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Board of Supervisors Chairman Richard Elias declaring TucsonSentinel.com Day in Pima County — the last time this columnist saw him.

Richard Elías was a politico who made the job fit him, rather than the other way around. He had an inner sense of mischief, and the political courage to stand up to his friends if he thought it was the right thing to do. Read more» 1

It's all too easy to praise the dead, and Emil slipped the mortal coil having a bone to pick with the hereafter. I'm just going to appreciate the individual thing that was him. I can't vouch for all his deeds or the full depth of his character but I can vouch that he was one of the great characters in turn of the century Tucson. Read more» 1

It snows more often in Tucson than new blood washes through a county department, which is what elections are supposed to provide. It would be nice to elect people to run the county who didn't draw a public paycheck prior to being placed in office. Read more» 1