by Jim Nintzel
I'll go ahead and confess that I've had a few tickets over the last decade. One was just last November, when I pushed through an arrow I was sure was yellow. The officer disagreed. What are you going to do?
The second ticket was back in 1997, for wasting a finite fuel source. Hector Acuña and I were in a rush to get back from Rocky Point on a Sunday night to catch the X-Files. Would have made it, too, if it weren't for that cop.
And then there was the night I spent in Pima County Jail over some leash law violations--but that was back in the college days, so you'd have to do some real sleuthing to dig that one up. We'll tell you about it someday.
Why do I bring this up? Because Cheri Holgerson, a staffer with the Foster Care Review Board, has started investigating State Rep. Jonathan Paton after he said Child Protective Services needed more openness in the wake of various screw-ups and scandals. Greg Patterson over at Espresso Pundit broke the news earlier this week about how Holgerson recently sent Paton an e-mail inquiring about four traffic tickets he had received over the last 11 years.
When Arizona Daily Star reporter Josh Brodesky called Holgerson to inquire about this pathetic effort at intimidation, she told him: "I saw his, and I've also looked up yours."
Oohhh! She's a regular Veronica Mars!
Here's our suggestion: Why don't we all confess to our various traffic infractions here so Cheri has nothing to hold over us? If you need to jog your memory, you can search here.