Game and Fish wrong on wolf protection

I'm writing this in response to Arizona Game and Fish and their vote to delist wolves from the Endangered Species Act. There is no science behind this, only politics and old, unfounded prejudices. Since protections for gray wolves in the Rockies were removed in 2011, it has been an all-out war against them with no holds barred.

They can be shot on sight throughout most of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho, along with poisoning, trapping, snaring, shooting from the air and dragging pups out of their dens to be killed.

As a society, I feel we're going backward in our treatment of wildlife. Wolves will be removed from the landscape once again even though it's well known how they improve the ecosystem and that we can co-exist with them with a little work on our part.

Shame on you Arizona Game and Fish!

Kathleen Cheatham


Star columnist echoes universe's sentiments

Re: the March 21 column "Our lives are kaleidoscopes of tiny, isolated moments in time."

Since January, the universe has been sending me the same message in a variety of ways: Embrace the moment.

On a recent trip to Hawaii, overcoming decades of fear thanks to the movie "Jaws," I went snorkeling in the ocean and had the privilege of swimming with a sea turtle. He told me to slow down, glide through life and enjoy every single moment.

This past weekend, the Grand Canyon conveyed the same message. I achieved a decades-long goal of hiking the Canyon and relished every step down Bright Angel and back up South Kaibab.

Then I read Sarah Garrecht Gassen's beautifully written column, reaffirming again what the universe has been telling me for a long time. I want Sarah to know that I cut out her article and put it in my "Lessons from the Universe" memento box. It rests between a photo of a sea turtle and one of me cooling my feet off in the Colorado River.

I am listening, universe, and finally learning in my 61st year, to embrace the moments.

Anne Lane

Retired teacher, Tucson

Debate on AHCCCS distorts facts, needs

Re: the March 21 article "Brewer called a 'Judas' on health."

I have been following the story regarding the expansion of Arizona's Medicaid program, known as AHCCCS, disappointed that the Republican legislators find it so repugnant to help poor people get health care.

Citing "stats" that actually are misconstrued or a misstatement of fact is also not surprising. Calling the governor "Judas" is just another example of name calling that helps no one and only fans the flames of fear.

Finally, the concept of a "tsunami" of patients hitting the ER doors or hospitals, while that might be true, the idea of being paid a little of something, I've found over the years of treating patients, is a whole lot better than a lot of nothing.

So, as a pragmatic view point, while patients with AHCCCS coverage don't have much in the way of coverage and reimbursement to caregivers, it's whole lot better than the no coverage they had before.

I hope the governor wins this fight.

Ronald C. Quintia

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Tucson

An elegant solution to restroom debate

Re: the March 20 article "Proposed law would police gender, public restroom use."

As the Legislature debates what restrooms transgendered people should use, they are ignoring a simple and elegant solution: complete integration.

Just as there was a period of discomfort and adjustment after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, when people with low levels of dermal melanin learned that they could eat in the same restaurants as people with high levels of dermal melanin without bringing on Armageddon, there will be a period of adjustment and discomfort as Americans learn that people whose reproductive organs are attached externally can pee in the same toilets as people whose reproductive organs are attached internally, without the world coming to an end.

Remember also that the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education ruled that "separate but equal is inherently unequal."

Joel Heller

Certified legal document preparer, Tucson