Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry had urged the Board of Supervisors to pass the sales tax to further reduce property taxes. Huckelberry and Carroll's fellow supervisors argued that the sales-tax burden would be partially borne by tourists, Mexican shoppers and the growing number of residents in neighboring counties who now pay no property taxes to the county. But Carroll, cognizant of the GOP base in his district, wasn't buying it and blocked the implementation of the tax, which requires a unanimous vote from the Board of Supervisors. (You can read Carroll's reasoning for his vote in this week's Mailbag.)
Giffords had raised more than $400,000 for her re-election effort as of April 30.
"I am very sensitive to the concerns I have heard from people of same-sex orientation that they feel they have no place in our parishes or in the household of faith," Kicanas said. "We need to consider how we as a Diocese or how I as bishop may be generating such misunderstanding."
At the risk of condemning ourselves to hell (again), here are a couple of ideas for Kicanas to consider: Next time a ballot initiative banning not only gay marriage, but also domestic partnerships and civil unions, comes along, maybe the church shouldn't rush out and support it. And Kicanas might consider having a talk with the Pope about toning down that Catholic teaching about how homosexual acts are "intrinsically disordered" and "under no circumstances can they be approved." Just doesn't sound that welcoming to us.
Those rising prices persuaded Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano to join 21 other governors in writing a letter to Congress to request an investigation into rising gas prices. We're sure Congress will get right to the bottom of that.
"The reasons for these massive increases do not appear to be tied to any recent changes in geo-political events or a weather crisis," the governors wrote. "It is difficult to understand how oil companies can be making record profits each quarter without making capital investments in refineries that would address reliability issues."
But if you grade on a curve, the state isn't doing so badly, since nearly every other state flunked most of the categories as well.
The top-seeded Wildcats, 44-12-1 going into the World Series, are scheduled to play Baylor University in Oklahoma City at 6 p.m. local time on Thursday, May 31.
Meanwhile, the UA baseball team finished the season in second place in the Pac-10 with a 40-15 overall record. The boys are off to the Wichita regional to face Oral Roberts on Friday, June 1, to start down the road toward a berth in the College World Series.