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Reflections on Asian and Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes

How the pendulum of race has swung from one extreme to another. The month of May was “Asian and Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month.” Although that jumble of words was repeated for thirty-one days, l still don’t know what the words mean. I could ask an in-law who was born and raised in the Catholic […]

A Tucsonan’s Take on Mining and Climate Goals

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes

Mentioning the complexities and nuances of environmentalism in today’s partisan divide is a surefire way of being called names. If you want to start a fight and be typecast as either an ignorant left-winger or a reactionary right-winger, mention that some hot-button issue held dearly by one side or the other is more complex and […]

Confessions of a Privileged White Guy

Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes

A shameful story that begins at an exclusive country club I’m ashamed to admit it, but I was the epitome of white privilege as a kid, a privilege that carried over to adulthood. When I was fifteen and sixteen, for example, summer days were spent at an exclusive country club in a leafy suburb of […]

Not a Whiff of Racism

Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes

A wedding reveals the real America, not the America of the so-called wokes. TUCSON – The scene:  a wedding and reception at a rustic adobe chapel surrounded by several acres of natural desert in the middle of metro Tucson. The historic locale had been the center of a Mexican immigrant community 120 years ago. The […]

Create Your Own Black Lives Matter Narrative

Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes

Pick the points that support your ideology and ignore the rest, as is done by the left/right media and most Americans. Below are points about the African-American experience, especially the experience with shootings by cops. In totality, the points show that this issue, like most issues, is complex, nuanced and not black-and-white. But if confirmation […]

New Grievance Group Formed

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes

A fantasy about hundreds of minority groups demanding recognition after being excluded from diversity and inclusion initiatives. TUCSON – Hundreds of minority groups excluded from diversity and inclusion initiatives can now join the Federation of Real Minorities, or FORM. Membership is open to anyone from an ethnocultural group that comprises less than three percent of […]

Kurt Vonnegut’s Dystopia Arrives 60 Years Sooner than Imagined

Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes

From new reports that people sent me: In the name of equity (i.e., equal outcomes by race), the Virginia Department of Education is moving to eliminate all accelerated math options prior to 11th grade, effectively keeping higher-achieving students from advancing as they usually would. Because news coverage on the left and right is so pitifully biased, […]

Tucsonan Richard Carranza as Seen by the Left and Right

Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes

Their coverage of the former chancellor of New York schools was different, but their use of contrived racial conventions is the same. TUCSON – On February 26, Richard Carranza resigned as the chancellor of New York City schools. His resignation was covered quite differently by two ideologically opposed publications. The main daily newspaper in Tucson, […]

Tucson’s Best Export

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TUCSON – A recent story in the Arizona Daily Star mentioned Tucson’s best export. No, the story wasn’t about the talented young people who leave Tucson for better opportunities elsewhere, due to a dearth of opportunities in their hometown— which in turn is due to decades of Tucson chasing industry away. Talented young people are […]