Politics and Open Pits

God help us, 'cause political season is here.

In the wake of last week's filing deadline for political candidates, this week's cover story offers breakdowns of all the races pertinent to Southern Arizona voters. Check that out here.

Over the next five months, we'll continue to bring you the latest news from the campaign trail, both in print and online—at Skinny 2010, the political section of The Range, our daily dispatch.

• In other news, last week's Editor's Note, "Minding the Mine," touched quite a nerve. It seems that I've rankled both pro-mine and anti-mine folks (which I am taking as a good sign).

Pro-mine folks are accusing me of NIMBY-ism (aka being a "not in my back yard" type), whereas anti-mine folks—many of whom seem to have forgotten that the Tucson Weekly has taken a hard stance against the mine for years—are appalled that I would say anything nice at all about Rosemont Copper.

In particular, some mine opponents are upset that I praised Rosemont Copper for their openness. While I remain steadfast in my opposition to the mine, I remain impressed that Rosemont is allowing tours of the mine site. Yes, of course, the tours are part of a public-relations effort on the part of the company. But Rosemont Copper officials don't need to be discussing their efforts and showing off the proposed pit site. Mining companies are notoriously private and closed off to the media and the outside world. While Rosemont Copper is putting their spin on things—you could even call their efforts "propaganda" if you want—they're not being private and closed off. And that is commendable—even if what they want to do to the Santa Ritas is sickening.

To see some of the feedback to last week's Editor's Note, go to TucsonWeekly.com, and/or see next week's Mailbag.