Personally I think all votes should be counted in every State before a winner is announced, and we should do away with this insane electoral college. I want my vote to really count and yes, Voter ID laws up held...if you forget your ID to vote too bad, this person wasn't serious in the first place and shouldn't be able to vote. Just my two cents!
So what were McSally's Guest Comments last week, more of the obvious left bias? The Weekly actually gave both sides a forum and let its readers see that. More than you can say for many media outlets these days.
To comment on your last paragraph, they are all going to end up in PR where they will quickly discover that claiming a degree in journalism will make them the most envied and hated PR person by journalists who still work as journalists. If it's any consolation, real PR people like me will become extinct.
In your discussion with budding journalists, does the notion of media bias come up? It would be refreshing to find that the recent graduates in journalism are aware that their biases can never be avoided. I found it fascinating some years ago when a major prof at UA Journalism school acknowledged that very fact. A part of the appeal of the Weekly is its obvious bias (viz. Barber's Guest Comments) toward the left. The danger - and perhaps the demise - of newspapers began when they asserted they were fair and balanced. We are better served by openly biased writers than by those who assert fair treatment to 'both sides.' The New York Times and Washington Post, as well as the AZ Star, look silly when they pretend to be fair. Don't give us 'All the News that's Fit to Print'. Just give us your side of the story as you see it and be open about it.
Overall, Az. is being brainwashed by liberal Dems and frankly, I wish that I could vote in Az. because you have some very good center-right candidates and common sense initiatives on which to vote. I live in the soviet republic of Ca. and in Az. I see liberty still available to voters except when they are fooled by the liberal Dems who have propped up our failing economy domestically and international disasters. Look at your propositions which seem to call for freedom and liberty in voting. If Ca ever did that, many would faint dead away. You have a great Guv, and Flake seems to be a solid guy. You have sheriffs who actually follow the law. What a noble experiment and so different in socialist states like Ca. where perps seem to get more rights than the vics. God bless Az. and I hope common sense voters will follow some of your pts. in a media which is not just a leftist clone like the LA Times and SFChronicle.
In regards to FrankHenry's shilling for Prop 121:
...and a "NO" vote will prove you're not Nazi vermin trying to block other party's from running.
The editor is right...get informed on all the candidates and also
all the questions on your ballot.
One question is Prop 121...A YES for 121 will allow all voters
EQUAL ACCESS to be placed on every ballot. Also 121 will allow
all voters EQUAL ACCESS to vote every ballot.
I'm sorry I assumed that you were a man, I'm willing to admit when I err, but you have erred also. First, AZ/DC indicates that I am an Arizonan & my initials are DC; maybe AZ/D.C. would be more appropriate, but it doesn't look as good. Second, you claim I might do better elsewhere but being happy and/or content isn't all about money;I do just fine thank you. I don't think all rich people are unhappy, that is just the vibe your post gives off. Most people I know wouldn't have the same kind of attitude you projected if they had enough money to own several homes across @ least two countries, owned classic cars and the like. No offense but you still come across as bitter in your rebuttal post, especially when you mention that poverty can't buy happiness. Well, that's where you're wrong for the third time. I do not live in poverty, I just choose not to go beyond my means, I have amassed enough money to be comfortable and I consider myself wealthy when it comes to the friends, family and positive attitude I have towards life. Materially you have it better than me, but in the areas that truly count I feel as if I am wealthier than you.
P.S. Sorry it took me so long to re-respond. I was looking for another article and just happened to stumble across this one and opened it up for nostalgia's sake. Best of luck on building that stairway to heaven!
The fact that the Republic hired O'Dell and Brodesky should tell you something about the state of that rag. O'Dell is poseur who would not have been able to write anything about the city without his county connection feeding him stories. Brodesky is a clown who couldn't report his way out of a public latrine. His articles attempted to mix humor with news but were so one sided and ill informed that they were laughable only because they weren't in a high school paper. Also, did you know the City enacted a new zoning and development code on Tuesday? You wouldn't if the Star was your source of news because it wasn't reported. This new code is the result of years of work and thousands of hours of staff and public time. Its a pretty big deal. Its a direct result of all the complaining the development community has done over the years about how difficult the old code was to navigate and was essentially anti-development. Now, when someone can't get a permit its an above the fold story in the Star (or the subject of a Danehy piece) but when the City tries to address the concern.....crickets. At least the TW is out and proud about its bias. The Star still pretends to be a local daily. Its a joke.
@riorican: I'm not disputing you found an article you thought was good. Whether I found it was good is beside the point :-)
@nunaurbiz: Thank you for your earnest "rebuttal" to my post.
But I would have much preferred reading that you found the fine article the Star published about Sonora's astonishing growth kind of scary.
Sometime in the near future, we may be seeing a reverse "illegal" emigration into the thriving state of Sonora, Mexico from the - most definitely not - thriving state of Arizona.
@riorican: Yeah, but can the Star tell me what's happening in my world? No, they don't. Not on any consistent basis. Yeah, you can pick a story out here and there, but enough to get me to read every day? NOPE.
I must say, Mr. Smith and the Tucson Sentinel do a much better job at keeping a finger on the pulse of Tucson. He can do more with a fraction of the staff and money that the Star does. Many of the reporters at the Star are on remote control with editors apparently reading copy the same way and not caring whether they get the whole story or not.
