Harry Alexander: Tucson zoo props apparently pass

Harry Alexander: Tucson zoo props apparently pass

By Harry Alexander Last week, I wrote that the two City of Tucson ballot propositions concerning the Reid Park Zoo had failed. On Thursday of last week, the vote counters tallied up all those approximately 10,000 votes that were left laying on the floor and elsewhere and came up with a final count. Turns out […]

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Goodness gracious

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Goodness gracious

By Mike Tully She’s 17.  …  I’m older than her father, can you believe that? I’m dating a girl, wherein, I can beat up her father. Woody Allen, “Manhattan” (1979) Jerry Lee Lewis had a “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” by the time he was 22, including two marriages, several hits, fame and fortune, and a […]

Phil Richardson: A Letter about letters

Phil Richardson: A Letter about letters

By Phil Richardson DEAR READER: This is a letter. Everything in it was inspired by an advertisement in the September 2017 Issue of the Atlantic Magazine. It took me over two months to write it, due to the immense amount of subject matter. My hope is that you will be inspired to do more than […]

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: America’s Original Sin

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”:  America’s Original Sin

By Mike Tully Saturday, November 4th was a perfect day for a festival.  The sky was clear and blue; the sun shone brightly; the temperature hovered around 80.  The event, a gelato festival in the Tucson foothills, was the perfect curtain for a too-hot, too-long summer.  Dozens of people representing several generations wandered about, happily […]

Phil Richardson: The number one Killer opioid – Oxycontin

Phil Richardson: The number one Killer opioid – Oxycontin

By Phil Richardson In terms of pain-killing effectiveness and addictive power, according to Patrick Radden Keefe, writing in the October 30, 2017 issue of The New Yorker magazine, “Since 1999, two-hundred-thousand Americans have died from overdoses related to Oxycontin and other prescription painkillers. The best seller is the most effective: Oxycontin, a compound perfected by […]

Harry Alexander: Halloween, Tucson elections and Amazon

Harry Alexander: Halloween, Tucson elections and Amazon

By Harry Alexander Thank goodness Halloween is over and done! I don’t know about you readers, but I certainly got tired of reading about all of these “practice” Halloween parties where your costume was either approved or not for being “culturally sensitive.” Give me a break! Halloween is for the kids. Adults do dress up and […]

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: The War of the Worlds

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: The War of the Worlds

By Mike Tully Despite his bravado, Mr. Manulis panicked and bolted out of the car. He was so frightened by the reports of interplanetary invasion that he ran off, leaving Aunt Bea to contend with the green monsters he expected to drop from the sky at any moment. She walked home. Six miles. When Mr. […]

Phil Richardson: The Mueller Investigation, Phase One

Phil Richardson: The Mueller Investigation, Phase One

By Phil Richardson The only thing I can use when I try to compare the curtain raiser on the investigation of wrongdoing by persons during the most recent presidential election campaign to anything else in my experience, would be the takeoff of a Titan ICBM from an underground silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base. There […]

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Rest in Peace, Sergeant Johnson

Mike Tully “Substantial Disruption”: Rest in Peace, Sergeant Johnson

By Mike Tully As the funeral procession crept along East Ft. Lowell Road toward Evergreen Cemetery, Tucson Police waved the priest by.  He had presided over the Requiem Mass and ignored speed limits as he hurried to beat the procession to the cemetery.  The priest had officiated many funerals and didn’t care for all of […]

Phil Richardson: The grievous aftermath of a patrol in Niger

Phil Richardson: The grievous aftermath of a patrol in Niger

By Phil Richardson October 4th, 12 members of an American patrol were preparing to return to their base in Niger, a nation in the interior of northwestern Africa, after seeking a leading operative for the Islamic State, reported to be in the area. They were ambushed by an estimated force of 50 heavily armed militants […]

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