David Safier 
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Re: “Ducey, Republicans Leave $56 Million For Child Care Sitting On the Table

Kathy and Bslap, I'm neither a journalist nor especially objective. What I write is basically an opinion column on The Range. However, I try to be factual and honest, then I draw conclusions from the facts, conclusions you may or may not agree with. I generally link to my source material, as I did here, so you can read the work of a more objective journalist to put what I've written in perspective.

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Posted by David Safier on 08/16/2018 at 6:05 PM

Re: “Ducey, Republicans Leave $56 Million For Child Care Sitting On the Table

Kathy S, here is the reason Republicans gave to the Star: "Legislators voted in May against spending the money, saying they were unclear about how the states Department of Economic Security planned to use it." Friese told me that was the answer given to Democrats as well.

It's a ridiculous answer, of course. The use of the money is limited to improving the quality of child care and early childhood education for children of low income families. It can be put into the budget as a line item for that purpose. It's ridiculous on another front too. They knew about the money since March, plenty of time to draw up a plan. If you want to use some money offered to you, you draw up a plan, jump through any hoops put in front of you. They didn't bother because they didn't want to spend it.

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Posted by David Safier on 08/15/2018 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Tired Of Those Annoying Political Phone Calls And Fliers?

Hey Cap'n, nice jab. Well done.

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Posted by David Safier on 08/13/2018 at 4:30 PM

Re: “A Review of David Garcia's Book, "School Choice"

To "How about more on public management & less on PRIVATIZATION?" Here's a link to a story Hank Stephenson wrote in the Star which may answer your question about teacher vacancies. He's a good reporter, so I'm taking him at his word, and I don't have any more information on the topic than you do. https://tucson.com/news/local/despite-pay-…

I'm going to ask as a return favor that you not continue the teacher vacancy discussion on this comment stream. It's at least two degrees of separation from the topic of my post. In "Comments" parlance, that's called hijacking, where a commenter turns the discussion away from the original topic to something s/he wants to talk about. That being said, if you decide to write about it, that's your choice. So long as it's within normal comments bounds, I won't remove it.

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Posted by David Safier on 08/13/2018 at 9:46 AM

Re: “University of Virginia Needs To Pay Back By Paying Forward

To "Try broader policy solutions for higher ed." I don't think it's reasonable to create an equivalence between Africans being taken to this country against their will and being kept as slaves and the injustices and prejudice visited on other minority groups. I agree with the idea of lifting the burden on all people who are mistreated in this country, but this is an especially egregious situation, where a university would not exist without the labor of slaves whose descendants weren't allowed to attend until 1950.

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Posted by David Safier on 08/10/2018 at 9:28 AM

Re: “When Democrats Turned Tail, And Kept Running

Reply to "There's MESSAGING, and then there's FUNDING." You're absolutely right about the importance of campaign funding and funders. For me, it's not either/or, it's both/and. Democrats' cowardice in the face of Republican political assaults is more than listening to big money supporters, it's an almost visceral reaction to run away when they're attacked. Along with the power of money, it compounds the problem of Democrats being dragged to the new "center," which is what we used to call moderate-to-conservative Republican.

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Posted by David Safier on 08/03/2018 at 8:56 AM

Re: “Should TUSD Educate Children at the Detention Facility in Tucson?

The TUSD board voted unanimously to follow through on this agenda item.

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Posted by David Safier on 07/25/2018 at 8:15 AM

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