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What the Devil won't tell you

Pounding the rock: How to make a smarter Tucson

I know this stuff like a mechanic knows drivetrains and a stylist knows cowlicks. 

I’ve spent years pounding this particular rock. 

These five years scribbling for TucsonSentinel.com, you have been treated to — or  pissed off by — my take informed by hundreds of public meetings and thousands of phone calls.

I covered virtually every beat a hard news reporter can be assigned to from business to local government, the labyrinth of higher education and the Roman Catholic Church wrestling with a pretty heinous past. The environment, growth and development, transportation and the politics involved with each, earned me a paycheck year after year. 

I even taught journalism at the University of Arizona and then took a detour into the smoke-filled rooms of campaign politics.

Now I put it all together in an often too-long column called "What the Devil won’t tell you." My job is to provide context and opinion, unlimited by a news hole because so many of the issues we face can use more words to discuss and readers are free to click out whenever they want. Thank you for reading and supporting my humble and informed opinion, plus the occasional raving rant.

My opinion isn't the only one that matters. Wait? Is that true? Sure. Let’s go with it. The column I write is meant as much to inform as it is to convince. A smarter Tucson – we like to say – is a better Tucson.

That’s our gig at TucsonSentinel.com.

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It can create a virtuous cycle that keeps me in the technology and caffeine required to keep the content flowing. The occasional steak would be nice. Just sayin’ … just sayin’ …

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I just don’t have it in me to get all lathered by household products or technological witchery.

Standing my post and watching over the democratic process by shining a light on the institutions that hold up society … now that’s dirty talk.

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2 comments on this story

Jan 3, 2021, 9:09 pm
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Don’t encourage him, Tom — you don’t have to edit those epic things ; )

Jan 3, 2021, 3:48 pm
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There are shames and damn shames, and one of the damn shames of our current era is that we feel the need to warn people with “Caution:  Long read.”

Don’t apologize for long reads. When I see something by Blake Morlock, I look forward to settling in with a cuppa (or glassa, if it’s after 5:00) and being reliably informed.

I mean, sometimes The Atlantic is a slog, but your stuff? Never.

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