Letters to the editor

2013-11-09T00:00:00Z Letters to the editor Arizona Daily Star
November 09, 2013 12:00 am

Tent city for dogs

a Huckelberry scheme

Re: the Nov. 2 article “Tent city sought to ease dog crowding.”

It’s time to start reviewing Chuck Huckelberry’s contract. It is outrageous to spend $400,000 for his latest boondoggle, a temporary tent to house animals at the Pima Animal Care Center. Within 30 days there could be a permanent building twice as large built and operating with a couple additional staff members. This latest scheme of his is totally insane.

Rick Manuel

Retired, Green Valley

GOP doesn’t deserve all the blame

Re: the Nov. 1 letter to the editor “House speaker has too much power.”

What about Harry Reid? The Republicans sent over 30 spending bills to keep the government running. Sen. Reid would not even bring them up for a vote. Talk about too much power.

Let’s not just blame the Republicans. Both the Democrats and Republicans are to blame. No one wants to compromise. They want in their way or no way.

Judy Gagner

Retired, Tucson

Fitz is right: Sunsets in Tucson are the best

Re: the Nov. 2 column “Warning: Tucson’s great sunsets may produce cosmic epiphanies.”

We agree with David Fitzimmons’ column. Our son, Tim, lives in Tanque Verde and sends pictures of the incredible sunsets every week. Since Tim and his family have seen many Florida sunsets, as well as seeing our very beautiful upper Midwest sunsets, they agree Tucson’s sunsets are the best.

Mike and Martha Hatch

Goshen, Ind.

‘Iron Man suit’

should stay in comics

Re: the Nov. 1 article “US military wants to create prototype of ‘Iron Man suit.’”

Some people have been reading too many superhero comic books. The U.S. Special Operations Command’s effort to produce an “Iron Man” suit for elite soldiers to wear into battle brings up a few questions. Such as: battle with what forces, where and why? Such a suit might be “suitable” for going after small groups holed up in a shopping mall, but on a battlefield it would probably be met with old-fashioned napalm. Result: one burned soldier and one slightly damaged million-dollar suit.

Betty Nicholls

Artist, Tucson

Letters to editor not fair, balanced

Re: the Nov. 3 letters to the editor

If anyone on the management staff is wondering why no one takes the Daily Star seriously, the selection of last Sunday’s letters to the editor says it all. There are three, the first of which plays the race card. We should be past this for one simple reason, illegal immigrants are exactly that, illegal. They are not subject to racism, they are criminals.

The second letter refuses to allow anyone else to have an opinion that is different. Ted Cruz represents a group of voters with a different ideological position. Ted represents his voters to the best of his ability and yet the letter writer wants that right to be taken away. The writer is only interested in denigrating Ted Cruz.

However, Democrats don’t enforce rules of ethics for senators. Did the writer forget that Harry Reid stood on the Senate floor and lied about Mitt Romney’s finances for the political benefit of Obama?

I can only assume the Star has given up the concept of fair and balanced reporting.

Loran Hancock

Accountant, Tucson

Coyote kill

doesn’t make sense

Re: the Nov. 1 article “Hundreds of coyotes hunted in N. Ariz.”

So let me get this straight. Our state is allowing the hunting of coyotes to protect the antelope, so hunters can kill these antelope. Call me stupid, but it doesn’t make sense to me.

Lance Young

Travel agent, Tucson

Hitting a pedestrian takes some doing

Re: the Nov. 3 letter to the editor “Pedestrians, cyclists must be extra careful.”

The letter writer who said that something like 50 percent of the population is of less than average intelligence might be wrong. A look around at things leads me to believe that he might have been a bit generous in his assessment.

His observation of our poor safety record for pedestrians and their cause is spot-on. Even though I am a 75-year-old driver, I have yet to hit one in a crosswalk though.

Eugene Cole

Retired, Tucson

Toy-gun ads may be a source of problems

Looking through last Sunday’s advertising inserts for big stores with toy departments, there were 15 guns advertised by Target — accompanied by child models with unpleasantly vicious facial expressions — and one advertised by Walmart. Perhaps this is where the problem starts. Food for thought.

Norma Taylor

Retired registered nurse, Tucson

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