Solar jobs are drain on the economy

Re: March 5 guest opinion "ACC shows hostile, destructive thinking on solar power's promise."

Our congressman (Ron Barber) should seek training in economics, stop listening to self-serving solar lobbyists, and stop criticizing elected officials who have a better grasp of energy and economics. The ACC's actions will strengthen Arizona by reducing uneconomic solar jobs, which are a drag on the economy and hinder our recovery.

Who do you think pays for these solar workers? We do, in higher taxes and electric bills.

Every dollar we spend for solar is a dollar less we can spend on food, education and housing. When we spend less there, those segments contract and people lose jobs. Barber can see the solar job gains, but he lacks the training to see the diffuse job losses throughout the balance of the economy from this bad policy.

The ACC commissioners are being good stewards of our treasury and planet because solar mandates are a placebo for legitimate energy and environmental challenges.

David Bergeron, company president,Tucson

Trying to develop Lyons at point guard flawed

Re: March 6 column "Clutch Lyons holds his own."

In Bruce Pascoe's column about Mark Lyons, Coach Sean Miller says he's "not your prototypical point guard." Gulp! Miller has stubbornly tried to fit a square peg in a round hole.

A true point guard makes his teammates look even better than they really are instead of looking out for his own shots. At best, Lyons is a good scoring guard. Period.

In economics, it's called "escalation of commitment" when one tends to invest additional resources in a losing proposition, merely because of a heavy initial investment. Investments like stripping Solomon Hill of leadership and failing to continue developing Johnson or Mayes at point guard.

The Lyons experiment failed! Proof? The Cats are loaded with talent, yet they have almost no chemistry. Lyons made one assist against 11 turnovers in two UCLA losses. Forget about converting Lyons. You've held up your end of the bargain, Coach Miller.

Louis Hollingsworth, attorney


Streetcar cost increase is Rio Nuevo all over

Re: March 6 article "City told streetcar operating cost will be 4 times earlier estimate."

To paraphrase a Yogi-ism, "Just like Rio Nuevo all over again?" Is it any wonder our politicians are held in such low esteem? There is a lesson here, folks.

Hank Testa, retired engineer


Vail incorporation needs a careful look

Concerning recent articles about Vail incorporation, I want voters to realize this is not a fait accompli. There are Vail voters who are strongly opposed to incorporation; we believe it's premature and ill-conceived.

We receive good police and transportation services from Pima County, without any additional taxation. The Incorporate Vail website suggests a 2 percent sales tax upon incorporation. While a property tax is not planned, neither is it definitively ruled out. Vail needs to add more sustainable businesses before considering such a step.

You reported that the Pima County Fairgrounds and Southeast Regional Park were opposed to being part of any incorporation because of the big risk of new taxes, and the minimal benefits of incorporation. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to exclude those areas from any incorporation.

Pay attention to this, Vail voters and ask yourselves, "Would incorporation realistically benefit my family now, and is it worth higher taxes?"

Kriss Mellor, retired business owner


Giffords photo showed such emotion

Re: March 1 photo "Giffords visits shooting site."

The photo published on the front page is so full of emotion. It alone should be enough to convince all of us that we need better gun control measures. Gabby Giffords shows such determination, but Mark Kelly's expression shows such grief. Both of them express great sadness. It moved me to tears.

Judy Nakari, artist and teacher


Streetcar a monument to left's spending ways

A streetcar that will carry but a few, once the novelty wears off, on a route that even fewer travel.

Like Sun Tran. Few use it; taxpayers pay for it.

Business disruption and chaos as a monument to the left's insatiable appetite to spend ridiculously.

Typical of Tucson - a city that has not built a building taller than Tom Cruise (excluding dorms) in the 12 years I've lived here.

Wonderful city planning by liberals.

John Vandehey, retired