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As students across our state settle into the rhythm of the academic semester this fall, there\u2019s a quiet group here in Southern Arizona of high-performing, low-income schools ramping up to once again accomplish the unexpected \u2014 to achieve exceptional results for students living in high-poverty areas.

It may come as a surprise that the largest concentration in Arizona of low-income, \u201cA\u201d-graded schools is here in Southern Arizona and along our international border.

On paper, expectations for students in these schools may be low, but fortunately their teachers don\u2019t expect what everyone else does. They know that a family\u2019s income level is not a determiner of student ability, so they keep expectations high and do what it takes to help each child succeed.

This is the level of commitment from hard-working principals, teachers and a host of other role models that has led Southern Arizona to become home to our state\u2019s greatest, against-the-odds educational success stories.

Next time you\u2019re chatting with friends, colleagues or business associates who are wringing their hands about the state of education, share some of these points of pride about these exceptional schools.

For starters, Arizona is a national leader in closing the achievement gap between groups of students. The Education Equality Index recently distinguished 10 Tucson schools (district, charter and magnet) as having small or non-existent achievement gaps while serving primarily low-income student populations. Pockets of excellence spread far beyond the Tucson core. Santa Cruz and Cochise counties are making huge strides in lessening Hispanic high school dropout rates \u2014 2.3 percent and 3.7 percent, respectively. Both are well below the national average of 6.5 percent in 2014 and continue to trend in a positive direction.

Our program, A for Arizona, which is a project of the Arizona Chamber Foundation, in partnership with the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, is dedicated to improving education for all students, particularly those in low-income areas.

Our team recently visited the Red Raiders of Ajo High School, whose achievement gains have been spectacular over the last five years. The halls of Ajo High have the energy that you feel in any great school. It has a group of courageous teachers who look students in the eye, fully aware of their individual stories, and yet unwavering in their resolve to see every student succeed. That\u2019s what it takes to see academic gains against the odds, and it\u2019s happening \u2013 and spreading \u2013 all across Southern Arizona.

There are 30 low-income \u201cA\u201d grade schools in Southern Arizona and 19 more that have made the commitment to be \u201cOn-the-Way-to-\u201dA.\u201d Those 49 schools represent 20,876 students, and yet that\u2019s only 9.52 percent of the total 219,318 student population in Santa Cruz, Pima, Cochise and Yuma counties. At A for Arizona, we trumpet what our \u201cA\u201d schools are achieving, not so they can remain elite in providing education to only a portion of Arizona students, but so we can see their models and methods replicated and expanded to reach more students each year.

In the last year alone, Arizona\u2019s \u201cA\u201d schools that have at least 60 percent of students on free- and reduced-price lunch grew in enrollment by more than 4.5 percent. That\u2019s thousands of students who now have access to an excellent education. Our organizational goal is to see a 10 percent increase in the number of students receiving an \u201cA\u201d grade education every year beginning this school year.

\u201cA\u201d schools in low-income areas, like those in Southern Arizona, are showing the way for the rest of the state to see what can be done when we refuse to accept anything but excellence for our students.

Thank you, Southern Arizona, for paving the way to \u201cA\u201d for every student.

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There is a story from the history of professional wrestling in which a manager named Freddie Blassie comes to the edge of the ring and, while the referee is distracted, offers his cane to break over the head of the opposing wrestler. After the match an interviewer asked Blassie, \u201cWhere\u2019s that cane of yours?\u201d He replied, \u201cWhat cane? I didn\u2019t have no cane!\u201d

During the last political year, life has imitated professional wrestling. Those expecting such antics from Donald Trump during the first presidential debate were not disappointed. When confronted with his claim that global warming was a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese, Trump replied, \u201cI did not (say that).\u201d He did. When Trump\u2019s claim that he could not release his tax returns because of an IRS audit was exposed as false, he still insisted on it. When charged with saying that he could personally negotiate down the national debt, he said this was \u201cwrong.\u201d The charge was right. When Trump\u2019s transparently deceptive claim to be an early opponent of the Iraq War was debunked, he doubled down in a babbling defense citing Sean Hannity as the ultimate arbiter.

