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Carlock: Federal checks to boost Arizona balance

A crew installs a retaining wall on the west side of the interstate.

A crew installs a retaining wall on the west side of the interstate.

Editor’s note: Judy Carlock catches you up on the week’s news – with her own spin.

Whom do you trust? That’s more than a rhetorical question. When opinions clash on such fundamental issues as averting a second Great Depression, the ordinary American has little to go on but gut feelings and propaganda.

Should we save or spend?

Deficit hawks and domestic do-gooders throw e-mail elbows for attention. Party lines dictated votes on stimulus bills that passed Congress this week. Trust Democrats, or trust Republicans.

Often in politics, the losing side can save face by criticizing something they know is going to pass.

It’s telling that while Republicans in the Arizona Legislature make a show of balancing the state budget, they factor in $500 million in federal deficit spending.

“Checks and balances”: The federal government writes a check so Arizona can balance its budget.

Stimulus measure a relief but no windfall for Arizona

Obama to promote stimulus plan in Phoenix

COLLEGE CRISIS: On the other hand: An Associated Press story this week carried a whiff of moderation. Though budget chairmen in the Legislature would hack university spending, some in the GOP are expressing reservations about leadership’s plans.

President Obama will be in Phoenix next week, apparently trying to drum up buy-in on the stimulus plan.

I wish he had time to really hear our Legislature out on its thinking about education. Cuts of the magnitude proposed for next year reek of rancor. Obama has a reputation for building consensus.

It’s almost too bad he’s a rock star. We don’t need a pep rally in Arizona. We need people to do the hard work of listening to one another.

Lawmakers propose $390 million cut to state universities

PERPETUAL PORN: The sexually explicit clip that aired during the Super Bowl continues to generate page views for the Tucson Citizen. We’re happy for the “hits,” even in our twilight days.

A spokeswoman on Tuesday issued this statement:

“Comcast has conducted an extensive, methodical investigation of the Super Bowl programming interruption in Tucson and we have verified that this was an intentional, malicious act.”

So it was intentional. Did anyone really believe it happened by accident?

Comcast seeks FBI help in porn investigation

TRAFFIC: A couple of front-page stories this week highlighted the dry and the dramatic sides of mobility.

Some apparent good news: The Interstate 10 widening project has gone pretty well.

That’s not a very sexy story, but it affects a lot of people.

The freeway frontage road figured in another story – about how a young woman, apparently near unconsciousness from drugs and alcohol, allegedly plowed head-on into a vehicle, killing the driver, Marco Salazar.

The 21-year-old woman charged in his death reportedly did not have a driver’s license at the time. She was ordered to get one.

If the police are right, she has some issues to deal with before she gets behind the wheel.

Crash deaths down; DUI fatalities level

I-10 work to be finished in December – four months early

PEANUT BUTTER AND CHOCOLATE: Just a taste of complex economics:

Candy makers have moved to Mexico, for cheap labor and to avoid the high price of U.S. sugar – which is propped up by government subsidies, according to The Associated Press.

The move cost U.S. jobs. Meanwhile, Mexican cacao growers are being shut out by cheap imports from Africa and Brazil.

I’m OK with Mexican chocolate this Valentine’s Day. Hold the Peanut Corp. goobers, please. I already had salmonella.

Many Valentine treats traveled from Mexico

Peanut firm CEO mum at hearing on outbreak

Contact Judy Carlock at 573-4608 or jcarlock@tucsoncitizen.com.

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