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Posted by Samara Smathers on 12/01/2015 at 1:52 PM

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but what your friends in Colorado didn't know is that Southern Arizona.......The City of Tucson and Pima County is left of SF and Seattle!

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Posted by Jeffrey Engelbert on 10/30/2015 at 9:09 AM

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I'm so glad someone is bringing this up here. Bravo! Please have this guest columnist back - maybe a regular column? Thank you Katherine.

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Posted by Kendra on 10/29/2015 at 8:45 PM

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Fantastic article! Keep it up! Write more!

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Posted by J.T. Cardwell on 10/29/2015 at 6:07 PM

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Well said!

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Posted by Jeffrey Patten on 10/29/2015 at 1:10 PM

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This is a valid criticism of how modernism played out in Tucson, but the irony is that modernism was rooted in the idea of inexpensive, good design available to all. One of the grandfathers of modernism, Gerrit Reitveld, famously took the crates that expensive custom furniture was delivered in and used the material to fashion a line of easy to build, simple but good looking furniture. The origin of the modern movement was in the Bauhaus, a movement and organization that turned its back on fancy and costly adornment and sought to bring good simple design to everyone. Corbusier was far more interested in designing public housing than fancy furniture. Many of the founders of modernism would find the costly stylization that later marked the movement to be antithetical to their own principles, rooted as they were in early 20th century social democracy. Plywood, concrete, post and beam, glass brick, these were cheap ways to build beautiful things. Modernism was meant to be an artistic mass movement, to free people from the consumerism of disposable fashion, not a status symbol machine to produce disposable fashion. That said, now that modern architecture exists in Tucson, the best thing to do is embrace it, restore it, and avoid another hideous cycle of destruction, redevelopment and bubble economics.

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Posted by Spencer Windes on 10/24/2015 at 7:47 PM

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An environment was ripe for the harvest. The neglect of the habitants to realize the bounty is whose fault? Would Tucson be a better place if Donkey carts were the means of transportation? Tucson is today because of what was. Perhaps it would be better if the desert had overtaken its boundaries and left hints of its past like a Mayan Ruin for future inquisitors? Its a fucking golden age for all especially for La Familia Otero. History , check it out.....

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Posted by mboston on 10/24/2015 at 4:35 PM

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If her quote is correct, Nintzel said it was a golden era for Tucson. Did he say "Golden era for architecture?" If he didn't, then she's right. She seems to be responding to him, not Modernism Week organizers. There are no golden days hidden amid Tucson's Anglo-centric past. Most of the 20th century was a period of cultural genocide here, including architecture. Yes, we should celebrate architecture and preserve it, but let's not try to redefine our history. That architecture exists largely because rich developers destroyed something else to build it.

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Posted by BPoole on 10/24/2015 at 11:25 AM

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When you use code words like "east side" you really discredit the many Americans of Mexican descent that earned the right to afford to live there through hard work and perseverance.

Why do you do that to us?

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Posted by El Guapo on 10/23/2015 at 4:47 PM

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Modernism week celebrates a style of architecture, that's all. Your commentary unfolds into a much broader theme that has nothing to do with Modernism Week or the people who put it on. In fact, they most likely would agree with you on most of the points you make in your opinion piece. Tucson Historical Preservation is committed to saving all architectural styles associated with the rich cultural heritage of Tucson's past. Modernism Week represents only one part of that history. As a life-long fan of Modernism I am aware many people don't appreciate it - or even know how to look at it (I'm not suggesting the author is guilty of the latter), so I'm compelled to voice my opposition to the notion that preservation is exclusively reserved for older, decorative styles.

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Posted by urnumber6 on 10/23/2015 at 9:25 AM

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I grew up in the "Golden Age" of SEX - after penicillin and before AIDS!

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Posted by Claudia Splick Larson on 10/22/2015 at 7:29 AM

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Great job, and I love the book.

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Posted by Italdo on 10/22/2015 at 6:52 AM

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Arizona needs to eliminate all non-medical vaccine exemptions. Just like California, Mississippi and West Virginia, Arizona needs to pass law so that the only students who can attend school unvaccinated are those with a valid medical exemption. There are too many parents not-vaccinating and we are at grave risk for increasing outbreaks of measles and whooping cough. I state this as a pediatrician who is tired of seeing outbreaks of such diseases increasingly occur in Arizona--Chris Hickie, MD, PhD

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Posted by Chris Hickie on 10/16/2015 at 7:34 PM

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The right to exemption based on personal beliefs is protected by state law and beyond the authority of TUSD to change. What the TUSD board can control is disclosure of immunization data.

