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Re: “31 Great Things to Do in Tucson this Weekend: Friday June 15-Sunday June 17

Thank you for changing the foto!

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Posted by skinnyman on 06/15/2018 at 11:56 PM

Re: “31 Great Things to Do in Tucson this Weekend: Friday June 15-Sunday June 17

UMmmm...why are you showing a hacked-off baby saguaro, and what on earth does that have to do with saguaro fruit harvesting?? Bizarre, and very misleading.

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Posted by skinnyman on 06/15/2018 at 11:28 AM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: What Rough Beast?

"The best" is not a partisan concept, nor is "the worst." It is a self-defeating lie to say that all of the current conflict can be reduced to partisan wrangling.

Let's start with "the worst," which are clear enough. Racism. Sexism. Misogyny. Xenophobia. Homophobia. Religious insanity. Ignorance. Intolerance. Greed. All of which lead to morally bankrupt violence, and all of which are animating forces of the Republican Party, especially under the rise of Tchump. But they're also found in some measure in the Democratic Party, and they are long traditions in our nation, as in most of the world, evils against which good hearts and kind souls have always had to fight, and probably always will. Fighting against them now, even in the context of what is undeniably an epidemic of mindless partisan bickering, does not diminish the nobility of the fight or lessen its necessity. It would be a cop-out and an abdication of moral responsibility to sputter "a pox on both houses" and retreat to a cave.

"The best"? That, too, is easy. Tolerance. Inclusion. Generosity. Nonviolence. Equality. Diversity. These concepts make peace, promote harmony, and can underpin solutions to virtually any problem. The Democratic Party platform comes closer to these ideals than the Republican's, but again, revolutionary social change is not a partisan issue. LGBTQ Republicans fought for gay marriage and other equal rights alongside LGBTQ Democrats, and things changed, because they were fighting for these values and driven by love, rather than "the worst". The fact that much change still needs to happen does not diminish the gains or the fundamental truth that the values are what matter and the fight is worth the effort.

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Posted by skinnyman on 06/12/2018 at 9:36 AM

Re: “The Pros and Cons of Being Fat

Wow. Well, there ya go--you can't have a piece about being fat without some mindless fat-shaming in the comments. Thanks, folks, for proving the point!

Let me add, as a "chronic and compulsive masturbator", that I am shocked--SHOCKED, I say!--that you would associate me with fat people. How dare you! Have you no compassion? What's wrong with you??

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Posted by skinnyman on 05/03/2018 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Eve of a Strike: Teachers and Districts Prep To Walk out of Schools This Week

"Vouchers save taxpayers money"? That is utter nonsense. All they really do is redirect tax dollars from public schools that are accessible to everyone into the hands of private schools that profit from serving mostly the wealthy. Indeed, that's precisely what they're intended to do--starve the public school system, benefit the wealthy, and increase profits for private educational interests.

As with all privatization schemes, there is no guarantee that things will be done any more efficiently in the private sector than in the public sector. And any marginal gains in efficiency that might occasionally be realized are more than made up for by the profits that private industry takes out of the pot.

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Posted by skinnyman on 04/25/2018 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Conservatives Told: Keep Criticizing Teachers, But Not About Their Pay or Perks

No one "lacks God"--or, if we're speaking realistically, "a god", since there are many different ones beyond just the one you choose to capitalize.

Having access to a god is not a necessity to live a healthy and happy life. Public schools are all about giving every kid an equal chance to grow intellectually, emotionally, and yes, spiritually, without trapping their brains in the constricting, suffocating box of religion. This institutional foundation of our nation and its democracy has been essential in helping us to move past ignorance, patriarchy, sexism, racism, educational inequality, and many other ills that pervade society in general and religions in particular.

The fact that we still have a long way to go on those issues does not diminish the fact that we have already come a long way. Our public schools have lit that progressive path for generations--it is no time to abandon them now.

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Posted by skinnyman on 04/25/2018 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Teachers, Ducey and Politics


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Posted by skinnyman on 04/12/2018 at 11:47 AM

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