"Coffee is a vital part of college life." Interesting thesis. I got through college without drinking a single cup, and so can anyone else. If coffee were a necessary beverage, coffee plants would grow naturally in the local area.
The article indicates a lack of integrity on the part of the writer, mixing some serious and good information with some that is stupid and irresponsible. Is the Weekly so hard up for cash that they can't afford to hire a good writer?
Oh my! A mediocre writer for the NYT spends a few days in Tucson and feels she actually knows the place well enough to put forth the following assertions:
"...locals start acting like Cindy Lou Who on Christmas morning. They turn their faces to the sky and celebrate with prickly pear margaritas." Say what?
"Coaxing a vibrant food culture from this land of heat and cactuses..." What - we're not a modern city?
"...devoted eaters who will spend the day debating the best place to get a good raspado." Oh, that one will give Phoenicians a chuckle or two.
“They’re O.K., but it’s not like cholla buds are going to take the country by storm,..." Well then, why even mention them, Mr. Wilder? This is the friggin NYT, fer gosh sakes!
"But Tucson will always be Tucson, a place people either love or hate." That is just false. Many people like it well enough to visit during high season, and then sensibly go back to wherever to avoid the exquisite agonies of June and July here. If you can find any year-round resident who really hates it, that would be a great interview to publish. First question: "So why dont you GTFO, then?"
A writer who uses the meaningless word "things" in the first sentence of his article is a writer who needs additional training in the craft.
Am I the only one troubled by the recent profusion of "craft breweries" in this city? Is beer really such a gourmet item that it is worthy of promotion in the Weekly? Is your readership in need of more beer snobs?
If your paper is going to continue to promote businesses that deal in alcoholic beverages, under the guise of journalism, it would be only right and proper to give equal space to the organizations that treat alcohol addiction. This would ensure that readers would be continually reminded that alcoholic beverages are the most dangerous legal drug in our society, responsible for many traffic deaths, murders, rapes, fights, child abuse and the long-term deleterious effects of parental alcoholism.
As bad a mistake as this is, they shouldn't lose all access to their child, given how young she is. Probation, a hefty fine and community service would be a fit sentence, so long as they identify their dealer to authorities. The dealers are the ones who belong in prison, not the dumb d-bags who buy from them.
Right-wing conservative politicians are easy to understand: They are all about rewarding their friends (tax cuts for the rich), and punishing their perceived enemies (unions, especially teacher's unions, and educators in general). This is why we have seen continually diminishing funding for the public schools and universities. Republicans know that the overwhelming majority of school and university employees support Democrats. Therefore, according to their logic, why should they give them any more funding than they are required to by law? Also, why not use legislative and accounting tricks to choke off existing funding streams?
Their long-term strategy is clear: They want to discourage as many Democrats/progressives as possible from even residing in Arizona. That will eventually make Arizona essentially a one-party state, in the mold of Utah, if they enjoy continued success at the ballot box.
The fact that Doofus Doug Ducey and Fred "DINO" DuVal are both in favor of Prop. 123 should make the decision on how to vote on this VERY easy.
Who will benefit from the outcome of the rejection of the red-light cameras?
Auto body shops - from the increase in wrecked vehicles once the collision rate returns to the pre-camera era; douchebag drivers - who will resume running red lights, mostly with impunity; and, uh...well, that's about it.
Emergency rooms will also see an increase in patients from the likely increase in traffic collisions, but I doubt they would consider that a benefit.
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