This is one of my favorite stories in a long time. Thank you!
Renee, not all "old" vehicles are owned and driven by poor people. Some of us own "classics" because we liked them back then and still like them and take care of them.
My classics are all two seater sports models and I drive like I actually learned how to drive back in high school. I don't text, very rarely answer the cell phone, watch out for stale green lights, and generally try to pay attention to what is going on around me.
Much of what you observe is correct but use a little finer brush when categorizing drivers and their vehicles.
Now my pet peeve is those monster trucks with 4, count 'em 4, brain piercing headlights, What idiot repealed the law that headlights had to be a certain distance above the road and that drivers should dim them when following or approaching another vehicle?
Besides the dimmed rear view mirror, I have side mirrors and suddenly you are blinded by a light that would do a lighthouse proud until you have almost no forward vision. It takes a few seconds for your pupils to adapt and in the mean time, Macho Monster truck is still sitting on your bumper.
I don't know why this article lands on blaming poor people. There's plenty of well off Californian college kids that do their own thing and elderly foothills inhabitants that have nearly sideswiped me.
Okay, one more to add -- though this is probably a sub-type of The Roarer -- this is the person who roars across oncoming traffic DIRECTLY at your car, only to turn at the very last second to sit in the center turn lane, waiting to merge into traffic. These people TERRIFY me and cause me to swerve into the next lane because I am certain that I am about to be broadsided. I can't tell you how many times this has happened to me on Broadway. Argh!
Don't forget the driver who totally forgets the rules of the road when approaching or approached by a bicyclist. Just because I'm on a bike doesn't mean I have the right of way, especially if the driver has a green light, but some drivers get so flustered that they forget how to drive. It's infuriating.
Being that I ride my bicycle around town, I have to point out the glaring omission of the driver who is oblivious to bicyclists. I have at least one incident every time I ride that involves some self-entitled driver who makes a right hand turn right in front of me which causes me to get all over my brakes and the constant road hogging initiated by the asshat driver who refuses to notice the the solid white line dividing their asinine driving between my life and death. Sorry, but without that type, this article feels incomplete to me.
The concerning issue is that Republicans do NOT care about clean air, or pollutions. They say those issues destroy jobs. I say they are crazy in the head. Arizona has been running a war against solar power manufacturers here in AZ. Letting China import and sell solar panels for less then the USA can. What really is the agenda of the Republicans?
As an out-of-stater who frequents Tucson, it seems so counter-intuitive for a state with 350 days of sunshine to not be going solar. It's like living in Nebraska (where the wind blows all the time) and not going with wind turbines. You know the people in power are so against clean energy. AZ citizens need to wake up and demand the right to use harness the sun for energy.
Ten months ago, Arizona elected the three Republicans running for the Corporation Commission. Their platform was to keep utility rates low. What they never told anyone was, their method was to eliminate the renewable energy requirements.
Their advertising posed questions like, 'Do you want to pay higher utility rates?' You can pretty much guess what people's answer is to that. However what they really stood for was getting rid of renewables.
But, the people have spoken, they want low rates, at any cost.
And now the state wants to deregulate utilities in Arizona. They want to take all controls off utilities so they can do to Arizona what deregulation has done to most other states. And having the Republicans against solar power, wind power is just insane. They hate clean energy. They are promoting dirty air and ground soil. They are just supporting those big utilities that pay for their elections. And the other item on the line is they want to charge solar home users $100 a month for using clean energy. Isn't this just back assed word. I thought this nation wanted clean energy, but Republicans don't. They continue on their destructive path for Arizona and this nation.
If you had any idea how much of your utility bill goes to some of these utilities' legal costs, you would understand why the rates are skyrocketing. Just look at the Water District. There should be a separate itemized breakdown mandated by the ACC to let customers know how much of their money is being thrown to the lawyers and lobbyists to cover the misdeeds, in hopes that one day we may begin to see some accountability.
Thank you to Renee Downing, TW, and it's advertisers for having the spine to speak up about the injustice. You are the ONLY newspaper watching out for the people of Tucson.
-tired of paying more to get less, again
Of course much as the old black smith of another era hated the horseless carriage and its being the death knell of their career, alternative, viable energy sources will bring the monopoly down!
Way to go, Renee.
We're solar generators, too, but leased our system and expect payback in less than 7 years. And we doubt the providers are gonna want those huge panels back at the end of 20 years, so we'll just keep on generating and generating.... til we die. Hooah.
Very FEW people would opt for solar, even here, if they had to do it "stand-alone". The comparison in costs between a off-grid home solar system and grid power is huge, and will not come down to an acceptable level any time soon. High tech batteries are VERY expensive and MOST people just don't want the bother of the routine maintenance required with ANY battery system. These grid-tie systems STILL Need the grid to be up and maintained, and that needs to be paid for.
People who don't own solar, subsidize the solar owners by higher rates. If you look closely, it right in your monthly bill. Also, someone has to pay for the maintenance on the electrical grid, it's a huge expense. At the current cost of solar engergy, it would take me fifteen years, just to pay for the unit. The panels start losing efficiency after 10 years.
A very nice article. And well written.
Good thing that although none of us apparently have any self control or ability to think things through, we can rely on authors of opinions like this to keep us safe
Walgreen's is too evil. Don't give this racket a pass. Are they breeding their own 'wellness' customers? You bet they are. Because they can.
Every single transaction at Walgreens is punctuated with proof of it.
"Would you like to buy any candy bars for the troops".
No I don't want to buy any fucking candy bars for the troops. I feel like replying with "Why don't you just offer rotten teeth, obesity or diabetes for the troops?"
I just want to smash the Walgreens VP, who forces employees to say such things, in the mouth. That and having to shout "Welcome to Walgreens" at people across the room who are facing and traveling in the opposite direction. This is a function of the God Almighty 'checkers report' otherwise known as mystery shoppers, that WG's runs through the store several times monthly. Employees who are caught on the report not patronizing customers get their hours cut first and then fired if they refuse to comply with the company racketeering.
It's obvious that the employees are made uncomfortable by this.
And that stupid "be well" salutation. Well, don't get me started.
I'm with you, Renee. Whenever those so-called libertarians start shrieking about "freedom," I just want to move slowly away from them and seek shelter. Not a few of them are armed and dangerous.
I did. Several over the years. Here's the latest: http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/downing…
Thanks for reading!
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