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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Feature

Re: “Death Sentence

This is so sad. I feel so bad for the family left to mourn. I can not imagine the pain of losing a child. I pray for what she must still face. They were very careless with her son;s life. They would have never placed anyone they cared for in a cell with that crazy evil monster. He still breathes. That angers me.

Posted by Dawn Marie on 11/18/2018 at 7:52 PM

Re: “A Conversation With Brian Smith

I moved to Tucson in May 2017 and Tucson Weekly became a tool to find my way around this unfamiliar territory. I cant remember exactly when I read my first Tucson Salvage story but after reading the first, I tried not to miss another one. I often wondered about who Brian Smith was and how did he go about finding the people he described in Tucson Salvage. Then came the Oct. 18th, 2018 Tucson Weekly issue with the story about the Tucson Salvage book and film and especially the conversation with Brian. I was traveling that weekend so I read the article on a Southwest flight to San Diego. I was so interested to read his 1st book Spent Saints I ordered it on Amazon that night. Spent Saints is the best writing Ive read in years (and I read a lot). The truth and emotion and life expressed in Brians stories resonate with me in a profound way. Im so glad that Tucson Weekly introduced me to the Tucson Salvage writer whose stories enrich my life.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by David McKennett on 11/03/2018 at 11:25 AM

Re: “A Conversation With Brian Smith

Keep it coming Mr Smith, we are listening.

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Allen Charles on 10/19/2018 at 5:44 AM

Re: “A Conversation With Brian Smith

Yo, Cowboy!

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Patrick Scott O'Connor on 10/18/2018 at 2:57 PM

Re: “A Conversation With Brian Smith

Detroit may not be your home, but we will always welcome you with open arms. Hope your tour swings this way.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Vic Doucette on 10/18/2018 at 2:05 PM

Re: “A Conversation With Brian Smith

It may not be your home, but Detroit will always welcome you with open arms. Hoping your tour swings this way.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Vic Doucette on 10/18/2018 at 1:58 PM

Re: “A Conversation With Brian Smith

A beautiful story of auto empowered lives unconcerned with the world that does it's best to keep us down, yes Brian you are one of us. The preacher of the sinners. Of... Not to.
You have the gentle ability to tell the stories as they really are. Not masked behind the face of a fake society. Tucson is where my out of control life found its center. It's Tucson we found true lift of weight upon our hearts true true freedom.
Thank you for you and as well for not turning your back on lives like ours, instead you both are vulnerably taking stories of shattered lives to the world. Bravo! For possessing what it takes to tell the truth of the long silenced voices to the rest of the World.

17 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Del Hendrixson Jr on 10/18/2018 at 4:41 AM

Re: “Fighting for Mom

I dont know any of these people but came across the story and must say I think Pams punishment is very harsh. I looked up everything I could find on this and was taken back when I saw Bruce Fays picture. Im on a computer and his face is scary to me. Why on earth was he harassing a woman? One because hes a bully. Already has a domestic violence charge. Any real man would not be anywhere near an older woman messing with her belongings and harassing her. That alone should be red flags to the police. She lived alone and this punk was continuously messing with her. I dont know all the facts obviously but just from the stories Ive read.. something had this woman spooked enough to get her gun. That concern was Bruce Fay. The realtor story just proves that theory. She had no idea who was messing around on her property.
The other thing that keeps going thru my mind is; she didnt shoot at the police. She said there were people out by her well. She fired warning shots to get them away from it. Not the police coming up her drive way!
The other thing is she stated in her letter to Mary that when she went to the police that lives nearby and complained about the guns being shot off day and night around there.. he replied thats why people move out here, to shoot their guns. Then........ whats the problem?? Whos to say why she really shot the gun? Nobody was hurt and yet she got sentenced as if they were!
I would like to know why this Bruce Fay is still out walking around when he caused all of this to begin with??? I mean... look at him! He looks like a psycho on major drugs!
The police should have given him a stern warning when she first complained then arrested him when it happened again. Not only that but what about trespassing??? Im sorry but if I lived in a rural area like that and some psycho maniac is harassing me? Id probably be behind a bunker taking shots every time I saw his ugly mug.
I feel really heartbroken for Pam and it really makes me wonder about our safety when the law is involved. They always want something to happen before they act and in most cases even with a protection order the victim is the one who pays. Just like Pam did here.
Im confused on why these police were standing in the dark and didnt have the place lit up with their lights to warn anybody around of their presence! As far as she knew it was dork face next door coming up to kill her...and what? She shouldve waited to do anything until.. when...? When it was too late?
This whole thing is very disturbing to me

Posted by Nena on 10/13/2018 at 8:25 AM

Re: “The life of Timothy H. O'Sullivan

The Irish were underrated, no matter what heighths reached, potatoes diasporeans. Took another 50 years and Irish authors to bring them in to acclaim. Know Edward Curtis, thought there must have others. O'Sullivan like the Tesla photographer of his time but way beyond. Nature was in charge. The Irish had guts, starved, indentured, denied access to anywhere and way out west must have provided a glowing freedom in a precipise fledgling art. Must find more of his work to bask in the open land and draw it. All that open land must have been like a kinder ocean to sail, not to Ellis Island and crowded, disease ridden. This new 'ocean' went on forever. What a life had O'Sullivan!

Posted by Eliza Bradley on 10/07/2018 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Hell Yes on Prop 463!

