Don’t fritter state funds on entertainment

Re: the Jan. 29 article “Glendale wants state aid to cover 2015 Super Bowl.”

Another outrageous act by the Legislature. Arizona House Minority Leader David Gowan has proposed the state provide up to $4 million for Super Bowl expenses. Even though the funding would go toward paying for overtime for police officers, the proposal is outrageous considering the fact that Arizona already has a significant deficit.

This money could be better spent on charitable organizations such as the Southern Arizona Community Food Bank or the Angel Charity for Children. Furthermore, some Arizona teachers haven’t had a raise in over two years.

Then again, these entities don’t provide entertainment, the thing that Americans have grown to worship. There are so many areas in which this money could be put to better use.

We certainly have become a nation obsessed with entertainment rather than the care of our fellow man.

Ken Wright

Retired, Tucson

Game and Fish

is simply doing its job

It is great that people are concerned about reintroduced bighorn sheep in the Santa Catalina Mountains, but the pressure they are putting on the Arizona Game and Fish Department over the project is misplaced.

Ecological restoration and reintroduction are major up-and-coming scientific fields. They are challenging yet highly informative experiments, vital to biodiversity conservation in our rapidly changing world.

With landscape and climate change accelerating, populations are increasingly fragmented in isolated pockets, where they face extinction but now cannot be naturally re-established through dispersal or continuous habitat. Small populations are especially vulnerable. Without successful reintroductions, complete extinction, in many species, is inevitable.

I have conducted such experiments. They provide immensely powerful knowledge for conservation. Mortality — a natural though unpleasant reality — can be the key to success or failure.

The Game and Fish Department cannot enjoy (who would?) and should not face criticism and scrutiny of every detail in this professionally conducted and essential endeavor.

Philip Rosen

Conservation biologist, Tucson

Flores-era PCC board needs to be replaced

Re: the Jan. 7 article “2 PCC board members are targeted for recall.”

There is a growing sense of vindication in Green Valley with the announcement of the campaign to recall Scott Stewart and Marty Cortez, longtime members of the Pima Community College board.

It was the Roy Flores-era board that yanked support for the Green Valley/PCC Education and Performing Arts Center several years ago. This after Green Valley voters endorsed the 1997 bond issue in support of the Green Valley Arts Center and the PCC Aviation Technology Center, among other projects.

This snub was on top of the board’s fundamental failures of governance and fiduciary responsibility, costing county taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Incredibly, these board members defiantly refuse to take responsibility for the failures so boldly documented in the accrediting agency findings that placed the PCC on probation.

Many of us believe that the college will not escape probation until the Flores-era board is removed.

Philip J. Silvers

Green Valley

Unconscionable for Star to support Rosemont

Re: the Jan. 19 editorial “Time to move ahead, let Rosemont be built.”

The Star’s endorsement of the Rosemont Mine is unconscionable. Even assuming the misbegotten conclusions that the Star published were arrived at sincerely, it would have shown much greater editorial discretion to continue to fairly report both sides of this hugely important issue rather than capitulating to one or the other.

Twenty years from now when the mine is closed, all the jobs are gone, all the copper has been exported to China and all the profits gone to Canada ... When the irreparable damage has been done to the environment of Southern Arizona and to the economies of the communities within the mine’s sphere of devastation, it will be interesting to see whether the Star will still exist or whether it will have disappeared like Rosemont, leaving behind a gaping hole in the landscape of responsible public discourse.

Will Clipman

Artist, Tucson

Experience at Ha:san

a huge plus for student

Re: the Jan. 28 article “Ha:san Preparatory students keep college in future sights.”

This is an amazing school. Everything about it is great. The teachers will help you with any and everything. They want you to succeed and they won’t stop until you do.

I was a former student there and to this day I still remember everything they taught me, something I can’t say about other schools. Ha:San teaches you about culture, academics, life skills and so much more. Without it I wouldn’t be where I am today. I recently moved from Tucson but Ha:San will always be a big part of me.

Amanda Morgan

St. Albans, W.Va.