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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?

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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.

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 10/16/2017 at 12:14 PM

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

I have searched for that and would also like to read it. I thought it should have been public record but I have not been able to find it anywhere.

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 10/16/2017 at 12:08 PM

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

Thank you for the information on how the Freedom curriculum got into a few TUSD high schools, Betts Putnam-Hidalgo. Interesting.

Could you provide some clarification on a few other TUSD curricular process & transparency issues:

On what date was the MAS curriculum approved by the TUSD Board? Id like to go into the archives and read the minutes, and also the agenda for that meeting together with whatever curricular materials were attached for public review.

In the past few months as the MAS trial was approaching, I have repeatedly done web searches to try to access a complete curriculum plan and readings list for MAS. If I understood what I heard RE the recent trial correctly, evidence was presented that the State Department of Education was never provided with a complete curriculum to review during the time when it was trying to respond to complaints it had received about MAS. There were just pieces here and there which had to be evaluated without understanding the larger curricular context in which they were embedded.

If there is a link to complete MAS curriculum materials, please provide it. I doubt that after all the recent media discussion, Im the only member of the public who would like to be given the opportunity to review that curriculum in full so we can better assess the validity of the claims being made about it in both sides of the political spectrum.

Thanks in advance for your help with this...

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Posted by Looking for consistency in transparency & process on 10/16/2017 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Town and County Officials Say Supervisor Miller is Misleading the Public on Bond Issue

Well, its politics and screwing Citizens over again and again... Rhey nicke and dme us to death, and nothing really gets done.

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Posted by MsAzSunshine on 10/16/2017 at 8:22 AM

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

Just like Hitler and his henchmen you have to get the impressionable minds before they have been influenced by liberty, equality, and fraternity , to replace them with regimented control, white superiority, and narcissistic behavior. The one thing that you have to always remember is that, "if a Republican ever does anything for you that seems generous and reasonable , you can bet your last dollar that they have set an inescapable trap inside a well concocted enticement that will make it seems as if you have destroyed yourself instead of them doing it to you. Somewhat like the "SAW" movie. Never ever under any circumstance trust a Republican!

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Posted by Beneal Good on 10/16/2017 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Guest Opinion

and dont forget Sean Noble Koch brothers , intro man, who is MORMON, this is what is behing all this, MORMONS taking over government !!! When are people going to wake up in AZ . Do not vote for Ducey he is their puppet .

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Posted by jill schafer on 10/16/2017 at 7:09 AM

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

The difference between the MAS program and the Koch program is that one indicates that it is teaching a particular lens on history, and does not pretend to teach all history. The other, however, DOES totalize itself--that is, it purports to teach Ethics, Economy and Entrepreneurship without at all indicating that it is teaching a LIBERTARIAN ethics (?!) including a very one sided Economy and Entrepreneurship. Other than that, though, the writer is correct above--the course was "approved" on a day that there was no Board meeting (as confirmed by Mary Alice Wallace who knows the schedules and the archives) and the textbook appears to have only been confirmed by being bought and paid for (according to FOIA information). According to publisher and Freedom Center information, the course can only be offered in high schools where the administration has committed, prior to its teachers taking the summer 2015 workshop, to hold the course--so one wonders who, during the Sanchez administration, offered so many assurances that the class would be held. Of course given the revolving door of friends from Texas and local administrators, many with very questionable qualifications for those jobs, there is no one from that era left at 1010 in those positions who can answer for how the course ever got authorized to begin with. But Board authorization, unless gathered in famous Board one on one's, never took place.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 10/16/2017 at 5:51 AM

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

Why did the Koch family become involved in politics? Fred Koch, the father of the infamous Koch brothers, went to Russia in the 1930s to sell them oil refinery technology and befriended many communists. He was there when the purges began and personally witnessed his friends first purged from the communist party and then shot dead in the middle of the night.

The Russian archives now show the plans to murder tens of thousands of Russians. In the margins are Stalin's notes "not enough."

