September 10, 2018

Yahoo for you!  You are committed to vote in the General Election. But is that 

enough?  No.  Hell no.  If you define voting with a ballot, then your vote is not enough, and we will lose the battle for the soul of America.

Statistically, your edu...

NEA Today is featuring retired educators who are still making a difference—and two of those highlighted are Arizona's own Barbara Matteson and Linda Somo.  

The former NEA-Retired president, Barbara Matteson was recently honored as the NEA-Retired Distinguished Ser...

There are those who think only of themselves and theirs.  That has always been a part of the U.S.  And it belongs here, just like we all do.  But, underlying all of our public policies in the U.S. is the social policy of looking after the interests of all peo...

June 9, 2017

I have the honor to lead the largest local of AEA.  I am the president of AEA-Retired.  I am a Republican registered voter.  Why do I share that with you?  AEA is non partisan.  We vote our education issues.  I share that little piece of me because I have spent my enti...

I am concerned about the recent poll that went only to  families who have one or more members of a union.  That poll found that overwhelmingly, when asked if unions served a good purpose; and another question, "do unions strengthen America"; and finally, "do...

I’m writing this as I sit in a very crowded House Education Hearing room.  There are many bills being discussed today but the worst is the largest voucher expansion bill ever.  All students in Arizona would have a voucher. 

When you consider that 1 of 5 kids i...

As I write this I am sitting in the House Education Committee Hearing Room waiting to testify against expanding the voucher program.  

But, last week, I sat across the courtyard, and testified against stripping Desegregations Funding from Arizona schools.  Some of the s...

Arizona Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Glenn Hamer said he didn't criticize Arizona teachers but rather the teacher unions for supporting the passage of a statewide minimum wage increase. 

Hamer called teachers' unions "a bunch of crybabies" for complaining about...

January 23, 2017

We are not the elected officials.  We are grassroots power, and we are defined by the values we continue to struggle for.   Sen. Bernie Sanders, author of Our Revolution, counsels us that resistance to fascism and to the erosion of democracy cannot happen within the be...

December 10, 2016

In July 2008, the George W. Bush presidency was coming to an end and the Arizona State Retirement System Plan was worth about $26 billion. In the fall the stock market crashed and by the time Obama settled into the White House the fund had bottomed out at $17 billion....

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