Myrtle Byrd 
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I'm a middle-aged Tucson bird. I used to go out a lot; now, not so much. I think Tucson's a nice place to live and I'd like to see its downtown get stronger. I like the Tucson Weekly but I think it could use some fresh writers and fresh ideas.

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Re: “Antenori: Majority of Mid-City Tucson Residents Don't Pay Taxes "Or Receive Some Gov't Subsidy"

Antenori's Raytheon salary, where he gets most of his income, is 100% government-subsidized. Same goes for his legislative pay. Same too for every dollar he ever earned from the military.

Shall we have a conversation, Frank, about what Raytheon pays in taxes? I know they don't like acknowledging you work there, but since you brought it up...?

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Posted by Myrtle Byrd on 04/10/2011 at 5:15 PM

Re: “Palin to Arizona's Rescue!

If there's any lesson to be learned from Arizona's apparently waning Arpaio era, it's that someone in insufficient grasp of the principles of civil rights is usually weakly grounded in economic principles too, and because the fuel of politics is money, the latter trumps the former in the end.

If Palin herself could somehow run for Governor of Arizona, she'd perform similarly to—and probably outperform—Brewer. She'd still lose, however. Arizona's November elections will be about many things, but looming largest by far is the dire state of the state's economy.

Posted by Myrtle Byrd on 05/16/2010 at 7:52 AM

Re: “Farley Report: "Arizona Has Been Backed Into An Ugly, Dangerous, and Uncomfortable Corner"

Heh, Farley writes:

"I feel that Arizona has been suffering from a bad infection in our collective leg for the last year. The time has now passed when we could have administered preventive antibiotics to heal ourselves because Republican leadership believed that we could solve it by cutting off the leg entirely. Sad to say, they have the majority, and have had the majority for the last 44 years. Now the infection is spreading and the only medicine on offer from Republican leaders to solve part of the problem is the Governor's sales tax."

Hold up, LD-28. HEY, EVERYONE... IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE?!

(LD-29, maybe?)

THE PATIENT COULD LOSE A LEG!

(They don't grow back, you know...)

We're so totally screwed.

Posted by Myrtle Byrd on 02/10/2010 at 8:31 AM

Re: “Latest Early Ballot Numbers

At-the-poll turnout is a significant wildcard this time, with all this interest in Prop. 200. Experts say it'll be a little higher, but not by much. Complicating matters is the fact that support for 200 is divided among local Republicans, although the three Republican council candidates support 200, to what looks increasingly like their own peril.

Needless to say, it's not looking good for any of them. The press on 200 is going to get worse. It was a terrible idea. Colin Zimmerman is a Democrat, and presently a major thorn in the sides sensible Dems who correctly think 200 is nuts. But its first victims may well be Steve K, Shaun M and Ben B-G. If 200 fails, and the present cast of 'R' turkeys go down with it, Colin Zimmerman could turn out to be the Pima Dems' finest asset. I guess we'll see. :)

Posted by Myrtle Byrd on 10/23/2009 at 6:08 PM

Re: “More Opposition to Public Safety First Initiative? Republican Kozachik Says He May Flip

It seems noteworthy (though not noted here) that TAR, SAHBA and the police and fire unions are backing not only Prop. 200 but also Kozachik himself in his Ward Six race, presumably with the expectation that he will not interfere with their political goals in the same election he's trying to win with their support. Usually when candidates turn their backs on supporters, it's after the money's been spent and the votes have been cast.

It's also worth pointing out that Prop. 200's fiscal defects are fundamental, obvious and well-documented. The iniatiative has no funding source other than the City's general fund, which will not be able to support it under reasonably forseeable economic conditions. It really is that simple. Public safety is not a contentious issue; it's what everybody obviously wants. The debate is over whether the city can presently afford to mandate, by changing its charter, an increase this sharp in spending. The strong consensus among experts is, of course, "no."

Kozachik says, above, “I’m really tired of both sides coming out with either inflated or deflated numbers.” Let's keep in mind that one of those sides (TAR, SAHBA et al) is supporting his campaign, and that Kozachik's unexpectedly brave and valid criticism--of those backing him, remarkably--deserves more explanation, more details, and more attention should he move forward with it.

Posted by Myrtle Byrd on 10/06/2009 at 12:30 AM

Re: “Guest Commentary

In 1993 an ugly battle took place in Mogadishu between American military forces and the militia of a notorious Somali warlord. Several thousand feet overhead, a P-3 Orion aircraft circled, monitoring the whole tragic event. There wasn't much that could be done from up there, other than observe.

Of all the voices speaking up in this heated Rialto drama, Curtis's is most refreshing to hear. His writing is first-rate, as is the caliber of work he's done for the theater. His personal pride is well-deserved, and he has given his employer and community something probably nobody else could have.

Now, if I may offer a few cautious notes from up here:

(1) All this Pollstar talk may not be helping things. Most people don't know what Pollstar is, nor do they understand the relevant distinction of "club venue" versus any other type. (Intuitively, most folks think of a "theater" as something other than a "club" anyway. You go to a theater to see Lucinda Williams. You go to a club to see Wu-Tang. You go the Rialto to see either, I suppose, but I was trying to make a point here and now you've made me forget what it was and the fucking popcorn is burning in the microwave, it's been like thirty seconds since the last pop.) Anyway, where was I? Oh yes, Pollstar. People get suspicious anyway when someone, who wants something, starts dropping persuasive stats on them. You just want to sound as unlike you're selling toothpaste as possible.

(2) Stop talking about your "needs" already, for Christ. I know that sounds nuts, but I'm trying to give you PR advice here and you're obviously still reading this. Talk about your accomplishments instead. (They're numerous and significant.) Everybody already knows what the RTF needs. But not everybody knows all the wonderful things you've done.

(3) Don't issue stern directives to already-uncooperative people. (e.g. "do the right thing.) You're not Spike Lee. And even if you were, I doubt Don Martin would respond well to that kind of talk. I fondly remember from my childhood his illustrations in Mad Magazine, and I don't think he was the "right thing" type of guy even then.

(4) Get a massage. Or something to that effect. Go to one of those Vietnamese foot ladies. You and doug. (You could do a publicity photo and send it to Inside Tucson Business.) But seriously, find a way to get out to the coast for a day or two, get some of this shit momentarily out of your system. Being embattled is hard on the soul, especially when you're on the wrong end of the money train. The weather's been awful lately, the economy's fucked and the fourth avenue tunnel has been closed for way too long. In a short time, the air will be cool. The tunnel will be open. The trolly will be making its rounds, music will be playing and Mr. McFeeley will be delivering the mail.

I may have have gotten of the track, here. But my overall point here is (and now I'm being serious) things seem to have gotten very nasty. That's a hard condition in which to get good work done. Pissing contests are, as a general rule, bad. I think that's why the re-designed the urinal in the men's room at the Hotel Congress.

Actually I forgot my point. It had something to do with the Rialto needing things and Downtown needing things. (It's late.) Downtown Tucson needs so many things, it's hard to keep them straight. But one thing Downtown Tucson has been very fortunate to have, perhaps more than any other human resource in its modern history, is Curtis McCrary.

Posted by Myrtle Byrd on 07/18/2009 at 4:11 AM

Re: “The Tiki Head is Up

Why is The Hut infamous?

Posted by Myrtle Byrd on 07/18/2009 at 2:00 AM

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