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The Bill O\u2019Reilly saga has three villains: the revolting former anchor himself; the network that ignored accusations of serial abuse; and a broader system that punishes confrontation and enables silence and complicity. Each deserves flaying \u2014 along with President Trump, so eager to vouch for O\u2019Reilly and dismiss suggestions of wrongdoing.

O\u2019Reilly\u2019s behavior \u2014 allegedly pressuring women to have sexual relationships, retaliating against them if they refused, and warning them about coming forward \u2014 doesn\u2019t require much more in the way of condemnation. Let\u2019s focus, instead, on the disgraceful circumstances of his departure from Fox News.

When The New York Times reported earlier this month that the network and its star anchor had paid at least $13 million to settle sexual harassment suits brought by five women, O\u2019Reilly cast himself as a target of extortion and said his decision to settle was driven by \u2014 get this \u2014 a sense of paternal responsibility. He was settling \u201cto spare my children,\u201d O\u2019Reilly said, as \u201ca father ... who would do anything to avoid hurting them in any way.\u201d If there is anything more sickening than O\u2019Reilly\u2019s reported behavior, it is stooping to use his own children as a shield and the excuse of fatherly love to evade responsibility.

O\u2019Reilly\u2019s lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, one-upped his own client in moral repulsiveness when, on the eve of the anchor\u2019s departure from Fox, he complained that O\u2019Reilly \u201chas been subjected to a brutal campaign of character assassination that is unprecedented in post-McCarthyist America.\u201d

Joseph McCarthy used the power of his office to make unfounded smears of treason, and helped ruin the lives and careers of hundreds of Americans. Here, O\u2019Reilly is the figure with McCarthyite power, not the victim, no matter how hard he tries to present himself as one. Invoking the ghost of McCarthy should be done nearly as carefully as making a Hitler analogy. At least White House press secretary Sean Spicer was deploying the Holocaust analogy in the service of denouncing war crimes.

If anything, Fox\u2019s conduct is even more contemptible than that attributed to O\u2019Reilly, driven as it seems to have been not by sick compulsion but by cool financial calculations: paying off its anchor\u2019s alleged victims made better business sense than cleaning up their already soiled workplace. Most astonishing, the network signed its latest contract with O\u2019Reilly not only after the forced departure of Fox News chairman Roger Ailes over similar complaints but when it was fully aware of the impending publication of the Times story. As the Washington Post\u2019s Paul Farhi reported, Times reporters \u201chad sent Fox\u2019s executives a long list of questions, placing senior executives on alert months in advance of its publication.\u201d

In other words, it wasn\u2019t necessarily a problem for Fox if O\u2019Reilly was harassing women, or even if O\u2019Reilly\u2019s behavior was costing it millions in settlement money \u2014 so long as his market power was such that he made the network millions more in advertising revenue and cable fees. The news that O\u2019Reilly will walk away with a severance package worth a reported $25 million is salt in the wound inflicted on every woman who works at Fox \u2014 no, make that, every Fox employee who believes in a workplace free of such behavior.

It would be nice to think that the rest of corporate America will no longer tolerate O\u2019Reilly-esque behavior. Certainly, the public outcry against O\u2019Reilly and advertisers\u2019 consequent flight from his program are evidence of change. Companies now have mandatory sexual harassment training and HR departments that are supposed to intervene. Yet in practice, the tolerance may be greater than zero for those who are star performers, and while the Fox News culture may be particularly toxic, it is not unique. See the description by a former engineer at Uber about what happened when she complained of sexual harassment there.

Meanwhile, legal constraints and societal repercussions combine to dissuade women from coming forward. Complaining of sexual harassment remains risky business. Women fear looking like troublemakers \u2014 or worse. Staying in your job may become untenable, finding another impossible if you have taken legal action. At the same time, rules requiring that disputes be mediated, or settlements reached only with the proviso of gag orders prohibiting disclosure, as happened in O\u2019Reilly\u2019s case, serve to keep harassment hidden and to protect harassers.

Finally, there is Trump, who, in the aftermath of the Times story, declared, \u201cI don\u2019t think Bill did anything wrong.\u201d He probably doesn\u2019t \u2014 and doesn\u2019t see anything wrong with someone in his position rushing to O\u2019Reilly\u2019s defense. Just another disturbing twist in an already dispiriting tale.

