Alibi V.13 No.11 • March 11-17, 2004 


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Somewhere along the way to the protest, there was a breakdown in communication. An estimated 10 people showed up at the corner of Menaul and Louisiana on Saturday, March 6, planning to send a message to Rep. Heather Wilson that she was wrong to support the Iraq War and other Bush administration policies.

The protest was timed to coincide with Wilson's appearance on Clear Channel's 100.3-FM The Peak during a live broadcast at Coronado Mall that afternoon. The station was conducting their third annual Girl Scout cookie sale, where shoppers could buy a box and send them to the troops overseas, according to a Peak spokesman.

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Thin Line

Indecent proposals. A fax, supposedly from radio behemoth Clear Channel, made the rounds to local media last week informing us that two local radio personalities had been suspended as part of Clear Channel's crack-down on indecency.

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Guest Editorial

Infill Development Requires a Balanced Approach ...

Not a blank check

As one of the strong supporters of the Planned Growth Strategy (PGS) on the City Council, I worked hard alongside City Councilor Michael Cadigan to make sure the public understood how the PGS would affect development patterns in the city. During the planned growth debate we attended numerous community and neighborhood association meetings and amended the PGS ordinance to take into account neighborhood concerns.

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Ortiz y Pino

The War is the Economy, Stupid!

In recent weeks, the Albuquerque Journal's young Latino conservative columnist (Ruben Navarette), its young, preppy, conservative columnist (Rich Lowery), and at least two of its tired old Anglo conservative war horses (Cal Thomas and Charles Krauthammer) have all been steadily beating out page upon page of opinion to an identical rhythm.

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Singeli Agnew

Council Watch

Launchin' on the Grass

At the March 1 meeting, councilors came in like lions, ripping through legislation with the gusto of a hungry pride ripping through a dead gazelle. The big item of the evening was Councilor Martin Heinrich's xeriscaping bill.

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Scott Rickson

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Holland—A 32-year-old man says he will appeal a judge's conviction after being arrested for refusing to use a shopping basket at his local market. Carst Kijlstra, from Assen, went to the meat counter at the Eddah supermarket and tried to buy two pieces of veal. The assistant refused to help him because he wasn't carrying a basket. "I told her I didn't want one because it was nearly closing time," said Kijlstra. The assistant still refused to help him and called for the shop owner. The owner reiterated the need for a basket. Kijlstra left his money on the counter and went home. Shortly afterward, as Kijlstra was preparing the veal for his dinner, a police car arrived and took him off to the police station. "They put me in jail like a criminal, for half an hour," Kijlstra said. "Kijlstra knew he was a guest in the shop and that means he has to act according to the house rules," the prosecutor told the court. The judge agreed, ruling that Kijlstra was "trespassing" by ignoring the supermarket's compulsory basket policy, and fining him $150.

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What's a conservative to do? I keep looking for a reason to vote Republican, but I can't find one. Usually, when I can't bring myself to vote Republican, I vote Green. With the Greens, I get to vote for something. That something is establishing a third political party. Otherwise, I disagree with most of the Green positions. I never thought I was throwing my vote away. If more people voted their conscience, we might actually have representative government. This year is different. The direction of the Republican Party, my party, scares my conservative soul. Please, Republican Party, give me a reason not to vote straight Democrat. I'll be angry and ashamed, but I'll do it.

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Week in Sloth

Thursday 11

“35th Annual NAACP Image Awards” (KASA-2 7 p.m.) Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, Dennis Haysbert, Ruben Studdard, Vanessa Williams, Gabrielle Union, Mos Def and The Rock are among the presenters/performers at tonight's annual celebration of black culture. ... Wait a minute. The Rock?

“Will & Grace” (KOB-4 7:30 p.m.) “Sopranos” housewife Edie Falco and indie film diva Chloë Sevigny guest star as a pair of lesbian real estate moguls out to derail Will and Grace's dreams of becoming the next Donald Trump (or Trumps, I guess).

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