I too loved watching him on the Roundtable on PBS back in the day...no offense Mr. Nintzel, but the Roundtable wasn't the same after he left (although I still watch.) Really missed seeing his column in the Weekly too. A real loss for Tucson....
I'm a Tucson native and remember the "first" renaissance of Downtown back in the late 80's/early 90's and Downtown Saturday Nights....art galleries, Mongelli's, Frona's (anyone remember the young guy who would play the piano all night?), various bands playing in the alleys, Café Magritte, Wonderland, Yikes Toy Store, etc. It's great seeing all of the new restaurants and bars, but as several other people have mentioned, I feel like I'm getting priced out. $12 for a drink?! There really doesn't seem to be much of a retail component going in and I miss all of the funky art and photography galleries. I only have so much money to spend on booze and food, and if I can get my beer for $3.50 at some dive bar, well, that's where I'm gonna go. I ate at Grill once....and once was enough. Places don't need to be a dump, but I'm also not fond of places that are "too cool" for the "average" types like me and it feels like Downtown is headed in that direction. Time will tell.
Great. Once again the myth is perpetuated that public service employees are multi-millionaires. I've been working in the public sector for 20 years now. My take home pay hovers around $23,000 a year. Haven't had a raise in 6 years now. My healthcare costs have easily quadrupled in the last 10 years. I'm utterly convinced that there will be no Social Security for me and at this rate I bet my pension will be taken away too. Oh, but wait! I've been contributing to my 401k for 15 years. But....due to no raise in the last 6 years and the cost of living going up I've had to stop contributing as much as I used to. The current value of my 401k? About $14,000. It's a joke. At the risk of offending some of you, I agree there are pension problems in Tucson--namely police and fire. While I don't disagree that the work they do is dangerous and they should be properly compensated, the practice of overtime/vacation/sick leave being rolled over to jack up their final pension payouts needs to stop, as does the double dipping of retiring and then getting re-hired in another government position. Practices like that are ruining it for everybody.
I really wish I could recommend this place....but I can't. Went there about a year ago for dinner at the cafe and had one of the BEST burgers I've ever had and great service too. Returned there last night--one of the WORST dining experiences I've ever had. They've revamped their menu (beware, the one on the website is the old menu) and the new menu is not an improvement. Our dinner took over an hour to arrive and the food was not worth the wait. Service was unbelievably slow and our server outright ignored us at least once. In her defense it looked like they were rather understaffed for the night, but one bad experience is all it takes for me to never return. And "aging hipsters" is definitely an appropriate description....if you're under 40 this isn't your kind of place. People were definitely having a good time with the music (Heather Hardy) but the dining experience ruined it for me. Too bad.
Judging from this clip, it does seem like a medical issue of some kind. I know people who suffer from panic/anxiety attacks and something about this clip makes me think that might be what the issue is. Anyone remember Michael Goodrich from Channel 4? I seem to remember he said he retired because he was having issues with anxiety. (Someone correct me if I'm wrong.) I'm most definitely not a fan of local news, but some of these personal comments about Chuck are not cool. I suffer from a neurological condition which at times makes me sound a little odd too and people make assumptions that are absolutely not accurate. As I always like to say, "Don't assume!" On the other hand, if Chuck George chooses not to reveal what's going on, then he can only expect people to come to possibly inaccurate conclusions.
Right on, Tom. Loved this column. Poor judgement on Lopez' part, but even worse judgement on the male officer's part. Having worked for TPD in the past, it is definitely a boys' club. I'm reminded of what Mike Rapp of KLPX used to say years ago: "Don't ever let your boyfriend take photos or videos of you, because I guarantee it'll come back to bite you." Women who think their boyfriends or ex boyfriends aren't going to show their "private" photos around are naive. I've had guy friends show me photos of exes....think twice, ladies....
I think a suspension would have been more in order. Wonder what discipline (if any) the male officer received?
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