Thanks for the hororable mention. Good to know you appreciate talant when you see it.
A mother kitty brought her kittens to the porch recently; two adorable tiger-striped and one beautiful black kitten with an ominous strip of duct tape stuck to its side. I went to trim its fur to free it from the duct tape the next morning they had vanished. Their mother comes around so I'm guessing and hoping she simply relocated them again.
When we grew up, our parents would take us around the neighborhood; maybe also to the church for an evening of fun with friends and seeing who was brave enough to bob for an apple or other kids' games. In urban settings now, strangers often cruise for miles and miles, including some mighty big kids, scoring candy from strangers. Either turn off the porch light & house lights or let's just go out somewhere.
Halloween and religious holidays are indeed for children. Boo and bah humbug. Ha!
Take care, everyone.
Warren G. Richards
Kayenta, Mesa, and Tucson AZ
......everything you say about Barrett, you could say about George Soros.
Good thoughts for all!
Back in the days of bottles, sealed with corks, burnt cork was the sane and semi-official way to draw your hobo's five o'clock shadow and beard on your face. It was a helluva lot easier to get off than shoe polish.
Regardless of what our illustrious politicians say and do, no legislation will change one's mindset. If a person is willing to pay thousands of dollars to violate the laws of their homeland and another country, they will not magically become law abiding citizens because of some legislation forgiving them. For the most part, I do not believe more than 50% of those here illegally will register, pay back taxes, pay the fine, learn English and become citizens. The logic is not there nor is past history. Mass deportation will not work either, so we will be left with virtually no change in the status quo.
To: Pima Mujer
No they are not "criminal drug dealers". But their crime levels are way, way more than the % of their residence here in Tucson. Watch the news tonight. See if I am wrong. I think they have a problem, hence we will.
Bslap: My children currently attend public schools, and my business thrives only if we can hire enough skilled, educated college graduates. I'm not an 'expert' on education, but the current haphazard treatment of our schools in Arizona ultimately impacts my family and colleagues on many levels.
I follow this paper because the Tucson Weekly authors tend to dig deeper than the talking points and press releases that are churned out by the special interest groups and political offices in our state. The Tucson Weekly contributors also often explore the 'bigger picture' impact to our community when we allow politicians (of any partisan stripe) to carelessly manage our tax dollars based on flashy trends, ideological mythology or flat-out disregard for the public good.
So there you have it. I can't speak for the rest of the TW audience, but I am a big fan of my 'catering' coming in the form of thoughtful, smart and insightful articles. I don't always agree with them, but they do tend to make me consider things from a different perspective.
And PS: …no one would ever mistake me for a "hipster". Wish that much was true.
Three points you fail to address or consider, Steve: 1) Entering another country without permission is illegal and punishable by the laws of said country. 2) Mexico forbids illegal immigration into their country and punishes those in Mexico illegally with jail time or worse, and expulsion. 3) To ask certain law enforcement officers to ignore certain laws is to ask for chaos and corruption. (Imagine DPS being told to ignore city ordinances, or the FBI ordered to ignore local laws like assault or DUI).
Bslap: For the record, the editor of the paper "catering mostly to childless wannabe hipsters" has two children in TUSD schools.
Better question: why does a paper catering mostly to childless wannabe hipsters care so much about education? Or claim to have any expertise on the matter?
What is it with our City Council that they feel this endless need to pick fights with the State Legislature or weigh in on national ideological issues that are none of their concern. You can exercise your personal feelings at the ballot box Steve. How about focusing on your job and doing something about the streets.
Excellent article, Mr. Safier. In almost every other state, Mr. Barrett's multiple conflicts-of-interest would preclude him from playing a direct role in education policy, and he certainly wouldn't have a primary role in allocating public tax dollars.
Cyber schools, including K-12, have been under fire consistently over the past few years for failing students and families and "fleecing" taxpayers. (See http://truth-out.org/news/item/19204-cyber… for one overview). Why would Arizonans allow one of the biggest proponents of this racket to toy with our limited education tax dollars?
I do commend Mr. Barrett for being involved, but I doubt very much that he would have approved of even the most popular, proven school leader stepping in to direct any of the financial decisions for Intel while he was there. You summed it up nicely: this is "too problematic for him to go unchallenged."
Like so many other revered institutions, Americans are allowing their precious public school system to be destroyed, so people like Barrett can get richer. Do I hear the death knell of democracy in the distance?
Children who are citizens, worry that their non-citizen parents will be deported, and their family torn apart. So many of the people who support SB1070, don't even know any undocumented people, but they know inherently it seems, that they don't like them. (See above in all caps.) I've spoken to people who actually believe that all Mexicans are criminal drug dealers, and thus should be deported, en masse. SB1070 is a terrible law. Repealing it would be one step in the improvement of Arizona's reputation and economy.
Remember your catechism, consorting with the devil is a mortal sin according to your church. Say two hail Marys, one our father, and father O'Malley is waiting for you in the vestibule. Halloween gets one entry in the hitchhikers guide. The guide says it's "mostly harmless". Teenagers tend to ruin it for everybody, though. Tucsonans are lucky in that we get to celebrate twice. Once for Halloween and once for Dia De Los Muertos. Hopefully, in a few generations, it will meld into one incomprehensible week long party complete with processions and mardi gras style traveling costume balls.
REPEAL SB1070 NOW
SB 1070 IS PROBABLY THE BEST THING THAT HAS HAPPENED IN ARIZONA! ALSO, THERE IS A LAW THAT SAYS LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT MUST HELP THE FEDS WITH CRIME & SB 1070 COMPLIES WITH THAT FULLY!
WHAT'S TEARING APART THE COMMUNITY ARE MILLIONS OF ILLEGAL ALIENS (THEY ARE NOT "IMMIGRANTS" AS "IMMIGRANTS" MEANS PEOPLE WHO COME HERE LEGALLY LIKE OUR ANCESTORS!) IN THE COUNTRY STEALING AMERICANS' JOBS, COMMITTING CRIMES, STEALING OUR SOCIAL SERVICES, OVERWHELMING OUR SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, ETC., ETC. - THAT'S WHAT'S REALLY TEARING APART THE NATION!
Call it a wild guess. Are you signed up yet, Eric?
"I love it. Liberals clicking on dislike without leaving a comment. Hate those facts don't ya ? Signed up yet, Tommy ? This is too easy."
Some things are so idiotic that they don't deserve a response, but I'm going to make an exception in this case. Question: If the people didn't comment, what evidence do you have that they were liberal?
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