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Re: “Noble Hops Gastropub

Agree that it is a great addition to the Oro Valley restaurant scene. My son-in-law visited from Cambridge MA over the holidays and felt it was a real find. He brews beer at a place called John Harvard's ( yeah it is near the University by the same name) . Lot of great beers and an incredible variety of west-of -the-Mississippi local brews. Food is good brew pub snack food . Not sure what a gastro-pub is, but sense the taste/variety fell a bit short. But this is a place about the 100 + beers, not the food.

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Posted by Bill Sinnott on 01/26/2012 at 6:17 PM

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Re: “Sexual Harassment and Broken Salary Promises at Heritage Elementary Charter School

Not sure ( really) bad bosses are unique to charter schools. They pop up in government, industry and even public schools. I'm sure the lurid headlines from these shenanigans sold a lot of papers. Yes, oversight is critical, but things usually get out of hand before the bureaucrats kick in. Just curious, since it is an education institution , were the students getting educated ? How did measurables compare to the public school alternative ? If these allegations are true, let's hope the principal/entrepreneur sets an example for the students by serving a ( really) long jail sentence.

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Posted by bsinn on 08/02/2018 at 5:36 AM

Re: “Eight Things to Know about Mass Incarceration

Kind of left out of this discussion is the fact that crimes are being committed, victims happen, and folks are paying for their crimes. Does this group think that the prison inmate population didn't really commit crimes and was railroaded because of race or economic circumstances ? If so, that's a big story. Hopefully our prisons aren't full of vagrants put there by resume building prosecutors.

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Posted by bsinn on 07/20/2018 at 5:50 AM

Re: “Danehy

Since you are giving Dems advice, you may want to cover their other 2 non starters. These, along with the call for un protected borders, are turning the Blue Wave into a quiet pond. First is Medicare for all . Right now, people contribute to Medicare for 30+ years to get benefits. And even with that, the system is suppose to be bankrupt in 10 or so years. Benefits after contributing for 30 minutes probably won't improve the situation.
Finally, there is the universal wage. Probably affordable if we get rid of all the current welfare schemes like food stamps, rent subsidies, Medicaid, WIC, Obama-phones, etc. but I'm sure that's not the plan. Too many gov't workers ( i.e. Dems) would lose unionized jobs. While paying people not to work may be the progressive dream, it probably isn't affordable for a country $20 trillion in debt.
Before you say this advice is worth what you pay for it, I'll say it for you.

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Posted by bsinn on 07/19/2018 at 4:08 AM

Re: “"Hey Buddy, Can You Spare $200 Million?" If Your Buddy Is the Walton (Walmart) Family, Then, Yes

Just curious. How much $ do the public sector/educator unions hand over to politicians to assure that public schools keep their monopoly ? To be fair, the Waltons are not the only well heeled player in this dance of financial elephants.

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Posted by bsinn on 07/11/2018 at 4:36 AM

Re: “If the High Stakes Tests Don't Make Sense, Neither Will the Results

Anybody ever done any longitudinal outcomes study ? In other words how do students do in college and the work force after they leave high school ? If this argument is correct, then there would be a sizable number of students who do well on the test but poorly in college or trade school. Do kids routinely ace the math section ( usually not the target of social justice warriors) but , in reality can't add or subtract ? It is a serious charge that test takers are cheating/phony prepping their way to success, but don't really know much. Pretty easy to prove.

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Posted by bsinn on 07/04/2018 at 4:44 AM

Re: “Schools, Teachers, Taxes, Elections—And a Wet Finger in the Wind

Politics aside, not sure that the analogy with OK works. Big difference is that AZ has a sizable retirement community.... folks living on fixed incomes and have little interest in having it shrunk by some tax-happy politician. Usually these people come from states (think MI, MN, IL, WI) that have a history of aggressively raising taxes while public education ( what the kid learn not what the educrates get) deteriorated. Besides, OK is probably feeling fairly prosperous with the rise in oil prices. No such honey pot in AZ.

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Posted by bsinn on 06/28/2018 at 4:41 AM

Re: “Arizona Earns an F. Merit Pay Fails. DeVos-Backed Company Caught Lying.

Seems like the first two should read : Defenders of the status quo like the status quo. The first one is really silly. OF COURSE an organization that supports current public education would dig up data that the alternative sucks. But the fact remains that US global education achievement ranks somewhere in the mid 20's in verbal skill and low 30's in computational skills. Hard to say " let's keep doing what we're doing". The last one says that the Devos Foundation makes some bad investments from time to time. OK, got it.

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Posted by bsinn on 06/26/2018 at 4:52 AM

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