Hooray for Randy. Si, se puede!
Nice column, Randy!
The life of Cesar Chavez is one that should be studied by all those who want to learn about affecting change and the pitfalls of hero worship. As someone who spent many, many hours on the picket line for the UFW, I know an appreciate the positive value that the movement had on many people. But after all the praise (and the free day off for city workers) is done, a few troubling questions remain that need to be addressed. Namely:
1. Why is there not a single farmworker anywhere currently working under a UFW contract, when at the height of the union they had thousands of members?
2. Why is the UFW now run by Chavez family members who substantially profit off of his image, but do virtually nothing to organize the workers in the field?
3. What role did the cult Synanaon have on Chavez when he joined it and made others in the union play the "game" -- a type of psychological torment that drove many away from the union.
4. Why do some of the unions founders who spent many years of their life in support of the UFW believe that Chavez destroyed democratic decision making within the organization?
5. Is Dolores Huerta still a member of the UFW? And how does she help unify people for a good cause when she came to Tucson and declared that all Republicans hate latinos? Is that something that Chavez would have ever said?
Finally, the move by councilmember Romero to push through the holiday at a time when the city is in massive debt and piggybacking this move on top of her disastrous attempt to sell off 114 acres of the green public space of El Rio Golf Course should be seen as nothing more than a diversion. "Squirrel !" as the talking dog would say.
Chavez needs to honored for his victories and studied for his faults. Giving city workers another paid holiday does absolutely nothing to help a single farmworker in the world. It is another feel good attempt to distract us.
Those darn rich white guys.
If you think NAFTA was bad, the Trans-Pacific Partnership will be even worse.
TLCAN, dos décadas
Estados Unidos, destino de 78.8% de las ventas foráneas
Unas 100 empresas acaparan 50% de las exportaciones
This the Mexican take ... almost word for word to Seraglio - now - why have it !!
I only wish there were more stories about the impact of so called "free trade" on these United States. Talk about job loss. I just bought a bottle of eye drops. Made in So. Africa! Before the abolishment of embargos I worked in a small manufacturing plant in Alhambra, So.Ca. We had 28 rivet making machines. We had to run three shifts daily to keep up on demands We made brake lining rivets, rivets for the just starting Mattel toy maker, etc. We had 28 employees who were makig a good wage and supporting a like number of dependents. All gone today to China and other foreign countries. Why? More money for the people that already rich!
When, I started to read this story, I just knew you were going to mention your bicycle. And I was disappointed.
Paying up to $8 to park at the TCC and then paying another fee to enter the quilt show, home show, etc. keeps me out of downtown areas much of the time. I've spent about $20 before I even get to spend money for what I would like to purchase. Really affects senior citizens who are often walking-impaired.
Flagstaff also has free parking downtown - not a lot of it, but what there is, is free. The city decided to put in meters last year, and MANY people said they just wouldn't go downtown any more. So, Tucson - wonder why no one is downtown?
Mountain View, California, has FREE parking throughout its downtown -- on-street and in garages just behind the street-facing retail buildings.
I liked you a lot better when you sniveled at the onset, carped thru the meat of your article and finished up with couple of whines, Ha! My worst experience was on Houghton road, when a car passenger squirted at me with a water pistol loaded with urine........... takes all kinds!!
Agreed, ronko--thanks for the comment. Many of the side streets that are "safer" to ride on (because there's less traffic, moving relatively slowly) are not just annoying but dangerous, thanks to cracks and holes and bumps in the pavement that can literally throw a bicyclist to the ground.
Add to your list of fantasies improved pavement. While I agree with your list of big picture plans and ideas for the future of bicycling in Tucson on a more immediate and tangible level the streets/bike lanes, and basic surface of both in this town is bone rattling. Bad pavement can separate the dedicated cyclists from those less rabid. Those less rabid will simply drive or walk.
One more time, President Obama and his close advisers came up with the idea of the sequester and proposed it. The Republicans acquiesced to him. President Obama owns the sequester.
National Monuments were not closed during the 1995 government shutdown, and some National Parks including the Grand Canyon were allowed to remain open with private and non-federal funding. President Obama refused to accept outside funding to keep some of these areas open, including the war memorial in Normandy which is already privately funded.
President Obama even spent money to close and then place police guards at memorials that require no such supervision when the government is not shut down. He also spent money to close and guard roadside turnouts near national parks that are normally unmanned and require no supervision.
President Obama refused to allow government employees to work for no pay to maintain services for citizens.
Only 17% of the government was closed during the shutdown. President Obama had discretion to choose which areas of service to be disrupted. Some government employees were told to make life as difficult as possible for citizens.
In the 1995 shutdown President Clinton met with Speaker Gingrich every day. During the 2013 shutdown President Obama and Congressional Democrats refused to meet with Republicans, so why is all the blame placed upon Republicans?
ALL of the budget-cutting madness that pervades Washington these days derives from the sort of anti-government dogma that is wholeheartedly embraced by the Tea Party. The pathetic dynamic of Obama and squishy Democrats acquiescing to such nonsense does not change that fact. In that context, "Teaquester" is perfectly accurate.
Secondly, the simple fact is that the parks were forced to shut down by the failure of Congress to do its job and settle funding issues in a timely matter. What part of that do you not understand?
~Your friendly neighborhood correct-information writer
We get to go through this nonsense again in just a few months. Yippee.
Couldn't believe it when I saw one Senator complaining about having to wash his own towels to go to their special gym. If he had been anywhere near me I would have slapped him - HARD.
Too bad they handle their own paychecks. If I had any sayso they would be paid hourly since they only work part time anyway. AND they would have to go out and buy health care like the rest of us instead of getting what I sarcastically call "Magic Healthcare".
Thank goodness we had a few women there who were willing to ignore their male peers and get together and talk to straighten things out. Otherwise the Gov. may still be shut down.
I hope whoever reads this will vote for a different person at the next election. It's more than past time to do some serious House (and Senate) cleaning!
I thought after the shooting of Rep. Giffords all allusions to guns and violence as a part of political debate was verboten. Oh, that’s right, verboten for conservatives, but ok for rabid foaming at the mouth liberals.
“Congress celebrated two days later by barring the public from visiting millions of acres of our national parklands and confronting taxpayers with yellow crime scene tape…”
You need to go back to revisit 4th grade civics class. Congress is not involved in the administration of public lands. That would be fall under the purview of the Department of the Interior in the executive branch whose final authority and responsibility rests with the President of the United States.
I am guessing by using that term you are trying to place responsibility for the sequestration on The Tea Party. Nothing be further from the truth.
From Bob Woodward:
"... the automatic spending cuts were initiated by the White House and were the brainchild of Lew (White House Office of Management Director Jack Lew) and White House congressional relations chief Rob Nabors — probably the foremost experts on budget issues in the senior ranks of the federal government." (parenthesis added)
"Obama personally approved of the plan for Lew and Nabors to propose the sequester to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
The Republicans did the bidding of their President and went along with his proposal. Isn’t that what you want them to do?
Is your misrepresentation of the truth on purpose or because you are a low information writer.
Is that to say there's a dead spider in the kitchen?
I have never used face book, will never use it, if that is a requirement to post on any site they will never have to worry about me visiting and posting let alone reading their advertisements!;-)
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