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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: “The Games BASIS Plays

Got to give USN&WR credit for becoming the arbiter of academic success. One time they were a failing news magazine behind Time, Newsweek and The Economist.
I think this says that selective academic institutions have better results than non selective one. No argument...I'm sure Princeton, which takes about 6% of all applicants, does better than U of A which takes over 50%. I think the scope of selectivity is critical as well. Basis draws from AZ based populations. Prestigious private high schools like Andover, Choate, Lawrenceville etc draw from a global population. A lot of people throughout the world want their kids to go to the top US colleges. The best high school students from Europe, China or Korea are quite good. And they routinely offer scholarships, so they would pass through the free lunch ( as well as dinner and breakfast) gate .
So I guess I question that Basis is the " Best in the US". There are many US high schools that have been doing it a lot longer and draw from a far larger academic population.

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Posted by bsinn on 05/14/2018 at 5:20 AM

Re: “The New Republican Outlaw

First of all, Blankenship and Moore were rejected by the voters. Blankenship in a Republican primary ,and Moore in a predominantly conservative state . Arpaio is by no means a shoe in. And Joe's crime was trying to keep illegals off the welfare roles. And in a state that borders Mexico,he will probably be on the look out for Hispanics. All kind of candidates can try....but we only wonder about those who get into office, like Schneiderman.
Arguably it is a bigger crime to provide an inferior education to people of color. This is a common practice in Democrat run cities like, Tucson, Baltimore, Detroit, Newark, Miami, Chicago etc. These cities think it is a big deal when 40% of students read and compute at grade level. It should be over 90%...that's why it's called grade level.

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Posted by bsinn on 05/09/2018 at 5:58 AM

Re: “Diane Douglas: Let Teachers Carry Guns

Kinda like blaming the car when there is a wreck. It's about the driver. For guns it is pretty simple ...mentally disturbed people and criminals shouldn't have guns. Period. Virtually all the mass shootings in the US are done by people from those 2 groups. We spend a lot of money on the criminal element ( including illegals). We need to get more serious about the crazies. The psychotropic drugs don't seem to be working. Institutionalize them. Maybe a start would be require a complete medical record before you can buy a gun. Balance 2nd amendment rights with basic societal rights to not be murdered. There are 300 million guns in this country. Its too late to think regulating them will stop the mentally disturbed or criminals.

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Posted by bsinn on 03/15/2018 at 6:37 AM

Re: “The Numbers Game In TUSD's State Audit

If this were a business problem the turnaround strategy would have two basic steps. First right size by eliminating underused and revenue draining assets and second, use the funds this raises to fix the product. It seems like the audit has identified the underutilized ... probably those already well known to the District. But has anybody measured the product ( quality and relevant education ) versus a sensible peer group ? That would not only be test scores, but in-depth understanding of current and future parent's ( both those who stay and those who leave) expectations. I realize that government sponsored monopolies and private enterprise are different, but they are similar in crises...right size the structure and improve the product.

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Posted by bsinn on 03/14/2018 at 6:46 AM

Re: “The TUSD Board Should Publicly Affirm Judge Tashima's Ruling

It does seem like a lot of adults have some sort of PC axe to grind. Not much discussion about whether the kids are more qualified to excell in todays job market because they took MAS courses. Will Apple, Google, Boeing, Microsoft, Goldman-Sachs etc ( you gotta think big) be more impressed with TUSD students than the ones from India and China if they have taken MAS ? Tucsons DMA average income is below the US average. Not sure if more MAS will help fix it.

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Posted by bsinn on 02/08/2018 at 7:43 PM

Re: “The TUSD Board Should Publicly Affirm Judge Tashima's Ruling

Since MAS existed, is there any data on how it affected student outcomes ? We ( tax payers) fund public education to prepare the next generation to become productive contributors to society. Did Mexican American Studies accomplish this better than the next best alternative ? Did more students get into more/better post HS grad education programs because of MAS ? Did those who went directly into the work force get better pay and positions because of MAS ? What about the opportunity cost ? Would students have benefitted more if the money had gone to Calculus, Coding, English, business math etc ? Why just Mexican American Studies ? How about other large hyphenated American groups like those of German, Irish, British, Asian , African, Canadian, Italian etc. decent ?
It feels like this is a special interest crusade with little regard to the value of the outcome to the student. "Winning"may mean that the students lose. It may be more valuable to analyze this program versus the next best alternative rather than wasting money on lawsuits and throwing around the ubiquitous racist tag.

7 likes, 47 dislikes
Posted by bsinn on 02/07/2018 at 11:04 AM

Re: “On Trump’s Watch, Another Surge of Unaccompanied Minors at The Border

Looks like Milton Friedman was right... open borders and welfare states are incompatible. For these younger folks, we seem to have open borders. And we are definitely a welfare state ( SNAP, Medicaid, rent subsidies, etc). Any serious estimate of what this costs the US and AZ taxpayers and future taxpayers ( debt) during the lifetime of these "visitors" ? It is difficult to make a living for drop outs of US schools, I imagine it is nearly impossible for a drop out of a Guatemalan schools. So they will become wards of the state. It's unfortunate that they don't care for their birth home, but there must be a limit to the US taxpayer generosity.

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Posted by bsinn on 01/16/2018 at 6:39 AM

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