It was this same kind of mentality that got the Tucson Rod and Gun Club evicted a few years ago when some folks knowingly built new homes in the vicinity and later complained about the noise and perceived danger.
Near my home in the area of Old Spanish Trail and Houghton Road, they just erected a new Target store and Walgreens shopping center, against heated objections from homeowners concerned about the eyesore and the loss of resale value. We sure didn't want these ugly buildings here, but we lost the fight; yet at least when we complained, we could argue that we were here first.
Media in general is under much scrutiny these days when it comes to objectivity, so it might have served the "Weakly" well to take the latent humor/hostility of my comment in stride. Instead, Tim Vanderpool chose to create an op-ed piece not-so-cleverly disguised as a "news story" about Mike Badnarik's visit to the UA campus, seemingly out of spite.
In its "coverage" of this event, the "Weakly" failed to mention key points of Badnarik's message which may have resounded quite positively with many of the Weekly's readers. Instead, you chose to engage in near-smear journalism because I prettied-up your name.
Grow the f%$k up.
Vanderpool, in quoting me as I went about my duties at Old Main, provided what I think is an inaccurate caricature of both my appearance and philosophy. Afterall, he was at the time effectively quoting the equivalent of a Bush/Cheney or Kerry/Edwards roadie. How often do their comments, or Vanderpool's fashion critique of their attire, make it into your little "paper"? Just curious.
I'm rather disappointed that he didn't give me more "rope" to hang myself with, as after laboring in the 100-plus-degree heat setting up the stage just about single-handedly, I was a little punchy. But he wasn't doing me a favor by not probing further. He simply exemplified the first rule of the media: Do as little as possible ... and distort facts and meaning whenever you can get away with it.
To the editorial staff at the Weekly who let this garbage through: Shame on you.
Rick "Scruffy" LaPoint
And just in case there's anyone who has the time and curiosity to push past the mainstream media smokescreen of celebrity gossip and the "pretty white dead girl of the week," we have establishment humbugs like Mr. Franzi to further marginalize the information by banishing it to the realm of "yeah, so?" and "wacked." I mean, really, environmental destruction and systematic degradation of civil rights has so been done already. And who but a commie wingnut would dare suggest that corporations are anything but upright moral entities that strive to bring peace prosperity to all peoples of the world?
Now I'm all for "dissenting opinions," but Franzi's viewpoint has been adequately represented in just about every other media outlet in the country. The Weekly should embrace its status as a truly alternative news source, and not feel the obligation to provide "balance" when the scales are already so heavily tipped against you. I imagine Emil would be happier covering mall openings for the Daily Star or something, anyway.
"Immigrants" is another lie. Real immigrants obey the law and wait their turn. Illegals don't give a hoot about the law, and buy phony documents and commit fraud--a felony! Every country has laws to protect their country from being invaded by hordes of people.
Illegals bring drugs, prostitution and crime. There are tons of foreign violent criminals among them, as well as people with contagious diseases. You don't get that when people come in the right way. And there is nothing stopping people from coming the right way!
They will leave voluntarily if they can't find American jobs, and Americans could get their jobs back, i.e. the whole industry of meatpackers in Iowa, and so many millions of other jobs Americans had before the big corporations laid them off and hired illegals who get low wages and no benefits. These are jobs Americans had and wanted.
I, too, was once a bleeding-heart liberal, but sometime or another, you've got to put your feet on the ground and see what's really happening before it's too late!
(General Manager Ben) Kuzma's sole focus on the existing store may contribute to the Co-op's demise: The new floor covering looks great, but where are the customers? The bountiful produce? The familiar faces?
While recently shopping at a local competitor, I noticed that most of us who had gathered around the soymilk to chew the cud were familiar faces I have seen at the Co-op: a previous department manager, a previous board member and a current Co-op employee. Later, I would wonder what compelled us to shop at the competitor and not the Co-op?
Kuzma, the board of directors, staff and the members of the Co-op should be asking themselves this question as well as many other questions. When questions like this one are addressed, then the Co-op can plan for the next seven generations.
Mare Hodshon Yates