Episode 11: All about endorsements

Welcome to The Point Being podcast for the week of Oct. 20

Cartoonist David Fitzsimmons is on vacation this week, so editor Sarah Garrecht Gassen and editorial writer Luis Carrasco talk about the Star’s endorsements for the November ballot, including Prop. 204, Strong Start Tucson.

Listen and check out the show notes below.

1:15 – Proposition 204, Strong Start Tucson, gets a reluctant ‘no’ from the Star’s editorial board.

7:37 – The Koch brothers and Prop. 204.

8:44 – Our hopes for Strong Start Tucson.

10:30 – ‘Yes’ on Prop. 203 and 203, money for the Reid Park Zoo.

12:42 – Tucson’s screwy way of electing people to city council.

14:15 – Who makes up the editorial board and how decisions are made.

15:50 – Gary Watson, Independent, for Ward 3.

20:40 – Steve Kozachik, Democrat, for Ward 6.

20:42 – Prop. 204 comes back for more.

Thanks for listening!

Episode 10: Set phasers to gun control

Welcome to The Point Being podcast for the week of Oct. 6

The Star editorial team — editor Sarah Garrecht Gassen, cartoonist David Fizsimmons and editorial writer Luis Carrasco — talk about the latest on the Las Vegas shooting, sensible gun control efforts, politely interacting with readers and Sarah weighs in on the great Star Wars vs. Star Trek debate.

Listen and check out the show notes below.

1:00 – What happened in Las Vegas and our call for gun control.

10:00 – Discussion of the guest columns by Ken Reineer against gun control and Suzi Hileman calling for an end to gun violence.

17:27 – Fitz does a dramatic interpretation of an exchange he had with a reader and the team talks about how they deal with critical responses.

23:45 – What’s are letter writers talking about this week? Guns. But there seems to be an interesting shift in the conversation.

28:00 – Sunday editorial page preview.

30:40 – Our groovy recommendations for the week:

Fitz is doing a car show this weekend in support of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

Luis wants you to see “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and listen to “Assassins” (which leads to more about guns and naming shooters).

Sarah wants listeners to watch “Star Trek: Discovery” even though she’s a Star Wars fan all the way.

Thanks for listening!