Constant Voter 
Member since May 8, 2010

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Re: “Avatar

Couldn't disagree more with the reviewer expert guys above and below.

This film was better than The Hurt Locker - should've won the Oscar for many reasons.

Right vs. Wrong in a multi-layered world of fantastic images.

Film was creative, fast-moving, absorbing, thoughtful and FUN!

Posted by ay te wacho on 05/08/2010 at 7:31 AM

Recent Comments

Re: “Is The Charter School Bandwagon Losing Momentum?

Between 15 and 20 years ago, I had the opportunity to read a hard-copy charter for a Charter School in Cochise County, Southern Arizona. There were at that time two (2) Charter Schools either operating or proposed to be operating in our immediate area. Both Charter writers were former employees in the close by public school district.

The Charter writers approach was to: (a) discredit, vilify and/or trash in detail the performance of the local Public School District, while (b) simultaneously poaching teachers and support workers to staff their Charter Schools.

Since these Charters were written, accepted and operationalized, one of the Charter Schools went under after a limited run of years, and the second is still operating with the following reported for 2018-19:

Overall School Rank: Bottom 50% in AZ
Math Proficiency: 21-39% (Bottom 50%)
Reading Proficiency: 21-39% (Bottom 50%)

Meanwhile, the local Public School was rated best in the state a couple years ago, still expands, and improves with solid community support.

27 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Constant Voter on 06/11/2019 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Kathy Hoffman Is Doing What She Was Elected To Do

It is about time the State of Arizona finally has a highly qualified, empathetic and professional person as Superintendent: someone who brings both the training and some real-life, day-to-day experience to such an important position of public service. I sincerely hope we are getting past the cronyism, the shallow shenanigans, and the strange political trolling online that have characterized holders of this state level office in the past.

27 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Constant Voter on 05/30/2019 at 12:45 PM

Re: “AZ Senate Republicans Push For a New NAU "Freedom School" While They Undercut University, K-12 Funding

Finally, there is some reporting on charter schools, with their secret budgets, their hidden administrative salaries and "profits" that may leave the state forever. Why It took years to even start reporting anything at all is so overdue that it is strange. This fiscal secrecy seems to have been born from an incestuous marriage of charter owners and majority party AZ politicians. I do not care how good (some are) or mediocre individual charter schools might be - just show how much money you are harvesting every year, and then show taxpayers what you do with the shared tax money.

Do this reporting annually just like all public school districts must do. Publish every single budget line for each and every operating cost, the individual salaries and dollar value benefits for all employees from top to bottom, and all "profits" that derive directly from legally collected taxes. Also - now that reporters are on to this more, I would like to read through public money budgets for all charter schools, extinct or still operating, all the way back to June, 1994.

27 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Constant Voter on 05/18/2019 at 6:33 AM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: There's Something Wrong With Rudy

To any regular American of any background and from any place in the country, there is one important question: is your life any better than it was before Trump and his "best people" started running the country?

And, looking at Trump's America from outside the Fox News/Republican Party bubble wrap, why do so many of us think something huge is going to explode?

27 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Constant Voter on 04/23/2019 at 10:33 AM

Re: “The Miserable Charter School Bill Is Put Out Of Its Misery

All charter schools are not bad, but some are cash cows at the taxpayers' public trough.

All charter schools should therefore simply and quietly open their books for responsible policy makers and taxpayers to see, just like public schools must do as thoroughly required.

To continue to refuse to report public funding is not just ethically wrong, but also unfair, dishonest and duplicitous.

Why the hiding? How many tax dollars are these people farming year after year after year?

Taxpayer dollars should never be dark money.

15 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Constant Voter on 03/28/2019 at 9:37 PM

Re: “McSally Reveals She Was Sexually Assaulted While Serving in the Military

NOW is the time to attract more voters - women! McSally was a proven Trump supporter in the GOP when running last time. Conveniently appointed to the GOP controlled Senate, she has shown no courage or inclination to the contrary.

So she now gives her campaign a jump start with old news - believable, but decades old and far from combustible. She can mention this issue now and again as a Republican woman who is running to keep her gift of a seat in the US Senate.

Running against Astronaut Kelly will not be a walk in the park.

23 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Constant Voter on 03/08/2019 at 6:57 AM

Re: “Lift off: Mark Kelly Launches Campaign for U.S. Senate in Tucson

Whenever I read "must be" in a sentence I can smell the napalm in the morning. Take a deep breath, and perhaps learn to appreciate fine people like Astronaut Kelly who have already demonstrated bravery, intelligence and character. If you think otherwise, and that your agenda is so vital, you can try a run for the office yourself or simply continue the role of gadfly here.

24 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Constant Voter on 03/01/2019 at 1:07 PM

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