I could not care less about these staff writer introductions. Please do not take offense, I am referring to the introductions, not the writers themselves.
What concerns me is the fact that a column which has been part of this paper for over 20 years seems to have been shoved aside. There has been no explanation given publicly or even privately (yes, I have sent several e-mails Mari, and you only responded to one with an indefinite answer) and that is a pretty inconsiderate move considering the amount of time the column has been gracing this publication.
I am, of course, referring to News of the Weird. I believe the only column that has been around longer belongs to Mr. Danehy; Red Meat may have been in TW before then also, it's been so long that I can't quite recall.
The only reason I started reading TW on a regular basis was because of News of the Weird; there have been several times over the years it was the only thing in the issue I bothered to read. I know, I know; I understand that I can access it online. I can also access the sad and snarky excuse for a column called Ask a Mexican! there also; not to mention the not near as interesting as it once was column titled Savage Love. Get rid of those stinkers and let NOTW stay!
If TW really feels compelled to oust News of the Weird, they should give the devotees such as myself an explanation; not just toss it like a used snot rag. A column that has entertained so many for so long over the years deserves at least that. DC
Welcome Maria. Mucha suerte!!!!!
Lou Albano always said , 10,000 cheering or 10,000 booing, the results are the same,
you've got their complete attention
"This class is intended to get students to become critically conscious about the society that we live in"...
But don't you dare try that with this publication. I hear you loud and clear.
I guess there won't be any claims of fair and balanced here, will there?
Preach to your choir.
I'm proud to say I've been a loyal reader of Tucson Weekly for quite sometime now.I picked up my first weekly @El pueblo neighborhood center library when it was still a closet with close to 500 books stuffed into rickety bookshelves very well taken care of by the staff of one. The size of that library in juxtaposition to it's location (6th ave. and Irvington) was truly a testament to how unimportant it was to bring new reading material to the low class working poor.
But, I digress.
I would like to say, given the fact that I've been such a long time reader, that I , religiously read my favored weekly publication front to back. this isn't the case however, I do have a few columns that I must read every week including: Danehy, all of the events pages, Police dispatch, news of the weird, savage love, red meat, Mine and whomever is unlucky enough to be around's horoscope, ask a Mexican (unfortunately) and most recently the editors note.
The last editor was interesting enough but now I'm happy to see a female taking over position as editor. I've only read a few of her columns and from what I can tell she can get angry at times but I do believe that
she ,like myself, is very caring and lovingly invested in Tucson. Her hoorah for the 520 does not seem obligatory in the least. un-fortunately, This last confused me I even read it several times to make sure that lack of sleep and too much coffee wasn't playing the part in my confusion
This is just terrible editing and writing! I'm very disappointed and you know what Mari? I suggest you step it up. Because, this is very badly written. Which is a shame because you seem to love Tucson and are very passionate about your work. I suggest you step it up!
Are you a big man now?
"So attack punctuation, grammar, syntax, but don't ever acknowledge that this is a real story about oppressing people of color in the name of education or anything else."
This woman is an "EDITOR" for christsake. She is supposed to be an expert at punctuation, grammar and syntax, among other things. At this, she is an embarrassment. If she wasn't such a nutcase, I would feel sorry for her. But she is and I don't.
And her "story" is just BS, as are your comments.
All I can say is Dan Gibson was great at clicking a mouse to bring up stupid crap off the internet and call it news. I'm sure you never had to think too much about what he put in print.
Ms Herreras is first and foremost a story-teller and a very good, home-grown one. This is a story about institutionalized racism (yep, white male supremacy racism) and that story makes you uncomfortable as it should. Arizona's politics, to the rational world outside of the echo chamber is a national disgrace and a show of buffoonery that never ends.
So attack punctuation, grammar, syntax, but don't ever acknowledge that this is a real story about oppressing people of color in the name of education or anything else.
I simply don't know where to begin. I think that just as Jimmy Carter is thanking heaven for Barack Obama taking over as the worst president in recent memory, Dan Gibson is thanking heaven for Mari Herreras. The Peter Principle is at full force here. Ms. Herreras has been promoted well beyond her abilities, I suspect several times.
Celina Hosp beat me to it in some respects. I will just add, that beyond the asinine points she is trying to make, the "Editor" fails to even grasp common grammar. I suppose that it is difficult to compose lucid prose, when the thinking behind it is so disjointed (I'm being kind to morons here).
It wouldn't be this difficult if we elected quality representatives and actually focused on common sense goals.
Neither are happening.
Mari is a racist and (whether or not a product of) a shining example of the ill-equipped graduates that are turned out by a school system that prizes though control over education.
I'm no editor or expert on punctuation,grammar etc. Is it just me or did this editors note make ABSOLUTELY no sense whatsoever! There are whole sentences missing for Christ's sake and "its going going to be a game you're going to want to participate" what is that right? I'm perplexed someone please either correct me or back me up here. So, I can regain my sanity for the moment!
I listened to a commentator from Paris last night speaking on the mass killings by what he thought were home grown terrorists. He made the comment that they got what they deserved based on forced "multiculturalism."
That sure provoked some thought.
"...when he reached back to that disgusting anti-Mexican-American studies the Tucson Unified School District out of compliance."
There is something missing here and I am not quite sure what.
"Now our equally brilliant new state supe Diane Douglas gets her turn."
Isn't it a bit early in the game to denigrate Douglas' intelligence? What has she done or said to merit such gratuitous insult? To date, her only substantive comments are in favor of having the schools in the state compensated for the monies denied them by the legislature and realistically acknowledging Common Core cannot be dismantled unilaterally. Now she has met with Sanchez and appears willing to work with TUSD on an approach to keeping culturally relevant courses alive and made available to students in schools throughout the district.
Comparing her to Huppenthal is ridiculous. There is plenty of time to see how Douglas handles the job, why not wait until you actually have a reason to call her stupid or worse?
I have to ask, "why weren't you opposed to waterboarding when we did it to train our troops in survival?"
What bothers me the most is that we rush to protect the enemy, while once again spitting on those defending us.
This is so exciting Mari! I'm excited for Tucson! It feels like we're getting an edgy zine!
Good luck! As a start maybe you fix the links to the comics on this site. They haven't worked in months.
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