HOAs have a purpose. But the problem is that they often go to the extreme. Then you have retired people (have nothing against them in general, I'm retired) who have nothing better to do than drive around looking for homeowner violations like a forbidden flower pot next to your doorstep or some other silly infraction.
Actually, I'd prefer any day to be where it looks like people are living there and I can hang clothes in the sun to dry, than Plasticville, USA (If you remember the model railroad building.)
TexasRon, you are the knucklehead I'm talking about. I'd rather deal with a HOA than some redneck who thinks the rules he agreed to don't apply to him anymore.
Stopped in traffic at a construction site, my wife and I were rear-ended by a driver that I am convinced was texting. No brakes, no skidding, he simply rammed us. Traumatized yet fortunately we were OK, but our car was totaled. He told the police he was rubbing his eyes....the sun was at his back. I am also a bike commuter. Biking the streets offers a visual advantage into most vehicles as they ride along side and it is astonishing how many drivers are texting while driving thousands of pounds of steel at a high rate of speed down the streets. Our culture's selfish desire to communicate the most superficial things while driving seems to be as addictive and destructive as crack. God please save us from ourselves.
Kentop, HOA's really need to be abolished. If you don't appreciate what a person is doing with their property I would suggest you purchase it. There is already enough communist marxist crap
in this mismanaged city and county controlled by progressives.
Urban residential zoning doesn't permit vegetable gardens in your backyard or your front yard. Thats because knuckleheads tend to turn their front lawns into cornfields and set up fruit and vegetable stands in their driveway as a way to augment their income, thus turning their cracker box tract home into a "farm". Having a small container garden or vegetable patch in your back yard isn't going to upset anyone, but there's always one guy in the neighborhood who wants to turn his house into a junkyard, used car lot, farm, ranch, casino, kennel or all of them at once. Those knuckleheads who raise chickens and rabbits in their back yards. oblivious to the noise and smell experienced by their neighbors are the reason permitted uses for each type of zone are so restrictive. Homeowner associations have to deal with neighborhood knuckleheads all the time. A bill preventing them from doing so would be unadvised.
HB2363 isn't all that weird. Reading the *very* short bill (if only the U.S. Congress could write bills that short), my guess is that it's targeted at HOA's that frown upon backyard vegetable gardens, including those planted by people trying to save a few bucks on their grocery bill. They shouldn't have to deal with an HOA gestapo dictating what they can do with their backyard soil. --YHS, CF
In my first comment, It possible that I was too uncharitable toward Mr. Danehy.
Tucson Natives with enough "History", will remember many Snow days, it's not that rare actually.
" Unfortunately, the advertising-dependent media refuse to report on this advancing shadow on the land."
And the irony in your statement is that many civil liberties lawyers and groups like the ACLU have spoken out against the "terrorist" label and the "ag-gag laws" because they shut down individual freedom of speech. Certainly, if an animal activist or envrionmentalist harms people or property there are laws that can penalize them for such trangressions, but to my knowledge none of these groups have ever physically harmed anyone. Personally, I think anyone who destroys propery like burning down a slaughterhouse should be prosecuted but certainly not as a terrorist. Arson would be a more reasonable charge. Trespassing (which is probably a misdemeanor) may be a crime if you video tape in a slaughterhouse without permission, but that is a far cry from being a "terrorist."
So there are trumped up charges & explicit propaganda about how animal activists and envrionmentalist are such dangerous people. The FBI has determined that certain envrionmentalist groups are the number one terrorists in the country. Really? Wouldn't some underllying Al Queda cells here in the US be considered more dangerous? How about the Unibomber or the guy who killed all the kids in Newtown? Those guys are less of a terrorist threat than a tree-hugger or animal activist videotaping in a factory farm? How can hugging trees, damaging bulldozers or harrassing medical animal researchers be more dangerous than the Virgina Tech type or some sleepiing cell that wants to pull another 9-11?
Certainly no one has ever been murdered or asaulted by these "terrorists" environmentalsits and animal groups. (lHowever doctors have been murdered in the anti- abortion movement) whereas one could argue--in those anti-abortion murder cases-- there is some kind of "terrorism" involved (and conincidently no one has ever been tried or found guilgy of terrorism in any doctor-killing case.)
The main stream media reports nothing about how the government creates its own definition of terrorism and applies it arbirtarily to whomever it chooses. Scary business in my opinioin.
I agree with you, Doggirl. The feds are steamrolling over dissent in this country, as can be seen in the segment in "Behind The Mask" wherein local police and the FBI swarm into John Feldman's home.
And, as you mentioned, the ag-gag laws that are being passed by states, including the current campaign in New Hampshire, to criminalize MFA-style private investigations are making it easier for abusers to hide their atrocities from us. Unfortunately, the advertising-dependent media refuse to report on this advancing shadow on the land.
