riorican 
Member since Apr 3, 2012

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I emigrated from New England to Rio Rico, 15 years ago this past June. I deliberately chose a location near the border with Mexico. That's likely because when I grew up as a poor kid in a western Pennsylvania coal-mining town, I was inspired by a 7th grade geography teacher who loved and admired Mexico. Also, by a high school teacher of Spanish, a musical language I've come to love. I also admit to being a hypocrite. Because I have so little patience with my friends that can only feel comfortable viewing human behavior only in terms of "right vs. wrong." Which means, I suppose, that when I put them on my poop list, I've also joined the "Right vs. Wrong Club?"

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Re: “Reality Check: Some K-12 and University Funding Numbers

Maybe we all should think seriously about making "America Great Again?"

Like going back to the 60's when I earned a B.A from Pennsylvania's Clarion State College and an M.A. from the University of Connecticut while working part-time jobs.

Ah, for the good old days, when both states highly valued the importance of post-secondary education by properly funding their state colleges and universities.

Such days are long gone, sadly.

16 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by riorican on 01/30/2017 at 7:54 AM

Re: “A Beloved Local Musician in Need: Local Music Superpowers Rally to Help

And you've just warmed my heart on this chilly morning with your beautifully written tribute to a fellow musician and Tucson resident. I can't make it to Tucson, but am headed to GoFundMe to make a donation.

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by riorican on 01/19/2017 at 6:57 AM

Re: “Danehy

Thanks, Tom, for this amusing and perceptive piece.

Really chuckled over this one: "Anybody who doesn't know the difference between "less" and "fewer" should demand a refund of his college tuition. Or his prep school tuition. Or retroactively fire the nanny who was raising him while his daddy was getting rich at Goldman Sachs."

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Posted by riorican on 12/08/2016 at 7:25 AM

Re: “Tucson Stained Glass Brings Color to the Old Pueblo

Timely article. Thanks.

I'll be visiting and likely buying a special piece for a west-facing window.

Posted by riorican on 12/08/2016 at 7:16 AM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: 'I Threatened and Insulted You, So You Owe Me an Apology.'

CW13? You don't like Safier's comments and express it by calling him a name?

How juvenile of you.

25 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by riorican on 11/22/2016 at 7:13 AM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: Lock Harry Reid Up! Lock Him Up! Lock Him Up!

Good Morning, What, Again.

I am intrigued by your comment: "You mean like using the IRS against Tea Party?"

This is news to me.

Do you have a link?

I'd really like to read more about it.

12 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by riorican on 11/18/2016 at 7:31 AM

Re: “Grijalva: Supreme Court's 'Non-Decision' on Immigration Executive Actions Leaves Vulnerable People Suffering

Buenos dias, What,Again...

Would you mind if I nominate you for an award as this site's "Most Boring and Predictable Poster?"

17 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by riorican on 06/24/2016 at 6:52 AM

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