Fear this: People’s penchant for paranoia can make life a real drag

The world did not end on Dec. 21, as all of the fear-fueled hype predicted. Damn. Although doomsday has seemingly come and gone with nary a hiccup in the overall scheme of things, don’t worry—there is still plenty to fear. Society makes sure of it. Ours has become a paranoid lot, fearing everything from the sun that shines upon us to the very air we breathe. Fueled by misinformed Internet postings, random rumors, hyped-up headlines and our neighbor’s offhand remark, we become consumed by terror. What a crummy way to live. Paranoid parents raise their kids in captivity. Women get…

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A smoking ban puts Pima County on the cutting edge – of stupidity

Pima County gets a big, fat slap on the back for finally being on the cutting edge of something. Too bad we are on the cutting edge of one of the most inane trends wafting across the globe. No more smoking on any Pima County property. This means you. This also means outdoors. Pima County parks remain exempt from the ban, despite at least two news stories that stated otherwise. But the ban does apply to parking lots, outdoor county-sponsored events, and those grimy little cubbyholes behind Dumpsters where smokers had been previously “allowed” to puff in a Quasimodo-type stance…

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