[ {"id":"e0752054-0ab6-564d-8931-75c0cc67e30f","type":"article","starttime":"1487894400","starttime_iso8601":"2017-02-23T17:00:00-07:00","sections":[{"letters":"news/opinion/letters"},{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: The Friday package can be on the shorter side\u2026. Thanks!","url":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/article_e0752054-0ab6-564d-8931-75c0cc67e30f.html","permalink":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/letter-the-friday-package-can-be-on-the-shorter-side/article_e0752054-0ab6-564d-8931-75c0cc67e30f.html","canonical":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/letter-the-friday-package-can-be-on-the-shorter-side/article_e0752054-0ab6-564d-8931-75c0cc67e30f.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"Reach out to state lawmakers, too Star columnist Sarah Garrecht Gassen made a great point when she addressed the recent difficulty of expressing one's views with Sen. McCain. I've made a few calls lately myself. I couldn't reach Sen. McCain. I did however get in contact with the office of State Senator Steve Smith of District 11.","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":"e0752054-0ab6-564d-8931-75c0cc67e30f","body":"

Reach out to state lawmakers, too

Star columnist Sarah Garrecht Gassen made a great point when she addressed the recent difficulty of expressing one's views with Sen. McCain. I've made a few calls lately myself. I couldn't reach Sen. McCain. I did however get in contact with the office of State Senator Steve Smith of District 11.

As a public school teacher, I wanted to express my views on vouchers used for private schools. My concern is for the students who won't be able to afford to move to another school because they can't afford the difference in the tuition that it costs to attend some of these religious-based schools.

The person who answered Senator Smith's phone seemed to be an intern. Rather than jot down my concern and share it with the senator, he proceeded to relate his views with me. \"Uh, could you share my concerns with the good senator?\" I said to the young man.

It\u2019s difficult to share your views, apparently! I'll keep making the calls. Too much is at stake.

Steve Arechiga

Oro Valley

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I took some clothes to the dry cleaner recently and they had increased their prices by more than a dollar per item. I asked why and was told the increase in prices were necessary because of the increase in the Arizona minimum wage from $8.05 to $10.00 per hour that took effect on January 1.

I refused to pay the increase, went to two other cleaners who also were also using the same excuse to increase prices, before I found one that had not raised prices.

The increase in prices is not restricted to the dry-cleaning business. It seems that prices have been increased by many employers \u2014 far out of proportion to the rise in employee wages. It seems to me that if a business can\u2019t survive paying $10 an hour without raising prices, then perhaps it shouldn\u2019t be in business at all.

Don Benchoff

Northwest side

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Throughout history, strongmen used the fear of terrorism to justify breaking societal norms and the rule of law. Such was case with Putin in Chechnya and Hitler with the Reichstag Fire.

Security experts agree that it is only a matter of time until there is a terrorist attack in America.

President Trump has set up the context for a classic \u201cstrongman\u201d response to such events. His subjective criticisms of our free press, and the judicial and legislative branches have created an atmosphere for setting up the typical strong man response of \u201cI told you so\u201d when an event actually occurs. At such time, strongmen count on the public\u2019s fearful willingness to swap the constitutional protection and rule of law for personal safety \u2014 and in doing so they get neither.

When chaos happens, as it possibly will, Americans cannot let their fears weaken their resolve to protect the Constitution and rule of law.

As President Franklin D. Roosevelt said in 1933, \u201cThe only thing we have to fear is fear itself\u201d.

Leonard Kronman

Foothills

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The Washington Post

At the heart of Donald Trump's foreign policy team lies a glaring contradiction. On the one hand, it is composed of men of experience, judgment and traditionalism. Meaning, they are all very much within the parameters of mainstream American internationalism as practiced since 1945. Practically every member of the team \u2014 the heads of State, Homeland Security, the CIA, and most especially Defense Secretary James Mattis and national security adviser H.R. McMaster \u2014 could fit in a Cabinet put together by, say, Hillary Clinton.

The commander in chief, on the other hand, is quite the opposite \u2014 inexperienced, untraditional, unbounded. His pronouncements on everything from the \"one China\" policy to the two-state (Arab-Israeli) solution, from NATO obsolescence to the ravages of free trade, continue to confound and, as we say today, disrupt.

The obvious question is: Can this arrangement possibly work? The answer thus far, surprisingly, is: perhaps.

The sample size is tiny but take, for example, the German excursion. Trump dispatched his grown-ups \u2014 Vice President Pence, Defense Secretary Mattis, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson \u2014 to various international confabs in Germany to reassure allies with the usual pieties about America's commitment to European security. They did drop a few hints to Trump's loud complaints about allied parasitism, in particular shirking their share of the defense burden.

Within days, Germany announced a 20,000-man expansion of its military. Smaller European countries are likely to take note of the new setup. It's classic good-cop, bad-cop: The secretaries represent foreign policy continuity but their boss preaches America First. Message: Shape up.

