I appreciated the article as a "heads up" that the current world news might have some threads locally. Thanks David, and please write up any updates as they occur.
Sometimes the only way I get this kind of info is from the Weekly.
Of course Obama’s executive action won't make America that much safer. There are already too many guns out there right now, and paranoids of every water buying them up as fast as they can.
Historically, controls on assault-weapons should have never ended. There are a frightening number of combat weapons in the hands of aggressive people, the mentally ill, and in the hands of people who are just plain clueless.
Mass murders get the most attention, but there is rapidly increasing collateral mortality. Accidental deaths of children, parents, neighbors and whoever might be in back of that person being shot at. Armed residents are contributing to an increasing rate of over-reactions to perceived threats. When you factor in these risks, the average family is not safer for owning a gun. The actual fact is that owning guns just makes your family more vulnerable.
It may be too late to take away this threat to our country and our society, but it would be prudent to slow it’s proliferation. Having licensed dealers and background checks is a good start. It is reasonable, and only a threat to those who wish to be unlawful in the pursuit of their own self interests.
Mr. Independent ..continued:
It sounds like you might be bitter about being excluded from an arts organization. I too would like to see publically funded groups be held to total inclusion in who they intend to serve. But I realize that these days money is always limited, and it's necessary for groups have to narrow their good intentions to what they can actually get funding for. Some would-be participants are excluded when their interests differ, or are beyond what the group offers, determined by the amount of funding they have.
It's a sad day when Arizona cuts back funding for the Arts, which are part of the very allure the state has held for over 75 years. Investors are drawn to communities who are 'open for business' and that offer good quality of life to their families.
I am not sure you understood the garden metaphor the director used. She did not say 'beheading' a flower. She said 'deadheading' a flower. In gardening, you deadhead flowers after they have finished blooming and are forming seeds - in order for the plant to put it's energies into forming new flowers, rather than seeds. The practice keeps a flower plant blooming over and over during a season.
I think it was a wonderful metaphor for having to cut back expenses in order for the organization to survive. I wish them well.