Nuclear power is a fatal folly

It is not known how much radiation will ultimately be released from the damaged Japanese nuclear reactors, but any exposure to radiation increases a person's risk of cancer.

No one, including the plants' operators, can say what is going to happen and potentially millions of people are in harm's way.

After one year of operation, a commercial nuclear reactor contains 1,000 times as much radioactivity as was released by the Hiroshima bomb.

Earthquakes and tsunamis are not the only risks; accidents, worker error, power blackouts and design flaws in 40 percent of U.S. reactors also can cause power-plant breakdowns.

Given the unacceptably high risks associated with nuclear reactors, we must halt all new reactor plans and massive loan guarantees/federal subsidies and instead prioritize building an energy system that is safe and renewable using solar and wind power.

Barbara H. Warren

Physician, Tucson

Governments taking our freedoms away

As the Middle East fights and dies for the freedom we here in the United States have enjoyed for many years, we find our own governments taking our freedoms away.

Whether it be at the local, state or national level the Republicans and tea partyers want to strip the middle and poorer classes of their freedoms.

Things like the union-busting bill that has just passed in Wisconsin. The debate on the national level once again on a woman's right to ownership of her own body.

Take the law just passed in Michigan where the governor can, at will, appoint a person to oversee the management of a city or county that he deems to be in a financial crisis - that person can dissolve the local government and nullify all contracts in connection to that city or county.

Robert Grummons

RetiStudent,red, Tucson

Multimodal access needed in city now

Re: the March 13 column by Josh Brodesky "Give them shelter: That's the way they should wait for a bus."

Josh Brodesky articulates quite well the shortage of comfortable bus stops in Tucson.

But for our community, the issue is deeper and broader.

Our roadcentric and free-for-all patterned city leaves alternative modes access here behind most all other large cities.

Our sprawl and spread out infrastructure dominated by wide fast roads, dusty hot vacant lots, and haphazard commercial development creates a very difficult place for many folks here to want to walk, cycle or to take transit.

We need leadership and citizens to speak up and establish priorities to paint a new future where the city has comfortable bus stops connected by an attractive sidewalk and pedestrian system that is also linked to neighborhood greenways.

The city needs to plan for this now. Our leadership needs to inspire a more compact and livable community that embraces multimodal access.

Jerry Shapins

Living Streets Alliance, Tucson

Create jobs with a free market mission

To create long-term prosperity for Arizona our state needs a more public, unequivocal statement of support for the free market, free enterprise economic system.

Make it our state mission statement and it will become a job-creating magnet.

Arizona shouldn't rely on large increases in population to prosper.

Instead it should entice productive and innovative businesses and ambitious entrepreneurs to move here.

Ken Smalley

Retired, Tucson

Good alternatives to ethnic studies classes

It would be wonderful if the TUSD Governing Board spent half as much time worrying about reading, writing, science and math as they do an ethnic studies elective.

They should consider replacing La Raza Studies with Advanced Placement Spanish literature, or if the board and schools want to compare and contrast political institutions, then offer AP comparative government and politics.

These kids deserve a good education, not a hackneyed ideological political rant in the classroom.

Adam McAnally

Student, Tucson