"You seem to especially take pleasure in defending the kind of abuses in agriculture which are repeatedly exposed by Mercy For Animals undercover investigators."
Gary: It's easier to kill the messenger when you don't like the message which is what happens now in states like Iowa and Indiana that have passed "ag-gag" laws which make it a crime to videotape inside places where animals are warehoused and slaughtered. We now make the people investigating animal abuse the criminals and those performing the abuse get the legal protections.
And let's not forget that as a part of the Patriot Act, animal rights' activist who perform certain acts as innocuous as passing out pamplets which protest certain companies, can be arrested as "terrorists". If you work for MFA please be very careful about your activities. These laws are not in the least bit lenient towards animal activists if they are willing to prosecute you as a terrorist. But as an animal-person, I appreciate all the work that activists at MFA and other groups do to inform the public.
I've noticed that you often denigrate us people who try to defend animals from people like you who support any activity that involves animal-cruelty. You seem to especially take pleasure in defending the kind of abuses in agriculture which are repeatedly exposed by Mercy For Animals undercover investigators.
Your comment this week notwithstanding, I believe that your attacks against us vegetarians indicate that you think your armpits are hairier than mine, and that, by LOGICAL extension, you're convinced that your lifestyle choice as a fleshie makes you a better man than I am. If I'm correct, then I'm prepared to disabuse you of that crackpot notion by determining if you can keep up with me at the gym. As a sports writer, you must be quite an athlete and I could probably see my ass as a result of this 'challenge', but here's what let's do; since I see that you fancy yourself a gambler, the next attack that you feel you need to make, and if I happen to catch that particular column, I'll submit a wager to you that you'll find difficult to pass up.
By the way, the last letter I sent to you was when I was, in fact, still a PETA person, but now I align myself with Mercy For Animals.
Why do you write so much about yourself and your kids..you do better with sports and music.
Really, Tom, you believe those "hairy armpit" people have a point? And what would that be exactly? Is it that mainstream animal welfare groups like the Humane Society and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals oppose rodeos for their inherent cruelty to animals? Do they also make less sense than the "Tea Party" people?
Next you will be claiming that Cesar Chavez is some kind of court jester...
"Kindness and compassion towards all living beings is a mark of a civilized society. Racism, economic deprival, dog fighting and cock fighting, bullfighting and rodeos are all cut from the same defective fabric: violence. Only when we have become nonviolent towards all life will we have learned."
I attended the Rodeo. 1st time. Recent resident in Tucson. Shocked at lack of diversity in Tucson -- lilly White attendees, mostly seniors with giant sized cameras slung over their shoulders. Attempted to speak Spanish to 3 of 6 persons in total that I observed and ea responded with shock that "a gringo" like me would initiate conversation in Spanish and, in fact, each seemed almost fearful (with furtive glances over shoulders) should we be overheard. Yet there seems no hesitance to keep the Rodeo name in Spanish. What culture shock since I've been in Tucson.
Hmmmmm....saw a soccer ball the other day. Imprinted upon it was "genuine leather".
Do the peta people know about this ??????
Soccer IS football, my good man. It was called such long before Americans devised their own game and has been played in southern AZ by adults for as long as the American version has been played here. Not football? It is, after all, played by kicking the ball with the ....FOOT! And if you believe soccer players don't get hurt. you haven't watched a match in person. Even MLS football players, in as superb physical condition as they must be to stay on the field for up to 90 minutes of near non-stop action, get injured.
Rugby is also a form of football, dear fellow. And those lads don't wear pads and helmets like the sissies in the NFL. But they do eat their dead. With relish. Or without relish. Uncooked, usually.
Do come out to Kino Stadium this Saturday, old sport, and watch a couple of top-notch matches played by athletes who are still able to see their feet while standing upright. And who can run more than five yards without breaking into a sweat.
Oh sure, NFL players never fake injuries, just ask Emmanuel Sanders of the "Stealers". Defensive coordinators never, ever tell their players to take a dive. Just ask Perry Fewell. The PRCA, which conducts La Fiesta, has done quite a lot to appease animal rights groups. But the American Humane Society, the ASPCA, Peta, and the Humane Society of the United States all currently oppose rodeos because they still abuse animals. They can't all be crazies. BTW, how much of your prize money did the bull get? You had the bull's permission and you thanked him afterwards, right?
Any self-respecting Sex issue would have the photos of this Lt. Thonged and utility-belted. As for men behaving themselves...when pigs fly maybe.
What's amazing to me is this story STILL appeared on the Arizona Daily Star website, front page, under "most popular" up til yesterday with a salacious headline with "female officer" prominent in it. If this were a male officer the story would have faded LONG AGO. Discouraging to those of us who hoped things were improving for women in previously male-dominate professions. I too, wonder GingerCat, what discipline, IF ANY, was imposed on the males involved!
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