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Media receive liberal dose of blame

Reading Shaunti Feldman’s column Tuesday (“Most journalists think, vote liberal“), I was struck by the same message Ann Coulter and Karl Rove have been trying to sell for the past six years, namely that all of George Bush’s problems are just fiction made up by this huge liberal media.

Here’s a list, off the top of my head, of major media players. See if you can find the liberals. Hint: There are two.

Ann Coulter, George Will, Bob Novak, Pat Buchanan, Babe Buchanan, William Bennett, Molly Ivins, William Kristol, Fred Barnes, John McLaughlin, Charles Krauthammer, Paul Gigot, Ben Wattenburg, Oliver North, Kate O’Beirne, Tony Blankley, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Jonah Goldberg, William Buckley, Bill O’Reilly, Alan Keyes, Tucker Carlson, Brit Hume, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, Norah O’Donnell, Al Franken, etc.


Oro Valley

Soccer has better legs than does horse racing

Betzy Clarkson (Thursday letter “Champing at the bit to extol Rillito track“) must be blind. I’d like to find an empty soccer field from September through April, especially one that’s lighted.

A run-down horse track isn’t the first stop for tourists and winter visitors. A premier soccer tournament will have a much greater economic impact than a limited-appeal horse racing schedule.

The annual Fort Lowell Shootout is testament to that.


Horsemen moving to greener pastures

I am compelled to echo the sentiments of Don Duke in his Wednesday letter (“Moving track to Marana would kill racing here“).

I join his request to identify the “citizens” who tolerated the death sentence for historical Rillito Park.

Who represents the thousands of people who attend the popular Rillito racing on Saturdays and Sundays for seven weeks between late January and early March?

Pima County, Tucson and southern Arizona provided the background for numerous Western movies. Imagine!

Arizona, the state that has long symbolized the aura of the Western cowboy and his horse, is now sacrificing this popular Rillito tradition for soccer fields!

Do our children need to perform in yet one more tournament to satisfy their frantic parents who scream from the sidelines?

Perhaps these children would benefit more from the serenity that comes from seeing our beautiful environment on horseback.

Better hurry, because before long there may not be any horses left in Pima County to graze on the surplus soccer fields!

Many Arizona horsemen are looking to move their stables to greener pastures because it has become increasingly difficult to survive in a state that does little to support their industry.

Who really benefits from loss of this unique Tucson tradition?


Noise allows freedoms given to make your own

I have a suggestion for MC3 members: Thank the men and women flying those jets and all the servicemen and women at Davis-Monthan. They are the ones who give you the right to complain.

How many citizens are willing to serve our country? To be on call 24 hours a day, every day, and leave your family when the call comes? Your family doesn’t know where you are or when you will return.

So a little noise bothers you. You knew when you moved into your home that you were in the flight path.

Isn’t a little noise worth your freedom?


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This archive contains all the stories that appeared on the Tucson Citizen's website from mid-2006 to June 1, 2009.

In 2010, a power surge fried a server that contained all of videos linked to dozens of stories in this archive. Also, a server that contained all of the databases for dozens of stories was accidentally erased, so all of those links are broken as well. However, all of the text and photos that accompanied some stories have been preserved.

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