In case you don't feel like spending your time reading Doug MacEachern's Sunday column for the Arizona Republic entitled "Tucson, where bad fiscal ideas thrive", here's a quick summary:
• Speedway is ugly.
• There's a lot of traffic in Tucson, but not all that many cars and nowhere to go, so that's weird.
• Rio Nuevo! That was crazy, right?
• TUSD sucks.
• Mexican American Studies sucks.
• The Cesar Chavez holiday was a bad idea and involved brainwashed students.
The last three are not particularly surprising points from MacEachern, who has used his space in the Republic to bash TUSD and Ethnic Studies on a number of occasions, but gosh, that one about Speedway really stings. Thank goodness we have Phoenix and all their beautiful thoroughfares. I used to drive down Jefferson Ave. in Phoenix to get to work everyday and I always thought it reminded me a bit of the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, except, you know, more visually appealing.
Thankfully, if nothing else, the column's comment section allows residents of Pima County who hate themselves and their choices to vent, including this gem from Thomas S. Hunt, who works in commercial real estate here in town:
At least we know that the wealthy people aren't the problem...if only we could get all those pesky poor people south of River on board. But then again, if Tucson could get its shit together, Doug MacEachern wouldn't have an easy, go-to column to write when he's out of ideas.