Finally, the president has come up with a brilliant idea: buy Greenland. Next, Canada. And, do both before admitting that climate change is real, so as to keep the purchase prices lower. Ah, the Art of the Manifest Destiny Deal for the 21st century!
Chuck, I wish you would have written about Sam Borozan instead of your political agenda. Sam (Mr. NAU) was an amazing person. His life revolved around NAU from the day he entered NAU as a freshman in 1953, until the day he was unable to walk around campus anymore. He was a common sight on the NAU campus. He even donated his salary back to the University. He donated to the various women's athletics, buying uniforms, backpacks, etc. If he heard of a student that was financially unable to travel back home for the holidays, there suddenly appeared a plane ticket.
He also established several scholarships. He even taught a class until he became sick and had to retire about three years ago. Sam also donated all his fees from refereeing youth sports for many, many years back to their organizations. This also included NAU sports. Sam was from Tucson and when he wasn't at NAU, he volunteered his time at the Catholic school as an amazing math teacher working with his elementary students.
Sam served in the United States Marine Corps and traveled to many countries. His phone was always busy with phone calls from friends, and current and former students. Some calls came from successful former students thanking him for being there for them. There is much more to tell about Sam's life at NAU. He will be sadly missed by friends, current and former students who knew Mr. NAU. Sam passed away July 25 at the age of 90. RIP Sam and bless you on your next adventure.
The recent series on Red Mountain in the Ask A Ranger column prompts me to contribute my observations to the discussion.
Particular features of Red Mountain suggest its classification as a tuff cone, a common volcano worldwide characterized by interaction of lava and water at the start of the eruption. Diagnostic features at Red Mountain include:
1. The lowest layers in the amphitheater are composed of scattered gray cinders embedded in a matrix of small orange pieces of solidified lava; these pieces are not ragged cinders, but blocky fragments bound by flat surfaces. Geologists interpret fragments of this type as forming when lava encounters water, is quenched to glass and shocked, and shattered by steam explosions. The steam drives an eruption of hot water and glass fragments, which are deposited around the vent as steam-inflated slurries. After deposition, the hot water alters the glass to orange palagonite, at which time calcium and sodium are released from the glass and deposited in a cement of new minerals to form tuff.
2. Evenly depressed bedding below volcanic bombs (large projectiles of solidified lava) indicates that water gave the glassy fragments cohesion; impacts of bombs would disrupt loose, dry fragments.
3. Layers of gray cinders occur in the orange tuff, and layers of orange tuff occur in gray cinders. This association indicates alternation of steam explosions and cinder explosions from the vent(s).
Eventually, the lava conduit was sealed from groundwater, and the eruption transitioned to regular cinder explosions and lava effusion. Evidence for hot water and alteration early in the eruption does not disprove the late-stage amphitheater explosion, but makes it less likely.
I'm so confused. Last week tariffs on Chinese goods were good for American. Now, we have to wait until December or Americans wouldn't have Christmas?
This is life under a President with no economic or foreign policy. He has only propaganda moves to support his 2020 re-election campaign. It would be humorous if these and other actions were not so destructive. (See dismantling the Endangered Species Act, kicking scientists out of government, skyrocketing budget deficit.)
Other than the possible mass shootings, what can the civilians use the semi-automatic assault rifles and the high-capacity magazines for? For what purposes can we -- the civilians -- use those weapons in our daily life? There is no valid and reasonable legitimization for those specific weapons.
Common rifles (without the magazines) and common handguns are usually used for hunting animals and self-defense. Hopefully, that is supposed to be a practice gun owners with integrity and moral responsibility.
Again, what do the civilians need semi-automatic rifles for?? (The only reason we see is that the companies that manufacture those weapons want bigger money pockets.)
I agree with the letter by Rob Jones (08/11) on trail use and mountain bikes. I remember when most hikers agreed with John Muir that time in the woods was for sauntering in nature, not racing; for renewal, not proving something.
Even those who disagreed were generally courteous and did little damage. Increasingly our trails have become difficult, if not dangerous to hikers, not all of whom are young.
I also remember great times on my bike -- mostly distance not speed -- and can appreciate the thrill of speed. There are however plenty of other venues for it. Our woods are rapidly becoming the only relief from our addiction to speed -- everywhere.
Most people can agree that mass shootings in this country are happening too often. It's almost like they are a normal part of the news cycle. Congress can and must do something about this problem.
We should all care about our constitutional rights. Those rights, however, are not without limits. The Second Amendment doesn't explicitly give citizens the right to own every possible type of weapon. Even Justice Scalia writing for the majority in the 2008 Heller decision, said "like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited."
It is "not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose." At a minimum, we need: 1) Universal background checks and closure of the gun show loophole. People who should not have guns should be prevented from getting them. 2) A federal "red flag law" should be enacted to remove guns from those who pose a danger to themselves or society. 3) A ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines.
These weapons should not be in the hands of private citizens. Semi-automatic weapons were illegal in the U.S. from 1995 to 2004. Mass shootings dropped by 37%. When the ban expired, shootings spiked by 183%. Meanwhile in Australia semi-automatic rifles have been banned since 1996 and they haven't had a single mass shooting since.
Private citizens in the U.S. cannot purchase fully automatic weapons, grenade launchers and tanks. They should also not be able to purchase semi-automatic weapons.
No need to panic and run for the storm shelter -- that gale you hear roaring down the mountain and through the trees is not a tornado or hurricane, it's just the huge sigh of relief being expelled by the many rich and powerful men who participated in Jeffrey Epstein's underaged fun and games. I wonder if we will ever hear the truth about his "suicide."
I am so grateful to the trail users, and FUTS users, in Flagstaff! I've used the trails here for over 27 years, and other users have been almost universally kind, respectful and happy. I could count on one hand the other users that have been rude. I just love using FUTS, because that's where I interact with the happiest people that I see all day.
Maybe one in a 1,000 users, of all sorts, misbehave. There's no need to disparage entire classes of users due to the behavior of a very small minority. The more I smile and engage with other users, the more I get back in return! It's just awesome.
Let's celebrate our trails. Let's celebrate how well we all get along. Let's celebrate Flagstaff!