Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman and His Ruthless Censorship of the Word "Suck"

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Attention Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman: censorship "sucks."
The word "suck" is apparently too offensive for Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman to utter -- at least in the middle of a city council meeting.

At last night's meeting of the Tempe City Council, Hallman presented two Phoenix New Times "Best of Phoenix" awards to the city-owned Ken McDonald Golf Course. Hallman read the blurbs written by New Times staffers attached to the awards, and in one, he replaced the word "suck" with the apparently less-offensive "stink."

Hallman probably didn't anticipate a New Times writer to be in the crowd to call him on his malicious censorship of our work, but we just happened to be there for other reasons and noticed the switcheroo.

The portion of our original blurb for the award given to the course for having the "Best Winter Golf Course" reads: "We all love to play the pro courses, and in the Valley there's no shortage of great greens. The problem, however, is that if you want to play them in the winter, you may have to find a second job. That's why summer golfers at Troon North or TPC Scottsdale often find their way to the public courses once the rates go up. Public courses -- for the most part -- suck."

In Hallman's reading, he replaced that concluding "suck" with the much nerdier "stink" -- a word that really sucks. 

We were crushed. We spent about five minutes a lot of time writing that blurb, and the word "suck" really tied the paragraph together -- until Hallman butchered it.

In other words, censorship under the Hallman regime completely "sucks."

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12 comments
alehound
alehound

He should have said they, inhale in a rapid motion. Unlike Grayhawk of course :)

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Two terms come to mind as being totally teenage, dude. "Suck" and "amazing" are very overused and abused and a professional writer, Mr. King, should be able to search the entire English vocabulary and find a more appropriate term to tie the paragraph together.

Sometimes, in your attempt at being cute, Mr. King, you are simply immature. :-)

Johnny White Man
Johnny White Man

Mr. James King, why did you post a classic mug of that mayor Hugh Hallman? That picture looks like it was taken long before we were born. Say about 1975?

Shar Pei
Shar Pei

I predict Hallman will be the next Republican politician caught in a scandal with a llama, whiffle ball bat, and a bottle of Karo syrup.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Karo syrup? Wouldn't that make it..... oh never mind...

lameNTblog
lameNTblog

you should be crushed. under a bus. for that lame "article".

James King
James King

I'm just the one who wrote it. You're the idiot who read it.

guest
guest

jimmy, we don't know that your article sucks until after we read it. are you implying that your byline should clue us into the lameness which will surely follow?

Onniefan
Onniefan

Hugh must be taking his meds. Wouldn't say "suck?" I remember when he went into a wild eyed rant and called one of his constituents a "fucking asshole and goddamned liar." And then there was the time he started screaming obscenities at a well known lawyer during the Tempe Block Party.

Take your pills and be a nice little boy Hughie.

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