Residents must save the runaway train that is Arizona

2 Feb

Residents must save the runaway train that is Arizona.  This is a link to a thoughtful commentary in today’s Arizona Republic.  The article touches on some very important issues and best of all, while it is a commentary it is based on the objective facts on the ground here in Arizona.

Tom Horne: Tucson Unified School District runs afoul of ethnic studies law

3 Jan

Based on the information in the article linked below it looks like Attorney General Tom Horne has decided to make the TUSD ethnic studies program his personal wedge issue.  It seems odd that the incoming attorney general would decide to: 1) make an older and presumably settled issue the first major initiative during his term and 2) that it doesn’t appear that he has coordinated his efforts with the incoming State Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Huppenthal.  Mr. Horne obviously has a history of fighting this fight with TUSD but the people of Arizona deserve an attorney general who doesn’t suffer from myopia. There are certainly bigger fish to fry in this State, as well as fish that aren’t already in another elected official’s frying pan. 

Tom Horne: Tucson Unified School District runs afoul of ethnic studies law.

Great Performances

30 Dec

Last night I watched an episode of Great Performances on PBS.  It featured the LA Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by Gustavo Dudamel, and also Peruvian opera tenor Juan Diego Florez.  In one word it was AWESOME.  Both of these performers are incredibly talented and they are able to completely draw you into the music.  I highly recommend that you catch it next time it is on or that you go to PBS.org and watch the episode at your leisure.  You will not be disappointed.

On a related note while you are at PBS.org, you might also want to check out the latest episode of  “Tavis Miley Reports” which is a feature story about Gustavo Dudamel. When you watch the interview it becomes obvious that Gustavo Dudamel has a been blessed with a very special gift for music, it literally jumps of the screen.  The episode discusses Gustavo’s appointment as director of the LA Philharmonic and the effect of the Venezuelan educational model which emphasizes access to musical training for all children.  Including how at least one charter school here in the U.S. has adapted that model for american children.

Looking ahead to 2011

26 Dec

It is unfortunate that the Dream Act did not pass in this last session of congress.  However, since its structure and goal are both fair and reasonable it certainly should be part of any comprehensive immigration reform package.  These young men and women represent much of what is best about this country; determination, commitment, perseverance, love of God, family and country. And to quote Paul Gigot, “I don’t see any Ivy league kids lining up to defend the country.” 

I also predict that Sen. John Kyl will co-sponsor the first major comprehensive immigration reform bill.  While I am not a Republican, I have to say that he has most certainly raised the level of his game.  This is in stark contrast to his colleague, Sen. McCain who seems to have simply decided to oppose whatever comes out of the White House.  Sen. Kyl has positioned himself to become the main voice on immigration in the Republican party and I don’t see any indication why he won’t take on that mantle.

Interesting Day in AZ

12 Aug
So America’s toughest sheriff and his helper, former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, were confronted with their dirty laundry today by the current county attorney Rick Romely.  Their approach to law enforcement would be laughable if it was not such a serious attack on the rule of law and the individual freedoms guaranteed to us by the constitution.  If you are curious and want to read more about you can check out either the Arizona Republic or the Phoenix New Times websites.  If I would put the odds that one or both of those men will be indicted by a federal grand jury at 60-40. 
 
Stay Tuned America.

First time out of the box.

11 Aug

I didn’t realize how difficult it would be to come up with a name for the blog.  Apparently a lot people come up with the same kind of stuff that I do.  It doesn’t  hurt to get your balloon popped every now and then.  

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