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Posted by Mark Stegeman on 10/16/2015 at 10:01 AM

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I respectfully disagree. Since there is no verifiable or scientific debate about the value of immunization sin places where large numbers of people congregate, schools should simply not be permitted to be "unimmunized." It should simply be a rehire net for school attendance.

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Posted by Dino William Ramzi on 10/16/2015 at 7:18 AM

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Gee, this city has wasted close to a billion dollars over the past decade without any results. Bonds were passed, issued and the money wasted, not for projects they were mean't for.
Voters, the only way for a new direction is to elect NEW council members, get rid of those that continue to get elected by their friends and they do nothing.
Right now we have the opportunity to elect 3 new Republican members. I am not a Republicans nor do I support them, but I will vote for them just to defeat Romero, Cunningham, and Scott. Do NOT REELECT THESE FAILED COUNCIL MEMBERS. Also defeat all the salary increases too.
Voters wake up and understand the same old council members will not change, Tucson will continue on its decline. NOW IS THE TIME TO CHANGE CITY COUNCIL.
I resent Republicans, but I will vote for 3 just to remove the 3 in office now. Next elections we can continue the change in city government. Also the city manager and city attorney needs to be FIRED. They are most ineffective, but incompetent seems to work well in Tucson.
I supported the Mayor and he was doing a great job, I will vote for him again along with the right to cast as vote on council issues.
Voters, Tucson is to nice of a city to see its continue decline over many years. Nothing changes with the old mental incompetent of the current council. Lets see what new members can do. It is time for the people of Tucson to take back their city.
And SunLink service. Either we have the service and finance it or just cancel all SunLink service. BTW, the Management Company running SunLink is the worst, Why did the city manager ever hire them. You need to google and get the background on this company. They did try to break the union. They also wanted to take away health insurance. This is a failed Management Company, but the present City Council doesn't get it.
Anyway vote for change on the City Council, lets give new members a chance to improve Tucson

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Posted by OMGitsme on 10/13/2015 at 11:52 AM

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Baldenegro is in it for Baldenegro and his huge ego. Period.

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Posted by Timmothy on 10/04/2015 at 3:07 PM

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Senators McCain and Flake may have received political donations from Rio Tinto and their holding company Kennecut Copper but President Obama also did. Influence Explorer shows that Obama received a total of $8120; $6720 went to Obama in 2012. In 2007-2008, Obama received $1400. Other campaign sites showed that he received over $12, 000 from rio Tinto. Obama could have spoken out against the rider to the NDAA but he never did, and he did not speak out publicly for or against the Land Swap. Based upon his campaign contributions from Rio Tinto, I doubt he would sign the repeal HR 2811.

Posted by Marcy J on 08/29/2015 at 9:57 AM

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Deborah Ellen Frisch has been arrested numerous times on numerous charges, including

2006--stalking, harassment
2009--physical harassment
2010--probation violation
2011--criminal impersonation, physical harassment
2015--initiating a false report, stalking, probation violation (2x)

http://deborahfrisch.blogspot.com/2015/04/deborah-ellen-frisch-criminal-record-as.html

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Posted by Dan Foreman on 08/14/2015 at 12:34 PM

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Margarita. You actually have hit on part of the problem. Forty years ago. That is called grinding an old ax for the benefit of? Salmon Baldenegro. His stories are nice, but I was here forty years ago as well and its 2015, not 1975. If I behaved now like I did in 1975 I would probably be homeless living behind a dumpster somewhere.
The agitation that is being misused in the meetings is based on this fixation of the past with no real vision of the future. That is one reason why there is no new construction in Barrio Hollywood and why so many of the lots are filled with run down rental housing, most of which dates back to the sixties and seventies. The people who have agitated against Kacey(got the name right) Carleton are stuck in the past with economic ideas that will result in Barrio Hollywood becoming resistant to new ideas. To improve and repair a neighborhood like Barrio Hollywood requires investment funds and smart thinking. None of the previous leaders of the BHNA showed any skills or interest in such activities and it shows. There are many vacant houses. There are many vacant lots. The people who once lived in the vacant houses have gone forever. So the real problem in the Barrio is not Gentrification. Its an absence of new ideas and fear of change.

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Posted by reality check on 08/10/2015 at 5:02 PM

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