Just say no to divisive political tactics

Judging from reader comments, the Star’s new editorial policy of catering to the partisan divide on the opinion page has pleased few and only served to fan the angry flames of partisan passions.

Most of our problems result from our own actions, or lack thereof. There are no easy, perfect solutions. It’s thoughtful, open-minded discussions that solve problems, not heated angry debates.

Our species has been blessed with exceptional intelligence. Let’s put it to good use and end the childish school-yard squabbling.

Politicians win elections by pitting us against each other. It’s up to us to say no to their divisive tactics. We’re all in the same boat. If we pull together we’ll make a lot more progress and far fewer waves.

Jay Quick

Business owner, Tucson

12th Avenue project deserves support

Re: the May 14 article “Huckelberry, urging no bonds for 12th Ave., angers south side.”

As vice chairwoman of the City of Tucson Bond Project Advisory Committee, I am disappointed that the county administrator has chosen not to recommend investing in the 12th Avenue project.

The city’s bond project advisory committee has been tasked with prioritizing projects across Tucson through careful vetting, and the 12th Avenue project came in as one of the highest-rated projects, falling only behind citywide initiatives like sports field lighting and urban greenways.

Our committee includes developers, business owners, parks advocates, educators and more. Despite our diverse backgrounds and priorities, our interests convened on this project. The right investment will help create a cultural district that celebrates our region’s unique Mexican-American heritage.

The potential for economic development is great, as is the need for pedestrian infrastructure and improvements.

It’s time to invest in 12th Avenue. We hope the Pima County bond committee will recognize the merits of this project, as well as the priorities of our committee, and include 12th Avenue in our next bond package.

Dr. Liz Rangel


Southern Arizona’s

VA care is top notch

Re: the May 15 editorial cartoon by David Fitzsimmons.

I am offended by the cartoon showing a wounded soldier being treated by a medic and saying that he’s glad that the medic is not with the VA.

I have been in the VA system since my discharge from the Army in 1970, and I have seen the best and the worst the VA has to offer. The care I have received from the doctors, nurses and medical technicians at the Southern Arizona VA Medical Center has been top notch.

I have nothing but praise for their professionalism and caring attitude. Fitz’s cartoon is a slap in the face to those men and women who care for our veterans.

Richard Zwibel

Retailer, Tucson

Prosecutor is right

to pursue Tom Horne

Re: the May 15 article “Prosecutor renews pursuit of Horne in donations case.”

Attorney General Tom Horne is upset because he thinks Sheila Polk, the Yavapai County attorney, has, in deciding to pursue charges against him, “foolishly ignored the ruling of an independent judge.”

That’s funny, given that Tom Horne and John Huppenthal did the very thing he’s now complaining about when they ignored the independent audit and evaluation of the Tucson Unified School District’s ethnic studies program (an evaluation that the state ordered, and which found that the program did not violate state law), and foolishly forced the district to eliminate the program.

I say hooray for Sheila Polk. What goes around, comes around.

Jennifer Flagg

Education, Tucson

Immigrant women, kids are often mistreated

As members of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church’s Social Action Committee, we participate in a multifaith, immigrant-support community.

In response to recent articles about Border Patrol abuses, we must call attention to unreported systematic abuses of immigrants in detention. This year alone, our community has hosted several thousand women and small children.

They leave the Border Patrol station without resources or information to reach their families in the United States while awaiting court proceedings. We find them dehydrated, hungry, sick and humiliated. Many report being given only one sandwich and beverage over their three-day stays.

Their jackets and diapers are taken away permanently, while air conditioning is kept frigid. In at least one case, a woman’s bra was cut off.

If Border Patrol believes this treatment will discourage others from crossing our borders, they fail to understand the depth of violence and poverty driving these families from their homes.

Border Patrol agents must be held accountable for their treatment of immigrants in their charge.

Marjorie King and Jim Steinman