GWM, 58, HIV+. Been in Tucson since fall 2004; native Virginian (Manassas.) Took a little while to decide if I liked in here but Tucson…
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I use them (the so-called four letter words) from time to time myself. Personally I mostly use them for emphasis. For those who use them all the time the emphasis is lost. I don't use them around stangers (people I don't know) because there are some people, after all, who aren't comfortable with certain words. When I write a letter to the editor, or send an email to a business, for example, I would never consider using the type of language about which we are speaking.
So...I just find it unusual when I see an article with expletives and certain metaphors (always by the same writer.) It's not my own style. Ms. O'Sullivan obviously doesn't feel that way at all. I guess she might walk into her bank and say "Shitty day outside, isn't it? I'd like to cash this fucking check." Again, it can be offensive to some people. Most other writers in your paper seem to get by without the expletives.
I have a suggestion if you are going to pursue a similar career elsewhere: Please try to practice writing articles that are not peppered with four-letter words, and using bodily functions as metaphors. Otherwise you seem a talented writer; you don't need to use expletives in every article you write to convey your ideas. Your writing in that respect reminds me of a kid in school who has just learned such words and feels compelled to use them to excess to impress people. It's not impressive.
With all due respect, in my opinion, this article is mundane and certainly does not rise to the level of meriting two-thirds of a page in Tucson Weekly.
There are, I'm sure, plenty of ten-year olds who aspire to all sorts of occupations, including President of the United States. A child choosing to view a documentary over some other sort of movie (I'm not familiar with "Cars,") and watching The Today Show (which is more fluff than news,) is hardly noteworthy, nor does it reflect one's unique aspirations to enter politics. Again, please, recall we are talking about a ten-year old child.
Regarding her unfortunate incident on a school playground several years ago, I hardly think it insightful that she said she was worried about the other girls on the playground instead of herself. I think it's probable that her concern for others was borne out of what had happened to her personally. This is not unique behavior either in adults or children.
I commend GiGi for writing an essay which was selected as one of thirty-five (if I understand correctly) out of hundreds (how many--two-hundred, nine-hundred, or somewhere in-between?) Still, I can't quite grasp why you seem to suggest this accomplishment (and the aforementioned lesser events) have her practically running for the presidency in 2036.
"Knowledgeable, confident, and concerned for the welfare of others" are attributes to which we should all aspire and many of us do. Maybe I'm missing the point here. Was GiGi not the daughter of Rep. Steve Farley, would you have written it? There are more pressing and germane issues in Tucson that could have filled that space.
Two comments here:
First, you seem to stereotype everyone who uses marajuana. Well you tell that to those who have cancer, AIDS, and other illnesses who benefit from the anti-emetic (anti-nausea) properties of pot.
Second, I find it curious that most every article you write always includes one expletive (never none, never two.) You seem to have to drop the "f-bomb" in every article. Is that how you speak to your children, or your mother? Do you say "Clear your f*cking dishes off the table" to your children? Do you call your mother and say "Hey what the f*ck are you doing today?"
A competent journalist can write a good article without using the expletives; give it a try sometime.
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