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Re: “Feeding the Monster

Got to love these people who stand on foreign soil with their pink skin, speaking the Kings English and telling the indigenous people of this continent that they don't belong here in their homeland. Don't like illegal immigrants? stop being one 1-800 FLY EUROPE, Please take your family with you. I love how the European invaders ratchet on and on about how "Hundreds of U.S Citizens fought and died to make the U.S the free country it is today".. If you want hero's shouldn't you actually be discussing how many of your European invader ancestors were lost murdering and pillaging this continent while stealing it from its rightful owners, so people like you can provide us with comedy relief as you stand here all full of yourselves claiming a land that is NOT and can NOT ever be yours. You people do realize that you are nothing more than the decedents of illegal European anchor babies, don't you?

Now getting back to the subject matter of this article. The United states Border Patrol is out of control, they have morphed into nothing more than a poorly trained, unintelligent, rogue vigilante squad. The thousands of illegal and unconstitutional actions that have taken place by this Agency and it's representatives are well documented. Since the lives of the dark skinned people who belong in this region, mean nothing to you because your imaginary border line crossed them many decades ago, Perhaps you would like to discuss the hundreds of recent abuse cases that are pending from American Citizens (yes, the fake pink ones that you so dearly love) No matter how much, disingenuous people attempt to rally behind this Rogue Agency and defend their inexcusable actions, the fact remains that there are BIG changes needed within this agency, including but not limited to.. Independent citizen monitors, congressional oversight and a total revamp of their policies, procedures, hiring standards and training. Rest assured these changes are coming and they are coming much faster than most people imagine. Excellent article by the way.

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Posted by NormSutter on 03/14/2014 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Feeding the Monster

I agree with Mike. The bottom line is that people that have entered the US illegally should be deported. Try entering any other civilized country illegally and see what happens.
Heck, try to enter Mexico illegally and see what happens to you!
I have absolutely no sympathy for families that are separated because a member is deported. Take the whole family back with you. If you don't like living in your homeland, than make the changes in your society or government to make life better.
Hundreds of US Citizens fought and died to make the US the free country it is today. Just stepping across the border entitles no one to anything the US has to offer.
Hopefully, if the numbers are correct and 400,000 illegals are deported every year. Then within 10 years the majority of them will be gone.

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Posted by Lona on 03/13/2014 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Feeding the Monster

Todd, your biased opinion on our government enforcing immigration law (which most countries do) might change if it was YOUR Social Security number that was being used illegally. Identity Theft is a huge issue in our country and a lot of it can be attributed to illegal aliens using them. Eight of the 10 states with the highest percentage of illegal aliens in their total population are among the top 10 states in identity theft (Arizona, California, Florida, Texas, Nevada, New York, Georgia, and Colorado).

If you still do not feel this is a important issue concerning illegal aliens, Can I used your Social Security number to get a loan? I promise I won't ruin your credit....

What did Law Enforcement ever do do you Todd? This is second negative leaning piece authored by you concerning law enforcement in about a month. Did you ever think of blaming people that are breaking federal law and they are the reason for the over crowded immigration prison system and not the Law Enforcement Officers, Prison Guards, and Judicial System?

Comparing our immigration laws to "Jim Crow" laws is like comparing any US president to Hitler. There is no comparison. You can disagree with our immigration laws, but comparing them to Jim Crow laws is just dumb.. I really hope your book has more balanced approach to this issue, but reading your opinion pieces in the Weekly, I will not hold my breath...

However, maybe I am overreacting to the issue of millions of people illegal entering and staying in our country. Unlawfully being present in our country is comparable to jay walking to some people. It must be the fault of our Law Enforcement Officials that they are just getting in their way....

Border Patrol: Immigrant attacks agent near Encino

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Posted by Mike on 03/13/2014 at 2:31 AM

Re: “The Glass Menagerie Glows

Oh, & I also botched the original press release for THE GLASS MENAGERIE in January when I typed that Bette Davis was in the film instead of Katharine Hepburn. I had Bette on the brain b/c I had been promoting the film, THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER starring Bette Davis & Monty Woolley. So, you see...we are all human. =)

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Posted by Lisa Pierce on 02/24/2014 at 4:30 PM

Re: “The Glass Menagerie Glows

Apology accepted & appreciated. If it helps, I spelled Jay Leno's last name wrong in J-School at Michigan State & that was an immediate failing grade. Course, it wasn't a "real" article, but lesson learned. LOL

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Posted by Lisa Pierce on 02/24/2014 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Waiting for Something

Bridging the gap between the sensibilities of a Tucson audience and the portrayal of real life drama happening only a few miles to our south through theater, is a supremely daunting task. These plays make an heroic attempt to widen our view. I am very proud of our efforts. These plays , I believe, motivate an audience to know and understand more. - Jim Klingenfus, Sound Designer.

