Wow i didnt know Bookmans had an old books room. I do remember that the community room had shelves with old books. I actually bought one. I do know that they do have a case behind the info booth that has old and rare books though for awhile now and all the other bookmans has the same. Maybe people were stealing them?
I myself like reading ebooks and pdf files. I just dont like that some of the books downloaded to my itouch(I have the Nook and Kindle apps) cant be saved to my hd on my computer somewhere.
I think we should have paper books though for the reasons you people already mentioned andbcause nothing beats holding a book in your hand especially something that you know isnt in print or on the internet or in ebooks, pdf etc. Am i the only one that feels that way?
I'm an unabashed bookophile. My friends know that the best gift to give me is a bookstore gift card or credit slip at Bookmans. Indeed, I was very bummed that B-mans closed their rare book room (Grant store) a number of years ago. There was just something so special about walking into that room as that unique scent of old books wafted across my nose- like the smell of knowledge.
I can certainly see the attraction using a Kindle for many reasons and also thought it to be ideal for textbook usage which can be easily updated. But I guess deep down I'm an "old school" kinda guy. (Ricardo, I still use film but do have a digital!)
Besides, I'd hate to see the demise of the bookshelf and bookmark industries.
The fade of paper books is not as dominating as I thought, when my wife gave a Kindle to me for my birthday a year ago. Usually I have four books started. I still do, one on Kindle and three in paper.
Discretionary dollars devoted to new books ARE limited to Kindle downloads due to lower prices. Paper books are limited to those from my local library or from used book stores, unless I pick up a new field guide for wild mushroom identification or some other nature topic that I can't find used and want right away.
The BIG problem with Kindle ebooks is I cannot trade them in at Bookman's or give them to a friend, and they're only black & white. When ebooks go full color, like on iPad, and can be traded and gifted, then paper publishers will see an accelerated erosion of their business.
Great column, Downing! It truly is OK for paper books to fade into history, like camera film and typewriters already have.
Thank you Magpiept for expressing exactly what I was going to say! IMO Danehy has the right idea, but he doesn't follow his argument to its logical conclusion. Of course, like Danehy says, BP only cares about doing what MOST huge corporations care about doing- making money. And the government has been the enabler for BP, just as it has been for many other business interests (again as Danehy says). Ultimately though, the blame lies with the American people in general because this never would have happened if we hadn't elected to office those who put corporate interests above public interests (and don't tell me we had no idea ahead of time). We have the power to elect representatives who care more about the public interest than corporate interests, but we choose not to. Until we decide we've finally had enough of this type of dynamic, the status quo will remain and the US will remain a "coporatocracy" rather than a representative democracy as was intended.
Wait! You had me nodding until you suggested that we don't stockpile nuclear weapons in cities. You ever been to Alburquerque, with 250,000 warheads? Or Amarillo, where stockpiles of warheads are armed or disarmed? Or anywhere else along the chain of factories that manufacture and store nuclear weapons? Including most air force bases.
Our government, nor their associates in the private sector, have never worried about risking our lives or the environment, in their pursuit of profit..
OK, let's have Obama wave the magic wand and "ban offshore drilling."
What is the Messiah gonna do about all the offshore rigs outside our territorial waters? Is he going to send the SEALs to kill a bunch of Malaysians, Chinese, or Venezuelans (actually it would be kind of cool to see the reaction Chavez would have to that), etc?
At least with offshore rigs in our territorial waters, we've got some amount of control over their activities.
At Renee is starting to see the big picture on this one.
"governments exist to make and enforce rules that keep the strong and the smart and the rich from taking everything away from the weak and the poor and the dumb, including their health, their clean air and water, and their shrimp fisheries. Because that is what the powerful do if nobody stops them." (SIC)
Upon first reading, this statement seems purely ignorant, however it is also perhaps sly propoganda for the igornant reader as well. In partnership with government, industry has invested in highly sucessful environmental stewardship for the benefit our our country, cleaning our waterways and air, providing safe drinking water, protecting wildlife and providing clean workplaces for workers and clean environments for our neighborhoods and recreation. Is the environmental work done? No. Are things getting better? Very much so.
The author of this article is either out of touch with reality or simply wishes to ignore the truth. Is the oil spill bad? Yes. Is BP at fault? As an environmental permit writer for industry including mining and demilitarization, you may rely on the fact that both BP and the government carry equal blame for not providing for fail-safe operations and contingency planning. However, BP and other oil companies do not want to operate in deep water because it is expensive and because it is dangerous. The blame for the spill also lies with environmentalists that ceaselessly impose unrealistic and unsafe requirements on industry via the US Congress. So i ask you, are the environmentalists exempt from taking blame for this oil spill? Maybe yes and maybe no. Remember, there are alot of cooks in the kitchen when big oil designs and permits new operations. Perhaps a forensic approach in tracing the "players" involved in this project and the persons responsibile for design, permitting and operations is warranted to learn the truth beyond the general and political assumptions made in articles such as this one in the Tucson Weekly. Does anyone (especially journalists) have an interest in discovering facts to get to the truth anymore, or is everything just political?
Magpiept is mistaken, Gulf Coast citizens do want a drilliing moratorium of offshore drilling in the Gulf Coast until it will be done safely and correctly, but it is cheaper to drill dangerously and buy off govt. regulators. Corporations own our govt. and thereby own us. Obama will put on a theatrical show, but the oil companies will continue on as usual. Safety means don't keep drilling when you know the blow out preventer is breaking up because you want to save a couple of million dollars by not shuting down the well to fix in when you only plan to cap the well anyway, not produce.(How do you legislate against greed when our legislatures are among the greediest of all?) This well was drilled only to be capped. There is such a glut of oil the wells are drilled out in the gulf and do not produce. (They are not drilled way out there to be kept out of sight so as not to offend rich folks in their boats.) They are kept in reserve until prices are higher, until there is not such an oversupply. This has been done for decades.
