I had made my living as a journalist and writer for many years before retirement - and was ONLY able to do it because my handwriting in cursive was not only left handed, but abominable. My printing by hand was readable, but was only for note keeping and was slow to record.
I bemoan the fact I never learned the fluid cursive handwriting of my parents and piers -- as it did change my thought process to less flowing and rhythmical. The poetry of the written word was lost to me.
My unrepentantly unqualified thought is that children should be taught cursive -- but mindfully teachers must be aware of problems of left-handedness, dyslexia and hand eye coordination interfering with the process and for some -- render the use of cursive a non-gradable skill.
I find these articles not only enlightening, but relevant to Tucsonans who have the potential of serving humanity outside our desert city, then returning with experiences to be shared. At present I live in "American Poverty" here in Tucson -- but am comparatively well off in relation to much of the modern world.
Details, such as the censorship of picture taking and being searched when entering or leaving stores alows me to appreciate the openness in which we live -- and how breaches of this openness must be rooted out and destroyed regardless of race and circumstance -- and that we must not, inTucson or America be sold the bill of goods that public safety MUST trample individual rights for our own good.
My question is when did the Catholic Church deed over San Xavier Mission to the County or feds? This is a CLEAR violation of Church and State to pay for any renovations until this historic building is in PUBLIC hands...and rented back for CHURCHES and ORGANIZATIONS to use the facilities for other than Catholic rituals and masses.
Private prisons are society's admission that they do not wish to rehabilitate anyone involved in criminal behaviors -- but just punish them while they are warehoused out of sight. It is a counter productive system.
How and why prisons are run and administered and the whole justice system should be predicated on whether it creates better people and lower recidivism rates.
This is not to say that sometimes some people are not salvageable or responsive to rehabilitation efforts -- but warehousing these people and releasing them without supervision is not the answer. Warehousing them in a for profit facility? My opinion is that is a crime against humanity and an admission we do not have the intelliigence or will to solve some very basic human problems.
I have been reading the Weekly since its inception with spates of skipping over many syndicated pieces as irrelevant to my life. While occasionally looking at News of the Weird when my sense of living in the Olde Pueblo was not bizarre in and of itself, I figured it, and other syndications were a way for the publishers de- jur to save cash, fill space and not employ local (more expensive) writers with all the employment obligations that entails.
SO - BRAVO.
Adding local reportage and people just might be a move in the best direction - one that -- if reserved from political correctness and backed by facts (and a good legal team) might actually get to the roots of some problems, social, political and attitudinal and offer (in proper editorial response) real world solutions.
Micah's has been a place for me to go since I started eating breakfast there with a fellow journalist in 1977. The pride of the place was using real Norteno family recipes cooked and served by family. That has not changed. Even after expansion to the current larger rooms, the cooking has been consistent -- not exotic, not experimental-- but dependably good, fresh, hand-made and well served at reasonable prices.
I am surprised that the reviewer did not try the magnificent Albondigas (soup) which I have always had with large flour tortilla (included) which can be shredded and dropped as noodle into the rich broth.
For me, the standard for real Machaca has been set. Over the years I remember seeing family members (appropriately garbed in gloves, etc.) hand pulling apart the dried beef. They over-stuffed Machaca Burro is a gastronomical lunch or dinner for me as I avoid the higher fat content of Chimis.
The menu's variety of true family Norteno food has not changed much over the years because there are authentic and widely varieties of dishes that should not be changed in the name of progress - rather than remaining a customer base that knows good food,
I do not think that broadening the admissions and retention policies based solely upon racial and ethnic population numbers (often guided by surname counts, discounting mixed ethnicity, will do anyone any good.
In the alternative, however, I would suggest that dedicating another campus or school with the same standards, support and facilities would be a start. It, possibly, could be more an open enrollment policy, but with strongly announced and enforced retention poicies, a contract with students and parents.
If this succeeds, a model might develop that reaches a little further each step -- in bringing our schools out of the mire ofp[andering to parents, ignorant of the needs of other from various cultures, or ignorant of the subjects including respponsible liberty in citizenship the attains to a better education.
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