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Dave Allazetta

UnitedHealthcare is honored to serve more than 2 million Arizonans and support their access to quality, affordable health care from more than 26,000 health-care professionals and nearly 100 hospitals across the state. For the last several months, we have been negotiating in good faith with Northwest Healthcare to renew both their hospitals\u2019 and physicians\u2019 participation in our network for employer-sponsored, Medicare Advantage and Medicaid health plans.

Just recently, I reached out to Northwest\u2019s local CEO in hopes of reaching an agreement quickly and amicably. Instead, our team was redirected out of state to negotiate with representatives of Northwest\u2019s Tennessee-based parent company. After months of meetings and conversations, we remain committed to renewing Northwest\u2019s participation in our network given their current contract expires on May 1.

UnitedHealthcare wants nothing more than to continue our relationship with Northwest. In fact, we are offering to reward Northwest for the important services it provides to our members in Southern Arizona if the health-care system will commit to a value-based care model. Simply stated, value-based care means a portion of the health-care system\u2019s payments from UnitedHealthcare would be based on how it performs against key quality measures and improved health outcomes for its patients.

Paying for performance has become an industry standard. More than 1,100 hospitals nationwide currently participate in a value-based care model with UnitedHealthcare, touching the lives of approximately 15 million patients who we collectively serve. In fact, all Arizona hospitals eligible for a value-based care program either participate today or are in the process of entering into a value-based care model with UnitedHealthcare. Only Northwest has been unwilling to adopt this model.

Instead, the hospital system is demanding a 27 percent rate increase for employer-sponsored and individual health plans over the next three years. If we agreed to those demands, the amount local employers and employees pay for their health coverage would have to increase to cover the higher costs. For example, Northwest\u2019s rate demands would mean an emergency room visit or outpatient surgery at a Northwest hospital would cost approximately $1,000 more.

Accepting Northwest\u2019s proposal to raise the cost of care over the next three years would have a direct financial impact on all those members who rely on us to provide affordable, quality care, as well as their employers who have committed to providing competitive medical benefits.

If we are unable to reach an agreement with Northwest Healthcare by May 1, you still have many choices for quality care throughout Tucson. UnitedHealthcare has value-based care contracts with Banner-UMC, Carondelet and Tucson Medical Center; and we have more than 7,000 in-network physicians practicing throughout the Tucson metro area and surrounding counties. We urge Northwest Healthcare to join our value-based care program so that tens of thousands of UnitedHealthcare members in Tucson and surrounding communities can retain access to its hospitals, physicians and specialists.

Please know that if you are a UnitedHealthcare member who is currently undergoing treatment, pregnant, or scheduled for a procedure at Northwest Healthcare, you may qualify for continuity of care coverage after May 1, 2017. UnitedHealthcare members with questions or concerns should call the number on the back of their health-care coverage card.

Thank you for your support as we continue these important negotiations.

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Local residents with UnitedHealthcare health insurance should be concerned. Your access to high-quality health-care services at Northwest Healthcare is at risk.

Why?

Because over the course of several months, United issued a notice of termination on our contract, demanded a 25 percent cut in its payments and refuses to engage in good-faith negotiations with our health system. If United doesn\u2019t place any urgency on our discussions to renew our contract, our existing agreement will expire on May 1, 2017. That means thousands of United members will no longer have in-network access to our facilities, urgent care locations or physicians.

It\u2019s not unusual for health-insurance companies and health-care providers to negotiate and renew contracts. However, what\u2019s not part of the normal business process is to terminate your contract in the middle of open enrollment and not alert members. This is a major disruption in patient care, especially the relationship patients have with their physicians.

United issued a notice of termination to our contract in November of last year, and for the last five months, Northwest Healthcare has committed the time and resources to reaching an agreement. Despite our health system offering significant compromise, United has refused to negotiate in good faith on anything less than a 25 percent cut in what they pay us for the care we provide to its members. United knows very well that we \u2014 nor most other health-care providers \u2014 cannot possibly endure such a deep cut. The same would be true if your boss cut your pay by 25 percent to do the same job. For us, this kind of demand threatens our ability to provide the same level of services and resources our patients have come to expect from Northwest Healthcare.

Northwest Healthcare is committed to Tucson, Oro Valley and the surrounding areas. Over the last year, we\u2019ve recruited 18 new physicians in a variety of specialties including family medicine, internal medicine, cardiology, podiatry and neurology. Two new QuickMed locations and the new Northwest Heart & Vascular practice opened, and we added new equipment for robotic and gastrointestinal surgery. In 2016, our hospitals provided more than $61 million in charity and uncompensated care to the area\u2019s most in-need residents. Finally, our organization leaves a sizable footprint of more than $18 million in property and business taxes, which in turn fund civic resources and services.

