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Must Students Have Teachers Who Look Like Them?

It seems that racism will not die. The latest demand from the left is that teachers must look like their students. And, as we become browner and blacker, the leftists say there are not enough brown and black teachers. But think about that. If a classroom has 35 students and 20 of them are brown or black, the leftists would demand that the class have a brown or black teacher. But, what about the remaining 15 white kids? Do they not deserve a teacher who looks like them?

The easiest solution to this problem is to segregate schools by race. Then white kids can have white teachers and brown/black kids can have brown/black teachers. But wait……………..haven’t we spent the last 160 years trying to escape racial segregation? My suggestion is that we stop dealing with people based on the color of their skin and start treating people, including students, as individuals. It is called ending racism. What a concept.

Indian School Road-What is Phoenix ‘Pedaling’?

I can’t believe what Phoenix city staff is ‘pedaling’ for Indian School. They want to take out a lane of traffic between 7th Ave and 19th Ave on Indian School to install bike lanes. I decided to document how nutty this idea is, so I recently drove west bound on Indian School (during early rush hour). There were so many vehicles backed up at Central Ave that it took me three lights to get through and then I had slow going to 19th Avenue. Meanwhile there were zero, none, no bicycles going either direction on Indian School in the bike lanes that already exist. Obviously, the proposed changes are being implemented to appease some political interest rather than to help traffic flow. Why can’t bicycle riders (I am one) use the sidewalks that already exist, especially since we have spent thousands of dollars installing ramps at every intersection?

Can’t we restore some sanity in our transportation planning?

A Lesson from John McCain

I learned a lesson from John McCain many years ago about being too thin skinned. I met him when he first came to Arizona and helped him with a project when he was initially doing public relations for the Hensley Company. Then, because of that early connection and our common military background, I was happy to support him when he first ran for congress. After he won that race I saw him at several community events and, because he went to the Naval Academy and I attended the Air Force Academy, McCain liked to joke that I could have gone to the Naval Academy if my parents had been married.

That joke always brought a laugh from the audience but, after I heard it two or three times, I got a bit irritated and complained to him. He immediately stopped making the joke and it was several years later when I realized how petty I had been in complaining. Once he moved from the House to the Senate I did not see him as often and, even though my concern seems like a small issue now, it is something that causes me to remember him fondly. What a great sense of humor. I will miss him.

Complete Streets: We Are Lost

The effort to impose a leftist agenda on Phoenix called “Complete Streets” has run off the track. After meetings for the last three years, the Complete Streets Committee was unable to come up with a plan that could be accepted by either the Phoenix City Council or the Phoenix Citizens Transportation Commission CTC (of which I am a member). The majority of the Complete Streets Committee thereupon resigned. But the Phoenix city staff will not let the issue die a peaceful death. They brought it up at the last CTC meeting before our summer break and we debated this issue extensively. Now we are scheduled to devote another entire meeting to the issue on August 23rd. In the meantime, Phoenix staff has conducted “rump group” (my definition) meetings to try to gain consensus.

In trying to gain consensus, rather than a majority vote, the staff has watered down the “Complete Streets Design Guidelines” to such an extent that they nearly meaningless. And, quite significantly, they have eliminated any reference to “efficiency” in the goals. What this means is that the idea of making Phoenix streets operate to get people where they want to go as efficiently as possible, is not even a goal. This is simply absurd. “Comfort” and “safety” are still goals in the design but, of course, they can both be obtained by very low speed limits, never mind the idea that most citizens are primarily concerned about getting to their destination with “Safety and Efficiency” (once a goal but the word efficiency was removed in the latest edition).

Another absurdity is the mandate that “Bicycle treatments should be considered along ALL (emphasis added) roadways”. Just imagine bikeways on Bell Rd. This was discussed in our last meeting and the moderator assured us this was not planned. (Then why not change the design guidelines to make that clear?) Furthermore, the City has no bike traffic data to back up the expenditures for bike lanes. It is quite possible that the expenditures for bike lanes in some cases may mean spending thousands of dollars per bike rider, while at the same time inconveniencing hundreds of vehicle drivers. Does this make sense? Why don’t we get the metrics we need to make these decisions?

Another absurdity is the mandate that “streets have sufficient lighting for ALL (emphasis added) users”. Has anyone ever been to Moon Valley? They do not have street lighting and do not want it.

Another example is the mandate that “streets be designed for the APPROPRIATE (emphasis added) speed”. Who knows what that is? Since the word “efficient” was eliminated from the design guidelines, it obviously does not mean getting people to their destination as efficiently as possible.

And one more: “All streets should have pedestrian infrastructure….” Has anyone ever driven in the far north areas of Phoenix where there are horse properties? Clearly, these areas have no need for sidewalks.

Are we investing millions of dollars just to make streets pretty and achieve some political agenda? Let’s get serious and get back to fiscal responsibility so we can keep Phoenix moving.

Printed Guns-PBS Sees Only Evil

Recently PBS railed against the possibility of copy machines that can produce guns. The PBS “newscaster’s” questions were all one sided: “Do you think there will be a plethora of guns? Do you think there will be more mass killings? Do you think there will be more suicides?” Can you imagine a PBS newscaster asking questions such as “Do you think some homeowners will be better able to protect themselves from an intruder?” or “Do you think some females may be better able to protect themselves from a potential rapist?” Neither do I. Does anyone wonder why PBS is accused of leftist bias??

Stock Market Wizards are Clueless

We hear every day from various news sources that the stock market went up because of new labor statistics or housing starts or, whatever. The reverse is also true; newscasters say the market went down because of some natural disaster or some negative government statistics. The fact is that no one really knows why the stock market moves in any direction and newscasters/writers/wizards should stop claiming that they know something they can’t possibly know. For that matter, they can’t even know what the stock market is doing currently because the direction can change in the blink of an eye. They can only say what it has done, and they should limit their comments in accordance.

KAET Horizon Bias is Nauseating

Tonight (July 16) Ted Simons spent the first half of his show bashing President Trump for his recent meeting with President Putin. There was only one guest; no rebuttal, and the criticism was unrelenting. How can any viewer respect the integrity of the KAET station management or the editors of Horizon when they continue to act in such a blatantly biased manner?