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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Feature

Re: “Apollo Anniversary

I have been binge-watching the HBO Series "From the Earth to the Moon" this weekend trying to recapture some of the excitement I felt growing up during the so-called Space Race.

I vaguely recall going outside to watch the night sky in my grandfathers backyard in Colorado after the Soviets launched Sputnik and listened to the tinge a fear in the adults voices as I strained to see one tiny speck among all those lights in the sky.

I remember my parents let me stay home from school in Phoenix when Alan Shepard became the first American to fly into the fringes of space. After that I was hooked.

I became what we now call a "fanboy" about the space program before we even knew what fanboys are. I built countless models of the spacecraft from Mercury, to Gemini and Apollo. I even built a large-scale model of the Soviet's first space capsule and was young enough and naive enough about the ways of the world to include Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin as my hero too.

When America's landing on the moon occurred, I was once again at one of my grandfathers homes glued to the old black and white television watching the grainy image from the moon like everyone else around the world. My parents were used to my obsession with the space program by then, but my grandparents wondered "if the boy was all right."

After the first and second moon landings, I recall how American lost interest in the program only to have it frighteningly come back during the Apollo 13 mission. I suddenly found myself the center of attention in my classroom at school and even brought my spacecraft models to show my classmates and teacher what was going on with the damaged Command Module and Lunar Module that served as a lifeboat for the imperiled crew.

Today, as we see what is going on around the world -- the political upheavals, the humanitarian crises, the endangered environment and a host of other man-made problems -- I cannot help missing those days when a bright future lay ahead and promised to bring new wonders for the entire world to share.

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Posted by sgsmith on 07/18/2019 at 7:52 AM

Re: “Beyond the Pickup

Amazing article

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Posted by Professional Writer on 07/17/2019 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Fat Girls Can

Yeah there are ugly failures who are skinny too. Doesn't change the fact that fatties shouldn't wear spandex and tank tops ewww.

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Posted by phucku on 07/14/2019 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Fat Girls Can

Wow a herd of morbidly obese women ran by just now and my house shook...oh weight, it was just 2 of them powerwalking

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Posted by phucku on 07/14/2019 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Kitten Therapy: A cancer survivor’s tale

Pets provide so much to our lives. Looking forward to hearing more about their antics. You've provided a great home for them.

Posted by Sandy Williamson on 06/21/2019 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Kitten Therapy: A cancer survivor’s tale

Love the article. Jenny captured the way pets actually act. Happy Jeff is free of cancer.

Posted by Judy Nagle on 06/20/2019 at 8:32 PM

Re: “Local Shelters Say: Adopt, Don’t Shop!

My wife and I have had 3 dogs in the 38 years we've live here. All 3 were adopted and all 3 were the best dogs you could ever ask for. We'd never buy a dog. Adoption is the only way to go.

Posted by CW13 on 06/20/2019 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Why Linda Ronstadt Still Matters to Tucson

The problem is her lips/mouth. Linda has very unique lips, and it's visible from every angle. It's one of her most attractive attributes. This girl doesn't have the right mouth.

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Posted by Sam Hedrick on 06/20/2019 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Why Linda Ronstadt Still Matters to Tucson

What's your source on that picture? It certainly doesn't look that much like her, and it would be the only picture I"m aware of in which she's playing a guitar. I don't know that it's recorded anywhere she played guitar. She's using a barre chord, so it's not as if the person in the picture isn't at least an intermediate player.

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Posted by Sam Hedrick on 06/20/2019 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Never Going Back to Tucson

A right to work state, can be a rough road. For a person with the wrong working skills, and low ambition.

The blue states, pay a janitor $30 an hour, and Benifits. In Tucson its $15 an hour and no benefits.

The warmer states , are harder for some.

