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Re: “Tucson Salvage

Heroin addiction, alcoholism, self pity blended to make a sour cocktail. Survivors most certain, each one to their credit. But if some of these characters in the plot just spent a little less time on a bar stool (easy), and found a way to make a contribution (challenging) to our troubled society, both sides would witness something positive.
Romanticizing it all with a chaser of nostalgia (back when Speedway was a dirt road) seems to only condone the gloomy lifestyle and belittle progress, such as trend brew pubs. After all as stated in the essay, "Llife goes on".

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Posted by ronko on 04/22/2018 at 4:48 PM

Re: “Class Act

Damn, I do think they were forced!!!!
Forced to protest freely, and intelligently, reacting to our greedy, violent gun loving culture. Fueled by fear and the NRA who are addicted to weapons as though we were being invaded by Nazis or Russia. Hey, we are being invaded by Russia. Isn't that our baby president on Putin's lap?
We adults and our elected politicians have let these students down, as well as young people affected more tangibly by so many mass shootings prior, that we tend to forget who, where, how many, when.
These articulate and brave students are our only hope....We need to listen, and follow their lead.

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Posted by ronko on 03/22/2018 at 8:48 PM

Re: “Agony on the Border

Never said I opposed regulations. You are working too hard to hate me. Re read my piece. George W. Bush, dunce president and certified liar, actually had a reasonable plan for migrants in this country from south of the border. His conservative controlled congress did not want it.

Give me some statistics re the billions. I write about what I have experienced first hand, or have read in credible history sources. I've traveled in Mexico often and the fact is all the Mexican people I have met want to stay in their country, near their families.

Your moral duty is your biz. I congratulate you that you are even thinking about a moral duty. You are light years ahead of our baby prez.

It's easy to takes work and commitment to love. I go for love.

It's a complex world. It isn't black and white. It's black, brown, yellow, red, and white and many colors in between. And it is going to keep changing. Nothing stays static. What is your moral duty to the indigenous who your and my founders walked in on stole their land, and claimed their own?

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Posted by ronko on 03/08/2018 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Agony on the Border

Dear Narco,
You are most welcome.

While I would never expect you to agree with me, or change your opinion of which I respect, I will simply explain my thinking.

First, you are correct in saying that Mexico is not necessarily oppressive toward it's people (currently). They do have a bad track record in Chiapas however, and in how they treat the poor and does this country. Most of the migrants crossing without papers for quite some time are from the Honduras and El Salvador, where people have a choice to either become gang members or leave. Those are essentially failed states.

NAFTA did a serious number on Mexican independent farmers. It was cheaper for Mexicans to buy our government subsidized corn (a main staple) than to purchase it locally within Mexico. That put many small farmers out of work. That is why in the early 2000s there was a flood of migrants from Mexico. Some are still coming or trying to recover economically.

I fail to believe that a bigger Trumpian gold clad wall will make much difference. Who will pay for it?
Hell Arizonans don't even like to pay taxes for better roads, teachers, or trash pick up...(witness all the home grown crap in the desert). The difference must come from policy from both countries. Our elected congress and house has done nothing since the W administration. W had a reasonable migration plan that even a dominating Republican Congress would not pass. Since then it has been gridlock. What do these lawmakers get paid to do?

As far as Russia goes, they've put their claim in for the entire USA in the last election.

Now that the three countries have or are adjusting to NAFTA, to rip it out may not be the best idea. Certainly we should see how it can be tweaked to improve things regarding the economy and issues of migration.

Here is my final bleeding heart bromide.
I am the grandson of immigrants. Dirt poor Polish and Hungarian immigrants, who had very little money, no education, and no language. They learned the language, paid taxes, obeyed the law, and kept fine, neat houses. Just about everyone in my home town was the child or grandchild of immigrants. Our folks may not have made it to college, but they held 2 jobs much of their lives so my brother and I could attend. I guess I simply believe in the system, the fact that even under our current baby president, this is the greatest country on earth. I am patriotic, and if I make a mistake, I hope it is on the generous and loving side, rather than one of xenophobic hatred.

If my heart bleeds for other human beings, it does so proudly. It's how I was raised.

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Posted by ronko on 03/08/2018 at 1:24 PM

Re: “Agony on the Border

As I am out in the desert at least once a week between the border and Tucson, I have some random questions.
Regarding trash...
I have seen old tires, car batteries, carpet scraps, Fisher Price children's toys, old sofas, heaps of appliances like refrigerators, car parts, electronics, lumber, pallets, and more...entire sets of kitchen cabinets, trash from campers or hunters, bicycles, toys, yard refuse, rotten mattresses, and more...brought over the border to be dumped in this fragile desert by immigrants? I think not. Sadly this desert is spoiled with trash from people who are too lazy to take their stinking garbage to the dump. All this on public land! Recently I found (and I am not being hyperbolic), literally a pick up truck load of Budweiser and Bud light bottles and cans dumped in the desert. Those Mexicans sure came a long way to dump their trash in the USA. Disgusting.

Where are your grandparents from?
Migration is nothing new. It has been going on before there were borders or superficial lines in the sand. Walls will not stop the natural urge to live free and escape oppression. Trump and his racist attitude toward world migration is naive, short sighted, and inspired by fear and hate. Remember, this was Mexico long before it was Arizona/USA.

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Posted by ronko on 03/08/2018 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Let's Hear It For Teachers In Red, and a State Budget In the Black

The idea of merit raises based on test scores is dubious at best. Not all students test well to a singular formula. I was a student who tested poorly, but succeeded well enough in school and life to become a university professor at a major research institution. Learning is not simply rote, testing, and memorization. Fortunately in public high school, I experienced a few wonderful teachers that were able to address my learning flaws to inspire, inform and make a significant difference in my attitude toward learning.

Making an important investment in public school teachers is one of the first steps in making an investment in our children. Our children represent the future. The future of our city, state, country and world. Why wouldn't we support teachers when they are often as significant of an influence on our children as are the parents? One cannot get chicken soup from chicken shit.

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Posted by ronko on 03/08/2018 at 9:01 AM

Re: “Let's Hear It For the Parkland Students. And Their Teachers. And Their School

The fact is, these talented, brave, patriotic and intelligent young Americans are our only hope. We adults have failed them in many important ways. It is time to listen very closely to their words and insights.

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Posted by ronko on 03/06/2018 at 5:13 AM

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