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Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
Sunday, July 14, 2013 12:00 am

Walmart vote shows anti-business bias

Re: the July 12 article "Walmart denied a liquor license for controversial El Con location."

One more reason we do not need to wonder why we are not considered "business friendly." The Arizona State Liquor Board denied the largest and most successful retail company in the world a liquor license at El Con Mall. We really like our empty buildings and are upset that Walmart would invest in this midtown development. Yes sir, we showed them how we feel.

Mike Ebert

Small-business owner, Tucson

Chamber should focus on real problems

Re: the July 7 article "Doing away with the 'Old.'"

Once again, the Tucson Metro Chamber is assaulting the Old Pueblo. Despite the fact that no one ever used their last nominee - the Sunshine Factory - they want to change our nickname.

I think these are the same folks who wanted to stop using "monsoon" lest tourists and businesses be afraid to come here and drown.

They claim these names are keeping us out of the big leagues. If so, why go half way? "Tucson" has been in use for more than 235 years and itself invokes images of a dusty territorial town. And it isn't even English! How about "South Phoenix" or better yet "East L.A.?"

Once they have swept this impediment from our path to progress, the chamber can use its energies to support real solutions to actual problems, or to promote our community instead of trying to tear it down.

Lindsay Brew


Which religious flavor does Hobby Lobby like?

The full-page July 4 ad by Hobby Lobby was creepy, guised as promoting our country as a "Christian Nation." The ad brought to mind the Taliban, not our nation's founders.

Our nation's founders were very clear about diversity, difference and freedom of faith or non-faith. During the time of the 13 Colonies, some did not sanction different sects of Christianity. It's still a problem.

Recently, the fundamental sects of Christianity championed by Hobby Lobby argued that United Methodists, my church, are socialists or worse. If the owners of Hobby Lobby got their wish of the United States being officially declared a Christian nation, which flavor of Christianity is official?

The founders were wise: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion;" and they first suggested "E pluribus unum" in 1776. Both phrases convey their original intent.

Dennis D. Embry

President, PAXIS Institute, Tucson

More balance needed on Star's editorial page

For two consecutive weeks, readers have endured guest opinions of "freethinkers" of the atheistic persuasion. While they espouse the belief that all thought should be free to coexist peacefully in a civil society, their actions speak differently. In their efforts to wipe out all vestiges of Christian belief, they offend and insult their neighbors with a superior attitude toward those who may think differently, and they lack any respect for the "free thought" of others.

They use revisionist history to support their stance on the use of public lands, money or any other symbols of the country that has provided them their right to "free thought." If a business wants to advertise itself as Buddhist, Christian, Muslim or any other religion, why should anyone object?

As this paper gets smaller and its subscribers disappear, the editors may wish to give some thought to putting some balance on the editorial page!

L.E. Mastin

Oro Valley

Cost of mine, its jobs, may be too high

A full-page ad in last Sunday's Daily Star shocked me.

I admire the men who bragged about Rosemont's virtues. But would they be so supportive if their drinking water was sucked up to the mine? Our groundwater is diminishing. Rosemont admits it will dry up dozens of wells. They've agreed to deepen those wells when (not if) they go dry. Our drinking water will be replaced with corrosive CAP water, which may not be available with the Colorado River on the verge of dying.

Rosemont is storing water north of Tucson to help Green Valley and Sahuarita, but water has yet to flow uphill. One business leader says we need copper but ignores Rosemont's plan to send "our" copper to China. Rosemont's charitable giving was cited by one admirer. I see it as buying support.

I know we need jobs. But at what cost?

Jerry Pulliam

Former Chamber of Commerce CEO, Green Valley

GOP wrong on reform

It appears the party of old white men will have its way on immigration. And it seems to be willing to take losses of seats in Congress to get its way. We know John Boehner's ancestors were legal immigrants because Geronimo, Cochise and Pocahontas all stamped the Boehner visas.

Jim Waldo

Green Valley

Jobs will be moot if warming continues

Re: the July 5 column "Obama's war against coal is economic suicide."

Charles Krauthammer would have us ignore nearly 100 percent of the world's scientists who recognize that we are the cause of global warming. But he argues since "no one else is doing anything - why should we?" He continually criticizes Obama for a perceived lack of leadership, yet when he shows some, Krauthammer presents false arguments. He appears not to care for our fragile planet and only about jobs.

No one is going to need a job when this planet can no longer sustain life as we know it. What on earth is it going to take for those in his camp to recognize the facts? It reminds me of the story about the man who knew God would take care of him but failed to accept a ride in the boat, then passed on the chance to be lifted from the floodwaters by helicopter.

Emily Morrison