Downtown could use

a design review board

Re: the June 29 article “Architectural missteps degrade downtown.”

Stephen Paul’s op-ed article is absolutely spot-on. As an architect and former city of Durango, Colorado, Downtown Design Review Board member who has just relocated to Tucson, I am surprised that apparently the city of Tucson does not have a design review board in place.

A review board need not be a roadblock to an owner/developer’s receiving approval for a project. The board can provide valuable feedback to the design team to ensure that the project meets its full design potential. A project should address the needs and desires of the neighbors and community as a whole. This is especially true now for downtown Tucson, which seems to be in the middle of a renaissance to create a more vibrant and livable downtown.

Please, Tucson developers, do not underestimate the quality of good, responsible design.

Larry Holcomb

Architect, Tucson

Avert your eyes! Babies

are being born naked!

Thank you for your article of June 29, “District punishes boy, 5, for ‘sexual misconduct.” Who knew Arizona could step to the forefront of anything? And yet Dysart Unified School District in Surprise is leading the charge against acts of sexual misconduct performed by those deviants under the age of 6. Hallelujah!

Maybe now the country can move forward and finally take steps to prevent babies from being born naked. It’s a disgrace, all those infants exposing themselves the way they do. Maybe some pharmaceutical company can diversify its product line and devise a way to make clothing in-utero. That would be a valuable contribution to the nation, not only by covering those shameless babies, but also by encouraging competition among companies vying to capture the lion’s share of this new, exciting and burgeoning segment of the fashion industry. Way to go, Surprise.

Kathleen Vishner

Retired CPA and investment adviser, Green Valley

Clothes for kid patients

made a worthy article

Kudos to writer Gabrielle Fimbres for her June 29 article on the laudable efforts of people in Tucson to make kid-friendly, appealing and appropriate clothing available for young patients with medical problems. I applaud Greg Renkenberger for hatching the idea and the fashion design department at Pima College for devoting time and energy to nurturing the idea into reality.

Beyond that, I want to say thank you for information that is inspiring and encouraging in today’s world of upheaval, unrest and endless partisan political squabbling, a welcome and refreshing change. To all those involved, keep up your good work.

Dorothy Dittmar

Retired, Tucson

It’s improper for city

to endorse warranties

Re: June 29 column “Is city’s embrace of warranty offer OK?”

If someone really took the time, including the Tucson city attorney, to fully understand the Arizona Constitution and the state-issued charter for the city of Tucson, I would suspect at the very least it would be judged questionable and inappropriate for the city to endorse any commercial enterprise or service for consumption by the citizens of Tucson. But a determination by the Arizona attorney general might even determine such action is illegal. For the city of Tucson to put the taxpayers out on a limb by issuing such an endorsement is quite simply stupid. It is conflict of interest, since the city stands to benefit by increased revenues. Governmental entities are not permitted to engage in such activities, period.

And remember, Chuck Huckelberry wanted to divert road funds to buy the land for the soccer fields we do not need and do not need to water.

When will Tucson and Pima County acquire honest government?

Milton Schick

Aerospace engineer, Tucson

Now, how about

pothole insurance?

I’m so happy that the city is part of offering insurance to cover the costs of water line and sewer line repairs. Let’s go further, how about insurance to cover “pothole” repairs in the street section in front of our residences, etc. Think of all the road bond issues we wouldn’t have to fund.

Ed Staten

Retired, Tucson

Thou shalt have right

to bear firearms

Re: the June 29 article “Q&A with CD1 Republican candidates.”

Adam Kwasman’s proclamation that keeping and bearing arms is a “God-given” right got my attention. I think of Mel Brooks’ Moses coming off the mountain with three stone tablets. He announces: “God has given us these 15 ...” at that moment he  drops one tablet, which crumbles; Moses continues: “er, 10 Commandments.”

Kwasman seems to have discovered one of those missing commandments: “Thou hast the right to bear (fire)arms, once they are invented, and only if you are a citizen of the future United States.”

Mark Cochran

Retired military, Tucson