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I was hoping that once Mr. Colvin was elected, he would learn the basics of school finance and how to properly read district financial statements. His claim that there are millions of dollars sitting dormant in the district coffers was completely inaccurate and false, and by now he should know that. It's pretty sad that we have people who only care about financially crippling our education system in order to further their misgujided anti-public-school ideology.2 weeks ago
Hey Samkat . . . I think you have Mormonphobia. 3 weeks ago
I agree. The city should also not be in the sewage treatment business because this is unfairly competing with the porta-potty companies. And don't the water treatment plants get in the way of the bottled water companies?
3 weeks ago
To believe in God, one has to be open-minded enough to consider the idea that there may be realities beyond the reach of our five senses. Just because you can't see it (or break its component elements down in a test tube), doesn't mean that it doesn't exist. @ AZ Willie -- even your strong position that there is no god takes a huge leap of faith.1 month ago
Just for the record, way back in the 1800s, Lucy Mack Smith, Joseph's mother, actually gave a prayer at one of the church's conferences . . . so technically, this wasn't the first time.
It was an awesome conference filled with great counsel . . . Too bad the previous posters insist on looking at the church through such a fault-finding lens . . . but that's the cool thing about life in America -- we get to think whatever we want :-)
2 months ago
Mike -- Please . . . I applaud you when you describe the legitimate problems with many in our local TEA party, but seriously . . . you have betrayed your political biases and shown that your critical analysis does not apply to our rock star President Obama . . .
17 trillion dollars in debt, and still rising, and Obama says, "We really don't have a debt problem," and you are defending this guy? FACT He promised that with Obamacare my insurance rates would go down – Like virtually everyone else’s, they're way way up. I also believe the White House’s estimates on how much Obamacare would cost are about double already. FACT He promised that middle class taxes would not go up "a penny". They went up on his insistence first paycheck in January. There are hidden taxes everywhere in every fiscal move he makes. He constantly stonewalls the press and the public when there is information that might hurt him politically -- He's freaking dishonest.
The only thing, and I mean the only thing, Obama has going for him is charm and a complicit press filled with people who have little if any understanding of economics or the realities of the private sector. And have you ever wondered why Obama's academic records are sealed while Mitt Romney's top-of-the class performances are wide open for all to view? Would you have nominated one of your C+ students for outstanding student over the school valedictorian? Based on your vote for Commander-in-Chief, I’m thinking that you would have. And I need you to explain how this failed Keynesian model that our imperial president follows "clearly" saved us from another depression. You are free to make that statement, but there is no way to know or prove whether that is true – But seeing that billions of dollars of the stimulus money was given to the green businesses of Obama’s political allies who subsequently went bankrupt, I’m kind of questioning whether Obama’s stimulus did anything besides raise the debt with no benefit to the economy whatsoever. This is the most fiscally irresponsible president that the country has ever seen. No compromise from the Republicans? How short is your memory, Mike? The Republicans just compromised and raised taxes a couple months ago. Barack is now berating them again, insisting for even more tax hikes. If there’s stubbornness, it’s on Barak Obama’s part. Maybe you think he is right and so his stubbornness is legit, but don’t be his shrill and falsely lay all the blame on the Republicans.
And this is the guy who really believes, along with the rest of the Democratic party, that a 15-year-old girl has a CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT to a federally funded, partial birth abortion without telling her parents. No compromise whatsoever, ever on our antiquated abortion practices. If you actually believe that Obama and his adoring Progressive minions are on the moral-intellectual high ground, please count me in with the evil Republicans .
2 months ago
Hindsight is 20-20.2 months ago
I am a teacher in the East Valley (a conservative Republican, non-union teacher at that), and Mike is right in that the Agenda 21 connection is "much ado about nothing" as far as the Common Core is concerned. I am currently working to help write next year's scope and sequence for my school's junior English curriculum and truly, the Common Core is simply an effort to ratchet up and standardize our national standards because according to comparative international tests we are getting our butts kicked by most of the developed world. The National Governors Association has been working on this for over 20 years (The wheels of bureaucracy turn slowly). Also, the Common Core has been developed largely with the support of corporate sponsors (like Bill Gates) who are mostly concerned with making sure our schools prepare students for successful entry into our economy.
One has to strain to find the reference to Sustainability in the Common Core, so I doubt if it’s much of a concern, but it appears that sustainability is just code for liberal environmental doctrines like global warming, so yes Mike, that probably is a creeping liberal agenda item.
And to VofReason – The majority of teachers in this state are not union. As a conservative teacher I get tired of people pretending this is New Jersey and continually cutting critical funding in the name of eliminating some union-inspired phantom waste that doesn’t exist. Trust me – the schools in AZ are cut to the bone and it’s mostly the fault of TEA party extremist thinking. I’m with the TEA party when it comes to smaller more efficient government, but the TEA partiers in Gilbert who are tenaciously going after the public schools are misguided and crazy.
2 months ago
I am soooooo tired of the gay community's whining and finger pointing and calling those of us that want the word "marriage" to continue to refer to the union between a man and woman racist (or the equivalent). Have your gay civil unions or whatever and stop going apoplectic when the voters don't vote the way you want them to. 3 months ago
Vof Reason -- Go to the state auditor's site (Shows excellent summaries district by district -- this office is run by conservative Republicans). Also, go to the school board sites for each district -- Funds and how they are allocated are summed up in public finance statements. You really can trace specific expenditures. I have a good Republican friend who served on an advisery committee for GPS. She was against Prop 204, but she couldn't believe the erroneous information about the over-rides being touted as fact by candidates like Colvin and other TEA Party enthusiasts. The fact is, there are numerous reasonable places where your 9K per student goes. It's bad practice to use "back of the napkin" calculations, jump to conclusions, and miss a lot of the important specifics regarding school finance. The Goldwater Report investigates school waste in schools from time to time. I've read the latest -- There is waste, but it's what one would expect from a large organization or corporation of any kind -- a few hundred dollars here, a few thousand there -- There certainly aren't millions of dollars being hidden or wasted -- that idea, spread by my TEA Party friends, is simply false. Look it up.3 months ago