A city transportation official suggested, "Maybe its time to make it smaller and gentler." ("The Last Mile," Currents, Feb. 12) How about paring it down to a couple signs at the end of Aviation Parkway and on Broadway Boulevard that divert traffic around the downtown with an arrow pointing north on Euclid or Campbell avenues, stating "Downtown Bypass"? That should save a few bucks and still get people to where they want to go.
Yes, Tom, being a columnist means you get to have your say. It's a pity you choose to squander that opportunity to change people's minds and instead engage in the self-impressed exercise of "firing people up."
When I first bought a house high up in the Tucson foothills 17 years ago, Tucson still had some charm and authenticity. Now, I see fake rocks constructed along roadways, new ugly strip centers (excuse me--"lifestyle centers," such as the soon-to-go-bankrupt consumer pile at Campbell Avenue and Sunrise Drive), orange road-construction barrels, overpriced and Californicated chi-chi restaurants, tacky new houses on top of each other, brown air and people as dumb as posts.
There is a proliferation of old people in homeowner associations, waddling around with clip boards, seeking to write down any holy homeowner CC&R rule violations, real or imagined. And the occasional bearded old fart or young testosterone-poisoned punk in a pickup has multiplied into a daily certainty on the road as he blows his horn, picks his nose and gives the finger to anyone driving less than 50 mph. Where are all these old men and young punks going in such a hurry? To do brain surgery or announce the secret for world peace? I think they are going for a beer or an appointment with their parole officer, and I say they and the majority of Tucson can go to hell.
Lack of manners, intelligence and taste dooms Tucson to being a purile hell hole on the desert, a hole for fleeing Californians and a roost of last resort for cold-bones Midwesterners.
The Tucson Weekly is too good for them.
The very willingness to pump water freely so they can make more money when they sell their homes is basically like them saying "screw you" to the rest of us. The current drought, the fact that we live in the middle of a desert, the fact that the rest of us are trying to conserve water while they just pump it freely--well, none of that matters if they stand to make a few extra bucks. Will the folks in Winterhaven and the reckless developers of the Southwest ever recognize that living and building with sustainability in mind is more important to their children, and to the future of all life, than their short-term, greed-filled financial goals?
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George M. Perez
In '47 and '48, I watched Joe Batiste compete in as many as five events a meet, sometimes winning as many as four. He may have been slightly past his prime at age 27 and 28 after the war, but he was still very good. The ASC team was never threatened by the UA. Meets with Southern California, which may have been the best in the country in those years, were, of course, losses. Batiste would sometimes run on the flat, especially in relays, and he was a high jumper, too, as the article mentioned. However, I still have the strongest memories of his superb hurdling.
That is too bad. All David Euchner and I were talking about was freedom. I have trouble viewing any act as criminal when there are no victims. It is difficult to see how college students drinking and having a good time are harming anyone else.
As Mr. Franzi suggests, the legislative branch of government may be attacked: Simply defeat the offending lawmakers in the next election. Another alternative would be to collect signatures to force a referendum. Other options exist as well.
An even faster approach would be to attack the law through the judicial branch of government: No need to wait for the next election cycle. Inform citizens of their rights as jurors. Jurors have the right and responsibility to judge not only the facts of any individual case, but also of the law itself (for more information, see www.fija.org). Another option would be to file a lawsuit and have the law thrown out on constitutional grounds.
Finally, we come to the executive branch of government. The quickest route to nullify bad laws is to impress upon the quality law-enforcement officers in our community that those laws cause more harm than good and desperately need to be ignored. Law enforcement personnel have that option.
Freedom is of no concern to County Attorney Barbara LaWall and Sheriff Clarence Dupnik. They have demonstrated that by their actions. In November, voters will get the chance to say that they have had enough. I suggest that they make the most of the opportunity. Choose a county attorney and sheriff who will work to reduce real crime, and leave those not harming others alone.
Libertarian Candidate for Pima County Sheriff