We\u2019re doing everything we can to help patients continue to have in-network access to our hospitals, urgent care and physician practices. What can United members do?

It\u2019s important to know that if you have Original Medicare and have a United supplemental health plan (also known as a MediGap health plan), you are not impacted by these negotiations. Additionally, TRICARE members are not impacted by these negotiations.

Northwest Healthcare will do everything we can to make sure the patients who place their trust in our care can access the services they need. We are proud to serve as an important part of our community\u2019s health-care landscape, as we have for more than 33 years. We continue to be willing to work with United and reach an agreement in YOUR best interest. We need United to take its role \u2014 and its negotiation \u2014 as seriously as we do.

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Re: the April 16 \"Disabling the civil rights of people with disabilities\"

First of all my heartfelt thanks to Ms. Gassen for the courtesy of correctly using the (seemingly unknown to the news media), practice of putting the person first and disability last, when referring to an individual like my eldest daughter, who happens to need a little assistance with most tasks she faces each day!

Secondly, as a former caregiver to individuals with different needs (myself included), I want to thank House Speaker J.D. Mesnard for his gracious deference to businesses who are inconvenienced by individuals who might need a little help entering or leaving their places of business. Yep, it can be overwhelming and costly to proactively spend part of their hard-earned profits to accommodate people like my daughter, who don't usually worry about being inconvenienced.

Thank you, Sarah. You are a large part of the reason why I keep my subscription to the Star.

Bob Wineland

Northwest side

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President Trump says he plans to cut funding for the public libraries. Recently I visited the Columbus branch of the library and was amazed to find it filled with school children waiting for turns to use the computers. The librarian said the kids are there every weekday afternoon doing their homework because they don't have computers or Internet access at home.

What will these children do without library access? The library also provides space for groups to meet, including a support group for people who have lost their spouses. All of this is on top of the wonderful service libraries provide in making books available for free to all. This community needs the public libraries.

Anne Gooden

Midtown

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Re: the April 20 article \"Tucson pest-control pioneer\u00a0Truly\u00a0Nolen\u00a0dies at 89\"

I worked for Truly for 17 years in the Training Department, with great pleasure and admiration. His company is customer service based. Customer Service was Number 1 with Truly. I had great pride working for Truly Nolen.

When at a pest control conference or industry gathering, if you said you worked for Truly Nolen, competitor employees would be so impressed and would want to know about how it was working there. Truly Nolen of America had a reputation for being the top Pest Control company in the country. And with good reason.

I learned so much from Truly himself because he was a man who not only talked the talk but he also walked the walk. I am so sorry to hear of his passing, as he was a great leader and mentor for me. He was a great innovator and industry leader for Pest Control as a whole.

Judith Harper

New Hampshire

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Tucson City Councilwoman Karin Uhlich, representing Ward 3, has decided not to run for re-election. Three Democrats and one Libertarian have started primary campaigns to become her successor. On April 13, all three Democrats appeared before the Democratic Nucleus Club of Pima County.

One of the topics of discussion was mass transit. All three candidates supported the idea of an independent regional authority with a dedicated funding source to run Sun Tran, Tucson\u2019s bus service. Increasing ridership was also discussed, according to coverage by the Star\u2019s Joe Ferguson.

With the popularity of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), the creation of another similar authority should be an easy sell \u2014 but should we buy it? The RTA, and similar authorities across the country, were created as a workaround for the limits on local government taxation. It was this taxing authority that made it so valuable to the city of Tucson and Pima County. It also relieved the city of Tucson from all the work involved in getting those road projects off the ground.

What better solution to Sun Tran\u2019s financial problems than to hand them off to someone else?

So, let\u2019s say that the new authority comes into being. We can assume that the dedicated funding source will be a combination of federal grants and yet another half cent, it\u2019s-only-a-latte sales tax.

It would be a good idea to forgo the federal grants altogether. They come with more strings than the New York Philharmonic. These strings not only increase costs but can prevent the project from being customized for Tucsonans.

The financial breakdown of Sun Link \u2014 Tucson\u2019s \u201cmodern streetcar\u201d \u2014 is an example of typical transit funding sources. According to the Sun Link website, it has received $69 million in federal grants, $75 million from the RTA, and another $14.2 million from other local sources. Perhaps we could have saved enough money through increased efficiency, flexibility, quality and creativity to make up for the $69 million in federal money had we not sought it. Besides, electric streetcars are so 19th century!

