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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: “Rugrat Referendum

Waaay back when, there was a Federal program called Head Start. Sounds similar to the one being proposed. It was designed by Democrats ( preferred party of the education establishment), well funded, and had loads of teachers and educrats to do the teaching and watch those doing the teaching. As I recall ,it ran for a while and was evaluated . Evaluation showed that the kids had a benefit for a while but by 3rd grade ( second grade ?) the participants tested no better than non participants. Parents were a bigger influence on the kids, for better or worse. I'm sure that someone will remember better than me. But if this is anywhere near accurate sounds like a " been there , done that".

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Posted by bsinn on 10/12/2017 at 6:50 AM

Re: “Some Charter Schools Pay Students To Enroll, Or Get Their Friends To Enroll

Since Charters don't have the benefit of the monopoly power of tax payer supported public schools, I guess they have to try harder. As any marketer knows, getting trial is not hard, but it doesn't pay out if triers don't become loyalists. So the real question is do they get better grades than they deserve to get them to stay ?

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Posted by bsinn on 10/11/2017 at 6:21 AM

Re: “Can Voters Defeat the Vouchers-For-All Law?

If you get rid of vouchers, you end up with the status run by a government sanctioned monopoly. Being a monopoly, their solutions tend to be in their own self interest. There will no doubt be a call to lard up budgets and raise taxes on " the rich". If you want to look at other states for inspiration, try California. High taxes and approval of many education bond issues. Studies show most of that money goes to the education monopoly bureaucrats and not the classrooms.
The biggest objection to vouchers is that it rewards motivated parents. Maybe we should encourage more motivated parents.

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Posted by bsinn on 05/22/2017 at 6:41 AM

Re: “Get Educated: Trump's Immigration and Refugee Executive Order

Immigration is also an investment. The LA Times said that about 70% of CA immigrants from Mexico ( both legal and illegal) get some sort of government benefit. Usually Food Stamps, WIC,disability benefits, free medical care, education etc. I doubt AZ immigrants are more/less industrious. So basically if you pay income, sales, property , or excise taxes you are supporting these immigrants. AND that means those tax dollars aren't going to other uses like education, infrastructure , pot hole repair, pre natal care, debt reduction ( taxes on future generations), senior subsidies, etc.
Given this investment, it would seem that the investors have the right to influence WHO they are investing in. Would probably argue for more people like Steve Jobs biological dad and fewer someone's sick uncle looking for a big disability check. Hope Isabel covers that.

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Posted by bsinn on 02/02/2017 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Cinema Clips: The Founder

My recollection of the story is that the McDonald brothers were no saints. Kroc bought the license rights to expand beyond San Bernadino ( the home of store # 00001). They insisted that Kroc make the restaurant exactly like the first one. The first one didn't have a place for a heater...the grill kept everybody warm in the Inland Empire. But Kroc wanted to start near his home in Chicago-land. He needed a heater. The Brothers McDonald only let him install it after a big fee and extensive legal bills. Ray was mad and later made a point of surrounding the original store with his McDonalds... putting the McDonalds out of business.

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Posted by bsinn on 01/25/2017 at 7:42 AM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: Journalist Christiane Amanpour Is Worried

So, 90% of the mainstream media did editorials supporting Hillary, and they are surprised that her opponent, the victor , thinks they are against him ? It would seem that the well-credentialed elite doesn't like any Republican president, and they are ginning up reasons to not like Trump . If you want to keep trashing him, that's your prerogative . But don't pretend that it has anything to do with objectivitity or "reporting".

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Posted by bsinn on 12/01/2016 at 8:44 PM

Re: “Letter With 160 Signers Opposes NAACP's Proposed Moratorium on Charter Schools

Best education possible for our young people. Seems like a pretty simple goal that usually gets lost in the self serving education discussions. Economics 101 tells us that monopolies are not the best organization to deliver goods or services. They tend to serve the service provider and not the service recipient. Public schools are structured monopolies. If you don't want to use them you still have to pay for them, as well as the school system you select. Charter schools help keep the monopolies honest and offer an alternative to families who can't afford two tuitions. Assume the NAACP is carrying water for the school monopoly service providers/unions. Good to see someone going to bat for the Charter schools.

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Posted by bsinn on 09/23/2016 at 5:05 AM

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