John Hannah of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies suggests that the push-pull effect might work on foes as well as friends. Last Saturday, China announced a cutoff of all coal exports from North Korea for the rest of 2017. Constituting more than one-third of all North Korean exports, this is a major blow to its economy.

True, part of the reason could be Chinese ire at the brazen assassination of Kim Jong Un's half-brother, who had been under Chinese protection. Nonetheless, the boycott was declared just days after a provocative North Korean missile launch \u2014 and shortly into the term of a new American president who has shown that he can be erratic and quite disdainful of Chinese sensibilities.

His wavering on the \"one China\" policy took Beijing by surprise. Trump also strongly denounced Chinese expansion in the South China Sea and conducted an ostentatious love-in with Japan's prime minister, something guaranteed to rankle the Chinese. Beijing's boycott of Pyongyang is many things, among them a nod to Washington.

This suggests that the peculiar and discordant makeup of the U.S. national security team \u2014 traditionalist lieutenants, disruptive boss \u2014 might reproduce the old Nixonian \"Madman Theory.\" That's when adversaries tread carefully because they suspect the U.S. president of being unpredictable, occasionally reckless and potentially crazy dangerous. Henry Kissinger, with Nixon's collaboration, tried more than once to exploit this perception to pressure adversaries.

Trump's people have already shown a delicate touch in dealing with his bouts of loopiness. Trump has gone on for years about how we should have taken Iraq's oil for ourselves. In Baghdad last Sunday, Mattis wryly backed off, telling his hosts that \"All of us in America have generally paid for our gas and oil all along, and I'm sure that we will continue to do so in the future.\"

Yet sometimes an off-center comment can have its uses. Take Trump's casual dismissal of a U.S. commitment to a two-state solution in the Middle East. The next day, U.S. policy was brought back in line by his own U.N. ambassador. But this diversion might prove salutary. It's a message to the Palestinians that their decades of rejectionism may not continue to pay off with an inexorable march toward statehood \u2014 that there may actually be a price to pay for making no concessions and simply waiting for the U.S. to deliver them a Palestinian state.

To be sure, a two-track, two-policy, two-reality foreign policy is risky, unsettling and has the potential to go totally off the rails. This is not how you would draw it up in advance. It's unstable and confusing. But the experience of the first month suggests that, with prudence and luck, it can yield the occasional benefit \u2014 that the combination of radical rhetoric and conventional policy may induce better behavior both in friend and foe.

Alas, there is also a worst-case scenario. It needs no elaboration.

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The scariest new catchphrase of the Trump era \u2014 and we\u2019re only one month in \u2014 is the \u201cdeep state,\u201d a term borrowed from countries like Turkey and Egypt, where networks of military officers and intelligence operatives control much of the government.

Last week, President Trump complained that \u201cillegal leaks\u201d from the FBI and other intelligence agencies forced him to fire his national security advisor, Michael Flynn.

The leaks revealed that Flynn had secretly discussed U.S. sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador, then falsely claimed he hadn\u2019t. The talks didn\u2019t bother Trump; the leaks did.

\u201cThe real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by \u2018intelligence\u2019 like candy,\u201d he tweeted. \u201cThe spotlight has finally been put on the low-life leakers! They will be caught!\u201d

Others worried, too. Republican members of Congress condemned the leaks as a misuse of classified information. Critics of the intelligence community, both conservative and liberal, warned that unelected bureaucrats were exerting too much power. Was the American deep state, panicked by Trump, revealing itself?

\u201cThe intelligence agencies are pretty hard to roll,\u201d a former top CIA official told me last week. \u201cThese guys are trained to manipulate people and overthrow governments, and they\u2019re rather good at it.\u201d

But no, this wasn\u2019t the deep state seizing power. We\u2019re not there yet.

In a country controlled by the deep state, members of the armed forces and intelligence agencies can overthrow presidents they don\u2019t like; that\u2019s what happened in Egypt in 2013. They hold veto power over major decisions. They often run large parts of the economy. And they\u2019re rarely held accountable for their actions.

U.S. intelligence agencies, on the other hand, are restrained by law. Sometimes they overstep, but eventually they are reined in. The officials who leaked the details of Flynn\u2019s conversations knew that Trump would order the FBI to track them down. They put themselves at risk.

Trump\u2019s problem isn\u2019t the deep state; it\u2019s the broad state. He\u2019s facing pushback not only from intelligence agencies, but from civilian bureaucracies, too.

When his White House staff drafted an executive order to reopen CIA \u201cblack sites\u201d and reintroduce torture, it leaked \u2014 and the decision was promptly put on ice. When they drafted another order to repeal protections for LGBT federal employees, that leaked too \u2014 and the president\u2019s daughter and son-in-law blocked the idea. When Trump banned travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries, the attorneys general of several states sued, and federal courts blocked the order\u2019s enforcement.