It is not surprising that Trump inhabits his own factual universe, in which truth is determined by usefulness and lies become credible through repetition. What made the first presidential debate extraordinary \u2014 really unprecedented \u2014 was not the charges that Trump denied, but the ones he confirmed.

When Hillary Clinton claimed he didn\u2019t pay any federal income taxes, Trump said: \u201cThat makes me smart.\u201d When Clinton accused Trump of defrauding a contractor out of money he was owed, Trump responded: \u201cMaybe he didn\u2019t do a good job and I was unsatisfied with his work.\u201d When Clinton criticized Trump for casual misogyny and for calling women \u201cpigs,\u201d Trump brought up Rosie O\u2019Donnell and said, \u201cShe deserves it.\u201d When Clinton recalled a Justice Department lawsuit against Trump for housing discrimination, he dismissed it as \u201cjust one of those things.\u201d

When Clinton attacked Trump for coddling the Russians, Trump attempted to excuse them of hacking, shifting the blame toward obese computer geeks. When Clinton accused Trump of betraying American allies, Trump answered: \u201cWe defend Japan, we defend Germany, we defend South Korea, we defend Saudi Arabia, we defend countries. They do not pay us. But they should be paying us. \u2026 We cannot protect countries all over the world, where they\u2019re not paying us what we need.\u201d Rather than affirming the importance of NATO, or reassuring our Pacific partners \u2014 the easy and expected answer \u2014 Trump reduced America\u2019s global role to a protection racket, run by a seedy executive who admits to cheating contractors when he is \u201cunsatisfied with (their) work.\u201d

During the debate, the points scored against Trump were damaging. But the points he ceded would disqualify any normal politician, in any normal presidential year.

Trump has made some political gains over the last few weeks through greater discipline \u2014 speeches from teleprompters, carefully selected media interviews, no news conferences, a Twitter account in the hands of others. But the candidate has internalized none of this. He might as well have sung \u201cI Gotta Be Me\u201d as his opening statement in the debate. It was Trump unplugged, and often unhinged.

Past debate criticism has looked for hints and signs to determine losers \u2014 a candidate, say, looked impatiently at his watch or sighed in an off-putting way. Rhetorically, Trump drove a high-speed train filled with fireworks into a nuclear power plant. He was self-absorbed, prickly, defensive, interrupting, baited by every charge yet unprepared to refute them. During his share of a 90-minute debate, he was horribly out of his depth, incapable of stringing together a coherent three-sentence case. The postmodern quality of Trump\u2019s appeal culminated in an unbalanced rant claiming, \u201cI also have a much better temperament than she has.\u201d An assertion greeted by audience laughter. And Trump concluded his performance by praising himself for his own grace and restraint, during an evening that showed him to be nasty, witless and deceptive. It should now be clear to Republicans: Vanity is his strategy.

Trump\u2019s defenders will charge his critics with elitism. The great public, it is argued, gets Trump in a way that the commenting class does not. But this claim is now fully exposed. The expectation of rationality is not elitism. Coherence is not elitism. Knowledge is not elitism. Honoring character is not elitism. And those who claim this are debasing themselves, their party and their country.

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In 2016, when politicos reach for a metaphor to describe the election, they often invoke \u201cstakes,\u201d and especially stakes that \u201ccouldn\u2019t be higher.\u201d It seems to me they used to prefer \u201ccrossroads,\u201d but I don\u2019t hear much about crossroads anymore.

Seeking numerical confirmation of my suspicion, I used the Nexis database to catalog the number of times the phrase \u201cstakes couldn\u2019t be higher\u201d appeared in news articles with the names \u201cObama\u201d and \u201cRomney\u201d from January to September 2012. I got 52 hits. I did the same for \u201cstakes couldn\u2019t be higher\u201d with \u201cClinton\u201d and \u201cTrump\u201d from January to September 2016. I got 111 hits. I did the same for the word \u201ccrossroads,\u201d and the candidates\u2019 names from January to September of 2012 and 2016. For Romney vs. Obama, \u201ccrossroads\u201d appeared 2,477 times. For Trump vs. Clinton, \u201ccrossroads\u201d appeared 1,171 times.

Maybe we\u2019ve just exchanged one hokey phrase for another, but I wonder if the shift doesn\u2019t signify a different outlook from the one we had in elections past.

Almost every presidential contest has been called a \u201ccrossroads.\u201d \u201cToday,\u201d wrote South Carolina GOP Chairman Chad Connelly in 2012, \u201cour country is at a crossroads and the existence of (the) American dream is threatened like never before.\u201d Michael Brown, a delegate to the Democratic convention in 2012, likely would have disagreed with Connelly about everything, but about the country\u2019s metaphorical location he concurred: \u201cI feel like our nation is at a crossroads where one side diminishes science and history,\u201d he told the Forth Worth Star-Telegram. \u201cIt is my duty as an American and a father to work to give my daughter the best chance to have a better life than I have led.\u201d

The trouble with crossroads is that if you come to one and make the wrong choice, you can\u2019t just pretend that making a better choice at the next crossroads will somehow fix the problem. You have to turn around and go back to the first crossroads and make the choice you should have made before.

It\u2019s a tired phrase, but at least it signifies the importance of a choice between two very different alternatives, one good and one bad. If you can call an election a \u201ccrossroads,\u201d you must have some hope.

And that\u2019s how we seem to have thought about the election of 2012: as a philosophical choice in which the nation might either continue its embrace of piecemeal socialism or reject further government expansions into the free market. Democrats believed the former was the right, good path; Republicans wanted to take the other road, and they hoped to persuade a majority to take it.

That wasn\u2019t necessarily an accurate assessment of the 2012 election, but that\u2019s how partisans on both sides framed it.

The \u201chigh stakes\u201d metaphor operates differently. It requires fear.

In a sense, \u201cthe stakes couldn\u2019t be higher\u201d is just another way of expressing the truism that this year\u2019s presidential election is \u201cthe most important election of our lifetime.\u201d Of course it\u2019s the most important election in our lifetime; it\u2019s the one happening right now, and we can\u2019t predict the outcome or consequences, and that makes us nervous. Similarly: Of course \u201cthe stakes couldn\u2019t be higher\u201d because the winner becomes the chief executive of the United States government, and what could possibly be higher than that?

Mary Kay Henry, president of SEIU International, managed to combine the clich\u00e9s in her Clinton endorsement: \u201cFor working families, the 2016 election is the most consequential of our lifetimes. The stakes couldn\u2019t be higher \u2014 nor the contrast starker \u2014 on all of the issues our families need to get ahead.\u201d

Although Henry mentioned getting \u201cahead\u201d at the end of the second sentence, her diction isn\u2019t quite coherent at that point (working families need \u201cissues\u201d to get ahead?). What she\u2019s chiefly communicating \u2014 I don\u2019t think I\u2019m wrong in thinking \u2014 is the possibility of doom. If the wrong candidate wins, all is lost.

The National Rifle Association\u2019s Chris Cox sounded just as fearful, maybe more so, when he spoke to the Daily Caller about the Supreme Court vacancy. \u201cAnd the stakes, with Justice Scalia\u2019s passing and that fifth majority vote being gone for the basic right to own a firearm, the stakes couldn\u2019t be higher.\u201d

We\u2019re not facing a choice between two visions. For Cox, as for Henry, we\u2019re facing danger and ruin.

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Today \u2014 Sept. 27 \u2014 is National Voter Registration Day, a day designed to focus on the very basis of democracy: public participation.

In a democracy, power is vested in the people. But to exert that power, people must vote. And despite enormous efforts on the part of multiple local, regional and national organizations to increase public participation in our electoral system, this is not the case. Far too many of our neighbors, friends and colleagues aren\u2019t registered to vote. And too many of those who are registered, don\u2019t vote.

Often, folks believe that their political voice doesn\u2019t count; that it doesn\u2019t matter or make a difference to them personally. The challenge, then: How to inspire people to register and vote?

The cold, hard facts are that the very people who shy away from participation in electoral politics are very likely the ones whose lives will be affected most directly and immediately by election results. For instance, heads of households who are least likely to vote, have to live with the governmental policies and decisions made by elected officials they didn\u2019t choose. At the local and state level, politics shape our lives on a daily basis.

Clearly, every voice matters. But only if it\u2019s heard.

Arizonans are also faced with ballot issues this election season \u2014 issues that will have a significant impact on our families, the future of our children, and Arizona\u2019s economy. Proposition 205, the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act (legalizing recreational marijuana) and Proposition 206, the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act (minimum wage), have the capacity to change our state. Every vote for or against these propositions is important.

The following are strategies to help convince non-voters to become voters.

My vote doesn\u2019t count. Not true! Many elections are very close, especially in state and local races.

In 2014, two important races in Southern Arizona \u2013 one for a seat in Congress, and another in the Arizona Legislature \u2013 were determined by fewer than 175 votes. And just this month, after two weeks of \u201ccounting\u201d and assessing ballots, the courts declared a winner by 27 votes in the Congressional District 5 Republican primary election. Just 27 votes between who moves on and who doesn\u2019t.

My vote doesn\u2019t matter. Outcomes don\u2019t affect me. No? What DO you care about? What\u2019s important to you and your family? Better schools? All-day kindergarten? Mental-health services? Potholes? Child-care costs? These and many other issues that have an impact on local families are decided by the officials we elect every two or four years.

The League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson, the YWCA of Southern Arizona and 23 other community groups have been working since early summer to harness the collective efforts to register and educate voters about the electoral process.

Get Out the Vote partners will celebrate their successes and share best practices Tuesday, Sept. 27 on National Voter Registration Day. They\u2019ll continue registering voters till the Oct. 10 deadline, encouraging people to vote until election day, Nov. 8.

These partners \u2013 nonprofit agencies, faith-based organizations and business alliances \u2013 and the thousands of individuals involved in each, are on the front lines to urge more Arizonans to register to vote and to make their voices heard on Election Day. Join us.

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Does CD2 Congresswoman Martha McSally have a challenger in November? Democratic candidate Matt Heinz is practically invisible. If he hopes to unseat McSally, he had better start campaigning with more media ads and signage before early ballots start getting returned in October.

Raymond Silverstein

Midtown

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As a proud alumnus of the University of Arizona, a resident and taxpayer in Arizona, I was appalled at the article in Friday\u2019s paper about Ann Weaver Hart receiving a year\u2019s salary after her departure next year.

It is inconceivable that the Board of Regents would spend $470,000 of public money on someone who has had an average performance at her position, who made a personal decision to resign, who received questionable bonuses during her tenure, and who has exercised questionable judgement with her decision to accept $170,000 to serve on the board of DeVry University. Not to mention the sweetheart deal made to award her a full professorship that seems to violate the current requirements.

This latest decision confirms my feelings that our tax dollars and the enormous student loan debt with which so many graduates are encumbered, are going to support a system that ignores common sense.

Donald Davis

Northeast side

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The adage is \"shoot to kill\" maybe it should be \"shoot to wound\" Why do police need to use overwhelming force when confronting all subjects?

Dan Beamer

Northwest side

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It appears that a majority of American voters are disgusted with our government and our representatives. Both parties seem to value their party more than their country. There\u2019s something practical you can do to change that. Vote! Vote! Vote for anyone but the incumbent. Get a new batch of legislators in and at the same time send a message. Do your job on behalf of the voters or you will be replaced at the end of your first term.

Dennis Winsten

Northeast side

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I live in the area of 5th and Harrison and I want to thank the people who stole my flag and three ornaments that light up at night. One was a cross, plus a hummingbird and a flower. I hope you enjoy them.

SHARLIE DESCHAINES

Northeast side

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Recent passage by the Arizona legislature of a bill placing restrictions on absentee ballot submissions is a troublesome development. Proponents of Arizona\u2019s bill said it will prevent the harvesting of ballots by the radical left. In actuality, voter fraud is extremely rare in the United States, Arizona included.

The much larger problem we face is, in fact, the opposite \u2014 voter turnout in the United States is among the lowest of the world\u2019s democratic countries. As a child, I saw my parents vote in our neighbor\u2019s garage, which had miraculously been transformed to a site of government, run by citizen-neighbors, complete with a huge American flag on the back wall.

It sounds corny, but I was thrilled \u2014 and I still am, even though I vote by mail. It is both a responsibility and a privilege to vote. That is the basis of a democratic government. With a small d. We should all do it. And it's our responsibility to ensure that we can all do it, too.

Janet Funk

Foothills

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