Fabulous concert on a beautiful day, a most appreciative audience and a glorious venue.
Great people and great programs. I'm happy to know more about them both, thanks for the story!
Thanks for posting this revealing report. I'm disgusted with the censorship of the Tucson Citizen. Their policy stated more accurately would be "anyone who wants a blog can have one AS LONG AS WE LIKE WHAT THEY SAY."
Their loss. Abie is ever clear that he is a blogger and not a journalist. Anyone who reads him gets what he is up to. What may look like bias or defamation to the paranoid is simple passion and commitment.
What the Tucson Citizen loses is a dedicated first responder. When readers want the latest update, Abie or his sources are on the spot. I don't know if there's a record somewhere, but I know that Three Sonorans is the blog I look to first for breaking news, for a relentless fight for wrong to be righted, and for off-the-grid stories relevant to Southern Arizona liberals. The Citizen is now officially dead to free-thinkers, and Mark Evans is looking about as good as Daniel Patterson and Michael Hicks. Great company.
I am deeply saddened by both the lack of empathy and the outright ignorance. A person who shoplifts when they are able to pay is NOT always an "adrenaline junkie".
Ms. Vasquez has proven herself for many years to be a kind, intelligent, generous and caring person, deeply committed to her community and her profession.
She deserves at least the respect of pausing before appointing ourselves judge, jury and god - how many of us have never ever transgressed? How many of us have never had a loved one in trouble? Have a heart, today of all days!
Here is a link with some information for those who like to consider before throwing those stones:
In addition to her paid job as a reporter, which Ms. Vasquez has performed impeccably and with compassion and integrity for so many years, she has also served the community in other roles. Like others mention, I recall sitting next to her many, many years ago, at a fundraising & recognition dinner for something or other - the occasion slips my memory but her kind, generous and courteous manner of speaking to a nervous young professional does not. Thanks Martha.
MeAgain, it sounds like you might be a real estate agent or investor. If so, you might offer better service to your customers if you were aware of what fine educational opportunities TUSD actually offers. Whether students and families take advantage of those opportunities, is another question. For example, did you know that Tucson High School, along with their diverse American History courses, is the only public high school in town to offer Latin and they offer more AP courses than ANY school in town, with the exception of BASIS.
It doesn't work to look at stats or news clips. Go on campus and see what's going on in the classes or go to the school's honors nights. When a large school district mixes kids who don't ever see a book outside school with kids who are high academic achievers, statistics are skewed downward. My daughter's TUSD education helped her earn a 3.9 GPA, an AP scholar award, and a full scholarship to the very selective college of her choice. (She also made all-region team in tennis, all-state orchestra and earned a Performing Arts endorsement, in addition to playing violin in 2 community youth orchestras, working at a number of music programs and camps, and oh yes, also worked as an artist's model and had her own art accepted into two galleries.)
Every opportunity was afforded for her to excel at TUSD, from the teachers and librarians and advisors and administrators, to the curriculum and the extracurricular offerings. TUSD is superb, but the stories that we hear are often the failures. Check the Az Star's education column on Mondays and you'll read about many of TUSD's successes. Go to any sports or arts or social event at any school, and you'll SEE the successes. Do your customers a favor and let them know they are getting a great opportunity with TUSD, Dr. Pedicone notwithstanding.
I'd be interested to know the source for your statement that property values have declined due to - what exactly?
Scary. No wait, funny! No wait, scary...
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