Charles Smith - no contractor would bid with a warranty requirement like that. If they did there would be so many contingencies and exceptions as to make the contractor blameless.

AVL- I realize you are super proud of your math skills. The issue is that failed roads receive a different treatment than poor. Which means that the total number of roads that can be treated by the bond is less than the 70% of poor/failed. Compare that number versus the 560 miles and you will find that a good portion of the failed roads will be fixed (plus you will reduce the number of poor/failed roads overall-that's how math works). The reason you will need another bond is to pave all the roads that failed while you were paving the currently failed roads. Regardless of where the money comes from, you cannot fix everything all at once.

Libertarian - ask yourself why we have a republic and not a true democracy and that is the same reason you don't let the people decide what roads get fixed. Hopefully an objective method will be used and there will be a minimum of political direction-because that is the whole problem.

20 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by The Duderino on 09/22/2018 at 7:23 PM

Re: “Hell Yes on Prop 463!

Wow! 47 "dislikes" when I posted the link to the actual proposition and Huckelberry's memo so people could see for themselves that 1) there will be another bond vote in 5 years; 2) there will be another $1.5 million needed for maintenance; and 3) taxes will, in fact, go up as projected valuations increase. So: did you read the proposition and you dislike it? Or do you dislike that I made it available so people could think for themselves?

3 likes, 23 dislikes
Posted by AVL on 09/22/2018 at 5:48 PM

Re: “Hell Yes on Prop 463!

What's really "tearing down this place we call home" is the consumption of fossil fuels. I would vote yes on a proposition to fund more electric streetcars (especially on Broadway and Speedway), all-electric buses, solar nev's and zev's and charging stations for them, more bicycle lanes and making the grid completely solar-powered. It is the 21st century and we are losing our life-support system, yet we are still cruising around in cars powered with 19th century fuels. I'll ride with the mass transit.

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Posted by Barbara Kausen on 09/22/2018 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Hell Yes on Prop 463!

Complete sophistry!

We have had no less than 3 "temporary" sales tax increases since 2008. We were told the first one was temporary only to find out it was permanent. The city and county tell us its temporary to assuage voter to support the sales tax increase.

Tucson has a history of lying to the voters when it comes to road repairs. They repeatedly over the last 30 years have used road funds for their pet projects which have nothing to do with roads.

In one city election some 20+ years ago, the whole entire city council was replaced because of the bait and switch lies. Voters have had enough then as we do now.

I have often wondered why, despite the massive increases in taxes we still have the worst roads ever. I have been looking for financial data from other comparable municipalities as to their use of road repair funds as I suspect there is massive fraud and corruption, and perhaps outright theft of the funds here locally.

There are many schemes known to do this. One way would be to grossly inflate the repair bills only to receive back door payoffs from the contractors for the contracts.

Our roads have been an ongoing problem for decades. I have had comments from out of town visitors why our roads are such a mess. Phoenix by contrast, has excellent roads which are routinely maintained.

Although not a part of this discussion but related, Tucson has been consistently controlled by the Dems for a very long time. Pima County has a national reputation for massive voter and election fraud. The county outright rejected a ruling from the State Supreme Court to have our elections forensically examined and nothing has been done since.

4 likes, 34 dislikes
Posted by Sovereign Individual on 09/22/2018 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Hell Yes on Prop 463!

Yes, fix the existing roads, but as long as we support urban sprawl, and car-scaled infrastructure for it, we will build more roads than we can maintain. It's unsustainable. Look at all the new developments south of I-10 and out in Vail. Massive, expensive infrastructure extends hundreds of miles with no tax base to pay for its maintenance.

24 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by bslap on 09/22/2018 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Hell Yes on Prop 463!

I would consider voting yes if the county had a mechanism for letting the residents decide which roads get fixed. But I have no confidence in our county to use the funds responsibly.
I would rather not add to county debt, instead pay it down. A county without debt and in good fiscal standing doesnt need federal funds, and can give the middle finger to presidents who want to infringe on our rights by threatening to take away federal money. We dont need your money!

45 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Token Libertarian on 09/21/2018 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Hell Yes on Prop 463!

Yes we need the roads repaired and maintained. BUT, we need transparency and a good plan with clear projects and sequencing. To just dump money into a swamp usually means just more gators.

46 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by KenWeene on 09/21/2018 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Hell Yes on Prop 463!

To this day, I have not met anyone who voted for the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), and for the record, it started off with a scandal that has never been resolved.…

13 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by sgsmith on 09/21/2018 at 3:34 AM

Re: “Hell Yes on Prop 463!

Nope! No sense giving idiots more money.

7 likes, 70 dislikes
Posted by PaulAZ on 09/20/2018 at 6:47 PM

Re: “Hell Yes on Prop 463!

'Dats how socialism works DAZ. We elect them to pick the winners and losers rather than a level playing field and equal opportunity.

9 likes, 79 dislikes
Posted by Fletch Parker on 09/20/2018 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Hell Yes on Prop 463!

When will our county neighborhood roads be repaired? They are made up of pothole- patch- bump- crack - a dirt road might be better lol. I think mine may be scheduled for 2025....But hey, let's widen Broadway, the road to now where and tear down a local treasure Mexican food Restaurant-Lerua's (and give them pennies for their building and land) but yuppie hangouts and give them a "commuter train" to play with. Tucson is really starting
to suck.

12 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by DAZ on 09/20/2018 at 12:19 PM

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