There have been less-dramatic forms of defiance, too. Bureaucrats in the State Department and EPA have signed petitions protesting the new administration\u2019s policies.

In a different category, Trump\u2019s own Cabinet appears to harbor a modest dose of dissent: Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sound distinctly less enthusiastic than their boss about cooperating with Vladimir Putin.

Just about every segment of the federal government has struggled against White House actions it didn\u2019t like, and when you add up all those varieties of resistance, it begins to look almost like a Resistance. But \u2014 and this is crucial \u2014 there\u2019s no central power organizing or directing the fight.

It\u2019s not unusual for a new Republican administration to encounter recalcitrant bureaucrats in domestic agencies like the EPA, or for a Democratic president to clash with hawks in national security agencies.

But Trump and his chief theoretician, Stephen K. Bannon, have taken aim at both sides: not only Democratic bureaucrats, but also much of the Republican establishment. The bureaucratic resistance they\u2019ve met has been unusually bipartisan.

The result, especially in the wake of Flynn\u2019s ouster, has been chaos. The National Security Council is leaderless and understaffed. Domestic agencies are gripped by uncertainty, too, a state that induces self-protective bureaucrats to move even more slowly than usual.

\u201cThe main danger in a Trump presidency is not that it will be too strong, but that it will be too weak,\u201d Jack Goldsmith, an assistant attorney general under President George W. Bush said. \u201cThe U.S. government cannot work well \u2026 without a minimally staffed, well-organized, energetic, competent executive branch\u201d

We may still be heading for several kinds of trouble: an international crisis with an unready NSC, a constitutional crisis if Trump ignores a court order he dislikes. But a shadow government? It\u2019s a peril to guard against, to be sure \u2014 but it\u2019s far from the biggest danger we face.

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You may have seen the hit movie \u201cHidden Figures,\u201d where three African-American women were critical to advances in aerospace during the early 1960s. It was a time when women and African-Americans were marginalized to specific roles, yet they were able to make brilliant contributions because of their dedication to their profession and their commitment to success. It was in their blood.

Like the characters in the movie, you might say that a technical career was in my blood, too. My mother was a math major and my father was an administrator at Boeing. The influence of my parents provided a good basis for my entry into an engineering field. I was interested in everything above the ground and upwards, whether it be stars, skyscrapers, or airplanes, so I was lucky enough to find aerospace engineering as the area to focus my passions and turn it into a very rewarding career.

Whether you\u2019ve a long-term interest in a specific engineering discipline like me, or you are just now considering a career in a science or technology field, I encourage you to follow through and embrace it as a profession.

If you are a girl or a young woman thinking about a career in engineering, this is an excellent time to enter a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) field. I can identify five major reasons why the timing is right.

1. Job growth: Growth in the aerospace industry, as with most high-tech fields currently, is strong; so strong that we at Raytheon Missile Systems are challenged to fill all of the technical job openings that we have at any one time. Our engineering function alone added more than 900 engineers in 2016 and we have even greater needs for 2017.

2. The need for a diverse workforce: More companies are recognizing that a diverse workforce results in better ideas and faster innovation. For example, a few years ago I was leading a team that was chartered to fix a stubborn production issue with one of our high-tech missiles. I invited a supply chain manager to join one of our engineering meetings, and due to her different perspective on the issues she offered a breakthrough solution for the problem.

3. Blending of engineering disciplines: Engineering disciplines used to reside in organizational silos. For example, a software engineer would find it difficult to move into an engineering position that developed firmware for electrical hardware. However, today our systems are much more closely coupled and integrated. So, when you join a company in one discipline, you\u2019ll find it easier to transition to an adjacent area and the additional expertise also makes you more valuable. This provides technical professionals with more opportunities to grow their careers in different ways.

4. Broader roles for women: In the past, women were often relegated to math-centric disciplines, as depicted in \u201cHidden Figures.\u201d That has changed. Women are now finding vast opportunities for career growth in every engineering and scientific discipline.

5. A challenging, creative career: If you want to work on some of the most challenging problems of the day \u2014 and the most exciting challenges of tomorrow and beyond \u2014 you can thrive in an engineering career. There\u2019s nothing like the feeling that comes from applying your creative powers and seeing your ideas turn into reality. Especially when it results in leading edge performance and capabilities.

Throughout my career, I\u2019ve never seen a better time to be a woman in a high-tech industry. Unparalleled growth, career flexibility and the ability to pursue any engineering discipline make this the best of times to be a female in a technical field. So, if this sounds good to you, check out a career in engineering. You just might find that, like me, it was inside of you all along!

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I keep reading about how illegal immigrant families are being separated from family and yet when our citizens go to jail aren\u2019t they separated from their families? Should we empty all prisons so we aren\u2019t separating families? Just asking.

Thomas Crawford

Foothills

"}, {"id":"486d1287-4060-55cd-bc65-884d656f4bdc","type":"article","starttime":"1487808000","starttime_iso8601":"2017-02-22T17:00:00-07:00","sections":[{"letters":"news/opinion/letters"},{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: Flake shouldn\u2019t have supported DeVos","url":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/article_486d1287-4060-55cd-bc65-884d656f4bdc.html","permalink":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/letter-flake-shouldn-t-have-supported-devos/article_486d1287-4060-55cd-bc65-884d656f4bdc.html","canonical":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/letter-flake-shouldn-t-have-supported-devos/article_486d1287-4060-55cd-bc65-884d656f4bdc.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"Thank you, Senator Flake, for responding to my letter regarding the nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. You gave only one reason for supporting her, saying you \"routinely supported President Obama's nominees, even those [you] disagreed with philosophically.\" Philosophical opposition is one thing, but abject ignorance of the requirements for the job and the absence of qualifications is another.","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":"486d1287-4060-55cd-bc65-884d656f4bdc","body":"

Thank you, Senator Flake, for responding to my letter regarding the nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. You gave only one reason for supporting her, saying you \"routinely supported President Obama's nominees, even those [you] disagreed with philosophically.\" Philosophical opposition is one thing, but abject ignorance of the requirements for the job and the absence of qualifications is another.

Would you have supported any Obama nominee who was in no way qualified for the position? I suspect not. Using your logic, if President Obama had nominated me for Secretary of Education, I assume you would have supported my confirmation because I, too, believe every child should have the opportunity to receive a quality education, regardless of their ZIP code. If that is your only criteria for voting in favor of Ms. DeVos, you have chosen the path of ignorance right along with her.

Sharon Miller

SaddleBrooke

"}, {"id":"57b4ea97-14cd-579c-8331-bce15e1312c7","type":"article","starttime":"1487808000","starttime_iso8601":"2017-02-22T17:00:00-07:00","sections":[{"letters":"news/opinion/letters"},{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: We should welcome Monsanto","url":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/article_57b4ea97-14cd-579c-8331-bce15e1312c7.html","permalink":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/letter-we-should-welcome-monsanto/article_57b4ea97-14cd-579c-8331-bce15e1312c7.html","canonical":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/letter-we-should-welcome-monsanto/article_57b4ea97-14cd-579c-8331-bce15e1312c7.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"The proposed Monsanto Greenhouse has been the news with mostly negative coverage in the AZ Daily Star. Monsanto develops agricultural products for farmers who produce food for our global citizens. In a forever- changing world climate, companies like Monsanto produce drought and insect, and insecticide resistant seeds. Herbicide tolerant seeds allow farmers to kill noxious or non-native weeds in their fields but allow the crop to survive.","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":"57b4ea97-14cd-579c-8331-bce15e1312c7","body":"

The proposed Monsanto Greenhouse has been the news with mostly negative coverage in the AZ Daily Star. Monsanto develops agricultural products for farmers who produce food for our global citizens. In a forever- changing world climate, companies like Monsanto produce drought and insect, and insecticide resistant seeds. Herbicide tolerant seeds allow farmers to kill noxious or non-native weeds in their fields but allow the crop to survive.

Protesters can rail against GMO foods but GMO development produces foods like higher protein soybeans, golden rice high in vitamins that prevent blindness. For every claim that GMO causes disease in humans or kills bees there are dozens of real science studies showing that GMO crops are safe. Farmers produce more food on less land because of modern farming technologies, like not till farming, and access to GMO seeds. A Monsanto greenhouse plant will be an asset to Pima county.

Dinah Shumway

Green Valley

"}, {"id":"a94a9657-faaa-5752-b936-15f777ca7d9c","type":"article","starttime":"1487808000","starttime_iso8601":"2017-02-22T17:00:00-07:00","sections":[{"letters":"news/opinion/letters"},{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: Morgan imagines a utopian state, not real Arizona","url":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/article_a94a9657-faaa-5752-b936-15f777ca7d9c.html","permalink":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/letter-morgan-imagines-a-utopian-state-not-real-arizona/article_a94a9657-faaa-5752-b936-15f777ca7d9c.html","canonical":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/letter-morgan-imagines-a-utopian-state-not-real-arizona/article_a94a9657-faaa-5752-b936-15f777ca7d9c.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"Re: the Feb. 19 article by Joseph Morgan \"Limits on the initiative process can help Arizona\" In Joseph Morgan's article on the benefit of limiting the initiative process in Arizona I was wondering what utopian state he was talking about. Arizona is not a state where laws are enacted after lengthy debate. This is a state controlled by a Republican legislature where Democratic legislators cannot even get their bills brought up for debate. The only way for measures not palatable to Republicans in the state legislature is through citizen initiatives such as the measure raising the minimum wage favored by the majority of our citizens.","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":"a94a9657-faaa-5752-b936-15f777ca7d9c","body":"

Re: the Feb. 19 article by Joseph Morgan \"Limits on the initiative process can help Arizona\"

In Joseph Morgan's article on the benefit of limiting the initiative process in Arizona I was wondering what utopian state he was talking about. Arizona is not a state where laws are enacted after lengthy debate. This is a state controlled by a Republican legislature where Democratic legislators cannot even get their bills brought up for debate. The only way for measures not palatable to Republicans in the state legislature is through citizen initiatives such as the measure raising the minimum wage favored by the majority of our citizens.

Barbara Holtzman

Downtown

"}, {"id":"38a4ad0a-9510-547e-8a1b-37e3757a056a","type":"article","starttime":"1487808000","starttime_iso8601":"2017-02-22T17:00:00-07:00","sections":[{"letters":"news/opinion/letters"},{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: Trump family costs taxpayers too much","url":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/article_38a4ad0a-9510-547e-8a1b-37e3757a056a.html","permalink":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/letter-trump-family-costs-taxpayers-too-much/article_38a4ad0a-9510-547e-8a1b-37e3757a056a.html","canonical":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/letter-trump-family-costs-taxpayers-too-much/article_38a4ad0a-9510-547e-8a1b-37e3757a056a.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"To all of you who pay your hard earned money to the government. In one month it has cost over $11 million in taxpayers\u2019 money to pay for the Trump family to travel, including Secret Service for their promotion of the \"Trump\" brand in places such as Uruguay. Trips to the Trump \"winter White House\u201d cost about $3 million each time. Security for Melania in New York also added to your taxes. In an average year the Obamas cost $12 million in one year. Do the math.","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":"38a4ad0a-9510-547e-8a1b-37e3757a056a","body":"

To all of you who pay your hard earned money to the government.

In one month it has cost over $11 million in taxpayers\u2019 money to pay for the Trump family to travel, including Secret Service for their promotion of the \"Trump\" brand in places such as Uruguay. Trips to the Trump \"winter White House\u201d cost about $3 million each time. Security for Melania in New York also added to your taxes. In an average year the Obamas cost $12 million in one year. Do the math.

At this rate clearly over $100 million dollars of tax payer money will protect a billionaire\u2019s family.

Geneva Keith

Northeast side

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Our state Legislature, specifically the House, who penned this bill the firefighter cancer bill (HB 2133) needs to take a hard look at who should be included in the bill before it goes to the Senate.

They failed to include women. There are a growing number of women fire fighters and peace officers in these fields and I believe they must be included. Lawmakers must add reproductive organ cancers such as breast, uterine and ovarian to their current all-male list. I am a retired fire marshal and breast cancer survivor. Shame on the House members for being so short-sighted.

Debbie Smith

Foothills

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Mr. President, I\u2019m past my shock and aw-for-Pete\u2019s-sake reaction to your Stalinist slur of reporters. Now I\u2019ve moved on to raw fury. Of all the inanities that roll off your thumbs, that best shows why you are unfit to personify America.

You call Islamist terror our greatest threat, worse than climate endgame or World War III. Maybe you believe that and don\u2019t see how your own policies swell terrorist ranks by geometric proportions. More likely, your plan is to scare free people into embracing your demagogy.

The fear you exploit spiked in 2014. A hooded man beheaded a young hostage clad symbolically in Guantanamo orange. Jim Foley went to Syria to help us see ISIS for what it is: a faction embittered by U.S. torture during the Iraq War that uses captured American weaponry to subject Muslim majorities to medieval rule.

Jim earned little because many Americans now think news should be free. It\u2019s all \u201cthe media,\u201d slurry of words and images that flood our screens. This is perfect for an authoritarian. You pick a detail that suits, however dubious, and dismiss inconvenient truths fake news from horrible disgusting people.

ISIS also beheaded Steven Sotloff, who had covered the 2012 Benghazi attack for CNN. The CIA compound was not fortified because Congress withheld funds that Barack Obama requested. It happened fast, late at night in Washington time. Your accusation that Hillary Clinton did nothing is cynical political slander or ignorance of how these things happen.

I began reporting when JFK was in White House and, gods willing, I\u2019ll be at it under a 12th president in four years, or sooner. I mourned my first enemy of the American people in 1968, my Associated Press stringer who a Congolese despot put to death. The list since then is long.

War correspondents gather each year in Bayeux near the Normandy beaches where America earned the global respect that you are fast converting into contempt. We drink and laugh more than we bemoan our sinking popularity among those we inform. But the mood is grim when we pay homage to fresh victims.

In a memorial park, 2,000-plus names are engraved on white stone pillars, journalists killed since 1944. Despots executed some as enemies of the people. Many more died trying to get close to non-fake news. One name is Don Bolles, who was murdered back home in Arizona after exposing real estate scams.

That is the extreme. My profession \u2014 really a calling \u2014 includes thousands upon thousands of gifted people who work cheap for long hours, risking savings because of baseless lawsuits people like you file as punishment for revealing truth.

I\u2019ve worked in every sort of evil empire and tin-pot tyranny. The zoo of amoebas deep in my gut do backflips when I see morons at your rallies guffaw about lynching all journalists.

You excoriated Sweden, an old ally that in one year took in 163,000 people fleeing violence we triggered, which the Swedes opposed.

You saw Tucker Carlson skew facts on Fox and then said that a terror attack had rocked Sweden. Carl Bildt, a former Swedish prime minister, told the New York Times:

\u201cWe are used to seeing the president of the U.S. as one of the most well-informed persons in the world, also well-aware of the importance of what he says. And then, suddenly, we see him engaging in misinformation and slander against a truly friendly country, obviously on sources of a quality at best described as dubious.\u201d

In character, you needled deeper: \u201cGive the public a break. The FAKE NEWS media is trying to say that large scale immigration in Sweden is working out just beautifully. NOT!\u201d

Sweden is stressed by accepting refugees but copes admirably. Unlike you, its leaders seek not to dramatize societal pressures. Seventy million refugees are on the move; many will radicalize if left in limbo. You slam our doors and mock others who don\u2019t. The unwanted won\u2019t disappear. So what\u2019s the solution? Gas chambers?

Fairness requires me to regard you as legitimate, James Comey notwithstanding. Your siding with Russia over our intelligence community is only seditious if the courts say so. But, personally, I believe you are the greatest threat America has faced in my lifetime.

Journalists aren\u2019t the enemy. Our Fourth Estate is now the only thing that can save us. I believe it will, and those big letters \u2014 TRUMP \u2014 we see everywhere will end up as a lasting badge of shame.

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The Russian law professors were excited to meet me. The vice-chair plied me with chocolates while pouring healthy glugs of cognac into the two glasses on his desk. \u201cWelcome! We look forward to learning about the American legal system, \u201c he said, a photograph of Putin looking down on us from the wall.

I\u2019m an immigration lawyer in Tucson but I\u2019m teaching in Russia as a Fulbright Scholar. \u201cThank you!\u201d I say, raising my glass. \u201cWe have a lot to talk about.\u201d

It happened to be the day President Trump signed an executive order barring the entry of thousands of immigrants. Protests broke out at airports across the U.S. as passengers were detained or turned away.

My colleagues in the U.S. convinced courts to block the order, but the president turned around and drafted a new one. And just like that, my meeting with Russian law students was transformed into an urgent dissection of the nature of executive power.

Explaining the situation to these students was easy because, in many ways, the Russian system of government is similar to our own. There are executive, legislative and judicial branches, and each is supposed to serve as a check on the other branches.

Power over immigration is centered in the executive branch. The idea is that, because immigration involves foreign affairs, that power is best exercised by the executive, who is also in charge of foreign relations. But immigration affects individual rights, too. So the judiciary occasionally pops in and says, \u201cYou can\u2019t actually do that.\u201d Then, usually, the executive backs off.

A student furrowed his brow. \u201cWhich power is the strongest? What happens if the executive doesn\u2019t bend?\u201d he asked. The judiciary has its own police force, I explained, called the U.S. Marshals. And the marshals enforce court orders. But, oddly, the marshals are controlled by the Department of Justice, which is not in the judicial branch at all, but in the executive branch.

I turned around and looked at the diagram I\u2019d drawn on the whiteboard \u2014 three lines for the three branches of government \u2014 and about 10 arrows all circling the executive branch, with Trump at the top.

\u201cIt does look like the executive holds all the cards, \u201c I said.

A woman in the back piped up: \u201cWhat about your Supreme Court?\u201d

I turned to the diagram I\u2019d drawn of the court, with its nine seats, one of them conspicuously empty. \u201cWell, he also appoints the Justices to the court,\u201d I mumbled.

I looked over at a portrait on the wall. It was Mikhail Speransky, the father of Russian jurisprudence. He dared propose that autocratic rule by the czar should be abolished. Naturally, he was sacked by the autocratic czar.

A law professor weighed in. \u201cMaybe we should talk about political power instead of legal power,\u201d she said. \u201cOur president in Russia has such robust political power that the court would never oppose him, so an open conflict between the executive and the judiciary would never even exist.\u201d

Another student nodded. \u201cWe would never see such large airport protests like this here. Our president is too popular. But your president is not very popular. He didn\u2019t win the majority of votes in the election.\u201d (Two students in the back started whispering. I hear \u201delectoral college\u201d and \u201cnot entirely democratic.\u201d)

The class ended and the law professor turned to me.

\u201cYou should look into changing that Constitution of yours,\u201d she said. \u201cIt seems to have some real weaknesses.\u201d

I nodded sheepishly.

\u201cLet\u2019s get tea,\u201d she said.

I said, \u201cI think I need something stronger.\u201d

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Almost exactly a year ago, I suggested a rule of thumb for evaluating candidates\u2019 economic agendas: The more growth a politician promises, the worse his or her economic plan probably is.

Why? Because it suggests they had to make extra-rosy assumptions to get their math to work.

Supercharged growth implies higher tax revenue, as well as lower spending on means-tested programs such as Medicaid and unemployment insurance. As a result, astronomical economic growth is often used to paper over the astronomically large deficits that would result under more realistic assumptions.

As President Trump assembles his fiscal agenda, that rule of thumb is coming in handy once again.

Astonishingly, the White House still hasn\u2019t released details for any of the major economic initiatives Trump promised during the campaign (a \u201cterrific\u201d Obamacare replacement, a top-to-bottom tax overhaul, massive infrastructure investment). But thanks to recent leaks about the administration\u2019s economic book-cooking, we at least know that whatever Trump ultimately proposes will be very, very expensive.

After the election, the Trump transition team began the long, arduous process of putting together the presidential budget. As is always the case, it worked with the (non-political) career staffers at the Council of Economic Advisers.

Normally this process starts by asking the CEA staff to estimate baseline economic growth under current policies. These professionals then build on this baseline to forecast how the president\u2019s proposals will affect the overall economy, as well as budget deficits.

The end results are often more optimistic than what independent forecasters predict \u2014 the White House is factoring in new policies it believes are pro-growth, after all \u2014 but not wildly so. The numbers still need to be credible.

Like I said, that\u2019s how things normally work. Not this time around.

As the Wall Street Journal first reported (and as I\u2019ve independently confirmed through my own sources), the Trump transition team instead ordered CEA staffers to predict sustained economic growth of 3 to 3.5 percent. The staffers were then directed to backfill all the other numbers in their models to produce these growth rates.

Set aside for a moment the sheer intellectual dishonesty of this approach. Let me first offer context for how nutty such a forecast would be.

Inflation-adjusted economic growth over the past decade has been under 2 percent. And independent projections for the coming decade are equally lackluster, thanks in part to population aging. The Federal Reserve, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office and private forecasters predict about 1.8 to 1.9 percent annual growth.

In other words, based on nothing but expediency, the Trump team prophesies growth that\u2019s more than a full percentage point higher than almost anyone else expects.

Even conservative economists who believe that a tax-cutting, deregulatory agenda will unleash pent-up growth must find Trump\u2019s forecasts-by-fiat hard to swallow.

On an American Economic Association panel last month, Columbia Business School dean Glenn Hubbard \u2014 who chaired George W. Bush\u2019s Council of Economic Advisers and advised the presidential campaigns of Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush \u2014 discussed the consequences of Trump\u2019s agenda. He estimated that \u201creasonable or upper-bound estimates\u201d for sustained economic growth would be about 2.75 percent. Many economists find even that prediction Pollyannaish.

During the campaign, Trump made no secret of his disdain for experts, economic or otherwise. He has since doubled down on this view by demoting the CEA chair from his Cabinet. Not that the demotion really matters at this point; a month into his presidency, Trump hasn\u2019t named a single political appointee to the council. Given this recent data-manipulation decree, perhaps no one respectable is willing to take the job.

Trump and his team have likewise openly disparaged federal statistics. He has called the unemployment rate \u201cphony\u201d and \u201ca total fiction.\u201d The administration is also reportedly trying to manipulate the official trade statistics.

In fairness, Trump is not the first politician to engage in voodoo economics or monkey with growth forecasts to make his own proposals look better.

Of course, there are risks to overpromising on growth. That is, voters might remember your promises and punish you when you don\u2019t deliver.

Maybe Team Trump is counting on being able to backfill voter memories, too.

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How can a fact be correct but the news be fake?

Suppose that friends of mine had an argument. I wanted to report about it.

Option one: I could say they disagreed about something but resolved it peacefully.

Option two: I could say they argued so loudly that I feared one might kill the other.

Both options are based upon the same fact. Which one would I report? That depends on my personal bias and the reaction that I hope to see from my audience.

Betty Bohm

East side

"}, {"id":"512f7418-0299-5da7-9f2f-f2d559ea6d0d","type":"article","starttime":"1487721600","starttime_iso8601":"2017-02-21T17:00:00-07:00","sections":[{"letters":"news/opinion/letters"},{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: Bravo to Tim Steller","url":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/article_512f7418-0299-5da7-9f2f-f2d559ea6d0d.html","permalink":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/letter-bravo-to-tim-steller/article_512f7418-0299-5da7-9f2f-f2d559ea6d0d.html","canonical":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/letter-bravo-to-tim-steller/article_512f7418-0299-5da7-9f2f-f2d559ea6d0d.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"I want to compliment Tim Steller for his political notebook articles. They provide a valuable dimension to the news that we do not see elsewhere. I want to mention two recent articles, of the many he has done over the years, the debate on Congresswoman Martha McSally and town hall meetings and the continuing saga of dysfunction at the Tucson Unified School District. The Star should continue to foster this form of information to its readers.","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":"512f7418-0299-5da7-9f2f-f2d559ea6d0d","body":"

I want to compliment Tim Steller for his political notebook articles. They provide a valuable dimension to the news that we do not see elsewhere. I want to mention two recent articles, of the many he has done over the years, the debate on Congresswoman Martha McSally and town hall meetings and the continuing saga of dysfunction at the Tucson Unified School District. The Star should continue to foster this form of information to its readers.