Posted by Dave Andersen on 06/16/2019 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Never Going Back to Tucson

A great article, from a gifted writer. He could replace the word Tucson, with Fargo in my case. The coldest, windiest place to the hottest place. I love the desert, and Im an air conditioning repairman the same age as the writer, about 60-65 I guess. And Im still on hot roofs 42 years later.

But I love the desert , once it gets ahold of you, its owns you. The good , bad and ugly. A right to work state, hard for a lot of people to make it. Vs the blue union states , where a janitor makes $25 an hour. Give me the warm weather and its struggles any day.. I lived in Fargo North Dakota 20 years.

The writer could have replaced the word Tucson, with 1000 different towns in our country. By 1000 different men and women, who didnt have ambition, and purpose.

This is more about lack of ambition, and success and happiness. Then it is about Tucson.

I loved his article, I love his free spirit. But that free spirit comes with a price.

Posted by Dave Andersen on 06/16/2019 at 9:36 AM

Re: “Tariff Catastrophe

"Democrats have lied themselves into a corner."

No. The only ones which have lied themselves into a corner are the PO(TU)S and the pathetic sheep that actually believe that lying liar.

Your ears must be ringing Hard right now username Vote Them Out.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 06/12/2019 at 7:39 AM

Re: “Tariff Catastrophe

So now Mr Grijalva calls it a crisis? Democrats have lied themselves into a corner. It is all for votes as they destroy democracy.

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Posted by Vote Them Out on 06/10/2019 at 5:10 AM

Re: “Confessions of an eBay opium addict

I trained on a mountain top with the Zen monkey tribe.
We clean our bodies by eating sand and ants. When clean we get high by reflecting the moon light off our toe nails up our left nostrils.
We are healing and a fart is the devine

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Posted by Chen Woo on 06/09/2019 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Court Courage

it's nice to find the occasional Weekly story that focuses on something real rather than the usual political/social agendizing you are so attached to...

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Posted by laddderflappy on 06/08/2019 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Yes! Nunchuks Are Legal Now!

You forgot to mention when these laws are effective, is it August 28th?

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Posted by Raquel Baranow on 06/08/2019 at 12:45 PM

Re: “Tariff Catastrophe

Wow, the first people a supposedly liberal newspaper quote are an economist and the head of the Chamber of Commerce. Yes, unlimited immigration and cheap labor are what they want.
Of course they are going to say that it's not the right way. Of course they don't specify what the right way might be, including prosecuting many card-carrying members of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce for screwing U.S. workers by undercutting wages with cheap illegal workforces from the 3rd world.
Liberals used to look out for workers. Now they're siding with the Chamber of Commerce. How times have changed!

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Posted by bslap on 06/07/2019 at 3:34 PM

Re: “Yes! Nunchuks Are Legal Now!

The AZ Legislature also passed the felony animal cruelty bill (HB2671) which was signed by Governor Ducey. The new law, sponsored by Rep Kavanagh, strengthens penalties and treatment options for severe animal abuse cases some ending in slow, painful deaths for animals.

By preventing egregious cases of animal abuse from being reduced to misdemeanors, abusers will no longer be able to kill or torture a family pet and end up with zero jail time and no court supervised probation or treatment. Because crimes against animals are often part of a larger pattern of domestic violence, the new law will help protect not only pets, but families and communities throughout Arizona. More info:…

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Posted by AZnurse on 06/06/2019 at 8:34 AM

Re: “A Trip Down Peyote Way

Guess what? The NAC also charges hundreds of dollars for the exact same thing, but in a different setting - church membership & the peyote experience.

Posted by Kellen Woodley on 06/01/2019 at 3:01 AM

Re: “Love in the Age of Narcissism

This is an excellent story, bravo to Emily for a job well done. But the cover art you used to illustrate is simply horrible. What were you thinking? A smiling woman being groped by god knows what, with a ridiculous font that looks like it should be on a heavy metal album. For a story about abused women. It is offensive. Quite disappointed.

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Posted by abuse survivor on 05/31/2019 at 2:14 PM

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