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Re: “The Skinny

McSally has already shown an independent streak. Rather than go issue by issue, take a look at The Heritage Foundation's conservatism ratings for Arizona senators and congressmen. Most of Arizona's GOP members score in the 80-90% range for voting conservative (as judged by Heritage) position. Last I looked, McSally's conservatism score was 43%. Not non-ideological enough for you? Then maybe your tract is more about political parties than policy.

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Posted by Skeptic on 03/30/2017 at 9:01 AM

Re: “Never Mind Donald Trump!

How did a political story expressly not about Donald Trump launch a comment thread that is entirely about Donald Trump and his opponent? For Dems, the Trump campaign might be hard to turn away from. But for many of us Republicans, it's hard to watch.

Most of this year's state and local elections aren't all that interesting, but at least they offer a diversion from the disaster that is our presidential race,

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Posted by Skeptic on 06/16/2016 at 8:21 AM

Re: “The Skinny

I'll skip the lengthy inventory of Trump's glaring inadequacies and simply say McSally is doing the smart thing. I hope she continues holding off supporting Trump. The Vichy wing of the GOP will be remembered as such.

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Posted by Skeptic on 05/12/2016 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Flight Risks

Very poor job of listing GOP objections. Left out the very high error rate the no-fly list is known for. Was that omission intentional? Come on, Mr. Nintzel, let's be truthful.

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Posted by Skeptic on 12/10/2015 at 6:24 AM

Re: “Tucson Sentinel is Going to Photograph Every Mile of the Arizona-Mexico Border

I expect we will need to excuse them for taking some of the pictures from afar. I can't envision Tucson journalists hugging the border along the crest of the Tule Mountains, for example. And will the 197th mile be particularly interesting? How about the 196th?

Posted by Skeptic on 01/21/2015 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Too Little, Too Late?

I'm not taking sides here because I don't have nearly enough of the facts, but I feel THMS Badger's response to Bess Jones was the cop out. Ms. Jones raised some of the same questions I had, and the questions are legitimate.

I have a feeling that there is indeed some fire behind all this smoke, but the insurgents could be doing a much better job of making their case. Teachers claim to teach "critical thinking." Under Common Core they'll be expected to do more of that. Here's a chance for our educators to demonstrate their own analytical skills in a fight that might be well worth fighting.

The allegations could be rooted in fact or merely in the subjective interpretations of a few. Subjectivity can't be completely eliminated, but so far it's mainly a he-said, she-said argument. Someone should see if numbers can help tell a story.

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Posted by Skeptic on 03/13/2014 at 10:18 AM

Re: “Word Odyssey: O.K.?

Okay, you must have touched MY inner nerd with this one. I liked it.

But that was a recap of history. Now are you ready to tackle a more serious contemporary language issue, one that amounts to a cancer growing on our language? I'm talking about the proliferation of the phrase "these ones" and "those ones" among Tucson's millenials. It's especially rampant among retail sales clerks who can't seem to grasp that our forebearers constructed the words "these" and "those" so we wouldn't need two words. (It's smart stuff like that which makes the assembly instructions in English on the barbecue grill or furniture furniture you just bought about one third shorter than the same instructions in Spanish or French.) These sales clerks aren't speaking English as a second language. They're as apt to be Anglo as Hispanic, and to have no discernible non-English accent. And they're degrading a language that was gifted to them by ancestors.

Posted by Skeptic on 02/06/2014 at 10:07 AM

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