At least the City Council hopefuls focused on a 20th-century alternative \u2014 Sun Tran. Buses are less expensive to purchase and maintain than rail systems and require less additional infrastructure. They are also flexible enough to respond to changing residential and business patterns.

Many Sun Link advocates said that the inability to re-route the streetcar was a benefit! There is also the misconception that motorists who would not move to a bus would move to a streetcar, but a 2002 MIT study \u201cComparing Ridership Attraction of Rail and Bus\u201d concluded the following: \u201cThus, the principal conclusion of this study is that rail and bus services which provide similar service attributes have the same ridership attraction.\u201d

I have an idea. Why don\u2019t we try some 21st-century approaches? The peer-to-peer revolution has its transit representatives, of which Uber and Lyft are just two examples. The two combined represent a huge Tucson fleet that requires no capital purchases on the part of the government. The response times are quick, the per rider cost is low, and riders are pretty happy with it.

Now I know that there are some people who are just not comfortable unless they are shoving people into a bus. For them, I give you Bridj, a Boston startup that has a fleet of 14 passenger Mercedes-Benz Sprinters that, when combined with an Uber-type of app, provide low-cost point-to-point trips that, according to its website, cost \u201cslightly more than public transit, but significantly less than taking a taxi.\u201d

Let\u2019s stop acting like wards of the state, the purpose of whom is to build monuments to centuries old technology. The grassroots, organic solutions are there, and it is the American way.

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We knew something was up the moment we walked into our classroom for The Call, the student newspaper at Kirkwood High School in suburban St. Louis. It was January 1988.

Taped on the walls was a paper banner with scrawled words to the effect of I\u2019m in charge now and You must obey me and No more press freedom. It was signed by Principal Franklin McCallie.

He and our newspaper adviser, Mr. H.L. Hall, explained: The U.S. Supreme Court had just handed down a decision in a case that originated a few towns over, at Hazelwood East High School. The court gave administrators the right to censor student journalists\u2019 work.

Mr. McCallie didn\u2019t believe those things he\u2019d written. He\u2019d wanted us to experience, momentarily, what other student journalists were facing, the kids in schools whose principals were more concerned with their school\u2019s image than with educating students.

Mr. McCallie and Mr. Hall wanted us to appreciate the immense responsibility we held. They expected us to ask questions, to dig for answers, to be accurate and thoughtful. They expected us to honor and exercise our First Amendment rights.

We were luckier than we knew.

Arizona student journalists have a champion in Sen. Kimberly Yee, a Phoenix Republican. She worked on her school newspaper, the Demon Dispatch of Greenway High School, as a cartoonist and reporter in 1992. She witnessed censorship by administrators, and sponsored an excellent bill, SB 1384, that would prevent school administrators from interfering with student publications \u2014 with limited exceptions, such as libel.

The bill was pulled from the floor last week, after more than an hour of debate that included Sen. Rusty Bowers, R-Mesa, a self-employed artist, likening students learning journalism to people who can fingerpaint and call themselves artists.

Some lawmakers don\u2019t think students can handle freedom of expression. Others don\u2019t think they need it.

What a dispiriting underestimation of students, and their teachers. We should want more for, and from, young people.

Across the country, student journalists are doing incredible work. A staff in Kansas revealed that a new principal lied about her qualifications, and she resigned. A staff in Queens is reporting on the chaos and questionable decisions by an interim principal.

Legitimacy as a journalist is in the work you do, not a lawmaker\u2019s opinion of you \u2014 or your age.

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Re: the April 20 article \u201cLetter: Silent cyclists cause a fright on The Loop\u201d

I am a cyclist who has enjoyed the path for many years. However, I have become terrified of using the path while peacefully cycling because of large groups of pedestrians taking up the ENTIRE path while acting in unpredictable and erratic behaviors.

Some pedestrians show extreme disregard for others safety and are very hostile. These pedestrians travel in large \u201cgangs\u201d and prohibit others from enjoying the path. It\u2019s as if they are protecting their \u201cturf\u201d through intimidation.

They NEVER advise others of their intentions to walk outside of a straight line. I ALWAYS indicate my intention to pass a pedestrian and also give a warm \u201chello\u201d but rarely receive this courtesy in return. NOT every pedestrian on the path is like this, but a few bad apples are causing problems.

I know the path is for everyone, but could these dangerous pedestrians be limited to utilizing the path to designated locations and times to avoid causing hazards for everyone else? Can law enforcement cite these dangerous pedestrians?\u00a0

Roger Lodge

Downtown

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As a walker, rider of a bike and rider of a horse I really appreciate the Rillito River Trail.

