If a "taking" is when developers lose property or property values when governments take or enact a law, what about the "taking" individual homeowners suffer when their property values are diminished by zoning changes awarded to developers?
Arizona voters should always be suspicious about any issue that's primarily funded by out-of-state interests. On this proposition in particular, Arizona voters should vote NO!
His comment--that "you have to go out and get AIDS. You pretty much have to work at it"--is stupefying in its ignorance. One does not need to think long to come up with myriad ways by which one could get this disease without being the victim of a violent crime. Ever hear of a condom breaking? What about a child who's born with it? How about a hospital worker who is accidentally jabbed with a dirty needle? Also, when one considers the human element involved in sexual relationships, that people are not robots who can always "act right," the problem becomes far more complicated than Danehy would like to believe.
He scoffs at the idea that if this disease were affecting white men at the same rate, the issue would get more attention. He justifies his response by saying, "In this country, this disease started off affecting almost exclusively white men," conveniently forgetting that the men were GAY! Of course, they're never discriminated against.
I find it pathetic that he apparently has a limited reserve of sympathy that he must dole out carefully so as not to use it all up. His view is quite apparently a narrow American one. Please go to sub-Saharan Africa and tell everyone there how simple it is for them to get this crisis under control if they would only "act right."
However, I thought the gratuitous comment about Arnold running around with his chum from Boy Scouts was a bit much. What in the world does that have to do with the story or these two gentlemen?
I can assure you there are no merit badges for skullduggery or peeping toms in the Boy Scout program. If these two are still in the Boy Scouts, I would appreciate knowing about it so something can be done about their involvement.
As my son earns his Eagle rank this month, I am particularly incensed with this effort to cheapen the Boy Scouts program, one I have been heavily involved in for many years. It has taken nine years for my son to reach this pinnacle, reached by only 4 percent of all scouts. We are justifiably proud of his achievement.
I trust an apology can be made to the thousands of dedicated scouts and scouters active in Tucson, who are promoting young men and women to reach high standards of citizenship, morals and leadership.
Jeffrey J. Hill
Chairman, Catholic Committee on Scouting
Diocese of Tucson
I will tell you what those who lost friends and family did do. I was born and raised in Manhattan, and I worked in the north tower for several years at a brokerage firm on the 71st floor. The facts are that the counties struck by airplanes on Sept. 11 all voted firmly for the other guy. Manhattan voted 84 percent for Kerry. These are the people who lived the gruesome reality of that day.
Why did those directly affected by Sept. 11 seem to develop more compassion for the human condition, while those folks in the red states developed more hatred? Try to answer that question and remember that the 9/11 Commission found no links between al-Qaida and Iraq. Remember that our commander in chief promised while standing on the pile at Ground Zero that he would get those responsible for bringing down the towers. I know a few firefighters in New York who are still waiting on this one.
And if they ever become collector's items, you can sell them on eBay!
The Arizona Daily Star came and took pictures. My nephew proceeded to tell his whole class, only to be disappointed when he saw only a picture of me and not the board.
Is there any way at all that you can print this picture of Anthony DiPilla and Ella von Guilleaume to show that even children are remembering the day? You'll make their day by showing the hard work they did is appreciated.