Making Best Of the Best

In our April 10 issue, we'll start running our Best of TucsonTM ballot--and I need your help in determining which categories to include on that ballot.

For those of you new to Tucson, here's how it works: BOT voting takes place in April and May. Readers can send in print ballots or fill out an online ballot. Over the summer, we count all of those ballots and put together the BOT issue, which will hit the streets on Sept. 25.

We have about 130 readers' choice categories, and every year, we make adjustments to the ballot. And that's where your help comes in: Please let me know any new categories you'd like to see on the ballot. Even though we've now been doing this for more than two decades, we may be missing some excellent categories.

Please e-mail me within a week if you have any ideas for categories. We won't be able to use all of the suggestions--some categories may be too narrow to get a worthy number of reader votes, for example--but all ideas are appreciated. If you want to see what we did last year, go to Thanks in advance for the help!

· One other note: Alert readers may notice this week that some pages look a little different. For example, our Music Top Ten list is missing, and our listings and Mailbag sections aren't as large as normal. Here's why: The recent economic downturn has resulted in a drop in advertising--meaning that we don't have as much editorial space. In the coming weeks, some features--like TQ&A, Guest Commentary and Film Times--may not be in every issue; also, some sections may not have as many articles as they've had over the last couple of years.

The good news is all of the Top 10 lists, comprehensive event listings and movie times can always be found up-to-date at More good news: These cuts are minor and temporary, but necessary as long as the economic doldrums persist. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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