Nice sentamental journey. I started reading the Weekly a short time after returning to UA for grad school in 1983. It's nice to have a lot of similar memories of the Weekly, though mine are from the status of a reader. You ain't no Jeff Smith, but I like your stuff anyway.
Paul Cunningham stating that in order to change the ordinance, "there would have to be public hearings and study sessions and lots of thinking and planning in the halls of government", demonstrates exactly why it takes so long to get any change accomplished in Tucson. While the city council is caught up in all of their bureaucratic baloney and hoop jumping, people who could already be working will remain unemployed and/or on food stamps and unable to contribute to or participate in, our local economy.
It would take one person less than a day to gather information and statistics regarding the up and down sides of allowing larger commercial growing operations (perhaps 'borrowing' some of that information from our neighbors to the north, who already allow growth operations of that size) and to prepare a report on the findings to present to the city council. After that, why would it require the numerous "... public hearings and study sessions and lots of thinking and planning"?
No wonder our local economy is so stagnant, when change is always mired down by the convolutions required by the city council.
Yeah, this is the reason Tucson's economy is slow. It's certainly not because any time any significant business tries to open here, the powers that be turn it into a giant political football and drive said business away.
I was hoping this long winded yawn of a column was leading up to a resignation announcement ... but no such luck.
Almost 48 years in Tucson, after 10 years in Phoenix when my family moved there when I was a little kid. In Phoenix, there were hitching posts outside of the "rural" stores when we moved there in 1956. Phoenix became more "sophisticated" yet I felt warm and welcomed when I moved to Tucson in 1966. Yeah, we weren't so "sophisticated." What we were instead was real. We lived here, we loved it, we liked all of those around us, we thought that Tucson was the neatest thing since sliced bread, and that especially included Rodeo Week!
We welcomed the unwitting tourists driving through who were hijacked, lasooed, hog-tied and brought into our town for the Rodeo weekend, captives of our welcoming spirit. We've also welcomed minor league baseball, winter camp baseball, horse racing and now soccer. We've lost some of those to our sister city to the north, but we can still extend the welcome of Tucson to those who want to join us.
We are a town, a culture of inclusiveness, and it does not, nor should not be any kind of "either/or." There's room here for all, diversity, traditions, and newcomers. Pleae, Mr. Pederson, think about our inclusive Tucson, not an exclusive Tucson.
This is a very astute article but you fail to understand that until the patients and caregivers can grow the herb (which in fact Prop 203 is written for that very purpose), the program for MMJ is not going to get off the ground and be anything but the smalltime cabal it currently is, under the regime of the Republican cabal up there in Phoenix that has Will Humble's balls in their back pocket. Tucson has more than their fair share of dispensaries that are putting the ka-ching into the local economy and paying folks better than slave wages to work as the bud tenders. Change the rules and then the patients (there are 40,000 currently and only 700 dispensary agents) would make the local economy start buzzing with the green business of collectives, grow stores, cooking and growing classes. Having the dispensaries run a monopoly and growing thousands of pounds of herb is not going to fly since the numbers are flat lined because of the expensive fees, no grow rights and just the assholes up there at AZDHS that are doing everything in their power to chase the patients off including having a police confidential informant in charge of the day-to-day operations of the MMJ program. Don't believe me call TPD and ask them why their po-po over at Pima County Narcotics have Tina Wesoloskie (head of the MMJ program at AZDHS) on speed dial?
Obviously, I have made it clear that I disagree with Mr. Pedersen. But now I can share my organized, written argument via my Tucson Weekly Guest Commentary here:
@Al Tam: that has been my point exactly all along (on FB and other venues). I like soccer. I love La Fiesta de los Vaqueros. There is room for both and more. There is no reason to take a hostile approach as Pedersen has for any of these local efforts (and if you read his piece, you can not deny that he is hostile towards all things Rodeo Week as well as Matchplay). So, if you are going to go after vaquero culture, then you are picking a fight with me. That is when being a transplant from New Jersey matters.
This is a stupid, false dichotomy and you all should quit bickering about it at once.
The soccer tournament's new and cool, the Rodeo's old and cool, and they can be cool at the same time. Dammit, how hard was that?
El Güero Canelo's facebook page shows him and the wimminfolk in his family gearing up for the rodeo. If El Güero's into the rodeo, the rodeo's still legit.
Really four days of a yearly tradition can't be replaced with soccer. Just add it. Means more business for Tucson. So it gets over crowded, try living in places like Myrtle Beach, SC. Then you can complain. If you don't like western days that's your opinion. But there are still lots of people that love it.
@JeffR: who is this 'Pederson' you're speaking of?
Nope. I actually get extra a points (years) for defending Tucson from folks like you who insult our traditions. Now I have 40 years on you! :-)
@Miguel Ortega, does that mean that you, as yourself a transplant, lose years for calling Tucson 'our city.?'
Hey Mayor R, Guess you need to call Mr. Sanchez head of TUSD and ask him about the inside deal on that contractor that was all over the Arizona Daily Star on Sunday. About the same level of Sunnyside School District bullshit.
We are nothing more than a crappy little Mexican village.
Brian,20 years doesn't qualify you. I think you'd be better off maybe in Park Slope gentrified Brooklyn or that bastion of progressives Madison, WI. No Uffda around here! Describe to me what the "average Tucsonan" is? Personally, guy's like you I catagorize as "Post Volgy", you don't qualify!
If a transplant to our City insults an 89 year Tucson institution, you get residency years taking away. So, Brian, I'm going to put you down as a 9 year Tucson/Sahuarita resident. You may be able to earn the 11 years you lost because of your piece back depending on how you remedy your position.
Been here 20 years, actually. During which time I've noticed that Rodeo Days are not a time that the average Tucson family spends going to the rodeo. They spend it getting out of town, avoiding the busiest tourist time of year here.
I'm guessing Mr. Pederson hasn't been in Tucson very long. Otherwise, it would be hard to explain such a fundamental lack of understanding of Tucson's culture and history.
Another important contribution to political discourse and popular culture by the inimitable Tom Danehy, who's got a bumper sticker on his vehicle that says "I'm A Maverick".
Still favorite after all these years:
People are obviously upset about something
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