Noting the recent comments from and concerns of other walkers, bike riders and horse riders it may be a good time for a meeting of representatives from the city, county, walkers, bike riders, horse riders and any other concerned members of the community to come up with some reasonable rules and signage to help coordinate the safe use and preservation of the trail. After the meeting(s) the signage would be installed and the rules enforced.

Michael Blaney

East side

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Re: the April 20 article \u201cRomar's move to Wildcats' bench all part of the plan\u201d

Thanks, Bruce Pascoe, for the article on Lorenzo Romar, and for not downplaying the role that his Christian faith has made in his life. I appreciate that he will bring not only a great basketball mind to the team next year, but also a depth of character that will be appreciated by the players and families of the recruits.\u00a0

The other outspoken-in-their-faith coaches at UA (think Jerry Kindall) have done pretty well, and I have no doubt that Coach Romar will contribute significantly in all ways. And kudos to Sean Miller for recognizing that character counts and pursuing Romar for the position. It\u2019s a win-win for the Wildcats.\u00a0

Don Adams

Southeast side

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I am an 82-year-old retired Air Force General and an avid cyclist. I ride the Loop bike path every day and am becoming increasing concerned about the amount of high-speed wildlife I encounter.

Today while riding on the Rillito a quail ran right in front of me! I had no warning and no time to react! I had to swerve to miss it and luckily was able to stay upright. My friend following along right behind me wasn\u2019t so lucky and he is bruised from falling off his bike!

Unfortunately, this is not the first time this has happened. I have been startled by those little lizards, too. They are so fast! I have also been startled by prairie dogs, pigeons, coyotes and roadrunners. There are plenty of other places that wildlife can run around, but they should not be allowed on the Loop. Perhaps Pima County could create a wildlife speed limit.

The Loop was designed for walkers, runners, skaters and bike riders, NOT WILDLIFE!\u00a0

Robert Loblaw

Foothills

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Karl Flessa

\u2018Strong Science = Strong America.\u201d That\u2019s what the bumper sticker on the door of the office next to mine says.

I agree completely.

I will stand up for science by marching in Washington, D.C., on April 22. Other Tucson scientists will mark the day at the Rally for Science at El Presidio Park. Marches and rallies will be held in more than 500 cities around the world.

Still other Tucson scientists will be celebrating science at the 10th anniversary of the University of Arizona\u2019s Biosphere 2.

I study the life of the past in order to understand how life responds to environmental change \u2014 I\u2019m a paleoecologist. I will march with my colleagues from the Paleontological Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, the Society for Conservation Biology and many other mainstream scientific societies.

We\u2019re not a bunch of radicals. On most days, we are at work in the lab, in the field, in the classroom or in front of our computer monitors. We are working to improve our understanding of our world and the universe so we can benefit society.

Some of us will march to support science education, some will call for action on climate change, some will protest cuts to research funding, some will protest the elimination of environmental protections, some will march to commemorate Earth Day. These are all good reasons. Count me in.

I will march in Washington, D.C., because policy decisions on the environment, on resources, on climate, on health, on research, on science education, on joint efforts with international colleagues, on public lands and many other issues, should be informed by scientific evidence.

We will march because we are concerned about the future of science in this country.

Advocating for evidence-based decision-making is not a partisan activity.

However, I\u2019m concerned that politicians are increasingly ignoring scientific evidence when it conflicts with their ideology.

Americans value science and trust scientists. Americans know that scientific knowledge and scientific research has improved their own and their family\u2019s health and well-being, and provided good jobs.

Americans understand that science is vital to the future of our country. Our scientific enterprise is the envy of the world. Research at the University of Arizona is an engine driving many of Tucson\u2019s science-based jobs, including those in the optics industry, in mining, in aerospace, in healthcare and in biotech.

Yet a small minority of people reject scientific knowledge about climate change, evolution, vaccination, clean water, clean air, endangered species and other issues. That small minority wants to weaken the quality of the science that\u2019s taught to American kids. Because of that small minority, some politicians now want to cut support for research in basic science, including basic biomedical research. Some now want to eliminate environmental protections and efforts to combat climate change in the false belief that those efforts are harmful to our economy.

America can\u2019t afford to ignore science.

Scientists can\u2019t afford to be complacent. We will march and conduct teach-ins to show that we care about the future of our country and to demonstrate that our work helps ensure a society that\u2019s healthy, innovative, environmentally friendly, productive and equitable.

Sure, I vote in elections. I also email, call and write to my local, state and national representatives.

