude. He seemed to move even slower as he realized I was waiting to get a salad. By the time I was able to quickly grab my salad and check out, it was way after 10. Thought I'd let someone know since this isn't usually the type of customer service Frys prides itself on.

Posted by Jessica Eisberg on 09/23/2017 at 10:24 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.

0 likes, 1 dislike
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?!

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

0 likes, 1 dislike
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

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

But, if they did graduate as political idiots, the Democrats could hold onto their votes. Works in Chicago, it can work here.

3 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Wayne Olson on 10/17/2017 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Take Full Advantage of Being a Few Hours Away from These Towns in Sonora

A positive report please about the 1 and 2 roads and pictures of the roads that are being paved that go into Sasabe , Sonora , and the positive effect on Sasabe , Sonora. And the border station.

Posted by Gene Sky on 10/17/2017 at 1:48 PM

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

Good for the Kochs! Now somebody should fund a revival of Civics classes so our students aren't political idiots when they graduate.

4 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Was a Teacher on 10/17/2017 at 10:40 AM

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

Any new curricular adoption should be approved by the board of a democratically controlled district in a public process, with opportunity for public review of curricular materials and public feedback. If this process is not used, the public is not being given the opportunity to understand what is being taught in a "public" institution, and you cannot advertise "transparency" as a virtue that makes public school districts superior to other forms of education (charters, privates).

Yes, it has become pro-forma in TUSD and perhaps in other districts that there are many non-transparent ways of making decisions which should be made at the Board level: for example, by embedding them in district administrations or in Site Council meetings which almost no one other than Site Council members ever attend, and which get little or no coverage from the local media. These are practices that need reform, and not only in instances where the Koch brothers have used them (just as some assert that the creators of MAS used them) to slip politically tendentious classes into the high school curriculum.

David Safier will always turn any concern with process around to try to find a way of saying a process can only be declared wrong when it is used to forward the cause of his political opponents. In this, HE is wrong. And the saddest thing about his dishonest and irresponsible method of argument is that in being selective about defending proper process and transparency, he and others like him utterly wash away the ground on which we should all be standing together as citizens when we object to interest groups manipulating our public institutions.

4 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Looking for Consistency in Process & Transparency on 10/17/2017 at 10:18 AM

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

As long as it also supports other modes of transportation. Car-scaled infrastructure is too expensive to maintain in the long run.

6 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by bslap on 10/17/2017 at 7:13 AM

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

Betts, my understanding is, the course was approved, not by the board but by the office of the assistant superintendent in charge of curriculum. Based on my experience as a high school teacher, that's not surprising. Teachers often recommend new courses they want to teach. If they're approved by the school's curriculum director and principal, they're sent to the district administration for approval, which is generally granted. That process makes sense to me, both for efficiency and for empowering individual teachers and schools. I don't know the process that went into approving the course at the other three local districts.

I don't think the problem is with the process, or with TUSD and the other districts. The problem is, the system was gamed by the folks at the Freedom Center. They exploited a normal trait in school districts to slip a course they created into high schools. Now it's time for the boards to take a hard look at the courses and decide if they belong in their district curriculum.

I would rather have something like this happen, then correct it, than tighten up the procedure of approving new courses and take power and authority away from the individual schools by making them jump through more administrative hoops to gain course approval. If the procedure is tightened up, it should be in a limited way -- say, if there are red flags about the suggested new course originating outside of the district, then it should be looked at more carefully and the board should be involved.

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Posted by David Safier on 10/17/2017 at 6:52 AM

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

Maybe we should just add a special sales tax to automobile / truck & other vehicles that use our roads. While we are at it make it high enough to finance PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION that might actually get a few of the single occupant gas guzzlers off the road.

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Posted by Adif4entMIND on 10/17/2017 at 6:44 AM

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

Mr. Obama brought us out of the great recession caused by the previous administration which got us into expensive military actions in the Middle East. Why do you keep saying he did nothing. Don't like the regulations passed to make your banking a little safer? Poor corporations and CEOs.

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Posted by Caroline Anderson on 10/16/2017 at 9:39 PM

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

YES!

Great job Steve Christy ... put part of the cost on the shoulders of EVERYONE who uses the roads (i.e., snowbirds, gem show visitors and tens of thousands of other short term tourists) -- and not entirely on the backs of property owners.

And while we are at it, local gov't should continue to roll back property taxes to MORE sales tax initiatives (like Chuckleberry would like to initiate).

When will all the leadership of Tucson going to realize that we have a huge, temporary population that comes here and uses our resources WITHOUT PAYING FOR THEM?

16 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Danehick Sux on 10/16/2017 at 3:14 PM

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

"The RTA has the confidence of the entire community." Uh, no it doesn't. The actual ballot proposition was riddled with fraud, including the outcome of the proposition. Many complained that it ignored real problems in an effort to create bus pullouts and unnecessary window dressing rather than deal with tough issues like crosstown inner loop road systems and Houghton north to Snyder Road and connecting that with Sunrise to the west.

But then wasn't the necessary land owned by car dealers? Don't tax me to play your games. Over taxed enough, and besides, more stop lights simply add to the delays and congestion.

7 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by Wayne Olson on 10/16/2017 at 12:14 PM

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