Ricardo Small 
Member since Aug 2, 2009

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Born in Barranquilla, Colombia in Dec, 1946. Tucson resident from 1959 to 2009. Now living in Oregon's Willamette Valley seven months (Apr > Nov) and in Tucson for five months (Nov > Apr). Married. Wildlife biologist by eduction. Retired real estate appraiser. Volunteer photographer for Oregon Parks & Recreation and non-profit organizations. Dislike religious fundamentalists. Love dogs, cats, books, hiking, kayaking, Grand Canyon and other national and state parks & forests. Favorite authors: Tom Robbins, Cormac McCarthy, Pete Dexter, Luis Alberto Urrea.

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Re: “US Fish & Wildlife: Jaguar El Jefe, Other Endangered Species in Santa Ritas Will Survive Despite Rosemont Copper Mine

DIRKY, you are making up stuff. China? One of the least polluted? Ha!! That's why the Chinese wear air filters to go outside, huh? Least polluted my ass, you fool. Environmental laws have cleaned up a lot in the United States, and you are one of the beneficiaries of those laws. The proposed Rosemont Open Pit Copper Mine is a noxious project that must not be allowed to go through. I am sending as much money as I can to the groups that will sue to help fund lawsuits to halt this lousy boondoggle.

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Posted by Ricardo Small on 05/06/2016 at 4:24 PM

Re: “US Fish & Wildlife: Jaguar El Jefe, Other Endangered Species in Santa Ritas Will Survive Despite Rosemont Copper Mine

There are an army of professionally trained scientists and engineers who recognize the proposed Rosemont Open Pit Mine as the devastation it really is. The opinion by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is a political opinion, NOT scientific. This federal agency is notorious for green washing destructive projects, like Rosemont.

Randy Serraglio is one of the most knowledgeable individuals in the United States and is 100% correct about Rosemont.

This proposed mine is a terrible idea that will wipe out water resources in a large area of Southern Arizona, including surface waters, as well as ground water depletion. The wildlife in the area, including endangered species, will suffer irreversible negative consequences, if this mine actually goes through.

I look forward to vigorous litigation to stop it and plan to donate money to support suing to stop the mine for the benefit of wildlife, of people who live near the mine site and to support real estate values near the site.

Real estate values near the mine site will plummet, if the mine goes through.

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Posted by Ricardo Small on 05/05/2016 at 5:08 AM

Re: “Letter to the Editor

What, Again:. good riddance. Fewer people in Tucson improve things. Don't let the door whack your butt on the way out of town.

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Posted by Ricardo Small on 04/23/2016 at 6:46 AM

Re: “Letter to the Editor

Great letter, Pam Squires. Tucson's magic becomes more precious, when I am not in Tucson. Like now. After five months wintering in Tucson (my home town 1959 - 2009), I am up in Oregon's Willamette Valley for a while. Longing for Tucson is physically and emotionally painful, maybe a little bit like a heroin addict sweats, shivers and shakes for smack. Thanks for your excellent words.

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Posted by Ricardo Small on 04/21/2016 at 3:06 AM

Re: “Danehy

This is a fun column to read, particularly Mr. Danehy's comments about the Arizona Legislature and Governor.

Although, I love reading an array of online newspapers every morning, two of which I subscribe to. I read my Kindle Fire every night, because it's back lit and I don't have to turn on a bedside lamp to see a printed page.

Maybe I don't comprehend as much from online and Kindle readings, but I think I do. I certainly cover a large geographic area reading online newspapers, and I don't have to travel every morning to pick up hard copies of the Boston Globe, The Oregonian and the Register Guard in Oregon with stop offs for the Tucson Weekly on Thursdays and the Arizona Daily Star.

The electronic news media on today's Internet is wonderful. Griping about "real journalism" being on life support reminds me of a book titled "Who Moved My Cheese". You may remember that book is about keeping up with changes that leave some people way behind, waiting for their "cheese" to show up in places where they've become mired in.

So, I am not going to limit my reading to only hard copies. In the maze of life, I've found the cheese of reading electronic stories and news is a GREAT modern development that enriches my life.

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Posted by Ricardo Small on 03/31/2016 at 5:56 AM

Re: “Danehy

Excellent column, Mr. Danehy. Your viewpoint is an important exposure of the fallacious basis for many extreme political positions about taxation. Funding education adequately is essential for the future of the United States. You contribute to furthering that objective. Thanks.

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Posted by Ricardo Small on 08/13/2015 at 7:21 AM

Re: “Of Men and Wolves

Weldorbill, such far fetched statistics demonstrate your blind bias. Here's a quote from an article at the link below: "In addition to California, the 2014 grazing fee applies to animals grazed on BLM and USFS land in 15 other states, most in The West. Cattle grazed on public land in these states accounts for less than five percent of American beef production." Note: LESS THAN FIVE PERCENT OF AMERICAN BEEF PRODUCTION! Saying that a T-bone steak is going to cost $75 is nothing but sheer bull shit. That B.S. classification of your mistaken monetary analysis applies even if all of those range maggots were removed from public land, and that's not what is going to happen, when the wolf population grows and establishes a healthy wildlife biodiversity on public land. PUBLIC land, not the property of commercial livestock operators, like they tend to believe. Here's that link, in case you want to re-analyze your bull shit: http://www.kcet.org/news/redefine/rewild/c….

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Posted by Ricardo Small on 07/31/2015 at 5:44 AM

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