Betts Putnam-Hidalgo 
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Re: “Shot in the Dark: An Always-Open Cafe Closes its Doors

Can't something be done about such things? Can't progressively higher rents be regulated in the effort to keep Shots in the Dark or Revolutionary Grounds type places open and keep Starbucks at bay? Just how powerful IS that buy local phrase anyway. I live downtown, am happy with the development, but see it slipping into anywheres-ville as local places are pushed out and corporate places come in. Seems to me that it doesn't have to be that way--downtown can develop without gentrifying if greedy landlords are limited. But I suppose that curbing greed is not really the American Way, is it?

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 01/10/2019 at 7:15 AM

Re: “Rep. Pamela Powers Hannley Makes The Nation Magazine's 2018 Progressive Honor Roll

"a significant number of progressive office holders?" Powers-Hannley is the real thing, but for this statement to be true we'd have to agree that our lunatic right wing officeholders have moved the so-called "center " so far to the right that the mildest of liberals qualifies as a flame throwing leftist progressive. I wish this phrase were the truth but.....some other state. Our very very heralded new Democratic Senator, Ms. Sinema, just voted for a border wall and (after swearing in on the Constitution) to abridge our first amendment rights by not allowing a word of protest about Israel's behavior against its neighbors (coming to a border NEAR YOU!). And this is the person that the state Dems trumpet as being a huge WIN for the party!!! I think we still need work on that "significant number of progressive office holders".

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 01/10/2019 at 7:09 AM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: THE National Emergency

I don't think that only liberals feel this way!

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 01/10/2019 at 7:02 AM

Re: “Local Nonprofit Launches Online Guide for Migrants Headed Towards the Border

Why are y'all so incredibly anti immigrant? Do you eat fruits, do you eat vegetables, do you eat chicken and pork, do you live in houses constructed by immigrants? Don't give me this crap about legal and illegal--since when have red-blooded Americans been so hip to legality except on this issue? (which is essentially the same level of illegality as jay walking, but can be prosecuted with death) And don't kid me that the fruit you eat, etc. has been harvested by legally documented immigrants--if that were the case it would be at least twice the price. The country is run on slave labor--the kind that growers, canners and factory farmers pay peanuts to--which would be under the watchful eye of labor laws if the workers were not undocumented. If there was to be any "turn back" it should be based on the mistreatment, hatred and outright feudal repression that actually happens to immigrants who come here looking for a better life and the possibility to feed their children. The hypocrisy is as astounding as the ignorance behind it.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 01/03/2019 at 7:40 AM

Re: “Picking Up Where I Left Off — Though Less Frequently

Danehick Sux, feel free to avoid doing any of the things that David mentions in order to find his posts. Meanwhile the rest of us need MORE media coverage of education, not less. And we need more from people who actually check their facts. Don't get me wrong, especially around election time in TUSD I disagree heartily with many of David's choices--but this town needs coverage of this issue urgently. Our legislature continues its dirty tricks of pushing ideological monitoring of teachers, charter schools that create out-of-the-box riches for their founders (who also conveniently sit on boards that regulate those same charters) and Koch brothers' ideology in a million different guises and formats for all--and those of us who actually have or had kids in public school need to know these things. Now that creeping Kochmania is in our public schools (from Tim Vanderpool's original work about this at the university level years ago until David's coverage of it now in our public schools, the Weekly has been ahead of the curve on this one) we need the disinfectant of sunshine. If you don't, you don't have to read the articles. But I'm glad education will still be getting some coverage in the Range.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 01/03/2019 at 6:50 AM

Re: “TUSD Rejects Freedom Center's High School Course

Rick Spanier and gehci keep following this story. We don't know, yet, how it got into other districts... but at TUSD, for SURE (its not even contested!) the textbook and course snuck in. I have a trail of emails showing that it was accepted at the curriculum level (by a director who had never had anything to do with curriculum but was head of the department anyway, to save their job from a scandal at Tucson High that got them fired as principal, as best I understand) but the trail stops there. The Board never saw the course, never saw the textbook, never approved either. The Kochs and the Freedom Center are not at all above stealth, and they took advantage of a time period when the TUSD Board was allowing its superintendent to run the district without any oversight from the Board majority whatsoever. (That said, I do understand that the Board cannot notice every single high school class that enters its schools , and I do understand that when the current Superintendent did an audit of courses to check for this very problem, Phil 101, as it was called at that time, was not the only one that was unapproved.) The real question to me is....hasn't the Templeton Foundation read the textbook that it paid for? It should be embarrassed to have this book associated with its name.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 12/17/2018 at 7:23 AM

Re: “University of Arizona Police Warn Students After Multiple Assaults on Campus

"The UAPD released the report to warn students to be cautious around campus" -- too often women are told to cloister while their attackers run free. It is NOT our fault, there is a criminal activity taking place here. I am not at all sure that University police departments take such assaults seriously enough. We as women should not have to "solve the problem" by staying inside, censoring our clothing, becoming suspicious of all males or otherwise changing our behavior. When does this turn around? I will look forward to coverage referring to the efforts the police department is taking to find the men who are assaulting women.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 11/08/2018 at 9:43 AM

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