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    Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 06/26/2020 at 7:47 PM
    For us to look the other way when a man lies dead after being restrained by THREE police officers is a disaster. I urged the City Council, Mayor, and Ortega to accept this resignation. I support Santa Cruz's outrage in this case, and think that many in her ward and out of it will support it as well. Why did the grandmother not have an easy to remember phone number to call that would actually get someone who knew how to handle the situation, instead of three policemen? I am outraged by those who say "well, he was full of cocaine" as if there is a death sentence for doing cocaine in this country. This type of abuse, and worse, has GOT to stop. Clearly the lauded "8 steps" for being a progressive police force did not work in this case, and more of that is not going to work either. The police need to be seriously shrunken to ONLY the part that deals with criminal activity (which running around naked in your house and screaming is NOT) while others, who do not have guns or paramilitary training, handle other types of cases. Remember social workers? Remember counselors? Remember mental health specialists?
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    Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 04/02/2020 at 7:51 AM
    The Pima County Democratic Party (4639 E. First St.) has signature sheets for all FIVE (now) candidates looking to hold this seat. (All candidates have been invited to provide signature sheets) There is a table and a volunteer out in front of the office ready to take your drive-by signatures in accordance with social distancing norms. The signature table will be available from 11-2, Thursday (today) to Saturday.
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    Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 04/02/2020 at 7:41 AM
    Anyone wanting to sign a nominating petition for any of the District 5 democratic candidates for Elias' seat (there are now five of them) is invited to come by the office of the Pima County Democratic Party (4639 E. 1st St.) between 11 and 2 today (Thursday) through Saturday. Because signatures are due on April 6, there is a drive-by signature collection, in accordance with social distancing norms. All candidates for this seat have been invited to bring their signature petitions to the office--so y'all come too, to sign for the candidate of your choice.
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    Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 03/17/2020 at 10:31 PM
    I worked a polling site today and this was definitely not the case there. I don't know whether we just didn't get the memo, but I also didn't hear any of the multiple people who came in having been at other sites mention this. In fact, after spending 14 hours in a church basement where we could not even see if the sun was shining, this sounds like a terrific idea that many of us would have loved (even though the treatment by the church personnel was stunningly good!)
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    Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 11/03/2019 at 6:51 PM
    Thanks for an informative article! When I first heard about yes. every kid I read what I could find about it on its website and was horrified at the dog whistles within the phrases that were there. You have cited some above, and many sound like a teachers' dream. But look a little further and what it looks like is computer/distance learning...a scary concept indeed to those of us who feel that a very large and essential part of public schooling is that kids are exposed to people who are different from them, and have to learn how to live with that (and with them). That is training for real life, and the academics are only a part of it. But when our public schools are stifled by constant standardized testing taking the excitement out of learning and substituting rote learning, when our teachers are forced to be worried about extra MINUTES of instructional time (because time "off" is no longer valued as time "on") and when so many incentives add up to teaching to the test, phrases like "your input will be valued" can be like the proverbial golden ring, offering the possibility of teaching as it was beFORE the reformers got ahold of it and swore that the numbers tell the whole story.....

    it will be interesting to hear just what it is that is being offered. I look forward to more info in the future....
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    Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 10/18/2019 at 8:13 AM
    I worked with Cecilia Padilla at Holladay, and as angry as I am at Chicanos por la Causa for their support for the NO on 205 campaign, I have to give them credit for choosing her for this award. She is an amazing teacher and the kids under her care and pedagogy grew so very much! In those years she really was a bright star although it wasn't clear to me that she got enough credit for it. The school was struggling through all sorts of issues, and I thought that she moved on to a different district partially because there was a big pay increase involved. I could be wrong on the details, but I am right when I say that she is amazing person who passes on a feeling of love and safety to her students that is rare for someone with such high standards. Clone yourself before you leave, Cecilia, our schools need you!
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    Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 10/09/2019 at 8:53 AM
    David, kinda stupid question from here: How do you find the original version of the headline? Do you go to the source of the (more and more) outsourced articles? This is very interesting. Guess all those charges of "Red Star" are hitting home to our more and more corporate ownership.

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