Posted by jim K on 02/23/2014 at 12:21 PM

Re: “The Glass Menagerie Glows

My apologies for the phone number. I feel like a sub-human mongrel.

Posted by mscot on 02/22/2014 at 4:01 PM

Re: “The Glass Menagerie Glows

Just FYI... there's a typo in the phone number - instead of 622-1162, it should be 621-1162. Thanks!

Posted by Lisa Pierce on 02/22/2014 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Rosemont, So Much to Answer For

There is a reason most residents in the Sonoita/Patagonia area are against this mine. You will find "Save the Santa Rita's" bumper stickers on members of the Tree of Life from Patagonia to ranchers in Sonoita. Opposition to this mine crosses the entire political spectrum. I even remember the 2010 Congressional Libertarian Candidate David Stokes being against the mine.

There are many reasons to be against this mine. Environmentally, it is going to use more water per month than Tucson uses all year. Which water in this desert is a limited resource. This will reduce the water supply for cattle ranches, farms, wineries, and orchards. Which we need copper, but we need food a lot more. Economically, the jobs created will be only a few hundred and there is no guarantee Rosemont will hire locally. There is the public safety issue of having hundreds of trucks driving up and down St. Route 83. Which is already a dangerous road to travel. This will also cause the road to deteriorate faster than normal. Rosemont does not have to pay any more taxes to compensate for this extra cost.

On a patriotic standpoint, Rosemont Copper is owned by a Canadian mining company where their biggest client for copper are Chinese companies. So, we are basically going to allow a foreign company to sell OUR resources to a Communist country. If we are going to destroy a fragile ecosystem, drain our already limited water supply, damage the economies of Patagonia/Sonoita, and leave a huge open pit filled with toxic water; can we at least keep the resource in this country?

I really can not see any logical argument for this mine. You do not need to be a left leaning tree hugger to see this mine will be a net loss to our community.

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Posted by Mike on 02/11/2014 at 2:51 AM

Re: “Rosemont, So Much to Answer For

There are no jobs on a dead planet....

Posted by Jefferson Carter on 02/10/2014 at 7:01 PM

Re: “Rosemont, So Much to Answer For

Sorry, never thought Tucson was solely a tourism economy. I'm talking about the Santa Ritas, Madera Canyon, Sonoita, and the Coronado National Forest which is mandated for multiple use - if the Rosemont Mine goes ahead, there will only be one use as no cow can graze and no person would want to hike it.

If the Rosemont Copper deposit was found in 1961, why hasn't it been extracted yet ? My guess would be it was not economically or environmentally viable, still isn't. And again greed is being put before our environment that can't be fixed when chemicals are introduced that degrade our water. Water. Where are you going to truck that in from? 2000 jobs? Not all those jobs will exist and even fewer will be for 20 years. Numbers exaggerated, like the jobs the Keystone XL Pipeline is suppose to bring to Nebraska - bogus exaggeration, corporate and political rhetoric. Both proposed projects by foreign companies for their economic gain, both won't bring much beyond potential for environmental catastrophe for local citizens.

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Posted by Kimberly Paul Slezak on 02/07/2014 at 1:24 AM

Re: “Rosemont, So Much to Answer For

Twenty years is a temporary job? How many jobs do you know of that will last twenty years? There are alot of Arizonans, who love to have one of the several thousand direct or indirect jobs that will result from this project.

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Posted by David Briggs on 02/06/2014 at 10:01 PM

Re: “Rosemont, So Much to Answer For

20 years of work for a big ugly hole in the ground doesnt make sense to me. The Resolution Mine might make sense given the proximity to nearby open pits further north even though I believe itll use the cave block method. But just because the Rosemont site is in an active mining district doesnt make it the best decision for the city or Southern AZ. I think it would be short sighted to approve the mine for the quick and ultimately temporary boost in jobs when the long term impacts are weighed. The payback period is just too short.

