Fitz is plenty punny but abused trademark

Re: the Feb. 8 column “Corny comedians invade the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.”

It was fun to see Fitz weave almost every known (clean) Arizona-centric geologic pun into his column. However, for the crater good, we must point out that “Tucson Gem and Mineral Show” is a registered trademark of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society and we have little appetite for having our trademark applied to other shows.

We are the local nonprofit organization that started this rocking economic juggernaut 60 years ago and we defend our trademark vigorously.

We’d like to extend an invitation to Fitz, and all of Tucson, to enjoy our 60th anniversary show this weekend at the Tucson Convention Center. It could be the beginning of a beautiful plutonic relationship. Have a gneiss day!

Peter Megaw

Exhibits chair, Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

Preventive health care can help reduce poverty

Re: the Feb. 13 article “Panelists call for coordination, accountability to fight poverty.”

The panel discussion on poverty was very productive, but one shortcoming was that there were no health professionals on the panel and the topic of health was hardly discussed.

Poverty is the number one social factor impacting every aspect of human health, including obesity, diabetes, alcoholism, cardiovascular and mental health, and increases the risk of contracting HIV and many other infectious diseases.

I believe the key to reducing poverty in Tucson is to recognize the role of poverty in trapping people into a multi-generational vicious cycle of poverty feeding disease, and disease feeding poverty. In order to reduce poverty, we should ensure access to quality preventive health care for all, regardless of their ability to pay.

A good start would be to increase funding and support for St. Elizabeth of Hungary Clinic, El Rio and Marana health centers, and the Commitment to Underserved People program at the College of Medicine.

Bijan Mossadeghi

Medical student, Tucson

Column encourages doing the right thing

Re: the Feb. 13 column “So bigots are uncomfortable with Michael Sam? Too bad.”

Sarah Garrecht Gassen’s column offers worthy traction to the old adage, “Who wants to be the last one in line to do the right thing?” Thanks for inching us along the road to becoming more human, Sarah.

John Heid

General laborer, Tucson

Editorial page

dumbed down

As you surely know, you’ve made some recent changes to the editorial page. Twice a week there’s a light, sometimes humorous, sometimes tedious opinion piece by David Fitzsimmons or Sarah Garrecht Gassen, and twice a week you publish Facebook comments — five to 50 word remarks on current stories that attempt to be clever and witty.

Also, you now have the caption contest, where cleverness and wit is also a goal. These changes provide entertainment, but they’ve also dumbed down the page. What’s next, the political joke of the week contest?

Douglas R. Holm

CPA, Tucson

Irony abounds

in Star’s news, columns

I detected a fair amount of irony in the Feb. 2 edition of the Star. In one story President Obama is calling on businesses to raise employee wages, while in another it appears he is stalling approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.

In a guest column, Sharon Bronson opposes the Rosemont Mine. Meanwhile, Tim Steller in his column, describes his epiphany that it takes strong economic growth to drive wages higher.

Maybe Tim could report his amazing discovery to President Obama and Sharon Bronson.

Jim Adam

Retired, Tucson

Half-truths will lead to economic downfall

Re: the Feb. 2 guest column “Splintered views of Rosemont Mine don’t reveal total picture.”

As a native Tucsonan, I am saddened by the continuous string of negative articles about the Rosemont Mine by local government officials that are filled with half-truths and junk science. The recent guest column by the chair of the Board of Supervisors is a good example.

There is no mention of the additional tax dollars that would fund schools, road repairs and programs for the poor. Contrary to the conclusions about the assumed damage to the quality of life and to tourism that so many seem to believe, failure to develop the mine will have a much more serious economic and perceived “unfriendly to business” impact on the community in ways that are never discussed.

As my grown children say, “Dad, Tucson is a retirement community, no jobs, no future. Why would we want to stay?” The consequence of poor leadership and a steadily declining community, very sad.

David Ramsower

Retired, Tucson