I believe the point "Another Anonymous Commenter" is trying to make, Hakeson, is the very well founded, reasonable, and civilly expressed point that the public needs fairly complete and honest information about local governance delivered through the media -- mainstream, alternative or via citizen commentary -- if they are to make well-founded, constructive decisions about how to vote in elections. That's the point of the democratic system, isn't it, to be able to vote leaders out when their records in office do not merit them being entrusted with additional terms in office? What do you do, then, when certain parties who control or influence local media coverage decide it falls within their purview to prevent certain facts -- say, for example, the gross administrative incompetence of a key figure employed by a public institution or a systematic, pervasive practice of lying to cover up problems and irregularities -- from reaching the public's attention? Those who know what is going on and believe they have a responsibility to communicate it find ways to get the information out, and sometimes that may involve anonymous commentary to protect those in vulnerable positions.
You choose to post under your name, I assume with good reason, and others choose not to, we can only assume also with good reason. If their commentary is civil and their information relevant, it is their business how they choose to communicate, not yours. If you don't believe information delivered anonymously is worth considering, discount it in your own mind and move on. In any case, it would be best to refrain from expressing your opinion by issuing peremptory, uncivil commands to other commenters. "Say it and sign it, or shut up!" How rude.
Magnificent wordsmithing, Mr. Mollenhour. Thank you.
More power to Citizens United, "Dark Money" in campaigns, secret agreements for holding people in foreign countries for the United States, on and on. I do understand the need to protect whistleblowers. There are ways around it if you really wanted to receive the information and relay it through a third party as received from "tipster" or "informant". I also understand "time is money" and so much is done on the cheap these days. I also realize there are "unstable" people living among us. How can I hide if you use my first name?
i had 12 plants growing under the current mmj card rules when dispensarys were not open yet,, police came to my house cause of a domestic dispute and made me pull my plants out,,, i filed a lawsuit and a judge sided with the police saying it was against federal law,,,, what kind of double standard b.s. is this after i paid the state $300 for a mmj card to allow me to do what i was doing ????
it is way past time to legalize cannabis and stop this madness !!!
lets all have our thoughts and prayers for Kyle.
Come on people when are we going to get honest about Marijuana. It has been the vehicle used by so many to rally for support to protect the children. It has done little since the 1937 Harry Anslinger prohibition and legally and economically enhanced war. There has been absolutely no success to this war. We have rouge police, package lopped on felonies to push plea bargains. Judges taking payola to send offenders to prison, We have taken away personal & property rights to not be convicted of a crime for the expediency of the courts. We have people in different counties being prosecuted differently for simple possession.
This travesty has to stop and the CRLMA wants to continue this prohibition they just want to be the first to charge with an administrative fine then charge with a felony a double whammy.
What is needed to save the youth from ever lasting social traumas and stigmas associated by building marketing forced tax collecting administrative entities. Before we build this draconian monster repeal AZ Criminal statute 13-1405 save people like Kyle let his case be the example
Romero could open an ice water stand in July and be out of business by August.
No, Harvey, you have not been grounded and sent to your room. You've just been asked not to impose your preferences ("Say it and sign it, or shut up!"), which many other readers do not share, on people who have good reason to maintain their anonymity when they comment.
As one of the anonymous commenters above noted, the mainstream media organizations in Tucson do not do a good job getting comprehensive, sound information about local governance to the public. The Arizona Daily Star, for example, sometimes does not report relevant information on TUSD, and there have even been instances within the last year of the Star deleting online comments that criticize TUSD leadership or that contain information not favorable to the district. In this context, alternative channels of information are much needed. Safier won't address many of the relevant topics directly in his blogs, probably because of his relationships within the Democratic Party, but some of those who comment in the streams on his pieces have been willing to do so. I hope they will continue; it would be an unfortunate loss if we could not keep hearing from them.
Grounded, and sent to my room.
I work at Reid Park. I've almost ran over a few of you suckers because you're staring really hard into your phone and not paying attention to what surrounds you.
Flat as Pickachu
When I come through
If you don't move
You will have the blues
Way to go, Adiba!
Obummer had no problem lighting up the White House in purple when Prince died. But, he refused to light it up in blue to honor 5 Police officers who were killed in the line of duty. Says a lot.
All lives matter , not just black . When a white person gets shot by a black cop , no one days a word ! So what does this tell you ?
Enough said .
Nonsense about "republican-leaning." These are the same geniuses who never saw Bernie or Trump on the horizon. What evidence do they have for leaning? It's all based on OUT OF STATE money, which fuels BOTH Sally McSilly and Dr. Ketchup. But we are going to fool all of you geniuses . . . once again
Hakeson (H. Akeson?) : The Tucson Weekly's policy is to permit anonymous comments and Safier has written on more than one occasion that it is his intention to respect commenters' anonymity. Some of the most well-informed and valid commentary in these streams during the past three years has come from people who choose to remain anonymous, and in some cases, what is said in anonymous comments seems to indicate that this may be because the authors of the comments have direct connections with the institutions discussed (employees, or, in the case of a school district, parents with children enrolled in the district's schools).
If you have never been in the position of someone with a stake in an institution who does not have the freedom to comment under your own name because you fear retaliation, be grateful that you've never been in what, for those who experience this, is a difficult and uncomfortable situation.
I read these comment streams regularly and I do not want people in this situation to be denied the ability to provide their perspectives in Tucson Weekly comment streams. If you don't like anonymous commentary, you can always choose not to read comments that do not have names attached to them. You should not, in my opinion, be advocating that other readers be denied the ability to access information provided by anonymous commenters because you do not happen to like this form of commentary.
Ratt is back! In full effect!
Gone for days, but no one gave a shit!
Except for me, in a sense.
Because I love reading ignorance!
You have gotten she and the City Council ran Rio Nuevo prior to the legislature taking it away in 2010, what a wonderful job that was!
What does Romero know about running a business?
Obama has been the "Big Divider," instead of bringing people closer. His constant racial bias before knowing all the facts as made him like Sharpton and Jackson.
❤❤❤❤ Adiba you are blessed with such talent! I love your article.
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