C. H. Mara 
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Re: “Rugrat Referendum

The goal may be correct in giving the best to all children, but the methods proposed for funding, and therefore governance, are flawed.

If the money is raised by the city and and council appoints the committee, partisanship will soon raise its local, very ugly head. The local funds for education are raised by school districts, but those do not have the mandate to use sales taxes which are usually reserved for municipal needs like fire, police, roads and similar infrastructure programs including garbabge collection.

Third, there seem to be, in this report of the proposed move, no clear way of regulating the pre-school curriculum, way to reserve funds from mixing church and state, and clear definition of education as opposed to babysitting with crayons present.

IT IS AN IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS COME -- BUT the method needs to be fairly developed, tested and open to change that will benefit the children and the testable for result.

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Posted by C. H. Mara on 10/12/2017 at 6:45 PM

Re: “Grijalva Arrested Protesting Trump's Immigration Policies

Raul Grijalva is a man of principle. Those who vilify him apparently do not understand that the American Revolution and its resulting Constitution and later the Bill of Rights were reactions against government that was inhumane and no at all considerate of human values and their protections.

Is it disorderly conduct to participate in a demonstration against government policy? No. Is is "Disorderly Conduct" to disrupt traffic by sitting down in a road and hold a sign. Where does free expression and "order" intersect is a question for the courts based on a case to case basis in many instances.

I, as a newly cognoscente democrat, dropping my Republican affiliation a few years back, do not agree with Raul all the time, but admire the direction in which he leads. Staying aware of our freedoms and the direction in which the Trump Republicans would lead often needs to be highlighted with action.. Which action and participation is an individual choice and this action on his part shows he is both compassionate, and hints he is aware of what appears to be a major breach of the emoluments clause of the Consitution.

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Posted by C. H. Mara on 09/21/2017 at 5:15 PM

Re: “The New Teacher Certification Rules: Is Everyone Else Wrong, or Am I?

This is a boon to private religioous schools who now can claim publ;ic vouchers for tuition.

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Posted by C. H. Mara on 05/17/2017 at 5:25 PM

Re: “Ladies and Gents, I Give You: Republican [Junk] Science. (Or, Any Port in a Bill-Passing Storm)

I had made my living as a journalist and writer for many years before retirement - and was ONLY able to do it because my handwriting in cursive was not only left handed, but abominable. My printing by hand was readable, but was only for note keeping and was slow to record.

I bemoan the fact I never learned the fluid cursive handwriting of my parents and piers -- as it did change my thought process to less flowing and rhythmical. The poetry of the written word was lost to me.

My unrepentantly unqualified thought is that children should be taught cursive -- but mindfully teachers must be aware of problems of left-handedness, dyslexia and hand eye coordination interfering with the process and for some -- render the use of cursive a non-gradable skill.

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Posted by C. H. Mara on 03/30/2016 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Into the Mild: One Month in a Nairobi Slum

I find these articles not only enlightening, but relevant to Tucsonans who have the potential of serving humanity outside our desert city, then returning with experiences to be shared. At present I live in "American Poverty" here in Tucson -- but am comparatively well off in relation to much of the modern world.

Details, such as the censorship of picture taking and being searched when entering or leaving stores alows me to appreciate the openness in which we live -- and how breaches of this openness must be rooted out and destroyed regardless of race and circumstance -- and that we must not, inTucson or America be sold the bill of goods that public safety MUST trample individual rights for our own good.

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Posted by C. H. Mara on 03/08/2016 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Props Lessons

My question is when did the Catholic Church deed over San Xavier Mission to the County or feds? This is a CLEAR violation of Church and State to pay for any renovations until this historic building is in PUBLIC hands...and rented back for CHURCHES and ORGANIZATIONS to use the facilities for other than Catholic rituals and masses.

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Posted by C. H. Mara on 10/22/2015 at 11:33 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

Private prisons are society's admission that they do not wish to rehabilitate anyone involved in criminal behaviors -- but just punish them while they are warehoused out of sight. It is a counter productive system.

How and why prisons are run and administered and the whole justice system should be predicated on whether it creates better people and lower recidivism rates.

This is not to say that sometimes some people are not salvageable or responsive to rehabilitation efforts -- but warehousing these people and releasing them without supervision is not the answer. Warehousing them in a for profit facility? My opinion is that is a crime against humanity and an admission we do not have the intelliigence or will to solve some very basic human problems.

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Posted by C. H. Mara on 07/16/2015 at 12:44 PM

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