The Tucson City Council has been insulated from political pressures from its left for too long. We may be a political blueberry in the bowl of tomato soup that is Arizona. That doesn't mean our progressive city should settle for inaction.

I was incredibly disheartened by the mayor's tone-deaf reread of his DACA statement in front of a crowd that demanded more than a cookie-cutter response. I've also been continually disappointed by council members who don't see the need to answer the more systemic concerns of fearful and struggling residents. Ideas such as Stronger Start Tucson have been scoffed at by the local establishment, meanwhile they refuse to address pressing issues in new ways.

Tucson can draw a line in the sand against our harmful federal and state governments. We don't need base-quelling soundbites. We need to fight back.

Ryan Kelly

Northwest side

Disclaimer: As submitted to the Arizona Daily Star.


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