Instead of the s-word, a better and more illuminating adjective to use would be "unpretentious." Life in this town sucks, to some degree, and to pretend otherwise is to adopt the Phoenix mindset.
Pima County's low ranking in the area of print materials per resident is largely due to its being a warm-weather area, with lots of recreational opportunities year-round (as well as being in a state with a tax-phobic conservative government, but that's another story). The highest-ranking areas, on the other hand, are in colder climates like the Midwest, where you want to have lots of books on hand when you're snowed in and can't go outside much.
Public libraries weed, for the most part, on the basis of item condition and circulation statistics. If more patrons treated the items they borrow more gently, libraries would not have to discard so many items on the basis of condition. Also, collection management is an art, not a science. Librarians can make an educated guess as to the circulation potential of a book or DVD, but if an item purchased for the collection stays on the shelf for a couple of years without being checked out, they really have no good reason for keeping it. It all comes down to patron interest. Did you know that tax monies allotted to library systems depend in part on circulation of items? Check stuff out more, and more money will be made available to the system (well, that is how it works in normal economic times). Also, if you as a patron want a particular title that is not in the library catalog, you can always contact the library to request that it purchase the title. If they note a modicum of demand, they WILL purchase it if the budget allows. Most librarians are helpful, caring folks who want their library's patrons to be satisfied with the services they provide.
Terrible idea. Tucson's auto accident rate is already higher than the national average. Add to that mix young adults whose judgment is not yet fully mature, and you have a situation that can only get worse with the additional availability of alcohol.
If, Heaven forbid, Kelly does win, it will be a slap in Gabrielle Giffords' face. Anyone who would vote for him should think hard about the circumstances that led to this special election, and why Kelly has chosen to take advantage of them by running in this special election, rather than waiting for the regular one.
I agree with commenter bwilde - there is no good reason for Mr. Manolakis to be running in an election that even he must know he cannot win. Normally, the Greens are good for helping keep the Democrats honest and responsive to their traditional constituency. In a tight race like this, however, votes for Manolakis could derail Ron Barber's chances of winning. If Mr. Barber were to lose because of that, it would be a case of, as Voltaire said, the best being the enemy of the good.
As for Jesse Kelly, I am mystified why any Republican of above-average intelligence would vote for him. He has shown no evidence that he has any of the essential personal qualities required to serve effectively in Congress. Furthermore, had he any decency and class, he would have sat out the special election, if for no other reason than a healthy sense of shame. Since he has shown his true colors, however, it behooves CD8 voters to really ponder the future, and what they want southern Arizona to become.
Mr. Danehy, you have wasted a column talking about images, when you should be discussing substance. Normally, I am sympathetic toward the Greens, but it was bad form for them to run in this special election, with the race being so tight. However, it was truly appalling form for Jesse Kelly to take advantage of the tragedy that necessitated this election to try and, in effect, get a "do-over" of his loss in 2010. He has therefore proven that he has no class, no decency, and no sense of shame. The same is true of anyone who would vote for him.
Re: TW print edition event listings
Why are they organized alphabetically? Every other alt weekly from other cities that I've read organizes them chronologically.
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