A healthy democracy depends on citizens speaking out on the issues that affect them and that affect our country. Marching with other scientists is just one way I\u2019m speaking out on the issues that affect all of us \u2014 not just scientists. Strong science keeps America strong.

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With education in the news it was time to interview my favorite Arizona legislator, State Senator Rip Fiddler, from Cactus Flats.

Me: Senator, critics say vouchers will drain dollars from Arizona\u2019s public school system, a system that is already underfunded. What do you say to that?

Sen. Fiddler: What I always say. You can\u2019t throw money at the problem.

What do you throw at the problem, senator?

Rocks.

Senator Fiddler, are you proud of having slashed public education funding for decades?

Not as proud as I am of my ability to act shocked when poor schools underperform the rich ones. Where\u2019s my Oscar?

Let\u2019s talk about teachers. One out of every five teachers quits teaching in the first year. Senator, exactly what percentage is that?

I\u2019m a lawmaker, not a pocket calculator.

Twenty percent. And another 20 percent quits after the second year. So how many quit in the first two years?

Do I look like the Rain Man?

Forty percent, senator. Nearly half quit in the first two years. That\u2019s a huge teacher shortage.

Short or tall, I can\u2019t do anything about the height requirements.

Senator, the pay raise Gov. Doug Ducey gave teachers was a pittance.

Are you kidding? It\u2019ll turn lives around. It\u2019s more than enough to cover the U-Haul rental they\u2019ll need to move to a state that pays a decent wage.

Let\u2019s talk higher ed. Senator, is it smart to price higher education out of the reach of working-class students?

Tell those losers you got to spend money to make money. Know who said that? The last corporate education lobbyist who bribed me. I meant, \u201cSupported my campaign.\u201d

Senator, why did you kill adult ed and vocational training?

If adults want to go back to school to develop a job skill, they can go to any number of our fine prisons where they can learn to sew leather mail bags for the U. S. Postal Service or stamp out license plates. In fact that\u2019s an industry the state is investing in. Big time.

Senator! Arizona is at the bottom when it comes to education. What is your plan to reform education?

Well, first we financially starved public education for years. We cut it to the bone. Now school choice vouchers are going to suck the marrow out of what\u2019s left. We have a dream: The rich will choose to go to beautiful private schools subsidized by your taxes and the poor will go to prison and special-needs kids will go to dying public schools.

Tissue?

I get choked up.

You say you\u2019re applying free-market principles to education, but, in fact, you\u2019re creating a system that\u2019s rigged against public schools. When it comes to tax credits you rigged the system to benefit private schools. You don\u2019t apply the same regulation or accountability to private schools.

Well, we got bold visionaries here in the Legislature who have an interest in private schools wiping out the competition and making the big bucks. That\u2019s what our beloved \u201cfree market\u201d principles are all about. We want Arizona to offer our children the best education that money can buy. And that money belongs to the people, and specifically, the corporations that are \u201cthe people\u201d who donate to my campaign every year.

How will the vouchers plan work?

The tax dollars that once went to your kid\u2019s Godless public school will now be divvied up among folks homeschooling their kids or sending them to private charters, exclusive prep schools, private academies, and assorted madrassas. You\u2019ll be subsidizing their choice to abandon the public-education system.

Robbing Peter to pay Paul.

This has nothing to do with the Beatles.

Arizona is at the bottom when it comes to education, senator.

Education is overrated. Look at me! I haven\u2019t cracked a book in decades and I\u2019m a lawmaker. Did your hear our bold, visionary governor wants all-day kindergarten?

Only in Arizona could something so commonplace in the civilized world be considered bold and courageous. Good grief.

I\u2019m excited about it.

Arizona already has all-day kindergarten. It\u2019s called the Legislature. Senator, are our public schools underfunded and overcrowded, our kids overtested and our teachers grossly underpaid?

No way, Chief. Our public schools got three problems: Kids can\u2019t pray, teachers can\u2019t carry guns and they got too many frills like computers, walls and pencils. When I was a kid we carved petroglyphs onto rocks and we pledged allegiance to the flag every day, unless it got snatched away by a pterodactyl. Look at me! Ol\u2019 Rip Fiddler turned out fine.

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I was happy to read that House Bill 2022, \u201cshooting snakes and rats in town,\u201d has died.

