UAMC facilities aren’t the problem

Re: the July 6 article “Banner takeover of UA network has benefits, caveats.”

“... the operating rooms at UAMC are the same configuration as they were when they were built in 1971. Such outdated facilities keep the UA from attracting top medical faculty and physician scientists.”

I wonder if Drs. Robert S. Poston and Rainer Gruessner would agree with that statement?

The real reason top physicians are not being attracted is because they keep suspending the top physicians they already have. Who on earth wants to work under those shenanigans?

Dana Powers


What will Banner do with UA debt?

If it is true that the Banner Health organization that’s about to take over the administration of our University of Arizona hospitals and clinics is really a nonprofit group, then how will they be able to afford to pay off the University of Arizona Health Systems debts as it is claimed?

Will someone please explain?

Arlene and Don Sikkink

Retired nurse and teacher, Tucson

More casitas means more traffic

Not long ago, there was a Pima County board of supervisors decision to allow a change in zoning for a 15-acre parcel. It allowed a developer to build 130 casitas right on Sabino Canyon Road at Cloud Road. The board of supervisors went against the advice of the planning and zoning commission, the residents (voters) of the affected areas, and with no comment from the county administrator Chuck Huckelberry. One of the arguments stressed by the residents (voters) was that this would add additional casitas, additional people, and additional cars to the already 95 casitas to be built on the other side of the road, in sum — a great deal more cars.

It is interesting that although the county administrator had no words against the developer’s plans to add rental units, additional residents and traffic, he is now concerned about the major increase in traffic. Just last week, he called for the resurrection of the long-opposed Snyder Road bridge study to help alleviate future traffic on Sabino Canyon.

James Slagle

Retired, Tucson

Death penalty shows we crave violence

RE: the July 10 article “Judge ponders delaying execution.”

I don’t know anyone who thinks capital punishment deters crimes, and it would be difficult to see any gain accomplished by most wars you might name, ancient and modern.

We execute a criminal at great expense while accepting daily carnage by people with “gun rights.” Those who lied to kick off the Iraq and Afghanistan sequence (longest war in our history, no end in sight) live in exalted luxury, never indicted.

Psychiatrist Karl Menninger in “The Crime of Punishment” wrote: “The inescapable conclusion is that society secretly wants crime, needs crime, and gains definite satisfactions from the present mishandling of it!   ... We have to confess that there is something fascinating for us all about violence.” Yet he hoped, in 1968, that “the public will grow increasingly tired of its cry for vengeance and blindness to the expense, futility, and danger of its penal system.”

David Ray

Writer, Tucson

Inmate deserves nothing but death

I just read the article in the July 10 paper regarding a possible delay in the scheduled execution of inmate Joseph Wood. At issue is whether or not he has a First Amendment right to know details about the two-drug combination to be used for his execution. Perhaps instead of contemplating whether he has the right to know this, the state should just consider shooting him in the chest instead. That appears to be his preferred method of execution as that is how he killed his two victims. Were they given any prior information as to how they were to be executed?

Perhaps as editors you should also contemplate why you chose to highlight this murderer even further by placing his photo in the paper. As a society we should be remembering his victims not publicizing their murderer.

Laurie Young

Retired, Tucson

Bike tips as summer riding heats up

It’s great to see more families and children riding bikes around Tucson. The Loop Bike Path is fantastic and there are many low-traffic routes that are interesting and entertaining in historic downtown Tucson. The riding is going to get even more enjoyable once the modern streetcar begins service July 25.

Here are some tips to make bicycling more enjoyable for you and your family: Be a “Roll Model.” Kids will do what you do. When you’re riding with your child, be sure to ride legally, predictably and explain what you’re doing so your little one can learn. Always wear a helmet and be sure to make each ride together a fun adventure. See you on The Loop!

Patrick Cunningham

Hospice chaplain, Tucson