Killing javelinas

is just plain wrong

Re: the Sept. 4 article “Herd of aggressive javelinas to be stalked, killed in Tucson.”

When wild animals interface with humans, the very first option offered by the Arizona Game and Fish Department every time is to kill. It turns my stomach and makes me angry beyond words. It is hard to believe that a wild animal that has developed the smarts over hundreds of years to survive in a hostile environment would die if relocated to another part of the desert. Even if so, they would have a chance to adapt or die naturally rather than be shot by a posse of overzealous hunters.

Harry Roy

Retired, Oro Valley

Understand teacher

who taped student

Re: the Aug. 29 article “Teacher in taping incident resigns.”

As a former teacher I completely sympathize with the second-grade teacher attempting to deal with an extreme behavior problem in her classroom. I imagine every teacher has fantasized about using some questionable method to try to control a child. Removal from the classroom is the only solution that allows the teacher to teach and the remaining students to learn.

I am sure that this child will continue her behavior no matter who the teacher is or where she is taught. Furthermore, a look at her behavior for the past few years would no doubt turn up a similar pattern. TUSD needs to create a way to remove any child who keeps classrooms from learning and keep them out for longer than a few minutes. If a solution could be found, this would prevent teacher burnout and make classrooms a better place for learning.

Rae Lynn Reffruschinni

Retired TUSD teacher, Tucson

Unlicensed ‘contractors’

do enormous harm

Re: the Aug. 21 article “Unlicensed cabinet firm fined twice over summer.”

Thank you for informing your readers about the constant problems with individuals doing work but not having the proper registrar of contractors license. But please do not call these people unlicensed contractors, for what they really are and should be call are “unlicensed individuals.”

They cause tremendous harm and financial burdens to our citizens. Too many individuals just look at the price without first checking on the ROC’s website, or if they need help all they have to do is contact Alliance of Construction Trades at 624-3002 or

James J. Kuliesh

President, Alliance

of Construction Trades

Act before gray wolf

is just a memory

Re: the Aug. 21 article “Mexican gray wolf dies during capture.”

With only about 75 Mexican gray wolves existing in the wild, it’s unimaginable that Arizona Game and Fish could have let a young female die under their watch. Arizona has been part of the Species Survival Plan for the last 15 years and should know how to properly capture the wolves for tracking purposes. With so few individuals in the wild, and only two confirmed breeding pairs, every wolf is precious. And now one is gone.

Mexican gray wolves are the most endangered mammal in the country and are on the brink of extinction. It’s time their classification be changed from experimental, nonessential to essential, and a new recovery plan be put into place before the lobo is nothing more than a memory.

Janet Hoben

Burbank, Cal.

Why not ducking stool

to punish vandals?

Re: the Aug. 20 letter to the editor “Put offenders in stocks to reduce crime.”

This forward-thinking letter writer proposes that a solution to our vandalism problem would be to lock the young vandals in stocks in the public square, as the Pilgrims did.

Apparently, the writer has been channeling Cotton Mather and has statistics proving the effectiveness of such sophisticated punishment.

I suggest we go one step further: Strap each vandal in a ducking stool beside the lake at Kennedy Park and immerse him repeatedly until he confesses to being a witch.

Thomas Sanders