I don't think it was an odd response at all. My guess is that Mr. Hicks, being the loyal leader that he is, asked to write a piece that discusses the merits of Desert Diamond after Mr. Pedersen's piece discredited parts of their enterprise of which he was not fond. I think it shows that Desert Diamond is taking the high road in not even responding themselves and letting people who have worked with them in the past defend them on their own. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. Mr. Pedersen discussed his opinion on Desert Diamond and so did Mr. Hicks. You don't have to talk about slot machines and loyalty cards to explain why a business venture like Desert Diamond is so vital in our community. They've helped thousands of people throughout Southern Arizona; on top of employing over 1200 local citizens and offering financial support to its tribal members, Desert Diamond aids SAAF, The Salvation Army, Tohono O'odham children's charities, the Tucson Rodeo & Parade, FC Tucson, and dozes of other organizations and people throughout the Southwest because they believe that a community that invests in them is worthy of one investing in. Kudos to Mr. Hicks and Desert Diamond for focusing on things that really matter - those that are unrelated to profits.
What a weird response. First, why wouldn't Desert Diamond respond with one of their own employees. Second, this article doesn't respond to anything that was in Pedersen's piece. He never said Desert Diamond was a bad corporate citizen. He said their casino and entertainment sucked. I guess this response shows just how inept they are.
If more businesses would hire young people for part time and summer jobs, they would learn how to get along with folks and be a team player.
I spent 32 years in one job and learned first hand that those who have no clue to learn people skills and how to work with others eventually get surplussed.
That first job may teach you how to work with others and get along with your co-workers. That is a very important skill and it also teaches people how to keep schedules and report to work on time.
Ethics learned in that first job carry on to make you the person who is qualified for those higher positions.
Been there, done that. After a career of over 40 years working, I now teach. Too many folks just want to get by with the least amount of effort needed.
Good editorial mayor.
Fix the educational system in Tucson. Kick out the unions and allow the teachers to teach. Reduce the fat at the top, you do not need administrators making six figure salaries plus very fat benefits, you need teachers.
Or Mayor is showing great leadership in many areas and he is right-on with summer jobs for our youth. Besides the needed training, establishing a work ethic, keeping them busy in productive activities the benefits of a "pay day" and the satisfaction of personal spending money is a super wonder reward in itself. Come on business leaders join the Mayor with your support.
Maybe importing fewer low-wage foreign workers (legal and illegal)? Just a thought.
Maybe if the folks running Tucson and Pima county were more interested in bringing industry and business to the region rather than scaring it away, this would not be a problem. Just a humble observation.
I bet the resin necklace medallion and ear rings signed "deGrazia" are by Nick too.
Interesting. Does anyone buy Nick DeGrazia's work?
Hey Ron, THANKS. I have two little handpainted (heavy coat primary color watercolors) of little boy and girl each with donkey. Tried to clean up some idiots pencil scratches and kind of ruined that section of the brown beige background. I also have some resin jewelry which a guy in Tucson told me was pretty worthless. ???
Anyway, what did you do with your Nick DeGrazia little watercolor paintings?
I like to get a perspective on controversial issues by thinking about everything in reverse. In this case, what if the vote had gone against - and a few dissenters had contacted Horne, the legislature, and CAP? Would they have listened to the constituents who favored civil unions? Somehow I doubt it.
It's interesting that there is screaming for 'minority rights' in Bisbee over this.
Being from Bisbee, I am proud of the unanimous vote that our council took to support the rights of same sex couples. As one of our dear gay residents said at the meeting: "We are only asking for a sliver of what the rest of you take for granted." It is not nearly enough, but it is a start. The vote had very wide support in Bisbee, except for those who stood up and selectively quoted the Bible as 'proof' of their right to hold hateful, prejudiced views. Their views were in the minority. Fortunately, many of the Christians in Bisbee really are Christians and many stood up and supported the separation of church and state, as well as the rights of the LBGT community. As for me and my husband--we will be attending the civil union ceremonies of our friends and will continue to land on the side of "liberty and justice" for all. Tom Horne is a narrow minded bigot. His stance on this issue and on Mexican Studies in TUSD will be his legacy and he will be remembered much the same as we remember the George Wallaces and other facists that pepper our history in the land of the sorta free.
