Writing, writing, writing...
World View represents the first real opportunity in a long time to create a new industry and worthwhile jobs in Tucson, on a large scale. Those who oppose its stationing in our neighborhood are willing to blow off what could be the anchor for Tucson's first new, major economic development in memory.
That would send a clear signal to other entrepreneurs and large investors to stay away, condemning our region to yet more decades of underdevelopment, lack of opportunity, failure to attract talent, and poverty -- all of which would continue to favor Maricopa County's development and domination, which is the real point of this lawsuit.
It's easy to lambast public officials, easy as it is to shoot yourself in the foot, two self-destructive entertainments popular among our more-benighted residents. "Keep Tucson s****y," indeed.
As a former senior policy analyst for the California Legislature (a real full-time, professional legislature, not a part-time Republican windup toy), I have to say that the legalization initiative is really well done. It's comprehensive, it responds to widely held public opinion, is sensible (in that it is laid out in a way that people can make sense of it), and it's ambitious.
Ambitious because it must be, in anticipation of legislative meddling that has so far screwed up everything from school funding to publicly funded elections -- and which will certainly be applied by legislative shills for the tobacco and liquor lobbies, and certain churchy sects, to subvert the public will if the initiative passes. (Such meddling should worry Tom more, but in this case, he's willing to bend his values. Sad.)
Danehy should spend some time in the legislative realm as an analyst, to get a feel for the job, although by the looks of his predisposition, I doubt he would be hireable: one thing you need in the legislative arena is being able to dispassionately assess the veracity of claims being made for this or that bill or initiative. Tom is so invested in prohibition as a moral duty, on this issue at least, he's disqualified himself.
Sad to see kids as the pawns in these ideologically laden, political games. I attended school in a big-city, blue-state community (with more primary schools than all the schools and all grades in Tucson put together). My folks were active PTA, occasionally interceding when kids were held to unreal standards, but mostly helping out and praising public-school teachers.
Our public schools were run like magnet schools, each with a certain flair and "personality." And so far as i know, our ethnically diverse population (much more so than Tucson's) served students equally well; at least, a lot of us made it into college from all these many schools. We didn't piss and moan personalities or racism (which earlier had been a self-defeating issue) once it was fixed; as parents and kids, we simply aimed for the stars.
The lack of a future for most Tucsonans has been mentioned; for sure, it's an ambition killer. All the statistics in the world aren't going to solve the dampening of ardor for education sought after by our Arizona Legislature for most Arizona families and kids, and the general torpor induced by local lack of economic and cultural opportunities. Stop putting the responsibility off on others if you aren't helping to fix these systemic problems.
If so, she's been having one her entire term in office. For health reasons -- the health of the County -- a second term would not be advised.
Whenever anyone is as needlessly and hopelessly distracting as Miller has been, always trying to change the subject -- and that goes for her knee-jerk "defenders" too, with their irrelevant burbles about Clinton (yes, she's distracting, too, but not here in Pima Co.) -- you know he or she is complicit in a deceit: that he or she is trying to hide something, protect someone, cover for a bad idea, or all of these. Here's to John Winchester's win in the District 1 primary.
PS Are the reports filed with the FBI by Desjarlais and Miller prosecutable, perjurious or both?
From the FBI Retired website, https://fbiretired.com/skillset/fbi-false-…
"Under Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 1001, federal authorities can prosecute individuals who knowingly and willfully falsify, conceal and/or make a false statement to a federal agent, or knowingly makes or uses a document that contains a material false statement. The federal law does not require that the false statement be related to the matter being investigated, as long as it was made knowingly and willfully. And there is no legal requirement that the statement be made under oath."
If a legal case ensued, and the statements were read into the record as given under oath, the answer almost certainly would be: yes. Were they given under oath?
Penalties vary by state.
Thanks, Jim, for exposing just how amazingly abusive a politician can be regarding the rights of a free press. Lying in the press, covering for lying in the press, and possibly paying for lying in the press can all be criminal, depending on what's published and the consequences.
The character of any business operation, public or private, is determined by the person at the top -- in the pending case, that would be Supervisor Miller, whose veracity has been challenged (successfully) in the past.
It's important to stay with this story. Just because DesJarlais is no longer on the Supervisor's payroll (so far as we know, pending completion of the County's ongoing investigation) -- i.e., the public's payroll -- there may be a continuing connection between Miller and the Arizona Daily Herald.
If the resurrected Arizona Daily Herald endorses Miller or her policies, and there is a connection, this relationship may be fraudulent, politically if not legally so. I wonder what the District Attorney, advised by the FBI, would have to say about this. At the least, her character would be called into question -- and which supervisor, currently or in the future, would want to be part of her majority?
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