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Civil Dialog Doesn’t Apply to Senility?

Scottsdale city council member Virginia Korte has really stepped in it this time. In her anonymous “Voice of Scottsdale” alternative facts blog she accuses the senior statesman of North Scottsdale, Howard Myers, of being senile. Wow. She’s angling for induction into the Jason Rose Hoof-In-Mouth Hall of Fame. You may recall one of Jason’s periodic […]

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Civil Dialog, the Chamber of Commerce, and Dog Feces

As a preface to what I’m about to write, I share with you that the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce long ago officially adopted the “Principles of Civil Dialog,” as offered by their offspring Scottsdale Leadership program. Please bear this in mind as you read on: For the last 24 hours or so, I’ve been […]

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One-Way Civility

I had an interesting exchange last night with Virginia Korte toadie Jim Derouin, who butted into a Facebook conversation between me and another acquaintance which never really got started. The other fellow asked me how I felt about Korte and Linda Milhaven abandoning their efforts for an LGBT anti-discrimination city ordinance. The other fellow didn’t […]

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Gadflies

It’s more of the tired old sentiment that those in power can do whatever they want, and we mere peasants can only object via “civil dialog.” Plus, “gadfly” is easier to spell than “concerned citizen and taxpayer.”   Why does the Scottsdale Independent constantly refer to those opposed to the Desert Edge [formerly known as […]

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Parsing a Poll

The anonymous “Voice of Scottsdale,” aka “Voice of Korte,” this morning asserted that, According to the latest polling from Public Opinion Strategies of Alexandria, Virginia, the four Council candidates are closely clustered. Virginia Korte and Dan Schweiker are tied. Phillips is right behind them. Suzanne Klapp is trailing the pack. The survey found 20% of […]

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I’m not talking to YOU anymore!

It’s possible that the vagaries of email have resulted in a mis-delivery or non-delivery of the weekly-ish “Voice of Scottsdale” to my inbox. But for the sake of having a little fun, I’m going to assume the more likely and more fun alternative: My stinging criticism and continuing attribution of those writings to Virginia Korte […]

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Posturing

Three articles and a “My Turn” column ran in the Scottsdale Republic this week that are very telling. In the first (and I’ll cover the rest in additional posts here and on ScottsdaleTrails), an editorial entitled, “Pre-election posturing takes over the Kiva,” the editorial staff (presumably Robert Leger and Mike Ryan) said, “A Scottsdale city […]

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Revolution?

AZCentral published an article yesterday headlined “Korte leads Scottsdale council hopefuls in fundraising.” One of the comments posted at the end of the article said, “Looks like the Korte Campaign’s positive messages are resonating.” Now, I don’t know if that comment was intended to be facetious or serious, but it prompted me to post this […]

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Virginia Korte: Horse Troughs and Horse Hockey

In a recent example of press release journalism in the Scottsdale “Independent,” Virginia Korte is quoted: “Putting horse troughs in front of downtown stores is not going to keep Scottsdale the ‘West’s Most Western Town.’” That one dishonest statement sums up Korte’s sincerity about the so-called “Community Conversation” about the future of Scottsdale she’s proposing. […]

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