I'm the owner of eight plots at the Pet Cemetery, and it's been very comforting to be able to call on Darla when one of my pets has died, and it's been comforting to go and visit the gravesites. The cemetery was easy to get to, and it was peaceful to drive past the trees and down the long roadway into the cemetery. Now, trying to get into the cemetery is awful. Where is the pedestrian access?
Darla is a wonderful person and doesn't deserve the bad treatment she's received from KB Home and the city of Tucson. I am appalled that the city is letting KB continue working on the easement at the cemetery. It's plain that they can do whatever they please, just because they're a big company and have a lot of money. It seems to me that if you're big enough, legal documents don't matter. My guess is KB Home must be in somebody's pocket at the city.
Whoever gave this work the go-ahead without Darla's consent should be held accountable.
Mary R. Devine
His Feb. 3 column regarding junk food in schools is right on.
Give 'em hell, Tommy!
The students who purchased these items would merely be exercising their rights as citizens. We sure wouldn't want the government deciding what students can and cannot buy. Never mind the fact that young people often make poor choices in part because of their immaturity.
It's a great idea and deserves to pass. The health and well-being of our children is part of the public schools' mandate. They often feed poor kids. There's no reason why they have to feed them crap or allow it to be sold to them. (If parents want to send their children to school with a lunch full of bologna on white bread, a bag of Cheetos and a Twinkie, all washed down with a Pepsi, they'll still be able to.)
I read the Weekly almost every week. I often read Danehy's column. Sometimes, I even enjoy it. Frankly, this one was ridiculous.
His column on the proposed junk-food vending ban shows his real stripes. Obviously, Danehy has some kind of sore spot regarding vegetarians--whenever the general subject of reasonable nutrition is so much as broached--that brings out his inner Limbaugh, but here's a news flash for you, Tom: Schools are places where kids are told what they can and can't do, say, wear and even (by definition) think and believe. And that's OK--it's a school. Children and teenagers need to be told what to eat because they're children and teenagers. What kids eat affects their behavior and how well they think and learn, junk food adversely so.
Any real liberal would know that the increasing presence of junk and fast food in schools is the result of a major push by the companies to penetrate this captive market, with typical corporate disregard for children's health and ability to learn. And schools' chronic underfunding gives them a wonderful opportunity to do that. Like a good conservative, Danehy champions fake individual "freedoms"--i.e., kids' freedom to buy junk food at school--that are detrimental to the public interest but great for corporations.
A ban on junk-food vending? I say it's about time.