Posts Tagged ‘arizona republic’

7th February
written by Sean Noble

The Arizona Republic Sunday editorial calls on Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to “lead the way to make sure Arizona gets its fair share” of stimulus money.  They write that the “stimulus package is an enormous one-time opportunity for Arizona.”

To view the stimulus as a bailout ignores the fundamental problem with the state budget deficit.  It was created by a spending binge led by former Governor Janet Napolitano, and trying to paper over the problem with federal money will not fix our problem in the long term.  Most of the spending Napolitano pushed was for new or expanded programs.  The only way to long term financial solvency for the state is to scale back these programs, not just gloss over them with a “one-time opportunity.”  It’s like putting a bandage on a nail through the thumb, but not removing the nail.

It’s deeply disappointing that the Republic editorial board has become so short sighted, and so forgetful of how we got into this mess in the first place.

28th December
written by Sean Noble

No, I’m not talking about my blog… but it could work.

The Sunday edition of the Arizona Republic devoted a front page, top of the fold, huge headline story to the inaugural run of “light rail” in the Valley of the Sun.  An estimated 90,000 people showed up for the free ride.  The article was typical “isn’t this great!” hype, but there were a few nuggets that made me crack a smile. 

“I was trying to beat the crowd, of course there’s no crowd,” was a comment by a guy who showed up at 6:00 a.m. to stand alone for nearly three hours waiting for his free ride.

Or this lady, “We’re just riding to Tempe, Mill Avenue, for lunch and riding back. And then we can say we did it.”  That doesn’t sound like somone planning to do it again.

Of the 90,000 people that officials say rode the rail on opening day, it will interesting to watch what the average ridership is when the novelty wears off and it starts costing money to get on the train.