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Re: “Tucson New Horizons Band Information Meeting - Over 50? Come play with us!

I was an envious band parent when my son played during his school years. When I joined the Tucson New Horizons Band last fall I was a real novice & the lousiest trombone player (of 3), but learned a lot & never regretted finding out about the band. If you're a young age 50 or an older age 100 come join & you'll realize that you CAN teach an old dog new tricks!

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Posted by MMP on 08/18/2019 at 10:26 AM

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Re: “Facing Cancer Without Insurance

My "terminal cancer" almost 50 years ago was unrelated to this case, except that having no insurance resulted in an immediate cure. At age 19, I was told I had malignant melanoma & scheduled for surgery the next morning to remove part of my arm & replace it with a chunk of my thigh ... deforming me for life. In spite of the fact the original lab tests took 10 - 12 days, a half hour after the doctor heard I had no insurance we were called back & told "the lab made a mistake". If I'd had insurance those fraudster doctors (dermatologist & surgeon) would have gotten away with their scam. About 40 years later I found out from some University of Arizona cancer researchers that those doctors had a reputation for diagnosing & curing statistically improbable numbers of cancer cases. It's fraud like this in the medical industries where this country needs to encourage whistle-blowers. There must have been some evidence even back in the 1970s of what those greedy, dishonest doctors were doing. I wonder how many victims in Tucson still think they were miraculously saved from a deadly form of cancer that they never actually had!

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Posted by MMP on 10/03/2019 at 12:06 PM

Re: “There's No Difference Between Student Performance In Charters And District Schools. So Says the U.S. Department of Education

I have to wonder about these claims. This year 3 of the 4 state MathCounts finalists were from Phoenix area schools. One was from an Oro Valley BASIS Charter. Not one came from TUSD. In 1996 & for several years before & after that all or most of the State Champions came from TUSD Middle Schools. In 1996 two were from Alice Vail & two from Booth-Fickett. This is a sad reversal of earlier TUSD successes.…

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Posted by MMP on 09/30/2019 at 7:54 PM

Re: “County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez Is Calling It Quits

Elections are generally run fairly well in Pima County, but I've noticed one bizarre problem with real estate records. A few years ago ... probably around the time a street sign for Croydon Street was misspelled, the newer homeowners were listed on Croyden, but the older owners still had the correct Croydon on their records. Recently, instead of going through newer records & making the correction, somebody sitting at a computer in a county office (I'm assuming this is what happened) went back & changed the original correct spelling on older records to the misspelling. If I lived on Croydon Street I would certainly encourage all the homeowners to protest the Pima County incompetence in that matter.

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Posted by MMP on 09/13/2019 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Some Thoughts On The TUSD Family Life Curriculum Conflict

I no longer have a child attending TUSD, but from what I see of current students & graduates (even some college graduates), our kids need a whole lot more help in Reading, Writing, Math, Grammar, Spelling, History, Geography, Civics, & even Physical Education, than they need in Sex-Ed.

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Posted by MMP on 09/13/2019 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Don't Be Too Hard On Kelli Ward. It's a GOP Family Tradition

Kenneth Groves: "Dozens"? "20 times as much"?
As opposed to hundreds in the United States & thousands around the world by leftist terrorist groups?

United States: Weather Underground; SDS; Symbionese Liberation Army; Black Panthers; U. of Wisconsin Sterling Hall Bombing; 1975 bombing of the United States Department of State building; other bombings, shootings, & explosions linked to leftist groups.

Canada: Kidnap-murder of Quebec politician Pierre Laporte in 1970 by Front de libration du Qubec, a Marxist-Leninist group.

Latin America: Executions by Che Guevara & Fidel Castro; Shining Path in Peru; FARC in Columbia, etc.

Europe: Left-wing groups regularly cause problems in Germany, Belgium, Italy, Greece, France, Turkey, Portugal and Spain. Too many to list, but everybody knows about Germany's Baader-Meinhof gang & Northern Ireland's deadly IRA attacks.

Asia: Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge; many attacks by Communists & various Red Army factions in countries outside of the already Communist China & North Korea.

I realize there are plenty of murderous tyrants among right-wingers & you're correct to say both sides do it, but your "20 times" is a statistical lie. Murder & terrorism are traditionally more common among left-wing groups.

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Posted by MMP on 09/10/2019 at 2:02 PM

Re: “Don't Be Too Hard On Kelli Ward. It's a GOP Family Tradition

Democrats & left-wingers have very short & selective memories. It was barely 2 years ago (June 14, 2017) that left-wing activist James Hodgkinson decided to shoot up the Republican Congressional baseball team. Before the shooting he asked it it was the Republicans or Democrats. That's the only time I can think of that a large group of Republicans was specifically targeted. It was only through quick action & a lot of luck that not more were seriously injured or killed.…

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Posted by MMP on 09/10/2019 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Does The Star Dislike Public Schools, Or Does It Just Act That Way To Sell Papers?

I just came across another "bad headline" story.

Who'd imagine "TRUMP URGES UNITY VS. RACISM" would be controversial?…

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Posted by MMP on 08/06/2019 at 9:07 AM

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