CEOs make 380 times more, not 3 times more
Re: the July 15 letter to the editor "Criticisms of earnings are unfairly applied."
I find it unfortunate and unprofessional when the Arizona Daily Star allows its letters to the editor to be used to spread misinformation. Such is the case with the letter that bemoaned the unfair criticism of CEOs for earning "300 percent more than their employees" when school district superintendents, university presidents and others are not held to the same standard.
The problem? CEOs do not earn 300 percent more, but 380 times more, on average, than their employees. If CEOs only earned 300 percent - or three times - more than their employees, I doubt that anyone would make a fuss.
The reason that the gap between CEO and worker pay is news is likely because this gap has increased dramatically from 1978 to the present, while worker pay has stagnated.
I urge the editors to follow their policy that facts and figures be annotated and verifiable.
New ways to honor 'Old Pueblo' name
The relevance of the origin of "The Old Pueblo" as an advertising gimmick is justly superseded by the historical significance the name has engendered over the decades.
Most major cities nurture the essence of their historical roots by positively advertising their symbolic identifiers - i.e. the Big Apple for New York City, the Windy City for Chicago, the "Gaslamp Quarter" in downtown San Diego.
The Old Pueblo conjures the beginning of Tucson in the current downtown district. It seems to follow that the city would continue to honor its historical roots by positively advertising and labeling downtown as "The Old Pueblo Downtown District" with the appropriate signage at the various points of entry to this geographical identified area.
This would signify a new beginning to a valued "Old Pueblo."
Robert J. Acuna
GOP, tea party views are entertaining
Re: the July 13 letter to the editor "It's easy to confuse a Democrat."
I find this statement funny. I have watched and listened to the GOP for the last five years. I watched the GOP presidential debates and enjoyed the show. Watched the presidential debates. That was popcorn time.
Mitt Romney made it interesting to watch, even when he was in front of the cameras making statements that were at the least not true.
So when someone makes a statement in the newspaper saying that Democrats are confused it makes me wonder what planet the GOP and the tea party are from.
Isn't there a better way than Streamline?
Re: the July 12 guest column "We need sensible immigration reform; Operation Streamline must end."
After reading about Operation Streamline I am appalled at both the questionable processes involved and their cost!
I agree that Streamline will not bring about a solution to border problems. I agree that members of the Congress owe it to this country to refocus immigration "reform" on actual reform and how "enforcement through criminalization will only weaken our country, strengthen its divisions and lead to greater desperation on the border."
Isn't there a better way - both less time-consuming and less expensive - to do this or is this just the best politics can do?
Anita Barker Lohr
Retired educator, Tucson
Poetry critique harsh, not newsworthy
Re: the July 17 letter to the editor "Poorly written poetry doesn't exalt message."
I am surprised you printed this disparaging and negative letter. The writer's harsh view of someone's poem was not newsworthy. He is not the poem writer's teacher, nor was he asked for a critique of the poem.
What purpose was served? I didn't enjoy his mean-spirited words, and the letter did nothing to promote understanding or enlightenment. Why provide a forum for a mean and churlish outburst?
Tucson loses overall when fines are too high
I am a snowbird who visits Arizona every winter. Last February I went through a photo radar trap set up on Old Nogales Highway and received a $234 citation for going 11 mph over the 45 mph limit.
As a retired police officer, I am very careful about obeying traffic laws. So while I thought the fine was excessive, I paid the ticket.
What I want to say is that money will never get spent in Tucson restaurants and stores.
There is a thing called the velocity of money, which describes how many times dollars roll over in an economy.
Experts say it turns over as many as seven times, and if that's the case, Tucson area businesses lost $1,638 on my ticket alone.
Fines should be high enough to get a driver's attention, but not so high that it hurts the local economy. I thought $234 (or $1,638) did a bit of both.
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Horsemeat trade just a beginning
On Aug. 2 a federal judge in New Mexico will either deny or give the go-ahead for newly licensed horse slaughterhouses in New Mexico and Iowa to begin slaughtering and butchering horses.
One of their purposes will be supplying horsemeat lovers in Europe.
Now I am sure there are more horse slaughterhouses in the United States, but this is a blight on us. How low do we sink when it comes to the stewardship of these noble and beautiful animals?
Be careful you dog lovers. Next we know, the kennels and animal shelters will be cleaned out and sent to the parts of the world where dog is a good meal.
Anything for a dollar.
Bette De Stefano
Retired, Green Valley