You can cite a few examples of good reporting? I can point you to the Star website every day for multiple examples of bad reporting.
@nunaurbiz: I thought the 9/21/2012 Star's feature on the astonishing growth of Sonora's economy was excellent. Could be that I've felt a new energy in Hermosillo and have also visited the renovated Guaymas port, which will become the busiest on the West Coast in a very short time.
Good things are happening there, including the fact that I know quite a few young people who are studying in excellent tech schools and universities and who don't have the slightest interest in emigrating to the States. Which is quite a change, because most of the ones I know have family where it was tradition to cross the border (often illegally) to seek work here.
The feature was beautifully written and well-researched and presented a real challenge: that Tucson should get on the ball to benefit from an economy that is growing at a rate almost 3 times as ours.
That's only one example, (there are others) but it is one that illustrates what a good newspaper can do. It would be a huge loss to see the Star fold - especially to its choir of constantly grousing critics who'd have to find a new target. (Like The Tucson Weekly, perhaps?)
The Star also managed to make a mess of their web site. It used to be possible to quickly scan what was there, but now they've really made a mess of the navigation. And yes, we are subscribers to the paper version, but I often prefer to look at it before it's actually delivered. Oh, and the "subscriber only" content -- why not make it available online to print subscribers?
Is there a mobile version of Tucson Sentinel?
Most conversations about the future of news have an element of despair — the litany of debt and layoffs and closings. And the villain? The Internet.
I think it's time to reframe a debate that's gone on for too long. I'm weary of the bleak attitude about the future of news; we need to change the discussion to one of hope and confidence about the quality local journalism that's being done today.
Some bemoan the decline of newspapers - and it's a sad thing, to be sure, to watch community institutions dying due to bureaucratic interia and crushing piles of debt - but I believe there's more good reporting being done today than any time before.
Local Independent Online News Publishers are successfully creating the future of reporting: locally owned and operated news outlets that directly serve their communities.
Most of that work is online, and much of it's being done by the members of the LION Publishers community.
Our ethos of "local" isn't new - it's a return to our roots. For most of the 19th and 20th centuries, local news was reported by family-owned newspapers, radio and TV stations rather than national chains more concerned about quarterly earnings and stock prices than reporting on communities.
It's to support the traditional values of journalism in a new age - the values of speedy, accurate, comprehensive and caring reporting sustained by healthy businesses practices - that a group of local publishers from around the nation founded the Local Independent Online News Publishers association.
Hundreds of local news websites across the country - from neighborhood hyperlocals to small town forums to metro and regional sites - are reporting the news, in many cases more efficiently and effectively than the legacy media they're replacing.
From thebatavian.com in New York to Berkeleyside.com in California, from the Twin Cities Daily Planet to TucsonSentinel.com, local independent news is a growing part of the industry.
Indeed, the future is black for chain media with billion-dollar debts and execs who were too busy toting up $37 million retirement packages to pivot their industry.
And sadly, it may be murky for the many great reporters and editors (and designers, pressmen, saleswomen and circulation managers) who work for those legacy operations.
But for enterprising reporters and their readers? The future is far from black. Change has ever been a constant in the news biz. From Linotypes to InDesign, hot lead to photo plates, and now the Internet in its many permutations — quality reporting not only weathers the storm, it can be the better for it.
Maybe the Star should try having some real news content someday. (Don't hold your breath.)
Gonna run out and look for a hard copy - thanks for the heads up, Jimmy.
Best of Tucson is always one of my favorite issue of the year.
How did my favorites rank?
Who is new to the list?
WHAT?!? How did they fall off the list?
Always a great read.
Plus, it is great that Tucson votes for mostly local businesses.
Local businesses are what make Tucson unique and terrific.
I think Tucson has a larger ratio of local restaurants than most cities our size.
And I love that!
Well, I must stop typing so I can read Best of.
Thanks for putting this issue together!
AZ/DC can't read very well and perhaps can't spell very well and meant AC/DC? My comment was one of joy at selling my second home in the Foothills, a beautiful home. And I was so glad to get out of it I took any offer and didn't look back. I never lived in Tucson, it was a second home and I spent about six weeks a year there.
Perhaps because you are poor you like to think rich people are unhappy.
WRONG! You just like to think that. Poverty can't buy happiness!
I am happy not to ever go back to Tucson, but my Tucson friends are planning trips to visit me in better places. I love to entertain so looking forward to seeing them in more hospitable surroundings.
But AC/DC you are right about Canada, it is beautiful this time of year, and yes, I have a home there too! I love Canada and Canadians. Their banking system is one of the best in the world because they demand better govt. than US citizens.
And by the way,you assumed I am a man. I am a woman.
Jesse is just a name I used when in Tucson to ward off unwanted attention and gold diggers couldn't track me down. I like to dance and would give an assumed name so unwanted
strangers would not be able to find me. And the people with me in the clubs would use my assumed name and would discourage strangers too, flat tell them to "go away, she's ours." These strangers may have been very nice, but I don't want to take that chance.
So I wish you well. You might do better somewhere other than Tucson, somewhere opportunities are better along with better weather. Think about it.
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