Narrow Search

  • Show Only

  • Narrow by Date

    • All
    • Today
    • Last 7 Days
    • Last 30 Days
    • Select a Date Range

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

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

8 likes, 30 dislikes
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

2 likes, 2 dislikes
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.

0 likes, 10 dislikes
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.?

2 likes, 0 dislikes
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.

7 likes, 17 dislikes
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.

9 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Gandalf on 10/14/2017 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Danehy

As per Wayne Olsons post on knives:

Here is the direct link to the FBIs Uniform Crime Report on homicides in the U.S..

https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2015/…

Murders by rifles and shotguns 521
Murders by knives or cutting instruments 1,544
Murders by clubs and hammers 421
Murders by hands, fists, feet 624
Average annual deaths by drowning in a swimming pool - 677 (Children under the age of 15 account for 335)

Total Murders by firearms 9,616
Deaths caused by Drunk Drivers 10,265

These statistics beg the question of why aren't those people, who are all wee-weed up about the Las Vegas shooter, trying to get knives, hammers and clubs, swimming pools, and alcohol banned?

2 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by tctw on 10/14/2017 at 12:57 AM

Re: “Danehy

Just more uniformed anti-gun zealotry along the lines of Hillary Clintons statements about the mythical silencer.

They're not good for hunting. Patently false. Semi-automatic weapons can and do make great hunting rifles unless you would like to explain why they dont.

And, when using military-grade ammo, able to shoot the limbs off a fleeing concertgoer. That is about as ignorant a statement as you can get. Military ammunition is designed to cause the least amount of damage to a body as possible. The Hague Convention of 1899 prohibits the use of projectiles that will increase injuries and suffering of combatants. As a result, military projectiles have full metal jackets. They resist fragmentation/deformation, do not transfer all of the energy from the projectile to the target, and often pass completely though a body only leaving a wound channel. They do not blow arms and legs off of bodies. It does the serve the purpose of misinforming people and scaring them about firearms.

1 like, 10 dislikes
Posted by tctw on 10/13/2017 at 11:15 PM

Re: “Guest Opinion

From Koch Brothers economics book, Make money the old fashioned way, inherit it, steal it, or make it by dumping you waste coal piles anywhere there are no regulations. Business ethics 101 according to the Koch Brothers, get everything you can get away with. Ethics, societal good, is for suckers. By all means never make a quality product, consumers want, at a fair price with a fair profit. Page one of the Koch Economics book, "Greed is good."

13 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Frances Perkins on 10/13/2017 at 8:45 PM

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

Yup, in the case of MAS apparently its fine to teach high schoolers that Republicans hate Latinos and fine to fail to pony up the details of exactly what curricular materials were included in a curriculum taught in a publicly funded school, but God forbid people on the other side of the political spectrum should try to slip their politically skewed, tendentious ideas into the high school curriculum.

This Freedom Institute program is exactly the kind of right-wing counter that will be summoned as a response to instances of left-wing curricular bias. And the argument will be you promoted your views in that curriculum, were promoting ours in this one; its a free country, the contest is on: let the best man (or the best funded man?) win.

(In the non-stop partisan ideological warfare this country is engaged in, we seem to have lost track of the idea that the entire spectrum of ideas should be taught responsibly and dispassionately in high school social science courses that present them all and allow students to weigh the pros and cons and think for themselves. And to ensure that this is whats happening not partisan indoctrination of either the left or right variety what the content of the course is and where it is being taught and whose funding supported the development of the curriculum should be 100% transparent to anyone who cares to inquire.)

18 likes, 23 dislikes
Posted by Lacking consistency, as usual. on 10/13/2017 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Guest Opinion

Bingo! We've got a winner here.

8 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Wayne Olson on 10/13/2017 at 4:56 PM

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

Oh my gosh! The public has never been misled on a Huckleberry Bond Issue before have they? Or any PC or COT Bond Issue?

10 likes, 19 dislikes
Posted by Wayne Olson on 10/13/2017 at 4:55 PM

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

Somebody is OD'ing on fake news. Get a grip...

10 likes, 25 dislikes
Posted by Wayne Olson on 10/13/2017 at 4:54 PM

Re: “The Skinny

I do want to see McSally move back to wherever she came from, but really, is McSally Lite the best we can do?

5 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Cascabel on 10/13/2017 at 12:25 PM

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

This moral panic from a supporter of MAS is pretty rich.

18 likes, 29 dislikes
Posted by Nathan K on 10/13/2017 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Guest Opinion

mmm... If the end result of this course is having more aspiring entrepreneurial doctors and kids that believe that success requires "meeting people's needs and doing so through ethical and mutually beneficial practices." and that "businesses that lack either virtuous purpose or ethical practices won'tand shouldn'tsucceed", it sounds like a good outcome, doesn't?...

17 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Not so bad... on 10/13/2017 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Memorial Service

Am I the only one who thinks the location is inappropriate? This should be built at the shopping center where the shooting took place, not downtown. I am definitely open to reasons why downtown is a better location but it seems like the only reason is because it is public land and the shopping center is private land which would make the process more difficult....

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by HumanBean on 10/13/2017 at 8:37 AM

Re: “Better Late Than Never: 1968 Film Makes World Premiere

I am so glad you rescued that film, Jere! Someone from Vermont Academy sent this article to my father; yesterday when I was visiting my parents he told me about the article and I told him that I remember the summer vividly but the only person whose name I remember was "a guy named 'Jerry' Michaels". You can imagine his surprise! I grew up at Vermont Academy where my father was the headmaster from 1964 to 1977. I was 14 the summer of 1968. Vermont Academy was an all boys prep school at that time with no opportunity for girls. Jere introduced me to modern dance, and told my mother that "your daughter has a big talent." I went on to dance through high school and college, and am dancing still! I can't wait to see the film when it is shown back east! Thank you, Jere!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Ellie Anderson on 10/13/2017 at 4:30 AM

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.

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

© 2017 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation