[ {"id":"9390f3b8-d3d7-5f65-96b5-82ec51c50c4d","type":"article","starttime":"1485129600","starttime_iso8601":"2017-01-22T17:00:00-07:00","sections":[{"letters":"news/opinion/letters"},{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: Public dollars for private schools","url":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/article_9390f3b8-d3d7-5f65-96b5-82ec51c50c4d.html","permalink":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/letter-public-dollars-for-private-schools/article_9390f3b8-d3d7-5f65-96b5-82ec51c50c4d.html","canonical":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/letter-public-dollars-for-private-schools/article_9390f3b8-d3d7-5f65-96b5-82ec51c50c4d.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"Whether your kids attend private schools or not, you should be concerned about the Senate Republicans' love for Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump's pick for Secretary of Education. Patriotic Americans have a long history of supporting a public school system that welcomes all children without regard for their backgrounds, disabilities, ambitions or natural gifts.","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["letters"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"450d33e5-026d-5f3a-ac28-07980a7de4f7","description":"","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/png","width":"620","height":"457","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/50/450d33e5-026d-5f3a-ac28-07980a7de4f7/57294d6d56ce9.image.png?resize=620%2C457"},"100": {"type":"image/png","width":"100","height":"73","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/50/450d33e5-026d-5f3a-ac28-07980a7de4f7/55d4bbb53928a.preview-100.png"},"300": {"type":"image/png","width":"300","height":"168","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/50/450d33e5-026d-5f3a-ac28-07980a7de4f7/57294d6d56ce9.image.png?crop=620%2C348%2C0%2C59&resize=300%2C168&order=crop%2Cresize"},"1024":{"type":"image/png","width":"1024","height":"575","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/50/450d33e5-026d-5f3a-ac28-07980a7de4f7/57294d6d56ce9.image.png?crop=620%2C348%2C0%2C59"}}}],"revision":1,"commentID":"9390f3b8-d3d7-5f65-96b5-82ec51c50c4d","body":"

Whether your kids attend private schools or not, you should be concerned about the Senate Republicans' love for Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump's pick for Secretary of Education. Patriotic Americans have a long history of supporting a public school system that welcomes all children without regard for their backgrounds, disabilities, ambitions or natural gifts.

DeVos has a history of supporting using tax dollars to pay for elite schools, the sorts that most children are never invited to attend. There's nothing wrong with attending private schools, but is it right that private education choices are financially supported by public tax dollars?

A Republican policy that diverts taxes to educate the elite means fewer dollars to educate everyone else. While it's not yet clear what DeVos would do, it is clear what she supports. Can our social contract that promises all children a public education survive if DeVos is confirmed?

Will we become a society where only the elites get an education? What, then, will happen to your kids? Honestly.

Mary Herman

Northeast side

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I've had several encounters with the new minimum wage law and its effects. First, my haircut increased three dollars (I was told \"the owner raised all the prices\"). At a restaurant on Broadway, I had to wait to be seated as they were only using one-half of the tables. The server apologized and said the management had reduced the staff and they could only handle half the tables.

At another restaurant in the Foothills there was no host/hostess, the bartender yelled from 40 feet away to find a table and \"someone will be there.\" When a menu finally did arrived, the prices had been increased.

With the higher prices (and let's not forget my higher property taxes) weighed against my big $3-a-month increased in Social Security, I'll be staying home more and spending less in the local economy. Besides, I liked tuna and grilled cheese sandwiches.

William Long

Foothills

"}, {"id":"da602187-2a64-5371-9c63-16e5a91b5724","type":"article","starttime":"1485129600","starttime_iso8601":"2017-01-22T17:00:00-07:00","sections":[{"letters":"news/opinion/letters"},{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: It\u2019s time for single-payer health care for all","url":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/article_da602187-2a64-5371-9c63-16e5a91b5724.html","permalink":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/letter-it-s-time-for-single-payer-health-care-for/article_da602187-2a64-5371-9c63-16e5a91b5724.html","canonical":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/letter-it-s-time-for-single-payer-health-care-for/article_da602187-2a64-5371-9c63-16e5a91b5724.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"The tawdry mess that our public health service has become is the responsibility of our politicians and insurance companies. They are gambling with our lives and finances for their own gain. The solution is staring us in the face. Every advanced country has single-payer medical insurance, and their systems are humming along smoothly.","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["letters"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"450d33e5-026d-5f3a-ac28-07980a7de4f7","description":"","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/png","width":"620","height":"457","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/50/450d33e5-026d-5f3a-ac28-07980a7de4f7/57294d6d56ce9.image.png?resize=620%2C457"},"100": {"type":"image/png","width":"100","height":"73","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/50/450d33e5-026d-5f3a-ac28-07980a7de4f7/55d4bbb53928a.preview-100.png"},"300": {"type":"image/png","width":"300","height":"168","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/50/450d33e5-026d-5f3a-ac28-07980a7de4f7/57294d6d56ce9.image.png?crop=620%2C348%2C0%2C59&resize=300%2C168&order=crop%2Cresize"},"1024":{"type":"image/png","width":"1024","height":"575","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/50/450d33e5-026d-5f3a-ac28-07980a7de4f7/57294d6d56ce9.image.png?crop=620%2C348%2C0%2C59"}}}],"revision":1,"commentID":"da602187-2a64-5371-9c63-16e5a91b5724","body":"

The tawdry mess that our public health service has become is the responsibility of our politicians and insurance companies. They are gambling with our lives and finances for their own gain.

The solution is staring us in the face. Every advanced country has single-payer medical insurance, and their systems are humming along smoothly.

Their systems cost one-half as much as our bloated system and provide equal or better service. Yet the politicians pretend that they don't exist. Yet surveys show that two-thirds of the American people want single-payer healthcare.

Our politicians have betrayed us on this issue because of hefty insurance contributions to their reelection campaigns. Today is the time to move to single-payer. Phone or email your representatives to demand this long-overdue reform. You'll be glad that you did.

Dr. Henry K. Hall Jr.

Midtown

"}, {"id":"8c52ccbc-6656-52d9-8d2d-1ab6c28a2db2","type":"article","starttime":"1485129600","starttime_iso8601":"2017-01-22T17:00:00-07:00","sections":[{"letters":"news/opinion/letters"},{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: College students have the right to vote where they live, in AZ","url":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/article_8c52ccbc-6656-52d9-8d2d-1ab6c28a2db2.html","permalink":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/letter-college-students-have-the-right-to-vote-where-they/article_8c52ccbc-6656-52d9-8d2d-1ab6c28a2db2.html","canonical":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/letter-college-students-have-the-right-to-vote-where-they/article_8c52ccbc-6656-52d9-8d2d-1ab6c28a2db2.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"As an attorney focusing on student voting rights, I am dismayed by Rep. Thorpe\u2019s HB2260, which bars college students from registering to vote at their campus. Rep. Thorpe is wrong on the law and wrong on America\u2019s values. There is longstanding case law prohibiting discrimination against student voters, including the U.S. Supreme Court case Symm v. U.S. (1979). HB2260 is an affront to equal protection guarantees of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and prohibitions against discrimination in voting based on age in the 26th Amendment.","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["letters"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"450d33e5-026d-5f3a-ac28-07980a7de4f7","description":"","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/png","width":"620","height":"457","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/50/450d33e5-026d-5f3a-ac28-07980a7de4f7/57294d6d56ce9.image.png?resize=620%2C457"},"100": {"type":"image/png","width":"100","height":"73","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/50/450d33e5-026d-5f3a-ac28-07980a7de4f7/55d4bbb53928a.preview-100.png"},"300": {"type":"image/png","width":"300","height":"168","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/50/450d33e5-026d-5f3a-ac28-07980a7de4f7/57294d6d56ce9.image.png?crop=620%2C348%2C0%2C59&resize=300%2C168&order=crop%2Cresize"},"1024":{"type":"image/png","width":"1024","height":"575","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/50/450d33e5-026d-5f3a-ac28-07980a7de4f7/57294d6d56ce9.image.png?crop=620%2C348%2C0%2C59"}}}],"revision":1,"commentID":"8c52ccbc-6656-52d9-8d2d-1ab6c28a2db2","body":"

As an attorney focusing on student voting rights, I am dismayed by Rep. Thorpe\u2019s HB2260, which bars college students from registering to vote at their campus. Rep. Thorpe is wrong on the law and wrong on America\u2019s values.

There is longstanding case law prohibiting discrimination against student voters, including the U.S. Supreme Court case Symm v. U.S. (1979). HB2260 is an affront to equal protection guarantees of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and prohibitions against discrimination in voting based on age in the 26th Amendment.

It\u2019s clear from Rep. Thorpe\u2019s legislative proposals he disagrees with his constituents on several issues. Instead of accepting the outcome of recent votes, he wants to change the rules so those he disagrees with can't participate. He should engage the people of Arizona, especially students, in a debate of ideas and values, instead of stripping voting rights from those he disagrees with. His approach is undemocratic and deeply disturbing to the American value of self-governance.

Mike Burns

National Director of Fair Elections Legal Network's Campus Vote Project

Washington, D.C.

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Among the reasons Republicans voted for Donald Trump was they believed he symbolized the ethical standards, values, principals and morals central to their beliefs, and that he will serve as a role model for their children and grand-children to pattern their lives after.

But now that they know more about him, they might look their kids and grandkids in the eye and say, 'pattern your life after Barack Obama.'

Jim Dreis

East side

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Sales tax puts a heavy burden on low-income people who depend on affordable convenient bus service. Few have cars. We need lots more money to run our buses.

We pay sales tax for the Regional Transportation Authority to add major roads and widen Grant and Broadway. These unnecessary widenings will downgrade many neighborhoods and businesses. It will cost much more if we let them finish.

Taxes to subsidize car travel far exceed taxes to move people on public transit.

Instead of a sales tax to pay for streets, levy a significant vehicle tax for all cars used for living or working in Tucson, like other cities do. For capital improvements, sell bonds and raise the property tax to pay for them.

Ruth Stokes

Midtown

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I was walking to the classroom building when I saw her. A tiny girl with a pink coat and a swingy ponytail, and concern all over her face.

She was walking away from the building, slowly. I said hello. She paused and kind of half-waved.

She walked toward the other classroom building, then stopped. She turned around. I reached the doorway. She came up to me. I leaned down. Way down.

\u201cIs there something you\u2019d like to tell me?\u201d

\u201cyes.\u201d Her voice wasn\u2019t even loud enough for capitalization.

\u201cYou can tell me anything and I\u2019ll help.\u201d

\u201cThere...might be...a...a...BUG...in-the-bathroom.\u201d

Oh. A bug.

For the record, I appreciate all bugs. Their role in the environment, their contribution to the circle of life and all that. But mostly, unless it\u2019s a moth or a lightning bug, I\u2019m good with admiring them from afar. Like, afar afar.

But, I had pledged to help.

I went into the girls\u2019 bathroom. There, a few feet in front of me, in front of the sinks.

A brown thing. On the floor. She was right. It looked like a bug. A specific kind of bug. A fast kind of bug that you don\u2019t want inside.

I took a few steps. Oh, thank heavens. It was a smooshed acorn. Right color, right size, wrong lifeform.

I picked it up with a paper towel, feeling very relieved.

I went out to show it to her.

So instead of confronting a bug, we had a short talk about acorns and seeds. She wanted to see it up close, touch it, see what\u2019s inside. We looked at its white middle and brown shell.

We agreed it\u2019s way better to find an acorn instead of a bug in the bathroom. I think that\u2019s a statement every American can agree with. At least I hope so.

That little girl has been on my mind. Maybe it\u2019s this time of extreme transition we\u2019re dealing with as a country. We don\u2019t quite know what we\u2019re looking at, but our initial instinct is to be wary.

Perhaps it\u2019s the enormous disconnect between the picture of a broken, defeated America \u2014 \u201cAmerican carnage\u201d \u2014 laid out by the new president in his inauguration speech, and a curious child starting out in life, learning that not everything she sees is a threat.

The new president\u2019s belief that America can survive only if we turn exclusively inward and shut out the rest of the world denies the reality so many kids know to be true because they live in communities, like Tucson, filled with people of many nationalities, languages, colors, family structures, beliefs. They see it every day at recess.

This is a difficult time for a lot folks. The isolationist, nationalist and pessimistic vision of a beat-up America that has just moved into the White House doesn\u2019t square with the vision held by people who see the same problems but whose instinct is to reach toward others to work together.

I\u2019m going to think of that tiny girl as a way to get through these coming days, months, years. This child faced a problem: What do you do when there might be a ginormous, scary bug in the school bathroom?

She figured out the problem. She took action. She asked for help. She confronted her fear. She was ready to deal with it. And when it turned out to be a non-bug, she got curious and learned about something new. She didn\u2019t back down, and she\u2019s ready for the next discovery.

Obviously, the country is facing much more definitive and existential challenges than a bug in the bathroom. The metaphor can only stretch so far.

But sometimes, even when you\u2019re not looking for it, kids really are our best teachers.

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Many Americans are more thoughtful when choosing appliances than when choosing presidents, but the baseball writers whose ballots decide who is \u201censhrined\u201d \u2014 more about that verb anon \u2014 in Cooperstown\u2019s Hall of Fame are mostly conscientious voters struggling to unravel a knotty puzzle: How to treat retired players who are known or suspected to have used performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) while compiling gaudy numbers?

Such chemicals increase muscle mass, thereby increasing hitters\u2019 bat speeds, pitchers\u2019 velocities, and recovery from the strain of training and competing. On Wednesday, two highly probable users, Roger Clemens (third-most career strikeouts, seven Cy Young awards) and Barry Bonds (career and season home run records, seven MVP awards) reached 54.1 percent and 53.8 percent, respectively, up from 45.2 percent and 44.3 percent last year and approaching the 75 percent threshold for admission. Only three players have reached 50 percent without eventually being admitted (Jack Morris, Gil Hodges, Lee Smith).

Cooperstown\u2019s administrators \u2014 it is not run by Major League Baseball \u2014 and the writers-cum-gatekeepers must decide what the institution is.

Its title \u2014 the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum \u2014 implies that the hall containing the players\u2019 plaques is somehow apart from and other than the museum. The Oxford English Dictionary defines \u201cmuseum\u201d as where \u201cobjects of historical, scientific, artistic or cultural interest are stored and exhibited.\u201d A \u201cshrine\u201d contains \u201cmemorabilia of a particular revered person or thing.\u201d

Cooperstown stipulates that \u201cvoting shall be based upon the player\u2019s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.\u201d

Some players\u2019 records reflect abilities enhanced by acts of bad character \u2014 surreptitious resorts to disreputable chemistry that traduces sportsmanship.

But as younger writers who did not cover baseball during the PED era become Hall of Fame voters, the electorate is becoming less interested in disqualifying PED users. These writers should, however, consider why PEDs matter.

They subvert the central idea of sport \u2014 athletes competing on equal terms. Distinguishing legitimate from illegitimate athletic enhancement can be complex: The body produces testosterone and human growth hormone (HGH) that are components of some potent PEDs.

Enhancements improve performance without devaluing it only if they involve methods and materials (e.g., better training and nutrition) that help the body perform unusually rather than unnaturally well.

PEDs mock the idea that winning is a just reward for praiseworthy behavior \u2014 submission to an exacting training regimen and the mental mastery of pressure, pain and exhaustion. Drugs that make sport exotic make it less exemplary; they drain sport of admirable excellence, which elevates spectators as well as competitors.

Beyond this civic interest in honest athletics, there is a matter of justice. Many former ballplayers missed having major league careers, or longer major league careers with larger contracts, because they competed honestly against cheating opponents, or lost playing time to cheating teammates.

These handicapped-because-honorable players could have leveled the playing field only by using dangerous PEDs, thereby jeopardizing their physical and mental health and forfeiting their integrity.

