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Bonds vote not a religious decision

Re: the Oct. 28 guest column “Pima Interfaith Council sees bond election as a moral decision.”

PCIC should refrain from commenting on the bonds. PCIC implies voting for the bonds is a religious duty. Careful.

Is this its precept: In order to do good for the poor and downtrodden, get together as a group and use the force and power of government to handle the problem so you can shirk your religious responsibility? That is not a part of any religion.

If PCIC members calculated the huge amount they are exempt from paying in taxes and spent that money on the problems they identify, there might be no need for the do-good parts of the county bond package!

The package may be good or bad, but that decision is not a religious decision.

Charles Josephson


How best to use tax dollars

Re: the Oct. 26 letter “We don’t need to keep acquiring.”

In response to this letter on the propositions, I am in agreement.

I invite all to use Exit 270 off of Interstate 10, South Kolb Road, my main entrance into the city for shopping and doctors appointments. It is also an access to the Pima Air & Space Museum, the Davis-Monthan-AFB gate, and the boneyard visitor attractions.

You will venture through the unkempt Pima County road with vegetation growing in the street and medians. On Valencia to Escalante, view the erosion as you pass the base. Especially during the heavy rainfalls, the street and bike path were covered with mud, and scraping had to be used to clear the road. Stone originally used to contain erosion is slowly slipping its way to the street, and landscaping and trash shows constant neglect. Irvington to Golf Links has more undercover than asphalt topping, causing an unbearable ride. See for yourself. Is this the way our tax dollars work for us and how we welcome tourism?

June Brownlee

Southeast side

Schools need a plan, not a deal

Re: the Oct. 26 article “Land trust deal may end schools suit.”

As a “deal” for education seems imminent, Arizona needs to ultimately come up with a viable sustainable plan for funding all levels of education. Funding education cannot continue to cannibalize schools, transfer money from one pocket to another, pillage dedicated funds and ignore legal obligations. Tax credits need stabilizing as they have spiraled out of control and have been subverted by school tuition organizations.

Before his election, Gov. Ducey said “a high-quality education system is imperative to a thriving economy; a state cannot have one without the other.” Our poor educational reputation continues to hurt Arizona’s ability to attract businesses, create jobs, and produce a skilled workforce.

Arizona now leads the country in the steepest higher education cuts and highest tuition increases since the recession. Arizona now ranks last or nearly last in all major areas of supporting public K-12 education. Arizona needs a coherent education-funding plan, not a deal.

Kathy Krucker


Why care about red-light

runners’ fines?

Maybe we law-abiding citizens could contemplate why we are concerned if the government raises a little money from those whose time is clearly more valuable than ours, as we wait for them to slip through the yellow (and often red) lights at intersections before we can turn left or proceed forward?

Lee Miller


A new definition

for capital punishment

Re: the Oct. 28 letter “Capital punishment is a pagan ritual.”

The never ending debate about capital punishment continues. Maybe a different perspective on capital punishment is needed. Therefore I submit for your consideration the following statement/position: Capital punishment is society acting in self defense.

The implications are obvious. If it’s OK to kill in God’s name, then capital punishment must be considered “justifiable homicide,” i.e., self defense.

David Williams

East side