This was rather appalling to read. I really dislike your opinions. Graffiti shouldn't be a problem. I think there are much bigger problems to address in Tucson. One being education. The youth of Arizona are not challenged in the classrooms and one might say that this has an effect on what the students are doing with their free time. I, as a 16-year old female high school student, feel that the government spends way too much time on the "negative" aspects of our society that will not be changed any time soon. Also, if it wants graffiti to be lessened, it would look for the root of the problem instead of taking the seemingly easy route. I am ashamed that my city, state, and country can't deal with such petty internal problems and get so caught up in them. I hope this changes soon, but it won't if the powerful don't get over themselves.
Nothing better to say
Tom the real questions you must ask yourself are these. Did I acuse blacks of voting for Obama in 2008 because of skin color? Did I call them racist for doing it?
Jeez Guys, can y'all read or what? The phrase, "Not all Trump supporters are racists..." means that a certain percentage (anywhere from some to most) of the people who voted for Donald Trump were NOT motivated by racism. (That's pretty much why the word "Not" is the first word in the sentence.) By falsely whining that I suggested that everyone who voted for Trump is a racist is a lame attempt at diverting attention away from the fact that, whatever excuse you might have had for voting for the person who ran the most racist Presidential campaign since George Wallace is fine, but it puts you in the same club with THEM. And it puts you in the indefensible position of having to claim that racism had nothing to do either Trump campaign or the outcome of the election. Why is it so hard to say "I voted for the same guy that a bunch of racists did, but I did so for different reasons?" I would never in a million years think that Bill Heuisler voted for Trump out of racism, but he has to acknowledge that he and the white supremacists who are spouting "Heil Trump!" on TV both voted for the same guy.
Sorry, Tom, but Chump did NOT "win fair and square". In addition to the weakness and incompetence of the Clintonistas, here are two of the key reasons why he "won": 1) an antiquated electoral college system that was established long ago precisely for the purpose of protecting the power and privilege of wealthy white males; and 2) voter suppression that the Republinazis very effectively implemented over the last decade, which was particularly aggressive in key states such as Wisconsin.
You gotta hand it to 'em. The Rs saw the demographic writing on the wall when Obama swept to victory eight years ago (and some saw it even sooner than that). They understand full well that their agenda of economic inequality and racial and gender discrimination will make it nearly impossible for them to win national elections going forward, so they came up with a strategy to address that: aggressively suppressing the votes of young people and people of color who vote overwhelmingly for Democrats. It's a brilliant stratagem, however immoral and profoundly anti-democratic it may be.
So, I'll say the same thing I said when Dubya "won" 16 years ago: the Republinazis STOLE this election fair and square. The Dumbocrats better get real, or it's going to keep happening, again and again.
For all of you who DON'T believe racists turned out to vote for drumpf? Just wait until news coverage airs of the march planned KKK in honor of the donald inauguration. I wouldn't bet on my predictions, but will make one anyway. All the haters are going to be partying in the streets on January 20.
Tom from Tucson, you've known me and others who voted for Trump for decades. Your reflexive racial slurs against me annoy more than hurt because they come from a rote-mind incapable of filtering due to life-long prejudice (probably taught in school). Look in the mirror at a closed-mind and examine your conscience. First, you have no evidence from the past 20 years that I am either racist or stupid. Second, your so-called facts ignore reality when you tout current unemployment: the Obama Administration cites an "unemployment rate" that fails to mention more than 95 million American workers (almost 1/3 of the total) who no longer seek employment. They are ignored in Obama's stats. This alone should awaken you to Government lies and manipulation. You are blind to reality because of Obama's race. You are also blind to reality because of my race. Wake up. Bill from Tucson.
1.5 million new immigrants every year versus a historic average of 250,000. That means we're importing 5 times as many people per year as historic averages and have been for 30 or 40 years.
Wages for working class people haven't increased at all since 1970.
Republicans, Democrats, learned Economists, and Journalists have been telling America's working class that nothing can be done.
Some people connected the dots and decided maybe something could be done. That's why Trump was elected. Plain and simple.
You really didn't think you'd be rid of me that easy did you?
Bye-bye, It's don't let the door HIT you in the ass, not kick.
Typical ignorant liberal.
1. We haven't had this many people unemployed, in these proportions, since 1977.
2. We haven't had this many people in part time low paying jobs.
2. Blacks have born the brunt of it. Unemployment among 15 to 24 yr old Blacks is 88%. Only 12% have jobs. Those that do, have primarily part time jobs.
3. As the probability of Obama becoming president rose to 100%, the stock market collapsed by 5 trillion.
4. As the probability of Trump becoming president rose to 100%, the stock market went up by 5 trillion.
5. The billionaire friends of Obam: Bezos, Zuckerberg and Buffett the ones who create jobs for rich people, don't pay taxes, not a penny on the billions they've made.
6. The people who create jobs for poor people, Republican small businesses, pay taxes at 63%.
7. From 2011 to 2015, test scores in 8th grade math went down for the first time ever. Reading scores did not improve.
We can do better, much better for the poor and minorities of this country.
If you want to look at a bigot and a racist, go look in a mirror.
Door. Ass. Kick. Don't let.
You honestly believe that all Trump supporters are racists? You're a very sick man whom I honestly feel sorry for. I hope your fan club gets in as many dislikes as possible because I'm done with dealing with a man who needs professional help. Allow me to leave you with this.
PRESIDENT DONALD J.TRUMP!!!! Deal with it.
You really believe that Trump supporters are racists. ? You are a very sick man whom I honestly feel sorry for. I'm done.
Good luck. Many in the media will have to find an honest profession. Maybe the legal field next? LOL.
Over 4M claimed they decided not to vote for Trump as the media convinced them he could not possibly win. Rigged? You betcha. Electoral College worked perfectly as the founders did not want a few over populated states to rule the country.
Any other talk is just sour grapes. Democrats tried to exploit sexism to get Hillary elected. Obamanomics was on trial and it wasnt acceptable.
Actually it was that darn sheep dog and the Coyote. Fight like hell and have lunch together. God I miss the old cartoons....V
Tom, God knows we don't share compliments very often, but the Bobby Chacon column was great.
If you remember, I was raised in the L.A. Harbor area. I used to love Ernie "Indian Red" Lopez
in the early 70's and he fought constantly like Chacon did.
Google him and I think you will find it quite eerie how his dementia story and early death are so similar to B.C.
I went back and read your column on marijuana legalization and how poorly written the bill was and you turned out to be a bit of a prophet. Okay, that's two atta-boys. That should be enough for a couple of more years. Kind of like Fog Horn Leg Horn and the Coyote I guess. Time to get back to work not seeing eye to eye.
I won't dog you on the election. I remember what the Obama gut punches felt like on my end.
Do me a favor though and don't start the attacks until after he is sworn in.
Prayers for Emil also.
What an amazing piece!
" so it could also have been just some generic white dude." ?
Nice nod to a tremendous man and the impact he had on the music we love. Thanks.
Phil owned a building on Broadway and kept an office there. In the 1980s, my husband worked for a company that rented the rest of the building. Phil and my husband hit it off, maybe because they were both from Chicago, and used to regularly to go lunch together.
It was really cool to visit with Phil in his office and see all his gold and platinum records on the wall. We never thought we would run into such Chicago music history in Tucson!
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