PCC board members put college at risk

Re: the May 7 article “Recall drive fails on PCC board members.”

The two Pima Community College board members who survived a recall, due to the high number of signatures needed, may think this outcome is positive, but instead, they are continuing to put PCC at risk by not resigning.

The PCC board is responsible for the college being placed on probation. The surest way to demonstrate to the accrediting agency that things are better is for them to see a new board. Voters have already replaced one board member with the election of Sylvia Lee.

PCC’s rich history and traditions are invaluable. We should all make efforts to preserve and protect our community college. Chancellor Lee Lambert, when he was a candidate for the job, said he wanted to restore the college’s luster. It would help if Stewart and Cortez resigned.

David W. Gallagher

Retired PCC faculty member, Tucson

Renters already pay property taxes

Re: the May 7 letter to the editor “Renters should pay property tax, too.”

The letter writer asks, “Why do people who live in rental units not have to pay some form of this tax as well?” The answer is, we do.

All real property is taxed, not just residential property. Commercial property owners (landlords) pay both general and school district property taxes, which are generally higher than if the same piece of property were residential.

The costs of these taxes, along with the costs of property maintenance and insurance (across physical structures), management fees or salaries, commercial mortgage interest and profit are passed through to the renter in their rent payment.

Therefore, renters do pay “some form of tax” through their rent that is in general higher then the cost of taxes paid by a residential homeowner. Renters also do not have the advantages a homeowner has of federal deductions for property taxes and mortgage interest on income taxes.

I am also retired and live on a fixed income. I do not believe I should have to pay the cost of property tax twice.

William Mayberry

Retired engineer, Tucson

Be a steward

of Tucson parks

Now that summer is almost here and school is nearly out, many families celebrate with activities at Tucson’s parks. We are fortunate to have these open spaces for recreational use.

However, along with that opportunity comes a responsibility to act as stewards of the parks. I would urge users to remember this as they enjoy their get-togethers.

Too often, lots of debris — half-eaten hot dogs, dirty paper plates, pieces of balloons from water balloon play — are scattered on the ground and picnic tables.

Parents and adults could make this a teaching moment for themselves and their children by having a cleanup at the end of festivities.

It is never too early to learn about our responsibility to each other and the environment. The lesson can start at our city parks.

Nancy Murphy

Retired RN, Tucson

What will follow legal gay marriage?

Re: the May 8 article “Gay marriage case rejects inanimate object effort.”

Although marriage to an inanimate object may appear ridiculous on it face, a legal foundation for rejecting it is that such an object is not a person, and therefore the 14th Amendment does not apply.

More problematic is polygamy. Its participants are unquestionably persons. If gay marriage becomes generally legal, the rights of polygamists will inevitably follow, and on what basis could they be denied? Then will follow sex with underage persons, which some groups now defend as valid if consensual, again involving legal persons. Where do we draw the line?

Stephen Allen,

Store owner, Tucson