Never underestimate the gullibility/stupidity of the American voter. I'm about to drop gullibility from the previous comment.
On the day of the unveiling of the Villa statue in 1981, there was a simultaneous rally being held across Congress Street in La Placita village in support of the Equal Rights Amendment. I recall Mo Udall shuffling between the two events as a featured speaker at the ERA rally and as a distinguished attendee at the statue ceremony. I distinctly remember the quizzical look on the faces of the Mexican Army band as the boisterous, mostly female crowd at the ERA rally chanted, "What do your Want? ERA! When Do You Want It? Now!" The chanting easily drowned out the "international" festivities in 20 de Agosto Park. It was indeed an awkward, as well as an embarrassing moment for the many Tucsonans who felt the Villa statue has no place on this side of the Mexico/US border. Today, the statue remains while true social and economic equal rights remains out of reach for many women and minorities in our society. It is one of those memories that helps make Tucson the schizophrenic and funky town we all know and love. Go get 'em Tom!
Bemoaning the fact that there are no decent Sonoran style food back east. Concur on the red chili burros. The beef/cheese and green chili burros were also a favorite and Tony Peyron was the best neighbor! 15 years gone and miss El Presidio everyday.
A piece of advice to those supporting the "right to life" movement for discarded firearms - sometimes its better to keep your mouth shut and have people think your a "wacko", instead of opening it and removing all sense of doubt.
"Timothy Leary's dead." Bill Walton lives!
Let's face it. Tucson contuinues to be an overgrown university town and the majority of the citizenry prefer it to remain so. Departed from the city nearly 14 years ago but have remained in daily contact through the internet. The same issues continue to dominate the social, economic, and political conversation. Downtown revitalization, the ever expanding U of A, neighborhood quality of life, the growing wealth gap, public transportation, and infrastructure shortcomings are all issues that were and continue to be center stage from the 20 years I called Tucson home until today. My view from afar is that reality may be what makes Tucson what it is. A funky, advant-garde town with a sophistication somewhere between a draft and dog at the Buffet and an evening with the Tucson Symphony.
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