Alibi V.14 No.28 • July 14-20, 2005 
Julie Huffman

Newscity

Crossing Over

Nob Hill has been waiting for crosswalks ... for 17 years

It's a project nearly two decades in the making, and as of yet there's almost nothing to show for it. Spend a little time walking around Nob Hill and you'll quickly get the gist—despite being one of the most pedestrian-heavy districts in the city, area merchants say that the space on Central running from Girard to Washington is far from friendly to those traveling by foot.

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Thin Line

Gross misuse. These are strange times, and there's nothing stranger than the state of our nation's mainstream corporate media and its insidious and self-destructive relationship with the White House. In a July 7 New York Times article entitled "Reporter Jailed After Refusing to Name Source," Adam Liptak reports on the incarceration of his coworker, Times investigative reporter Judy Miller. Liptak even quotes his editor and publisher in what amounted to an embarrassing attempt to elicit sympathy for Miller, because she refused to divulge the name of the White House official who "outed" covert CIA agent Valerie Plame to several media sources, thus committing what I would call a treasonous felony.

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Ortiz y Pino

Voter ID is a Mole Hill, Not a Mountain

At this rate the October city election ballot could be as lengthy and complicated as the one that daunted voters in last year's general election. Not only will the usual array of multiple City Council and mayoral candidates be listed, along with a menu of municipal bond issues totaling over $120 million, but this year three controversial citizen referenda have been added to the ballot as well.

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Scott Rickson

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Montenegro—In the Adriatic nation of Montenegro, a WWI soldier has been called upon to do his civic duty once again and perform jury service. Unfortunately, the gentleman in question died some 90 years ago. Had he survived the war, Jocko Popovic would have been 126 years old right now. The court in the town of Bar said that, since it had no record of his death, it assumed he was still alive and able to do jury duty. Popovic has no surviving relatives and it was left to local media to point out the court's error.

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The Real Side

Green Fudge

Enviros' sinking credibility starts at home

Do you believe environmentalists?

Please, be honest. There's no unacceptable answer. It's a simple question. Do you believe what environmentalists say?

Do you believe environmentalists when they predict disaster if we don't do as they wish?

How much do you trust their word? To your mind, how do environmentalists rank on credibility with teachers, clergymen, doctors, policemen, realtors or even columnists for alternative newspapers?

I am not implying any kind of answer. I'm just asking. This isn't a Bush press conference where only the "right" questions can be asked.

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Letters

For six years, the Alibi had consistently and accurately reported on the truth about pervasive cruelty at Albuquerque Animal Services that was exposed due to my landmark civil lawsuit (Britton v. Kotchian) filed in 1999. The Alibi has always included the fact that after hearing horrifying witness testimony about animal cruelty, District Court Judge Robert Thompson ordered the city to bring in the Humane Society of the United States to evaluate the shelters. Kudos to Christie Chisholm for her temerity in openly criticizing city officials for their false promises and inaction. I also thank her for reporting on the miserable conditions she witnessed. However, I am mortified and feel profoundly betrayed that the crucial historical facts of my lawsuit and six-year battle against the city were omitted in her article, "Still Tired of Waiting" [Newscity, June 30-July 6].

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