Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A Day Off and a Land Grab

Greetings Earthlings.  Today was a rest day.  Neither of us slept well, and so the day was devoted to things like dumping the black tank, and going to Camping World and Trader Joes.  And lunch - there was lunch out.
We have not been by this intersection of the freeway off ramp and Irvington in the recent past.  While we were not looking, a vast swath of desert has been cleared.  One wonders what will be built there.  It's right across the road from an enormous shopping mall.  The south end of Tucson lay dormant for as long as we've been wintering here.  Unfortunately growth is coming to this area.  I liked it better the way it was.

The Gem Show is in town.  Those white buildings in the background are temporary buildings.  It's amazing how much work goes in to setting up for a three week event.  Traffic has really picked up in the areas where the tents are.

My favorite church.

This is why we never enter an intersection immediately after it goes green.  So many people drive too fast and run red lights in Tucson.  I always wonder how people get up enough speed to do this to their vehicles.

It was a bad head on.

Today's news from the swamp is  predictably horrific.
The new piece of legislation would direct the interior secretary to immediately sell off an area of public land the size of Connecticut. In a press release for House Bill 621, Chaffetz, a Tea Party Republican, claimed that the 3.3m acres of national land, maintained by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), served “no purpose for taxpayers”.
The 10 states affected are Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming. Residents can see how much acreage is earmarked for “disposal” in their counties by checking a PDF on Chaffetz’s website.
The recently designated Bear's Ears Monument is part of the land to be sold.  The full article is here.   Call your representatives, let them know that this is not ok with you.  Send the Sierra Club money for lawyers. 

1 comment:

  1. Oh dear...thanks for the head's up on the public land sell-off. I am off to read the article and contact our Florida representatives. This is so bad! I can't believe how destructive the new administration is managing to be in such a short time. Mind-boggling, no?