First, my background includes law enforcement. I have 30 years' experience in writing and lobbying for various Arizona Tax Law measures. My plans include enforcing ARS 42-11054 in assessing market value. My plans might also include using ARS 42-13052. I obey the law. My plans do not include doing anything improper or illegal.
If you would look up 42-11054, you will see how the current assessor is using improper means to establish market value by speculating on the price paid for future anticipated value--raising people's home values each year for tax purposes according to neighbors' selling prices.
Please look up the law before accusing me of planning to break the law .
On the other hand, it could make a big difference to the good people here in Baja, Ariz. who have to leave families and business and make the stressful drives to Phoenix to serve. One of our best representatives, Sister Claire Dunn, got killed commuting to work. So let's thank and encourage them to continue serving us.
Vote yes on Proposition 300.
The most hilariously stupid thing Danehy said was that (paraphrased) treating workers badly was OK, since they didn't get a good enough education to deserve fair treatment. An argument worthy of the Bush campaign! Yeah, why should giant corporations be expected to pay a living wage or anything? Letting them do as they please worked out so well following the industrial revolution. And I'm glad the arduous work of writing a column doesn't tire you out too much to cash your paycheck.
Danehy, I'm glad you find the tired joke of asking animals if they want to be eaten so funny. By your same logic, I could eat the mute and severely retarded. And I would argue that your (obviously sexist) stance against women wearing white to their weddings if they haven't "earned" it contradicts your libertarianism in this regard.
As for vegans being unhealthy/puny/whatever, I'm strong, fast and fairly athletic, and I've eaten meat once since I was 15 (I'm 23 now). I'm not puny or weak by any means, and I'm not obese like the pictures I've seen of you.
Maybe you should actually take a clear look at your own morality once in a while. Not letting your ethics end where your desire begins is actually an important tenet of your beloved Catholic church; why not actually try putting it into practice?
And maybe your fat ass should try sticking to sports writing while you're at it. There's a reason Jim Rome makes more money than you, by the way.
For an example of both, consider Danehy's argument that we should eat other animals because animals eat animals. The idea here is that if something is natural, then it is good. In that case, there are several other features of the animal kingdom we need to be emulating. Infanticide, for example, is ubiquitous among mammals. The first thing a male lion does when taking over a new pride is to kill all the existing cubs, so as to send the lioness into heat. Is it all right then for us to kill the children of our new wife from a previous marriage? How about coercive sex? Happens all the time in nature.
Earlier in the piece, Danehy heaps shame on those who do not eat meat because "we do not want to be smarter." While it is true a popular scientific theory credits our brain expansion to the eating of extra protein, there is yet to be any study so much as suggesting a correlation between intelligence and getting one's protein from meat. (I guess we do have one example in Danehy, who hasn't had a burger in two years.) On the other hand, there are numerous studies showing vegetarians to have a massively decreased chance of heart disease, obesity and cholesterol problems.
Given that Danehy has no arguments about why eating meat is not wrong, and that I will get nothing out of meat consumption besides future health problems, I'm left to wonder what his motivation is for insisting I must eat meat. The only explanation: Danehy lacks tolerance for anyone who does not share his narrow, unexamined world view.
Yes, it's likely that a high-protein diet enabled our hominid ancestors to send precious resources toward the construction of a bigger, better brain, but it's that same brain that enabled the construction of human language and co-operative society. This society has slowly, painfully evolved the awareness that the color of your skin isn't a sign of privilege, that women are the equal of men and that our short-term pleasures of consumption have long-lasting consequences.
We post-industrial 21st-century humans have tried hard to insulate ourselves from the knowledge that lives are sacrificed to maintain our comfort. McDonald's is too easy a target, certainly, but we obviously need reminding that our choices as consumers have an impact on the lives and well-being of millions of other creatures, human and non-human alike. We eat to live, but we can eat sustainably, so that others might live as well.
In his haste to ridicule, he could not even spell the word "hurriedly" correctly. Worse, however, is the reality that, if one chooses to disparage others, it's useful to have all the right information available.
For full disclosure, I serve proudly on the SAHBA Board of Directors but do not make one penny for work done in Tucson. I'm there because of several decades of experience in the housing industry and because I do believe in the industry that contributes so much to the community and the economy.
