Member since Jul 6, 2010



  • No friends yet.
Become My Friend Find friends »

Recent Comments

Re: “TUSD Board Forced To Cancel Meeting

@Mark Stegeman: How about withdrawing your resolution until AFTER the evaluation of MAS is completed? I think you're giving in to pressure before all the facts are in, and your premature and divisive resolution should be tabled. Don't reschedule for May 5 (why, oh why, would you choose Cinco de Mayo?), and don't toe the Tom Horne line. I applaud the students for their passion about education and their involvement in the political process. And I'm tired, really tired, of right-wing Democrats bowing to even more right-wing Republicans. blaze mason (registered Independent, no kids in school, tax-paying, home-owning voter)

Posted by blazemason on 04/27/2011 at 8:54 AM

Re: “The Civil War

@Riverwoman: I have a question for you, and I mean it sincerely. You wrote with politeness, and I'm trying to do the same. Sheriff Arpaio makes political "personal pronouncements in the name of Arizona" all the time and has been doing so for years. Should he also be recalled, and will you work for that? Have you told him to stop speaking for the rest of us? I think that, once again, people support those who agree with them, and attack those who don't. Sheriff Dupnik spoke for me, and I understand that he didn't speak for you, but if his actions are wrong, then please explain why Sheriff Arpaio's are not wrong, in your view. I would much rather have a sheriff asking us to tone down the rhetoric than have a sheriff who stirs up the animosity. I look forward to your response. Peace, blaze

Posted by blazemason on 01/27/2011 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Guest Opinion

@ Mary Connor: You wrote: "why have laws if they are ignored?" Laws are made by people, and there have been other times in U.S. history when there have been bad laws, wrong laws, unjust laws. Our system of government allows us to challenge laws that we believe to be misguided, which is why we have a system of courts. I fought against the laws before they were passed in April; I support the challenges to them currently in the court system; and I will work to defeat the legislators who passed them and the governor who signed them. I vote in every election. Meanwhile, there is a long tradition in this great country of non-compliance with laws when they are wrong (the most obvious example is Prohibition). You may not agree with me, but you can't argue that just "because it's the law" it's automatically right. Thanks for talking civilly about this. I appreciate the dialogue. Peace, blaze

Posted by blazemason on 07/06/2010 at 8:53 AM

Re: “Guest Opinion

@Jonathan Hoffman: Thanks for writing. I wish it were the case that people were only talking about "illegal" immigration, but if you look at the combination of laws and directives that were passed in April -- and not just SB1070 -- the situation looks much more like I described it in the article. Arizona now has a law against ethnic studies classes, which were originally mandated to address issues of long-standing segregation in schools (and such classes have been proven, in Florida, for example, to reduce tensions between ethnic groups and increase harmony among students). We now have a Department of Education directive that penalizes teachers "with accents" (though I doubt we'll see any French speakers or U.S. southerners lose their jobs over their accents). And then there's SB1070. Taking all of these together, I stand by my statement that many people are, sadly, "anti-immigrant," legal or illegal.

The point of my article is that human beings have always migrated from one part of the continent to another, from one country to another. You can't stop it, no matter how militarized you get, no matter how big a wall you build. So let's figure out a way to work together, to bring our beautiful state to a new successful future. Peace, blaze

Posted by blazemason on 07/06/2010 at 8:44 AM

Favorite Places

  • None.
Find places »

Saved Events

  • Nada.
Find events »

Saved Stories

  • Nope.
Find stories »

Custom Lists

  • Zip.

© 2018 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation