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The good news? Local Green Party gets media coverage. The bad news? It wasn’t local media.

The Arizona Daily Star‘s lack of coverage of the local Green Party candidates certainly reached the lowest of all possible low points when, in their list of candidate endorsements and races published in their Sunday, October 8th edition, they labeled the Legislative District 3 House race as being “uncontested,” i.e. that in this “choose two […]

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Are Billionaire Foundations Dumbing Down Our Public Library?

It all started innocently enough. I and some other members of the Tucson Chapter of the National Writers Union had been noticing that books which we’d been intending to or had already read — written by some very established international and “mid-list” literary authors — were disappearing from our public library’s shelves to, it seemed, […]

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Nogales: Story Tellers in Cartel Country (review)

There is a rare and wonderful feeling when you know you have witnessed something remarkable live onstage. That is the punch Borderlands Theater delivers with Nogales: Story Tellers in Cartel Country. It’s not only that you have just watched Richard Montoya, accomplished playwright and actor, in a brilliant interpretation of Sheriff Joe Arpaio (spoiler alert: […]

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Nine Lives

My interspecies family and I are coexisting peacefully in a 1350 square foot residence. There are eight feline housemates in various “shades of gray” roaming in the main living space; nine semi­-feral felines hanging out in a separate 10′ x 20′ enclosed porch with an added den area; one red Pekingese pooch snooping sneakily into […]

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Revolutionary Grounds in Danger of Grinding to a Halt

For Tucson to lose “a space for freedom-loving, progressive, anarchist, communist, socialist, free-thinking, environmentalist, queer, book-loving, human rights, coffee and tea drinking . . . vegan, gluten-free . . . animal rights . . . peacenik, revolutionary activists . . .” would be a dirty shame. Revolutionary Grounds, respite to all connected to the above […]

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Trials of a Cat Lady

Wrenched from a bond with their families, there is a population of animals in Tucson now languishing in cages, awaiting adoption or death. Often the cause is their human companions’ homelessness. I have seen the forlorn eyes and agitated pacing of innocent creatures confined at Pima County Animal Care and The Humane Society. Estrangement from […]

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