New to Tucson and one of first places visited was Bisbee. Loved it - namely, that it was different from rest of Arizona I'd seen so far. Had best time in Bisbee. It will be one of my "go back to places," now more than ever with their recognition of same-sex civil unions. Get with the program rest of you in Arizona that remain in your Victorian-Puritan closets.
Sorry to say the author was not criticizing Giffords stalling to get the pension. He was siting this as a quality of "astute business people".
It doesn't take a TUSD graduate to figure out that once injured, you could ride on disability for as long as it takes, and she would have waited longer, to secure your federal pension. In the meantime she left her constituents hanging without representation so she could conduct her 'business'.
It doesn't take a thinking person to determine Kelly is a bloated hypocrite. It's a simple observation that anyone can make.
Contrary to what all of you may think, Mr. Kelly is an elitist. He is a retired Naval aviation officer and astronaut. His life has been one of being coddled and was in a position to get away with what ever he wanted. Remember "Tail-hook"? It was Naval aviators harassing and molesting women. Kelly is part of that culture. It appears to me, and I may be wrong, he is using Gabby's injury as a stepping stone to politics. In the elitist world any and all publicity is good.
Yes, Kelly planned his escape into stardom really well, except that his wife was shot by a lunatic and he will be responsible for her care and comfort for the rest of her life. And you really want to criticize Gabby for waiting to receive a pension when she will never be able to work again? I think you can do better than that.
W Corvi...please explain HOW we "EVER" got along in 2011 when the Federal Budget was $185 BILLION less than it is Today......
chucki, let me 'splain something to you. The sequester is more like 8%. And yes, half from defense - 8% from defense, 8% from non-defense (with a few areas protected). Get it, now? I didn't think so.
But, there is good reason for ANYONE to not be on welfare these days - the cuts are only going to get worse. The only way to know you have a future is to be dependent on yourself. And that means yourself has to provide for you. What I read in the mayor's commentary is, "We have to get rid of the Pork. But not MY Pork!"
We have more than our fair share of hacks and phonies because Tucson and Pima County are easy blue marks. The mayor is on the right track if he continues to make an effort to reclaim the tax money.
Ironically, the additional money will only go further toward retaining the hacks.
Perhaps the UofA will become a ''teaching university". One where the cost benefit analysis of their tuition models out based on an appropriate return for the investment. "Free market statistics" like they say they have to use when showering sport coaches with money.
The mayor keeps tossing the 250-400 number around. Let's see. The sequester reduces budgets by 2 percent, but half of that is DOD, so only 1 percent is for the rest of the bureaucracy. If 250-400 represents 1 percent of the Section 8 occupants, that means we have between 25000 and 40000 people in Section 8 housing. WOW! Right or wrong, Mr. Mayor? If wrong, how many do we have in TOTO, and don't you really believe that 250-400 of the present users just might be phonying their status just a bit??????
on the very day this was published/distributed, my brother's best friend was shot and killed. he was on his way to dinner, with his lady I think, and in oro valley. he was 22. i don't know all the details, it seems like it was road rage. someone was pissed and decided to just take another person's life. it is senseless and tragic. i have considered gun ownership in the past, and something like this makes me want to own one even more. i am a female and 27 and i just think, blame the guy who shot, not the gun. this is the wild west. i think if folks want to own a fire arm, do a background check, and make them take a gun course. maybe there could be a department that handles background checks and certifications, create some jobs. just maybe, if the guy who shot my brother's best friend had some accountability, some education and training on how to be a responsible firearm owner this wouldn't have gone down the way it did. of course, perhaps he didn't legally own the gun, perhaps (clearly) he was a psycho, perhaps it wouldn't have changed anything. however, one thing that did change is my thoughts on owning a gun. i am a single female living in a crazy world. i want to be a better markswoman and learn more about the responsibilities of gun ownership. but you can bet that i'm already saving for a handgun. this is the wild west, i'm no wilting desert rose, i'm going the way of pistol annie.
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