I am sure Carlson, whose architectural, construction and land-planning knowledge is ripe for review, is quite unaware of the more than $1 million that SAHBA has put to arthritis research and treatment in Tucson, or the pro bono remodeling done annually for families in need, or the contributions to Habitat for Humanity and the numerous other areas in which the organization and its individual members play important roles.
I am sure Carlson is unaware that two prominent members quietly financed the establishment of the Sunstone Cancer Survivor ranch.
No, Carlson--who assuredly must live in a dwelling constructed by people who belong to SAHBA--sets himself up to some sort of a standard of judgment but obviously falls far short and that is probably why he is at the bottom of Page 6 instead of being a headliner.
Joseph J. Honick, president
Along with porn actresses, she also takes a swipe at strippers, stating (based on her passing acquaintance with one neighbor) that they are "drunks and junkies whose self-esteem live(s) permanently ... in the toilet." It's true that the sex industry accommodates burnouts. It's also true that stripping in particular accommodates students, single mothers, women caring for elderly parents and women raising capital to start their own businesses. I'm proud to say that stripping is paying for my master's degree, and I personally know many strong and confident women of the types I just mentioned.
Go squat over a mirror and leave the real feminists alone.
And finally, a suggestion to the editors: This column begs for an opposing guest commentary to clear the bad air stirred up by O'Sullivan. I strongly encourage you to run a column by an actual feminist, rather than a conservative in liberal's clothing. Thank you.
Thirty years after Beat the Peak, we have garnered the following for conserving Tucson's water: The La Paloma Golf Course, which was built over a saguaro forest richer and thicker than any in either monument. I say leave the Winterhaven residents and Chris Chandler alone ("Winter Ravens," Currents, Oct. 14). Winterhaven is a red herring, and you've missed the real story.
Alice A. Milton
On a Saturday night, we had some people over late after the bars closed, but when a group of underage kids showed up that we did not know, we turned them away. They proceeded to go to the curb and call in a false noise complaint using my next door neighbor's address. Three hours later, the police showed up and gave us a red tag, even though our gathering was not loud. (It was windy that night, and most everyone was inside.) The police officer told us he had no choice.
It took us three weeks, a trip to court with a signed petition by all of our neighbors verifying that they did not call and that none of them had heard us, and STILL the judge would not dismiss it in court. She said she had to consider it, and sent us a notice in the mail a week later. If anyone called again while this tag was up, anyone present in our house would also be subject to a fine.
So, what consequences were there to the punk who made the false report? None. Did they follow up on the making of this false report? Nope.
It occurred to me that maybe someone should drive by the house of one of the brilliant lawmakers that passed this ordinance at say, Thanksgiving time, when they have their family over, and call the police with a noise complaint. I'll bet the ordinance would be changed in a heartbeat. Otherwise, fellow Tucsonans, get used to the fact that you can be held hostage in your home by any passing stranger any time you have more than five people in your house.
We take exception, however, to your characterization of our stated solution. We do not say the solution is "a big honkin' 'barrier' of some kind to keep those loco Mexicans out."
We advocate for a vehicle barrier similar to the one already being built along Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument's border with Mexico because that barrier currently stops at Cabeza's eastern border, and vehicles are already driving around it onto the refuge. Stopping the barrier in between two protected areas, both of which are adjacent to Highway 2 in Mexico, is indicative of U.S. border policy in general--it makes no sense, and it will only make a very bad situation worse.
In the short-term, the barrier must be extended in order to protect refuge lands, but we do not claim this is the solution. Our report very clearly states, "Over the long-term ... the only real solution is to reform the Border Patrol's policy of funneling migrants into the desert, which has failed to reduce border crossings and has caused environmental degradation."
The entire report can be found at www.defenders.org.
Jenny Neeley, Southwest associate
Defenders of Wildlife
But then The Skinny was at it again, this time alluding that Grijalva loves money and was in his "natural element ... comfortable as he ever was taking contributions"("More Topsy Turvy," Sept. 30). Of course, The Skinny fails to mention that Grijalva's campaign funds and fund-raising are among the lowest in the country, and that the hosts are the very same Growth Lobby that was happy to see him leave the Board of Supervisors.
Just when I thought you were back on a sane track, along came the silly prejudices again. We're not stupid! We know what we have in Grijalva.
You also go on to write that "Moore often distorts truths" and that, "(his) slanted filmmaking style might be hard to trust at times." If the content of Fahrenheit 9/11 seems exaggerated, it is only because the cartoonish villainy of the present administration is exaggeratedly vile.