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Re: Tucson Regional Town Hall. by tucsonmike on 8 June 2007 3:44pm
I have had my Dunkin Donuts coffee, so I will write more.

It is funny. Most of the folks there were upper crust Tucson through and through. There I am, cowboy boots, etc. Some looked at me nervously at first. I think they thought I was a member of the Minutemen. (Upper Crust Tucson is very liberal). I put their fears to rest quickly.
Four issues were covered this time. The top one here is Education. We have the University of Arizona, yet, Arizona as a state is ranked 49th out of 50th in education. We need to have private citizens work with kids like Literacy Volunteers and someone suggested better giveaways, so kids can have books in their homes. The scary part was there was not one mention of the public library. The U of A has to lead this push for education, because it is in THEIR interest and they are the main force in this community.

The Second Issue is better health care. The third water. The fourth, Arts and Culture. There are twelve altogether with the others coming in later events.

I have another survey I need to fill out.

One person just rambled about not enough being taught about Native and Mexican Americans in this region. He was right, but did not answer the question posed to him. The last questioner is the head of the Tucson branch of the NAACP. Only at the end did I agree. We all need to work together and keep the momentum up.

I just gave a very quick summary. I still have to make notes in the report.
Re: Tucson Regional Town Hall. by geordiegirl on 8 June 2007 6:39pm
This is very interesting, Mike. As a former library worker I sympathise with your concern that your local library wasn't mentioned. I expect they have their own Friends groups, but I know those can't do everything.U of A should be involving public libraries all the time. Minutemen?! What are they? Nothing like KKK I hope??
(Ignorant English person talking here)What did you yourself talk about?
Re: Tucson Regional Town Hall. by tucsonmike on 8 June 2007 8:04pm
I used to be a librarian Linda. I will create a separate subject about that. Now, I have all sorts of articles about the demise of American Public Libraries.

The Minutemen are a group of people who monitor the border for illegals. They are a citizens group. I would see them as an example of citizen participation, but many of their members just plain hate Mexicans and want to attack them. The ones doing the right thing contact the Border Patrol. Others will detain illegal immigrants and scare them before turning them over.

I spoke about Arts and Education. You should be able to see my portion on http://www.kuat.org

It would be under Tucson Regional Town Hall. Thank you for asking, Linda.
Re: Tucson Regional Town Hall. by geordiegirl on 9 June 2007 12:08am
Thanks again,Mike. Will look for.
LIBRARY postings in due course: we're away for a week now.
I did try your links, but couldn't reach your discussion - we only have Narrowband, maybe that's why
Fascinating about the Minutemen - I will impress my new Mexican-born friend with that soon (or perhaps it won't impress him...)
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