Drivers will ignore

an anti-texting law

Yes, Arizona must ban texting while driving. But will that be enough? What law hasn’t repeatedly been broken time after time? Too many people are positive that laws don’t apply to them. Has a speed limit law stopped speeding? For Pete’s sake, get real.

Unfortunately, no law is sacred and the injuries and deaths will continue until a valid solution to the problem is at hand. I am hoping that the car companies can and will find a way to stop the ability to text while a car is actually in motion. Pull over and text! Unfortunately this probably won’t happen until some car company’s bigwig has a family member killed or maimed while texting.

Vicki Phillippi

Retired, Marana

Weary of seeing

Lute Olson on TV

I’ve lived in Arizona for seven years — granted as a snowbird. But I’m really tired of Lute Olson. He seems to have almost godlike appeal here. I know he led Arizona basketball to national recognition, but then he almost destroyed it with his divorce antics. Do we need to see him on every other TV commercial? I say enough. Goodbye, Lute. Hello, Sean.

Freed Mueller

Retired, Green Valley

Conservative group aims to dupe us

I find it very sad that Americans for Prosperity is trying to dupe the people of Tucson into believing that their repeated commercials on television are not political. Anytime a person or group singles out a leader, it is political. It is also obvious that they are targeting all Democrats throughout the U.S. with this same ad to try to curb the inevitable backlash to their misplaced ideals.

Who are the “Americans for Prosperity” anyway? Because of their arguments against Obamacare, they must be hospitals, doctors and dentists, probably with many tea-partyers mixed into the group. What makes it more comically sad is they are using the exact same arguments that they used in the mid-’60s against Medicare.

Phil Godfrey

Retired, Tucson

Use local sources
when they’re available

Re: the Dec. 12 article “Meteorites land here; hunt for rocks underway.”

I do not understand is why the Daily Star felt it was necessary to interview Robert Ward, who lives in Prescott, when there are two meteorite dealers — Michael Farmer and Eric Olson — who participate every year in the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show living right here.

Linda Olson

Personal assistant, Tucson

Thief has a hankering

for gargoyles

Earlier this month I woke to notice my gargoyle statue was stolen right off my porch. Last year my glass-top table with two stone gargoyles was stolen off my porch. I suspect it could have been the same person, who obviously likes gargoyles.

I do not like the feeling of my personal space being invaded nor the disrespect of taking someone’s property. This occurred in the Glenn Street area between Campbell Avenue and Tucson Boulevard. If anyone has information on these items, please contact the Tucson Police Department.

Harriett Morton

Art teacher, Tucson

‘Red menace’ thoughts

of ’50s were delusional

Re: the Dec. 13 letter to the editor “Communists in ’50s were very real.”

I’m sure the writer of this heartfelt letter found actual spies when he was hunting them in the ugly ’50s. But when he points to the “untold security risks” he found, we slip right back to the days of imaginary communists.

Sen. Joe McCarthy, the House Un-American Activities Committee and countless other fearful Americans branded as security risks anybody who wrote about poverty or belonged to leftish organizations or was anti-war or taught about freedom of speech. Those so branded were hounded out of their jobs, publicly humiliated, had their patriotism questioned and were forced to conceal their identities in order to make a living.

This was delusional thinking. This was a tragedy of the first order. This was not only America at its worst, it was un-American. Anybody who points to that communist-hunting era with pride should be ashamed.

Maris Bootzin

Retired editor, Tucson

UA coach’s advertising was just business

Re: the Dec. 14 article “UA pulling plug on Miller’s ads for rival health network.”

When Sean Miller came to Arizona to coach the Wildcat basketball team, he had developed a brand while at Xavier as a winning basketball coach. Carondelet Health Network made a business decision to hire Miller to represent their product. The UA Health Network had the opportunity at that time to out-bid Carondelet and hire Miller as its spokesman. The UA Health Network obviously took a pass on that opportunity.

Now that coach Miller has become a huge success and probably has enhanced Carondelet’s marketing strategy, the UA Health Network is crying foul (pardon the pun). That’s how the big boys in business do it! Quit whining and when the opportunity arises again, step up to the plate and make the offer.

William Polson

UA alum, Tucson