Here is a job for a student of jounalism: compare the amount of space and attention this story has been given regarding a stupid move by a 19 year old novice who has embarrassed his boss vs the multi-year long fight for public records regarding the attempted give away of El Rio Golf Course and the refusal of the City to provide public documents on the proposed deal. The first story, covered extensively, is an attack on a disliked conservative politician, the other is a cover up of a (now failed) effort to give away millions of taxpayer assets by "liberal" Democrats, which has been virtually ignored. Miller was wrong, but so was the entire Mayor and Council. Miller is an easy attack. The other requires journalistic integrity.
First, let us ban the English from Ireland... (I am joking folks)...
If only the media was as outraged over the years long refusal of the City of Tucson to fully provide public documents regarding the proposed sale of the El Rio Golf Course. Of course, that deal would have given away millions of dollars of taxpayer assets, while this story is about the hated Ally Miller who dares to question King Chuckles. I am no Miller fan, and she deserves to be skewered, but the hypocracy of the Weakly and the Star is breathtaking. The stupidity of a 19 year old vs institutional corruption, and one is treated as all important while the latter is virtually ignored. Maybe Miller should change her name to Clinton...
I would like to add my voice to the few commentators here who have complimented this reporter for covering this issue.
There are certainly good economic reasons to support this business coming to Tucson, but there are also serious moral objections to Caterpillar and the issue of illegal settlements and the destruction of Palestinian homes. Rachel Corrie was not a terrorist, nor are the many innocent families who have seen their homes destroyed because a family member may have been suspected of being a terrorist. Of course, Donald Trump has also advocated the killing of relatives of suspected terrorists as well, so it should not be a surprise to see his ideological bedfellows here advocate the same in the above comments.
As for the commentator that asserts that Jewish Voices For Peace has no Jewish members, please site your sources. Although it is not generally recognised here in the U.S.A., there are many Jews and Isreali's who understand and work for peace as a way to help secure the state of Israel for the future.
Again, thank you for raising this important issue.
Interesting and informative story by the Weakly's best journalist. I have driven through Hermosillo countless times without too much exploring. You have provided many good reasons to spend more time there discovering its positives, while not ignoring the negative (i.e., the government). Of course, any article on Mexico brings out the Trumpites in the comment section. Lets hope they stay home and leave the region for those who appreciate other cultures and people. Que linda Mexico!
In spite of some negative comments, this is a well written and very important article that deals with important issues (poverty, gentrification, neighborhood development and resident rights) that can affect our whole community, of which the City of South Tucson plays a unique and important part.
It is true that the town has been used and abused in the past, but with the popular overthrow of the corrupt Eckstom machine by the voters of COST the people finally have a chance to improve the community for the benefit of the residents. Like everywhere, there needs to be a balance: over saturation of rehab centers and other agencies that could be detrimental to the neighborhood should be restricted based on need, while agencies like Primavera -- which can help stabilize families -- need to be supported. Casa Maria not only feeds the homeless, but hungry families in South Tucson as well. Small business -- like the new St. Charles Bar or the Gloo Factory print shop -- are starting to be drawn to the area which can help the tax base as well as local employment.
South Tucson is a very special and unique entity which should be supported and cherished. Viva COST!
The overwhelming opposition to the Grand Canyon University scam that was attempted to be perpetrated against westside residents (and in reality, all taxpayers of Tucson) has nothing to do with their religious nature (although many objected to their anti-gay policies) or any concern over competion with the UA (that's a new one) or, for that matter, Supervisor Ray Carroll. The fight was about the plan to give-away of over 100 acres of publicaly owned, inner city recreational green space to a private development and the insuing violations of the right to public documents on the scam.
This fight, by the way, is far from over and is still being fought in court, although nobody knows this because of the media blackout that has been imposed on the issue by this newspaper and others. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to respond!
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