The combination of a failed "War on Drugs" and the aftermath of the 9/11 attack have both contributed to the militarization of the police in the U.S. The Defense Department, in coordination with the Homeland Security Department, has given vast amounts of modern military equipments to the police in all states. These include the MRAP's (Mine-resistant Ambush Protected armored vehicles) that were developed for combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. http://images.dailykos.com/images/99807/la…
These advanced weapons are almost completely unneeded for use by the police departments in this country. They are, however, readily deployed for any reason including peaceful and lawful demonstrations by citizens. Similarly, SWAT teams are also deployed for virtually any offenses except jaywalking.
Our country and its leaders, need to ramp down the unnecessary and excessive use of force by police, it is completely undemocratic and more suitable for a country like North Korea or Iran.
Francis, your post was a diatribe about the Middle East. Unless I missed something, you didn't make any direct connections with the topic of my post. You're welcome to make the connection in a comment, but don't expect your readers to find the connection on their own.
54 "dislikes" that is a new record! Bring it on Hillary lovers. And to think I didnt even bring up her name first! LOL Priceless!
Can't wait until she runs. What a feast we will have. And you folks get Bill in the White House again but this time with nothing to do! What fun that will be.
Hey Ralph Hill:
Maybe the Republicans like Phoenix because that's where the jobs are. Or better yet that's where THEY create jobs. People like you keep bitching about the 2%. I have worked for the 2%. Have you. Because of their ambition, drive etc they have created the jobs that I have held. They treated me pretty good. So who do you work for?
The Progressive Liberal mentality has made it so our young people can't get a decent job here. To make matters worse idiots like Steve K and the Hispanic lobby here make it so the wages are low. You can't have an "Immigrant Welcoming Community" and wealth at the same time. Any city that has 40% or more Hispanic population will not prosper. And will have a lot of crime. Prove me wrong. Just read the papers tonight and see who does the crime.
All the Progressives in central Tucson want to do is seel each other tie dyed T-shirts and beads at 4th Ave, drink at bars in Downtown Tucson and debate who has the best Sonoran Hot Dogs. Good luck with that and getting a good job.
That's what $197,000,000 buys you, what do expect? It's Tucson.
Just a quick follow-up, didn't anyone notice that I posted at 12:29? 2 + 9 = 11. 12:11? It's like time is counting down. To what?
On all Friday and Saturday evenings, starting at 5pm 4th Ave from University south and Congress, from 4th Ave to Stone should be car-free zones.
It would be so much safer and enjoyable to stroll the streets, grab a bite, do some shopping, catch a show or live band.
C'mon - it would be awesome!
Maybe it's just growing pains but I'd be more inclined to think the trolley's woes are the result of poor to no planning by city officials. I know that's a provocative concept but we've had all sorts of experience with the city poobahs and their lack of foresight.
Mr. Safier: The Militarization of our Society as a Quazi Military State to combat terrorism has EVERYTHING to do with our Middle East Foreign Policy!!!...remove your head from the sand!!!
Lovely. Thank you.
I am downtown about 50 hours a week. What I see is a lack of consistency. I will commonly see two, three, and sometimes four of the trolleys within a couple of blocks of each other. Wednesday at Granada and Simpson there were three of the Trolley cars within 1 minute while I am purchasing my ticket they all go by then the next trolley car comes 30 minutes later. They are supposed to be every 10 minutes and they never are. One Friday I got out of the trolley just before the bridge on 4th avenue and walked the rest of the way. I made it to church and congress before the trolley I was on passed me. Poorly designed system should have looked at what Phoenix did much better operating trolley system.
I wonder how much money was spent on “modeling”? Do they even model pedestrian traffic? The lines at the Mercado , on opening day, were unorganized to say the least. People were jumping in from all sides.
the solution is simple. no vehicular traffic downtown for one Saturday a month. Simple.
That TGI location was empty for months. If the owners of Guadalajara want to reopen asap, and their building is destroyed, why wouldn't they be able to make a deal on that building? No doubt its owners are also very anxious for someone to move on it.
This whole street car idea should not emphasize transportation -- it should emphasize exactly what it is: novelty. If city planners thought more clearly about this, maybe we'd have a beautiful, historic-looking trolley type car merged with a modern design that had fun reasons to get on (like music or other entertainment, maybe space for street performers). Wouldn't it be rad for it to be like a Burning Man art car kind of thing?
It will never be perfect transportation-wise, so just give passengers more reasons to enjoy the ride, no matter how long. They can take a bus if they want real public transport. The street car ride should be an experience!
They ought to just block off congress to motor vehicles during 2nd Saturday. This will cause more people to use alternate routes instead of Congress. Traffic will either use Tool to get west or they will have to use another way around downtown like 6th or 22nd. If congress is their destination, then this would be the perfect time to park someplace farther away and take the streetcar into downtown. You would still have access to all the garages without using congress.
No, but they try to act the part.
Michael Graham, how about putting up barricades before the Broadway underpass. If you need to get into downtown, you can take SR210 westbound to get around the logjam. Oh, wait. you STILL haven't built that roadway.....
"The intersection in question has long been pointed to as a potential problem for traffic..."
No kidding. It was already a confusing intersection, and then they went and added a dozen businesses, a parking garage, "luxury" student living and HiFi to the mess. I am a streetcar supporter, but not a lot of common sense was implemented in ANY of this. You can't cram downtown Phoenix into a square mile of downtown Tucson, on roads still more suited to horse and buggy than modern traffic.
Nothing worse than seeing a fat cop, especially a fat woman cop. They get no respect from me and TPD are the worst of the worst. Totally inept, lazy and lacking in professionalism. I blame the chief of the police for the sad state of affairs here in Tucson. I was involved in a hit and run a month ago and I got the license plate number of the guy that hit me and took off. TPD still haven't done anything about it, stating that they had other priorities. They deserve no respect from the citizens of Tucson.
What a fiasco. So no one thought to monitor what the addition of high occupancy buildings might do to the traffic flow? Or what increased pedestrian traffic might do? I'm amazed at the lack of planning regarding this whole project.
Oh and I'm SURE those numbers are correct. It's so unlikely that anyone is just jumping on and skipping the "buy a ticket" part of the ride.
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the new streetcar, but the level of incompetency in relation to the streetcar is stunning.
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