Elias Toubassi

East side

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The term \u2018safety net\u2019 is applied to many government programs, including the big ones \u2014 Social Security, Medicare, even Public Schools, and now Obamacare. It deserves a close look.

The term derives from trapeze acrobats who use a net for protection. Note that non-acrobats don\u2019t need a safety net!

Many social programs are intended to respond to obvious needs: The elderly poor need assistance; the penniless poor need more food; many ill people need medical care.

Program designers feared that we would not support caring for those in need unless we all got a piece of the action. The concept of the universal safety net was born; Turn all of us into acrobats!

Is it necessary, in order to fulfill needs for the needy to provide for those who are not needy? That is worth reviewing.

Charles Josephson

Midtown

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A fundamental aspect of our three-branch system of government is the safety net of check and balance. Reading the Capital Link summary of current legislation reveals the absence of either check or balance by Congress on an out-of-control executive branch.

Invariably, the vote \u2014 on a variety of issues \u2014 is strictly along party lines. Independent and rational thought does not exist; the elected members of both House and Senate are no more than party lap dogs. The balance on the Supreme Court is shaky.

More than ever we need a free and vigilant press to block the would-be-king President Trump and his minions from achieving their apparent goal of total and unbridled power.

Jim Merry

SaddleBrooke

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The Arizona Daily Star\u2019s new Libertarian columnist suffers from a utopian worldview \u2014 he sees the world as he wishes it to be, not as it is. (\u201cJonathan Hoffman: Governments need to be reined in as matter of policy,\u201d Feb. 11).

Utopia is not reality. In the real world, economic development requires public-private partnerships to create job growth and community prosperity. The private sector will not be, and has not been, solely responsible for a community\u2019s economic health.

I agree with Mr. Hoffman that it would be great if our nation\u2019s corporations made expansion and relocation decisions based solely on the quality of a community and its benefit to their bottom line, and they invested their own money in infrastructure improvements such as new roads and utilities. But that is not reality, nor is it practical.

Economic growth is not solely one of providing incentives, either. It also requires community investment. Across the country, nearly every local community offers incentives, tax breaks and other deals to companies in an effort to retain employers and jobs and to attract new companies and new jobs to their communities. But the most successful communities are making considerable public investments in amenities and infrastructure, often through public-private partnerships.

Incentives are only one small part of the comprehensive economic-development plan the county is following to diversify and grow our local economy. We are making investments in infrastructure, workforce development, tourism amenities and more.

Critics of Pima County often make comparisons between Pima County\u2019s and Maricopa County\u2019s economies. Those critics should look at how much money local and state governments in Maricopa County are spending to achieve growth there. Over the past five years, hundreds of millions of dollars in state and local economic incentives have been given to large corporations in exchange for job growth there. Billions of public dollars are being invested in roads, light rail and airports, and Arizona State University is incubating new technology and bioscience companies across the Phoenix valley.

This is the world as it exists and this is the world in which we in Pima County must compete.

Mr. Hoffman and a few others are obsessed with the county\u2019s World View agreement in which the near-space technology company is leasing from the county a manufacturing and headquarters building and managing the county\u2019s new Spaceport Tucson. Was our World View agreement legal? Absolutely. We followed all state laws governing economic development. We are now defending that action in court after the Goldwater Institute sued us. I believe we will prevail on appeal.

Mr. Hoffman and others conveniently ignore that the county used a similar lease with Caterpillar. Moreover, Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler and Scottsdale all signed agreements with private companies totaling more than $100 million that are very similar to our $15 million World View agreement, yet Goldwater didn\u2019t sue them. Goldwater attorneys are involved in an illegal-gifts lawsuit against Peoria. The local debate over the World View agreement is all about local politics and last year\u2019s election, and those politics are blinding some to the bigger picture. World View is part of a larger economic-development strategy to capitalize on our existing economic strengths to grow our economy.

Aerospace, defense manufacturing, technology and logistics are among our region\u2019s greatest economic strengths and we are working to develop the area around Tucson International Airport as an economic-development and high-wage employment center. The county and the entire metro community, including the airport authority, Tucson, the Pima Association of Governments and Tucson Electric Power have taken numerous steps over the past four years to remove barriers to economic expansion in this area and to build new roads and utilities to make the area shovel-ready for new employers.

That effort is paying off. Raytheon announced it is adding 2,000 new jobs to its already considerable local workforce. In the space technology sector, World View is adding 400 jobs and Vector Space is adding 200 jobs.

Pima County sees the world as it is. We know we need community investment and public-private partnerships to compete for jobs and prosperity in the real world.

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