Thanks to State Senator Kate Brophy McGee for reading retired Sheriff Michael Cardwell's letter detailing \u201cthe foolishness of people who feel the need to shoot at snakes\u201d and \u201chow gunfire presents a much greater danger to bystanders than the snake itself. Projectiles fired into the ground at low angles . . . very frequently ricochet and put holes in buildings, cars, and people.\u201d

My Aunt Marilyn was shot in the face because she was curious about what my grandpa was doing. He was shooting at rats under their garage; she was peeking under the garage from the opposite side. My aunt was a child; my Grandpa loved to shoot at things. Shooting at anything was the accepted norm of that time.

Thanks to Sheriff Cardwell for speaking out and to the senators who voted down HB 2022. Because of them we are all safer.

Christine Lee Oler

West side

"}, {"id":"9956f849-f863-5117-b948-66fbf0309942","type":"article","starttime":"1492819200","starttime_iso8601":"2017-04-21T17:00:00-07:00","sections":[{"letters":"news/opinion/letters"},{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: Politicians, groups asking too often for donations","url":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/article_9956f849-f863-5117-b948-66fbf0309942.html","permalink":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/letter-politicians-groups-asking-too-often-for-donations/article_9956f849-f863-5117-b948-66fbf0309942.html","canonical":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/letter-politicians-groups-asking-too-often-for-donations/article_9956f849-f863-5117-b948-66fbf0309942.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"I get about 100 emails a day asking for money. Most political, many charities. If I donate online, the same ones asking for money online send me a letter asking for money, or call asking that I \"double\" my contribution. This doesn't even get into the number of calls I get a day pleading for whatever cause. I am on the \"Do Not Call\" list, which seems to make no difference at all.","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":"9956f849-f863-5117-b948-66fbf0309942","body":"

I get about 100 emails a day asking for money. Most political, many charities.

If I donate online, the same ones asking for money online send me a letter asking for money, or call asking that I \"double\" my contribution. This doesn't even get into the number of calls I get a day pleading for whatever cause. I am on the \"Do Not Call\" list, which seems to make no difference at all.

All those things I sent money for them to accomplish things don't seem to have been accomplished and so they've doubled down, more emails, more letters, more calls.

The politicians seem to be the worst, with heart-wrenching stories of what they could accomplish with more money (and they actually get a paycheck!)

I plan to start deleting (and throwing away) any political requests for money and donate only to those who I believe are truly in need.

Vicki Hart

Midtown

"}, {"id":"4ab9750a-4729-56e8-84a8-ea5729c209eb","type":"article","starttime":"1492819200","starttime_iso8601":"2017-04-21T17:00:00-07:00","sections":[{"letters":"news/opinion/letters"},{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: Praise for Grijalva on border wall suit","url":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/article_4ab9750a-4729-56e8-84a8-ea5729c209eb.html","permalink":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/letter-praise-for-grijalva-on-border-wall-suit/article_4ab9750a-4729-56e8-84a8-ea5729c209eb.html","canonical":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/letter-praise-for-grijalva-on-border-wall-suit/article_4ab9750a-4729-56e8-84a8-ea5729c209eb.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"I am writing to publicly thank Rep. Raul Grijalva for once more standing strong for what is right for our country and for our state. He and the Center for Biological Diversity have filed a lawsuit against the proposed border wall. As a scientist, I know that the proposed wall will cause irreparable harm to our land and all life which this land supports. As a person who believes in respect for all people regardless of country of origin, race, or religion, and that our differences make us stronger as a nation, I oppose any type of barrier that prevents dialogue, increased understanding or much needed cooperation. We should focus our efforts as well as our tax dollars on building bridges, not walls.","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":"4ab9750a-4729-56e8-84a8-ea5729c209eb","body":"

I am writing to publicly thank Rep. Raul Grijalva for once more standing strong for what is right for our country and for our state. He and the Center for Biological Diversity have filed a lawsuit against the proposed border wall. As a scientist, I know that the proposed wall will cause irreparable harm to our land and all life which this land supports. As a person who believes in respect for all people regardless of country of origin, race, or religion, and that our differences make us stronger as a nation, I oppose any type of barrier that prevents dialogue, increased understanding or much needed cooperation. We should focus our efforts as well as our tax dollars on building bridges, not walls.