The fathers, mothers, and grandparents of the UofA professors protesting the Koch brother centers thought it was cute and chic to be "fellow travelers" of Stalin in his mission to spread communism to the United States.

Paradoxically, the Koch brothers have created a true communist heaven in the Koch industries, not the evil conception of Karl Marx. In Koch industries, bosses don't reign supreme, they are held accountable to their subordinates and evaluated by them.

As a result, they have proven that "right creates might." People like working for them so much that over 100,000 have chosen to do so. In a country with over a million companies, they are one of the 100 largest.

Our intellectually corrupt universities would never tolerate such creative thought. Have the professors evaluate the Deans? Ha! Not in this lifetime.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 10/15/2017 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Guest Opinion

God bless the Koch Brothers as a counter to the authors socialist meddling in schools and universities since 1917!

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Posted by Steam-Maker on 10/15/2017 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Danehy

See what I mean? They make our points for us.

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Posted by CW13 on 10/15/2017 at 7:45 AM

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

They are promoting right thinking about the economy.

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Posted by David Bergeron on 10/15/2017 at 12:31 AM

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

Why not just stick with Obamaeconomics? Eight years no results.

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Posted by Jonathon K on 10/14/2017 at 7:46 PM

Re: “Rugrat Referendum

Edit:
I meant to say, 'I don't notice hell getting any cooler."

Posted by A. M. Kennedy on 10/14/2017 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Rugrat Referendum

I decided to vote yes on 204 because I trust that the people involved will behave with integrity and care. I too would have liked the text to be more rigorous, but ultimately decided that I've no reason to believe that anyone involved is trying to deceive me. I believe this because many of the volunteers I work with are teachers or retired teachers who place the highest importance on education, on the welfare of their pupils. A desire to see something succeed does not always bring on unwise spending.
And based on my observation of other commissions, I trust that mayor and council will make careful choices in their appointments.
Steve K. is right-we should work on the legislature-and we are-but I don't notice hell getting any warmer. I certainly can't skate on it yet. In the meantime, this money could produce a group of kids who come to Kindergarden eager to continue learning.
A. M. Kennedy

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Posted by A. M. Kennedy on 10/14/2017 at 3:56 PM

Re: “Danehy

tctw. Great points, but like I said they fall on deaf ears. You think Tommy will look into what you said and admit he's wrong? It might snow in July, too. These fools can't argue with you. They just hit dislike and hide behind Mommy's skirt, hoping the bad men with guns will go away.

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Posted by CW13 on 10/14/2017 at 3:30 PM

Re: “The Fix Is In: Free Spay and Neuter Event Hits Town This Weekend

Would it be wonderful if Trump minions and Trump himself could be Politically Spayed or Neutered so as to prevent them from Transmitting their Political Poison that is Destroying the the very fabric of our Democracy and Leading this Country into World War Three.?

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 10/14/2017 at 12:09 PM

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

Dearest Commenters, one word: homeschooling.

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Posted by christopher.francis.az on 10/14/2017 at 11:34 AM

Re: “Town and County Officials Say Supervisor Miller is Misleading the Public on Bond Issue

Well the County Administrator never met a tax he didn't like and Supervisor Miller never met a tax she did like, so I doubt we will get much rational discussion from either of them.
Sadly, Oro Valley has a poor record when it comes to spending tax dollars. Rather than spend money to improve sports facilities for families and children, the town government has wasted millions of dollars and imposed a sales tax to purchase and maintain a failing golf course and a run down community center building.

Now the town, with the support of big money developers, is attempting to pass a bond (prop 454) which will be paid for by a town property tax. The Naranja Park improvement plan includes infrastructure improvements which go far beyond a few sports fields. The true purpose of the improvements is not to help children but to develop a "sports tourism" complex. The ethics of using children and youth sports to mask the town government's agenda of building a gold plated sports center is stunning.

If you live in Oro Valley do not vote for Prop 454. We can continue to improve Naranja Park on a pay as you go basis, without a property tax.

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Posted by Gandalf on 10/14/2017 at 8:39 AM

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