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Definition of ╬happy hour' not subjective ¸ it means drinking

Apparently, Mr. Mackenzie is one of few Americans who is unaware of the definition of "happy hour." Most people do not need to consult a dictionary to learn that happy hour, according to the "American Heritage College Dictionary," is "a period during which a bar or lounge serves drinks at reduced prices or free hors d'oeuvres." I am certain that no one would interpret the billboard in question as referring simply to a gathering of friends, as Mr. Mackenzie seems to believe. The phrase "happy hour" implies the consumption of alcoholic drinks, and to believe that the majority of the public would interpret it otherwise is ludicrous. [Read article]

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Staff Opinion: Taking guns from Wilbur out of line

Football team mascots are a grassroots expression of home spirit ¸ and should not be used as a rhetorical tool to manipulate students' political beliefs and historical memory. But when the athletic department conceded last year to redraw UA's own rootin'-tootin' Wilbur the Wildcat with a weapons-free gun belt, they did more than just confiscate Wilbur's six-shooters ¸ they needlessly controlled the imaginations of students and Tucsonans alike. [Read article]

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Salmon weaving tangled web of hatred and holy wars

Apparently, having Charles Keating attend a fundraiser wasn't enough. Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Salmon must be determined to make Evan Mecham look like a good governor.

In a televised interview on a special Arizona edition of "Praise the Lord" that first aired Aug. 16, Salmon made some statements that were most disturbing. The statements made by his interviewers ¸ pastors Bruce Gilbert and Martin Pangburn ¸ to which he nodded in agreement, could nauseate even the most conservative activist in the Christian Right, provided he or she still believes in the Bill of Rights. [Read article]

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