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Fri, Jan. 17

Kingman Column: Spare the sales, spoil the voters

It's no secret Kingman's economy could use a shot in the arm. Times are tough and a lot of people are stretching dollars. Folks are thinking twice before doing lots of stuff that costs money.

With that in mind, if the City Council moves forward with its tweaking of the laws regarding yard/garage sales, think about those folks who need to get more bang for their buck before you make any decisions.

And that includes people who go to yard sales as much as those who hold them. Paying pennies on the dollar for clothes and other stuff is a great thing, especially when both sides of the transaction are happy with the outcome.

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I read with some satisfaction the story in Tuesday's Miner about Arizona ranking third nationally in money spent on educating grade school students.

Let me clarify that the state's average of $7,848 per pupil is the third-lowest in the country. Utah spends $6,064 and Idaho spends $7,106. I would have no problem with Arizona spending $5,000 per student, which seems lavish to me, as long as the results were positive in terms of academic progress.

Isn't that the point? All too often we get caught up in the numbers and they become the story when the focus should be on results.

Since 2009, the story notes, Arizona's fourth-graders have posted the biggest gains in the math section of the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

In case you've forgotten, the District of Columbia spends the most per grade school student - $18,667 - almost $11,000 more than Arizona.

Where would rather send your grade school-age student?

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