The loss from the oil blow out (NOT spill) can not be calculated. It is the loss of the environment, the wildlife, the entire way of life. It isn't just that we can no longer buy fresh, fat blue/gray Gulf shrimp that release the sweet,salty aroma of the Gulf of Mexico we love so much, it is that people depending on the Gulf for their livelihood from seafood, tourism, and every other business on the coast are seeing their lives destroyed along with the wildlife from the Gulf, marshes, estuaries. Businesses are shutting down, homes are facing foreclosure, cars are being repossed, families are breaking up, mental health is breaking down. Oil is poison. We have hurricanes and they will spread the oil, perhaps destroy our homes with oil and homeowner's insurance doesn't cover loss from toxic substances.
Thirty seven years ago an environmental professor at university told us "America was built by the internal combustion engine and it will be destroyed by the internal combustion engine." We have known this for decades. And still we live by oil and in the Gulf Coast it appears we are dying by it. We are heartbroken. Think if you woke one day and the Santa Catalinas and surrounding mountains were gone, the desert was covered in poison that keeps on coming, the wildlife was dying and you may die next. Your face bankruptcy also.
Arizona can build solar, West Texas and other areas can have wind farms and water power. It is a start. No matter how small a step, we can be more intelligent than Ms. Downing's neighbors and buy fuel efficient cars. My lovely, safe, comfy Lexus gets 14.9 mpg in light city traffic and 18.9 on the highway. I love my car and I deserve it. But I deserve more. I just ordered a hybrid.
There are many more choices.
I turn off lights and I raise the thermostat in hellish Houston heat even if I have to walk around nearly naked at home. No plastic bags, no disposable plastic at all comes into my home unless there is absolutely no alternative. No milk cartons, no plastic wrapped items. No plastic handle toothbrushes. If anyone has more suggestions on how to avoid petrochemical usage, please comment.
People in the Gulf Coast appreciate your understanding of the misery we are suffering from the loss of our way of life. Soon the news media will go on to another story, but here we will continue to suffer.
I heard a little girl ask her dad about what she saw on tv, the oil blowing out of the earth. She said, "Daddy, will the oil all blow out and the earth pop like a balloon?"
Why is there such a thing as deep water drilling? Isn't that like building homes in a swamp... A matter of time before something very bad happens then you have to fix it.. In 5,000 feet of water.. STUPID...So, why are they there? I think we know why they are there. IDIOTS insisted that rigs be built out of sight... Well, if this rig were built in 100 feet of water do you think this would be a problem? Hell, why do we need any offshore drilling when we have PLENTY of oil in Anwar and elsewhere on land where this is guaranteed to never happen?.. Libs, environmentalists, elite wealthy republicans AND democrats who want a good view of their yachts are the reason for this mess.. Common sense is ALWAYS lacking when the government is involved.... Move ALL of our rigs to 100 feet or less NOW... This will happen again and there is no good reason.. Drill on land wherever we find oil.. Common sense..
Sure, you can blame the government, but remember that it's a government "of the people, by the people, for the people" and it seems clear that most of the people are like your neighbors, who want to fill their Ram pickups and Suburbans and dune buggies with cheap gas and really do care more about that than a polluted Gulf. Even Gulf residents, with the shit on their doorstep, are saying "No drilling moratorium." Which clearly shows that we as a nation are nothing but incorrigible fossil-fuel ho's. Tucson, with all its sun, should right now be totally off-the-grid and have nothing but solar-charged electric vehicles. But as long as the last drop of oil remains in the ground, no one will think far enough outside his or her comfortable box to make that happen. We're humans. We suck.
Great story! I'm one of those who love the mockingbirds songs and mating flights. We're snowbirds and every time the mockers start singing, we call my sister back in Ohio and let her listen.
And your point is you want the mockingbirds gone? The bugs will infest you more.
Ive been told that there are bushes you can plant that birds do not like. Maybe you should do some research and find out which ones they are and get rid of what you have.
Theres also electronic devices that make noises that birds dont like and they will go away.
But you will be complaining about the bug infestation and not being able to BBQ or hang withyour neighbors with the explosion of insects after the birds are gone.
OK, Ms. Downing you really had me going there for a minute then I remembered this was an April Fools edition of the Weekly. I almost choked when I read the word virtues combined with L.A. in the same sentence! Great joke!
Tell you what Renee, you go on out there and start hoeing that wash by hand and we'll join you real soon.
I also spend many days going up and down 5th/6th street and find many of the unimproved sections to be the nicest. It slices through all the best neighborhoods and has yet to be 're-designed' so the vegetation and street-scape is wildly diverse. I don't expect to make good time when I use it but I always arrive in a good mood.I often wish there was a navigible pedestrian path along it from Country Club to Alvernon, but it would be better to just have a natural dirt path than to invest in shoddy concrete work. I wonder if the City Procurement/Transportation people ask for a warranty for this work?
That was an editing error on my part, Cah. Should be Street, not Avenue. My mistake. I'll fix online.
"St. Mary's Road/Sixth Avenue/Fifth Avenue is my favorite Tucson street"...
Maybe these are your three favorite streets but these three thoroughfares don't intersect one another
I couldn't have siad it better. I am glad to know that there are others out there who are concerned about our natural wildlife and the saftey of our citizens.
The wildlife is one of the things that draws tourist to Tucson. Lets not remove everything that is good about our fair city.
Yeah, this was good.
I love to read Renee's pieces. They almost always resonant with me intellectually, emotionally or both. This time it is both! They also add a wonderful balance to the negative and cynical pieces that frequently appear in the Weekly.
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