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Re: “Suffer the immigrants

Ours is a country of immigrants but what part of "illegal immigrants"" do people not understand. As with any time that we intentionally break the law there is always the possibility of getting caught and of facing the consequences. :-(

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Posted by jimsmpsonar on 03/30/2017 at 10:03 PM

Re: “Constituents go Cotton pickin' at Springdale town hall

I just don't understand why so many think it's simply ok to enter this country illegally??

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Posted by jimsmpsonar on 02/23/2017 at 8:52 PM

Re: “Pine Bluff Commercial has first African-American publisher

Re; Tate's comment. I wonder which race the majority of subscribers are? And if they are white if it is because the current content, overall feel, if the paper does not appeal to the black citizens??

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Posted by jimsmpsonar on 07/28/2016 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Johnny Key begins tenure with blast of entire Little Rock School District

Max, your comment "She's also been an "instructional facilitator" for Pocahontas Public Schools (there's some of that "educanto" the D-G editorial page always rails about); a literacy specialist at the Northeast Education Service Cooperative (a nest of administrator bureaucrats who don't get in classrooms, to use the "reformers" formulaton)" show your surprising ignorance of the education system not only in Arkansas but in other states as well. The term "Instructional Facilitator" is a commonly used one. Yes, it may educanto speak but no more than terms that you would use in the publishing business that might not be commonly used or understood by the general public. Ideally an Instructional Facilitator would be well versed in a specific area such as math or reading and who passes that information along to teachers either as a "lead teacher" or in a paid position where that is their only duty. They can do this either in the teacher's classroom through modeling various techniques or in a larger group professional development setting. As far as Educational Cooperatives, they are a well respected and integral part of education. Smaller districts who can not afford to have their own professional development departments or Instructional Facilitators depend on them for support, as well as larger districts. The Co-Ops also house State Dept of Ed level specialists, Early Childhood specialists and programs as well as Special Education, Deaf Ed, feeding programs, Community Education programs, etc. The only, as you call them " Bureaucrats" at the Co-Ops would be the Directors who are hired by the Superintendents of the school districts who make up that particular Co-Op. All of the directors that I have known not only spend time in the schools but also are involved in their community. Lastly, the way your announcement of Deborah Coffman taking on the role of Johnny Key's liaison to Dexter Suggs is framed in such a way as to immediately question not only her qualifications but have the air of back room deals and unfair actions that she may attempt to take. I have known and worked with Ms. Coffman for years and have always found her to be very fair, honest and impartial. I would encourage you to actually sit down with her or at least ask around about her before you lump her in to all of the things about this situation that you may have issues with.

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Posted by jimsmpsonar on 04/13/2015 at 11:21 AM


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