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Posted by Wrong mine in tge wrong place. on 02/06/2014 at 9:30 PM

Re: “Rosemont, So Much to Answer For

Just because copper has not been mined in the area since 1960s, does not necessarily imply it is not an active mining district. The Rosemont-Helvetia mining district has been actively explored for its mineral potential since the discovery of the Rosemont Copper deposit in 1961. Numerous mining companies (Banner, Anaconda, Anamax, Asarco and Augusta Resource) have invested alot time and money evaluating this area.

While recycling is an important source for minerals, it will never eliminate the need to develop new mines to supply the minerals we consume everyday.

Diversified economies weather economic downturns better than those based on a single industry. Yes tourism is important to southeastern Arizona's economy, but so are the extractive and manufacturing industries. Solely basing Tucson's economic future on tourism is economic suicide.

Tourism and mining go hand and hand. The best case for this is one of the largest economic events held in Tucson every year, the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. It is not a coincidence that the largest show of this type in the world is held in Tucson.

The first Tucson Gem and Mineral Show was held at the Helen Keeling Elementary School in 1955. The 1950s was also the time, when much of the copper exploration began in southeastern Arizona, which resulted in many discoveries in this region, including Rosemont in 1961. The area's mining history has definitely played and will continue to play a significant role in the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show's success. Other tourism attractions in the area include Bisbee, Tombstone and Jerome, all historical mining districts. There are tours given at the area's active mines (Morenci and Asarco's Mineral Discovery Center).

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Posted by David Briggs on 02/06/2014 at 7:22 PM

Re: “Rosemont, So Much to Answer For

Rosemont is not one of those places David. That is why Rosemont is a historical mining district, not an active district. The local economy will be better served by the tourism the Santa Ritas attract than the short lived mine. In answer to your question where do we get the minerals to meet the needs of our society - we stop having a disposable society and recylcle that which has already been mined.
Casey - not every tree is a redwood or sequoia - mesquite and juniper are just as valuable and more so in the ecosystem of the Santa Ritas.
I am a Certified Forester that grew up in Sierra Vista, and visited the Santa Ritas for their uniqueness, including viewing rocks and minerals - minerals that should stay were they are, not be sorted out of the earth making a huge hole and slag piles that will irrevocably change the Santa Ritas all for the greed of a foreign company.

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Posted by Kimberly Paul Slezak on 02/06/2014 at 5:34 PM

Re: “Rosemont, So Much to Answer For

No one is suggesting that we mine in all possible places where they are proposed. There are hundreds of millions of acres of public lands in America that have already be placed off limits to mining activity.

However, Rosemont is in a historical mining district where copper has been mined since the 1880s. If the mining industry can not develop a new mine here, where can they develop the mines that will supply America's future demand for minerals?

Resolution near Superior? Curis' project near Florence? Pebble project in Alaska? Eagle project in Michigan? There are groups just like those here in Tucson, who are opposing these mining projects. The fact of the matter is just about everywhere a mining company decides to develop a project, there are groups like Save the Scenic Santa Ritas that oppose this development. So I ask again. Where do get the minerals to meet the needs of our society?

You can only mine in an area where the mineral resource is present in sufficient quantities and grade to make the project profitable to do so. Rosemont is one of those places.

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Posted by David Briggs on 02/06/2014 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Rosemont, So Much to Answer For

Just because one uses technology and lives in the modern world does not mean we have to accept a mine at all possible locations where they are proposed. If preventing the Rosemont Mine and Saving the Santa Ritas means I have to spend more money on devices, etc., that use copper then so be it. This mine isn't worth it.

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Posted by Let's look beyond just 20 years on 02/06/2014 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Rosemont, So Much to Answer For

I'm sorry - I don't seen any trees in your picture of the site, much more 300,000 trees.....

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Posted by Casey on 02/06/2014 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Rosemont, So Much to Answer For

Want to bet? They cleared the land where your house sits. Where did the materials your home is made from come from? A good portion of these materials were most likely mined from somewhere. What about the electric power to run the things in your home? I assume your water supply comes from the same place as everyone else's do. If you use water, you impact the water supply. If you drive a car, you impact the quality our air. Minerals derived from mining are even used to plant, cultivate, fertilize and harvest the food you consume.

All of these activities impacts the environment. You are really ignoring reality if you believe otherwise.

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Posted by David Briggs on 02/06/2014 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Rosemont, So Much to Answer For

The only link I can find is
and it does not appear to be the entire exhibit. Need better information about the exhibit, is it online, etc.

When they built my house, it did not affect national forest, water supply, air quality…..

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Posted by tom on 02/06/2014 at 12:24 PM

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