Martha Brumfield

Foothills

"}, {"id":"ba1f6cb2-b78b-5460-9b5e-6e78682fdded","type":"article","starttime":"1492819200","starttime_iso8601":"2017-04-21T17:00:00-07:00","sections":[{"letters":"news/opinion/letters"},{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: New UA president deserves his salary","url":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/article_ba1f6cb2-b78b-5460-9b5e-6e78682fdded.html","permalink":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/letter-new-ua-president-deserves-his-salary/article_ba1f6cb2-b78b-5460-9b5e-6e78682fdded.html","canonical":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/letter-new-ua-president-deserves-his-salary/article_ba1f6cb2-b78b-5460-9b5e-6e78682fdded.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"What should the president of the University of Arizona be paid? Perhaps a comparison with the private sector Grand Canyon University would be appropriate. Brian E. Mueller, CEO of Grand Canyon Education Group had a compensation of $3,019,994 for the 2015 fiscal year. Four other officers of Grand Canyon Education Inc. had compensation ranging from $1,569,730 to $1,282,019, all well in excess of the President\u2019s compensation at the UA of $988,000.","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":"ba1f6cb2-b78b-5460-9b5e-6e78682fdded","body":"

What should the president of the University of Arizona be paid? Perhaps a comparison with the private sector Grand Canyon University would be appropriate. Brian E. Mueller, CEO of Grand Canyon Education Group had a compensation of $3,019,994 for the 2015 fiscal year. Four other officers of Grand Canyon Education Inc. had compensation ranging from $1,569,730 to $1,282,019, all well in excess of the President\u2019s compensation at the UA of $988,000.

Few would view GCU as comparable in quality to the Arizona state universities. How well do the graduates of GCU do in comparison to the University of Arizona, ASU, and Northern Arizona graduates? A recent report reprinted in the New York Times gives the median salary of GCU graduates at age 35 of $36,400, The median salary of UA, ASU and NAU at age 35 was $46,300. Employers obviously value graduates of the state colleges much higher.

Dale Stein

North side

"}, {"id":"f7ea5397-18cb-52d4-aa81-0d03386ee741","type":"article","starttime":"1492819200","starttime_iso8601":"2017-04-21T17:00:00-07:00","sections":[{"letters":"news/opinion/letters"},{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: Pedestrians should not walk against bike traffic on the Loop","url":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/article_f7ea5397-18cb-52d4-aa81-0d03386ee741.html","permalink":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/letter-pedestrians-should-not-walk-against-bike-traffic-on-the/article_f7ea5397-18cb-52d4-aa81-0d03386ee741.html","canonical":"http://tucson.com/news/opinion/letters/letter-pedestrians-should-not-walk-against-bike-traffic-on-the/article_f7ea5397-18cb-52d4-aa81-0d03386ee741.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"Re: the April 19 letter \"Pedestrians can help on The Loop path, too\" As a frequent bicyclist of The Loop (of slow to middling speed), I feel compelled to dispute the confusing and dangerous advice that \"pedestrians walk in the left lane so as to see cyclists coming towards them.\" Unless the pedestrian is actually walking backwards, they are not going to see a cyclist approaching from behind regardless of their lane position or path narrowing.","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":"f7ea5397-18cb-52d4-aa81-0d03386ee741","body":"

Re: the April 19 letter \"Pedestrians can help on The Loop path, too\"

As a frequent bicyclist of The Loop (of slow to middling speed), I feel compelled to dispute the confusing and dangerous advice that \"pedestrians walk in the left lane so as to see cyclists coming towards them.\" Unless the pedestrian is actually walking backwards, they are not going to see a cyclist approaching from behind regardless of their lane position or path narrowing.

Like driving, we need to keep expectations clear and simple. Slowest movers to the far right, pets adequately tethered. Notice that I said \"far right,\" this precludes oblivious wandering into the center of the path, frequently the cause of \"close passes\" and startled walkers. Cyclists don't like close passes either.

Additionally, if you use the trail with ears plugged by earbuds, you've forfeited your rights to complain about not hearing my \"passing on the left\" warnings.

This is a multi-use trail and there is always room for increased courtesy and understanding especially in the name of safety.

Dana Whitson

Oro Valley

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I understand that the Republicans won the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government, and many state governments too. I get it! Yet, it is hard for me to \u201cget over it\u201d so I will be part of the Tucson Rally for Science this weekend and next week\u2019s March for Climate.

I am thinking of my children, grandchildren and generations of family I will never meet. The president seems to be busy bringing back all of the pollution he can. It is not just about the environment for its own sake, but clean drinking water, food crops, safe medications and breathable air are all at stake.

I believe all aspects of science must be implemented and valued, or what lies ahead will be an uninhabitable world. I do not believe the President is concerned about our grandchildren, or even current workers, but rather about making money for the owners of industry. It is not worth sacrificing the future for them, so I will march and hope others will join me.\u00a0

Myna Matlin

Southeast side

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