And consider Fred McGriff, who in 19 sterling seasons during the steroid era hit 493 home runs, seven short of the 500 mark that has generally opened Cooperstown\u2019s doors to eligible players (retired five years) not suspected of PED use.

There is no suspicion that McGriff used PEDs, and if he had, he certainly would have hit many more than seven additional home runs. The closest he has come to Cooperstown\u2019s 75 percent is 23.9 percent in 2012. (He received 21.7 percent Wednesday.) And there are players in Cooperstown whose careers were enhanced by amphetamines, which once were ubiquitous in baseball but now are banned.

If Cooperstown is content, as perhaps it should be, to be merely a museum \u2014 not a negligible thing \u2014 then Bonds and Clemens belong there as important elements of the game\u2019s story, and their story should be candidly told on their plaques.

If, however, Cooperstown wants admission to mean enshrinement, it must embrace and articulate the Hall\u2019s ethic. America has never more urgently needed the insistence that real success must be honorably achieved.

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On Dec. 19, 2016, the Electoral College \u2014 holding sole authority under the Constitution to elect the president \u2014 made history. For the first time, a majority of electors voted for a candidate who not only lost the popular vote, but who also had verified foreign business ties that could influence the office of the presidency.

Thus, a design failure: The government did not function according to safeguards created by the Founding Fathers in 1787.

Fortunately, on Inauguration Day, this design failure led not to military conflict, as it would have in many other countries. We experienced yet another peaceful transition as the highest political office switched political parties. Our country pioneered this practice; it is worth celebrating.

Despite this feature of our constitutional republic, the flaws of the Electoral College and Congress will continue to plague us.

The 10th Amendment states that powers not spelled out in the Constitution are reserved to the states \u2014 this includes marriage, education, health care, gun control. Conservatives have rallied against this encroachment since the 1960s. Today, they can call for a Constitutional Convention to rebalance power between federal, state and local governments.

Liberal and progressive citizens also have legitimate reason to call for a Constitutional Convention, citing lack of sufficient representation in the House of Representatives \u2014 disenfranchisement of urban citizens, people of color, and those whose views do not fit into the two-party system. Gerrymandering has produced an unrepresentative Congress .

Liberals and conservatives have agreed that our current constitutional system, born in 1787 and amended only 27 times in 240 years, is no longer sufficient to meet the needs of our country. The rich and powerful have made our policy-making process opaque to ordinary citizens.

There is not a single law, constitutional amendment or Supreme Court ruling that could possibly fix all the structural problems correctly identified by both sides. We have no choice now but to organize another Constitutional Convention under Article V of the Constitution, which requires two-thirds of the states to call for a convention.

If Arizona joins just 33 other states in this call, Congress is required to enact the necessary machinery to select delegates who would discuss a range of crucial proposed solutions: Eliminate the Senate filibuster. Make advertising in federal elections free for candidates. Provide proportional representation of all political parties. Automatically register citizens to vote and mandate voting in all elections. Remove partisan control over the drawing of political maps. Eliminate for-profit prisons. Ban corporate ownership of mass media. Mandate the removal of \u201cpork\u201d from congressional politics. Prohibit media from charging money for political advertising.

Since it is mathematically impossible for a modern Constitutional Convention to adopt extreme constitutional reforms, one would think we all should be eager to support the idea. We have no need to fear radical reforms .

Ironically, the greatest thing we have to fear is fear itself. Once delegates start assembling the necessary reforms, the distribution of political power at the local, state and federal levels will become irrelevant. The process of a convention would restore faith in the power of a sovereign people to correct the mistakes of the past.

The Constitution derives its power from the people. We, the people, must revise the Constitution when the political system demonstrates that it is no longer functioning as intended nor serving its constituents .

The 2016 election demonstrated conclusively that our political system is not working. We must have a Constitutional Convention, because we no longer have any choice.

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I can support the increase in gasoline tax to fund the repair and construction of our roads and bridges. What I cannot support is any legislation that increases the gas tax and allows the governor or any other body to raid this money to \"balance their budget\" because they don't want to increase other taxes, or they want to give tax breaks to \"grow our state.\"

Spencer Elliott

Oro Valley

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