Constant Voter 
Member since May 8, 2010


Latest Review

Re: “Avatar

Couldn't disagree more with the reviewer expert guys above and below.

This film was better than The Hurt Locker - should've won the Oscar for many reasons.

Right vs. Wrong in a multi-layered world of fantastic images.

Film was creative, fast-moving, absorbing, thoughtful and FUN!

Posted by ay te wacho on 05/08/2010 at 7:31 AM

Recent Comments

Re: “McSally Reveals She Was Sexually Assaulted While Serving in the Military

NOW is the time to attract more voters - women! McSally was a proven Trump supporter in the GOP when running last time. Conveniently appointed to the GOP controlled Senate, she has shown no courage or inclination to the contrary.

So she now gives her campaign a jump start with old news - believable, but decades old and far from combustible. She can mention this issue now and again as a Republican woman who is running to keep her gift of a seat in the US Senate.

Running against Astronaut Kelly will not be a walk in the park.

23 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Constant Voter on 03/08/2019 at 6:57 AM

Re: “Lift off: Mark Kelly Launches Campaign for U.S. Senate in Tucson

Whenever I read "must be" in a sentence I can smell the napalm in the morning. Take a deep breath, and perhaps learn to appreciate fine people like Astronaut Kelly who have already demonstrated bravery, intelligence and character. If you think otherwise, and that your agenda is so vital, you can try a run for the office yourself or simply continue the role of gadfly here.

24 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Constant Voter on 03/01/2019 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Charter School Teachers On Strike: A Privatizer's Nightmare

I once knew a nice lady who was a teacher in a charter school. Uncertified herself, she had been an assistant to a certified teacher in a small, local school district for many years and was now glad to have a class of her own. A religious woman (although the school was not religious), she was always well organized, professional, competent and worked very well with students.

One day she told me she no longer had a job. Since her husband was successful, the charter owner/operator of the charter school let her go because "she didn't need the money." This same owner/operator started that charter school by writing up that the local public school district was terrible (it wasn't), collected his administrative/executive salary for years and years, kept overhead low by not keeping people too long, and then bailed out of the charter after milking the system for all those years. The building now sits vacant.

How much did he make? No one ever knew. It was suspected that he paid himself around or above $200K per year. I think that taxpayers have the right to know just how much these people pay themselves - both currently AND retroactively.

Open the books - past and present - stop abuse of public funds.

11 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Constant Voter on 03/01/2019 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Arizona Republic Wins National Award For Charter School Stories

Stating that charters are the "best" sounds like a charter school owner/operator, or someone that dislikes TUSD so much that they mistakenly put all Public Schools into one big group, which is unfair. There are some very fine smaller school districts in this state that are so popular that voter approved overrides pass, and the students and their parents are happy. Despite graduating many, many excellent people since the 1800s, TUSD is a unique and, at least in modern times, historically unpopular entity.

MORE UNFAIR - lack of public disclosure by Charter Schools. Public school districts report ALL their salaries and operating costs on a big spreadsheet that has traditionally been published in a local newspaper. Even though they take taxpayer money, Charter Schools DO NOT REPORT their profits, their operating costs or their administrator salaries. Even in small operations, some of these "executives" could be taking home salaries as large or larger than superintendents with far more students and staff. OPEN THE BOOKS. Go back to the very start of all charter schools too; let's see some numbers, dates and job descriptions, and then we'll match them with names of people lining their pockets.

23 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Constant Voter on 02/24/2019 at 9:19 AM

Re: “Arizona's English Immersion Mandate In Context

I can remember when students who did not know English were tested in English and then labelled retarded. I can also recall that when teaching speakers of Spanish (and other languages) to use English, or ESL, individual student ability determined his/her time for acquiring a second language, first conversationally and later academically. Imagine yourself being thrown into a new language and being expected to use it with recall and for analyzing new information.

In other words, one size does not fit all - if any.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Past Prejudice Persists on 02/19/2019 at 9:49 PM

Re: “Revenge Of the Privatizers: Arizona, Oklahoma, West Virginia

Michael Hecht - your comment makes no sense at all. First, the author is a he. Second, some charter schools are good and some are not, but all are not awesome. Third, there is no sloppy reporting, just factual information from several states and his (the author's) opinion. Fourth, your assumption that all public schools in all the states mentioned award kid participation trophies is just kind of weird - sounds like a Fox News culture wars talking point.

Finally, all charter schools in Arizona, good and bad, need to open their books and report how much taxpayer money they take year after year after year for profits and executive salaries.

33 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Constant Voter on 02/14/2019 at 6:30 AM

Re: “Here's Why Democrat Mark Kelly Could Knock Appointed Sen. Martha McSally out of Her Orbit

I can agree that Martha McSally, who was our Congressional Representative (as was Gabrielle Giffords), jumped on the Trump train with such turnabout enthusiasm that the voters in my family were unambivalent in our disgust as she attacked her opponent while she deflected and defended Trumpism in her words and in her behavior, which we considered pandering and unprincipled.

McSally's TV ads pushed her military jet pilot patriotism in our faces as they screamed what an "extremist" (i.e., unpatriotic) her opponent, now Senator Sinema, was. Well, Martha, now you will be up against not only a fighter pilot, but an astronaut!

Don't you dare, Martha.

64 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Constant Voter on 02/14/2019 at 6:17 AM

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