Jesus called my old man on Saturday, saying he was suffering from a "panic attack". Hearing that he passed the day after is heartbreaking. Condolences to all who loved Jesus. Tucson has lost more than its share of local music legends.
This entire piece reads as if only two parties exist. No wonder we're in such a mess. I won't vote for Obama. I will vote for Stein. On the corporation commission, why would I vote for three Democrats--who are little better than Republicans when it comes to their willingness to sell the country to big business--when there are two Greens running? You claim to care about clean energy, then ignore the party who is most aligned with such initiatives. What a bunch of nonsense, but I guess I shouldn't be surprised. After all, you're all for cutting more taxes on business (who've been given a sweetheart deal in this state), while keeping higher regressive taxes on the working classes. Yes, I will be voting for the sales tax, but I'll be voting against yet another tax break for business.
I didn't know him as Bill Wooldridge, but as Patch. He was the friendly guy in the part of our West University neighborhood that is populated by musicians. He quickly became a good friend to our family. Patch will be missed by so many people. A true loss in for the Tucson music scene, and anyone who thinks that reaching out to kids is how we should spend our lives.
I just moved into South Tucson. We've almost always lived in "poor" neighborhoods, often in the barrios. However, stories like this cover up the fact that these things happen in a lot of neighborhoods--even those within Tucson's own city limits. In our old neighborhood, our daughter was harassed by four wannabe gangsters, who actually shoved her to the ground and started kicking her. Four males attacking one 16-year-old girl. She didn't want to do anything about it because she was afraid of retaliation.
Am I worried about my kids living in South Tucson? Sure. I was also worried about them living in the vicinity of Reid Park. I was worried about them living near Kolb and Tanque Verde. I was worried about them living in the vicinity of Sunnyside High. I was worried about them living in the vicinity of the Blenman Neighborhood. (In that neighborhood, we had the police helicopters overhead at least once a week.) In short, there is nowhere in this city where I have not worried about my kids. What I will say, though, is that I have felt as welcomed by my neighbors in South Tucson as I have anywhere else--perhaps even moreso. That's the strength of South Tucson--the people.
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