I love this column. The author is an astonishingly good writer and clearly well read and well educated.
About the first letter: some of us women cut our hair at a certain age because we look stupid with long hair. Moreover, if our hair is in good shape, guys mistake us for younger women and when we turn around, we scare them. As for color, after a certain age, dying your hair black makes you look like a vampire.
As to the second letter: my dear departed father used to say "Never argue with an idiot.
I am a Mitman Ward VI resident and had the same experience with Nina Trasoff. She completely neglected Mitman and Sewell Neighborhoods. We, too, are suffering from horrendous traffic - on 5th (several elementary schools) and throughout our neighborhoods.
Our pothole problem was solved when Fred Ronstadt arranged for Mitman to be resurfaced - which happened 2 years after he was out of office. Frankly, say what you want about him, but he took care of us.
There is a big church going up in our area and it was pushed through without the neighborhood associations being able to contribute. Oh, it was covered up ok, when asked about it, Nina Trasoff claimed that we had all been notified that could attend the architectural planning meeting. I have never found anyone who was notified. Now, we have this gigantic Mosque like church going up and adding to the traffic. And all that desert land was destroyed. Just like that. We complained to Mayor Walkup - he misunderstood and thought we were for the church. He said he would squash those of us who were against it.
Koz got elected because the bar was very low. He, too, can be a one term wonder. When invited to neighborhood association meetings, he has declined. I really hope that law passes making these council people dependant on their Ward for votes. Otherwise, we are doomed to be neglected and stepped on again.
Steve Kozachik can build an orphanage in Zambia - but he can't attend a Neighborhood Association meeting in Ward VI. He has no idea what the residents of Ward think or want.
Nina Trasoff has done NOTHING for Ward VI. She has spent ALL HER TIME making a mess out of Rio Nuevo. She did, however, turn up at the Neighborhood Association meeting with her hat in her hand.
Last year our streets got paved. Fred Ronstadt had initiated it before leaving office. 3 years into Nina's term and the only benefit of our Ward representation was from the former city council member.
And I'll tell you something else - these endorsements are useless and irrelevant. The ones that matter are the neighborhood associations in the Ward. The Chamber of Commerce is not who will look out for Mittman or Sewell or Thunderbird Estates, etc.
Nobody cares about us. These two loosers - Koz and Nina - are out for themselves. They don't know what the job is about. You must have noticed that they haven't said one thing about what they will do for the constituents in Ward VI!!!!!
And, finally, Jim Nintzel is impressive. Too bad the Star can't get anyone to write like this. Their endorsement didn't even have a By-line (cowards).
I agree with the non-endorsement of Ward VI bums Trasoff and Koz. I am a resident of the Ward and I can tell you that Nina has ignored us except for invitations to art shows in her office.
Koz has not made a single attempt to familiarize himself with the views of the residents in Ward VI.
These reps are elected in sections of the city for a reason. The priority is the Ward. Otherwise, we could just elect a bunch of people to sit on the city council.
If Ward VI wants to be ignored - we can keep Trasoff. Koz is a severe dissappointment.
Hey Gustavo: What are you doing in Tucson, working on a little local paper like this? With your wit and cleverness, you should have a nationally syndicated column. You should write a book, too, the experiences of a Mexico-Mexican in this wacky America! Has it been done? I don't know, but you could probably do it better.
Dear Catherine: I know how you feel. I was born and raised here. You will move on - there are places to go and people to meet - but one thing I can tell you from my life of trying to leave Tucson, its siren's song will pull you back one day.
With all that is wrong with Tucson, it is still like your mother. It gets on your nerves, makes you crazy, frustrates the heck out of you but you miss her endlessly when she is gone. That's the phenomenon known as Tucson.
Good luck to you.
The public would have made far better judges. DiGiovanna is a nincompoop. Next time, pick out the top 12 and print them. Let us decide. Its popular opinion - readers and supporters of the Tucson Weekly that matter. I suspect that the authors would have appreciated the unbiased views of the public far more than the opinions of the extremely limited ability of the so-called judges.
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